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Prescription Drug Take-Back Saturday

Prescription Drug Take-Back Saturday

Is your medicine cupboard getting a little cluttered? Not sure what to do with all those leftover prescriptions? This Saturday is your chance to take care of all of that with a prescription drug take-back event.

Tossing pills in the trash could allow a child or pet to accidentally eat them, and flushing them down the toilet only puts them into the water supply – but drop them off this weekend and they are guaranteed to be disposed of safely.

You can drop drugs off Saturday from 10 am until 2 pm at either the Spokane Valley Police Department (12710 E. Sprague Ave.) or at the North Spokane Library (44 E. Hawthorne).

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Bread Tie Challenge to raise awareness of depression/mental illness

Bread Tie Challenge to raise awareness of depression/mental illness

Two Central Washington Seniors are launching a campaign this fall to honor the memory of the teen who made their best friend duo into a trio.

Three years ago this October, Josh Martin took his own life. It was a complete surprise to everyone who knew him.

“There were no signs or anything,” said Donnie Santos. “He was going to be a shortstop for the Spokane Falls baseball team. We had everything going for us. We think he was afraid to come out and ask for help.”

That fear is what Donnie Santos and Dean Neilson are trying to get rid of with the Bread Tie Challenge.

It was Martin's father Joe who came up with the campaign to memorialize his son, then handed it off to Donnie and Dean to run.

The Bread Tie Challenge draws its inspiration from the Ice Bucket Challenge, an easy and visible way to show that your life has been impacted by someone struggling with mental illness or depression, and that you support ending the stigma of shame and weakness that can be associated with it.

Vigil today to honor victims of unsolved violent crime

Vigil today to honor victims of unsolved violent crime

The Spokane County Victim/Witness Unit is holding a vigil this afternoon in observance of the “National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims.”

The event will be held in the County Commissioners Hearing Room on the lower level of the Public Works Building (1026 W. Broadway Ave.). It begins at 5 pm with a meet-and-greet for families and friends to connect with each other, followed at 6 pm by the vigil.

Since 1951 the Victim/Witness Unit has documented 658 murders, vehicular homicides and unsolved violent crimes throughout Spokane County. While several of the cases occurred outside of the county, their families are located here.

Police arrest nine time felon after six hour stand-off

A six hour standoff ends in north Spokane with a nine time felon in custody.

Spokane Police attempted to arrest 29-year-old Adam Frantz around 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. When they found him at home on N. Belt St. he immediately became confrontational and told police he was going to hurt himself, even holding a knife up to his neck.

For most of the afternoon police played the waiting game. Frantz was unwilling to exit his home and threatened to hurt himself if police came in after him. As night fell the suspect could be seen lighting candles in a window. The SWAT team, now known as the Emergency Response Unit, stood at the ready along with the Hostage Negotiation Team.

"Our whole mission is to de-escalate and make everything safe, not only for him but for the neighbors," said Spokane Police Captain Dave Richards.

Shortly after the Frantz lit his candles the ERU made their move. KXLY camera's caught the action through the front window as officers took down the suspect while he held two candles.

"They took the opportunity to take him into custody without any danger to him or us," said Richards.

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Humane Society hosting 'Less Adoptable Pet Week'

Humane Society hosting 'Less Adoptable Pet Week'

The Spokane Humane Society is celebrating 'Less Adoptable Pet Week' for animals that require special care and attention are free to adopt.

The goal is to find those animals homes with families who can give them a little bit more attention.

"It's just amazing to me all the different breeds and colors and makes and models that come through the Humane Society, and these special needs ones are exactly that. They are very special," Spokane Humane Society executive director Dave Richardson said.

Richardson loves animals and does a lot for the neglected ones in Spokane County, like Teeka, a minipin mix who is diabetic and blind, and requires two daily insulin shots and a family that's just as special as she is.

"People that understand that they are going to require additional care and love and maybe even support in terms of medical and diet and so that special dog is going to need that special person to give them that same little extra love and care," Richardson said.

The special runs through September 27 and animals with blue stars have their adoption fees waived.

Sing-A-Long Sound of Music returns to Spokane

Sing-A-Long Sound of Music returns to Spokane

Tickets go on sale this Friday for a favorite holiday tradition – the annual Sound of Music Sing-A-Long!

This is the fourth year for the popular event, hosted at the INB Performing Arts Center on Saturday, December 6. We at KXLY are proud to be sponsors, and our very own Mark Peterson will act as emcee that night.

The Sound of Music Sing-a-Long is a screening of the classic Julie Andrews musical film in glorious full-screen Technicolor on a screen that takes up the entire stage, complete with subtitles so that the entire audience can sing along! The screening of this family favorite features more than just the movie. Every guest receives a complimentary Bag of Musical Moments, which contains various props to be used at strategic points throughout the film.

Syrian, Iraqi refugees coming to Spokane

Syrian, Iraqi refugees coming to Spokane

With the situation in Syria continuing to spiral out of control, between the threat of ISIS and an ongoing civil war, a family originally from Iraq and took refuge in Damascus will arrive in Spokane night.

The State Department reports half of Syria's population has fled their homes because of the crisis, with thousands of people pouring over the Turkish border seeking refuge each day.

In addition to the Iraqi family arriving from Syria, World Relief Spokane says a Syrian family will be coming in the next couple months with many more to follow.

"These people are coming from an extremely traumatic situation that's no fault of their own. They've been extremely persecuted, they've had human rights taken away from them," Mark Kadel, director of World Relief Spokane, said.

Kadel can't give any details on the family from Iraq for their personal safety but said they fled the violence in Iraq and took refuge in Damascus and now they're seeking refuge again.

"Probably fled from Iraq anywhere from four to eight years ago, have been in Syria and have applied and been accepted into the refugee program in the United States," Kadel said.