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TV crew helps collar criminal

TV crew helps collar criminal

Spokane police are crediting a KXLY news crew with tailing a car prowler until officers could arrest him.

Jesse Johnson, whose criminal history dates back a decade, was spotted dashing across Division Street but his getaway was cut short and caught on camera.

Reporter Jeff Humphrey and photographer Brian Belanger were driving up Division when they noticed a man - later identified as Johnson - sprint across the roadway with a bag in his hands with employees from Coins Plus chasing him on foot.

The chase started when a Coins Plus employee checking surveillance cameras noticed someone rummaging through their boss' Honda in the back parking lot.

"The employee came outside and started to give chase and that's when you guys got involved," Spokane police Officer Kelly Gately said.

During the slow-speed pursuit Johnson repeatedly told the KXLY crew he had done nothing wrong but wouldn't stop trying to get away either.

Belanger shot cellphone video while a 911 dispatcher fed patrol officers information about Johnson's location.

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Police looking for driver who hit teen pedestrian in crosswalk

Spokane police are looking for a driver who hit a teenager in a crosswalk at Maxwell and Ash on Oct. 1 but never gave the victim their name or information about their car insurance.

Police said the 14-year-old victim was a pedestrian who had the right of way in a crosswalk when a black Lincoln Mark LT came around the corner on Maxwell and hit the teen.

The driver pulled over, checked on the teen, drove the teen to his home but police say he left without identifying himself or providing any insurance information. Investigators say that's illegal and now they want to figure out who the driver is because the teen was hurt and shouldn't have to pay for his medical bills.

?We want to make sure that the kid's medical expenses are taken car of. The simple fact that you stop and take somebody home, which is what happened in the case, doesn't negate the fact that you have to provide your information if you strike somebody,? Spokane Police Officer Teresa Fuller said.

Enterovirus in Spokane, but not dangerous strain

There are reported cases of Enterovirus in Spokane however it's not the dangerous EV-D68 strain that's concerning parents across the nation.

One Spokane school has sent out a letter notifying parents of a confirmed case of Enterovirus, the letter clarified that it is not the deadly EV-D68 strain, and there are differences to watch out for.

?It's something that is so common that it's not really tested for. It's in the same family as the common cold it affects 10-15 million people in the U.S. every year,? Epidemiologist Mark Springer with the Spokane Health District said.

School nurse Laurie Moyer said she receives three to five phone calls a day from parents concerned about Enterovirus.

hey call concerned about what kind of precautions we are taking or how they will be informed if their is an issue,? she said.

While Moyer understands their concerns she said area schools are taking every precaution with the easiest one being hand washing. Schools throughout the area are making sure entire classes of students wash their hands after doing any activities that could spread germs.

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First annual Market Street Harvest Fest in Hillyard

First annual Market Street Harvest Fest in Hillyard

The Greater Hillyard Business Association, a local non-profit, is hosting the first annual Market Street Harvest Fest in the historic Hillyard Business District.

It kicks off with a benefit breakfast, “The Coldest Breakfast in Spokane,” with 100 percent of the proceeds going to benefit local heroes at the Fairchild AFB Family Advocacy Center.

The festival also includes “Kids Fest,” with live entertainment and activitities, craft beer and wine tasting for the adults and live music by Christy Lee and the Eleven 18, Tommy G and The Cary Fly Band. There are also a variety of local vendors turning out, including the Spokane Food Truck Association and the Farmers Market by Greenbluff.

City Councilman Mike Fagan says he's proud of his City Council District.

“Hillyard is a community that takes unparalleled steps to promote itself,” he said. “It is a vibrant, growing, business friendly district that welcomes the entire community and embraces dynamic, innovative ideas.”

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Police searching for hit and run suspect

Police searching for hit and run suspect

The Spokane Police Department is investigating a hit and run collision that injured a 15-year-old boy, and asking the public to help locate the vehicle and driver.

Just before 8 am, officers responded to the report of a vehicle/pedestrian crash near Garland and Washington.

The pedestrian, a 15-year-old male, was on a skateboard headed southbound on Washington in the street at the time of the crash. He was struck by a vehicle, described as a red Ford Focus, also heading southbound on Washington. The vehicle's mirror struck the teen, knocking him down and causing him to fracture his back.

Anyone with information on the vehicle or driver is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Mobius Children's Museum Fall event schedule

Mobius Children's Museum Fall event schedule

Mobius Children's Museum has announced their Fall schedule of classes and events for October and November. No pre-registration is needed. You can call the museum at (509) 321-7121 for more details.


Mobius Children's Museum Home School Classes, ages 4-8, 4-5 pm

Members: $15

Non-Member: $20

10/15 – Powerful Plants: What do you know about the plants that surround us? Why are they green? How do they survive and what do they eat? Plants help everything around us survive, so learn all about plants in this class and do a fun flower experiment!

11/12 – Outer Space: We’ll look at all the planets in our solar system and find out what ones are the largest, farthest, and how to tell them apart! PLUS, get ready to fly through space when we walk across the street to the Science Center for an exclusive Planetarium Show just for us!


Craft beer and cookie festival to support Girl Scouts

Craft beer and cookie festival to support Girl Scouts

When you think about a beverage to pair with your favorite cookie it's usually milk that comes to mind, right? But what about trying craft beer instead?

This Saturday marks the second annual Craft Beer & Cookie Fest, combining local craft brewery beer with Girl Scout Cookies to raise funds and awareness for Girl Scout scholarships, camperships and leadership programs. The fest is from 4-7 pm on October 11th at the Girl Scout Program Center, 1404 N. Ash St. here in Spokane.

It's a unique experience, where local craft breweries have paired a Girl Scout cookie of their choosing with one of their craft beers. Celebrity pourer Matt Santangelo, Executive Director of Hoopfest, will assist in pouring beer from featured breweries including Iron Goat Brewing, Ramblin' Road Craft Brewing, English Setter Brewing and Lagunitas.

While enjoying beer and cookies, attendees will also be entertained with live music offered by Matt Mitchell from the bank Folkinception.