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Mt. Spokane opens Saturday

Mt. Spokane opens Saturday

Mt. Spokane is set to fire up the lifts and open the slopes this Saturday at for the 2013-2014 ski season.

This will be the earliest the mountain has opened in at least a decade and the folks that run the place couldn't be happier. This weekend they'll show off all the work that's been done to make your experience on Mt. Spokane as beautiful as the view.

The front of the ski lodge might be hard to recognize after the remodeling effort which includes new ticket windows and covered and heated stairwells going to the main floor.

"More attention to detail, better sense of arrival and it will be a great thing to have people up," General Manager Brad McQuarrie said.

Aside from the exterior facelift a lot was done inside the lodge, including a new internet cafe, a new add-on allowing more seating for events and live music and larger handicapped accessible bathrooms, the importance of which was driven home when McQuarrie talked with the woman in charge of the Spokane Parks therapeutic program about what could be done to make the lodge a better place for everyone

Cold forecast opens city warming centers

From the City of Spokane:

Payne gets mandatory life sentence for sex abuse

Richard Payne, the man who molested a five year old girl inside a NorthTown Mall video arcade, has received a mandatory life sentence.

Payne received the mandatory life sentence Wednesday morning because of Washington's "Two strikes, you're out" law for sex offenders. He was caught on camera approaching the girl as she sat on a video game and fondled the child.

In court Wednesday the judge was told the victim lives in fear of all adult men, even when she's in her own backyard.

Prosecutors said Payne has a long history of sexually assaulting children in public places.

Payne's attorney says he will appeal his client's conviction.

Suspect arrested for nearly identical oxycodone robberies

Suspect arrested for nearly identical oxycodone robberies

A Spokane man has been arrested for two nearly identical oxycodone robberies at the same drug store in less than a week.

Steven Prigan, 22, was arrested Monday night at a residence in the 700 block of N. Oak Street by members of the Patrol Anti-Crime Team for the robberies of the Walgreens drug store at 12 E. Empire on November 12 and November 17.

In the first robbery, a man robbed the store of oxycodone at knifepoint just before midnight. Police attempted a K-9 track but were unsuccessful in locating the suspect, but they got surveillance footage from the store which was shared with the public.

Five days later on November 17 around 8:45 p.m. police again responded to the same store for another report of an oxycodone robbery at knifepoint.

The description of the suspect from the second robbery was similar to that of the first.

Police received numerous tips on the robberies, including several that identified Prigan as the suspect, and he was arrested and booked into the Spokane County Jail Tuesday night on two counts of 1st Degree Robbery.

Preventing gonorrhea, one phone call at a time

Preventing gonorrhea, one phone call at a time

Health program specialist Anna Halloran with the Spokane Regional Health District is helping prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhea or chlamydia one phone call at a time.

Halloran makes the calls others can't or don't want to make and the person on the other line should take a moment to listen.

"Reactions really vary. Some people just kind of take it in stride. Some people cry. Some people are really angry and may want to know who exposed them to an infection," she said.

Halloran is the only one in the city of Spokane who has the job of calling people who may have been exposed to gonorrhea or chlamydia. It's tough news to drop on someone but it's also a conversation that's better to have sooner rather than later.

"It's not something I went to school for," Halloran said.

Unfortunately, with an outbreak of gonorrhea in Spokane County right now, she's been making those calls a lot more frequently recently.

"A lot of people do talk to their partners. I would say the majority talk to their partners and help insure they get taken care of," she said.

Good Samaritan, neighbors help nab shoplifter

A Good Samaritan and a group of neighbors helped police nab an alleged shoplifter and gave them some fairly big clues as to the identity of the shoplifter's getaway driver.

Witnesses first said they saw someone on foot chasing a guy carrying a five-pack of DeWalt power tools across a parking lot at Lowe's, located at 6606 N. Division. When Jason Lelbach saw the getaway car stop at Arby's to pick up the individual he called 9-1-1 to report what he had seen.

Lelback then followed the car as he spoke with dispatchers, however the shoplifters figured out they were being followed and accelerated as they hit a school zone on North Cedar Street.

"By the time we got to Cedar and Rowan we were going about 55 miles an hour down the road and they were going too fast for me and I thought I'm going to let them go and then Boom! they ran into this and they were probably going 70 miles an hour," Lelback said.

The shoplifters t-boned a van crossing the intersection, causing that vehicle to roll, but fortunately no one was hurt in the crash.

North Spokane fire investigated as arson

Spokane fire investigators are looking into a possible arson case in North Spokane Monday.

A fire broke out at a home on Barnes and Whitehouse roads Sunday around 5:30 p.m.

Fire officials say they believe the fire started in the garage.

The fire does appear to be suspicious and is being investigated as an arson.