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Spokane declares Stage 1 snow event

Spokane declares Stage 1 snow event

The City of Spokane has declared a Stage 1 snow event. Cars should be moved to the odd side of the street on residential hill routes by 10 p.m. this evening to allow snow plows to pass.

Currently, the City as 22 pieces of equipment focused on the snow emergency routes and major arterials.

During a Stage One Event citizens are asked to: move parked cars off all arterials and fixed STA bus routes, move parked cares in residential hill routes to the odd side of the street, and clear sidewalks of snow within 24 hours.

The City also asks motorists to:
Slow down, be patient, and drive according to conditions.
Not to follow plows closely. They can generate clouds of snow making it difficult to see and can kick up sand.
Not try to pass plow trucks; it's very dangerous.
Not get between plows as they often work in teams of two or three
Drive with caution when near a plow as the plow operator may not have the same field of vision as a smaller vehicle.

Storm blankets Inland Northwest with snow

Storm blankets Inland Northwest with snow

The National Weather Service says the Spokane area will see more snow Monday morning before it turns to freezing rain and just rain later in the day.

The Weather Service recorded nearly 5 inches of snow at Spokane International Airport from the storm.

The city of Spokane declared a Stage 1 snow event over the weekend and asked residents to move parked cars off arterials and bus routes to help snow plows.

Significant snow also fell elsewhere in Eastern Washington and northern Idaho with amounts varying by location and elevation.

Forecasters warn that roads will remain icy and slushy before warmer air moves into the region Monday.

Local Ukrainians hope for peaceful outcome overseas

Local Ukrainians hope for peaceful outcome overseas

At Pilgrim Slavic Baptist Church it was a day of prayer as tension grows in Eastern Europe.

"As a church we are praying and praying for families," Pastor Alexander Kaprian said. "We are not divided in the community."

Most of the parishioners came to the United States two decades ago from the former Soviet Union. They still have family and friends in Ukraine and Russia, where talks of war between the two countries are starting to become real. On Sunday, Ukrainian Interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said the country was on the brink of disaster.

"This is a red alert. This is not a threat. This is actually a declaration of war to my country," Yatsenyuk said in a televised address.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gave the green light for troops to mobilize into the southern part of Ukraine following a unanimous vote from Parliament. The move is causing locals with family and friends in the Eastern European countries to worry. Maryna Wolff has family in that area and said her sister is already seeing a military presence.

"She said that there are armored vehicles moving into the area," Wolff said with translation from her husband.

Sheriff's Deputies searching for additional domestic violence victims of man behind bars

A Spokane man is behind bars, accused of four different charges against three different victims.

Twenty-four-year-old Michael McNearney Jr was out on bail for charges of second-degree assault by strangulation when he was arrested again Friday for counts of indecent liberties, theft, unlawful imprisonment and fourth degree assault.

McNearney was arrested today after a long-term investigation by Spokane County Sheriff's Office Domestic Violence Detectives. They were looking into possible charges of identity theft, assault, threats and other crimes that may involve over a dozen women in Spokane and Kootenai Counties, dating back to 2010.

McNearney reportedly met most of the women involved at local night clubs and bars, as well as social media and online dating sites. He often claimed he was an active duty Marine, but the US Armed Services confirmed has never been in the military.

Jitterz Java robbed for the second time in two weeks

Jitterz Java in north Spokane was robbed for the second time in two weeks Friday night.

Spokane Police responded to a call just before 8 pm.

The barista says she was approached at the drive-thru window by a white male who displayed a handgun and demanded all the cash from the till before fleeing. One witness saw the suspect get into a car driven by another white male.

The suspect with the gun is described as 5'8" to 5'10", wearing a black jacket with the hood up at a black scarf around his face. The alleged getaway vehicle was described as a white late-90's Chevy Subaru.

Jitterz Java was robbed earlier in the month on February 18. Police don?t know if the robberies are connected.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at 456-2233.

Prosecutor candidate cites Shorty Belton's death as part of platform

Prosecutor candidate cites Shorty Belton's death as part of platform

This November, Spokane County voters will elect a new prosecutor and, as of Friday night, the campaign has its first controversy, involving one of the candidates using the death of WWII veteran Shorty Belton as part of his platform.

Spokane attorney Breean Beggs is one of two men running for county prosecutor and, in a letter to his supporters, Beggs brings up the murder of Delbert "Shorty" Belton, saying our criminal justice system failed to protect Belton from a pair of teenagers who had already been in trouble with the law.

The two teenagers suspected of killing Belton -- Kenan Adams-Kinard and Demetrius Glenn -- had both been arrested and punished at the juvenile detention center prior to Belton's murder.

Beggs thinks, in hindsight, not enough was done to keep those young offenders on the straight and narrow. In his letter to supporters Beggs writes the attack on Belton "was predictable based on prior violence."

Victims' families angry with Inslee death penalty decision

Victims' families angry with Inslee death penalty decision

Washington Govenor Jay Inslee's decision to suspend executions of death row inmates has prompted a new senate bill, introduced by State Senator Steve O'Ban of Tacoma that has gained the support of the families of murder victims whose killers are on death row.

Three of the nine men on death row are from Spokane: Byron Scherf, who killed prison guard Jayme Biendl, Spokane serial killer Robert Yates, who killed 13 people, and Dwayne Woods, who beat two Spokane women to death.

Families of their victims are joining O'Ban to show Inslee his decision is not in favor of the victims. The bill will require Inslee to gather input from the state clemency and pardons board before signing a reprieve that would halt executions.

"Everyone here sees a name, but they don't get faces. This is Telisha," Sherry Shaver said.

Shaver is Telisha Shaver's mother; Telisha was one of two women beaten to death in 1997 by Dwayne Woods. She addressed the Senate Law and Justice Committee pleading on behalf of her daughter.