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WSP Media Release, Vehicle Accident Hwy 2 and Spotted

* PRESS MEMODATE: 20140703
TIME: 1339
CARS: 02
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Independence Day Prize Giveaway! 15 Winners!


Spokane News and Goldbay are giving 15 winners on July 4th the prizes below!  To enter “Like” Spokane News and Goldbay Facebook Pages, “Comment” below and “Share” this post!

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(1) Grand Prize Winner will receive: 2011 Silver Eagle 25th Anniversary Coin ANACS-MS70

(1) Runner up Winner will receive: 2007 Presidential Oath Dollar George Washington ANACS-MS66 (limited edition 1,000 coins)

(3) Winners will receive: 2009 Gold Edition Territory Quarter Collection

(10) Winners will receive a family pack (4 tickets) to the World Record Largest Water Balloon Fight, August 9th! More details found here: http://tinyurl.com/q86ats7


Winners announced July 4th around 1pm. Good luck and Stay Safe.




Taking “selfies” on a stolen tablet, a suspect is arrested!


After taking “selfies” on a stolen tablet, a suspect is arrested for Possession of Stolen Property and the victim is getting some of his belongings back.


On June 16th, 2014, a victim called Crime Check to report that a vehicle he rented had been prowled and a suitcase of his belongings had been taken from the trunk of the car. There was clothing and a Samsung Galaxy tablet in the suitcase when it was taken.

Unbeknownst to the individual who was later arrested for possessing the stolen tablet, 41-year-old Donald Mayberry, the tablet was still connected to the victim’s cloud and backed up pictures taken using the device. The victim started seeing pictures of the individual in his cloud, so he posted them to his social media page hoping the suspect would be identified.

Donald Mayberry was identified as the suspect and the victim called Crime Check to report the additional information. Spokane Police officers from the Patrol Anti-Crime Team (PACT) were able to locate Mayberry who led them to the location of the victim’s table and suitcase. Those items have been recovered and returned to the victim.

This is a great example of how information provided by the victim culminated in the police following up on the crime and retrieving his property. The victim in this incident assisted police by promptly reporting the incident and calling back to report the additional information regarding possible suspects.

Ofc. Teresa Fuller

Intersection Safety/Community Outreach PIO

Driver Arrested After Trip to the Store


On June 28th, 2014, Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Lawler was conducting traffic patrols in the area of Hwy 902 and Stanley Rd.  An attempted traffic stop for speeding ended with the drive being arrested for 2 felonies and a misdemeanor.

At approximately 3:35 p.m., Deputy Lawler noticed a red truck pull out from the gas station and travel east on Hwy. 902.  Radar showed the truck was travelling 43 mph in a posted 30 mph zone.  Deputy Lawler pulled in behind the truck, activated his lights and attempted to stop the vehicle.  The driver of the truck, later identified as 40-year-old Nathan R. McGarrah, accelerated to over 50 mph.  Unsure if McGarrah accelerated due to the speed limit change or he was attempting to run, Deputy Lawler continued to follow with his emergency lights on.  McGarrah turned on his turn signal and turned onto Keene Rd. in front of a SUV, almost causing a collision.  Deputy Lawler, now with his lights and siren on continued to follow.  McGarrah then turned sharply into a field.  He continued across the field and behind a house where he stopped his vehicle.  McGarrah jumped out of his vehicle as Deputy Lawler arrived and ordered him to get onto the ground.  McGarrah stopped and began yelling he couldn’t be arrested on his own property.  Deputy Lawler continued to order McGarrah to get on the ground and after several attempts, he finally complied.  Deputy Lawler placed McGarrah in handcuffs and could immediately smell an odor of an alcohol coming from him.

After being advised of his rights and that he was being arrested for attempting to elude law enforcement, McGarrah told Deputy Lawler he had been drinking and didn’t stop because he didn’t want to have his truck towed.  Deputy Lawler noticed McGarrah’s speech was slurred and he continued to become very angry.  When Deputy Lawler told McGarrah he was going to be booked into jail, McGarrah stated he couldn’t go to jail because his 3-month-old son was alone inside the residence.  McGarrah said he went to the store to get some beer and was on his way home when Deputy Lawler tried to stop him.

A short time later, McGarrah’s wife pulled into the driveway and contacted Deputy Lawler.  They entered the residence and confirmed the baby was inside and uninjured.

McGarrah was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for felony charges of Attempting to Elude and Abandonment of a Dependent Person 1st degree.  He was also charged for Driving Under the Influence, a misdemeanor.

Deputy Mark Gregory
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office

Fireworks Press Briefing


Fireworks Press Briefing

Issuing Officer: Jan Doherty/Public Education Officer


Spokane Fire Department will host a press briefing at 10 AM on Tuesday, July 1 2014 outside the Fire Training Center at 1618 N. Rebecca St. regarding the 22nd  year of the fireworks ban in the cities of Spokane, Spokane Valley, Millwood, Cheney, Liberty Lake and the unincorporated areas of Spokane County.

Fireworks-caused fires in the City of Spokane decreased from an annual average of 104 during the 10-year period prior to the 1993 ban to 5 in the 21 years since the complete ban. This translates to 2,079 fewer fires just in the city limits of Spokane. In a similar manner, local hospitals and urgent care centers show a decrease in fireworks-caused injuries from an annual average of 29 to 5. This translates to 504 fewer fireworks-caused injuries treated at local hospitals since the ban began in 1993.

Fines for the illegal use of fireworks range from $513 to $1,000.  Persons who cause fireworks fires are also liable for property damage and recovery of firefighting costs. For violations of the ban, citizens can call CRIME CHECK at 456-2233.

For additional information regarding the press briefing, call 509.625.7040.

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Pursuit/Felony Assault/Unlawful Imprisonment


014Pursuit/Felony Assault/Unlawful Imprisonment

June 24th, 2014, at about 1:30 a.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Thurman was patrolling the area of Sprague and Freya when he located a stolen, 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche. Deputy Thurman attempted to stop the vehicle when the driver, later identified as 43-year-old Hector Rodriguez, failed to stop and fled from Deputy Thurman.

Deputy Thurman initiated a pursuit and at the intersection of Appleway and Coleman, Rodriguez turned into a dirt parking lot. When Rodriguez attempted to exit the parking lot, he intentionally hit Deputy Thurman’s patrol vehicle head on. Deputy Thurman was able to pursue Rodriguez to the area of Broadway and Bowdish before his patrol vehicle became inoperable due to a flat tire from the collision.

Deputy Thurman and his K9 partner Laslo continued in the pursuit in a separate deputy’s vehicle. During the pursuit, deputies saw there was a female passenger that was trying to either get Rodriguez to stop and/or exit the vehicle. The deputies did not know if the passenger was an acquaintance of Rodriguez or if she was the victim of a kidnapping.

Rodriguez eventually turned southbound onto Long Road from Broadway. Rodriguez was unable to negotiate a left turn at the intersection of Long and Appleway and collided with small trees on the south side of Appleway. Prior to colliding with the trees, the adult female passenger jumped out of the front passenger side of the vehicle. She was injured and was last listed in stable condition at a local hospital.

Rodriguez ran from the vehicle and Laslo located him a short distance later hiding underneath a deck in a residential area. Rodriguez was taken into custody and booked into jail for Unlawful Imprisonment/Domestic Violence (he and the female had a domestic relationship at one time), 2nd Degree Assault, Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, Felony Eluding, Vehicular Assault, DUI, Resisting Arrest and Obstructing. The investigation is on-going and additional charges are possible.

Thousands in Honey Product Stolen From Business

Thousands in Honey Product Stolen From Business
Today, June 25th, 2014, Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Deputy Jay Bailey responded to Fruit Girl, located at 13807 E. Broadway, on a commercial burglary call.  Sometime between 6:30 p.m. last night and 7:00 a.m. this morning, several thousands of dollars’ worth of honey products and other miscellaneous items were stolen from the business.  The Chase Honey Co. products came in 12 lb., 6 lb., 2 lb., and 16 oz. sizes.  Photographs of the containers are included.  Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

Perfection Tire Tuesday! Win Free Oil Changes!


Perfection Tire at the Y offers one new winner each week a free Oil Change. Enter on the Spokane News Facebook Page and Like Perfection Tire at the Y‘s Facebook to enter. Each Tuesday we have Perfection Tire Tuesday! Also, Perfection Tire located at 9602 North Division is part of the Spokane News Membership Program offering exclusive deals to cad holders.

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World Record Attempt – Largest Water Balloon Fight


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2014 World Record Attempt for Largest Water Balloon Fight. Spokane, WA will be the record holder!

Our goal is 13,000+ People using over 300,000 Supplied Water Balloons! Spokane County Raceway is the location! Date is August 9th, 2014!

University of Kentucky currently has the record and they are seen in this video! We are taking your record!”

Structure Fire – 300 Block East Queen


Spokane News was on scene for the Structure Fire on 300 East Queen. This is the update from Don Waller Spokane Fire Department.



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