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Washington State Patrol uses latest laser technology to quickly clear roadways after an accident

 

The Washington State Patrol released their newest edition of their Good to Know video series (view above), which features detectives using the latest laser technology to quickly clear roadways after an accident, ensuring driver and officer safety.

 

According to the WSP, the Trimble Laser Scanner does the work traditionally done by detectives, but in about half the time and with only one operator. The machine scans items at the scene in order to recreate a 3-D version of the surrounding area which helps investigators determine the cause of the collision.

 

WSP uses the Trimble to reduce road closure time while still conducting a thorough investigation of the incident. The device can also be used at other types of crimes such as homicides, to document the location of important evidence.

 

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March math and science contests will engage local young scholars

March math and science contests will engage local young scholars

About 200 area students will participate in three science and engineering competitions in March through the Spokane MESA (mathematics engineering science achievement) project.

In the competition, teams will put their prosthetic arm designs to the test. The prosthetic arm contests require teams to research, design, and build and test low-cost devices. For the competition, each team must submit a technical paper, oral presentation and academic display, as well as complete proscribed tasks with the arm they created.

Middle school teams will compete from 9:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 24, at Gonzaga University's Cataldo Hall. Ninth-graders will so the same at 9:00 a.m.- 1:45 p.m. at Eastern Washington University. Tenth graders will compete in the annual MESA Science Competition from 8:00 a.m.- 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25 at EWU.

Chief's goalie nominated for CHL Goalie of the Week

Chief's goalie nominated for CHL Goalie of the Week

 

The Western Hockey League announced today that Spokane Chiefs goaltender Garret Hughson has been nominated for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week award as the league’s most outstanding goalie for the week ending March 1, 2015.

 

Hughson, a 19-year-old from Foremost, Alberta, registered a 0.67 goals against average and .973 save percentage, including a shutout, in three wins last week.

 

Hughson made 22 saves on 23 shots faced on Wednesday, February 23rd, in a 3-1 win over U.S. Division-leading Everett.

 

He then turned aside all 28 shots faced in a 4-0 shutout win on the road over the rival Tri-City Americans on Friday, February 27th. The shutout, Hughson’s first of the season and third of his career, earned him First Star honors.

 

Working 4 you: Why you should skip eating out

If you've been looking to get healthier, but aren't sure where to start, nutritionists have one message: cook your own meals. 

Nutritionists say cooking your own food can completely transform your diet. If you want to feel better and have more energy, it all starts in the kitchen. And while there are plenty of excuses to eat out, there's even more to cook at home. 

First, you'll naturally make better choices. Healthy food is more appetizing when you hand select the ingredients and do all the preparation. Instead of being led by hunger and fancy pictures on a menu, you'll more often choose what's good for your body. 

You'll also know what's in every meal. Instead of questioning what's in your food and how much, you'll know everything that went into the preparation. You'll also eliminate the chance of getting food that contains an allergen or ingredient that will make you sick. 

You'll also be more mindful when eating. Nutritionists say when you spend the time preparing a meal, you won't just gorge yourself with food. Instead, you're more likely to savor it and notice when you're full. 

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Demetrius Glenn pleads guilty in Shorty Belton murder

Demetrius Glenn, the second suspect in the beating death of WWII veteran Delbert "Shorty" Belton, pleaded guilty Monday morning shortly before jury selection was set to begin for his first-degree murder charge.

Glenn agreed to the deal at the last minute Monday morning, shortly before 100 members of the community were to begin the selection process for the jury pool for Glenn's murder trial. The deal called for him to plead guilty to the murder charge; in return the robbery and conspiracy to commit first degree robbery charges against him were dropped. The sentence for his guilty plea was 16 years in prison.

Glenn, along with his onetime co-defendant, Kenan Adams-Kinard, were charged with the killing of Delbert Belton, 88, who was severely beaten outside the Eagles Ice Arena in August 2013. He succumbed to his injuries hours later at the hospital.

Glenn's attorney, Chris Phelps, said he wanted to take the case to trial; he thought he could show the jury that Glenn, 17, was only guilty of robbing Belton. Glenn, however, did not want to gamble with getting a longer sentence.

Heroin overdoses spike in Spokane

Spokane is seeing an alarming increase in heroin overdoses since the beginning of 2015, according to the Spokane Fire Department and the Spokane Regional Health District.

"I've always been a heroin addict," said Spokane resident Charlie Renshaw, "and I've never seen people dying like they have been this year."

In the past few months, some of Charlie's closest friends have died of heroin overdoses.

"The worst being my friend Sarah and there was Shane, another friend of mine," he said, "everyone in my circle knows who I'm talking about."

It's a problem the Spokane Fire Department has also noticed.

"Our partners at the Fire Department are telling us they're having an increased number of calls for assistance based on heroin overdoses," explained Kim Papich with the Health District.

The overdoses could be a result of new, stronger types of heroin introduced into the community or an overall increase in use.

"Heroin's definitely overtaken Spokane," Charlie said.

Warehouse to be demolished Monday to make way for teaching clinic

Warehouse to be demolished Monday to make way for teaching clinic

 

Crews will demolish a large portion of the former Peirone warehouse on the southeast edge of the Washington State University Spokane campus beginning 7:00 a.m. Monday, March 2nd. The structure will be leveled to make way for the new University district Health Clinic (UDHC), a project of the Spokane Teaching Health Consortium.

 

The location of the demolition is east of the WSU Bookie store at 410 E. Spokane Falls Blvd. Once the Peirone building is down, crew members will cut up the metal and other portions of the structure to prepare for hauling it away.

 

The warehouse is the largest of the two buildings at the site. Together they make up 36,000 square feet. The smaller building will remain standing for now and be demolished at a later date.