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Man shot, killed by Spokane Police after road rage incident

Man shot, killed by Spokane Police after road rage incident

An early morning road rage incident at the intersection of Division Street and North River Drive ended with a man being shot and killed by Spokane police officers in front of the Salvation Army building at 222 East Indiana Avenue.

The incident started at the intersection right next to the Red Lion River Inn where a white truck was stopped at the red light facing northbound on Division. A second truck came up behind the first and the driver locked up his brakes, skidding out. He then pulled out into the intersection, did a U-turn in the intersection, threw his truck into reverse and rammed the white truck.

The driver of the white truck called 9-1-1 at 6:08 a.m. to report the collision and then began following the red truck northbound on Division, passing a marked Spokane police cruiser.

The driver of the red truck turned eastbound on Indiana, where he reportedly rammed the Salvation Army building.

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Juvenile arrested for House of Charity stabbing

Spokane police have arrested a 17-year-old suspect for attempted murder after he allegedly stabbed someone at the House of Charity early Thursday morning.

Police responded to the stabbing incident at the House of Charity, located at 32 W. Pacific, at 6:30 a.m. Thursday. They found the victim had been stabbed in the back of the head with a butcher knife.

Witnesses told officers the suspect had threatened to kill the victim.

The juvenile was quickly found, detained and booked for 1st Degree Attempted Murder.

Spokane Public Schools appoints two student advisors

Spokane Public Schools appoints two student advisors

From Spokane Public Schools:

 

The Spokane Public Schools Board of Directors recently chose two new students to serve as advisors to the school board for the 2013-14 school year.

 

On Track Academy senior, Kelsey Pravitz, and Shadle Park junior, Scott Hinshaw, will be non-voting members of the board, adding a student perspective to board discussions. They were sworn in during last week's regular school board meeting.

 

Pravitz is co-manager and an active member of On Track Academy's FIRST robotics team. She is involved with Jobs for Washington's Graduates, where she won a medal for her portfolio, and also volunteers with the Salvation Army.

 

Hinshaw is a scholar athlete in both football and track and field at Shadle Park. He also volunteers with the children's ministry at his church, and with the Northwest Christian Thrift Store.  

Who's saving camp for kids with cancer

Who's saving camp for kids with cancer

Summer camp is a chance for new experiences, freedom, fun. My kids said going to camp has been some of the best times of their lives.  For kids with cancer, camp is extra special. It's an escape from their reality; a chance to be with other kids who know exactly what they're going through.

Back in March, the National Office of the American Cancer Society announced it would no longer fund camps across the nation, including the local “Camp Goodtimes East.”  The locally owned camp provides a medically supervised, week-long camp for children battling the effects of cancer.

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Alleged bank robber explains his motive

Alleged bank robber Scott Ruziecki sat down Wednesday night to share his story with KXLY.

Police arrested him on Monday after a standoff at 6th and Arthur.

They say he robbed three banks in the last two weeks, but Ruziecki only admits to one. He says he robbed the U.S. Bank branch at Argonne and Trent because he was helping a friend to pay bills and got away with over a thousand dollars.

"The economy has hit everyone really hard and the resources we normally turn to to get help like this, they're not available," Ruziecki said. "You can only work so hard, earn so much money, go so many places and the bank, um, what we needed was the money and the bank had it."

Ruziecki also said he was high on meth during the robbery and took time to mentally prepare himself before going inside, receiving tips and pointers from convicted bank robber Chuck West.

Ruziecki's bond is set at $200,000.

West also faces charges for the robberies.

Chief Straub gives Use of Force progress update

The Spokane Police Department is making progress in implementing 26 recommendations from the city's Use of Force Commission, according to Police Chief Frank Straub, who gave a progress report to the public Wednesday.

The chief acknowledged, however, there's more work to be done.

Straub outlined the changes the department has made in the past six months. The recommendations asked the department to make changes in its culture, training, policies and civilian oversight.

In the past six months, a third of the department's patrol officers have undergone crisis intervention training. The department hopes to have all officers through that training by the winter.

To better engage in the community, the department has created a youth basketball program and has added neighborhood police stations such as the one recently created downtown.

"The men and women of the Spokane Police Department during my short tenure here have embraced every single one of the recommendations," Straub said. "They are moving at light speed to implement these recommendations and these binders are just a small piece to provide a snapshot of what we are doing."

Only two weeks remain in IMAX season

Only two weeks remain in IMAX season

There's just two weeks left to catch a great flick at the Riverfront Park IMAX this season. The five story screen will close for the winter on September 2nd.

Here are the great shows that are finishing out the season:

 

Great White Shark | 11:45 a.m., 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:40 p.m.

See great white sharks through the eyes of two record-breaking free-divers in South Africa, New Zealand, Mexico, and California.