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Should inmates get mental health medications in jail?

When a person goes to jail, should they lose their right to receive medication? A Spokane father said that's what happened to his teenage son, denying his mental health drugs behind bars.

Rob Lee worries without them, the young inmate will hurt himself or someone else.

Back in December his 19-year-old son was one of several people caught shooting paintball guns at people sitting at bus stops. He was sentenced to nine months in the Spokane County Jail but when his dad surrendered his son to be punished, corrections deputies refused the teen's mental health medications.

"He never missed a court date, he accepts full responsibility for his actions," Lee said.

Lee makes no bones about his son's guilt or sentence but suspects his boy wound up behind bars because of the teen's mental health problems, bi-polar disorder, among them.

"When he was originally arrested on these charges in December he had been in jail for 10 days and did not receive any medical treatment what so ever of that 10 days so we had a heads up," Lee said.

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Spokane splash pads open Memorial Day weekend

Spokane splash pads open Memorial Day weekend

Parents and kids rejoice! Spokane Parks splash pads are set to open this Friday, May 24th.

Even though the forecast for Memorial Day weekend isn't a sunny one, the long range forecast says we'll have a hot and dry summer to enjoy. Splash pads are free way to keep your kids cool and entertained on those hot days. Many  of the splash pads are adjacent to playgrounds, providing another way for your kiddos to get exercise and burn off some energy. 

Area splash pads will be open until September 14th, for more information visit http://www.spokaneparks.org. Parks with splash pads are listed below:


Spokane named finalist for Best Town 2013

Spokane named finalist for Best Town 2013

Spokane has been named a finalist in Outside Magazine's Best Town 2013 contest. Voting begins today for Spokanites to tell the magazine why our city is the best for easy living.


Every year the magazine holds the contest offering up different titles for cities around the country to be the best destination for. Last year, Outside readers voted Richmond, VA the most livable river town.


This year, Spokane is competing with cities that include San Diego, Boston, Park City and Bozeman to see which city is the best for an easy and active lifestyle.


“We're not choosing the winner based on the number of votes, but more by the passion shown by the voters for their town,” said Jonah Ogles, an associate editor for Outside Magazine, “We just want to find out why people love Spokane and what makes it a great, healthy city.”


Spokane police officer under investigation

For the second time in a week a Spokane police officer is under investigation and has been placed on administrative leave.

The Spokane Police Department confirmed Monday morning Officer Darren Quarles has been placed on administrative leave. An internal affairs investigation into Quarles is underway.

Police gave no further details as to the nature of the investigation and Chief Frank Straub declined to comment on the matter.

Quarles is the second Spokane police officer and the third local law enforcement to be placed on leave in the last week.

Officer Jeff Graves was placed on leave by Straub after allegations of misconduct were leveled against him. An internal affairs investigation and two separate criminal investigations -- one by the police department and a second by the Spokane County Sheriff's Office -- are underway.

Spokane County Sheriff's detective Dale Toliver was also placed on administrative leave while he is under investigation by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office for an assault near Odessa last weekend.

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FBI: No arrests made in ricin letter investigation

FBI: No arrests made in ricin letter investigation

Neighbors in Browne's Addition are now able to freely move about their neighborhood but that wasn't the case Saturday when dozens of FBI agents spent 15 hours searching an apartment near 1st and Oak.

Investigators believe the apartment may be connected to two threatening letters addressed to a federal judge and the Spokane Post Office. The letters preliminary tested positive for ricin, which is highly toxic.

The FBI says as of now no arrests have been made in the case. Right now the agency can't go into detail about what was seized from the apartment.

"It was kinda scary," Scott Ward said. Ward says he lives right across the hallway from the apartment that was raided by federal agents.

"I opened my door and there's a swat team, gas masks and everything. They said stay in, lock your doors and don't come out," he said.

We don't know if the person living in the raided apartment was connected at all to the two ricin-laced letters. Ward says the person who lives in the raided complex usually keeps to himself.

National Guard team deployed to investigate Ricin at Spokane Post Office

A National Guard Civil Support team, whose primary role is identifying weapons of mass destruction hazards, has been deployed to Spokane to investigate the discovery of several threatening letters that have preliminarily tested positive for Ricin.

Ricin is a highly toxic substance made from castor beans. As little as 500 micrograms -- an amount the size of the head of a pin -- can kill an adult.

There is no known antidote.

The 10th Civil Support Team, a full-time National Guard unit whose role is to identify and assess weapons of mass destruction, has deployed 20 personnel and nine vehicles to Spokane to investigate the letters found at the downtown post office earlier this week.

The unit is the state's first responder team in supporting local civil authorities in domestic chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive incidents, and deploys typically within three hours of being notified of an incident.

The Guardsmen are responding to the discovery of those two letters, which the American Postal Workers Union alerted employees about on Wednesday.

Stearman flight to touch off Torchlight Parade

For years now it's been up to a Fairchild aircrew to let everyone know the Armed Forces Torchlight Parade was starting. But with the sequestration in effect, that role will fall to a group of local Felts Field pilots.

In the past, a carefully timed KC-135 tanker flyover right down Sprague Avenue always got the first floats moving at the parade. This year the sequestration has forced Fairchild Air Force Base to cut a lot out of its budget. No float in the parade that honors its own airmen. No tanker flyover.

That's where Larry Tobin comes in.

"It's important for the parade and veterans to do this parade kickoff," Tobin said.

At exactly 7:45 p.m. Saturday night, Tobin and three other pilots will take to the skies in their Stearman biplanes and buzz the parade route, the squadron of trainers first doing a flyby and on their second pass execute a missing man formation in honor of the fallen Fairchild aircrew killed in a KC-135 crash in Kyrgyzstan earlier this month.