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Working 4 you: American spending shows positive signs for the economy

Some good news for the economy. Americans are spending more!

Purchases of durable goods, such as furniture and cell phones are increasing. For the month of August, purchasing of such items increased 2% in America. That may not seem like a lot, but compare that to an increase of only 0.1% in July.�

This is according to data released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.�

But what drove the August rush in spending?

The biggest factor was auto sales, everything from cars to parts, which accounted for half the gains.�

People typically don't make big purchases like cars unless they feel confident in the economy and their personal finances.�

Overall, consumer spending increase a total of 0.5% in August.

Economists say the increase in spending is a good sign for the economy. Some say buyers are a critical indicator of the economy's health since they make up a majority of how much product gets produced in the United States.�

After the financial crisis in 2008 and the recession, people cut back heavily on purchases. But, as more people are finding jobs, that should translate into more spending.�

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'Is this a joke?' Robbers used BB gun to hit coffee stands

Armed with a realistic looking BB gun, robbers hit two coffee stands within hours of each other to feed a drug habit Tuesday.

The robberies happened between noon and 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, with police making quick arrests following the second robbery.

According to court documents, the three men involved in these crimes admitted to being addicted to prescription pills, using money from the first robbery to buy and smoke Oxycodone before heading back out in search of another coffee stand to rob.

Police say 24-year-old Andrew Stepak walked up to Hot Toddy's coffee stand, pointed a realistic BB gun at the barista and demanded cash.

From there police say Stepak, Nathan Levasseur and Michael Rhodes drove to Spokane Valley to buy Oxycodone. After smoking the pills, Stepak and Levasseur decided to rob another coffee stand, this time targeting Brews Bros on Sinto and Ruby.

Roller derby fundraiser for Spokane Humane Society

Roller derby fundraiser for Spokane Humane Society

Roller Derby is one of the toughest sports out there, and one local team is joining up with the Spokane Humane Society to help homeless pets in need.

The “Who Let the Belles Out” bout will feature Inland EmPower's Brass Belles in their first home game since the founding of their league last year.

“We are a very community-minded league, committed to making Spokane a better place,” said league president Jen Mayernik. “We wanted to have our premier home bout to be something spectacular that also helped a non-profit in the region and we love helping our furry friends in need.”

A portion of the ticket sales for this event will be donated to the Spokane Humane Society to help them continue to care for the thousands of homeless pets they see each year. The bout will also feature a dog parade and fun animal-themed games and trivia for the audience.

The adults aren't the only ones having fun either. Junior derby team Cherry Bomb Brawlers are also getting in on the action, making this event a double header.

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Sheriff's office welcomes three new deputies

Sheriff's office welcomes three new deputies

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich welcomed three new deputies this morning during a commissioning ceremony. After being sworn in as Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies, they were welcomed by the Sheriff, several members of the Sheriff’s Office and their family and friends.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to introduce to you Deputy John McQuitty, Deputy Stan Kravtsov and Deputy Nguyen. May they have a safe and rewarding career as they serve the Citizens of Spokane County and work to keep our community safe.

Deputy John P. McQuitty, Jr., prior to serving as a Corrections Officer for the Spokane County Jail for the past ten years, was a Sergeant with the United States Army Rangers. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Eastern Washington University. Deputy McQuitty is scheduled to attend the Basic Law Enforcement Academy (BLEA) this month.

Sheriff's office wants to reunite theft victims with stolen property

Sheriff's office wants to reunite theft victims with stolen property

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office want to reunite potential theft victims with their recovered property.

Deputy Scott Streltzoff recovered the property on Thursday, September 25 in the Mead area while investigating a suspicious vehicle. After contacting the occupants, 31-year-old Brenda Arndt was taken into custody for providing false statements and for an active felony warrant for Escape Community Custody.

During their contact, Arndt not only provided false information regarding her identity, but the stories she gave about the property was very vague, leading Deputy Streltzoff to believe the items were stolen.

You can view photos of the property on the SCSO Facebook page at this link. If you recognize any of the photographs, can prove ownership and have filed a theft report, please call Deputy Streltzoff at (509) 464-8565 and provide your report number and the picture number.

Local salon offering discounts for donations

Local salon offering discounts for donations

The owner of Beauty and Barber salon in Browne's Addition is offering a great deal this month in exchange for helping stock the shelves of local food banks.

For the entire month of October, you can bring in a donations of non-perishable food and receive a $5 credit towards any service of $20 or more.

Donations are dropped off at the end of each week to a different food bank in Spokane.

Beaty and Barber Salon is located at 1601 W. Pacific Avenue.