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Doctor accused of child rape held in jail until trial

Emotions ran high outside a federal courtroom in Spokane, as a local doctor charged with child rape appeared in court Thursday afternoon.

Dr. Craig Morgenstern is an emergency room physician at the Spokane Veterans Hospital. He is charged in U.S. District Court and Stevens County Superior Court with sedating and sexually assaulting a child and videotaping the encounters. Investigators found hundreds of pictures in his home of juvenile boys in various stages of undress. Morgenstern nearly posted bail in Stevens County last week, but was arrested by federal marshals. Thursday was the first opportunity for him to argue that he should be released on bail.

Before the courtroom opened, several people gathered outside. One woman, who identified herself as a parent in the case, had to be warned by marshals not to let her emotions get the best of her. When she saw Morgenstern, she fell to her knees and began sobbing.

When the courtroom opened, the woman sat just 15 feet away from Dr. Morgenstern and stared at him, shaking her head. He never made eye contact.

The bail hearing was over before it began, when Dr.







Changes coming Spokane Arena

The Spokane Arena is celebrating its 20th anniversary with some major changes to its food and beverage offerings.

The new Red Tail Bar and Grill allows people to grab a burger and a beer without missing the game. The new venue sports a full view of the arena, with stadium-style seating built in.

"It is right in the arena bowl and that is very unique because the arena bowl is basically all seating. But in this one space you can actually get something to eat or have a beverage and actually watch the event in progress," says Kevin Twohig, CEO of the Spokane Public Facilities District.

Twohig says the Red Tail is one of several changes coming to the Arena this year including a craft beer location slated to move in this Spring and another major project still in the works.

"It is our 20th anniversary. It's going to be our biggest and best year ever and it's really off to a good start," says Twohig.

The Red Tail will be open for sporting events such as Shock football and Chiefs hockey, but closed for events such as concerts.

Working 4 you: Avoid these Halloween hazards

Halloween is just days away and officials are warning about some potential Halloween hazards, and they stress that they aren't just for kids.

Halloween is supposed to be a little scary, but you may be worrying about some of the wrong things.�

For example, have your parents ever warned you about receiving poisoned candy on Halloween? If you're worried about this happening to you or your children, you can breathe easy; there's never been a case of this documented in the U.S.

While it's true children face health and safety hazards on Halloween, so do adults and teens.

According to a recent USA Today article, there's a few real things you should be concerned about this Friday.�

The biggest concern is cars and drunk drivers. Halloween is the deadliest day of the year for young pedestrians, ages 12 to 18.

Twice as many fatalities occur on Halloween according to State Farm. That's because kids between those ages are often roaming the streets without adults and are distracted by their cell phones.�

Semi truck accident slows traffic on I-90

A semi truck accident shut down parts of westbound Interstate 90 and caused major traffic problems Wednesday morning.�

The accident happened shortly after 2 a.m. near the Hamilton exit.�

Two people were in the truck, but neither was injured.�

The truck was carrying a dry, non-toxic ink product.�

All lanes of I-90 are back open.�

Stabbing suspect booked into Spokane County Jail

A woman suspected of stabbing a man to death has been booked into the Spokane County Jail, according to jail records.�

Chrystal L. Huff, 40, was booked on charges of second degree murder just after 4 a.m. Wednesday.�

She is suspected of stabbing Richard Whipple to death in his apartment in the 1600 block of W. Pacific. His body was found in the apartment on October 2.�



Fire crews stop garage fire from spreading to homes

The Spokane Fire Department worked to put out a garage fire early Wednesday morning.�

Just before 4 a.m. crews responded to the scene of the fire on W. Chelan Ave.�

They immediately got to work putting out the fire, trying to stop it from spreading to nearby homes.�

Two other garages were also damaged by flames.�

No one was injured in the fire. The cause is still under investigation.�

Oil train protestors march on downtown Spokane

Dozens�concerned citizens gathered in downtown Spokane Tuesday evening to share the message that they don't want oil and coal coming through the Spokane community. They were there to raise concerns about a proposed increase in train oil transportation through the Spokane area.

The Department of Ecology held a public hearing Tuesday evening on initial findings from its Marine and Trail Oil Transportation Study, which looked at public health, safety, and environmental impacts of oil and coal transportation. The ralliers came forward to express their concerns at the public hearing.

"Oil trains are dangerous," said King County Executive Dow Constantine, "they can leak, they can catch fire. There have been explosions that are tremendously dangerous to people and property. Second, they take up space that could be used by people here producing agricultural products, manufactured products being shipped from Montana, Idaho, Eastern Washington to the ports, and that capacity that we're losing is costing Washington State jobs."