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Man in critical condition following downtown Spokane fight

A man is in critical condition after a fight between two people in downtown Spokane Sunday morning.

The incident occurred near Sprague and Stevens just before 2:30 a.m.

Spokane Police patrol officers responded to the report of an assault. Officers arrived on scene and medics were immediately called to treat one man who had been involved in the altercation and was unresponsive.

According to witnesses, the injured man walked out in front of a taxi and started the confrontation. Spokane Major Crimes detectives are investigating the incident.

No arrests have been made and all parties involved are accounted for.

Anyone who may have witnessed the event and has not yet been contacted by police is asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

Spokane Labor Day closures

A number of closures could affect your Labor Day plans on Monday.

Spokane City Hill will be closed along with other City facilities, including the Municipal Court. The garbage transfer stations and the Waste-to-Energy facility will also be closed.

Parking meters don't have to be fed on Labor Day.

Garbage pickup and curbside recycling will be one day late all week. Friday's pickup will occur on Saturday.

All Spokane Public Library branches will be closed on Monday. The Eastside, Hillyard, and Indian Trail branches will also be closed on Tuesday.

The Spokane City Council will not meet for the week of Sept. 1. The next meeting is Monday, Sept. 8.

Musician pleads for return of stolen instruments

On Thursday afternoon, Rollin' Joe Jordan, a traveling street performer for over 40 years, had most of his instruments stolen right behind his back. The loss included many prized harmonicas and an electronic keyboard.

"I lost those harmonicas, and I mean those are my life and my livelihood and I really need to get them back or replace them," said Jordan.

He doesn't want to press charges. He just wants to be able to play again.

"If somebody out there knows where they are, I'm going to be down in the park the next three afternoons. We'll work something out," said Jordan

Rollin' Joe says the instruments are worth about a thousand dollars; money he can't afford to spare.

"I'm an old guy. I'm partially disabled. I'm not going to get a job anywhere else. I don't have much," said Jordan.

A six string banjo is all he has left, but he says he will keep playing.

If you have any information on this case, please call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.�

Park bathrooms closed for the season September 2

Park bathrooms closed for the season September 2

You may need to do a little extra planning the next time you head to a Spokane park. Even though the warm weather will draw large crowds, bathrooms in the majority of parks will close for the season on Tuesday, September 2nd.

Due to budget limitations, the annual restroom season only runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The closure includes all parks except Riverfront Park, Manito Park, the SE Sports Complex and the Dwight Merkel Sports Complex.

Portable toilets will be placed at more popular locations like Mission Park, Audubon Park, Comstock Park and Franklin Park through the end of October.

Working 4 you: The best Labor Day deals

Working 4 you: The best Labor Day deals

If you're going to say goodbye to summer, at least you can say hello to some bargains. And there are some great deals over the Labor Day weekend.

One of the first may be the fuel it takes to go shopping the weekend. AAA says the current price of gas is $3.44 on average, 15 cents less than it was at this time last year, although that's not quite the cast here in Spokane.

But, lower prices could be why AAA projects nearly 35 million Americans will travel this weekend, the most since 2008.

So, what deals are on the table?

Kiplinger.com says, look for those larger appliances in your home. Discounts can be up to 45% on major appliances, with chances to save the most by purchasing online and using coupon codes.

Next, think about what you'll miss when winter arrives, and chances are you'll find opportunities for sales. Bicycles go on sale this time of year, along with camping gear and patio furniture.

Kiplinger says last year, Lowes, Target and Walmart took up to 75% off patio furniture over Labor Day. It says discounts look to be in the same range this year.

Marshals hunting felon who fled Spokane halfway house

Marshals hunting felon who fled Spokane halfway house

US Marshals are searching for a convicted felon who walked away from a Spokane halfway house after he was released from federal prison.

Merced Jose Zamora was a large scale methamphetamine dealer who was wrapping up a 13 year sentence when he escaped a re-entry center near the Spokane Interstate Fairgrounds.

Zamora was months away from being a totally free man but early Monday morning around 1:30 he left his halfway house. That facility is run by a private company that has a contract with the federal government to house and prepare ex-cons for a legal and productive life back in society.

Even though Zamora was convicted of multiple methamphetamine deals in Wyoming he was released to Spokane because he has family here.

Now marshals are looking for him and Deputy US Marshal Bob Doty said Zamora, 33, has a very unique tattoo on his neck that should make him east to spot.

Women and Children's Free Restaurant planning major move

Women and Children's Free Restaurant planning major move

The Women and Children's Free Restaurant, a local non-profit that feeds thousands of families a year, is planning to move to a new building which could allow them to reach even more families.

The restaurant is hoping to move from its current location on North Monroe to the old Center Pointe Building on the corner of Washington and Sinto.

For 26 years the restaurant has fed families from a small church basement, but in order to grow their organization, they need to grow their kitchen.

"We provide nourishment for their souls as well as nourishment for their bodies," Sherry Harbaugh said.

The kitchen serves up between 100 and 300 plates of food a day; no one is ever turned away.

"We've got everyone from single mom goes to work 40 hours a week but runs short of grocery money towards the end of the month, we have people that might not even have a home that come to dinner, we've got students, grandmothers and grandkids," Erin Stricher said.

For the first time in the organization's history they will soon have a building to call their own.