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County Commissioner Arrested for Sexually Assaulting Woman

Nez Perce County Commissioner Michael Grow was arrested today on charges of battery and sexual assault.  Valley County Sheriff's Lt. Dan Smith said that Grow was vacationing with friends at the Tamarack Resort in Donnelly, Idaho at the beginning of April, when he allegedly assaulted a woman. The victim is an adult female who, according to Smith, knew Grow. After a two week investigation, Valley County deputies issued a warrant for Grow and drove to Nez Perce County to place him under arrest.  He is currently being held at the Nez Perce County jail on a $50,000 bond.

WSU Research Sheds New Light On Motherhood

You've heard about studies that show women who give birth after 40 are at greater risk of miscarriage and complications like Down syndrome.  But why?  Researchers from WSU will soon publish a report that sheds new light on the issue.  A news release from WSU explains:Washington State University researchers have confirmed a critical step in cell division that results in age-related miscarriages and birth defects, including Down syndrome. Writing in the upcoming issue of the journal "Current Biology," the researchers say they recreated the conditions in which an egg cell will continue to undergo cell division without properly arranging its chromosomes, creating offspring with aneuploidy, or an abnormal number of chromosomes. Sperm cells and those from elsewhere in the body will stop dividing until chromosomes are properly lined up.

Clarkston Man Arrested For Sexually Assaulting Disabled Children

A 60-year-old Clarkston man who has spent years working with disabled children in the Lewis-Clark Valley was taken into custody yesterday afternoon after allegedly admitting to the sexual abuse of two girls. Richard Thueson is being held on one count of 1st degree rape of a child, 5 counts of 2nd degree rape of a child, and 3 counts of indecent liberties.  The prosecution says the children allegedly involved were all under age 14, and disabled.   Thueson owns "Helping Hands and Hoofs", an equine therapy business in Clarkston, and was also a member of the Nez Perce County Mounted Sheriff Posse until resigned his position in March citing "personal reasons."  He remains in jail on $1 million bond.

Cheney Man's Body Found In Burned Car

Detectives are investigating the killing of a Cheney man after firefighters, responding to an overnight car fire on Forker Road near Bigelow Gulch, discovered a man's body in the trunk.

Suspect Arrested In Cheney Man's Murder

A 20-year-old Spokane Valley resident was arrested by Spokane County Sheriff's detectives late Wednesday night for the murder of a Cheney man, whose body was found in a burned out car early Wednesday morning.

Lollipop Lemondrop

A boutique opens in Liberty Lake called Lollipop Lemondrop.  On the shoppe website they write: As moms of young children and wanting to look a little stylish ourselves, we created our business to cater to the environmentally and price-conscious families that wish to see quality clothing recycled.

Hietala Believed Drowned, Police Seeking Information

Idaho State Police Detectives now believe that missing Kamiah woman, Lavina Hietala, may have drowned in the Clearwater River, but are not sure if foul play was involved.  Detectives served a search warrant on Hietala's home on April 7th and, according to a press release, recovered "numerous items which will be further analyzed to determine their relevance".  They're not releasing details of what they found, saying only that evidence didn't immediately indicate foul play.   Hietala's grandson, Justin Hietala, was interviewed in connection with his grandmothers disappearance, but is not considered a suspect.  He is currently in jail on unrelated charges.  However, because the two shared a home, police are asking anyone with information about Justin Hietala's activities during the week of March 28, 2011 -April 1, 2011 to contact Idaho State Police Lt. Charlie Spencer at 208-799-5020.

Shed Fire Deemed 'Suspicious'

Moscow authorities are investigating a suspicious fire that damaged 2 apartments and 6 cars and destroyed a shed. Volunteer firefighters were called to a fully engulfed wooden shed in the alley behind Asbury around 4am on Wednesday. The 200 square foot shed was destroyed and a power pole was severly damaged.  Heat from the blaze damaged nearby apartments and cars.  The shed was not secured when the fire started, and officials do not think it had power.  Fire Investigator Joe Williams has ruled the fire suspicious. 

Megaload Sidelined After Knocking Out Power

  Idaho officials say the rig carrying Imperial Oil's  clipped and snapped a guy wire for a high-voltage power line.  The oversized load was also blamed for delaying traffic for an hour, which is three times longer than was allowed under the state's permit.

Renter Steals Everthing, Even Toliet Paper Dispenser

Spokane sheriff's deputy Brian Hirzel is trying to recover more than six thousand dollars worth of property stolen from a home at 111 N. Adams in Spokane Valley.   In September, landlord Tyler Vinson rented the property to a tennant and took pictures to document the inventory of the partially furnished residence as a safety precaution. In February, vinson evicted the tennant for non-payment and when he inspected to home to see if he should return the cleaning deposit, Tyler learned he had literally been cleaned out.

Spring Clean Up On April 30

It's time once again for the Annual Spring Clean Up Day in Liberty Lake.This year's spring clean up day is coming up on Saturday April 30, and will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can bring your yard waste for free disposal to the corner of Mission Avenue and Meadowwood Lane in Liberty Lake, behind Barlow's Restaurant.Bring your yard waste but leave your appliances and hazardous waste at home please.

Texas Hold 'Em Tourney At Colville Elks Club This Friday

Do you know when to hold 'em and when to hold 'em? If you do, plan on heading down to the Elks Club this Friday at 7 p.m. for the Panorama Volleyball Club Fundraiser Texas Hold 'Em Tournament.For the Texas Hold 'Em there's a $20 buy-in and an 80 player limit. People can buy in up to two more times.There's also going to be a Silent Auction for a wide variety of items, including a basketball signed by John Stockton and baseballs signed by Felix Hernandex and Frank Gutierrez.

Moscow Celebrates Earth Week

The City of Moscow has provided a description of events for Earth Week which starts... today! Through out the week you can learn how to become more sustainable and help Moscow become a more sustainable community. You can catch the first event this evening concerning these topics this evening.  Information provided by the City of Moscow: 

Moscow Artwalk 2011 Now Accepting Applications

The City of Moscow has just announced their 7th annual, Moscow Artwalk. They're looking forward to another year of many arts and cultural activities that help make Moscow a vibrant communities.It's a self-guided tour featuring the work of dozens of local and regional artists displayed in over 30 participating businesses. The Artwalk opens on June 17th and runs through September. 

Volunteer Opportunity: Spokane Valley Planning Commission

The City of Spokane Valley is now accepting applications to fill a position open on their Spokane Valley Planning Commission. It was recently vacated when former Planning Commissioner, Arne Woodard, was appointed to the interim seat on the City Council. 

Candidate School

Have you been giving thought to running for public office?  There are a number of positions in the communities in Spokane County that will be on the ballot and your name could be there. Find out more by attending our Candidate's School at the Spokane Valley Chamber Business Center Conference Room, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13th. This afternoon workshop will have sessions on what it is like to hold public office, organizing and running a campaign, working with the media, and where to find out details to sharpen your knowledge about community issues. Attendees will receive a reference notebook with information needed in order to file to become a candidate, as well as background information that you can use in planning a successful campaign.  Cost to attend is $25 and includes refreshments and materials. 

Former WSU Cougar Hired As Volleyball Coach For Lewis-Clark State

Lewis-Clark State College has hired LaToya Harris as their new head coach for the women's volleyball team.  Harris was a standout volleyball player at Washington State from 1999-2002 and was a teammate of the former L-C State volleyball coach, Jen Greeny.  Greeny resigned last month to become the volleyball coach at WSU. Harris comes to L-C State from Sam Barlow High in Gresham, Oregon.  At Sam Barlow High, she compiled a 55-28 record in conference play and her teams advanced to the Oregon State Tournament twice. Harris will begin her new duties on April 25 and takes over a program that has won four straight Frontier Conference titles.

Secretary Of Defense To Speak At WSU Spring Commencement

Robert M. Gates, the United States Secretary of Defense, headlines the list of speakers at Washington State University's Spring Commencement Ceremony on May 7, 2011.  The event will be held at the Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum.   He will be joined by Admiral John Scott Redd and R. James Cook, WSU Dean and Professor Emeritus. Gates will address the graduates from the College of Liberal Arts and The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication. 

A New Neighborhood Park Planned For Greenacres

What was historically alfalfa fields, is now going to transform into City of Spokane Valley's newest park: Greenacres Park. The park will be located on the northwest corner of Boone Ave and Long Road and will cover 8.3 acres. Construction will begin between mid-May and the beginning of June. They plan to have the first phase of construction finished by this fall. That first phase will include turf and irrigation of the site to be the foundation for a sand and water play area. Other features of the park will include an amphitheater, a large picnic shelter, a multi-use playground with a splash pad and a concrete walking path tracing the perimeter of the park. 

Car Prowling on Pines Road

One reader emailed KXLY to spread awareness of car prowlers in one particular area of Spokane Valley. Early one morning, Sarah H. left her apartment complex on Pines Rd. to walk to her car. She  described her vehicle as, "decent looking". That's when she found her back passenger window broken and the dashboard ripped out. Multiple items had been stolen totaling up to $600. After making a report to the police, she starting asking, "Why did this happen?" She didn't think she was in a questionable neighborhood or that she had any enemies. Why would someone want to viciously attack her car?

Lewiston Police Seek Pain Clinic Vandal

Lewiston Police hope someone will recognize a man who vandalized a pain clinic Saturday night. Surveillance video shows a man in a white tank top and jeans repeatedly smashing and throwing things at the Interventional Pain Consultant Clinic on Juniper Drive. He left behind more than $5,000 worth of damage. To see the video and see how you can report a crime tip by email or by phone, click here for the.

New vaccine may protect wild sheep

A new vaccine for wild bighorn sheep shows early signs of promise but still faces several obstacles, a researcher at Washington State University says. WSU professor Sri Srikumaran began testing a vaccine for pneumonia in bighorn sheep earlier this year at his research facility in Pullman. In February, Srikumaran inoculated four bighorn sheep with an inactive form of the leading pneumonia-causing pathogen in the sheep. All four survived the exposure, but sheep that did not receive the vaccine died within two days, Srikumaran said.