The top 10 stories that grabbed your attention in 2019
4 News Now compiled a list of the top 10 stories that you read on KXLY.com. They are not necessarily the most important, nor are they all happy stories, but these are the ones that you clicked on and read the most this past year.
This story was about 16-year-old Brandon Burbridge and the amazing gift he was able to give after he passed away. Burbridge passed away after falling off the back of moving truck and hitting his head.
Before he died, Burbride made the decision to become an organ donor. His organs were healthy and he was able to donate all of them, as well as his tissue and corneas.
This story was only published a few days ago, but it was the second most-read story on KXLY.com in 2019.
After a series of package thefts, Spokane Police were able to track down the man they thought was responsible. With a search warrant on Christmas Eve, officers found the man, who later admitted to stealing gifts from Spokane porches in December.
It’s been nearly a year since a Spokane woman was arrested for reportedly raping a three-year-old family member. Jessica Cunnington remains in the Spokane County Jail on $100,000 bond following allegations that she engaged in inappropriate behavior with the child, then posted images and video of the acts online.
Students at North Central High School grieved the death of one of their classmates. Sunquaria B. Noble’s body was found in the Spokane River in May. The Spokane County Medical Examiner ruled her death a suicide.
The annual Fourth of July celebration in downtown Coeur d’Alene ended in gunfire this year. Police shot Tyler Rambo at least 10 times after he reportedly opened fire near Independence Point, just as the fireworks show was ending. Rambo remains in the Kootenai County Jail on several charges, including attempted second-degree murder and aggravated assault.
In July, two Eastern Washington University football players were shot near the Globe Bar and Kitchen in downtown Spokane. Both 21-year-old Keith Moore and 22-year-old Dehonta Hayes suffered gunshots wounds, but their injuries were not life-threatening.
It took police a month and a half to identify the suspects, but two men were ultimately arrested. Avery Francis and Anthony Carell remain in jail on attempted murder charges.
A Spokane woman’s body was found hidden in a freezer in June. Arezu Kashify’s husband, Wahid, remains the primary suspect. A Toyota Sienna register to Wahid was located shortly after at the Spokane International Airport and it was later determined he had booked a one-way ticket out of the United States.
Authorities issued an extraditable warrant for Wahid’s arrest, but he has not been located.
A sexually violent predator was released from McNeil Island in March and moved to Spokane. A psychologist determined 30-year-old Morgan Heath no longer met the criteria as a sexually violent predator, which meant the state could not longer hold him at the Special Commitment Center.
Heath moved to the Lincoln House on N. Lincoln, which houses several other level-two and three sex offenders.
YUM! It turns out that some of the best pasta in the country can be found right here in Spokane. Food Network gave Italia Trattoria a shout out on its list of Top Places to Eat. The restaurant, which is located in Browne’s Addition, specializes in housemade pastas and desserts, and serves up sustainable meals under the leadership of James Beard winner Anna Vogel.
A no-bond warrant was issued for William Scott Wegner in November following allegations he raped and impregnated a 14-year-old girl.
Wegner was also charged with lewd conduct for inappropriately touching a 5-year-old girl. He still remains on the run.