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Thief steals iPad from developmentally disabled man

A case of theft solved thanks to viewers and members of the community.

Tuesday we told you about an iPad that had been stolen right out the hands of disabled young man.
That evening that device was returned to its rightful owner.

For Matthew Lavoie, that iPad wasn't just a tablet, it was a way for him to communicate with others. Matthew is developmentally handicapped and has trouble speaking.

The theft happened around 10:15 Tuesday morning at a Walgreens on the South Hill. Police say a man walked up to the car Thomas was in and stole the iPad.

Thomas' mother, Lara Lavoie said her son was listening to Christmas music in the parked car when the thief somehow convinced him to open the car door. That's when she thinks the tablet was stolen. Thomas uses a $200 app on the device to help him communicate.


"He's so trusting he never would have thought in a million years that someone was going to do that," said Lara Lavoie.

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Air Force Master Sergeant returns home 2 days early, gives wife Christmas surprise

Air Force Master Sergeant returns home 2 days early, gives wife Christmas surprise

Christmas came early for one local couple. John and Sarah Kelley had only been married for a few months when John, who is a Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force, was sent to serve a remote assignment in Korea.

 

Originally scheduled to return in November, John's deployment was extended for an additional 30 days. He was originally rescheduled to return home Christmas Day, but when his itinerary was moved up two days, he decided to pull off a Christmas surprise.

 

With the help of his parents, a plan was formed. Since their son was scheduled to arrive at noon, John and Sherry Bujosa told Sarah they wanted to meet her for lunch at Longhorn Barbecue on West Sunset Highway.

 

Residents can still visit SNAP website for help with Energy Assistance

Residents can still visit SNAP website for help with Energy Assistance

SNAP still has many appointments available for Spokane County residents who need energy assistance.

 

Earlier this year, SNAP said residents across Spokane County were clamoring for help with energy bills as unseasonably cold weather descended upon the region in mid-autumn. The first series of SNAP Energy Assistance appointments opened in late September and were soon filled.

 

Now, with mild conditions defining the first phase of winter, SNAP has reported that the rush of residents seeking help has fallen off. SNAP opened its second round of Energy Assistance appointments on Tuesday, December 16th, but still has around 1,200 appointments available on the SNAP website as of December 19th.

 

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Cheney Police Department arrest robbery suspect

Cheney Police Department arrest robbery suspect

A suspect was arrested Wednesday night in connection with a robbery at a Cheney convenience store. 

 

On December 16, 2014, at approximately 12:45 a.m., the Maverik gasoline and convenience store in the 2800 block of 1st Street in Cheney was robbed at gunpoint. According to the Cheney Police Department, the thief made away with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was injured during the robbery, and the suspect fled from the convenience store on foot.

 

Assisted by the Eastern Washington University Police Department, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, and Washington State Patrol, officers searched the surrounding areas using a canine and the SCSO helicopter, uncovering various items of evidence along with several clues, but no suspect.

 

Spokane County SCRAPS provides tips for keeping your pet safe from holiday hazards

Spokane County SCRAPS provides tips for keeping your pet safe from holiday hazards

Spokane County SCRAPS wants to warn pet owners of the hazards the holidays can bring to your four legged friends.


 

"Things that make the holidays a great time of year - cookies, presents, and a house full of company - can actually be hazards to our four-legged friends," said Nancy Hill, Regional Director of SCRAPS. "We advise pet owners to take a minute to make sure their house is pet friendly."


 

According to SCRAPS, here are a few holiday items that can be particularly harmful to pets:


 

  • Holiday Lighting and Candles

SCRAPS said these are especially dangerous to pets that like to chew. Electrical shock can occur when a pet chomps down on an electrical cord, causing tongue lacerations and possible death. SCRAPS suggests using LED candles instead of actual flames and place them into hard-to-reach places so that pets can not access them.


 

  • Gift Wrap Ribbon

Cheney Fire Department to put on annual Candy Cane Hay Ride Dec. 18

For the fifteenth time, Cheney firefighters will escort Santa through Cheney on a Candy Cane Hayride. The event will take place Thursday, December 18th.

 

Firefighters will start at the the Cheney Fire Station at 5:00 p.m. following the route towards the Salnave area, Around 6:15 p.m. they will head toward the North end of town. This year they will stop in the Safeway complex area for a short time arriving at about 7:00 p.m. The firefighter’s hope the stop at the Safeway complex will allow people who live out of town, or miss them in the neighborhoods, to catch up to Santa. The fire department pointed out it is important to know that all times are approximate.