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Unsecured load causes close call for Spokane Valley woman

Unsecured load causes close call for Spokane Valley woman

It may not look like it at first glance, but this silver PT Cruiser is completely totaled. In fact, the driver Jenny Gossman is lucky to be alive.

Gossman was driving home from Newport to Spokane Saturday night when a large piece of wood from someone's unsecured load was hit by oncoming traffic and thrown airborne into her lane.

“I thought, 'This is it. This is the end of my life,'” said Gossman. “If I hadn't slammed on the brakes it would have gone straight through the windshield and into my head.”

Instead, her quick reflexes likely saved her life. The log hit the road directly in front of her, forcing it's way into the undercarriage of the car and wedging itself beneath the rear axle.

“You look at it and you're thinking, 'How can it be totaled?' The engine and everything has been shoved back. The radiator is toast,” she said. “It hit just underneath my bumper and caught the frame and compressed everything back.”

Vehicle theft suspect arrested after short chase

Vehicle theft suspect arrested after short chase

Grant County Sheriff's Deputies arrested an 18-year-old Moses Lake woman early this morning after she allegedly stole a car and led officers on a short chase.

Brittany Strong was arrested by deputies in the Larson neighborhood. She was driving a Chrysler 300 which had been reported stolen from a nearby home about 15 minutes before Sheriff Tom Jones spotted it and gave chase around 6:30 am.

During the chase Strong struck a curb, flattening the right front tire of the vehicle. A short time later Strong lost control and crashed into a fire hydrant at Mather Drive and Larson Boulevard.

Strong was arrested shortly thereafter and booked into the Grant County Jail on charges of theft of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle and felony eluding police.

USDA offering financial assistance for farmers impacted by wildfires

USDA offering financial assistance for farmers impacted by wildfires

The United States Department of Agriculture wants to help farmers impacted by this year's brutal wildfire season in central and eastern Washington.

The USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Services is now accepting applications from agriculture producers in Kittitas, Grant, Chelan, Okanogan and Douglas counties impacted by wildfires in 2014. Financial assistance is offered through the Wildfire Initiative of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program to help resource concerns on private and tribal land.

NRCS will be offering two financial assistance options:

Option 1 – General EQIP

The key conservation practice available for assistance under this option is deferred grazing. This practice allows grasses time to recover while livestock producers seek alternate feed sources. And for the first time, NRCS is also offering broadcast seeding as part of this initiative.

Option 2 – Wildfire Special Initiative

1 dead in crash involving Grant Co. Sheriff's Deputy

1 dead in crash involving Grant Co. Sheriff's Deputy

One person is dead following a two car collision involving a Grant County Sheriff's Deputy on Saturday morning.

The crash happened just before 10 a.m. at the intersection of Dodson Road NW and County Road 5 NW, just ten miles south of Ephrata.

Ephrata resident McKenna B. Fuglie, age 22, was killed in the collision.

Tyson J. Voss, age 39 of Moses Lake, is the Grant County Sheriff's Deputy who was injured in the collision. Voss was treated and released from Samaritan Healthcare in Moses Lake.

Washington State Patrol is investigating the incident.

Sue the T-Rex takes over Mobius Science Museum

Sue the T-Rex takes over Mobius Science Museum

Few things will ever be as cool or awe-inspiring as dinosaurs, and today is the first day you can meet one up close and personal at Mobius Science Museum. Not just any dinosaur either, but Sue – the largest and most complete fossil of a T-Rex ever discovered.

Sue's trip to Spokane began as a whirlwind affair, with an empty stretch in her schedule the options were to either be shipped back to Chicago for storage or find a museum who would be willing to take her.

“Sue is what we call, in the business, a last minute booking,” said Mobius CEO Phil Lindsey. “Some of our board members had been reaching out to the Field Museum in Chicago about her availability and we reached a point where we thought we were going to be able to get her out here. From the booking to the shipping, everything was about six weeks.”

Information wanted in residential burglary

Information wanted in residential burglary

Grant County Sheriff's Deputies arrested two 17-year-old boys Wednesday afternoon for burglary and theft.

Deputies responded to 123 E. Montmorency Boulevard in George for a report of a burglary which happened between 7:30 am and 11:30 am Wednesday. During the investigation, deputies learned of two possible suspects. Deputies then found those two suspects a short distance away.

One suspect, a 17-year-old George boy, was arrested. The other suspect, a 17-year-old Quincy boy, fled but turned himself into deputies later that day. Deputies recovered two .22 caliber pistols stolen during the burglary. Each suspect faces charges of first-degree burglary and theft of a firearm.

Deputies are still looking for several other pieces of property stolen during that burglary. These are the best descriptions of the items:

Controversy continues over proposed WSU medical school

Controversy continues over proposed WSU medical school

 The University of Washington released a scathing rebuttal this week to a report supporting the creation of a medical school for Washington State University, saying it contains “a number of deep flaws,” and is based on “faulty assumptions, omissions and erroneous data.”

WSU first approached consultant MGT of America in February to conduct a feasibility assessment for a new medical school based on the University's health sciences campus in Spokane. Specifically the assessment was to focus on the need for physicians in Eastern Washington, the best educational model to meet those needs, if current WSU resources were capable of creating a program to meet accreditation standards and the required time and resources to develop a new medical school.