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After five years in captivity Bergdahl faces long recovery

After five years in captivity Bergdahl faces long recovery

Long time Spokane resident Dale Storr remembers what its like to come home after being a prisoner of war, and said that Bowe Bergdahl has a long road to recovery ahead of him.

In 1991, Storr was an Air Force A-10 pilot who was shot down and held captive by Saddam Hussein's Republican Guard for 33 days. During his captivity he endured torture and even bombing by American warplanes. Lt. Col. Storr, who retired from the 141st Air Refueling Wing after 28 years of service in 2011, remembers the savage and brutal treatment he received at the hands of his Iraqi captors.

Throw in five years Bergdahl's been held prisoner and no one expect him to make a speedy recovery.

Storr was on his 17th mission on February 2, 1991 when his aircraft was hit during a strafing run. The strike severed the control cables of his plane as well as damaged his radio.

"Fortunately for me I ejected just in time, just before the plane hit the ground, got the chute. I landed without injuries and as soon as I was on the ground I could see the truck with the Iraqis coming to get me," he recalled.

Are lawmakers looking to end the war on cannabis?

Lawmakers in Congress voted to restrict DEA funding so that the feds wouldn't go after medical marijuana operations in states where it's legal. It's one of the first signs U.S. lawmakers are looking to end the war on cannabis.

Basically this legislation would mean medical marijuana growers following the rules wouldn't have to fear being raided by the DEA. The DEA would have to focus their resources elsewhere.

"It's come about and we're still going to keep pushing forward until we get the results we want, that's why we vote," Joseph Harrison at Kouchlock Productions said.

That's what the U.S. House of Representatives recognized in its vote, passing a measure to block federal agents from pursuing legal medical marijuana operations.

"They're not going to be singled out and targeted and they're not going to be arrested and that's definitely the key point to this," Harrison said.

23-year-old dies in ATV accident in Grant County

A 23-year-old man from Auburn, Washington, has died from injuries received during an all-terrain vehicle accident near Soap Lake in Grant County.

The Grant County sheriff's office reports Collin D. Murdock was the passenger in a ATV being driven Friday on private property about seven miles east of Soap Lake. The vehicle hit a skid and Murdock apparently jumped off and hit his head on irrigation equipment.

KPQ Radio reports Murdock's friends drove him to Columbia Basin Hospital in Ephrata where he died Friday evening.

The driver of the ATV, 24-year-old Matthew J. Giandalia of Kent, suffered minor injuries. He was treated and released from Columbia Basin Hospital. Neither Giandalia nor Murdock was wearing a helmet.

Pilot killed in Banks Lake plane crash

The pilot of a float plane was killed when his aircraft failed to take off and nosed over into Banks Lake Saturday.

According to witnesses at the scene, the aircraft was a float plane attempting to take off from Banks Lake but never gained altitude and nosed over into the water.

Witnesses report that some individuals at the scene cut the pilot out of the plane, but he had been underwater for approximately six to seven minutes and had died before they were able to reach him. The aircraft sank into the lake within 20 minutes.

The pilot was the only person on board the aircraft at the time of the mishap, according to witnesses.

Deputies from the Grant County Sheriff's Office along with local police from the Grand Coulee Dam area are on the scene.

Moses Lake man gets 18 years for manslaughter

A 30-year-old Moses Lake man who killed a man he thought had molested his daughter was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Adrian Rodriguez had been charged with murder in the 2012 shooting of Tracy Fullbright but pleaded guilty to manslaughter in a deal with Grant County prosecutors.

The website iFIBER One News reports Rodriguez has 11 prior felony convictions.

GCSO offering boating education courses

GCSO offering boating education courses

From the Grant County Sheriff’s Office:


The Grant County Sheriff’s Office will be offering two Boating Education Courses in June.


1) Mon. June 2 and Tues. June 3, from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day at the Quincy Jr. High Library. (Must attend both days).

Waspocalypse! How to protect your home against pests this summer

Waspocalypse! How to protect your home against pests this summer

A very nice looking forecast for the Memorial Day weekend but some uninvited guests could disrupt your party or picnic as yellow jackets are already showing up in record numbers.

Experts say there are an unprecedented number of yellow jacket queens flying around this spring and they threaten to breed clouds of offspring. If you don't like having your barbecue buzzed it's time to start your battle against yellow jackets now.

The people who put out their yellow jacket traps early this year are seeing some disturbing results.

Queens are emerging in record numbers after fattening up during a long and mild fall.

"Well the large number of queens that we're seeing right now kind of really adds up to a perfect storm for hornets and yellow jackets this summer," Stephanie Cates with Rescue Pest Products said.

Right now queens are looking for nesting spots. If they find a suitable throne in your yard, your trouble with yellow jackets will multiply.

"Each yellow jacket queen can represent 200 to 2000 yellow jackets later on this summer depending on the colony size," Alyssa Ando with Rescue Pest Products said.