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  • FIRST ON KHQ: Former Spokane NAACP president Rachel Dolezal facing felony theft charges for welfare fraud

    FIRST ON KHQ: Former Spokane NAACP president Rachel Dolezal facing felony theft charges for welfare fraud

    Friday, May 25 2018 2:09 AM EDT2018-05-25 06:09:50 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Former Spokane Chapter NAACP President Rachel Dolezal is now facing legal trouble that could land her behind bars. KHQ has confirmed that Dolezal, who legally changed her name to Nkechi Diallo in 2016, is accused of 1st Degree Theft by Welfare Fraud, Perjury in the 2nd Degree, and False Verification for Public Assistance.

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    SPOKANE, Wash. - Former Spokane Chapter NAACP President Rachel Dolezal is now facing legal trouble that could land her behind bars. KHQ has confirmed that Dolezal, who legally changed her name to Nkechi Diallo in 2016, is accused of 1st Degree Theft by Welfare Fraud, Perjury in the 2nd Degree, and False Verification for Public Assistance. Her potential punishment under RCW 74.08.331 could include up to 15 years in prison.

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  • Man arrested trying to dig up murdered brother's grave in Bremerton

    Man arrested trying to dig up murdered brother's grave in Bremerton

    Friday, May 25 2018 12:30 AM EDT2018-05-25 04:30:18 GMT

    BREMERTON, Wash. - A man found digging up a grave early Wednesday told police he was trying to recover a gold cross that had been buried with his murdered brother. The Kitsap Sun reports that Bremerton police were called early Wednesday morning to the Miller Woodlawn cemetery after an employee spotted the man digging up the grave of 30-year-old Hector “Ricky” Apodaca. When officers arrived, they found the 27-year-old man was sitting in the hole he dug

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    BREMERTON, Wash. - A man found digging up a grave early Wednesday told police he was trying to recover a gold cross that had been buried with his murdered brother. The Kitsap Sun reports that Bremerton police were called early Wednesday morning to the Miller Woodlawn cemetery after an employee spotted the man digging up the grave of 30-year-old Hector “Ricky” Apodaca. When officers arrived, they found the 27-year-old man was sitting in the hole he dug

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  • Montana wolf population estimated at 900, gain of about 50

    Montana wolf population estimated at 900, gain of about 50

    Thursday, May 24 2018 11:20 PM EDT2018-05-25 03:20:11 GMT

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Wildlife officials say Montana had about 900 wolves in 2017, the 13th consecutive year the state exceeded its recovery goal.  The Billings Gazette reported Thursday that last year's population estimate was up from 851 in 2016. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks' annual wolf report said 166 wolves were killed by hunters and 89 by trappers in the 2017-18 season. The department said sales of wolf licenses generated $380,000 for wolf conservation and manageme...

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    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Wildlife officials say Montana had about 900 wolves in 2017, the 13th consecutive year the state exceeded its recovery goal.  The Billings Gazette reported Thursday that last year's population estimate was up from 851 in 2016. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks' annual wolf report said 166 wolves were killed by hunters and 89 by trappers in the 2017-18 season. The department said sales of wolf licenses generated $380,000 for wolf conservation and manageme...

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  • Mead High School teacher accused of sexual relationship with student says he knew his feelings were “wrong”

    Mead High School teacher accused of sexual relationship with student says he knew his feelings were “wrong”

    Thursday, May 24 2018 9:31 PM EDT2018-05-25 01:31:13 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A Mead High School teacher has been arrested and charged with having a sexual relationship with a student.  Last month, court records showed 37-year-old Mead High School teacher Wesley Perez was under investigation for having an inappropriate relationship with a student. 

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    SPOKANE, Wash. - A Mead High School teacher has been arrested and charged with having a sexual relationship with a student.  Last month, court records showed 37-year-old Mead High School teacher Wesley Perez was under investigation for having an inappropriate relationship with a student. 

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  • Is Cracker Barrel planning to open a location in North Spokane?

    Is Cracker Barrel planning to open a location in North Spokane?

    Thursday, May 24 2018 9:18 PM EDT2018-05-25 01:18:25 GMT
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    SPOKANE, Wash. - Although it hasn't been publicly announced, it looks like the Cracker Barrel chain of restaurants and country stores is coming to Spokane. According to Inland Northwest Business Watch, documents have been filed with the city, showing plans to build a new Cracker Barrel in North Spokane. The plans show that the restaurant would be on the Northeast side of the N. Newport Hwy / E. Hoerner Ave. intersection, nearby The 

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    SPOKANE, Wash. - Although it hasn't been publicly announced, it looks like the Cracker Barrel chain of restaurants and country stores is coming to Spokane. According to Inland Northwest Business Watch, documents have been filed with the city, showing plans to build a new Cracker Barrel in North Spokane. The plans show that the restaurant would be on the Northeast side of the N. Newport Hwy / E. Hoerner Ave. intersection, nearby The 

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  • Justice for Joyce: 47 years later, family of murdered WSU student hopes for answers

    Justice for Joyce: 47 years later, family of murdered WSU student hopes for answers

    Thursday, May 24 2018 9:06 PM EDT2018-05-25 01:06:24 GMT

    WHITMAN COUNTY, Wash. - The murder of Joyce Lepage has haunted much of Eastern Washington for almost 50 years. With the suspect list even once including Ted Bundy, there's no shortage of theories on what happened to the murdered WSU student. KHQ investigated the case, speaking with both family and detectives who have not given up. "She was just a beautiful girl," said the victim's brother Bruce Lepage. "Joyce was extremely friendly." 

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    WHITMAN COUNTY, Wash. - The murder of Joyce Lepage has haunted much of Eastern Washington for almost 50 years. With the suspect list even once including Ted Bundy, there's no shortage of theories on what happened to the murdered WSU student. KHQ investigated the case, speaking with both family and detectives who have not given up. "She was just a beautiful girl," said the victim's brother Bruce Lepage. "Joyce was extremely friendly." 

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  • Mysterious wolf-like creature shot in Montana

    Mysterious wolf-like creature shot in Montana

    Thursday, May 24 2018 7:58 PM EDT2018-05-24 23:58:21 GMT
    Image Courtesy KXLO via KFBBImage Courtesy KXLO via KFBB
    Image Courtesy KXLO via KFBBImage Courtesy KXLO via KFBB

    DENTON, Mont. - A large wolf-like animal was shot and killed May 16 by a rancher near Denton, Montana. It now has wildlife officials and the public wondering what it was, according to KFBB. The animal came within several hundred yards of the rancher’s livestock. Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP) said in a statement the rancher shot it and reported it as required by law. The animal was a young, non-lactating female and a canid, a 

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    DENTON, Mont. - A large wolf-like animal was shot and killed May 16 by a rancher near Denton, Montana. It now has wildlife officials and the public wondering what it was, according to KFBB. The animal came within several hundred yards of the rancher’s livestock. Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP) said in a statement the rancher shot it and reported it as required by law. The animal was a young, non-lactating female and a canid, a 

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  • State-run nursing home not meeting new federal guidelines

    State-run nursing home not meeting new federal guidelines

    Thursday, May 24 2018 7:22 PM EDT2018-05-24 23:22:27 GMT

    GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - The state health department has hired consultants and paid over $277,000 in civil penalties as the Montana Mental Health Nursing Care Center in Lewistown works to meet new federal regulations for caring for older adults with mental health issues. The Great Falls Tribune reports that after a February inspection, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid found the facility failed to protect patients from the verbal, physical and sexually abusive behaviors o...

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    GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - The state health department has hired consultants and paid over $277,000 in civil penalties as the Montana Mental Health Nursing Care Center in Lewistown works to meet new federal regulations for caring for older adults with mental health issues. The Great Falls Tribune reports that after a February inspection, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid found the facility failed to protect patients from the verbal, physical and sexually abusive behaviors o...

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