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  • PHOTOS: Pharmacy Robbery; Do You Know Who This Woman Is?

    PHOTOS: Pharmacy Robbery; Do You Know Who This Woman Is?

    Tuesday, January 7 2014 3:06 PM EST2014-01-07 20:06:17 GMT
    KHQ.COM - On Saturday, January 4th, 2014, at about 3:30 p.m., Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy Tim Greenfield responded to Sav-On Pharmacy inside of the Albertson's store at 12312 N. Division on a robbery call.>>
    KHQ.COM - On Saturday, January 4th, 2014, at about 3:30 p.m., Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy Tim Greenfield responded to Sav-On Pharmacy inside of the Albertson's store at 12312 N. Division on a robbery call. The pharmacist told Deputy Greenfield that at about 3:30 p.m. a white female, in her late twenties to early thirties, 5'5" and a medium build, walked up to the counter and demanded oxycodone.>>

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is asking for information leading to the arrest of a woman that they say is behind three recent pharmacy robberies. The cash reward is being put up by Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest and a program called RX Patrol.            

RX Patrol is an initiative created by a pharmaceutical company called Purdue Pharma L.P.  It collects and disseminates pharmacy theft intelligence to law enforcement across the United States.  Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest President Eric Green says RX Patrol works in collaboration with Crime Stoppers to bring pharmaceutical thieves to justice. 

It provides the reward money offered in these cases. Green says that so far RX Patrol has paid out upwards of $5,000 in rewards through Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest. The collaborative effort is essential as prescription drug abuse continues to rise.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports prescription painkiller abuse has doubled in the past five years to nearly half a million.  

12 million Americans report using prescription drugs to get "high" or for non-medical reasons.  Also, the CDC says prescription drug abuse costs $72.5 billion dollars every in direct health care costs. 

The overall cost rise even further when one takes into consideration the cost of law enforcement resources allocated to pharmaceutical thefts.

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  • PHOTOS JUST IN: Devastation from Carlton Complex; 300 homes burned

    PHOTOS JUST IN: Devastation from Carlton Complex; 300 homes burned

    Saturday, July 26 2014 12:07 AM EDT2014-07-26 04:07:59 GMT
    TWISP, Wash. (AP) - The Okanogan County Sheriff says the Carlton Complex wildfire has many more homes than previously thought. Sheriff Frank Rogers said Friday that the Carlton Complex fire has consumed about 300 homes this month. His office previously placed the number at 150, but he said then he knew it would rise.>>
    TWISP, Wash. (AP) - The Okanogan County Sheriff says the Carlton Complex wildfire has many more homes than previously thought. Sheriff Frank Rogers said Friday that the Carlton Complex fire has consumed about 300 homes this month. His office previously placed the number at 150, but he said then he knew it would rise.>>
  • UPDATE: High Drive brush fire now 100% contained

    UPDATE: High Drive brush fire now 100% contained

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:19 AM EDT2014-07-29 14:19:20 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash.- On Monday afternoon a brush fire broke out on the west side of Spokane's South Hill. The fire, which broke out around 3pm, was burning on the hill between High Drive and Qualchan Golf Course. By 9pm Monday night the fire was 100% contained. This does not necessarily mean the fire is totally out, but that crews are confident it won't spread and will be out soon.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash.- On Monday afternoon a brush fire broke out on the west side of Spokane's South Hill. The fire, which broke out around 3pm, was burning on the hill between High Drive and Qualchan Golf Course. By 9pm Monday night the fire was 100% contained. This does not necessarily mean the fire is totally out, but that crews are confident it won't spread and will be out soon.>>
  • 44 Riverside homes destroyed or damaged in storm

    44 Riverside homes destroyed or damaged in storm

    Thursday, July 24 2014 3:46 PM EDT2014-07-24 19:46:53 GMT
    RIVERSIDE, Wash. - Many families were still at the Red Cross Shelter set up at Riverside High School in Riverside this morning.An afternoon storm destroyed or damaged 44 of their homes and knocked down close to 100 trees in Riverside Village Mobile Home Park.Many residents said the storm looked like a tornado as it swept through their neighborhood.>>
    RIVERSIDE, Wash. - Many families were still at the Red Cross Shelter set up at Riverside High School in Riverside this morning.An afternoon storm destroyed or damaged 44 of their homes and knocked down close to 100 trees in Riverside Village Mobile Home Park.Many residents said the storm looked like a tornado as it swept through their neighborhood.>>
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  • Don’t Be Easy Target For Intruders

    Don’t Be Easy Target For Intruders

    Thursday, May 22 2014 2:04 PM EDT2014-05-22 18:04:47 GMT
    Spokane Police say a man broke into a home late Wednesday morning through a back door and threatened the man who lived there with a gun. It happened near the intersection of Crestline and Wabash in Northeast Spokane.>>
    Spokane Police say a man broke into a home late Wednesday morning through a back door and threatened the man who lived there with a gun. It happened near the intersection of Crestline and Wabash in Northeast Spokane.>>
  • Fugitive Friday: Wanted: Art Towers

    Fugitive Friday: Wanted: Art Towers

    Friday, June 13 2014 12:20 PM EDT2014-06-13 16:20:32 GMT
    KHQ.COM - The KHQ Crime Trackers are helping the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office track down a fugitive on the run. His name is Art Towers. He also goes by the name of Arlington Torres. The 60 year old faced an original charge of sexual battery of a child. He’s 60 years old. He’s 5’7’’ and 185 pounds. Towers has brown and gray hair and brown eyes.>>
    KHQ.COM - The KHQ Crime Trackers are helping the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office track down a fugitive on the run. His name is Art Towers. He also goes by the name of Arlington Torres. The 60 year old faced an original charge of sexual battery of a child. He’s 60 years old. He’s 5’7’’ and 185 pounds. Towers has brown and gray hair and brown eyes.>>
  • Crime Tracker: Fence Business Booming Because Of Crime

    Crime Tracker: Fence Business Booming Because Of Crime

    Wednesday, June 11 2014 1:46 PM EDT2014-06-11 17:46:23 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Business is booming for Moran Fence Incorporated in East Spokane. The company says it can’t keep up with growing demand. People are turning to Moran Fencing to fence their property and keep intruders out.Spokane Oxarc has invested $100,000 into fencing around its property. It’s even hired Moran to put up two layers of razor ribbon.
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    SPOKANE, Wash. - Business is booming for Moran Fence Incorporated in East Spokane. The company says it can’t keep up with growing demand. People are turning to Moran Fencing to fence their property and keep intruders out.Spokane Oxarc has invested $100,000 into fencing around its property. It’s even hired Moran to put up two layers of razor ribbon.
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  • UPDATE: High Drive brush fire now 100% contained

    UPDATE: High Drive brush fire now 100% contained

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:19 AM EDT2014-07-29 14:19:20 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash.- On Monday afternoon a brush fire broke out on the west side of Spokane's South Hill. The fire, which broke out around 3pm, was burning on the hill between High Drive and Qualchan Golf Course. By 9pm Monday night the fire was 100% contained. This does not necessarily mean the fire is totally out, but that crews are confident it won't spread and will be out soon.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash.- On Monday afternoon a brush fire broke out on the west side of Spokane's South Hill. The fire, which broke out around 3pm, was burning on the hill between High Drive and Qualchan Golf Course. By 9pm Monday night the fire was 100% contained. This does not necessarily mean the fire is totally out, but that crews are confident it won't spread and will be out soon.>>
  • Poulsbo man accused of impersonating police

    Poulsbo man accused of impersonating police

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:08 AM EDT2014-07-29 14:08:43 GMT
    BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) - A 21-year-old Poulsbo man is accused of impersonating police after he activated red and blue emergency lights to get another vehicle to pull over. The Washington State Patrol says Trevor Schwarz was stopped in Kitsap County early Monday after a caller reported that a truck had tried to pull them over using emergency lights, passed them and then ran a red light.>>
    BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) - A 21-year-old Poulsbo man is accused of impersonating police after he activated red and blue emergency lights to get another vehicle to pull over. The Washington State Patrol says Trevor Schwarz was stopped in Kitsap County early Monday after a caller reported that a truck had tried to pull them over using emergency lights, passed them and then ran a red light.
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  • Small plane crashes in north-central Idaho

    Small plane crashes in north-central Idaho

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:34 AM EDT2014-07-29 13:34:27 GMT
    OROFINO, Idaho (AP) - A small, home-built airplane has crashed in the Clearwater National Forest near the Idaho-Montana border, killing the pilot.The Clearwater County sheriff's office says a crew with Two Bear Air Helicopter of Whitefish, Montana, spotted the wreckage Monday west of Lolo Pass. The sheriff's office identified the pilot as 72-year-old Milon Meyer, of Richland, Washington.>>
    OROFINO, Idaho (AP) - A small, home-built airplane has crashed in the Clearwater National Forest near the Idaho-Montana border, killing the pilot.The Clearwater County sheriff's office says a crew with Two Bear Air Helicopter of Whitefish, Montana, spotted the wreckage Monday west of Lolo Pass. The sheriff's office identified the pilot as 72-year-old Milon Meyer, of Richland, Washington.>>