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III Airway Heights mayor involved in January hit-and-run accident By AL STOVER s yf e po er Airway Heights mayor Patrick Rushing was recently cleared of misdemeanor citations of hit-and-run and following too dose to a vehicle, both of which resulted from a two-vehicle accident back in January. On the morning of Jan. 7, Rushing was driving an empty school bus for the Medical Lake School District when he rear-ended a vehicle at the comer of Highway 2 and Brooks Road. No injuries were reported in the accident and the other vehicle's left tail light was broken. According to Rushing, both parties left the scene due to the concern that the driver of the damaged vehicle was late for work and Rushing was running behind on his route. "I told them that if it were more convenient for them that they could contact the Medical Lake School District Transportation Office and make arrangements to exchange insurance information when it was best for them," Rushing said. When Rushing arrived at the transportation office, a Spokane See Rushing page 10 Picking up in the neig hborhood Contributed photos by Jill Weiszmann Over 300 volunteers fanned out across Cheney to pick up litter and collect items dropped off by residents during the eighth annual Cheney Clean Sweep. Top Galen Grime (left) helps a customer empty his car while Lucky Fitzner (right) tosses items into a Dumpster. Bottom Eastern Wash- ington University women's basketball head coach Wendy Schuller gets into the cleaning act at Veter- ans Park. in IE By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Thanks partly to passage of Initiative 594 last November, the Cheney Police Department has another function to keep track of with its Monthly Accountability Report, known as "the MAR." 1-594 expanded background checks for fire- arms sales and transfers to all such transactions, with a few exceptions. Recent court cases and new laws surrounding reissuing firearms to individu- als involved in domestic violence - the Sheena Henderson Act - require police departments to do more tracking of firearms. Cheney Police have responded with a new cat- egory on the MAR, "firearms related," a tracking function falling to department communications staff.' The new laws require not only background checks, but searches of databases to determine if an individual has been committed, voluntarily or involuntarily, for a mental health issue and whether or not they've been diaguosed with alco- hol or controlled substance addictions. "Those are things under 594 that would pro- hibit you from getting a firearm back." Cheney Police Cmdr. Rick Campbell said. So far in the first three months of 2015 the department has made 68 such checks. With no previous data to compare it to, Campbell said it's hard to determine the impact of such checks on the department's workload. According to the March MAR, crime reports are about where they were at this time last year, See MAR page 11 Medical ke Physical Therapy doors By AL STOVER Staff Reporter One of the longtime businesses in the city of Medical Lake will be closing its doors soon. Medical Lake Physical Therapy, which has been operating in the city for 10 years, will have its last day April 29. Dr. Nola Petrucelly opened the clinic in 2005 on Lake Street. A vear later, the clinic moved to 725 N. Stanley St., above what used to be the urgent care center run by Dr. Jane Akpamgbo - now Rockwood Clinic. Petrucelly is thankful for the support from the community in the last 10 years and explained that the decision to close the clinic was not an easy one. "It is Unfortunate that as a small, independently owned business we are unable to weather the storm driven by the large medical corporations," Petru- celly said. While the clinic enjoyed success over the years, the healthcare field has changed, not only in methods and in practices, but also in insurance and billing. According to Petrucelly, there are a lot more require- ments and authorization for patients to receive therapy. Petrucelly will continue to work at her Turning Point Physical Therapy office in Spokane. With the clinic closing, West Plains residents will have to travel to the Apex Physical Therapy offices in Cheney and Airway Heights, or Airway Heights Physical Therapy if they don't want to travel to Spokane. See Therapy page 10 Cheney councils awards bid based 'most Information technology upgrade contract goes to Spokane-area firm over low bidder from Georgia By JOHN McCALLUM little unusual at its April 18 to a company that was not Editor meetingby awarding a bid the lowest bidder. The Cheney City for an upgrade to its infor- The city opened two Council did something a mation technology system bids on April 10 for the project estimated at just over $100,000 which in- cludes replacement of existing servers and soft- ware, one from Intrinium totaling $107,954.32 and one from JW Affinity IT for the amount of $106,500.70. advantageous' criteria Finance Director Cindyawarding the bid to JW Af- Niemeier told the council finity IT was drawn up, but that the bids were evalu- Niemeier said after consult- ated on criteria of cost, ing with Cheney's legal availability, best fit and counsel, a new resolution most advantageous for was presented authorizing the city. Originally a resolution See Council page 11 INSIDE Education Sect. 1. pg 2 Neighbor News 1, Opinion Sect. 1. pg 4 West Plain Briefs Sect. 2. pg 5 Sect. 2, pg 1 Sect. 1, pg 7 Sect. 1, pg 3 Online Extras Local News, Sports Updates www. cheneyfreepress, com