THURSDAY, JAN. 17, 2019
Sociology professor Darryl Brice visited Spokane Community College on Thursday to discuss the ways in which key pieces of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy have been omitted from public discourse.
A man previously unknown to law enforcement has returned 27 guns that were stolen last spring from the home of the Kettle Falls police chief. The man called Chief Chris Courchene’s office on Monday, a day after The Spokesman-Review broke news of the burglary and the complicated, nine-month investigation that followed.
TUESDAY, JAN. 15, 2019
Sarge, a 16-month-old German shepherd born in the Czech Republic, was hand-picked for Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and already has been deployed twice to help defuse volatile situations at the hospital.
MONDAY, JAN. 14, 2019
Christian A. Reynolds appeared in court Monday on numerous charges, including aggravated assault, drug trafficking and driving under the influence.
Investigators are still looking into the cause of the blaze at 620 E. Mountain View Drive, and additional findings will be made public later this week, Sandpoint City Administrator Jennifer Stapleton said in a news release Monday.
SUNDAY, JAN. 13, 2019
Chris Courchene, the Kettle Falls police chief, told Stevens County sheriff’s detectives he had twice sent his girlfriend to meet a mysterious suspect and paid $1,250 in hopes of retrieving the weapons. This week, his ex-girlfriend reached a deal with prosecutors that ensures she won’t be charged in connection with the stolen guns.
FRIDAY, JAN. 11, 2019
James C. Gates, who resides in Spokane, pleaded not guilty to a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the death of 51-year-old Mark Leland.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 9, 2019
A Washington State University student who alleged Pullman police officers used excessive force while taking him into protective custody inside a Jack In The Box in 2016 has settled his lawsuit for $500,000.
McGrath wrote that he informed the county commissioners of his decision last week, and his last day on the job will be Feb. 18. The commissioners will be tasked with appointing his successor.
A fatal shooting near Colville involves a family with a history of homicidal violence.
TUESDAY, JAN. 8, 2019
It’s unclear how Congress, as a whole, would respond if President Donald Trump declares a national emergency in order to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, an idea he and his advisers began floating on Friday.
SUNDAY, JAN. 6, 2019
Derek Batton had pretty much beaten a heroin addiction by the time he was booked into the Grant County Jail, according to his family. Inside, though, things took a turn for the worst.
FRIDAY, JAN. 4, 2019
Ryan S. Palmer, 39, stole a urea-based fertilizer from the Nutrien Ag Solutions facility in Moses Lake – not an ammonium nitrate formulation that could have been mixed with diesel fuel to produce an explosive compound called ANFO, according to a spokesman for the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.
The Spokane Assessment for Evaluation of Risk, known as the SAFER tool, was touted as a cornerstone of local efforts to reduce jail overcrowding and eliminate racial disparities in the justice system. But because of staff turnover, software glitches and the challenge of syncing the tool with state court data, the program never worked as intended.
THURSDAY, JAN. 3, 2019
“The goal is to have something concrete, defined, this year,” said French, who also chairs the Spokane Regional Law and Justice Council and its facilities committee. “This can has been kicked down the road for so many years that we need to get an answer. We need to get a solution.”
MONDAY, DEC. 31, 2018
New Year’s Eve revelers gathered by the hundreds to watch fireworks in Riverfront Park.
Chanse Tepley and his 6-year-old brother were left unsupervised while playing at a neighbor’s home and wandered into a fenced area near a spillway at Conconully Lake around 2:30 p.m., according to their aunt, Estefania Foreman.
SUNDAY, DEC. 30, 2018
Officers found Richard White’s body facedown on the floor of his kitchen, with a pool of blood under his torso. His housemate “either truly believed, or acted like, he did not know that White was deceased,” according to a search warrant application filed this week in Spokane County Superior Court.
FRIDAY, DEC. 28, 2018
Ryan S. Palmer, 39, allegedly told investigators he had toyed with the idea of blowing up an agricultural chemical plant where he used to work – just to “prove a point” – and invoked the name of the Oklahoma City bomber. A detective wrote that Palmer “had everything needed to make a functional fertilizer bomb.”
Thomas B. Whitlock, 31, was standing in a westbound lane of the freeway next to his own vehicle, which had broken down about 7 miles east of the town of George, according to the Washington State Patrol.
THURSDAY, DEC. 27, 2018
The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said a “suspicious device” was found in a car Thursday afternoon near a manufacturing facility in Moses Lake. In a pair of alerts around 4 p.m., the sheriff’s office said a bomb squad was en route from Richland after the device was found during a routine traffic stop outside the perimeter fence of the REC Silicon facility.
The Spokane County Medical Examiner has identified a man who was hit and killed by a train in Browne’s Addition Christmas evening as 31-year-old Ryan E. Poyner.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 26, 2018
An 89-year-old driver was injured Wednesday afternoon when a semitruck failed to stop at an intersection in Spokane Valley, according to Trooper Jeff Sevigney of the Washington State Patrol.
KXLY has announced plans to air Ben Shapiro’s syndicated radio show, a month after the conservative political commentator was barred from speaking at Gonzaga University.
MONDAY, DEC. 24, 2018
Gowdy didn’t think volunteering project would catch on. But in the past year, he’s won accolades for his work and spoken at dozens of local schools. He still tries to do an act of service every day, even when he’s swamped with homework. “I’ve never regretted it after I’ve done it,” he said. “It’s like exercising.”