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Regulators fine CenturyLink $2.85 million for 911 outage

State regulators have fined CenturyLink $2.85 million for a statewide 911 outage in April 2014.


Pick to lead Afghanistan forces says situation is worsening

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the next U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Thursday the security situation in the war-torn country is deteriorating and assured senators he will …


Harrop: Paris, New York resilient after attacks

New generations will have to contend with ongoing terrorism.


Ground broken at Arena for memorial to fallen heroes

Several hundred people gathered Friday morning – the anniversary of 9/11 – to break ground on a new memorial honoring post-9/11 service members who died in the line of duty. …


Text 911 when calling isn’t an option in Spokane County

Starting today, Spokane County residents can reach 911 with a text message.


Next-generation 911 will allow texting, with photos and videos to follow

You just snapped a picture of a car fleeing a collision with a bicyclist. Or maybe you’re watching a brush fire race up a hill toward some houses. With all …


Spokane County requests cellphone registration for emergency alerts

With the continued decline of wired telephone customers, Spokane County officials are urging cellphone users to sign up to receive alerts about wildfires, hazardous spills, dangerous criminals and other emergencies. …


9/11 remembrance at fairgrounds goes deeper than words

There were no speeches and no announcements, just the sound of bagpipes and the American flag whipping in the breeze during a simple 9/11 remembrance ceremony at the Spokane County …


Fallen soldier from Sandpoint honored

BOISE – Only one name was added to Idaho’s Fallen Soldier Memorial on Sept. 11 this year – that of David Lyon of Sandpoint, who was killed in Afghanistan in …


County dials up alert for 911 warnings

For several years now, Spokane County’s 911 system has had the ability to notify people of potential danger nearby – a wildfire evacuation, a gunman on the loose, even a …


Editorial: Fire Department showed flexibility, creativity in medical-call solution

Health care reform has come to the Spokane Fire Department. Even residents with reservations about the Affordable Care Act should welcome the local changes. For years, city residents were accustomed …


Camper explosion damages Hillyard home

Bert Halquist heard firecracker-like pops outside his Hillyard home early Thursday; he started to doze off again when a “concussion” explosion shattered six windows of his home. Britches barely pulled …


UPDATED: Thu., April 10, 2014, 11:48 a.m.

Service restored in Washington 911 outage

SEATTLE — Some emergency 911 calls to dispatch centers throughout Washington and parts of Oregon failed to go through in the early morning hours Thursday because of a problem with …


Jurors hear 911 call on first day of Gerlach testimony

Moments after Gail Gerlach fatally shot Brendon Kaluza-Graham, he called 911 to report his truck had been stolen. As the dispatcher took his information, a breathless Gerlach interrupted her: “Honey, …


Bin Laden son-in-law convicted at NYC terror trial

NEW YORK (AP) — Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law has been convicted in New York of conspiring to kill Americans by serving as al-Qaida’s spokesman after the Sept. 11 attacks.


Spokane 911 call abusers may face jail time under new ordinance

Stop calling 911 for baking advice. Using the emergency line in Spokane for anything other than to “report a situation that requires prompt service in order to preserve or protect …


‘Put the knife away’ heard on 911 recording

Ten minutes before a sheriff’s deputy shot and killed Roy Jacobs Jr. in his brother’s Spokane Valley apartment last Saturday morning, a man in the house said, “Put the knife …


911 recording before deputy shooting referenced knife

Ten minutes before a sheriff’s deputy shot and killed Roy Jacobs Jr. in his brother’s Spokane Valley apartment last Saturday morning, a man in the house said, “Put the knife …


911 call center’s outage caused by ‘almost a perfect storm’

It was failure upon failure, four times over, that shut down Spokane County’s 911 system for nearly a half-hour in November. Documents obtained through a public records request show that …


Emergency call system back online

Spokane County’s 911 system was placed back in regular operation Thursday afternoon. Emergency communications operators had been taking calls out of the system’s backup center north of the city of …


Spokane County 911 system repaired

Spokane County’s 911 system is back in regular operation. Operators of the county’s emergency communication system had been taking calls out of the system’s backup center since the 911 phone …


County 911 system still under repair

Spokane County 911 operators continued to work out of a backup communications center following Monday’s system failure of the main emergency calling system. Phone lines for 911 and Crime Check, …


County’s 911 system, backups fail

Callers needing emergency help in Spokane County could not get through to 911 operators for 38 minutes Monday evening. It’s unclear what caused the problem or how many callers could …


Spokane County’s 911 system back up after 38-minute failure

Callers needing emergency help in Spokane County could not get through to 911 operators for about 40 minutes this evening.


Straub saw 9/11 up close

The new leader of the Spokane Police Department credits his life to a fire truck. More specifically, the New York City Fire Department truck he used as shelter as the …


Guantanamo trial of 9/11 plotters gets the go-ahead

MIAMI – The Pentagon on Wednesday cleared the way for a death penalty trial against five Guantanamo Bay captives charged with engineering the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Retired Navy …


Paul decries government ‘busybodies’

Ron Paul, making a return visit to Spokane in advance of today’s Republican precinct caucuses, showed again Friday that he continues to enjoy strong support across the Inland Northwest. Paul …


911 call taker broke protocol with homicide-related call

Spokane county officials said an investigation into the December homicide of a Deer Park woman revealed a call to the 911 communications center from the victim’s cellphone was not forwarded …


GPS harnessed for emergencies

Mike Shannon of the Spokane County 911 emergency system was working on a north Spokane street on Thursday, collecting geo-positioning data for the homes there. His work is part of …


Project helps kids mark 9/11

In honor of the 10-year anniversary of 9/11, students at Balboa Elementary School recently pledged to make their school and community better, and wrote or drew their promises on strips …