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Man Arrested After Fleeing Accident, Causing Another

The driver of a vehicle who fled the scene of an accident downtown created another one on the South Hill Friday afternoon. Police arrested David R. Mills, 34, on charges …


Police Say Driver Abandoned Dying Wife Truck Slams Into Sta Bus; Suspect Found At Barker Road Tavern

Fatal crash. Investigators look over the scene Wednesday night after a pickup truck hit an STA bus. A passenger in the truck was killed. Photo by Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review


Rules Of The Road Don’t Protect Boy

Parents teach their kids to look both ways when they cross the street. One Spokane Valley boy did, and he still got hurt. Thirteen-year-old Joseph Parker was hit by a …


Vacationer Finds Home Burglarized Intruder Rips Deadbolt Lock From Door Separating Garage And House

Sheriff’s deputies were called to a residence in the 4500 block of South Park Lane after the owner, a 51-year-old man, returned from a two-week vacation to discover that his …


Special Reward Offered For Information On Tire Slashers

Secret Witness is offering a special $200 cash reward for information that leads to the arrests of vandals who slashed tires on more than two dozen vehicles on Spokane’s South …


Investigation Won’t Sideline Dallas Stars

The Dallas police said Thursday that neither Michael Irvin nor Erik Williams would be arrested anytime soon, and that the investigation into a rape complaint against the two Cowboys players …


Murder Rate Plummets In Most Major U.S. Cities

Major cities across the nation experienced sharply fewer homicides in 1996, hitting 30-year lows in some cases and driving an overall drop in violent crime that began five years ago …


Police Deaths Hit 30-Year Low

The number of police officers killed in the line of duty nationwide dropped to a 30-year low in 1996, the National Association of Chiefs of Police reported Tuesday. Nearly half …


Steelers Safety Flees Scene Of Accident

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Darren Perry fled the scene of a traffic accident Saturday, and was charged with drunken driving and other offenses. Perry, 27, was awaiting arraignment Saturday at a …


Video Game Customer Assaults Store Clerk

A clerk at the Premier Video store at 2820 E. 29th was attacked Monday afternoon by a man who stole a video game player. The clerk wasn’t injured in the …


Store Employee Jailed For Merchandise Theft

Three people were jailed over the weekend after separate incidents in which thousands of dollars in merchandise was stolen from Spokane Valley stores. Christina C. Brandvold-Lyons, an 18-year-old K mart …


Driver Beaten After Collision With Parked Car

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a felony assault after a 25-year-old man was beaten following a weekend traffic accident. Russell Taft suffered two large cuts to his face, several broken teeth …


Prosecutor Defends Reduction In Charge

Reducing a charge in the May traffic death of Shoshone’s police chief was based on the facts in the case, a county prosecutor says. “There’s an argument to be made …


Vandals Hit Firms Near 30th, Grand

Halloween vandals struck the Sterling Center at 30th and Grand Boulevard last week, but the manager of the property said graffiti and damaged glass are no holiday event. Graffiti keeps …


Boise On The Verge Of A Growing Gang Problem Police Hope To Ward Off Trouble With Community Intervention

Authorities say Boise is on the verge of a growing problem with criminal gang activity. Community intervention now - when the problem is small enough to manage - is critical, …


Man Faces Count Of Spreading Aids Virus

For the second time in six years, former college basketball player Kerry “Stephen” Thomas faces a charge of knowingly exposing someone to the AIDS virus. Thomas, 32, of Boise, was …


Harness Driver Indicted

Freehold Raceway’s top harness driver last year was indicted for fixing races in 1995, Attorney General Peter Verniero said. Racing investigators claim Richard Wojcio, 36, of Freehold, conspired with other …


Mountain Man Leads A City Life Kidnapper Dan Nichols Weds, Helps Disabled In A Group Home

1. Dan Nichols poses with his wife, Liz, on their wedding day. He says his father now considers him a traitor. Photo by Associated Press 2. Dan Nichols and his …


Firefighter Admits Driving Truck Drunk

A volunteer Athol firefighter has pleaded guilty to driving a fire truck while drunk and leaving the scene of an accident earlier this month. James G. Jeffrey, 59, was charged …


Driver In 2 Accidents Has 3 Previous Dwis Troopers Say He Triggered-Two Wrecks Within Minutes

The man accused of causing two Spokane Valley car wrecks that injured three people Saturday is a repeat drunken driver, authorities said. Dennis J. Dhaenens, 26, of Spokane has three …


Woman Hit By Car In Store Lot, Then Has Her Wallet Stolen

Two men in a small car swiped a woman’s wallet Friday morning after the driver hit her with the car in a South Hill shopping center parking lot. The woman …


Fire Truck Hits Pickup; Firefighter Arrested Athol Volunteer Accused Of Drunken Driving, Leaving Scene Of An Accident

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Cops Fight For Control Of West First Recent Shootings Indicate Gangs Are Warring Over Downtown Area

LIFE ON THE BLOCK This is the scene after dark on the 1100 block of West First, after most businesses and residents have bolted their doors. It’s at night when …


Third Teen Convicted In Inchelium Crime Spree

A third teenager was convicted Wednesday of participating in a crime spree that terrorized the Inchelium area last April. Ferry County Juvenile Court Judge Larry Kristianson convicted the 13-year-old boy …


Man Charged With Driving His Car Into Roommate

A Spokane man was arrested early Saturday after his roommate was run down by a car in the Spokane Valley. Deputies said Robert S. Yarnell, 22, argued with the 19-year-old …


Report Says Tobacco Heiress Wasn’t Murdered

Eighteen months after Doris Duke’s deathbed nurse alleged that the tobacco heiress was murdered with overdoses of drugs, the criminal investigation into Duke’s death has finally ended - finding “no …


Spokane Man Runs Into More Trouble With Police Surrenders In The Nude For Second Time After Three-Hour Standoff

A Spokane man who went berserk last week when he was denied a bottle of wine got into more trouble Tuesday after being released from jail because of a paperwork …


Motorcycle Thefts Kick Into High Gear

Motorcycle thefts increased 46 percent in the past three years as big, expensive bikes gained popularity and status on the nation’s roadways, according to a report released Friday. The National …


Oregon Man Arrested On Charges Of Stealing Van, Causing 7 Accidents

Three injuries and seven wrecked cars later, police arrested an Oregon man late Friday for stealing a van and causing seven hit-and-run accidents. Greg Michael Sanborn, 28, of Salem, was …


State E Hospital To Hold Young Inmates Little-Known Proposal To Turn Three Empty Wards At Eastern State Into Prison For 80 Juveniles

Eastern State Hospital could soon turn into the big house for young criminals as well as the mentally ill. The state is working on a little-known plan to fill three …