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Loss, revenge often drive mass murders

Mass murderers are as different as their killing fields – be it a nursing home or a suburban home – and as diverse as their reasons for killing – whether …


Sledge-wielding burglar killed by homeowner

WENATCHEE – Police say a man used a sledgehammer to break into a house in Wenatchee early Monday, shot the owner and was then shot to death. Police Chief Tom …


Pair charged with robbery, kidnapping

A fight over a girl led to criminal charges after authorities say two North Idaho men held two others at gunpoint, then forced them to drive to Coeur d’Alene to …


Pharmacy robberies stop with arrests

No pharmacy robberies have been reported in Spokane since the arrests of a young couple charged with a string of gunpoint holdups that included a Shopko robbed of OxyContin as …


Hit-and-run victim in critical condition

A 22-year-old Spokane Valley man was reported in critical condition Monday, and another man was taken into custody after a hit-and-run Sunday night in Spokane Valley. The injured man was …


Man charged in ax killings of wife and her daughter

A 52-year-old Pierce County man has been charged with two counts of aggravated first-degree murder in the ax slayings of his estranged wife and her daughter. Pierce County prosecutors say …


In brief: Spokane Valley woman dies in crash on I-90

A 44-year-old Spokane Valley woman died on Interstate 90 in Spokane on Monday when she lost control of her car during rush hour and was hit broadside by another vehicle. …


Gunman kills nine, himself in Alabama

SAMSON, Ala. – A gunman on a terrifying rampage across two southern Alabama counties killed at least nine people Tuesday, including members of his own family and apparent strangers, and …


In brief: 11-year-old checks wallet, gets mugged on way to school

An 11-year-old boy was robbed on his way to school Thursday when he pulled out his wallet to check for money, police said. The boy was walking near Second Avenue …


Mexico boosts security near airports

MEXICO CITY – More than 800 federal and local police have been assigned to improve security in and around Mexico City’s international airport after a series of armed robberies against …


Video shows King Co. deputy beating teen girl

SEATTLE — Surveillance video released in an assault case against a King County sheriff’s deputy shows a deputy kicking a young girl, slamming her to the floor of a jail …


Spring break alert issued for Mexico

PHOENIX – The U.S. State Department and universities around the country are warning college students headed for Mexico for some spring-break partying of a surge in drug-related murder and mayhem …


Police arrest two teens suspected of robbery

Two boys suspected of robbing a downtown Spokane banker as he smoked may have the victim to credit with their arrest.


Murder suspect gets new lawyer

A man accused in the killings of two young people last year is getting a new attorney, the fourth change in his representation. Justin W. Crenshaw, 21, also had his …


Teenage prostitutes netted in roundup

WASHINGTON – The FBI has rescued 48 suspected teenage prostitutes, some as young as 13 years old, in a nationwide sweep to remove kids from the illegal sex trade and …


In brief: Suspicious device found

A suspected pipe bomb found Monday morning in Spokane Valley was not what it appeared to be, authorities said. But the threat closed down a busy Spokane Valley thoroughfare for …


Nation in brief: Four more bodies found in desert

Four more bodies have been uncovered from the mesa west of Albuquerque, including a fetus found inside its mother’s skeleton, bringing the total remains found in the area to 10. …


Soldiers deny robbing students

SEATTLE – Three Fort Lewis soldiers accused of mugging students near the University of Washington have pleaded not guilty to robbery charges. The three are accused of robbing two men …


In brief: Fight over car ends in stabbing

A Spokane man is accused of stabbing a friend in the neck and chest during a fight over a car, and Spokane police are asking for help finding him. Terry …


Car strikes pregnant woman; husband jailed

A fight over income tax returns ended in an Athol man backing his car into his pregnant wife today, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department. Jerry Booker, 25, was …


16-year-old found dead in Army barracks

FORT LEWIS, Wash. – One 16-year-old civilian girl was found dead and another was found unresponsive in a barracks on this Army base south of Tacoma, the Army said Monday. …


Phoenix sees kidnaps for ransom soar

PHOENIX – In broad daylight one afternoon last month, on a street of ranch-style houses with kidney-shaped swimming pools, Juan Francisco Perez-Torres was kidnapped in front of his wife, daughter …


Laid-off Bellevue man outwits thieves by stealing getaway van

BELLEVUE, Wash. – Patrick Rosario had a clever way of making sure a pair of burglars didn’t get away with his three flat-screen TVs: He stole their van. The 32-year-old, …


Deputy charged in teen assault

SEATTLE – A King County sheriff’s deputy accused of using excessive force on a 15-year-old girl – including kicking her, holding her down and pulling her hair – has been …


In brief: Police suspect man has more victims

A Post Falls man arrested after police say he gave a girl drugs, alcohol and a sexually transmitted disease may have more victims, according to police. John M. Lewis Jr., …


Truck leads to property theft cache

Spokane Valley police and property crimes detectives recovered a large quantity of stolen property from a home at 12209 E. Lenora last week, said spokesman Sgt. Dave Reagan. Officers were …


Man impersonated wife online after killing her, police say

Police say a Spokane man accused of bludgeoning his wife to death tried to make it look like she was still alive for several days after dumping her body next …


Husband held after woman’s body found

A Spokane man accused of bludgeoning to death his estranged wife tried to make it look like she was still alive for several days after he allegedly dumped her body …


OxyContin maker offers reward for robbery suspect

The company that makes OxyContin, Purdue Pharma LP, is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps capture suspected pharmacy robber Richard T. Ludvik. Ludvik, 23, is …


Rapist disguised as a woman is being sought

A rapist who disguised himself as a woman and waited for his victim in a North Idaho College restroom is being sought by police.