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Two arrests made in fatal stabbing

Spokane police have arrested two men in connection with the Friday stabbing death of a 22-year-old man. Michael L. Summa, 19, was booked into Spokane County Jail on second- degree …


Realtor’s arrest highlights perils of meth

Joseph G. Ward earned a master’s degree in business from Gonzaga University, spent time as a heralded super stock race car driver and ascended to the top of the land-development …


Man says pair robbed woman to set her straight

They thought of themselves as antidrug avengers. Prosecutors think they’re crooks. A Spokane Superior Court jury this week is hearing the unusual tale of Brad M. Self and Sean E. …


Battery charges dropped against autistic girl, 8

SANDPOINT – Battery charges have been dropped against an 8-year-old autistic girl who was arrested and handcuffed following an altercation with her teachers that was apparently sparked when they refused …


Armed robbery reported at Walgreens

A man robbed a Millwood pharmacy of OxyContin Wednesday after threatening a customer with a knife. An employee at Walgreens, 2702 N. Argonne Road, told police a man had held …


In brief: Burglars use vehicles to ram way into businesses

For the second time in a week, a burglar has used a vehicle to ram his way into a Spokane Valley business, said Spokane Valley Police Department spokesman Sgt. Dave …


Shooting brings murder charge

OAKLAND, Calif. – In a racially tinged case that has sparked outrage and street protests in Oakland, a former transit police officer seen on video shooting an unarmed man in …


Charges reduced in girl’s death

BOISE – An Idaho prosecutor has dropped murder charges and will instead pursue an involuntary manslaughter case in the death of an 11-year-old girl who was trying to walk 10 …


In brief: Walgreens robbed on Argonne Road

A man robbed a Millwood pharmacy of OxyContin on Wednesday evening after threatening a customer with a knife in the second armed robbery for the prescription pain medication this week. …


Missing pilot faked plane crash, police suspect

MILTON, Fla. – A businessman whose financial management companies were under investigation apparently bailed out of his small plane and then let it crash in a Florida swamp. However, a …


Spokane man arrested after weapons found

Federal agents alerted to a large cache of military explosives and other weapons in a Bellevue storage unit have arrested a Spokane man. Ronald L. Struve made a brief appearance …


Teen charged with murder in infant’s death

PORT ANGELES, Wash. – A 16-year-old girl suspected of drowning an infant boy in a toilet and throwing the body in the trash in Port Angeles has been charged with …


Idaho man gets prison for defrauding government

BOISE – A witness in a 2005 Idaho murder solicitation case will spend a year and a day in federal prison after being found guilty of defrauding the government of …


Man who killed wife eligible for parole in one year

Years of domestic violence ended in a fit of rage at a rural home near Rathdrum last year when a man strangled his wife to death, then turned a gun …


Teen arrested in newborn’s death

SEATTLE – The body of a baby boy believed drowned in a toilet was found Monday by authorities combing through 60 tons of trash at a dump site near Tacoma, …


Woman sentenced for impersonating FBI agent

A Kellogg woman who U.S. attorneys say continued to impersonate a federal agent even after being convicted of that crime was sentenced Monday to eight months in prison. Wendi Leigh …


2 charged with arson for April string of WSU fires

COLFAX — Two former Washington State University students have been charged with arson for a series of fires set on campus.


Christmas Eve killer left slew of orphans

LOS ANGELES – After a Christmas Eve slaying in suburban Covina that left nine people dead, surviving family members on Sunday were grappling with how to best care for the …


Quick-witted hostage thwarts robbers

WASHINGTON – Speeding on the Capital Beltway, James Spruill knew he had to act fast. His wife and boys were packed into the family car, and a masked man was …


In brief: Man arrested after daughter’s death

The father of an 11-year-old girl who likely died of hypothermia in south-central Idaho after trying to walk 10 miles in the snow to her mother’s house has been arrested. …


In brief: Infant hospitalized; mom’s boyfriend jailed

A 2-month-old baby was in critical condition Saturday, and the mother’s boyfriend faces a first-degree assault charge. Andrew W. Whitmire, 22, was booked into Spokane County Jail early Saturday after …


Shooter kills 8 at Christmas party

COVINA, Calif. – Stinging from an acrimonious divorce, a man plotting revenge against his ex-wife dressed up like Santa, went to his former in-laws’ Christmas Eve party and slaughtered at …


Scarf arrest prompts worker training

ATLANTA – City court workers in an Atlanta suburb will undergo sensitivity training and post courtroom dress code signs after police arrested a Muslim woman for refusing to remove her …


In brief: Two arrested following break-in

Once again snowy weather proved to be the downfall of a pair of unthinking lawbreakers as tracks in the snow led police directly to their suspect last Thursday. A silent …


Spit links suspect to burglaries

OKLAHOMA CITY – A trail of tobacco spit has led investigators to a suspect in at least five burglaries across eastern Oklahoma, police said. Randy Lee Shoopman Jr., 33, was …


WSP seeks victims of sales scam suspect

A Spokane man accused of stealing from elderly people may have more victims, and the Washington State Patrol is asking for help finding them. James William Schmidt, 50, is charged …


Anti-kidnapping expert abducted in Mexico

MEXICO CITY – A U.S. anti-kidnapping expert was abducted by gunmen in northern Mexico last week, a sign of just how bold this nation’s kidnapping gangs have become. U.S. security …


Police identify Oregon bank bomber

SALEM – A 32-year-old Salem man has been charged with murder and other crimes after a bomb explosion at an Oregon bank killed two law enforcement officers and critically injured …


Argument over parenting skills leads to stabbing

An argument over parenting skills led to the stabbing of two people early Sunday, according to the Spokane Valley Police Department.


Police arrest suspect in fatal Oregon bank bombing

PORTLAND – Authorities announced an arrest late Sunday in the Oregon bank bombing that killed two officers and critically injured the Woodburn police chief. They declined to release the suspect’s …