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Defendant denies any involvement in 2015 Newman Lake murder and dismemberment

For more than an hour Monday afternoon, 28-year-old Colby Vodder took the stand in his own defense, stamping a close to a week-long murder trial nearly three years in the …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 23, 2018, 10:07 p.m.

Defense claims conspiracy in 2015 Newman Lake slaying

The trial of Colby D. Vodder began Tuesday, with his attorney telling a jury his client is the victim of a conspiracy that saw him wrongfully charged in the kidnapping …


First of four suspects in alleged murder of Bret Snow to start week-long trial Tuesday morning

Kidnapping and murder. As far as criminal charges are concerned, the allegations against Colby D. Vodder in the disappearance of Bret Snow are as serious as they come.


Niece: Family won’t take in Elizabeth Smart’s kidnapper

Once an accomplished organ player in Salt Lake City, Wanda Barzee became a disturbing figure for members of her own family after she helped in the 2002 kidnapping of then-teenager …


Smart outraged by planned release of 1 of her kidnappers

Elizabeth Smart said Thursday the news that one of her kidnappers will be released from prison next week was “a big shock,” and she hopes there is a way the …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 29, 2018, 8:55 p.m.

Child safe, vehicle located after both stolen in Spokane Valley Wednesday morning

A mother making a stop at a Spokane Valley gas station Wednesday morning returned to find her car – and child – missing.


100 years ago in Spokane: Authorities believe kidnapper hiding victim west of Lake Coeur d’Alene

Authorities believed that Cleopus Viens, alias Lewis Parkes, was hiding out with abducted Catherine Pluym, 11, in the hills west of Lake Coeur d’Alene and near Mica Peak. The sheriff …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 27, 2018, 3:17 p.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: Man accused of kidnapping 11-year-old girl

A “veil of mysticism” surrounded the disappearance of Catherine Pluym, 11, said the Spokane Daily Chronicle. The mystery began two days earlier when little Catherine disappeared while walking to Sunday …


UPDATED: Sun., June 24, 2018, 8:40 p.m.

Woman fights off late-night attacker near TJ Meenach Bridge

A woman successfully fought off a man who accosted her and held her a gunpoint near the TJ Meenach Bridge early Sunday morning, according to police.


UPDATED: Thu., May 24, 2018, 9:52 p.m.

Three charged with kidnapping, rape of 14-year-old

Three men who lived at an apartment complex that made national news in 2003 for harboring sex offenders and wards of the state are now charged with kidnapping a 14-year-old …


Children report two women tried to lure them into a car in north Spokane

Spokane police are investigating a reported kidnapping attempt in which two women tried to lure children into their car in the Nevada Heights neighborhood.


UPDATED: Mon., March 12, 2018, 7:21 p.m.

Idaho troopers use spike strips to arrest fleeing Spokane Valley kidnapping suspect

The Idaho State Police said Monday that troopers investigating a reported kidnapping pursued a Spokane Valley suspect along Interstate 90 and eventually used spike strips to flatten the tires of …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 27, 2018, 10:49 a.m.

Egypt’s former top auditor injured in failed kidnap attempt

Egypt’s former top auditor on Saturday suffered serious injuries to his face and leg during an apparent kidnapping attempt that turned into a brawl outside his suburban Cairo home.


Three arrested in connection with assault; suspects linked to drive-by shooting last year

Three people have been arrested in connection with an attempted robbery and kidnapping in Post Falls earlier this month.


2 Americans, 2 Canadians abducted in Nigeria are freed

Two Americans and two Canadians who were kidnapped in Nigeria’s north-central Kaduna state on Tuesday have been freed and are in good condition, police said Saturday.


Two Americans, 2 Canadians kidnapped in central Nigeria

Gunmen ambushed two Americans and two Canadians traveling through Nigeria’s northern Kaduna state, kidnapping them and killing two policemen, a state police spokesman said Wednesday.


Former prison guard admits to kidnapping, killing woman

A former corrections officer pleaded guilty to kidnapping a grandmother from her home, killing the woman and leaving her body on the side of a rural road.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 29, 2017, 10:37 a.m.

Spokane man charged after holding home’s residents at gunpoint

A Spokane man has been charged with robbery, burglary, first degree kidnapping and assault in the second degree after reportedly holding a home’s residents at gunpoint and briefly abducting one …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 21, 2017, 6:40 a.m.

Police say woman used complex ruse to kidnap baby in Spokane

Fern T. Littlecalf, jailed on three counts of second-degree kidnapping, had what police describe as an extensive network of fake names and aliases, all working together for one goal: to …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 25, 2017, 9:47 p.m.

Missing homeless man located in north Spokane

A 21-year-old homeless man who was kidnapped Saturday was located by Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies Wednesday afternoon.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 24, 2017, 4:35 p.m.

Polish death metal band members plead not guilty to charges of rape, kidnapping

All four members of the Polish death metal band Decapitated pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping and rape in court Tuesday.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 19, 2017, 3:38 p.m.

Man accused of binding and shooting ex-girlfriend arrested in Spokane Valley

A man suspected of tying up his ex-girlfriend and shooting her in the leg was arrested Thursday in the Spokane Valley, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 13, 2017, 10:19 p.m.

First two members of Polish death metal band ‘Decapitated’ charged with rape, kidnapping in Spokane

Wearing yellow jail suits, Waclaw Kieltyka and Michal Lysejko, members of Polish metal band Decapitated, had their first court appearance in Spokane County. They are accused of gang raping of …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 13, 2017, 6:17 p.m.

Post Falls police search for man accused of tying up elderly couple and robbing them

Post Falls police are searching for a man they believed tied up an elderly couple in their home and stole their SUV and other items.


Armed robbery suspect faces 3 felony counts

An Orofino man accused of binding two women with rope and robbing them at gunpoint of jewelry and prescription medications has been charged with three felony counts.


O.J. Simpson: ‘Nothing has changed’ during prison stint

O.J. Simpson says “nothing has changed” in his life during the nine years he spent behind bars.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 15, 2017, 11:09 p.m.

Kidnapped marijuana store employee found dead

The body of kidnapped marijuana store employee Cameron Smith has been found, according to reports from KHQ.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 14, 2017, 6:50 p.m.

Pot shop kidnapping suspect captured in Goldendale

One of two people suspected of kidnapping an employee from the parking lot of a marijuana store in Cheney Sunday has been captured in Yakima.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 12, 2017, 8:22 p.m.

Cheney marijuana store kidnapping victim’s SUV located in Airway Heights; suspects identified by police

Police have identified two of the three suspects wanted in connection with a Sunday kidnapping at a marijuana store in Cheney, and police located the SUV owned by the kidnapping …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 11, 2017, 10:04 p.m.

Employee of Cheney marijuana shop remains missing after kidnapping Sunday afternoon

An employee of a Cheney marijuana shop remained missing Monday, a day after he was abducted at work.