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  • First drug-oozing implant to control addiction gets FDA approval

    Federal health officials have approved an innovative new option for Americans addicted to heroin and painkillers: a drug-oozing implant that curbs craving and withdrawal symptoms for six months at a …


  • FDA reconsiders training requirements for painkillers

    The Food and Drug Administration is reconsidering whether doctors who prescribe painkillers like OxyContin should be required to take safety training courses, according to federal documents released Friday.


  • California man sentenced to 2 years in federal prison for distributing OxyContin in Spokane

    Jamil Jones, AKA Batman, will spend two years in federal prison and receive drug treatment after pleading guilty to dealing OxyContin for an illegal arms dealer in Spokane.


  • OxyContin ringleader gets 50-year prison sentence

    The ringleader of a drug trafficking operation that brought thousands of illicit painkillers from California to Spokane over several years was sentenced to 50 years in prison last month.


  • Two face 201 counts in 40 Green Bluff burglaries

    Two 21-year-olds were accused Thursday in a string of 40 Green Bluff burglaries. Trever J. Burzic and Damian A. Zowal face 201 felonies after sheriff’s officials say they broke into …


  • Drug ring defendant could avoid prison with trouble-free 18 months

    A 24-year-old college student caught in the wide net of a federal investigation into gang and drug activity stretching from Spokane to Las Vegas and California will avoid prison time …


  • Woman, 70, allegedly assaulted, held captive

    A 31-year-old Loon Lake man is behind bars accused of assaulting with a machete a 70-year-old woman and holding her against her will after she refused to give him prescription …


  • Spokane restaurateur takes plea deal in massive drug case

    Sally B. Guthrie, owner of several Spokane restaurants and named in a federal indictment filed last year exposing an alleged OxyContin ring between California and Washington state, will plead guilty …


  • Feds paying to house drug ring suspects in county jail

    Housing dozens of inmates arrested in connection with what police are calling a massive oxycodone distribution ring brings some logistical headaches, but also a financial benefit to the Spokane County …


  • OxyContin case overwhelms court

    A courtroom packed with attorneys and 21 of the 62 defendants tied to a massive Spokane-Los Angeles OxyContin distribution ring appeared in court Thursday as a federal judge tried to …


  • Dozens of drug ring suspects face local trial

    Federal prosecutors may boost Spokane’s travel economy the hard way: They intend to transport dozens of suspects indicted in a massive oxycodone distribution ring to Spokane from Los Angeles for …


  • Spokane arrests part of West Coast drug bust

    Law enforcement officers in Spokane, Los Angeles and Western Washington raided 47 locations Thursday morning and arrested 41 people in connection with an alleged conspiracy to distribute OxyContin, a widely …


  • Woman embezzled $270,000 from law firm

    A woman who managed the payroll for a Spokane law firm is headed to prison after embezzling $270,000 to feed her prescription painkiller habit. Dawn L. Balzert, 44, cried as …


  • Spokane burglary suspect is repeat offender

    A burglary suspect accused of stealing a truck and gun from a northwest Spokane home is a repeat offender with a 19-year history of property crimes, police say.


  • Mom’s nightmare becomes a cause

    Dr. Rosemary Orr didn’t see it coming. It was the morning after Mother’s Day. She needed a ride to work, so her 24-year-old son Robin drove her. She was in …


  • Prescription drug abuse, deaths target of new Washington law

    At the height of his addiction, Joshua Dameron would cruise through emergency rooms in Spokane, hoping to score his next fix. Dameron got hooked on prescription pain medication after suffering …


  • Deer Park store robbed of OxyContin at gunpoint

    A gunman robbed a Deer Park pharmacy of OxyContin about 4:40 p.m. today.


  • Church burglaries lead to felony charges

    A series of church burglaries last year has led to 23 felony charges against four suspects. The burglaries, which police say began when the main suspect and his mother stole …


  • Post Falls businessman arrested in drug raid

    A man who shot two men in downtown Coeur d’Alene in what a grand jury ruled was self-defense returned to jail on a heroin charge after a SWAT team raid …


  • Post Falls businessman arrested in drug raid

    A man who shot two men in downtown Coeur d’Alene in what a grand jury ruled was self defense returned to jail on a heroin charge after a SWAT team …


  • Reward offered in Kootenai County robberies

    Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is offering a cash reward for information leading to an arrest in two 2009 pharmacy robberies in Kootenai County.


  • Former deputy prosecutor sentenced to five years

    A Coeur d’Alene defense lawyer and former Kootenai County deputy prosecutor was sent to prison recently after police said he recruited a client to help feed his OxyContin addiction. Shawn …


  • ‘Scruffy’ man robs pharmacy of OxyContin

    Around 3:50 p.m. Tuesday, a robber stormed through the Fifth and Browne Pharmacy with a knife, demanding OxyContin, police said.


  • OxyContin robbery suspect dies of self-inflicted gunshot

    A man who shot himself after a police chase Tuesday has died. Nicholas T. “Niko” Burden, 31, worked as a car salesman and lived with his girlfriend and baby daughter …


  • Gunman robs South Hill pharmacy of OxyContin

    A gunman robbed a South Hill pharmacy of OxyContin this morning. The robber pointed a semi-automatic pistol at employees at the Albertsons at 57th and Regal just after 9 a.m.


  • Gunman flees Valley Albertsons with OxyContin

    A masked gunman robbed a grocery store pharmacy of OxyContin this morning in Spokane Valley.


  • Driver was ‘victim of circumstance,’ lawyer says

    The accused getaway driver for a suspected Spokane pharmacy robber is a respected professional who became an unwitting accomplice after meeting a young man at a bar, his lawyer said …


  • Pair arrested in drug raid

    An ongoing investigation into OxyContin distribution in Spokane has led to at least four arrests and raids at several Spokane Valley apartments this month. Suspects Kevin D. Miles, 28, and …


  • OxyContin busts piling up

    An ongoing investigation into OxyContin distribution in Spokane has led to at least four arrests and raids at several Valley apartments this month. Suspects Kevin D. Miles, 28, and Tashina …


  • Spokane Valley couple suspected of dealing OxyContin

    Two Spokane Valley residents suspected of dealing OxyContin were arrested during a raid at their apartment Wednesday.


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