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UPDATED: Thu., April 18, 2019, 2:44 p.m.

Boom truck snags overhead power lines in northeast Spokane, causing hundreds of power outages

A boom truck became tangled in power lines on East Broadway Avenue Thursday afternoon, leading to hundreds of power outages in northeast Spokane.


UPDATED: Wed., April 17, 2019, 10:59 p.m.

Spokane police investigating man linked to half dozen sexual assaults in Spokane

A man with a criminal history is being investigated in connection to a half dozen rapes and sexual assaults in the Spokane area, at least four of them dating back …


UPDATED: Wed., April 17, 2019, 1:24 p.m.

Do crime rates rise with homelessness in Spokane?

If history of crime is any indication, there were worse times to be a resident of Spokane.


UPDATED: Tue., April 16, 2019, 8:32 p.m.

Police: No new charges against suspect in Monday’s SWAT standoff

A man who allegedly stabbed himself after a SWAT standoff in a downtown motel on Monday appeared in Spokane County Superior Court on Tuesday.


UPDATED: Mon., April 15, 2019, 10:03 p.m.

Man stabs himself after standoff with police at downtown Spokane motel

A four-hour police standoff at a downtown Spokane motel ended Monday evening when the suspect emerged onto a second-floor balcony while repeatedly stabbing himself with a knife. SWAT officers fired …


Arizona man says he’s trapped in Coeur d’Alene fighting an illegal search that landed him in prison for marijuana trafficking

Wylie Hunter was stopped with a drug smuggling partner outside of Coeur d’Alene with 75 pounds of marijuana in his trunk. Now out on parole, Hunter is bringing a legal …


UPDATED: Fri., April 12, 2019, 4:47 p.m.

Man arrested on suspicion of slashing another man with box cutter on STA bus

A man was arrested Friday morning under suspicion of cutting another man’s throat while on a Spokane Transit Authority bus in Spokane Valley.


Mead-area home partially destroyed in small landslide on private property

A northern Spokane County home on private property was partially destroyed in a small land slide this week.


UPDATED: Fri., April 12, 2019, 4:45 p.m.

Police seeking community’s help identifying Apple thief

Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies would like some help nabbing an Apple thief.


UPDATED: Thu., April 11, 2019, 10:52 p.m.

Man accused of breaking into elderly woman’s north Spokane home by shattering window and sitting with her

An elderly woman told Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies she sat fearfully in her living room for about an hour early Thursday morning after a man broke into her home to …


UPDATED: Wed., April 10, 2019, 3:56 p.m.

Firefighters respond to ‘suspicious package’ call at county courthouse. Turns out to be envelope filled with medication.

A report of a suspicious package at the Spokane County Courthouse on Wednesday afternoon led to a large response from city firefighters.


UPDATED: Tue., April 9, 2019, 9:25 p.m.

Police investigate possible rubber bullet shooting on the lower South Hill

A man was shot with what police are describing as a rubber projectile after a fight broke out at a lower South Hill apartment complex early Tuesday morning.


UPDATED: Mon., April 8, 2019, 9:12 p.m.

Dog abandoned in crate in Spokane Valley died from dehydration and starvation, SCRAPS says

A necropsy showed the dog’s cause of death was starvation and dehydration “attributable to abandonment in her crate.”


UPDATED: Mon., April 8, 2019, 8:15 p.m.

Sheriff’s deputies say man stabbed himself in the chest to avoid jail

Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies say a man with active arrest warrants repeatedly stabbed himself in the chest with a large knife to escape from going back to jail.


UPDATED: Fri., April 5, 2019, 7:42 p.m.

Business destroyed, two families displaced in Spokane Valley fire Friday morning

A Spokane Valley small business was destroyed Friday morning after a fire tore through an attic, displacing two families who lived in basement apartments.


UPDATED: Thu., April 4, 2019, 10:33 a.m.

All lanes of I-90 near Lookout Pass reopened after semi truck crash blocked westbound traffic for several hours

All lanes of Interstate 90 are reopened after a semi truck crash blocked westbound traffic for about three hours.


UPDATED: Wed., April 3, 2019, 9:53 p.m.

Pullman music store owner charged with assault with sexual motivation involving a minor

Victor Hudak, the longtime co-owner of Pullman’s only musical instrument store, faces several accusations of groping or staring inappropriately at young girls while they shopped.


UPDATED: Wed., April 3, 2019, 9:11 p.m.

North Idaho man recovering in hospital after reportedly being shot in the face during domestic dispute

A north Idaho man is recovering in the hospital after Shoshone County Sheriff’s deputies say he was shot in the face during a domestic violence incident.


UPDATED: Wed., April 3, 2019, 8:37 p.m.

Man arrested under suspicion of firing rifle into air at north Spokane County mobile home park

A 51-year-old was arrested Tuesday under suspicion of firing a rifle into a the air at a north Spokane County mobile home park.


UPDATED: Tue., April 2, 2019, 9:09 p.m.

Spokane sheriff’s deputy hit by SUV in north Spokane County while responding to 911 call

A Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy, driving with his lights and siren on, was hit by an SUV at the intersection of U.S. Highway 2 and Farwell Road on Tuesday morning.


UPDATED: Tue., April 2, 2019, 9:49 p.m.

SCRAPS asks for donations to care for 43 cats that were ‘living in decrepit conditions’

Nearly four dozen cats “living in decrepit conditions” were seized Monday afternoon by Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service workers from a home in Spokane Valley.


UPDATED: Tue., April 2, 2019, 6:28 p.m.

Large fight prompts search of Spokane River

Police and fire personnel spent several hours Monday evening unsuccessfully searching for people who reportedly jumped into the Spokane River after a large fight broke out near Minnehaha Park.


UPDATED: Mon., April 1, 2019, 8:43 p.m.

Four hospitalized after three-car crash north of Spokane

The Washington State Patrol reported Jessica H. Fisk, 21, was driving north on U.S. Highway 395 and failed to stop at a red light just before 11 a.m., crashing her …


UPDATED: Mon., April 1, 2019, 6:21 p.m.

Hayden elementary school teacher accused of molesting children in late 1990s and early 2000s

A Hayden Meadows Elementary School teacher accused of molesting three children in the early 2000s appeared in court Monday afternoon on two felony charges of lewd conduct and one of …


UPDATED: Mon., April 1, 2019, 6:15 p.m.

Cheney police officers won’t face charges in death of man who investigators say was attempting suicide-by-cop

Spokane County prosecutors have elected not to file criminal charges against three Cheney police officers who shot and killed a man late last year during an alleged suicide by cop.


UPDATED: Fri., March 29, 2019, 6:29 p.m.

Bones, possibly human, found on Coeur d’Alene’s Tubbs Hill

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department is investigating a report of a human bone discovered by a hiker at Tubbs Hill.


UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019, 6:16 p.m.

Detectives looking for tips on four suspects in Browne’s Addition robbery attempt

Spokane police said Tuesday detectives are searching for four suspects in a robbery attempt in Browne’s Addition.


UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019, 5:47 p.m.

Police arrest four teens, one adult after brawl in downtown Spokane

Four teenagers and a 20-year-old man were arrested Monday afternoon for allegedly rioting in downtown Spokane and assaulting two people with a skateboard and brass knuckles.


UPDATED: Mon., March 25, 2019, 10 p.m.

Spokane man treated for smoke inhalation after Sunday morning apartment fire

Firefighters responded about 2 a.m. to the Mt. Vernon Terrace apartments, 3106 S. Mt. Vernon St., after neighbors reported hearing the sound of smoke alarms, according to a news release.


Downtown cameras, security measures would be pushed under new plan considered by Spokane City Council

The panel is being asked to give its OK to a program that would encourage downtown businesses to put up more lighting and cameras to combat crime by giving them …