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UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 22, 2018, 10:41 p.m.

Cyanide leak at Spokane aerospace factory contained; no one hurt

About a dozen workers at a West Plains aerospace plant that manufactures aircraft brakes were forced to evacuate Monday afternoon after sensors detected a poisonous gas leak.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 19, 2018, 4:57 p.m.

Woman dies from her own car rolling down a hill after she tried to park it

A woman died Friday after her vehicle, which she had attempted to park, rolled forward down a sloped driveway and pinned her to a fence.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 19, 2018, 4:55 p.m.

Coeur d’Alene school evacuated when explosives were found nearby

Ramsey Elementary School in Coeur d’Alene was evacuated Friday afternoon after reports that a person brought a large amount of explosive material to the nearby Coeur d’Alene Police Department.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 19, 2018, 6:23 p.m.

Window washer who fell from downtown library had nearly 50 years experience cleaning Spokane’s tallest buildings

A window washer who died Wednesday after falling from the downtown Spokane Public Library was a business owner with decades of cleaning experience.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 19, 2018, 7:18 p.m.

K9 Laslo, a prolific police dog that helped apprehend nearly 500 suspects, died early Friday morning

Laslo, the former police dog that apprehended more than 480 suspects in four years as a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office K-9, died early Friday morning after months battling intense seizures. …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 18, 2018, 9:46 p.m.

Cheney man appears in court for alleged killing of wife with laced ice cream

A Cheney man appeared before a judge Thursday to face charges that he allegedly killed his wife by lacing her ice cream with a lethal dose of pain medication in …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 18, 2018, 7:27 p.m.

Woman dies in hit and run in Liberty Lake; police looking for vehicle

A pedestrian died after a hit and run in Liberty Lake Thursday morning. Police are searching for the vehicle involved, a red Dodge pickup truck, according to a news release.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 18, 2018, 9:40 a.m.

Teen killed in downtown shooting; police arrest suspect

Spokane police late Wednesday arrested a man suspected of shooting a teenager who later died from his injuries.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 18, 2018, 8:51 a.m.

Cheney man charged with murder in wife’s poisoning death from pain medication-laced ice cream

The Spokane Sheriff’s Office arrested a Cheney man Wednesday on suspicion of murdering his wife in June by putting a lethal amount of crushed pain pills in her ice cream.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 17, 2018, 6:06 p.m.

Window washer dead after fall from downtown library

Spokane police say a window washer fell and died while cleaning the downtown branch of the Spokane Public Library.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 17, 2018, 10:43 p.m.

Former Spokane chef admits to enticing teens for sexual images; likely to receive 20 year sentence

A former Spokane chef is likely to spend the next two decades in prison after admitting last week that he enticed underage girls from Houston to Las Vegas into sending …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 17, 2018, 8:43 p.m.

Man killed in Otis Orchards crash from Pennsylvania

A man killed Tuesday afternoon in a head-on collision near Otis Orchards was from Pennsylvania.


DOJ report on Spokane Police reform shows improvement

The Spokane Police Department released a final report on a years-long police reform initiative in partnership with the Department of Justice.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 15, 2018, 10:44 p.m.

Judge orders Spokane killing suspect to undergo more psychological treatment

A judge ordered a man investigators say killed his ex-girlfriend outside of her Spokane Valley home late last year to undergo a third round of competency restoration treatment at Eastern …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 15, 2018, 9:16 p.m.

Missing doughnut truck attracts plenty of police attention

The Great Doughnut Heist of 2018 began Monday at about 5 a.m. at Casual Friday Donuts, the popular doughnut destination at 3402 N. Division St. on the corner of Division …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 13, 2018, 3:23 p.m.

Fire bans lifted in Spokane city and county

Outdoor recreational fires are now allowed in Spokane county and city.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 11, 2018, 9:12 p.m.

Citing technological mishap, state will again seek to delay hearing for Freeman shooting suspect Caleb Sharpe

By the time Spokane County decides whether alleged Freeman shooter Caleb Sharpe should be tried as a juvenile or an adult, he’ll have spent at least 16 months and two …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 9, 2018, 8:48 p.m.

Man loses hand and suffers other serious injuries after homemade bomb explodes in north Spokane County

A man was seriously injured Monday evening in an explosion while attempting to make a bomb, say Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies.


Washington state has nearly 6,500 untested sexual assault kits sitting in storage. The state AG says 1,340 of them are from Spokane County.

Of the nearly 6,500 sexual assault kits collecting dust in law-enforcement storage facilities across the state, Spokane County lays claim to 20 percent, according to an inventory sheet released by …


Body recovered Friday morning from the Spokane River near Peaceful Valley

A boater discovered a body Friday morning in the Spokane River.


Man critically injured when hit by car on Division Street

A man is critically injured after Spokane police say he attempted to cross a section of Division Street that is illegal for pedestrians to traverse.


Garage, car burned in Spokane Valley fire

Firefighters responded to a garage fire in Spokane Valley at 4:45 p.m. Thursday that also burned part of a car, but quickly put it out before it could spread to …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 4, 2018, 8:50 p.m.

Deputies arrest man in connection with stabbing of juvenile

Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man Thursday after he allegedly stabbed a juvenile in the Mountain Side Middle School parking lot in the early hours of May 23.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 5, 2018, 8:09 a.m.

Early morning house fire injures two firefighters and left a dozen people displaced

At about 2:15 a.m., Spokane firefighters arrived to the home at 111 E. Sinto Ave. as heavy smoke and flames poured from the building. Tenants would later tell firefighters they …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 4, 2018, 12:59 p.m.

Man faces charges of sex trafficking of a minor after federal and local investigation

A Spokane man is being charged with human trafficking a minor following a multi-agency investigation alleged he was prostituting an assaulting 17-year-old girl and attempting to lure other women on …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018, 2:30 p.m.

Spokane Valley firefighters extinguish chimney fire at barbecue restaurant

Spokane Valley firefighters extinguished a small fire burning in Longhorn BBQ Tuesday evening.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018, 10:20 p.m.

Fire destroys multiple mobile homes in Okanogan County’s Elmer City

A fire tore through a mobile home park in Okanogan County’s Elmer City on Tuesday, destroying several homes and displacing multiple families.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 1, 2018, 6 p.m.

One still hospitalized after single-engine plane crash near Cheney Saturday

One man is still in the hospital after a small single-engine airplane crashed near Cheney on Saturday morning.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 1, 2018, 7:03 p.m.

Court records: Woman claiming to be Satan admits to shooting man near Colfax

A man who was discovered dead Friday in Whitman County has been identified as 55-year-old Kenneth L. Allen of Coeur d’Alene.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 29, 2018, 3:40 p.m.

Single engine plane crashes near Cheney; two injured

A small, single-engine plane crashed northeast of Cheney Saturday morning.