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Wednesday, January 23, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 28, 2018, 9:31 p.m.

Ridpath building downtown evacuated due to smoking heating unit

The Ridpath building downtown was evacuated after a heater in an apartment began smoking at about 4 p.m. Friday.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 28, 2018, 6:37 p.m.

Multiple agencies pursue vehicle in high speed chase through Spokane, Cheney; suspects arrested after crash

A Washington State Patrol trooper was injured during a high-speed chase that began in Idaho and ended with a crash in Cheney early Friday morning.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 28, 2018, 6:12 p.m.

Yakima man hit, killed by truck after car breaks down on Interstate 90

Thomas B. Whitlock, 31, was standing in a westbound lane of the freeway next to his own vehicle, which had broken down about 7 miles east of the town of …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 28, 2018, 8:34 p.m.

Spokane unaffected by nationwide 911 outage; CenturyLink says it’s fixing problem

Federal and Washington state regulators said Friday they have started investigations into a nationwide CenturyLink internet outage that has disrupted 911 service.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 27, 2018, 10:33 p.m.

‘Suspicious device’ found near Moses Lake manufacturing facility

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said a “suspicious device” was found in a car Thursday afternoon near a manufacturing facility in Moses Lake. In a pair of alerts around 4 …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 27, 2018, 10:36 p.m.

Medical examiner identifies man killed by train near downtown Spokane; death ruled an accident

The Spokane County Medical Examiner has identified a man who was hit and killed by a train in Browne’s Addition Christmas evening as 31-year-old Ryan E. Poyner.


Family in limbo after suspected arson in Logan neighborhood leaves home in ruins

Two months after a fire tore through her home, Devan Howe-Kizzar is still unsure how to move on from that night. With no cash, renter’s insurance or assets, she’s unsure …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 26, 2018, 5:05 p.m.

Lewiston family finds man inside their home in armed Christmas burglary

A man is accused of spoiling a Lewiston family’s holiday plans after allegedly burglarizing their home Christmas day and attacking them with a wooden lamp when confronted.


Marijuana businessman and former federal inmate Cip Paulsen faces new legal problems

A new drug arrest and a lawsuit brought by dissatisfied investors could cost Cip Paulsen, who spent nine years in federal prison for his involvement in a cocaine ring, his …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 25, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Displaced family focuses on silver lining after Christmas morning house fire in Logan Neighborhood

P.J. Farrell had a lot to look forward to on Christmas morning. Getting home, waking up his kids, seeing the excitement wash away the tired in their eyes, and watching …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 19, 2018, 4:36 p.m.

Woman arrested for allegedly attacking boyfriend with broken kitchen knife

Police arrested a woman Tuesday evening accused of stabbing a man with a broken kitchen knife inside their North Spokane home.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 19, 2018, 8:20 p.m.

Woman accused of stabbing boyfriend with broken knife in Logan neighborhood

Spokane police said a woman was arrested Tuesday night after she stabbed her boyfriend and locked herself in a home with four small children.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 19, 2018, 10:50 p.m.

Man killed in West Plains collision was military veteran who once shook Obama’s hand

A man killed Wednesday morning in a three-vehicle collision was a military veteran with a storied history in the armed forces, one that included a firm handshake with America’s Commander-in-Chief.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 17, 2018, 8:41 p.m.

Body found in wooded area near Hayden Walmart

Kootenai County sheriff’s deputies discovered a body Monday morning in a wooded area near the Walmart in Hayden.


3-year-old girl killed after being hit by truck in Boise

Authorities say a 3-year-old girl has died after she was hit by a pickup truck in Boise. The Ada County Sheriff’s office says the truck had just pulled out of …


Study finds some users think marijuana can sober you up enough to drive. Wrong, says the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

A new traffic study sponsored by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission shows that one out of every 10 survey respondents admitted to drinking and smoking marijuana before driving.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 14, 2018, 10:09 p.m.

1-year-old survives fatal crash after being ejected in car seat

A 1-year-old girl survived with only bumps and bruises after her car seat was ejected during a fatal crash near Loon Lake.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 13, 2018, 9:55 p.m.

Drowning victim in car crash was 22-year-old University High School alumna

The woman who drowned after her car entered the Spokane River yesterday has been identified by Spokane County Medical Examiners as 22-year-old Rachel F. Bowles of Spokane Valley.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 13, 2018, 4:42 p.m.

Thursday morning sees wet, moderate temperatures in Spokane

On the third day of morning snow, our weather gave to thee: temperatures above freezing, slush on the sidewalks, and a car that drove over a tree.


Faulty air ventilation motor to blame for evacuation of Chase Middle School

Kids and staff at Chase Middle School were forced to evacuate Wednesday morning after smoke poured out from the school’s ventilation system.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 12, 2018, 10:28 p.m.

One person dead after car crashes in Spokane River

One person is confirmed dead after car goes into the Spokane River.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 11, 2018, 10:17 p.m.

Deputies arrest Spokane Valley stabbing suspect near Costco

A man suspected of stabbing another man and sending him to the hospital with life-threatening injuries was arrested Monday evening.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 11, 2018, 9:13 p.m.

Mead woman dies in fatal crash on U.S. 2 closed north of Riverside

One person died in a two-car collision on U.S. Highway 2 Tuesday afternoon.


Spokane City Council puts property tax to pay more firefighters, police on ballot

A new property tax that would pay for 20 police officers and 30 firefighters as well as criminal justice programs will be on the ballot in February after the Spokane …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 11, 2018, 6:37 a.m.

Spokane County Commissioners expected to rehire heads of public defender’s office, counsel for defense

Spokane County commissioners will decide Tuesday whether to rehire two men tasked with leading the county’s defense for indigent defendants.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 10, 2018, 8:45 p.m.

Chewelah woman dies in crash near Loon Lake; three others injured

One person is dead and another is injured after three vehicles were involved in a collision near Loon Lake on Monday morning.


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 9, 2018, 8:15 p.m.

Police clear homeless encampment in front of City Hall

Spokane police removed the homeless encampment in front of City Hall Sunday morning.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 8, 2018, 9:27 p.m.

Demonstrators, including Councilwoman Kate Burke, chain themselves together to protest removal of City Hall homeless camp

The demonstration – which drew a large crowd as well as onlookers from the nearby ice-skating ribbon in Riverfront Park – was an attempt to stop police from clearing out …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 8, 2018, 3:49 p.m.

Suspect faces felony charge for attempted package theft in North Central neighborhood

A 20-year-old man who was caught stealing a package from the front porch of a home in Spokane’s North Central neighborhood said he did it because he was bored, according …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 7, 2018, 7:01 p.m.

North Spokane stabbing suspect has history of violent attacks

Corey A. Taylor, 23, appeared in court Friday after police say he stabbed a man in north Spokane.