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UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 7, 2018, 9:37 p.m.

Juvenile suspect arrested in connection with threats made against East Valley High School

A 16-year-old girl has been arrested in connection with recent threats made on social media against East Valley High School.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 7, 2018, 8:02 a.m.

Man hospitalized, suspect in custody after unprovoked stabbing attack

A suspect is in custody after an apparently random stabbing in north Spokane.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 6, 2018, 4:43 p.m.

Sheriff’s Office seeking information on missing 24-year-old

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is seeking help from the public in locating a 24-year-old woman last seen Monday evening.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 6, 2018, 6:34 p.m.

With a doubling of traffic in 30 years, vehicles on I-90 in Spokane far exceed original design standards

Interstate 90 was designed to carry 50,000 vehicles on an average day. Today the busy highway cutting through Spokane carries 120,000 vehicles a day.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 5, 2018, 10:35 p.m.

Man injured in downtown Spokane hit-and-run still in serious condition

A homeless man hit by a speeding car last week at a downtown intersection remains in serious condition at Sacred Heart Medical Center.


Man accused of wielding gun during road rage incident in Kootenai County

A 38-year-old man was arrested in Coeur d’Alene on Tuesday morning, shortly after a road rage incident in which he allegedly pointed a gun at another motorist on Interstate 90, …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 5, 2018, 5:52 a.m.

Most East Valley High School students stay home following shooting threat; suspects identified

About 900 East Valley High School students stayed home from school Tuesday following a shooting threat posted to social media Monday evening.


Spokane City Council considers $5.8 million property tax increase for police, firefighters

The city of Spokane may ask voters to approve a $5.8 million increase in property taxes to pay 30 firefighters and hire 20 new police officers in a special election …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 2, 2018, 4:08 p.m.

Police detain man who threatened to jump from Ridpath building

A man threatening to jump from a ninth-story window of the Ridpath Club Apartments was detained by police early Sunday morning after hours of negotiations.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 30, 2018, 4:58 p.m.

Rathdrum man returns to court on vehicular manslaughter charge, six months after deadly crash

Varsel Jarnagin, 40, appeared in Kootenai County District Court to be arraigned on a vehicular manslaughter charge on Thursday, nearly six months after a crash that killed 23-year-old Alexa Mrgich.


Spokane Police oversight panel files formal complaint against department alleging lack of access to reports, footage

The Police Ombudsman Commission is arguing that members of the department are withholding certain information needed to perform civilian oversight of law enforcement. The complaint comes in the midst of …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 29, 2018, 9:02 a.m.

Spokane man sentenced to 11 years for killing mother

A Spokane man charged with killing his mother in 2016 has accepted a plea deal.


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UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018, 10:42 p.m.

Spokane Valley drug house where 20 detained in SWAT raid owned by Spokane-area man charged in 2009 drug sting

An alleged drug house in Spokane Valley – where almost two dozen people were detained Tuesday – is owned by a once-prominent Spokane Realtor, who a little less than 10 …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018, 5:45 p.m.

Man in custody after shooting kills one in Royal City, 20 miles east of Vantage

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting homicide in the small town of Royal City, 20 miles east of Vantage on State Highway 26


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 27, 2018, 8:37 p.m.

Medical examiner identifies pedestrian who died after being struck by car on 29th Avenue

Gary Theodore Williams, 80, died in a hospital shortly after he was struck by a car Friday afternoon in a crosswalk on 29th Avenue.


Spokane Valley raid nets 20 people at suspected drug house

Almost two dozen people were detained Tuesday morning in a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office SWAT raid on an alleged drug house.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 27, 2018, 7:52 p.m.

Spokane Valley suspect accused of shooting man in leg to ‘teach him a lesson’

A man suspected of shooting another man at a Spokane Valley window company early Tuesday morning told deputies he was trying to “teach him a lesson.”


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 24, 2018, 6:10 p.m.

Semi truck flips in Interstate 90 near Ritzville; no injuries reported

A semi-truck flipped onto its side on Interstate 90, eight miles east of Ritzville at about 11 a.m. on Saturday.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 22, 2018, 8:16 p.m.

Driver killed in single vehicle Okanogan County crash

A man was killed Wednesday night after losing control of his truck after passing another car on state Highway 155 in Okanogan County.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 21, 2018, 5:16 p.m.

Police arrest suspect accused of killing man, trying to kill estranged wife

A man is dead and a woman is in hospital care with life-threatening injuries after the woman’s estranged husband allegedly broke into her northeast Spokane home Tuesday evening and shot …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018, 7:05 p.m.

Man pleads guilty in Airway Heights baseball-bat beating death

A 20-year-old defendant implicated in the 2017 baseball-bat beating death of an Airway Heights resident pleaded guilty earlier this month to manslaughter.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018, 8:06 p.m.

North Idaho woman dies in single-vehicle collision near Hauser Lake

A North Idaho woman died Monday night in a single-vehicle collision near Hauser Lake.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018, 8:12 p.m.

Body found Saturday near Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara confirmed to be that of missing Spokane man

The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner confirmed Tuesday that a body discovered near Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara was that of Ian Powers, a Spokane resident and U.S. Army veteran …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 19, 2018, 7:50 p.m.

Man accused of randomly stabbing 8-year-old boy in Spokane Valley says he “felt possessed”

A 30-year-old man accused of stabbing a boy several times inside a Spokane Valley gas station reportedly told detectives he took 16 cough-medicine pills and then “felt possessed.”


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 19, 2018, 9:24 p.m.

South Hill YMCA closed after car drives into the front of the building

The South Hill YMCA is closed while its building is examined in the aftermath of a crash.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 17, 2018, 11:19 p.m.

8-year-old stabbed multiple times in apparently random attack in Spokane Valley

A 30-year-old man faces charges of attempted murder following what authorities describe as the “random and vicious” stabbing of an 8-year-old boy in a Spokane Valley store Saturday afternoon.


Sue Lani Madsen: Child’s play – safe or sorry

Heading over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house next week will undoubtedly trigger a few family disagreements at the Thanksgiving dinner table. If not over politics, over …


Colville police officer charged with assault in alleged drunken incident at downtown bar

Michael S. Welch faces a fourth-degree assault charge, a gross misdemeanor, stemming from a confrontation caught on camera at a bar in Colville on Nov. 1.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 15, 2018, 5:56 p.m.

Spokane Valley residents assaulted, tied and robbed in their home

Two Spokane Valley residents were assaulted, tied up and robbed in their home on Thursday morning, according to a news release from Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.