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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 …


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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.


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.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 15, 2018, 10:50 p.m.

Search continues Thursday for Spokane man who mysteriously disappeared in Santa Clara after 49ers football game

The search continued Thursday for a Spokane man who disappeared Monday night after a San Francisco 49es football game in Santa Clara, California.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018, 6:15 p.m.

Spokane police investigating death of man shot during sex

Spokane police are investigating the death of a man who reportedly shot himself in the head during sex.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018, 6:53 p.m.

Human remains found at construction site in Coeur d’Alene

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department says human remains were found Tuesday night at Eighth Avenue and Mullan Street near McEuen Park.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018, 6:18 p.m.

Man facing vehicular assault charges after allegedly causing head-on collision on Upriver Drive

A man faces possible vehicular assault charges after police say he crossed the center line on Upriver Drive Tuesday evening and crashed head-on into an oncoming vehicle while driving intoxicated.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018, 4:45 p.m.

Reardan bank robbery suspect arrested 12 hours later, 15 miles away at Airway Heights casino

Hours after an undisclosed amount of cash was taken from the U.S. Bank in Reardan, the robbery suspect was arrested at Northern Quest Resort and Casino in Airway Heights


Spokane police arrest alleged thieves after victim tracks stolen goods online

A burglary victim was able to track his stolen property through an online selling app, leading to the arrest of two men over the weekend.


Police arrest man downtown after reports of gunshots

A man was arrested Monday night after multiple people reported a drive-by shooting in the area of Sprague Avenue and Browne Street in downtown Spokane.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018, 12:24 p.m.

Could a megafire similar to those menacing California erupt in Spokane? Expert says ‘It’s just a matter of time’

Washington and the rest of the Pacific Northwest have been dealing with an increasingly extended and costly fire season – spurred by rising temperatures due to climate change. This year …