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UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 8, 2019, 10:49 p.m.

New DNA evidence tied to Bret Snow disappearance delays Spokane murder trial

New DNA evidence has emerged in the 2015 disappearance of Bret Snow, a 32-year-old drug courier believed to be murdered by at least four people at a Newman Lake drug …


Firefighters credit child’s quick action for saving family in Spokane Valley apartment fire

A family of three was displaced Wednesday evening after a fire tore through their Spokane Valley apartment.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 4, 2019, 10:23 p.m.

Two injured in Grant County crash involving semi truck and two cars

A Mead woman was injured Monday afternoon in a Grant County crash on Interstate 90.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 4, 2019, 6:46 p.m.

Spokane police officer found not guilty of misdemeanor domestic assault

A Spokane police officer accused in 2017 of hitting his girlfriend was found not guilty Monday of four counts of misdemeanor domestic assault.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 4, 2019, 9:37 p.m.

Man driving wrong way hits deputy’s car head-on in Spokane Valley; no serious injuries

Sgt. Jerad Kiehn had been driving east on Appleway Boulevard – a one-way road – when an SUV traveling the wrong direction slammed into his patrol car, the sheriff’s office …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 1, 2019, 9:39 p.m.

Spokane County Jail staff locate drugs, cellphone in cell of inmates with extensive criminal record

Drugs and a cellphone were found Thursday in the jail cell of two inmates with extensive criminal history – one an admitted gang member with a recent conviction of attempted …


The Spokane City Council wants you to support tax to maintain 30 firefighters and hire 20 new police officers. The mayor doesn’t.

Spokane voters will decide on a $5.8 million a year levy to pay for fire department and police staffing, a tax that six of the seven members of the City …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 30, 2019, 9:18 p.m.

Spokane woman accused of producing child porn may have sent pictures to more than 100 people

A Spokane woman told investigators she may have sent child pornography of family members to more than 100 different people.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 30, 2019, 12:01 p.m.

Spokane woman arrested in connection with producing and sharing child pornography depicting family member

A Spokane woman is accused of producing child pornography depicting a family member and sharing it with a man in Los Angeles.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 28, 2019, 8:55 p.m.

Spokane cold cases solved: Detectives planned to arrest sheriff’s deputy for 1967 killings. He died last week.

A former Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy was under investigation for the cold case murders of three women – two of them believed to be pregnant – in the summer of …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 25, 2019, 6:37 p.m.

Homicide suspect declares she is innocent of killing her child’s grandmother

Appearing confused and agitated, homicide suspect Ashley Horning repeatedly referred to herself as Gypsy – rather than her legal first name – and told a judge directly that she didn’t …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 10:40 p.m.

Police release body camera footage of December 2017 shooting of 36-year-old robbery suspect

Spokane police have released body camera footage of the December 2017 officer-involved shooting of Joshua P. Spotted Horse after concluding the use of deadly force fell within department policy.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 20, 2019, 9:34 p.m.

Two officers injured during altercation with domestic violence suspect

One police officer was hospitalized and another injured during an attempt to take a domestic violence suspect into custody Sunday morning in West Central Spokane.


City to resume sit-lie enforcement in February

Now that Spokane’s shelter capacity has increased by 275, the city will resume enforcing a law that bars people from sitting, sleeping or lying on the streets of downtown Spokane …


Police say man not attacked after being found injured, halfway in Spokane River

Police determined that a man was not attacked after he was found injured and halfway submerged in the Spokane River on Wednesday. Michele Anderson, spokesperson for the Spokane Police Department, …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 5:45 p.m.

Franklin Elementary placed under brief lockdown on reports of man with a gun in the area

Franklin Elementary School on the South Hill was put under a brief and partial lockdown Thursday morning.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 10:03 p.m.

Bremerton man accused of injuring Spokane police officers, endangering children

A man from Bremerton with three children in his back seat was arrested Tuesday night after getting into a brawl with several Spokane police officers.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019, 10:34 p.m.

Three firefighters hospitalized after encountering bug bombs in apartment

Three Spokane Valley Fire Fighters were hospitalized Wednesday afternoon after being exposed to chemicals from a bug bomb.


Man hospitalized early Wednesday after being pulled from Spokane River

A man was hospitalized early Wednesday morning with serious injuries after a jogger found him partially submerged in the Spokane River.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019, 10:52 p.m.

Shadle Park High School under brief lockdown following student’s threats

A Shadle Park High School student was arrested inside a classroom Wednesday after Spokane police say he threatened to shoot up the school.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019, 9:21 p.m.

2 injured in scissors attack at downtown Spokane shelter

Two Guardians Foundation employees were injured Wednesday morning after a homeless woman attacked them with scissors at Westminster Congregational warming center.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 13, 2019, 1:45 p.m.

1 man dead in early morning shooting at Tacoma club

The Tacoma Police Department is investigating a shooting at a club that left one man dead.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 12, 2019, 9:08 p.m.

Family of man killed in north Spokane officer-involved shooting releases statement

The family of David M. Novak, the Spokane man killed in an officer-involved shooting last Monday, released a statement Saturday thanking their community for support and asking authorities for answers.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 10, 2019, 10:58 p.m.

Driver taken into custody after high-speed chase on I-90

A high-speed chase along Interstate 90 Thursday night ended with the pursued vehicle disabled and a suspect in custody.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 10, 2019, 9:39 p.m.

Woman appears in court after landing on state’s most-wanted list for insurance fraud

A woman appeared in court Wednesday after landing on the state’s most-wanted list for insurance fraud suspects.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 11, 2019, 5:03 p.m.

Student accused of bringing pistol to Central Valley High appears in court

An 18-year-old accused of bringing a gun to Central Valley High School in a trade for marijuana appeared in Spokane Superior Court Thursday.


Could podcast on mysterious killing of Zachary Lamb help solve Spokane cold case?

The podcast begins where Zachary Lamb’s life ended – on the historic streets of the lower South Hill, just outside of his apartment at 10th Avenue and Elm Street.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 7, 2019, 9:55 p.m.

Fire investigators find no evidence of harmful substance that forced closure of North Spokane Walmart

Investigators with the Spokane Fire Department found no evidence of a harmful “white powder” on cash that north Spokane Walmart employees said made them feel ill.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 7, 2019, 6:18 p.m.

Woman dies after rescue crews pull her from submerged car in Spokane River near Post Falls

A 54-year-old North Idaho woman died in a hospital Monday after her car plunged into the Spokane River near Post Falls.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 7, 2019, 6:22 a.m.

North Spokane Walmart evacuated after reports of suspicious substance

A Walmart in north Spokane was closed for several hours Sunday after employees discovered what they described as “white powder” on money passed over the counter. Reports of the substance …