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Pace’s request sets off lengthy review of Spokane Valley police

Spokane Valley councilman Ed Pace says did not intend to start a lengthy official investigation when he sent a query to city staff about alleged surveillance by the Spokane Valley …


Road rage suspect charged with child molestation

Jason R. Hoy, a convicted felon facing several assault charges for allegedly ramming several different cars in downtown Spokane Saturday, has been charged with two counts of child molestation.


Seattle-bound plane makes emergency landing

A flight headed to Seattle from Reagan National Airport had to make an emergency landing at nearby Dulles International Airport after its pilots reported smoke in the cockpit.


Gas explosions in Dominican Republic injure 40, level homes

Early morning explosions rocked an LPG distribution station in a densely populated neighborhood of the Dominican Republic’s capital on Tuesday, destroying several homes and injuring at least 40 people, officials …


Officers justified in shooting carjacking suspect

Two Spokane police officers who shot and wounded an armed carjacking suspect last November were justified, the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office announced Tuesday.


Oklahoma earthquakes prompt agency to order well cutbacks

Oklahoma oil-and-gas regulators are making their most far-reaching directive yet in response to the spike in earthquakes in the state by asking the operators of nearly 250 injection wells to …


Tornados in South, snow, sleet in East; record heat in West

A treacherous mix of falling snow, sleet and freezing rain turned Tuesday morning commutes to misery for many returning from a long holiday weekend in the Northeast, a day after …


Former Spokane insurance agent suspected of theft

Charges were filed in four insurance fraud cases in Spokane County Superior Court following investigations by Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s Special Investigations Unit.”


Henrikson attorneys seek mistrial following revelation of police texts with witness

Three weeks of courtroom work may be undone by text messages released Friday by prosecutors in the James Henrikson murder-for-hire trial. Defense attorneys are asking for a mistrial because they …


Report of rollover crash in North Idaho early Saturday turned out to be only partly true

Multiple law enforcement agencies in Idaho spent several hours early Saturday searching for what they had been told was a car on fire with a man trapped inside. The report …


Man rams multiple cars in downtown Spokane

A man who rammed multiple cars on a downtown Spokane street Saturday had to be restrained by bystanders until police arrived and appeared “out of his mind,” according to witnesses.


100 years ago in Spokane: gas siphoning debuts as a new type of crime

A Spokane plumber, 23, committed a new category of crime in Spokane. He stole “gasoline from an auto by use of a siphon.”


Trash fire ravages laundromat; all inside evacuated safely

Spokane firefighters are battling a blaze at the Hamilton Street Wash & Dry Crews were called to the laundromat at 1725 N. Hamilton at about 8 p.m.


Man arrested after pregnant robbery victim miscarries

A Spokane man is facing a manslaughter charge for allegedly hitting a pregnant store employee who later had a miscarriage in the stomach during a robbery.


McDevitt appointment as interim Spokane police leader sparks controversy

Former U.S. Attorney Jim McDevitt hasn’t started his new job running the Spokane police department, but his appointment has already ruffled some feathers on the mayor’s police leadership committee.


Man charged with assault after RV shooting

A man arrested Thursday after he allegedly shot at an occupied motor home in south Spokane County has been charged with first-degree assault.


Massive New Jersey warehouse fire burning out of control

A massive warehouse fire in central New Jersey burning out of control for more than half a day has generated enough smoke to be detected by weather radar and forced …


Strong earthquake rocks east Indonesia; communications lost

A strong earthquake rocked eastern Indonesia on Friday, apparently knocking out communications on islands near the epicenter.


Five-story building collapses in Istanbul

A five-story building collapsed in the Turkish city of Istanbul on Friday but it appears no one was trapped inside, according to local officials.


Suspicious bag blocks traffic near Deaconess Medical Center

A suspicious bag that caused police to shut down streets and Interstate 90 near Deaconess Medical Center Thursday evening turned out to be full of books.


Second murder conviction sends man to prison for 69 years

A Spokane man has been sentenced to prison for murder for the second time after his first conviction was overturned on a technicality.


Man arrested for chasing women, hitting deputies with cane

A man is facing multiple charges after allegedly chasing a car with two women inside, refusing to get out of his car for deputies and then trying to hit two …


Man arrested after shots fired at occupied RV

A man was arrested Thursday afternoon after allegedly firing several gunshots at an occupied motor home before breaking inside.


Spokane police searching for man accused of exposing himself to children

Police are searching for man who has been reported in multiple locations around Spokane exposing himself to children.


Detectives investigating disappearance of local man

Detectives are investigating the disappearance of Bret R. Snow, who was last seen in December and is believed to have “met with foul play.”


Spokane police chief’s son criticizes barrier keeping father from applying

The son of interim police Chief Rick Dobrow penned an open letter to Mayor David Condon sharply criticizing his administration for requiring the next chief to have a bachelor’s degree.


Teens plead not guilty in Seattle homeless camp shooting

Teenage brothers charged in a drug-related shooting that left two people dead and three wounded at a Seattle homeless camp have pleaded not guilty to murder charges.


Man seeking ‘suicide by cop’ found guilty of assault

A suicidal veteran who fired eleven shots during an encounter with police last May was found guilty Thursday of assault. Craig Burton testified during a January trial that he was …


Key player in prisoners’ early release resigns state post

State officials say the assistant attorney general who advised Corrections officials they didn’t need to recalculate prisoners’ sentences after discovering a sentencing software error has stepped down.


‘Sovereign citizen contacts’ with law enforcement on rise, sheriff says

Sovereign citizens who claim they don’t need a driver’s license isn’t a new thing for Spokane County deputies, but Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said the incidents appear to be on the …