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Beauty shop robbery suspect had once been sentenced to life in prison without parole

A man accused of robbing two beauty supply stores last November and tying up store employees had been given a fourth chance to live a crime-free life.

Three suspected of multiple drive-by shootings

Police are looking for three men suspected of more than a dozen drive-by shootings with a rapid fire BB gun that has damaged property and injured people.

Man accused of desecrating Sikh temple says he recently used meth

The man accused of desecrating a Sikh temple in Spokane Valley on Thursday said he had one drink the night before and injected meth three days prior.

Suspicious package investigated at Fairchild Air Force Base

A suspicious package was found at Fairchild Air Force Base Thursday night, according to base officials. An investigation revealed nothing hazardous.

Teen accused of stabbing mother during argument over chores

Police have arrested a teenage boy accused of stabbing his mother during an argument over his chores.

Spokane judge reluctantly sentences man to long prison term

The judge who found Craig Burton guilty of three counts of assault for his role in an officer-involved shooting said Burton’s mandatory 10-year prison sentence will serve no purpose and …

UPDATED: Thu., March 3, 2016, 6:07 p.m.

Spokane’s Sikh Temple vandalized, holy book desecrated

A naked man was arrested early Thursday inside the Sikh Temple of Spokane on charges of vandalizing the temple.

Spokane police officer wasn’t trained on Tahoe before crash, IA report says

The Spokane police officer who hit a teenage driver after running a red light in December wasn’t properly trained on using a new patrol car, an internal investigation concluded.

Suspect arrested in beauty store robberies

After months of investigation, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team arrested a suspect Thursday morning in connection with two robberies last November.

Search continues for Mississippi inmate accused of murder

Mississippi authorities continue searching for an escaped inmate facing capital murder charges in the 2015 rape and slaying of a 69-year-old woman.

Michigan governor hires lawyers for Flint water issues

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has hired two outside lawyers to assist with civil representation and to search and process emails and other records connected to Flint’s lead-tainted water crisis.

Many factors contribute to U.S. 195 crashes, study shows

After the driving deaths of two Washington State University students this past November, some have debated whether the main roads in Whitman County or the drivers on them are more …

Emptying to start on Hanford tank with interior leak

Work to empty Hanford’s oldest double-shell tank is expected to start anytime as a March 4 deadline looms.

Man facing charges for police chase fights with deputies in hospital room

A man involved in a high speed chase with Spokane County sheriff’s deputies Tuesday was arrested as he was being released from the hospital Wednesday, but not before putting up …

Spokane Valley council looking to create separate police oversight board

Spokane Valley is beginning a discussion of a Valley-only police oversight committee.

Supreme Court denies Duncan appeal in 2005 kidnapping, murder of Dylan Groene

The U.S. Supreme Court has let stand a ruling that convicted killer Joseph Duncan was mentally competent when he waived his right to appeal his death sentence for killing three …

E-cigarettes on airline flights being banned by U.S.

The Department of Transportation says it has issued final regulations prohibiting the use of electronic cigarettes on any domestic or foreign airline flying to, from or within the United States.

Toyota adds 331,000 cars to Takata air bag recalls

Toyota is adding 331,000 cars worldwide to an existing recall of passenger air bags made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp.

50-plus homes evacuated after New York train derailment

Authorities say dozens of homes have been evacuated after 16 cars on a Norfolk Southern freight train carrying hazardous liquids derailed in far southwestern New York.

Thousands without power after Western Washington storm

Officials say more than 10,000 customers around western Washington remained without power following blustery, rainy weather.

Payette police suspect 4 teens set fire to principal’s home

Idaho police believe four teenage boys are responsible for setting fire to the high school principal’s house.

Boston shortens St. Patrick’s Day parade route

A decision by Boston’s mayor and police commissioner to shorten the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade route is not sitting well with organizers.

Powerful quake hits off Indonesia, tsunami warning issued

A powerful, shallow earthquake hit off the southwestern coast of Sumatra in Indonesia on Wednesday and could trigger a tsunami, officials said. There were no immediate reports of injuries or …

Crash injures deputy; stolen car spotted at the scene

A crash involving a Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Deputy indirectly led to a police chase involving a stolen car that ended with another crash on Spokane’s north side.

Jury convicts former VA doctor Craig Morgenstern of child sex abuse

Dr. Craig Morgenstern’s secret life as a serial child molester unspooled in front of a federal jury that convicted him Tuesday.

Homicide investigation closes I-90 near Ritzville

A homicide investigation has closed westbound Interstate 90 near Ritzville.

Rathdrum man dies in Kootenai County Jail

A 71-year old man was found dead in the Kootenai County Jail on Monday. The Rathdrum man was found alone and unconscious inside his cell around 4 p.m., according to …

At child rape trial, victims take stand against physician

Dr. Craig Morgenstern led a secret life as a reckless child molester who made sex videos of himself with young boys he had drugged with prescription sedatives, federal prosecutors told …

Records: Woman says jammed gun prevented estranged husband from shooting her

A Spokane Valley woman allegedly escaped being shot by her estranged husband when the gun he used jammed.

Shoshone County employee resigns during investigation into missing evidence

A Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office employee has resigned in the middle of an investigation into missing evidence.