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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 …


Coeur d’Alene daycare shut down after lewd conduct allegations

A Coeur d’Alene daycare has been shut down by police after a 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of repeated instances of lewd conduct involving children at the daycare.


Body found in north Spokane

Spokane Police are investigating a body found in North Spokane Wednesday afternoon.


Man convicted of manslaughter in 2015 West Central stabbing

A jury found accused killer Michael Gehrke guilty of manslaughter Tuesday for fatally stabbing another man in West Central Spokane last fall.


Investigation into ferry captains burned by laser continues

Washington State Patrol detectives are still investigating an incident in which two ferry captains were injured after a man aimed a high-powered laser into their eyes.


MADD: Car-locking systems have stopped 1.77 million drivers

Car-locking systems have stopped more than 1.77 million people from driving drunk since states first passed laws requiring offenders to install them in 1999, Mothers Against Drunk Driving said in …


Doug Clark: Spokane goes through police chiefs faster than Walt Worthy goes through hotel linens

Interim Spokane Police Chief Rick Dobrow announced his retirement after just months on the job, a pattern that’s becoming familiar to Spokanites.


Ohio cop fired after 137-shot barrage wants back on force

A Cleveland police officer who was fired after a high-speed chase led to a 137-shot barrage that killed two unarmed black people says he wants to return to the force.


Judge gives Washington mental hospitals more time to fix programs

A federal judge has extended the deadline for state mental hospitals to fix the system of evaluating and treating criminal defendants with suspected mental illnesses.


North Korea restarts plutonium reactor, intelligence chief says

North Korea has expanded a uranium enrichment facility and restarted a plutonium reactor that could start recovering material for nuclear weapons in weeks or months, the U.S. intelligence chief said …


Air Jordans stolen in alleged assault at Spokane park

On Saturday a juvenile was punched multiple times, kneed and threatened with a sledgehammer – apparently over a pair of shoes.


Idaho doctor indicted in alleged drug ring sanctioned a year ago

A Coeur d’Alene doctor indicted as part of an alleged multistate drug trafficking ring surrendered his passport Monday and was released from federal custody. Dr. Stanley Alvin Toelle, 61, a …


Inmate mistakenly released from Los Angeles jail recaptured

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says a murder suspect mistakenly released from jail last month has been captured in Nevada.


Johns Hopkins approved for HIV-positive organ transplants

Johns Hopkins Medicine has recently received approval to perform organ transplants between HIV-positive donors and recipients.


Washington man accused of supporting Islamic State

Federal agents with the Seattle Joint Terrorism Task Force have arrested an Army deserter and purported sympathizer of the Islamic State group for illegally possessing machine guns and other firearms.


Cruise ship that sailed in storm headed back to home port

A Royal Caribbean cruise ship ran into high winds and rough seas in the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday, forcing frightened passengers into their cabins overnight as their belongings flew about, …


Asbestos-contaminated Montana town has cleanup plan approved

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has given final approval to a costly cleanup program for a Montana community where health officials say hundreds of people have died due to asbestos …


At least 30 injured, several critically, in bus crash

A charter bus driving through a snowstorm to a casino flipped onto its side Monday, injuring at least 30 people, several of them critically, and closing the northbound side of …


Turnbull refuge reopens after concerns over Oregon standoff

Turnbull Wildlife Refuge is back open Monday after closing late last week over concerns prompted by the armed occupation of a refuge in eastern Oregon.


Woman killed in head-on crash near Pinehurst

An 86-year-old woman died in a head-on collision Sunday evening near Pinehurst, Idaho.


Driver arrested after three morning pursuits in North Idaho

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 25-year-old man Sunday morning in Coeur d’Alene after he allegedly fled from officers in his truck in three separate pursuits, attempted to ram …


Driver arrested for vehicular assault after hitting pedestrian

A man was arrested for vehicular assault Friday night after hitting a pedestrian crossing Division near Euclid Avenue.


Fire district tries bond again after ballot printing error

A Stevens County Fire District 1 bond issue is back on the ballot this month after it was discovered missing from the ballots of dozens of residents in November.


Strong quake hits Taiwan, killing 3

A 6.4-magnitude earthquake has struck southern Taiwan, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 5, 2016, 3:15 p.m.

Spokane interim police Chief Dobrow announces retirement

Interim Spokane Police Chief Rick Dobrow abruptly announced his retirement on Friday, throwing more uncertainty in the leadership of the department. The change at the top gives the department its …


Investigators search for clues in Spokane Valley woman’s death

Investigators are trying to determine whether the live-in boyfriend of a Spokane Valley woman found dead in North Idaho had anything to do with her death.


Woman killed in bed by falling tree, husband trapped

A 90-foot tree fell on a home in suburban Philadelphia early Friday, killing a woman in her bed and trapping her husband beside her for hours before he could be …


Fire district tries bond again after ballot printing error

A Stevens County Fire District 1 bond issue is back on the ballot this month after it was discovered missing from the ballots of dozens of residents in November.


Feds bust alleged drug trafficking ring with ties to North Idaho

Seven people were arrested Thursday in connection with federal drug distribution and money laundering charges filed in the U.S. District Court of Idaho.