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Woman injured in crash with suspected drunken driver

A Spokane woman was injured after a suspected drunken driver hit her car early Thursday morning in Spokane Valley.


Spokane Valley woman fatally shot in her home was beloved VA counselor

The staff and clients at the Veterans Outreach Center in Spokane Valley are reeling from the loss of beloved counselor Brenda Thurman.


Eldon Samuel trained to kill zombies, mother testifies in trial

The father of Coeur d’Alene teenager Eldon Samuel III showed the boy how to use weapons from a young age and also trained him to prepare for a “zombie apocalypse,” …


‘Pit crew’ method improves cardiac survival rate

The Spokane Valley Fire Department and the Spokane Fire Department have been working together for more than two years when responding to emergencies near their borders. The rule is simple: …


Landmarks: Alabama case helped solve Spokane officer’s killing

Of the many members of law enforcement buried in cemeteries in Spokane County, most have died of natural causes and some in the line of duty. And then there are …


Man shot outside nightclub identified as EWU student

The man shot at a north Spokane nightclub early Monday morning has been identified as Eduardo Villagomez, 21


Spokane police to expand reporting of use-of-force incidents

Spokane police will now count neck restraints, pepper spray, tear gas and batons as uses of force and require a new Use of Force Review Board to review incidents monthly.


100 years ago in Spokane: City hires first female police officer

From our archives, 100 years ago The Spokane Police Department was entering a new era by hiring the first woman police officer.


Woman shot in Spokane Valley home; husband says death accidental

A woman was killed Monday morning in a shooting at home in Spokane Valley. A man called 911 at about 9:45 a.m. to report his wife had been shot in …


Spokane businessman with ties to failed Tennessee business faces lottery theft allegations

Scott Brett, 54, the former chief executive of a “green” construction company and longtime Spokane resident, has been indicted on a wire fraud charge alleging he stole money from an …


Man charged in strangling death in a Spokane substance-abuse recovery apartment

A Spokane man has been charged with murder, kidnapping and robbery in the Dec. 15 death of a man who lived in a downtown apartment building for people recovering from …


CdA teen tells police he thought about killing brother for ‘a while’

Eldon Gale Samuel III told police detectives he had contemplated killing his younger brother Jonathan for “a while” and also said,


Proposed oil terminal brings only risk for Spokane, critics say

Building a crude oil terminal in Vancouver, Washington, puts Spokane and other communities at risk from increased oil train traffic, without offering any local economic benefits, opponents of the project …


No mass killing of dogs in Boundary County, sheriff says

The Boundary County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday that media reports indicating dozens of dogs have been shot dead in the woods near Bonners Ferry are wrong.


Woman stabbed while shopping at Goodwill

A woman was stabbed as she shopped inside the Goodwill thrift store at 1406 E. Front Ave. Wednesday night.


Shawn Vestal: Just who runs the Spokane Police Department, anyway?

Recent events within the Spokane Police Department demand more urgency to rebuild and strengthen oversight.


SPD officer suspended for inappropriate sexual relationship

A Spokane police officer has been suspended for having a sexual relationship with a women days after he took a domestic violence report from her.


Records advocate wants all Spokane police body camera videos

For months, Tim Schwering has been talking to Spokane’s Public Safety Committee about a worst-case scenario for the police records unit he supervises. Half of the department’s 202 patrol officers …


Body camera footage shows police shooting of carjacking suspect

Spokane police today released body camera, cellphone and surveillance video showing the Nov. 7 shooting of carjacking suspect Tyler J. Randant, 22. Body camera video from Officer Cory Lyons shows …


Zombie paranoia, abuse fueled Coeur d’Alene slayings, lawyer says

The parents of Eldon Gale Samuel III were abusive drug addicts constantly on the move in California, leaving their son to care for his autistic brother 11 months his junior. …


Thief targets probation officers, steals their badges, plus lip gloss and underwear

The home of two probation officers was burglarized twice recently, but the thief didn’t just take guns, ammunition, electronics and their duty equipment, including badges. He also stole 20 pairs …


Spokane County sheriff questions Matt Shea’s trip to Oregon armed protest

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich says he “can’t fathom” why Rep. Matt Shea would attend an armed protest at a wildlife refuge in Oregon over the weekend.


Spokane-area residents can weigh in on Vancouver oil terminal Thursday

Local residents will have a chance to sound off Thursday on an oil terminal proposed for the Port of Vancouver that would funnel four more oil trains daily though Sandpoint …


Man accused of stabbing Hillyard convenience store employee

A Spokane man is accused of stabbing a convenience store employee Jan. 9 in the Hillyard area.


Police, Spokane County Jail staff won’t be charged in May death

The Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office will not file criminal charges against the police and jail staff who handled Lorenzo Hayes, 37, on the day he died in May.


Council members seek proof that downtown police precinct move will save money

Spokane City Council members are calling for city and police leaders to show how two-week old move of the downtown police precinct will save the city money.


Trial begins for Idaho teen accused of killing father, brother

Eldon Gale Samuel III goes on trial for murder this week in Coeur d’Alene. He is accused of killing his father and younger brother in March 2014.


Haystack fire near Coeur d’Alene was arson, officials say

Fire investigators in Kootenai County say someone intentionally set fire to a large haystack on the north end of Coeur d’Alene early Sunday morning. The Coeur d’Alene and Northern Lakes …


Woman died of hypothermia near Coeur d’Alene Resort

The 72-year-old woman who died near the Coeur d’Alene Resort Wednesday has been identified as Lois May Falcon of St. Regis, Montana.


Police arrest man suspected in string of fast food robberies

A fingerprint on a discarded container of salad helped lead police to a man they suspect participated in seven robberies since October.