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Victims upset with plea deal given to airman

Two people who awoke to find a man armed with a knife in their downtown apartment building last fall say they didn’t know the U.S. Air Force airman had his …


Security video catches hoverboard catching fire in home

A security camera inside a suburban Chicago home recorded a hoverboard catching fire shortly after a child left the house, which was extensively damaged by the blaze.


Spokane Valley leaders say they want to stick with sheriff contract for policing

Spokane Valley’s mayor stood with Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich Friday to declare that the city won’t set up its own police department, despite persistent rumors to the contrary. Joining …


Home explosion that killed 2 caused by propane leak

The Kitsap County fire marshal says a propane leak caused the powerful home explosion that killed two people in Port Orchard.


Recalls this week: child seats, pellet stoves, gas boilers

Here’s a detailed look at recalls issued this week:


Rail hazmat safety violations should be prosecuted, regulators say

Federal regulators are failing to refer serious safety violations involving freight rail shipments of crude oil and other hazardous cargo for criminal prosecution, according to a report Friday by a …


Federal regulators issue safety notice at Western State Hospital

Federal regulators issued an “immediate jeopardy” notice at Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital after a patient was given the wrong medication.


Valley crews put out fire in industrial lot

Spokane Valley fire crews responded to a commercial structure fire inside an industrial lot early Friday morning.


FBI agent laments not catching Craig Morgenstern years ago

Federal prosecutors continued Thursday to make their case against former VA emergency room doctor Craig Morgenstern, saying investigators found about 1 million pornographic images and items on electronic gear belonging …


62-year-old Spokane man arrested on child sex charges

A man who works for Sodexo, a company that provides dining services to Gonzaga University, was arrested Wednesday for allegedly arranging to have sex with a 16-year-old girl in exchange …


Newport student expelled for placing hidden camera in boys’ locker room

A student has been expelled and will face criminal charges after a hidden camera was found in the boys’ locker room at Newport High School earlier this month.


Gov. Otter declares disaster following landslide

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter on Thursday issued a disaster declaration for Idaho County following a landslide.


Deputy placed on leave for inappropriate conduct

A Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy has been placed on administrative leave while under investigation for “inappropriate conduct” that may be criminal in nature, according to a Sheriff’s Office press release.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 25, 2016, 4:43 p.m.

Henrikson found guilty in murder-for-hire case

A Richland jury on Thursday found James Henrikson guilty in the murder-for-hire killings of South Hill businessman Doug Carlile and Kristopher Clarke.


Weather Service: Virginia tornado had winds of up to 165 mph

Storms systems brought tornadoes to the East Coast – killing four in Virginia – heavy snow that canceled hundreds of flights in the Midwest and power outages that left hundreds …


Citizens can sometimes be stopped from recording police, judge rules

The American Civil Liberties Union plans to appeal a recent federal court ruling that citizens can sometimes be stopped from recording police officers on duty.


Report of Fukushima meltdown was delayed, Japan utility admits

The operator of Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear plant acknowledged Thursday it failed for two months to announce that meltdowns had occurred in the cores of three of the reactors.


Random discovery aided child-porn case against former VA doctor

A homeless drug user rummaging through apartment dumpsters in October 2014 found a trove of computer hard drives and DVDs that helped turn a child-rape investigation into the multi-state child …


Threatening robocalls lock down multiple schools

Eight Spokane schools were locked down Wednesday after they received bomb threat robo calls starting around 2:30 p.m.


Shriners Hospital back open after bomb threat

The Spokane Police Department bomb squad is en route to Shriners Hospital for Children to respond to a bomb threat.


Spokane Valley man died from multiple gunshot wounds

The man found dead last week in his Spokane Valley apartment died of multiple gunshot wounds, the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office said Wednesday.


Impairment suspected in Spokane Valley pedestrian collision

The driver suspected of seriously injuring a teenage pedestrian in Spokane Valley last night may have been impaired, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.


Federal initiative includes grant to lower fire risk in eastern Cascades

The federal government is funding a new initiative with $780,000 aimed at lowering wildfire risks and improving forest health in the eastern Cascades this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture …


Developer Harlan Douglass pleads guilty to assault

Spokane developer Harlan Douglass will serve no additional jail time for slapping an opposing lawyer during a heated civil suit last spring.


Teen seriously injured by car

A teenage boy sustained serious injuries Tuesday evening when he was hit by a car in the 11900 block of East Mansfield in Spokane Valley.


Charges added against men involved in fatal nightclub shooting

Attorneys for two men involved in a fatal shooting outside the Palomino nightclub in North Spokane last month presented nearly identical arguments Tuesday in an effort to get the charges …


Henrikson defense says prosecution’s murder-for-hire case based on lies

Attorneys for James Henrikson argued Tuesday that the government’s case against the North Dakota man is built on the lies of informants, while prosecutors said all the evidence in the …


WSP: Trooper hit by fleeing driver expected to recover

A Washington State Patrol motorcycle trooper hit and knocked unconscious by a fleeing driver Tuesday is expected to recover from his injuries.


Spokane police officer suspended for five days over domestic violence arrest

The Spokane police officer who pleaded guilty to trespassing after a domestic violence arrest last summer has been suspended for five days.


Jury in Spokane hears 911 call from boy fleeing scene of alleged rape by doctor

A jury of nine women and six men were chosed Monday to hear the criminal case against Dr. Craig Morgenstern, the former Veteran Affairs physician accused of filming sexual assaults …