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Michigan officials warned of Flint water, Legionnaires’ link

High-ranking officials in Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration were aware of a surge in Legionnaires’ disease potentially linked to Flint’s water long before the governor reported the increase to the …


Police captain back on duty after investigation into furniture move

Spokane Police Capt. Brad Arleth is no longer on paid administrative leave, a police spokeswoman confirmed Thursday evening.


Letter expressed concern about new precinct before Spokane police moved in

A member of the Spokane Police Guild complained about “inadequate and unsafe” working conditions at the police precinct in Spokane’s intermodal center before the downtown precinct moved there at the …


Brothers to be tried as adults in Seattle homeless killings

Two of three teenage brothers accused of last week’s deadly shooting in the homeless encampment in Seattle known as “The Jungle” each have been charged as adults with two counts …


Police justified in shooting suicidal veteran, prosecutor rules

The Spokane County Prosecutor has ruled that police officer Nicholas Spolski was justified in shooting suicidal veteran Craig Burton on May 5.


Post Falls man arrested for ramming ex-girlfriend’s car

A Post Falls man was arrested for aggravated assault Wednesday evening after he allegedly used a Chevy Blazer to deliberately ram a car with his ex-girlfriend and her current boyfriend …


Fresh snow foils thieves

Mother Nature helped nab two thieves early Thursday morning after police followed footprints in fresh snow right to them


Cause of fire in vacant Spokane home unclear

Investigators are working to the find cause of a Wednesday night fire that damaged a vacant home in northeast Spokane.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 4, 2016, 7:49 p.m.

Assistant principal in Coulee Dam arrested, suspected of child exploitation

The assistant principal of an elementary school in Coulee Dam, Washington was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of sexually exploiting a minor.


Rise in homeless students seen in state

The number of homeless students continues to grow statewide.


Last suspect in murder of alleged drug dealer found guilty

The last remaining defendant in the gruesome murder of an alleged Spokane drug dealer in 2013 was found guilty of federal murder and drug charges last week.


Deputy revived unresponsive baby

A two-month old baby may still be alive thanks to the actions of a Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Deputy.


Driver arrested after running into Idaho trooper’s car

An Athol man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly crashing into an Idaho State Police car and attempting to flee the scene. The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kyle M. Hodgson, …


Montana lab to focus on Zika virus research

A Montana lab has been studying the Zika virus since it began spreading in Brazil last November.


A tragedy-marred January left investigators with seven death cases

There were at least seven people in Spokane County who were killed or died under suspicous circumstances during January.


Fire District 9 needs property tax levy renewed

Next week’s ballot includes a request from Spokane County Fire District 9 for voters to renew their maintenance and operations levy for another two years.


Hit man in South Hill murder-for-hire case details ‘arsenal’

RICHLAND – Timothy Suckow described the “arsenal” of weapons he obtained illegally in Spokane, and Robert Delao detailed his plans to deliver heroin to James Henrikson, whose trial on murder-for-hire …


Shawn Vestal: Committee’s goals for hiring a new police chief sound familiar

Now that we are again on the threshold of trying to find a police chief who will carry community-minded reforms forward, the citizens’ report to the mayor is a reminder …


Americans pack classes to learn how to survive a shooting

Study your surroundings. Find exits. Identify makeshift weapons. Americans are gleaning those tips and others as they pack classes on how to react to and survive a shooting.


Man shot dead at north Spokane home identified

The man shot dead outside a northwest Spokane home Saturday night was Jerry R. King, 39, the Spokane County medical examiner’s office said Tuesday.


Obama orders more earthquake resilience for gov’t buildings

President Barack Obama is ordering all new or renovated federal buildings to be equipped with the latest protections against earthquakes.


Air bag-maker Takata struggling with quality processes, panel finds

An outside panel hired by embattled air bag maker Takata Corp. says the company lacks processes to improve product quality including air bag inflators that have been blamed for at …


Shooter in murder-for-hire case says he didn’t intend to kill last victim

RICHLAND – In testimony broken by tears and long pauses Monday, Timothy Suckow described the two grisly murders he said were ordered by James Henrikson, including what he described as …


Son tells police he killed mother with frying pan, knife

The man accused of killing his mother last week and dumping her body in a recycling cart in the back of their home told police that he has multiple personality …


Boyfriend says killing spurred by heroin and AIDS scare

Murder suspect Corey Burnam told police he killed his girlfriend Friday night as the two used heroin together and she told him she had given him the AIDS virus, according …


Idaho woman killed, husband hospitalized from burns

A Cataldo, Idaho, couple in their 70s suffered severe burns Sunday, leaving the woman dead and her husband hospitalized. Sandra K. Mack, 71, died near a fire pit in the …


Woman arrested after allegedly threatening Arby’s employee with gun

A Spokane County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team arrested a woman Sunday after she allegedly threatened an Arby’s employee with a gun.


Spokane police locate body believed to be 73-year-old homicide victim

Police late Saturday removed a body from the Spokane home of a 73-year-old woman whose son was arrested on suspicion of killing her. Police believe it’s Wanda Bush whose body …


Police use courts to shut down nuisance drug houses

Months of fear and Block Watch meetings in the River District neighborhood in Liberty Lake ended with a post on the Next Door community web site.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 30, 2016, 6:40 p.m.

Man who reported mother missing arrested for her murder

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering his elderly mother, whom he reported missing to police on Saturday.