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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.


Man pleads guilty to murdering wife, girl in Post Falls

A man charged with killing his wife and her young daughter in Post Falls in 2014 pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder Wednesday. Angel Albertico Morales-Larranaga, 27, accepted …


Prosecutors seek death penalty in slaying of CdA officer

The Kootenai County Prosecutor’s Office will seek the death penalty for Jonathan Renfro, the man accused of killing a Coeur d’Alene Police sergeant last year, if he is convicted of …


Coeur d’Alene man gets prison term for child porn

A Coeur d’Alene man who had amassed a large collection of child pornography was sentenced Tuesday to 75 months in federal prison. Keith David Killingsworth, 38, also will spend 15 …


Flood warning issued for 3 northern counties

The National Weather Service in Spokane has issued a flood warning for small streams in Boundary and Bonner counties in North Idaho and Pend Oreille County in Washington. Reporting gauges …


Courthouse dog puts children, the vulnerable at ease

The criminal justice system in Bonner County has a new resource: a dog specially trained to comfort witnesses and victims who are nervous, scared, angry or experiencing other high emotions …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 20, 2015, 8:18 p.m.

New LED streetlights are green, but have some Spokane residents seeing red

As part of a five-year project to replace 30,000 company-owned streetlights with energy-efficient bulbs, Avista has begun switching out the orange glow of sodium lights with the bright white of …


Police aim to slow drivers near schools

Officers patrol school zone speeding


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 7, 2015, 9 p.m.

City wants to make it easier to fight fires on Tubbs Hill

The forested Tubbs Hill Park in downtown Coeur d’Alene has been a firefighting hotspot this year, with 15 blazes — about twice the annual average. More than half of them …


Shawn Vestal: Video expert from Zehm case was wrong pick for review of bike incident

When police officers investigating the death of a teenager killed in an encounter with a speeding Spokane County deputy needed an expert to analyze video footage, they made an unusual …


Female council members take on women’s pay, hiring at City Hall

A woman makes $11,614 less than a man, on average, at Spokane City Hall. Females represent nearly half the city’s population, but they hold just a quarter of positions in …


Spokane City Council prohibits immigration status inquiries by employees, including police

Beheadings and Ebola made an appearance at this week’s Spokane City Council meeting, as did some deferred gratitude from Council President Ben Stuckart, who thanked the Spokane Tribe of Indians …


Report addresses public safety on tribal land

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — A national panel of judicial and law enforcement experts traveled the country taking comment on public safety issues on American Indian reservations, where federal statistics show the …


Vestal: Washington Policy Center loves numbers, loathes context

Did you know our mayor is paid more than the mayor of Mobile, Ala.? A lot more. The mayor’s salary of $169,000 is nearly twice the salary of the mayor …


Panhandling ordinance would hinder some nonprofits

Richard Henderson stood on the busy corner of Division Street and Third Avenue on Thursday, occasionally reaching into the street to accept a couple bucks from drivers stopped at the …


Sheriff backs sales tax to fix budget shortfall

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said Tuesday that the ability of his office to fight crime is increasingly endangered by funding cuts, and he is proposing a new sales tax …


Doug Clark: In the name of public safety, let’s Send Batty Packing

Show of hands, please. Anyone think we’ve finally seen the last of that drunken-driving disaster, David Batty?


Closed meetings lead to resignation

The portion of the Mayor-elect David Condon’s transition team devoted to public safety has decided to keep its discussions confidential, leading one member to quit the group. Tim Connor, communications …


As economy falters, security services are hiring more guards

The fastest-growing occupation in Spokane County is not in health care or green technology. It can’t be found in casinos or computer labs. It’s security guard – one of the …


Fireworks ban extinguishes fun for some revelers

With new restrictions on the use of fireworks within city limits this year, Airway Heights has lost its spark. The West Plains city was the last within Spokane County to …


City, guild negotiating concessions

Spokane Mayor Mary Verner said her staff was continuing to meet late Thursday with the Spokane Police Guild on a proposed concession agreement to prevent at least some of the …


Liberty Lake department heads trying to cut costs

The Liberty Lake City Council heard an accounting from the city’s department heads of what they were doing to reduce costs. Community Development Director Doug Smith told the council the …


Sheriff seeks to sue Kootenai County, wants it to pay legal expenses

The Kootenai County sheriff wants the county to pay the legal expenses for the Sheriff’s Department in a lawsuit he wants to file against the county.


New Jail Needs More Security

King County plans to spend half a million dollars to bolster security at the new Regional Justice Center here, adding items ranging from new motion detectors and razor wire, to …


Grant To Pay For 30 New Police Officers

The city of Spokane has been promised $2.25 million in federal money to help fund 30 new police officers, a police spokesman said Wednesday. Under the terms of the U.S. …