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‘Drive High, Get a DUI’ campaign targets pot-impaired drivers

This year’s Labor Day campaign to catch impaired drivers in Washington has a new target. The slogan – Drive High, Get a DUI – is intended to call attention to …


Murray urges stronger protections for women

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray challenged her Republican counterparts Tuesday to embrace the Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act, saying the narrower House version leaves out key provisions that …


Panhandling ban paying off, Spokane Valley leaders say

Panhandlers have been a familiar sight at busy intersections in Spokane Valley for years. Now, however, tough new rules against panhandling seem to have encouraged them to move down the …


Medical marijuana dispensary owner faces drug charges

A Greenacres man who operated a medical marijuana dispensary about 100 feet from a Washington State Patrol office could face felony drug charges in the latest example of Spokane County’s …


Creach interred near childhood home in Oklahoma

Wayne Scott Creach was laid to rest Thursday on a hillside cemetery in a plot that overlooks the tiny Oklahoma town and nearby farm where the pastor and Spokane Valley …


Deputy’s approved vacation stalls interview about shooting

The interview that could explain why a deputy shot and killed a Spokane Valley pastor will come Friday morning – after the deputy returns from a weeklong vacation approved by …


Son offers insight into pastor’s fatal encounter

Spokane Valley pastor Wayne Scott Creach and his wife had a prearranged system for when the business owner encountered trespassers on the couple’s sprawling nursery and greenhouse complex in Spokane …


Valley officer kills pastor at nursery

A pastor and widely recognized Spokane Valley businessman, concerned that a prowler was on his property late Wednesday, got out of bed, apparently armed himself with a pistol and headed …


New job, same beat

The Spokane Valley Police Precinct has a new second in command, but Lt. Matt Lyons didn’t have to go far to take his new position. He just had to switch …


Group initiates donation request

A social service nonprofit has helped make Spokane a more humane place since 1988 by identifying and treating young victims of abuse and neglect. Now, in tough economic times, Partners …


Nonprofit seeking public donations for first time

A social service nonprofit has helped make Spokane a more humane place since 1988 by diagnosing and treating young victims of abuse and neglect.