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UPDATED: Sun., April 2, 2017, 4:55 p.m.

Spokane police seize another gun, more drugs and a wooden baton

Spokane police officers chased and arrested a 22-year-old man on Sunday, seizing a handgun, brass knuckles and a wooden baton in the process, the department said.


UPDATED: Sun., April 2, 2017, 3:50 p.m.

Spokane County Jail crowding creates dangerous conditions

Recent overcrowding at the Spokane County Jail and Geiger Corrections Center has forced guards to keep inmates locked in their cells for longer periods of time – a practice that …


UPDATED: Tue., March 21, 2017, 11:11 p.m.

Spokane County aims for accountability in negotiations with jail medical care contractor

Spokane County plans to add measureable performance standards to its contract with NaphCare Inc., the Alabama company that provides medical care to county jail inmates.


UPDATED: Mon., March 20, 2017, 10:34 p.m.

Spokane County commissioners to vote extending jail medical care contract to NaphCare

Spokane County commissioners will decide Tuesday whether to negotiate a new contract with NaphCare Inc., the Alabama company that provides medical care for county jail inmates.


With opioid deaths on the rise, Spokane County expands methadone treatment program

Spokane County has eliminated two of the biggest barriers for people seeking treatment for heroin and opiate addiction.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 13, 2017, 7:12 p.m.

Former staff and inmates raise concern about medical care provided by private contractor at Spokane County Jail

Late last year, Bryan Monnin spent 40 days in the Spokane County Jail begging nurses to do something about his broken elbow. His case highlights concerns about treatment delays at …


NaphCare and Spokane County Jail both have had issues with medical care for inmates

There were problems with Spokane County Jail’s health care long before a private contractor, NaphCare Inc., took over. Yet NaphCare’s history in facilities the company contracts with around the country …


100 years ago in the Spokane County Jail: Doctor orders “mashed potatoes and dough” diet to inmate to prevent suicide

From our archives, 100 years ago Charles Cooper, a prisoner in the county jail, broke a safety razor into pieces – and then swallowed it.


Man accused of killing father in Spokane Valley is mentally ill, mother says

The man accused of killing his father last month in Spokane Valley is mentally ill and had been seeing counselors before the killing, his mother said Thursday.


Spokane County Jail officer found pot under an inmate’s mattress, records say

Spokane County Jail authorities say they found six marijuana joints in a plastic bag under an inmate’s mattress Tuesday.


Suspect in toddler’s death extradited from Idaho, held for $1.25 million in Spokane

A man accused of killing a toddler made his first appearance in Spokane County Superior Court on Monday, more than a month after he was arrested in a cabin on …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 21, 2016, 4:37 p.m.

Fire crews investigating powdery substance at Spokane jail mail facility

Spokane Fire crews are investigating a white powdery substance that was discovered when an employee opened a letter at the City of Spokane property facility Wednesday afternoon.


Spokane police try to unravel circumstances after man shot in legs

Court records describe a series of bizarre events involving 53-year-old Alan Oliver, a mentally ill man who was apparently shot in the early hours of July 20. Detectives still are …


Spokane County Jail inmate allegedly assaults staffer

A Spokane County Jail inmate allegedly walked into the jail cook’s office, undressed himself and sexually assaulted a staff member Friday morning.


Hit-and-run charge filed in north Spokane crash

Nearly a week after a dramatic crash that flipped an SUV and sent a woman to the hospital, prosecutors have filed a hit-and-run charge in the case against David R. …


Spokane County Jail staff members allege problems with medical contractor

Tensions are high at the Spokane County Jail following the departure of two medical directors and a “bumpy start” to the county’s contract with an Alabama company that provides treatment …


Thirteen arrested in sting targeting child rapists in Spokane County

Thirteen people have been arrested in Spokane County in a major sting operation targeting would-be child rapists.


STCU robbery suspect released from hospital; booked into jail

A man who was shot multiple times while allegedly trying to rob a Spokane Valley credit union was released from the hospital and booked into jail over the weekend.


Man, already charged with indecent exposure, faces 26 new child-porn charges

A 21-year-old man faces 26 charges of possessing child pornography after a lengthy investigation by the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.


Man who tried to escape from Spokane County Jail using a rope made of bedsheets sentenced

The cell mate of convicted killer James Henrikson was sentenced to 41 months in prison Friday for an escape attempt from the Spokane County Jail that involved a broken window …


Jail inmate held on trespassing charges accused of assaulting another inmate

A man inside the Spokane County Jail on several trespassing charges is now facing a charge of first-degree assault for allegedly hitting another inmate repeatedly with a broom handle.


Spokane County contracts with Alabama firm to provide jail medical services for $2.6 million

NaphCare, Inc., is buttressing the meager nursing staff at the aging Spokane County Jail.


Spokane County Jail receives an additional $1.75 million from MacArthur Foundation to reduce overcrowding

Criminal Justice Adminstrator Jacqueline van Wormer informed stakeholders at the city and county level Wednesday afternoon the national nonprofit had selected Spokane County as one of 11 sites to receive …


100 years ago in North Idaho: Siblings struggle to save brother injured in tree accident

From our archives, 100 years ago Jesse Cains, 29, was on Marble Creek, near Avery, Idaho, sawing a tree when the tree fell in an unexpected manner.


Study finds flaws in how Washington jails handle disabled inmates

A new study says many jails across Washington routinely fail to screen inmates properly for disabilities, delay access to medication and inappropriately place disabled inmates in solitary confinement. The study, …


Police: heroin found in man’s pants during jail search

A man arrested last week on felony drug warrants is facing additional charges after Spokane County Jail officers found balls of a substance appearing to be heroin in the man’s …


Henrikson cellmate seeks dismissal of attempted Spokane County Jail escape charge

Bud Ray Brown, the man who said he masterminded a failed escape attempt from a Spokane County Jail cell he shared with James Henrikson, says he’s being unfairly targeted by …


Family files lawsuit in Spokane County Jail death; Knezovich rebuts claims

The family of 33-year-old Christopher J. Parker filed a wrongful death and excessive force lawsuit against Spokane County this week, three years after Parker died of a meth overdose exacerbated …


100 years ago in Seattle: Judge sets aside conviction against former Spokane woman found guilty of being ‘lazy husband’

From our archives, 100 years ago Robert Gaffney, a woman who passed as a man for decades, was released from a Seattle jail.


Council candidate involved in discrimination lawsuit against Spokane County

Phillip Tyler, one of the people vying to replace Jon Snyder on the Spokane City Council, has sued Spokane County alleging workplace discrimination. Tyler worked in the Spokane County Jail …