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UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 12, 2018, 6:01 p.m.

Police dog finds suspect in ditch after home burglary in west Spokane

A Spokane resident locked herself in her bedroom and called 911 while a burglar rummaged through her home early Sunday, prompting a manhunt that ended when a police dog found …


Defendant denies any involvement in 2015 Newman Lake murder and dismemberment

For more than an hour Monday afternoon, 28-year-old Colby Vodder took the stand in his own defense, stamping a close to a week-long murder trial nearly three years in the …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 23, 2018, 10:07 p.m.

Defense claims conspiracy in 2015 Newman Lake slaying

The trial of Colby D. Vodder began Tuesday, with his attorney telling a jury his client is the victim of a conspiracy that saw him wrongfully charged in the kidnapping …


First of four suspects in alleged murder of Bret Snow to start week-long trial Tuesday morning

Kidnapping and murder. As far as criminal charges are concerned, the allegations against Colby D. Vodder in the disappearance of Bret Snow are as serious as they come.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 22, 2018, 8:17 p.m.

Spokane Valley man accused of making threats, firing gun into bedroom floor

Sheriff’s deputies called in the SWAT team Friday night after a man allegedly made death threats and fired a handgun into the floor of a bedroom in Spokane Valley.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 19, 2018, 7:18 p.m.

K9 Laslo, a prolific police dog that helped apprehend nearly 500 suspects, died early Friday morning

Laslo, the former police dog that apprehended more than 480 suspects in four years as a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office K-9, died early Friday morning after months battling intense seizures. …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 16, 2018, 9:08 p.m.

Former president of Washington State Bar Association charged with stealing from Spokane law firms

The former president of the Washington State Bar Association has been charged with stealing from two Spokane law firms where she previously worked.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 15, 2018, 9:11 p.m.

Spokane County detectives say suspect posed as eBay car seller to scam Netherlands man out of $3,000

Spokane County sheriff’s detectives recently arrested a man suspected of scamming people by posing as the owner of a classic car on eBay. Samuel E. Richardson, 40, successfully ripped off …


Spokane County deputies, area fire departments team up to bring new medic helicopter to the sky

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office has teamed up with the Spokane Fire Department and the Spokane Valley Fire Department to staff a new rescue helicopter with paramedics, which will allow …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 9, 2018, 8:48 p.m.

Man loses hand and suffers other serious injuries after homemade bomb explodes in north Spokane County

A man was seriously injured Monday evening in an explosion while attempting to make a bomb, say Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies.


Washington state has nearly 6,500 untested sexual assault kits sitting in storage. The state AG says 1,340 of them are from Spokane County.

Of the nearly 6,500 sexual assault kits collecting dust in law-enforcement storage facilities across the state, Spokane County lays claim to 20 percent, according to an inventory sheet released by …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 20, 2018, 10:52 p.m.

Woman found dead in Spokane River identified but name not released

According to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, a passerby spotted the woman and alerted authorities at about 11:20 a.m. Saturday. She was floating in the river about two blocks east …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 20, 2018, 3:31 p.m.

Detectives seek help to identify woman’s body found in river in Otis Orchards

Detectives are seeking help identifying a woman whose body was found in the Spokane River on Saturday morning.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018, 8:58 p.m.

The ‘Hillyard Hammer’ stops domestic violence attack and earns award nomination

Chauncy “The Hillyard Hammer” Welliver may soon have another accolade to add to his belt after Spokane County sheriff’s deputies say he intervened in a domestic violence assault, saving a …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 10, 2018, 12:49 p.m.

Prosecutor deems officers justified in March shooting at Hillyard apartment building

The Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office has determined two law enforcement officers were justified when they shot a man who was wielding a bolt-action rifle in a Hillyard neighborhood apartment in …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 5, 2018, 11:26 a.m.

Scott Maclay, sheriff’s candidate who changed name to DumpOzzie Dot Com, dies in motorcycle crash near St. Maries

Michael “Scott” Maclay, the Harley-riding respiratory therapist who changed his name to DumpOzzie Dot Com as part of a conspiracy-theory-fueled campaign to unseat Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, died in …


Driver killed after being ejected from van in crash southeast of Cheney

A driver was killed early Sunday morning southeast of Cheney when he crashed and was ejected him from the vehicle.


Man died by choking on vomit in Spokane County Jail

The official, clinical-sounding cause of death – “pulmonary aspiration of gastric contents due to combined opiate and methamphetamine intoxication” – completes an agonizing image of what happened to David Good …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 29, 2018, 8:55 p.m.

Child safe, vehicle located after both stolen in Spokane Valley Wednesday morning

A mother making a stop at a Spokane Valley gas station Wednesday morning returned to find her car – and child – missing.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 29, 2018, 7:33 p.m.

Dog dead, resident arrested after motor home fire near Cheney

A motor home was destroyed and a pet killed Tuesday night in a fire west of Cheney.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 28, 2018, 6:08 p.m.

Grease leak forces road closures in Spokane Valley

A leaky trailer full of grease turned a busy intersection into a messy, smelly slip ‘n’ slide Tuesday afternoon, forcing the closure of parts of Broadway Avenue and Fancher Road …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 26, 2018, 10:10 p.m.

Spokane County Jail records eighth inmate death in 14 months

A woman inmate at the Spokane County Jail was pronounced dead at a local hospital Saturday evening after being found unresponsive in her cell.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 24, 2018, 10:30 a.m.

7 law enforcement officers recognized for domestic violence work by Spokane YWCA

Several YWCA legal advocates recognized area law enforcement Thursday morning at the fifth annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Breakfast at the facility’s West Central building on Monroe Street.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 9:11 p.m.

$1 million bond reduced to $250,000 for woman accused in 2016 Spokane Valley homicide

Bond was quartered Wednesday afternoon for Cristina Stiles, a woman suspected of killing Cory Fowler in 2016 and leaving his body for his parents to find.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 20, 2018, 7:45 p.m.

Man strikes two deputies’ cars during chase in Spokane Valley, sheriff’s office says

A 26-year-old man led deputies on a car chase, going the wrong direction on Interstate 90 and crashing into two patrol cars, before fighting with the deputies on a steep …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 14, 2018, 9:09 p.m.

Spokane Valley Denny’s manager under investigation for raping customer on restaurant property

The manager of a Denny’s in Spokane Valley is under investigation for raping a customer in an outbuilding on restaurant property.


Judge’s decision on appeal for new trial in Gordon Ennis rape case delayed a week

A ruling on whether former police sergeant and convicted rapist Gordon Ennis will get a new trial was delayed a week after the trial judge unexpectedly requested more time to …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 10, 2018, 10:31 p.m.

Fourth suspect charged in 2015 killing of Bret Snow

Spokane County sheriff’s investigators on Friday announced that they are pursuing first-degree murder charges against a fourth suspect they believe helped kill Brett Snow, who disappeared in December 2015 and …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 14, 2018, 7:48 a.m.

Seventh Spokane County Jail inmate dies in 14 months

A Spokane County Jail inmate died in his cell early Wednesday morning following a fight with another cellmate.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 8, 2018, 10:58 p.m.

Gordon Ennis to argue for new trial Friday

A former Spokane police sergeant accused of raping a fellow officer at a house party in 2015 will argue Friday in court that his trial attorney Rob Cossey withheld evidence …