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UPDATED: Fri., July 12, 2019, 9:45 p.m.

Spokane Valley police investigating reported shooting at apartment complex; woman suffers minor injuries

Spokane Valley Police are investigating a reported shooting in a Spokane Valley parking lot.


UPDATED: Thu., July 11, 2019, 9:58 p.m.

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office investigates connection between shooting caught on video and fatal drive-by two days later in Wandermere

A home surveillance video uploaded last week by a Logan neighborhood homeowner appears to show a vehicle Spokane County sheriff’s deputies say was involved in a fatal drive-by shooting.


UPDATED: Tue., July 9, 2019, 9:08 p.m.

Stolen purse may be motivation in weekend’s fatal drive-by shooting in Wandermere

A stolen purse could be the motivation behind this weekend’s fatal drive-by shooting in the Wandermere area.


UPDATED: Tue., July 9, 2019, 12:20 p.m.

Arrest made in connection with Sunday’s fatal drive-by shooting in Wandermere

Witnesses said police used a pursuit intervention technique, or PIT maneuver, to stop the suspect’s Ford Expedition after a high-speed chase Monday evening. The vehicle crashed in a yard at …


UPDATED: Sun., July 7, 2019, 9:10 p.m.

Woman slain in drive-by shooting in Wandermere neighborhood; deputies searching for at least one assailant

A woman was killed in a drive-by shooting Sunday afternoon in the Wandermere area north of Spokane, and authorities were still searching for one or more assailants Sunday evening.


Former sheriff’s sergeant files $12.5 million defamation claim after allegations of sexual harassment and violent, racist remark

Spokane attorney Mary Schultz, representing former sergeant Jeff Thurman, filed a tort claim Monday seeking nearly $12.5 million in damages from the county, saying Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich’s statements about Thurman …


UPDATED: Mon., July 1, 2019, 4:48 p.m.

Deputy’s dog bites man in car trunk in Spokane Valley

The encounter began at about 2:30 a.m. when Deputy Thomas Walton pulled over a red sedan with no front or rear license plates on Broadway Avenue a few blocks east …


Man who pointed laser at helicopter agrees to plea deal; felony downgraded to misdemeanor

A man who directed a laser pointer at a Spokane County Sheriff’s helicopter was sentenced to one day in jail with credit for one day of time served.


UPDATED: Tue., June 25, 2019, 8:28 p.m.

Man accused of bringing stun gun, rifle to fist fight involving teens, is charged with multiple counts of assault

A 20-year-old man was arrested over the weekend under suspicion of shocking a 16-year-old girl with a stun gun and pointing a gun at several people during a late-night brawl …


UPDATED: Fri., June 21, 2019, 6:54 p.m.

Missing Vietnamese woman died from drowning, medical examiner says

Five months after her body was found floating in the Spokane River, investigators are able to say Loc Nguyen died from drowning.


UPDATED: Thu., June 13, 2019, 8:51 p.m.

Four new K-9 teams get certified in ceremony at Spokane Police Academy

The first time Spokane police Officer David Stone introduced his new partner, a German shepherd named Haywire, to his training officer, Haywire ended up hanging off the instructor’s arm by …


UPDATED: Thu., June 13, 2019, 10:51 p.m.

Spokane County sheriff’s sergeant fired for racial slur, sexual harassment, talk of killing black people

Sgt. Jeff Thurman, an 18-year veteran of the sheriff’s office who worked in Spokane Valley, was accused of starting a phone conversation with another deputy by asking: “You ready to …


UPDATED: Tue., June 11, 2019, 6:27 p.m.

Arrest warrant issued for Afghan immigrant suspected of killing wife in Spokane

Investigators are seeking to arrest Wahid Kashify, an Afghan immigrant suspected of killing his wife and hiding her body in a freezer last month. He has fled the country.


UPDATED: Tue., June 11, 2019, 9:41 p.m.

Emergency crews respond to Spokane County Jail death

Spokane County Sheriff’s detectives are trying to determine how an inmate in the Spokane County Jail died. The inmate was found at about 2:20 a.m. Tuesday morning.


Friends recall slain Afghan woman Arezu Kashify as ‘loving, curious’

Arezu Kashify loved many things – cooking, carnival games, roller coasters, lounging by a lake with her friends and family. But perhaps more than anything, she loved to learn.


Gunman could have been arrested rather than ticketed before killing neighbor in Bigelow Gulch incident

Hours before he shot and killed a 29-year-old father of two, 61-year-old Dave Cholewinski pointed the same weapon at a group of people during a heated argument.


UPDATED: Fri., June 7, 2019, 5:19 p.m.

Spokane County Sheriff’s SWAT deployed by helicopter to shooting in Ferry County

Members of the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team were airlifted Friday from Spokane to Republic after a shooting incident occurred when Washington Fish and Wildlife officers tried to execute …


UPDATED: Mon., June 10, 2019, 12:16 p.m.

Detectives find body, believed to be missing Afghan woman, under false bottom of freezer

Spokane County sheriff’s detectives on Tuesday found the body believed to be that of 24-year-old Arezu Kashify hidden beneath the false bottom of a chest freezer inside the apartment she …


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 10:24 p.m.

Detectives find body believed to be missing Afghan woman in her apartment

Investigators found the body believed to be a missing Afghan woman after searching an apartment she shared with her husband and children. He left the country on a one-way plane …


UPDATED: Tue., June 4, 2019, 6:48 p.m.

Burglars steal gun from nightstand as victim slept; deputies use stun gun to arrest suspect

Deputies tracked down a man and woman after they allegedly broke into a Spokane Valley home and stole a gun from a nightstand next to the sleeping victim.


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 2:16 p.m.

Detectives find car of missing woman at airport where husband left country with one-way ticket

The car of an Afghan immigrant reported missing Saturday was discovered at the Spokane International Airport over the weekend – the same airport where her husband hopped on a plane …


UPDATED: Mon., June 3, 2019, 9:30 p.m.

Fund for family of victim in last week’s fatal shooting near Orchard Prairie raises more than $29,000

Benjamin Grosser, a 29-year-old father of two, was shot and killed by his neighbor David Cholewinski, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office reported.


UPDATED: Fri., May 31, 2019, 10:26 p.m.

Investigators: Shooter had road rage, referenced victim’s workers as ‘likely illegals”

A shooting near Orchard Prairie that left one man dead and another in critical condition was an attempted murder-suicide, deputies said Friday.


UPDATED: Thu., May 30, 2019, 9:04 p.m.

Man arrested after police chase through Spokane has 26 convictions, police say

A man is in custody after leading area law enforcement on a high-speed chase that snaked west from Spokane Valley to north Spokane, ending in a short foot pursuit.


UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019, 8:57 p.m.

Former assistant principal at Spokane Public Schools under investigation for child pornography

A former administrator at a Spokane Public Schools elementary school is under investigation for allegedly sending and receiving nude photos from a Craigslist user who identified themselves as a 15-year-old …


UPDATED: Fri., May 24, 2019, 8:38 p.m.

Two girls found after leaving Ponderosa Elementary School during recess

After five girls walked away from recess at Ponderosa Elementary School, three were quickly found, but two girls, age 11 and 12, went missing for hours while a helicopter searched …


Teen on bike sustains minor injuries after clipping Central Valley School District bus

A 17-year-old sustained minor injuries after hitting a Central Valley School District bus Friday morning.


UPDATED: Tue., May 14, 2019, 10:16 p.m.

Man surrenders to Spokane County SWAT team after standoff at West Plains home

A 55-year-old man accused of domestic violence was arrested Tuesday after an hourslong standoff with negotiators and SWAT personnel from the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.


UPDATED: Tue., May 14, 2019, 10:11 p.m.

Deputy whose reinstatement in 2012 ‘dumbfounded’ Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich officially terminated last week following state arbitrator’s finding

A decision to fire a Spokane County sheriff’s deputy with a history of bad behavior was upheld last week by a state arbitrator, the sheriff’s office said.


UPDATED: Mon., May 13, 2019, 8:40 a.m.

Man in custody after stabbing roommate ‘multiple times’ during argument in Millwood area, police say

A 39-year-old who was recently released from jail was arrested Friday morning on suspicion of stabbing his roommate during an argument.