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City attorneys will defend officers in federal civil suit

Two Spokane police officers named in a lawsuit filed by the family of a man who was stunned by police with a Taser just prior to jumping from the Monroe …


Thieves target bronze urns and flower pots at cemeteries

Thieves looking for valuable metal may be responsible for the loss of bronze flower pots and urns at two Spokane cemeteries in the past two weeks, detectives announced Wednesday. The …


Metal thieves hit 2 Spokane cemeteries

Thieves looking for valuable metal may be responsible for the loss of flower pots and urns at two Spokane cemeteries in the last two weeks, detectives announced today.


Local police say stolen cars often recovered in one piece

While stolen cars serve different purposes for thieves, chances are the vehicle is a Honda or Toyota. The list of the top 10 most-stolen cars in America and in Spokane …


Spokane officer injured responding to robbery

A police officer was hospitalized with a neck injury Saturday after he was broadsided by another vehicle while en route to help catch robbery suspects. The Spokane police officer, whose …


OxyContin robbery suspect dies of self-inflicted gunshot

A man who shot himself after a police chase Tuesday has died. Nicholas T. “Niko” Burden, 31, worked as a car salesman and lived with his girlfriend and baby daughter …


Driver charged in deadly ’09 crash

A driver accused of killing a Mead woman in a drunken head-on crash has been charged with a felony, nearly one year later. Waiting to charge Lucian G. Brisan, 30, …


Authorities identify victim of fatal shooting

A 19-year-old Chattaroy man declared dead Tuesday after being accidentally shot last week has been identified as Tom J. Grauberger.


Driver charged in fatal 2009 crash

A driver accused of killing a Mead woman in a drunken, head-on crash has been charged with a felony, nearly one year later. Waiting to charge Lucian G. Brisan, 30, …


Victim identified in fatal accidental shooting

A 19-year-old Chattaroy man who was declared dead today after being accidentally shot last week has been identified as Tom J. Grauberger.


‘Disparaging remarks’ led to Valley hit and run

A driver sought in a Spokane Valley hit-and-run crash that injured a bicyclist has turned himself in to police.


Chattaroy man brain dead after shooting

A 19-year-old Chattaroy man is brain dead from an accidental shooting Saturday afternoon.


Lawsuit filed over jump from bridge

Attorneys have filed a $4.7 million federal civil suit against the Spokane Police Department and Spokane County Sheriff’s Department for their failed attempt to keep a mentally ill man from …


Authorities seek arsonist targeting Northwood

Two arsons and an attempted arson in the Northwood neighborhood over the past several days have firefighters and law enforcement on edge. Patrols are being increased in the neighborhood, and …


Burglary suspect pleads not guilty

A suspected serial burglar who tried fleeing a courtroom in April pleaded not guilty Wednesday to 20 felonies related to a six-month string of break-ins across Spokane County – including …


Sheriff’s Office was notified of crash

Spokane County sheriff’s officials were notified Sunday following a fatal motorcycle crash at Spokane County Raceway.


Sheriff’s Office offers seasonal security tips

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office would like community members to have a fun summer and remember a few tips to keep your keepsakes safe from thieves and prowlers.


Extortion suspects deny charges

Two federal convicts accused of trying to extort a Spokane County jailer told police they’d heard of the plan and were checking to see if the jailer was OK when …


Two arrested, accused of trying to extort jail deputy

Two people are in custody and a Spokane County Jail deputy is on paid administrative leave as authorities investigate his connections to an extortion plan allegedly hatched by a former …


Deputies get quota for Hoopfest DUI patrols

Spokane County sheriff’s deputies have been asked to contact at least three motorists per hour this weekend as part of extra impaired driving patrols.


Group honors injured deputy

A Spokane County sheriff’s deputy who fractured his neck in an encounter with an accused killer at the jail was honored Thursday by a local civic group. Dan Leonetti received …


Victim identified in mowing fatality

A cemetery worker killed Friday when his lawn tractor overturned was identified Tuesday as Robert A. Villa, 44.


Left-behind license plate leads to hit-and-run suspect

Police say a Colbert man arrested for hit-and-run Monday left a crucial clue at the crash scene: his truck’s license plate.


In brief: River is risky, sheriff warns

High water flow, cold temperatures, and construction pose a risk to boaters and swimmers on the Spokane River, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office says. The Barker Road Bridge is open …


Man in custody, accused of threats

A Spokane County man was booked into jail early Wednesday after he allegedly made death threats and attempted to head-butt a Spokane sheriff’s deputy.


Girl injured in crash dies

A 9-year-old injured in a collision Thursday in north Spokane County has died, according to the Sheriff’s Office.


Girl injured in car accident declared brain dead

A 9-year-old girl was declared brain dead Friday night, from injuries she suffered in a collision at Monroe Road and Hazard Road Thursday.


Wild ride leads to two accidents, one arrest

A 22-year-old Worley, Idaho, man with a history of driving under the influence is in the Spokane County Jail today after a wild ride that involved at least two accidents …


Teens arrested in Nine Mile Falls firearm burglary

Three 17-year-old boys have been arrested in a Memorial Day weekend burglary in which more than 25 firearms were stolen.


Spokane County Jail deputy disputes termination

A Spokane County Jail corrections deputy is challenging his dismissal in March for alleged failure to discover an inmate’s death and then lying about it. The deputy, Kenneth Downey, is …