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No crime committed in reported kidnapping

A kidnapping reported in north Spokane turned out to be a dispute between family members headed to visit an inmate at the Spokane County Jail.


Van’s driver sought in Friday night road rage

A Friday night road rage incident between the driver of van and a couple on a motorcycle ended with the two motorcycle riders being treated for minor injuries.


Spokane County volunteers hoof it

It’s a case of Wild West meets World Wide Web. Volunteers log in online to monitor theft alerts and check weather patterns, then call headquarters before riding out to patrol …


Teen’s gift helps keep K-9s safe

Emily Thies, a 15-year-old high school student, has donated her pet-sitting money to help protect the K-9 dogs that work with Spokane County sheriff’s deputies. “I love animals,” she said.


River scare stalls traffic

Emergency personnel responded in force Wednesday morning onto and under the Monroe Street Bridge after someone riding the Riverfront Park Skyride reported seeing a bicycle next to the Spokane River. …


Marine deputies target unsafe watercraft use

The deaths of two teens on North Idaho lakes in the past month are prompting increased patrols by sheriff’s deputies to stop dangerous personal watercraft practices on Inland Northwest waterways. …


County faces suit in man’s ’07 death

A federal lawsuit has been filed against Spokane County alleging that deputies violated a man’s civil rights when they repeatedly used a Taser and hogtied him during a struggle in …


Valley wrong on overbilling, state says

Spokane Valley’s refusal to pay part of its bill for Sheriff’s Office services since 2006 is based on a severely flawed assumption by city officials, the state auditor’s office said …


Stretch of Spokane River still closed

The Spokane River between the Harvard and Barker bridges was not reopened to floaters on Friday afternoon.


One car, two cases lead to suspect

Training, connections and a little bit of luck helped find a suspect in a vehicle prowling in west Spokane last week. It helped that the victim was an off-duty Spokane …


SWAT team finds wanted man wedged in rafters

A Spokane County sheriff’s SWAT team busted into an apartment Wednesday night after a daylong standoff and found something unusual: a man-size hole in the bathroom ceiling. “We found him …


Meth, cash, guns seized after standoff

A Spokane County Sheriff’s SWAT team that busted into an apartment Wednesday night after a seven-hour standoff found something unusual: a man-sized hole in the bathroom ceiling and insulation covering …


Debt to society

Michael Lafferty has served more time in Spokane County Jail for failure to pay his court fees and fines than for his original third-degree assault conviction. Lafferty was 19 when …


Photo released of would-be Walgreens robber

Detectives have released a surveillance photo of a man they say was talked out of robbing a Walgreens by an employee last week.


Barista-flashing cop triggers new state law

An encounter that involved a sheriff’s detective flashing a barista at a drive-up coffee stand has led to a new state law that Spokane County will use to expand the …


Man arrested after fleeing during traffic stop

A man wanted on an arrest warrant for possession of stolen property was arrested by law enforcement officers after running from a traffic stop this morning in Spokane Valley.


In trial, man claims deputies beat him unconscious

The federal bench trial started today involving a former Spokane man who claims that Spokane County deputies roughed him up and later beat him unconscious in 2003 after he disputed …


Concerns prompt reopening of probe into fired deputy

A criminal investigation into the suspicious behavior of a sheriff’s sergeant who quit last week, just before he was to be fired, is being reopened amid growing concerns from a …


Embattled cop resigns before being fired

Spokane County sheriff’s Sgt. Patrick “Pete” Bunch resigned Thursday shortly before a disciplinary hearing in which Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich was going to fire him.


Raid, investigation follow Nine Mile crash

A north Spokane County hit-and-run crash that injured a couple led to a multi- agency investigation involving drugs and stolen property, documents show.


Victim in deadly crash identified; witnesses sought

The fiery crash on Seven Mile Road Thursday night that killed a Spokane Valley man was caused by the man crossing the center line in a 2006 Jaguar and colliding …


Valley homicide victim died after possible struggle

A Spokane man died late Monday or early Tuesday after a possible struggle outside a Spokane Valley liquor store.


In brief: Charges dropped against sergeant

Resisting arrest and obstruction of justice charges have been dropped against a veteran Spokane County sheriff’s sergeant, prosecutors said Tuesday. Sgt. Pete Bunch was arrested Feb. 6 after a woman …


Hitting the ground running

Spokane County inmates are learning how to function in the world after they get out of jail, and Arthur Allen thinks it’s about time. The Geiger Corrections Center inmate, 48, …


County offers inmates classes for life after prison

Spokane County inmates are learning how to function in the world after they get out of jail, and Arthur Allen thinks it’s about time.


In brief: Conference focuses on crime prevention

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office will host a Neighborhood Watch Crime Prevention Conference on Tuesday at CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place. The event is open to the public. The cost …


Speedier tickets

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is experimenting with an automated ticket-writing system that Spokane Valley Police Chief Rick Van Leuven says is “better than sliced bread.” “This is like giving …


Conference to teach home security, Internet safety

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office will offer its annual Neighborhood Watch Crime Prevention Conference March 10 for people who want to learn ways to keep themselves and their neighborhoods safe. …


In brief: Crime-prevention classes planned

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office will offer its annual Neighborhood Watch Crime Prevention Conference March 10 for people who want to learn ways to keep themselves and their neighborhoods safe. …


In brief: Bank teller’s tip leads to pot bust

Dollars and scents led deputies to nearly 2 pounds of marijuana and 20 pot plants Monday. A $2,300 cash deposit “that reeked of cannabis” prompted a banker to call the …