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100 years ago in Spokane: Woman reports that burglar ‘chloroformed’ her, getting away with silverware

From our archives, 100 years ago Mrs. Bridget Kelley had been having what can only be described as a stressful year.


100 years ago in Liberty Lake: A former Spokane County sheriff dies in apparent suicide

From our archives, 100 years ago F.M. Pugh, twice the Spokane County sheriff and an important political figure, died of a gunshot wound in a tent outside his Liberty Lake …


Sister of man killed in crash with STA bus contests suicide determination

Thomas Samples hopped on his beloved motorcycle, Piglet, on May 22 intending to bail a friend out of jail, his sister Gladys Shirey said last week. At the intersection of …


UPDATED: Fri., May 29, 2015, 9:59 a.m.

Spokane motorcycle death was suicide, medical examiner says

The death of a motorcyclist killed in a collision with a Spokane Transit Authority bus last week has been ruled a suicide. Thomas Robert Dale Samples, 52, was wearing a …


UPDATED: Thu., May 28, 2015, 7:20 p.m.

Death of motorcyclist who hit STA bus ruled a suicide

Thomas Robert Dale Samples, 52, died of chest injuries in a collision with an STA bus on Friday afternoon, the Medical Examiner’s Office said Thursday. His death has been ruled …


Five teen suicides have left ‘whole community hurting’

Five teen suicides this school year – including three in the past month – have jolted the community. It’s the highest number in the history of Spokane Public Schools, prompting …


Jim Kershner’s This Day in History

From our archives, 100 years ago Someone at the Church of Truth was not telling the truth.


Spokane conference addresses difficult topic of suicide

Catherine Perusse spoke at a suicide prevention conference Tuesday about the anguish of having two sons who killed themselves. Their deaths came six years apart. At one point during the …


Missouri gubernatorial candidate dead in apparent suicide

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri’s auditor, who fatally shot himself in an apparent suicide, had vowed to take down the state’s most powerful politicians and donors, including his fellow Republicans, …


Husband charged with promoting wife’s suicide

A man accused of providing the gun his wife used to shoot herself in the head Thursday is in the Spokane County Jail on the rare charge of promoting a …


‘Sheena’s Law’ a lifesaver, dad says

OLYMPIA – Six months after Sheena Henderson was shot and killed by her estranged husband at Deaconess Hospital, her father is urging state lawmakers to pass a bill that he …


Northern Idaho mental illness, obesity are top health issues

Obesity and mental illness are the top public health concerns in northern Idaho, according to a study released Thursday. Both kids and adults struggle with their waistlines, the study found. …


Obesity, mental illness top North Idaho’s list of health concerns

Obesity and mental illness are the top public health concerns in North Idaho, according to an assessment released today.


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Bridget Kelly, caretaker of the J.W. Witherop home, was enduring a frightening stretch.


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago A Christmas tragedy was averted in Spokane after a spurned suitor stood outside the window of his sweetheart — and had second thoughts.


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago The Great War in Europe claimed another casualty – on a farm in Idaho.


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago The newly formed Spokane branch of the Red Cross Society was deluged with offers of help in its first week of existence.


Father launches Bread Tie Challenge to erase stigma of depression

Joe Martin’s son Josh was a quiet leader – “the anti-bully,” he said – with a great sense of humor. He was “a ball of fun,” Josh’s best friend Dean …


Williams’ wife: Actor had Parkinson’s at time of suicide

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease and was sober at the time of his apparent suicide, his wife said Thursday.


Robin Williams’ death opens conversations on suicide

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Anytime someone takes their own life, a circle of heartbroken family and friends are left struggling with a question of haunting simplicity: Why? Now, in the …


Shawn Vestal: Army veteran survived battle, but not its aftermath

Pictures cover the refrigerator in the kitchen at Todd and Renee Watson’s North Side home. In one of them, their son, Cody, smiles out at a camera in 2009. “This …


Agencies work to reverse increase in Inland Northwest suicide rates

A regular face at the Post Falls Senior Center was absent for the recent Wednesday lunch when a policewoman spoke about protecting local seniors, briefly touching on the high rates …


Police training in crisis intervention paying off

The man on the Monroe Street Bridge railing waved his arms. He shouted and gestured at the police officers trying to talk him down. He stripped off his coat. He …


Death at Northern Quest Casino called a suicide

A spokeswoman for Northern Quest Casino said a man committed suicide near the complex’s parking garage Sunday afternoon. He was not a regular gambler at the Airway Heights casino, the …


Warrior Songs Spokane ends retreat with performance

It took 45 years for Larry Shook’s war trauma to fully erupt. When it did, he was a long way from Vietnam. But Vietnam – what he did there and …


Idaho gets $1.29M from feds to fight teen suicide

BOISE — Idaho programs to reduce the state’s high suicide rate among young people are getting a financial boost from the federal government.


Police: Redmond man tried to kill son with heroin

A Redmond man tried to kill his 4-year-old son with heroin on the day his divorce was supposed to be finalized, court documents say.


Som kind of wonderful

It seems appropriate that Isamu Jordan named his band Flying Spiders. As the story goes, a flying spider was the scariest thing Jordan could think of, so that’s what he …


Front Porch: Single bullet rips through entire family

World Suicide Prevention Day is observed Sept. 10. In the most tragic of ironies, it was on that very day one year ago that our 14-year-old grandnephew Declan took his …


Som kind of wonderful

It seems appropriate that Isamu Jordan named his band Flying Spiders. As the story goes, a flying spider was the scariest thing Jordan could think of, so that’s what he …