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Suspect identified in Warden shooting

WARDEN, Wash. (MCT Regional News) -- Grant County authorities are searching for Ramon O. Morfin in connection to the shooting Sunday night in Warden that left two injured. Warden police have an arrest warrant for Morfin, 19, on suspicion of two counts of first degree…

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TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2013

Fireworks cause death, destruction in 2012

Boys will be boys, as the saying goes. Males between 8 and 21 years old were responsible for most of the 354 fireworks-related incidents reported in 2012, according to data released by the Washington State Fire Marshal's Office. In all, there were 128 fires and…

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Monroe woman charged with felony impersonation

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A Monroe woman who pretended to be the mother of her teenage son’s friend to help him skip school is facing a felony charge. Snohomish County prosecutors have charged 32-year-old Jackie Sevillano with criminal impersonation. They say she called school officials…

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Brother arrested in man’s slaying near Colville

COLVILLE, Wash. (AP) — The Stevens County sheriff’s office says deputies arrested 48-year-old Eric Harris on Monday night for investigation of murder in the shooting death of his 43-year-old brother Larch Harris at a home near Colville. The sheriff’s office says the shooting took place…

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MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2013

Woman arrested in death of Sunnyside man

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Yakima County sheriff’s detectives have arrested a 20-year-old woman in the death of a 23-year-old Sunnyside man whose body was found Friday in the trunk of his girlfriend’s car on the Yakama Nation reservation. The sheriff’s office says the suspect was…

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2 men wounded in Warden shooting

WARDEN, Wash. (AP) — The Grant County sheriff’s office says two men were wounded in a shooting Sunday night at an apartment complex in Warden. Two men were arguing when one pulled out a gun and wounded the other man and a bystander. The sheriff’s…

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Colville shooter still at large

A man who allegedly shot his brother to death in Colville is still at large today. Eric Harris, 48, is being sought by Stevens County sheriff’s deputies in connection with an early Sunday fight that left his brother, 43-year-old Larch Harris dead from a gunshot…

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Victim chases his own stolen car 

WALLA WALLA, Wash. (MCT Regional News) -- Three people were arrested after a citizen-led car chase west of College Place on Friday. One man was arrested on an unrelated warrant after alleged car thieves hid in a residence the man was staying at. According to…

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FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 2013


Scammers claiming to be court collectors

Authorities are warning of con artists posing as debt collectors who dupe their victims into thinking they’ve got unpaid court fines that could lead to their arrests unless settled immediately. According to the state Attorney General’s Office, the scammers are claiming to represent various courts…

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FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2013


Book 'em Davo 

Spokane Mayor David Condon fired the first shots today on the Spokane Police Academy's new rifle range. The new range, described as a first-class facility, was built primarily with free student labor as part of a carpentry apprenticeship program, the police department said. The police…

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THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2013


Shooter exercise at Valley Mall Saturday 

Don't panic if you see a lot of flashing lights at Spokane Valley Mall late Saturday and early Sunday -- multiple law enforcement and fire agencies are staging an "active shooter exercise" there. Spokane County Sheriffs, Spokane Police, Spokane Valley Police, Spokane Valley Fire, local…

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TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2013


Buquet waives release argument

A man charged with sending a ricin-laced letter to a federal judge waived arguments today about why he should be released from jail pending charges. Matthew R. Buquet, 38, wore shaded glasses and sported a long beard during his 2 p.m. appearance before U.S. Magistrate…

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Bird's eye view of missing man formation 

Air One, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office helicopter unit, shot this video Saturday of biplanes flying in the missing man formation as they passed over the Torchlight parade in downtown Spokane in honor of the three Fairchild airmen killed in Kyrgyzstan earlier this month. Here's…

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TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2013

Blake Starbuck holds court records that he says bolster the case for his father’s innocence in the death of his mother, Chanin Starbuck. (Jesse Tinsley)

Starbuck children take the stand

Twelve-year-old Marshal Starbuck was called to testify about the death of his mom and what he remembers about the actions of Clay Starbuck on the day Marshal’s life got turned upside down. Day two of the first-degree murder trial of Clay D. Starbuck also featured…

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MONDAY, MAY 13, 2013

Reward offered for tips on vacant home burglary 

Burglars stole or damaged all the appliances in a home that’s vacant and for sale near the 4000 block of West Richland Road. The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said the home’s property manager discovered the theft of the refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher and washer and dryer.…

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Spokane man wins new trial

The Washington State Supreme Court today overturned the second-degree rape conviction of a Spokane man, saying the trial judge violated the man’s right to a fair trial by including a jury instruction that the defense didn’t want. In the 6-3 decision, the state’s high court…

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FRIDAY, MAY 3, 2013

The oldest trick in the book 

We heard this gem on the scanner. Apparently this isn't the first rodeo for a dispatcher looking up a suspect's information for an officer. 5-3-2013 @ 9:01 PM Dispatcher: Not only did he give a bad phone number, but he gave a bad birth date.…

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Man steals Seattle Police patrol car 

SEATTLE (AP) — Police say a man who appeared very intoxicated took off for a short time Thursday afternoon in a Seattle police car. The incident began with a report the man had assaulted several people on a bus and then fled on foot through…

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