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News >  Spokane

Harsher penalties for boating under influence take effect Sunday

A change in Washington state law taking effect Sunday ups the penalty for boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and includes limits for marijuana intoxication. The charges will now be gross misdemeanors rather than misdemeanors, and will be punishable by up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.
News >  Spokane

Jail policy on prescription meds can leave care gaps

Spokane County spent about $60,000 a month last year doling out prescription medicine to inmates at Geiger Corrections Center and the Spokane County Jail. Ninety percent of the prescriptions were ones the inmates were given before they even reported to jail, so it might sound easy to cut that cost by allowing inmates to bring their medications with them. Think of it: Costs to buy new meds would plummet, inmates who need medications immediately would always get them and complaints about poor medical care would drop.

News >  Spokane

CopDots help keep tabs on property

For a city recently ranked fourth in the nation for car thefts, calling property crime a hot-button issue might be an understatement. Brent McLaws’ technology company, with its U.S. headquarters in the Hillyard neighborhood, is looking to curb the numbers.
News >  Spokane

Spokane firefighter honored for lifelong service

John Knighten, a 19-year veteran of the Spokane Fire Department, was honored Monday by about a thousand people at the Spokane Convention Center. Knighten died June 30 after a three-year battle with multiple myeloma, which was presumed to be caused by firefighting and inhaled carcinogens. Because of that, his death is considered to have occurred in the line of duty.
News >  Spokane

Spokane firefighter John Knighten loses cancer battle

Spokane firefighter John Knighten lost his three-year battle with cancer Sunday night. Knighten, a 19-year veteran of the Spokane Fire Department, former Marine, husband to Shawna Knighten and father of three daughters, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2010. He died at his home in Mead.
News >  Health

Parents concerned about candylike pill packaging

It’s a lesson parents often tell their children: Medicine is not candy. That’s why Nicole Ingram was so surprised when her daughter came home from a day at a Coeur d’Alene community center with a packet of Mike and Ike candies designed to look like prescription medication.
News >  Spokane

Suspects in killing thought victim was child molester

One of two men accused of killing a homeless man and dumping his body in the Spokane River told investigators they plotted to kill him because they thought he was a child molester. Court documents said one of the suspected killers detailed the fatal attack for investigators following his arrest Thursday night.
News >  Spokane

Jury clears anesthesiologist in Cloninger’s death

A jury absolved anesthesiologist Dr. Kim Chen and Deaconess Hospital of wrongdoing Monday in the 2010 death of Spokane architect Glen Cloninger. The jury deliberated less than two hours following more than two weeks of trial. Pamela Cloninger sought $12 million in damages for the death of her husband.
News >  Spokane

Collaboration lets officers take location-based approach

Every Tuesday morning, before the Public Safety Building is open for business, 20-some law enforcement officers and city personnel gather in the police chief’s conference room to look at maps. They come from agencies such as the FBI; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Spokane Police Department; Spokane County Sheriff’s Office; Department of Corrections; and the city’s legal department.
News >  Spokane

Wrong-way crash injures two

A wrong-way driver caused a head-on collision Tuesday morning on U.S. Highway 195 that put two people in the hospital and diverted traffic for hours. One person was in each car, and both were flown to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center by emergency helicopters that landed on the highway.
News >  Spokane

NASA selects Spokane native as astronaut trainee

In preschool, Anne McClain wrote and illustrated a book depicting a family of four going to a store, buying rockets and suits, and flying up into outer space. Fast forward about 30 years, one Army career and 18 months of suspense, McClain is about to make her 4-year-old self’s dreams come true.
News >  Spokane

Two hospital CEOs announce exits

Deaconess Hospital and Valley Hospital are searching for new leaders after both CEOs announced their departures. Deaconess CEO Bill Gilbert left the hospital in April after accepting a corporate position with the hospital’s owner, Community Health Systems.
News >  Spokane

Clarkston man convicted of trying to aid terrorists

A Clarkston resident who almost killed himself in an explosion three years ago was sentenced Tuesday to 12.5 years in federal prison for making a bomb and attempting to supply terrorists with bomb-making instructions. Joseph J. Brice, 23, pleaded guilty in September to charges of manufacturing an explosive device and attempting to provide material assistance to terrorists. He will get credit for two-plus years he has already spent behind bars.
News >  Spokane

Trial begins in wrongful death suit

One of the last designs Spokane architect Glen A. Cloninger completed was the entrance to the Memorial Gardens. Now his body lies under the cemetery structure after a 2010 kidney stone surgery went wrong.
News >  Spokane

‘Put the knife away’ heard on 911 recording

Ten minutes before a sheriff’s deputy shot and killed Roy Jacobs Jr. in his brother’s Spokane Valley apartment last Saturday morning, a man in the house said, “Put the knife away.” The command is in the background of a 911 recording released Friday.
News >  Spokane

911 recording before deputy shooting referenced knife

Ten minutes before a sheriff’s deputy shot and killed Roy Jacobs Jr. in his brother’s Spokane Valley apartment last Saturday morning, a man in the house said, “Put the knife away.” The command is in the background of a 911 recording released Friday.