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News >  Spokane

Man charged with murder of girlfriend

Regan Jolley and her accused murderer Jason Hart had barely been living together three weeks when a roommate had to break up a fight between them. The roommate said Hart threatened to kill Jolley with a hammer he had in his hand.
News >  Spokane

Deputies arrest man after body found in toxic liquid

A homicide investigation turned into a hazardous materials scene in Nine Mile Falls on Tuesday morning as a woman’s body was found in a tub of toxic liquid. Spokane County sheriff’s deputies arrested 27-year-old Jason Hart at his home where the body, believed to be that of his girlfriend, was found.

News >  Spokane

Family of man shot by deputies disputes official version of events

Investigators have illustrated Saturday’s fatal shooting in Spokane Valley as a case of a deputy firing on an aggressive, drunken, domestic violence suspect brandishing a knife. The man’s family, who witnessed the shooting, said the death of Roy Jacobs was an abuse of power. A search warrant filed Monday said Jacobs, 48, called 911 at 5:38 a.m. and asked to be arrested on an outstanding warrant. He had already called 911 twice in the preceding hours for the same reason.
News >  Spokane

Passing along life’s lessons

Lindy Lewis knows all about jumping outside her comfort zone. She also knows sometimes life pushes you there whether you’re ready to jump or not.
News >  Spokane

Veterans upset by arena’s renaming

A promotional stunt met community resistance Thursday when unhappy military and civic boosters took to the Web and the streets to protest the temporary renaming of the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena to the Bon Jovi Veterans Arena. In celebration of an Oct. 6 concert by rock group Bon Jovi, which was announced early Thursday, the Public Facilities District has temporarily renamed the arena. After the concert, the arena will go back to its former name.
News >  Spokane

Man who shot car thief could face prison time

Even Gail Gerlach wasn’t sure if he had made the right decision. Minutes after shooting fleeing car thief Brendon Kaluza-Graham, Gerlach told police officers he “was scared and that he did not know if he did the right thing,” according to court documents released Wednesday.
News >  Spokane

Gerlach charged with manslaughter for shooting car thief

UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2013

Even Gail Gerlach wasn’t sure if he had made the right decision. Minutes after shooting fleeing car thief Brendon Kaluza-Graham, Gerlach told police officers he “was scared and that he did not know if he did the right thing,” according to court documents released Wednesday.
News >  Spokane

Spokane pays tribute to fallen Fairchild airmen

A day after the nation paused to remember its servicemembers, the Spokane community stopped to remember its three most recently fallen military members. Thousands turned out Tuesday to honor Capt. Mark Tyler Voss, Capt. Victoria Pinckney and Tech. Sgt. Herman “Tre” Mackey III in a memorial ceremony at the INB Performing Arts Center.
Sports >  Seattle Mariners

Spokane couple won trip to MLB Fan Cave in New York

With the Mariners comfortably up 10 runs in the ninth inning, Spokane resident Brian Jackson smiled from his seat at Yankee Stadium as he watched relief pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen enter the game. Jackson described the Seattle pitcher as serious, with his high socks and professional attitude.
News >  Spokane

New spin on excitement

Silverwood Theme Park’s newest ride, SpinCycle, has the nauseating – er, thrilling – trifecta: It goes backward, upside down and it spins. Sometimes it does all three at once, and sometimes it does all three at once more than 100 feet in the air.
News >  Spokane

Crime lab lapses scrutinized

Donita and Karl Ambrogini’s 16-year-old daughter hovered at the edge of the roof, turning to look at her parents as tears rolled down her face. “Mom, I can’t do this, I can’t jump,” Donita remembers her daughter yelling.
News >  Spokane

Spokane police officers named in shooting

Spokane police identified the three officers involved in last week’s shooting of a homicide suspect in Nine Mile Falls. Officers Jake Jensen, Danny Lesser and Adam Valdez have been placed on paid administrative leave, per department procedures.
News >  Spokane

Homicide victim identified in early-morning shootings

UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2013

Spokane Police, tracking a “dangerous individual” who they believed had killed a person in the city of Spokane less than an hour earlier, shot and killed the man in Spokane County early Thursday morning. The Spokane County Medical Examiner identified the first man killed as Cyrus Jones, 33. Police said that shooting occurred at about 1:30 a.m. at 1428 W. Grace Ave.
News >  Spokane

Bond set at $1 million for murder suspect

Joshua Tillery pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder charges in court today. Bond was set at $1 million for Tillery, 33, who is charged with killing 33-year-old Devon Mack in North Spokane on May 3.
News >  Spokane

Church launches plan to address homelessness

At the corner of West Third Avenue and South Howard Street, where drug deals are common and panhandling yields profits, the staff at Central United Methodist Church has a front-row seat to the issue of homelessness. The church is done waiting for someone else to come up with a solution to both sides of the issue: helping those who are homeless and cleaning up the downtown area.
News >  Spokane

Refugee family builds a new life in Spokane

On a sunny day in mid-February, Samah Mohammed pauses to take in her new surroundings. She sets her bags on a bed as her husband, 41-year-old Omar Abdulrazaq, and two sons drag the rest of their possessions up a flight of stairs.
News >  Spokane

Refugees find freedom, fresh start in Spokane

With midnight approaching, three weary travelers shuffle down the ramp past airport security to the baggage claim. The 5-year-old girl grips her mother’s hand and tries to hide behind her as a Middle Eastern woman greets them – their only link to their new lives in Spokane.