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News >  Spokane

Man arrested in toddler death

Spokane police arrested 23-year-old Joshua Burnett on Friday on suspicion that he killed his girlfriend’s toddler last month. Rylee Castner, 18 months, died March 31 from blunt force trauma to his head, according to the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s office. The death was ruled a homicide.
News >  Spokane

Horse whipped in theft at ranch

When Carrie Aenk realized thieves had stolen almost $10,000 in equipment from her Springdale, Wash., horse rescue operation, she was angry. When she realized they had also beaten one of her horses, she was livid.

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Toddler’s death declared a homicide

The death of a toddler last week has been ruled a homicide. Rylee J. Castner, an 18-month-old boy, died March 31 of blunt force trauma to the head, according to the Spokane County medical examiner.
News >  Spokane

Goodall to reflect on humans, natural world

Jane Goodall, a world-renowned primatologist, conservationist and United Nations Ambassador for Peace, will speak at Gonzaga University on Tuesday. Her lecture, titled “Making a Difference,” will focus on hope for global peace between humans and the natural world.
News >  Spokane

Grandmother detains intruder at gunpoint

Sandra Mize has a motto: “You don’t get do-overs.” That’s why the 63-year-old grandmother of 10 keeps a gun by her bed, a canister of mace in her living room, and reinforces the doors in her north Spokane home with deadbolt locks and metal jambs before she goes to sleep every night.
News >  Spokane

Gunfire bares federal gang probe in Spokane Valley

Gunshots Tuesday morning at a Spokane Valley warehouse uncovered an ongoing gang-related federal investigation. Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Craig Chamberlin said a man arrived at a sheriff’s precinct in the Valley and reported another man had fired a shot at him just before 7 a.m. near the warehouse at 316 S. Dishman Road.
News >  Spokane

Pullman police seek 4 suspects in faculty member assault

Pullman police are looking for four college-age suspects in a beating that left a Washington State University faculty member hospitalized in critical condition. Detectives released photos Monday of three men and one woman in hopes of solving the case tinged with rumors that it may have been a hate crime.
News >  Spokane

Crime unit claims disputed

Spokane police Chief Frank Straub said Friday that the disbanding of the department’s property crimes unit in 2011 is an “urban legend” perpetrated by former administrators looking to boost funding for the department. “Someone, and I’m not quite sure who it was, or a group of people within the department, thought that it would help the police budget to say there’s not going to be a property crimes unit anymore and property crimes are not going to be investigated,” Straub said. He took over the department last autumn.
News >  Spokane

Car thief unarmed when shot, police say

Police say Gail Gerlach, a 56-year-old plumber with no criminal record, shot and killed a car thief Monday morning. No weapons were found in Gerlach’s stolen Chevrolet Suburban or on the body of Brendon Kaluza-Graham, 25.
News >  Spokane

Community divided on shooting of car thief

A poster intended to memorialize “a friend and son” has become a message board for a community divided about whether a Spokane homeowner was justified in killing an unarmed man who stole his Suburban. “Murder is not the answer,” one note says.
News >  Spokane

Family calls shooting of car thief ‘senseless’

A homeowner shot a car thief in the head, killing him as he drove away in a stolen Chevrolet Suburban on Monday morning. The violence has ignited debate about property rights, self-defense and the use of deadly force to stop a property crime.
News >  Spokane

Alleged car thief shot, dies nearby

Spokane County prosecutors will have to decide whether to file charges against a homeowner who shot and killed a man allegedly stealing his vehicle Monday morning near East Mission Avenue and North Lee Street. The homeowner in the 1400 block of Lee called 911 just before 8 a.m. to report that his vehicle had been stolen, that the alleged thief was armed, and that he had fired at the thief, according to Spokane police.
News >  Spokane

Eastern State Hospital chief steps down

Connie Wilmot is out as the CEO of Eastern State Hospital four months after one patient strangled another patient and the hospital temporarily lost its accreditation. Wilmot accepted another position within the Department of Social and Health Services but took about a $20,000 annual pay cut.
News >  Spokane

Serving up visitors

Trivia question: What event generates the most hotel night stays in Spokane? If you guessed Hoopfest or Bloomsday, guess again.