A man was arrested early Saturday on charges that he tried to set fire to the northwest Spokane home where he lives with his girlfriend and their two children. Police say the man, Gregory Brimer, also is a suspect in two fires that caused severe damage to two garages in the same vicinity. No one was injured in any of the blazes.
The mother of the teenager accused of attempting to kill a Ferris High School teacher last month says the profile of her son painted by police and media reports is not the fun-loving boy she knows. "Jacob and I are pretty close. When I get home from work he's always there and he's always, 'I love you, mom,' and, 'Hi mom,' " Audrey Schmidt said. "He just adds to my life so much. He just puts so much humor into our lives. He's always goofing around and making people laugh."
Charges were dropped Friday against a man accused last week of pretending to be a police officer and raping adult twin sisters. Preston R. Tensley, 34, had been charged March 25 with two counts each of first-degree rape and first-degree kidnapping, and one count each of first-degree burglary and first-degree criminal impersonation.
About 100 firefighters battled a spectacular blaze that destroyed a straw warehouse in the farming community of Rockford on Thursday night. The fire was in a Seeds Inc. warehouse that stored bagged bluegrass straw, but the massive effort kept it from reaching the business' seed processing plant, said Kevin Miller, deputy fire marshal for the Spokane Valley Fire Department, one of many agencies that assisted in the effort.
A Spokane man was kept in jail for 10 days in 2003 after a charge against him was dropped, according to court records. "The hardest part was sitting in there knowing that I had things that had to be taken care of," said Chester A. Lenocker Jr. "I was kind of getting anxiety going through that."
A 14-year-old boy went to Ferris High School on Thursday with a loaded gun and came within 6 feet of a teacher whom he planned to kill, police said. The freshman, who was expelled from the school in January for writing a threatening e-mail to the teacher, told police that this week's school shooting in Minnesota partly motivated him to go to Ferris intent on murder, Sgt. Joe Peterson said at a press conference Friday night.
Spokane police have arrested a man they believe raped two women after gaining entry into their North Side residence by pretending to be a police officer. The victims told investigators that their attacker came to their door about 10 p.m. Monday and said he was a Spokane police officer. He showed them a wallet with a silver badge and an identification card that said Spokane Police Department, according to court records.
The family of a man who was strangled in the Spokane County Jail filed a $5.65 million civil rights lawsuit against the county Tuesday in federal court. Christopher L. Rentz, 21, died Oct. 2 after he was beaten with a broom, cut on his neck with a razor and strangled with a bed sheet while in a dormitory cell at the Spokane County Jail.
Voters in two North Idaho school districts approved levies Tuesday that will maintain their current tax rates. With Tuesday's votes, the Post Falls and Lake Pend Oreille districts will receive increases in the amount of taxes they generate. However, because of rising property values and population increases, tax rates will remain level.
Go ahead and jump, the song said over the loudspeaker. But not all the canines who participated in the DockDogs jumping contest Saturday at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center were heeding Van Halen's or their masters' commands to leap into the pool.
The Cusick School District levy vote may not be on the same scale as the recent gubernatorial race, but it may end with about as many twists. The levy was failing, then passing and now – almost two weeks after ballots had to be in the mail – it has failed.
Spokane Police say four people arrested Thursday repeatedly threatened a Ferris High School student when he refused to buy them beer and later to give them money. In a press conference on Friday, Deputy Police Chief Al Odenthal said the case involved much more than bullying.
Police have recovered hundreds of baseball bats taken from property where a Spokane Valley warehouse burned on Thanksgiving. The fire, which was in the 2200 block of North Locust Road, destroyed a warehouse used by three business, including Brett Brothers Bat Co. The business designs and sells wooden baseball bats.
A change made at Geiger Corrections Center in an attempt to end hanky-panky will create more vacancies for inmates there and at the Spokane County Jail. Female inmates at Geiger were moved to a nearby building Saturday to prevent sexual encounters among the residents, said Leon Long, who has led the center since August.
High winds felled trees, cut power and darkened the skies of the Inland Northwest on Wednesday, but area police agencies reported no serious accidents or fires related to the weather. The wind reached a peak around 2 p.m. with a gust of 55 mph at Spokane International Airport.
After high school, Michael Roseburg wants to be an Air Force pilot and engineer, thanks to the Science Olympiad. The Moses Lake High School junior, who participated in Saturday's regional Olympiad competition at Spokane Falls Community College, has designed planes for the annual event since he was in the sixth grade.
The outcome of the Cusick School District operating levy may rest with seven votes locked in a safe. At the end of the first count of votes Tuesday night, the levy that would raise $325,000 a year for two years needed 14 more yes votes to pass.
Spokane County has agreed to pay $250,000 to the estate and daughter of an inmate who died after spending a week at Spokane County Jail and Geiger Corrections Center without being allowed to take her blood-thinning medicine. Venus Elder, 39, was booked into the jail Feb. 16, 2004, on charges that included possession of drug paraphernalia. Elder's daughter, Krystal Elder, brought her blood-thinning medicine, warfarin, to the jail the next day. But Venus Elder was not allowed to take the prescription until Feb. 23, 2004, after she had been transferred to Geiger.
High temperatures and low snowfall have cooked the slopes at Schweitzer Mountain Resort, where officials announced Thursday that this weekend will be the end of the ski season – the shortest in its 41 years of operation. "We had some higher temperatures this week, and it pretty much did us in," said Schweitzer spokeswoman Lisa Gerber.
Police have a message for visitors in town today through Saturday for the State B Basketball Tournament: Lock your car doors and hide your valuables. Car prowling spiked two years ago near the Spokane Arena during the State B, said Spokane police Lt. Dave McGovern, who is spearheading efforts to increase the police presence for the games.
Proponents of a dance recently forced to relocate from Ferris High School told the Spokane Public Schools board Wednesday that the decision sent a message that gay and lesbian students aren't supported by the district. On Feb. 10, the district informed the organizers of the Gayest Valentine's Dance, which was scheduled for the following day, that Ferris could not host the event. Superintendent Brian Benzel said the dance's age limits of 14 to 22 caused safety concerns.
A man was arrested early Tuesday after aiming a semi-automatic pistol at officers who were following him on foot, Spokane Valley Police reported. The chase started after Ronald D. Baker, 31, was pulled over near Broadway Avenue and McDonald Road about 2:40 a.m. in connection with an attempted theft that occurred nearby, said police spokesman Dave Reagan.
They faced countless attacks from enemy fire as friends around them died. Sixty years ago today, Marines Mike Ladich and Don Newbold landed on the barren island of Iwo Jima, the first day of one of the deadliest World War II battles in the Pacific.
A man was jailed Wednesday in connection with a December stabbing death in northwest Spokane that police had first described as an act of self-defense. Family members of Justin Snyder, 17, expressed relief that someone has been charged with his death.