Justin Snyder was turning his life around just as it ended, friends and family members said Saturday. Snyder, 17, was killed early Dec. 5 from a stab wound he received during a fight in a northwest Spokane neighborhood.
Sitting in the emergency room with a 21/8-inch nail in his chest Thursday morning, Steven Faber got his prognosis. "I told him that I thought the nail might be in his heart," said Dr. Mike Jemmette, the Deaconess Medical Center emergency room physician who first examined Faber.
Two Spokane County Jail inmates with violent histories were charged Wednesday with strangling a third inmate in their cell in October Michael L. West Jr., 28, is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly killing Christopher L. Rentz, 21. Brandon W. Martin, 20, faces second-degree murder charges. West and Martin had been named by the Spokane County Sheriff's Office soon after the incident as the inmates responsible for the death.
Susan and Ira Amstadter assemble their three children each night of Hanukkah around the family's South Hill front window. Tuesday evening, the family lit the first candles of their menorahs for the first night of Hanukkah.
In retrospect, the operative word was "could." Friday's paper reported that Saturday could bring "one of the largest snow dumpings to hit Spokane in the past decade." But the 6 to 12 inches of snow originally forecast for Spokane by the National Weather Service did not fall Saturday.
A fire last month at the Spokane Juvenile Justice Center may have burned undetected for as long as an hour because the portion of the building where the blaze occurred does not have smoke alarms or detectors. The Nov. 21 fire caused between $100,000 and $200,000 in damage to a second-floor wing used by juvenile probation officers, said Leon Long, Spokane County's risk manager. The office where it originated was gutted; about 10 other rooms received heavy smoke damage.
Kyle Baragas hasn't seen snow in Texas since moving there from Redmond, Wash., six years ago. This weekend, however, he could be in the midst of one of the largest snow dumpings to hit Spokane in the past decade, as drum major for the Sam Houston State marching band, which is coming to town for a football playoff game Saturday in Cheney.
Kyle Baragas hasn't seen snow in Texas since moving there from Redmond, Wash. six years ago. This weekend, however, he could be in the midst of one of the largest snow dumpings to hit Spokane in the past decade, as drum major for the Sam Houston State marching band, which is coming to town for a football playoff game Saturday in Cheney.
After 11 years of taking drugs for HIV, Dee Dee Poston is thinking about stopping her medication because she's tired of the side effects. "It's bought me a lot of time," Poston said to a group gathered Wednesday in Spokane. "But at the same time, quality of life beats quantity of life."
A few Inland Northwest ski hills plan to open this weekend – if the weather cooperates. Forecasts, however, indicate that a significant snowfall may not fall in time. "They're being optimistic," said John Werner, a National Weather Service meteorologist. "There's nothing really strong on tap for a good snow producer, just showers."
When population growth is taken into account, Spokane's police staffing next year will fall to where it was two decades ago. And while the numbers will be low compared to national averages, they're not far from similar-size cities in the region.
A 50-by-50-foot Cougar banner that was supposed to be on proud display at today's Apple Cup was stolen sometime Thursday night or Friday morning. Officials aren't sure who took the banner, and despite the timing, Washington State University officials aren't blaming the rivalry with the University of Washington.
Relatives of the man killed this week in a downtown Spokane apartment are mourning the second death of a family member since September. Jim Johnston, 40, was killed Tuesday night while visiting an apartment above the Red Lion Barbecue & Pub, 128 1/2 N. Division St. Earlier in the day Johnston had stopped Robert T. Spencer from beating a woman, witnesses told police. Police believe Johnston was assaulted by Spencer and shot by a man with Spencer, Bryan M. James.
Two people wanted in connection with a downtown Spokane killing were apprehended by police Wednesday evening at a North Spokane home. A third man turned himself in to the Spokane County Jail an hour later. Jim Johnston, 40, was shot in his abdomen about 10:45 p.m. Tuesday at an apartment at 1281/2 N. Division Street. He was found dead by police upon their arrival soon after the shooting, said Lt. Scott Stephens, commander of the Major Crimes Unit.
Two robbers stole a woman's purse on Nov. 10 as she was walking to her car in a parking lot in east Spokane, the Spokane Police said. The victim was walking to her car about 6 p.m. at Kmart, 4110 E. Sprague Ave., when a man ran up to her and grabbed her purse, said police spokesman Dick Cottam in a press release. She was able to hold on until another man shoved her against her car. After she let go of the purse, the two fled on foot. They were pursued by witnesses who notified police of their likely whereabouts.
Not for an A or for a cash prize or even a fancy periodic table. Four Whitworth College science seniors did it all for the honor of building the school's most worthy trebuchet. And their extensive Internet research and 30 hours of work paid off. "The winning team just did it for fun, so all they get is glory and honor," said the organizer of the Whitworth's first pumpkin launch contest, assistant physics professor John Larkin.
A grand jury indicted two brothers on Wednesday in the shooting death of University of Idaho football player Eric McMillan, the Latah County prosecutor's office announced in a press release on Thursday. Matthew R. Wells II, 27, and James J. Wells, 25, were indicted on charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in the Sept. 19 shooting of McMillan.
Spokane County may have to find a new way to sell two vehicles used by serial murderer Robert Yates. The county announced last month that it planned to sell the 1988 Chevrolet Sport Van and 1977 Chevrolet Corvette on eBay.
For Tony Robinson, a new pedestrian bridge that links People's Park to the West Central neighborhood has introduced him to a whole new place to walk his dog T.J. And the view from the bridge and the north bank of the Spokane River is incredible, he said.
Police were called Saturday to maintain order outside of a Democratic rally in downtown Spokane because of a confrontation between Democratic and Republican supporters, Spokane Police spokesman Dick Cottam said. Democratic candidates – including gubernatorial candidate Christine Gregoire, attorney general candidate Deborah Senn, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and 6th district state Senate candidate Laurie Dolan – spoke to a crowd estimated by police to be about 250 at the Spokane Intermodal Center, part of which the Democrats had rented for the event. The rally started around 9:30 a.m. and lasted a half hour, before some of the candidates boarded a train to begin a whistlestop campaign.
About 200 people with disabilities are scheduled to lose their transportation service from the Spokane Transit Authority next year, a loss that some riders say could force them to leave jobs and endanger their independence. STA currently serves people with disabilities who live within 11/2 miles of its regular bus routes. Starting in January, paratransit vans will only pick up riders who live within three-quarters of a mile of those routes, as allowed under a 1999 lawsuit settlement. The vans come to riders' homes, and are the most affordable form of transportation available to some.
A man who was murdered this month in the Spokane County Jail told family members that he had begun sleeping with a plunger in case he needed to protect himself from the men in his cell. Christopher Rentz, 21, was strangled to death with a bedsheet on Oct. 2. A broom and a piece of a razor blade also were used in the killing, Spokane County sheriff's spokesman Dave Reagan said in the days following the incident.
A man and woman were arrested last Thursday after detectives seized marijuana and a small amount of methamphetamine from a north Spokane home, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office said. Child Protective Services was called to take custody of the woman's 7-year-old daughter.
An Oregon woman was killed Tuesday afternoon when she apparently pulled her car in front of a Mead School District bus that was occupied by 24 students. The bus driver and students, who were from Mead Middle School and Mt. Spokane High School, were not injured.
It was Nathan Lee Zinnerman's first bath. His nurse, Susanne Fleming, held his head gently under the sink for a shampoo, and after changing his diapers, giving him his first shot and wiping his body, she wrapped him like a mummy in warmed blankets.