Kip Hill joined The Spokesman-Review in 2013. He currently is a reporter for the City Desk, covering the marijuana industry, local politics and breaking news. He previously hosted the newspaper's podcast.
Sean Robert Wathen was found guilty in July of one count of conspiracy to distribute the drug. Investigators said Wathen was part of a group that included Larry Junior Hillbroom, Morgan Kenney and Zachary Craig Carlson, all of whom conspired to smuggle drugs out of the Inland Northwest and to Guam and Palau, including in shampoo bottles, over several months in 2015.
Ronald Ilg, 55, pleaded guilty Wednesday to two federal charges of making threats in interstate commerce. The admission draws closer to a close an investigation that began with international journalists tipping off local authorities that Ilg was bartering with cryptocurrency to have someone abduct his estranged wife, inject her with heroin and convince her to return to the marriage on conditions
John Edward McGinnis was sentenced to 22 years in federal custody Tuesday morning for crimes that included holding four people, including his own mother and nephews, at gunpoint, and erratically firing the gun before leading Spokane police on a chase that ended in Liberty Park. McGinnis, a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, had begun the spree by firing at an air conditioner in a trailer in Nespelem, which eventually exploded and set the trailer on fire, according to court records.
McMorris Rodgers will travel to Indiana to attend the funeral of Rep. Jackie Walorski, who died earlier this month in a car crash along with two of her staffers. The Indiana Republican was 58 years old and had served in Congress since 2013.
Sydney J. Baker was booked into jail just after 5:30 p.m. A 911 caller reported seeing Baker pointing a gun at a man in the 2200 block of South Riverton Avenue around 3:40 p.m., according to a Spokane Police Department news release. The witness then reported hearing shots fired.
Four of Spokane's public library branches will open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday as the National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the region beginning at noon Monday through 11 p.m Tuesday.
Democrats praised the package as a necessary step to address the problems of rising costs and greenhouse gas emissions, while Republicans panned the legislation as irresponsible on issues of energy production, drug costs and more.
The Washington State Building Codes Council - after pushing to make heat pump installation mandatory in new commercial construction - has before it a proposal to require the same in new homes built in 2023 and beyond.
The congresswoman has routinely held town hall events in Spokane during the House of Representatives' August recess. Her office said the 5 p.m. event, which is free to attend, will be her 13th in the district this year.