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Wednesday, October 21, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Coincidence or trend? Spokane has seen an anomalous number of carjackings this month

Since July 3, there have been four violent car robberies or carjackings in the Spokane area, three of which appear to be random. Two happened to women while they were still in their car, and another two involved violent robberies where people were either injured or held hostage before a thief escaped with their vehicle.

Spokane no longer leads country in car theft

For the first time in five years, Spokane is no longer in the top 10 U.S. cities for vehicle theft, a new report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau says.

Stolen car stop leads to arrest

A 51-year-old man who pleaded guilty to stealing scrap metal from the Lower Monumental Dam in south-central Washington last year was arrested in Spokane last week towing a stolen vehicle. Kurt Goe had been ordered to self-report to federal prison following a sentencing hearing held Feb. 6, during which he pleaded guilty to taking more than $60,000 worth of metal belonging to the Army Corps of Engineers in March 2013. At that hearing, Goe requested more time before his imprisonment to care for an acquaintance diagnosed with cancer.

Slain car thief’s father has his own legal troubles

The father of a Spokane man shot to death in March while trying to steal a car appeared in Superior Court on Thursday – accused of trying to steal a car. Brian J. Kaluza was arrested in April after he tried to steal a marked Spokane Police Department patrol car, according to police reports. He was released on his own recognizance at that time, but violated his release conditions Tuesday when authorities say he committed a fourth-degree assault.

Teens arrested after sword attack

Two teenage boys were arrested Tuesday after what law enforcement describes as a drug-fueled crime spree during which they assaulted one boy’s mother with a sword and planned to eat her liver. Spokane County sheriff’s deputies responded to an assault call on the 13300 block of East Mission Avenue at 1:20 a.m. where they found a beaten, bloody woman lying on her bed. A sword with a bent handle and two knives were nearby.

Six Honda cars stolen in Spokane Valley Tuesday

Car thieves made off with five Honda Accords and one Integra in Spokane Valley yesterday, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office. An attempted theft of a Honda Civic also was reported.