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New law allows supervision of car thieves after prison release

City officials notched a legislative victory Tuesday after some three years of lobbying, and hope it will translate into a victory in a fight against car theft.


Service dog stolen in Post Falls is back home

A Yorkshire terrier named Bridgett that was inside a car stolen Oct. 8 in Post Falls has been found and returned to her owner.


Unexpected cash infusion helps Spokane fight auto theft, property crime

Spokane law enforcement got a $300,000 surprise in 2016 state budget, money to fight property crimes.


Spokane’s auto theft rate fourth-highest in U.S.

For the second year in a row, Spokane had the fourth-highest auto theft rate in the nation, according to an insurance industry group.


K-9 Maximus scores first arrest this morning

A man and a woman were arrested early today after residents living in the 2400 block of West Dean Avenue reported that a Honda automobile was being stripped of its …


Burglary Suspect Rams Patrol Cars Silverton Man Arrested After Chase In Osburn

A Silverton man wanted in connection with a burglary allegedly used a stolen minivan to ram two patrol cars early Wednesday in Osburn, sheriff’s deputies said. Steven G. Faith, 42, …


Men Make High-Speed Return To County Jail

Two men fresh out of jail led authorities on a high-speed chase in a stolen farming truck Tuesday, the Washington State Patrol reported. The chase along Interstate 90 spanned parts …


Deputy Arrests Pair For Theft After Owner Pursues Truck

A Spokane man and a teenage girl were arrested for stealing a truck early Thursday morning in North Spokane County. The truck’s owner, a 40-year-old Elk-Chattaroy Road resident, chased after …


Woman Hoodwinks Generous Teenagers

A goodwill gesture by two teenagers who allowed a woman they thought was stranded to share their motel room cost them much more than a night’s lodging. Police are searching …


Suspects Show Up In Stolen Car

Two suspected car thieves gave police a lot of help when they showed up to answer questions in a stolen car. Authorities wanted to talk to Scott Olmsted and Anthony …


Surprised Burglars Rob Homeowner

A Spokane County woman was robbed Monday when she interrupted a burglary at her home, sheriff’s deputies said. The 72-year-old woman entered a side door to her home in the …


One Arrested In Attempted Burglary

Sheriff’s deputies have arrested one of two people they believe were involved in the attempted burglary of a North McDonald Road apartment. Police continue to look for a white male …


Four Spokane Youths Arrested After Series Of Car Thefts, Chase Three Cars Stolen In Post Falls, One In Spokane

Four Spokane juveniles were arrested by the Washington State Patrol Friday morning after a string of alleged car thefts and a high-speed chase. The youths allegedly stole a red 1988 …


Victim Sees His Stolen Car Going Down Road, Calls Highway Patrol

There was something strangely familiar about the Suburban in Alan Ecker’s rearview mirror. It looked just like one stolen from his driveway two days before. Convinced it was his, Ecker …


Fbi Questions 3 In Van Theft Tear Gas, Grenade Launcher, Ammunition Seized In Raid Near Site Of Swat Van Fire

Memphis police officer William Harsley carries evidence, including a grenade launcher. Photo by Associated Press


Car Problems Sure Rotate This Guy’s Tires

Next time this poor guy shops for wheels, he might consider something along the lines of a rusty Ford Pinto. No car-napper would be tempted to swipe an old beater …


Three Teenagers Arrested In Mica After Long Chase

Sheriff’s deputies chased three teenage burglary suspects for several miles early Friday before tracking them down in a field in Mica. Kevin J. Ostboe, 18, of Spokane, and two 15-year-old …


Drive-By Shooting Suspect Apprehended After Chase

A Spokane man suspected of wounding a California resident in a drive-by shooting earlier this month was arrested after leading police on a high-speed chase. Police caught Samuel D. Martin, …


Boy Kidnapped After Dad, 2 Others Stabbed, Bound

Police searched Sunday for a 13-month-old Pasco boy abducted by five men who first stabbed and bound the boy’s father and two other male relatives. The boy was taken from …


Keepsakes Of A Lifetime Ripped Away Woman’s Precious Possessions Stolen From Car Parked Out Side Apartment

Ellen Suckow had all of her belongings packed in her 1987 Subaru when the car was stolen. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review


Trying To Stop Thief, Man Dragged, Killed

A 79-year-old man was dragged to his death while clinging to the back bumper of his car. Theodos Richardson left his station wagon parked with the keys in the ignition …


Officer ‘Assists’ Three Teens Right Into Jail On Theft Charge

Three teenagers were arrested early Saturday while they wheeled an all-terrain vehicle away from a house. Justin G. Holtman and Jonathan D. Carr, both 18, and Steven E. Worline, 19, …


Shape-Shifting Suspect Speeds Off In Squad Car

She’s lucky it wasn’t a stick shift. In a trick that would have made Houdini blush, a 38-year-old shoplifting suspect somehow managed to squeeze through the small opening separating the …


Secret Witness Targets Man With 35 Prior Convictions

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Driver Shot By Man Who Offers To Jump-Start Car, Then Steals It

A Kent man was shot by a man who offered to jump-start his car and then stole it, authorities said. Mack Gad, 26, was in critical condition Thursday at Harborview …


Two Groups Arrested For Stereo, Car Theft

A crew of car stereo thieves ripped off another band of thieves last week before police arrested both groups. Five of the seven arrested March 6 were North Side juveniles. …


Streets Closed As Deputies Chase Car-Theft Suspect Around Valley

A man driving a stolen car led sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase Monday morning, forcing the closure of several Spokane Valley streets. Deputies spotted a maroon Toyota Corolla near …


Club Owner Faces Alcohol Charge

The owner of a Spokane Valley under-21 dance club was cited early Saturday for allowing alcohol to be served at the club during an after-hours party. Sheriff’s deputies were called …


2 Men Jailed After Actor Robbed

Actor Harry Dean Stanton was tied up and robbed in his house by gunmen who forced their way in, loaded his car with electronic goods and drove off, police said …


Boy Arrested After Snowmobile Chase

A teenager was arrested Saturday on charges of stealing two snowmobiles and taking one for a spin, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Department said. The 17-year-old boy driving the snowmobile tried …