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UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 19, 2020

Spokane firefighters extinguish fire at historic downtown apartment building

A fire broke out around 9 p.m. Tuesday on the third floor of an apartment building located at 1229 W. Riverside Ave. in Spokane.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

School continues as usual after source of Ferris High threat identified

Classes were in session Tuesday at Ferris High School despite a social media threat that prompted a reassuring message to parents the previous night from Principal Ken Schutz.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 17, 2020

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UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 17, 2020

Man shot at South Hill home last week remained hospitalized Monday

The man shot in a home in southeast Spokane on Friday was still in the hospital Monday morning.


Shawn Vestal: Pullman couple presses to turn daughter’s murder into a movement for campus change

Lauren McCluskey has been gone for 16 months now, killed by a man who stalked, harassed, threatened and extorted her for weeks before shooting her on the University of Utah …


Police, officials failed to heed repeated alerts about Lauren McCluskey’s eventual killer, lawsuit says

Lauren McCluskey, her friends and her family made more than 20 attempts to reach out to university officials in the days before her murder, according to a federal lawsuit filed …


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Californian killed by semitruck while walking on I-90 in Post Falls

A 22-year-old pedestrian from California was struck and killed by semi-truck while walking on westbound I-90 in Post Falls Thursday night.


Central Valley High student arrested after admitting to writing shooting threat to avoid giving class presentations

A 16-year-old Central Valley High School student was arrested Friday after admitting to writing a school shooting threat in a bathroom in order to avoid giving two presentations in class.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 14, 2020

Man convicted of child rape day after making alleged victim take stand in trial

An accused child rapist representing himself at trial called two witnesses Thursday: the 13-year-old alleged victim and the detective who investigated the case.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 14, 2020

Man shoots family member at South Hill home

A man suffered life-threatening injuries Friday afternoon when he was shot in a home in southeast Spokane.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 14, 2020

Chattaroy woman jailed for child sex assault claims she was blackmailed with revenge porn by boyfriend

Spokane Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 24-year-old woman Friday suspected of molesting her 2-year-old son and filming the assault.


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Shawn Vestal: Justice reform moves forward, despite resistance from some in Spokane justice system

Spokane has gone to great lengths to get good information and develop good ideas about how to dispense justice more smartly. But all the good ideas and hopeful recommendations will …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 13, 2020

East Valley High School closed Friday due to shooting threat on bathroom wall

East Valley High School is canceling classes Friday due to another threatening message in a boys’ restroom warning students to stay away from school.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 13, 2020

Woman suspected of biting Spokane Valley 7-Eleven clerk who confronted her about shoplifting

A Spokane Valley 7-Eleven clerk told police he was bitten on the hand by a woman he was confronting for shoplifting on Wednesday. Jordan Yukl was booked into Spokane County …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 17, 2020

Man arrested, 13 roosters euthanized after authorities bust cockfighting ring in Grant County

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said the raid followed a yearlong investigation, and inside the home authorities “found 13 birds that were physically modified to reduce blood loss during cockfighting.”


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UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 12, 2020

Spokane police investigating potential co-conspirator in case of woman found strangled to death in burning car

Police have requested to search the phone of one of Yasir Darraji’s close friends who lives within two blocks of the crime scene, according to court documents. The friend, who …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 12, 2020

Federal judge sentences man who sought sex with 13-year-old to five years in prison

Prosecutors argued that Juan Vazquez Gonzalez deserved at least a 10-year sentence, but U.S. District Court Judge Salvador Mendoza disagreed.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 12, 2020

Men attempting to repossess car near Airway Heights shot at

While trying to repossess a car near Airway Heights Tuesday night, a man was shot at but uninjured.


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UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 11, 2020

Southbound Monroe Street blocked, power lines down after two-car crash at Rowan Avenue

Spokane police advised people should avoid North Monroe Street for their commute home at the start of rush hour Tuesday after a two-car crash at West Rowan Avenue took out …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 11, 2020

Monday night Verizon interruption caused by fiber-optic cable problem

A fiber-optic cable issue led to a two hour service interruption Monday night in the Spokane area that left Verizon users without cell service and unable to call 911.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 11, 2020

Convicted killer Tom DiBartolo returning to Spokane following prison sentence

An ex-Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy convicted of murdering his wife in 1997 has been released by the Department of Corrections and is expected to return to Spokane this week.


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UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 10, 2020

Driver arrested, passenger hospitalized after stolen truck hits taco shop on Division Street

The truck crashed into the northwest corner of Tacos El Sol at Division and Glass Avenue, toppling part of a low brick wall that surrounds a seating area in front …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 10, 2020

Central Valley High School student dies from injuries sustained in crash last week

Central Valley High School student Adam England died early Monday morning, less than a week after he was injured in a car crash in Post Falls.


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