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Wednesday, June 19, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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UPDATED: Wed., June 19, 2019, 9:15 p.m.

Woman who drowned in hotel pool identified, suffered from heart issue

The woman who drowned Tuesday afternoon at the Centennial Hotel in downtown Spokane was 74-year-old Marla Willeen Leander, the Spokane County Medical Examiner said Wednesday.


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UPDATED: Tue., June 18, 2019, 8:32 p.m.

Woman likely drowned in hotel pool in downtown Spokane

A woman was found floating unconscious in the outdoor pool of the Centennial Hotel in downtown Spokane on Tuesday afternoon, police say.


UPDATED: Tue., June 18, 2019, 8:17 p.m.

Spokane woman killed in crash north of Newport; husband faces charge of vehicular homicide

A woman from Spokane was killed Monday afternoon when a car she was in rolled down a steep embankment north of Newport in Pend Oreille County.


Judge weighs whether to continue lawsuit regarding new Spokane Tribe casino

A lawsuit seeking to disrupt future plans of the Spokane Tribe Casino in Airway Heights went before a federal judge in Spokane Monday morning, just as dozens of tribal members …


Shawn Vestal: It may not seem like it, but crime in Spokane is down

Would it surprise you to know that crime in Spokane – and crime downtown, in particular – is down significantly so far this year?


Protesters demand firing of Utah cop who pulled gun on child

About 100 protesters gathered outside a police agency in northern Utah to demand an officer who pulled his gun on a 10-year-old child last week be fired.


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UPDATED: Tue., June 18, 2019, 3:49 p.m.

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UPDATED: Thu., June 13, 2019, 10:51 p.m.

Spokane County sheriff’s sergeant fired for racial slur, sexual harassment, talk of killing black people

Sgt. Jeff Thurman, an 18-year veteran of the sheriff’s office who worked in Spokane Valley, was accused of starting a phone conversation with another deputy by asking: “You ready to …


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UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019, 10:54 p.m.

Missing 14-year-old girl found in Massachusetts

The Spokane Police Department is asking for the public’s help in its search for a 14-year-old girl who has been missing since Saturday.


UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019, 10:54 p.m.

Man accused of breaking into Glover Middle School on Wednesday has history of vandalizing local schools

A man was arrested early Wednesday after police say he broke into Glover Middle School and began rifling through students’ desks.


UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019, 10:51 p.m.

Thieves pretending to need help flag down driver and steal her car in downtown Spokane, police say

Spokane police say a woman could only watch as a pair of alleged thieves drove away in her car early Wednesday morning after feigning a need for help.


UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019, 12:33 p.m.

Spokane police ask for help to find missing men with memory problems

Spokane police are asking for the public’s help to find two men with memory problems who are missing.


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UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019, 12:46 p.m.

Sisters remember brother slain along with four others in violent area of Yakama reservation

In the days since their brother was killed, Karen Overacker and Sharon Keeth said they heard a lot of conflicting stories about how it happened.


UPDATED: Tue., June 11, 2019, 6:27 p.m.

Arrest warrant issued for Afghan immigrant suspected of killing wife in Spokane

Investigators are seeking to arrest Wahid Kashify, an Afghan immigrant suspected of killing his wife and hiding her body in a freezer last month. He has fled the country.


UPDATED: Tue., June 11, 2019, 9:41 p.m.

Emergency crews respond to Spokane County Jail death

Spokane County Sheriff’s detectives are trying to determine how an inmate in the Spokane County Jail died. The inmate was found at about 2:20 a.m. Tuesday morning.


UPDATED: Tue., June 11, 2019, 10:26 p.m.

Okanogan County sheriff’s deputies make arrest Monday in alleged Malott matricide

A man accused of killing his mother with a knife was arrested Monday afternoon by Okanogan County sheriff’s deputies.


Friends recall slain Afghan woman Arezu Kashify as ‘loving, curious’

Arezu Kashify loved many things – cooking, carnival games, roller coasters, lounging by a lake with her friends and family. But perhaps more than anything, she loved to learn.


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UPDATED: Mon., June 10, 2019, 6:37 p.m.

Vodder guilty of murder in case of Bret Snow killing

A second suspect in the 2015 disappearance and killing of Bret Snow was found guilty Monday afternoon.


UPDATED: Mon., June 10, 2019, 10:30 p.m.

2 charged in killings on Yakama reservation

Two men are accused of killing five people, stealing a vehicle and holding a gun to a child’s head on the Yakama Indian Reservation in Central Washington.


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Gunman could have been arrested rather than ticketed before killing neighbor in Bigelow Gulch incident

Hours before he shot and killed a 29-year-old father of two, 61-year-old Dave Cholewinski pointed the same weapon at a group of people during a heated argument.


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UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 8:17 p.m.

Thieves use sticky wires to fish rent checks out of apartment drop boxes

Several apartment complexes in Spokane Valley have reported that thieves have used wires tipped with a sticky adhesive to fish rent checks from drop boxes.


UPDATED: Mon., June 10, 2019, 12:16 p.m.

Detectives find body, believed to be missing Afghan woman, under false bottom of freezer

Spokane County sheriff’s detectives on Tuesday found the body believed to be that of 24-year-old Arezu Kashify hidden beneath the false bottom of a chest freezer inside the apartment she …


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 9:20 p.m.

Man in critical condition after being stabbed multiple times in Logan neighborhood

A 38-year-old man is in critical condition after Spokane police say he was stabbed multiple times after getting into an argument with a homeowner while he waited for a tow …