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UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 19, 2019, 4:50 p.m.

Spokane woman gets 30 years for role in Social Security killing

A Washington woman has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for her role in the killing of a woman whose body was found in Idaho.


Downed feeder line briefly knocks out power for several thousand homes in Spokane Valley

A downed feeder line knocked out power for several thousand homes in Spokane Valley Saturday morning for about an hour.


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UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 9:12 p.m.

Man breaks doors, enters home, flees armed homeowners in Medical Lake, sheriff’s office says

Spokane County sheriff’s deputies arrested a 27-year-old man Thursday after several Medical Lake residents reported he entered, tried to enter or damaged their property.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

Man accused of repeatedly stealing cars from dealership in north Spokane

Wayne R. Mellgren was arrested early Thursday for allegedly trying to steal a Mercedes-Benz from Northtown Auto Liquidators. Earlier this month, he was arrested for stealing a Jeep from the …


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UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019, 4:58 p.m.

Fire destroys Spokane Valley apartment unit, damages another

A fire destroyed a Cedar Chateau Estates apartment unit and damaged another Thursday afternoon. The residents of the damaged Spokane Valley apartment units were evacuated and investigators were working to …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019, 8:38 p.m.

Man suspected of causing school bus crash in north Spokane arrested on assault charges

A man suspected of causing a crash involving a school bus and another car will face vehicular assault charges, Spokane police said.


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SCRAPS investigating physical abuse of cat found near Logan Elementary School

The cat, named Achilles, suffered a dislocated pelvis and right hip after a witness said the cat was kicked by students in alleyway near the school.


Spokane Valley deputies arrest man who allegedly trespassed, showed person his buttocks

Spokane Valley deputies arrested a man who allegedly trespassed and showed his buttocks to a Hico Mart Laundromat employee Tuesday morning.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 10:20 p.m.

Two men on sex offender registry released in Spokane

Two sex offenders, classified as likely to reoffend, were released to supervised custody in Spokane this week. The sex offenders were both released from McNeil Island, a commitment center in …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 8 p.m.

Spokane police ombudsman concerned about ‘alarming’ change that could skirt use-of-force oversight

The chief watchdog of the Spokane Police Department raised a red flag on Tuesday about what he said is an “alarming,” crucial and unannounced change to how uses of force …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 8:24 p.m.

Threat targeting Deer Park High School students was overblown, stemmed from ‘trash-talking’ on Snapchat, sheriff’s office says

On the Spokane forum on the website Reddit, one user wrote that an “anonymous student” had threatened to “shoot up” the school. In a news release Wednesday, however, the sheriff’s …


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UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 15, 2019, 10:48 p.m.

Spokane nurse faces discipline after pleading guilty to role in husband’s death

The Washington Department of Health Nursing Commission charged a registered Spokane nurse with unprofessional conduct in September after she pleaded guilty in May to charges related to hitting and killing …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 10:58 a.m.

Friends remember man killed in Lime scooter hit-and-run

Almost a week after his death, friends of Tyler Chestnutt recalled his kind and caring personality and his major love of the Seahawks.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 15, 2019, 8:26 p.m.

Murder, suicide caused death of elderly Chattaroy couple, medical examiner says

The son told police his father had dementia and had grown more paranoid after he stopped taking his medication earlier this summer.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 15, 2019, 5:28 p.m.

Spokane police arrest man allegedly operating illegal wrecking yard in East Central

Officers found Jan A. Katzenbogan was in possession of a stolen Harley Davidson motorcycle, doors from a stolen pickup and miscellaneous parts from a stolen Subaru Forester at an address …


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UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 15, 2019, 11:12 a.m.

Escapee who taunted cops on social media arrested at grandma’s house in Hillyard

Spokane police Sgt. Terry Preuninger said Seaman taunted authorities by posting pictures of himself and his girlfriend in front of the Spokane County Jail with the caption “Bad boys, whatcha …


Spokane police updates use-of-force policy to emphasize use of de-escalation techniques

The update, released Oct. 4, includes a new section on de-escalation, reporting of ethical misconduct and deadly force.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 14, 2019, 7:21 p.m.

Police presence increased at Ferris High School in response to threats

Extra Spokane police officers were stationed at Ferris High School on Monday in response to two threats posted on social media over the weekend.


Spokane police change dispatch policy for dangerous animals after dog attack

After Bonnie Rae’s dog Downey was killed and her daughter was bitten by a loose dog in north Spokane in September, she reached out to local officials about changing the …


Spokane sheriff arrests 20-time felon for possession of large amount of meth

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office investigators and a SWAT team arrested 20-time convicted felon Joseph A. Gariepy, 49, Friday morning in the Bemiss neighborhood with a large amount of methamphetamine.


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Man tied to more than $300,000 in stolen cars sentenced to 18 months in prison

Andrew W. Smith, pleaded guilty to attempting to elude police and two counts of motor vehicle theft, according to court records.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019, 4 p.m.

Deputies involved in death of Newman Lake man identified; victim also named

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office identified the three deputies placed on administrative leave after a man died Saturday night while they attempted to subdue him.


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UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 10, 2019, 8:01 p.m.

Spokane fire crews fight blaze on roof of north Spokane home

The fire spread to the attic and the roof after apparently starting near the rear of the home, KHQ reported. The two people inside were uninjured.