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California man convicted of torture of pot dispensary owner

A California man who previously escaped from jail and was on the run for a week was convicted of kidnapping and torturing a marijuana dispensary owner who he mistakenly believed …


UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019, 9:23 p.m.

Convicted robber gets 24 years in prison for string of crimes in 2016

A prolific robber, who did most of his criminal damage in King County, has been sentenced to 24 years in prison after pleading guilty to a series of crimes in …


UPDATED: Fri., May 24, 2019, 1:40 p.m.

Spokane woman who survived stabbing by husband thanks emergency personnel, ADT security workers who responded to attack

One month to the day after Melissa Robertson’s husband, Justin Robertson, stabbed her multiple times before abducting their 5-year-old son, and later killed himself by a self-inflicted gunshot wound, she …


UPDATED: Tue., April 23, 2019, 10:13 p.m.

Amber alert suspect found dead inside Whitman County home; son safely in custody

A man accused of stabbing his wife and abducting their 5-year-old child – generating an Amber Alert in Washington and Idaho – was located Tuesday in the small town of …


UPDATED: Mon., April 22, 2019, 7:34 p.m.

Father involved in custody dispute arrested, accused of pointing gun at ex-wife

Spokane police arrested a man over the weekend accused of pointing a gun at his ex wife while he kidnapped their son.


UPDATED: Fri., April 19, 2019, 10:28 p.m.

Grandparents accused of kidnapping grandchildren and fleeing to Louisiana arrive at Spokane County Jail

A grandmother and grandfather have landed in Spokane County Jail after allegedly kidnapping their three grandchildren and hiding them for more than a year and a half. U.S. Marshals captured …


Kidnapped California tourist rescued in Uganda, officials say

A California woman and her driver, kidnapped last week at gunpoint by a group of men in a Uganda national park, have been rescued from their captors, authorities said Sunday.


UPDATED: Wed., April 3, 2019, 9:44 p.m.

14-year-old says he is Illinois boy who went missing in 2011

A 14-year-old boy who said he escaped from two kidnappers in Ohio told authorities he is from Illinois, where he went missing nearly eight years ago when his mother apparently …


UPDATED: Wed., April 3, 2019, 4:52 p.m.

American tourist, driver kidnapped in Uganda safari park

Ugandan security forces are searching for a U.S. citizen and a local driver who were abducted in a wildlife park and their kidnappers demanded a ransom, authorities said Wednesday.


UPDATED: Tue., April 2, 2019, 10:25 p.m.

Police arrest 34-time felon wanted in Spokane for stealing car with child inside

Spokane detectives say a recently arrested 34-time felon used fake tattoos that threw them off in their investigation of a 2018 carjacking and kidnapping.


UPDATED: Fri., March 1, 2019, 9:08 p.m.

Spokane jury makes first conviction in 2015 disappearance of Bret Snow

A Spokane County Jury delivered a guilty verdict on Friday in the presumed murder of Bret Snow – the first official decision since he first went missing in late 2015.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 25, 2019, 10:09 p.m.

Second trial in 2015 disappearance of Bret Snow opens in Spokane

The 2015 disappearance of then-32-year-old Bret Snow is back in front of a Spokane County jury this week – four months after a panel couldn’t decide whether the first of …


Man accused in Idaho kidnapping case now faces child sex charges

Authorities say a registered sex offender in Idaho abused the child of a woman he kidnapped and kept chained in a barn last December


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 9, 2019, 10:14 a.m.

Man in 2017 Cheney pot shop killing sentenced to prison after plea deal

A man who murdered a pot shop employee in Cheney in 2017 signed a plea deal last month and will serve 35 years to life in prison.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 8, 2019, 10:49 p.m.

New DNA evidence tied to Bret Snow disappearance delays Spokane murder trial

New DNA evidence has emerged in the 2015 disappearance of Bret Snow, a 32-year-old drug courier believed to be murdered by at least four people at a Newman Lake drug …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 14, 2019, 9:08 p.m.

Suspect in Wisconsin murders and kidnapping taped Jayme Closs’ hands and ankles, dragged her to car, documents say

The young man accused of fatally shooting Jayme Closs’ parents in the family’s western Wisconsin home and abducting their 13-year-old daughter first saw the teen as she boarded her school …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 12, 2019, 9:37 p.m.

Granddad: Wisconsin girl has no link to suspected kidnapper

The grandfather of a northwestern Wisconsin girl who authorities say was abducted during a home invasion that left her parents dead said Saturday that the family has no connection to …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019, 7:33 a.m.

Missing woman’s phone found by Spokane River

Since Loc Nguyen, 24, went missing on Dec. 3, detectives have traced her steps and found no evidence of anyone with her the night of her disappearance.


Defendant denies any involvement in 2015 Newman Lake murder and dismemberment

For more than an hour Monday afternoon, 28-year-old Colby Vodder took the stand in his own defense, stamping a close to a week-long murder trial nearly three years in the …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 23, 2018, 10:07 p.m.

Defense claims conspiracy in 2015 Newman Lake slaying

The trial of Colby D. Vodder began Tuesday, with his attorney telling a jury his client is the victim of a conspiracy that saw him wrongfully charged in the kidnapping …


First of four suspects in alleged murder of Bret Snow to start week-long trial Tuesday morning

Kidnapping and murder. As far as criminal charges are concerned, the allegations against Colby D. Vodder in the disappearance of Bret Snow are as serious as they come.


Niece: Family won’t take in Elizabeth Smart’s kidnapper

Once an accomplished organ player in Salt Lake City, Wanda Barzee became a disturbing figure for members of her own family after she helped in the 2002 kidnapping of then-teenager …


Smart outraged by planned release of 1 of her kidnappers

Elizabeth Smart said Thursday the news that one of her kidnappers will be released from prison next week was “a big shock,” and she hopes there is a way the …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 29, 2018, 8:55 p.m.

Child safe, vehicle located after both stolen in Spokane Valley Wednesday morning

A mother making a stop at a Spokane Valley gas station Wednesday morning returned to find her car – and child – missing.


100 years ago in Spokane: Authorities believe kidnapper hiding victim west of Lake Coeur d’Alene

Authorities believed that Cleopus Viens, alias Lewis Parkes, was hiding out with abducted Catherine Pluym, 11, in the hills west of Lake Coeur d’Alene and near Mica Peak. The sheriff …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 27, 2018, 3:17 p.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: Man accused of kidnapping 11-year-old girl

A “veil of mysticism” surrounded the disappearance of Catherine Pluym, 11, said the Spokane Daily Chronicle. The mystery began two days earlier when little Catherine disappeared while walking to Sunday …


UPDATED: Sun., June 24, 2018, 8:40 p.m.

Woman fights off late-night attacker near TJ Meenach Bridge

A woman successfully fought off a man who accosted her and held her a gunpoint near the TJ Meenach Bridge early Sunday morning, according to police.


UPDATED: Thu., May 24, 2018, 9:52 p.m.

Three charged with kidnapping, rape of 14-year-old

Three men who lived at an apartment complex that made national news in 2003 for harboring sex offenders and wards of the state are now charged with kidnapping a 14-year-old …


Children report two women tried to lure them into a car in north Spokane

Spokane police are investigating a reported kidnapping attempt in which two women tried to lure children into their car in the Nevada Heights neighborhood.


UPDATED: Mon., March 12, 2018, 7:21 p.m.

Idaho troopers use spike strips to arrest fleeing Spokane Valley kidnapping suspect

The Idaho State Police said Monday that troopers investigating a reported kidnapping pursued a Spokane Valley suspect along Interstate 90 and eventually used spike strips to flatten the tires of …