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UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

Trial begins in lawsuit over missing woman’s murdered sons

A final chapter in the horrific saga of a Utah woman who vanished about a decade ago and the killings of her young sons in a fiery attack by their …


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 …


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 …


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: Thu., Feb. 13, 2020

Spokane man gets 19 years in prison for killing girlfriend; judge notes speedy guilty plea at sentencing

Spokane County Superior Court Judge John Cooney agreed with the family and friends of Alicia Johnson – the 24-year-old slain by her boyfriend, Joshua M. Forester – that the agreed …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 12, 2020

Man charged with 2019 murder of Northern Ireland journalist Lyra McKee

Police in Northern Ireland charged a 52-year-old man on Wednesday with murdering Lyra McKee, a journalist shot dead during a riot involving Irish Republican Army dissidents last year.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 6, 2020

Murder suspect accused of strangling Eastern State nurse, faking mental illness while awaiting trial

A man suspected of the 2017 stabbing death of his ex-girlfriend in Spokane Valley will also face trial in April for allegedly strangling an Eastern State Hospital nurse while in …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 3, 2020

Man killed in shooting in McDonald’s parking lot in northeast Spokane

The medical examiner’s office identified the victim as Christian G. Salazar, listing the cause of death as a gunshot wound to the head. Spokane police identified the shooter as 27-year-old …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 29, 2020

Georgia man put to death for the 1997 killings of 2 people

A Georgia man convicted of killing his ex-wife and her boyfriend more than two decades ago was put to death Wednesday evening, becoming the state’s first inmate to be executed …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 22, 2020

Man pleads guilty to killing girlfriend in Hillyard

Just weeks after shooting his girlfriend at the home they shared in Hillyard, Joshua Forrester pleaded guilty Tuesday to second degree murder of Alicia Marie Johnson.


California man sentenced to death for killing family of 4

A Southern California man was sentenced to death Tuesday for the 10-year-old killings of a family of four whose bodies were found buried in shallow graves in the California desert.


100 years ago in Spokane: McNutt murder trial begins with visit to supposed crime scene

After the first day of testimony in the McDonald siblings’ murder trial, the jury was escorted out of the courtroom and into the Wolverine lodging house, the Spokane Daily Chronicle …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 31, 2019

Lawyers: Robert Durst wrote note about location of body

Lawyers for New York real estate heir Robert Durst acknowledge he penned a note tipping off police to the location of the body of a friend he’s accused of killing, …


Man arrested in California in Washington state killing

Detectives have arrested a 32-year-old in California in connection with the death of a man whose body was found near a logging road in Washington state last week, authorities said …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 30, 2019

Police: Spokane man says he killed girlfriend because he ‘couldn’t let her go’

A detective wrote that Joshua Forrester had planned to kill Alicia Marie Johnson “at least several hours before he actually did it.”


New Mexico police investigate killing of 4 on Christmas Day

Police in New Mexico on Thursday were investigating the shooting of four people found dead on Christmas Day in a home in a suburb of Albuquerque.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 26, 2019

Man jailed on suspicion of murdering woman in Hillyard apartment

Officers responded at about 5:30 a.m. Thursday to a report of shots fired at a four-unit apartment building at 2928 E. Diamond Ave. In one unit, they found a dead …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

Judge denies motion to dismiss charges pending against man suspected in wife’s death

William W. Bost, 60, asked Superior Court Judge Charnelle Bjelkengren to dismiss the charges he faces, including one count of first-degree murder and nine counts of illegal possession of a …


100 years ago in Spokane: Police stop scammer faking war injury; murder suspects arraigned

Harry Forbes, 20, went door-to-door in the Rockwood district, telling housewives, “Can you help a poor soldier who lost an arm in the war?”


Sheriff: Marine deserter captured at Virginia murder scene

A Marine deserter wanted in the fatal shooting of his mother’s boyfriend was captured Wednesday after a weekslong, multistate manhunt that had schools and neighborhoods on alert in southwest Virginia.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 22, 2019

Belfair man found guilty of murder for shooting intruder in shower

A Belfair man charged with shooting an intruder found showering in a building on his property has been found guilty of second-degree murder by a Mason County Superior Court jury.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 21, 2019

Man accused of killing his wife seeks dismissal of case while representing himself

A man accused of killing his wife in January 2018 represented himself in court Thursday after more than a year in jail and filed a motion to dismiss the case …


100 years ago today in the Inland Northwest: Murder mystery on the banks of the St. Maries River

The decomposed body of a man was found on the river bank, with one heavy stone tied around his neck and another tied around his waist.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 24, 2019

Man who shot son-in-law near Colville pleads guilty to manslaughter, gets 7 years in prison

James C. Gates shot and killed 51-year-old Mark Leland in December 2018. Leland had been married to Gates’ daughter, Michele, who killed two children while she was a juvenile in …


100 years ago in Spokane: Police chief warns Halloween pranksters against soaping

Soaping or greasing the tracks had long been a popular prank, because it caused streetcars to lose traction and stall. However, it was also dangerous because the streetcars could slide …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

Tom DiBartolo, former Spokane sheriff’s deputy who killed wife, jailed after work-release suspension

Former Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Tom DiBartolo, 64, who was convicted of killing his wife, Patty DiBartolo, in 1997, was jailed in Yakima Monday afternoon after his work release was …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 19, 2019

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.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 15, 2019

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: Mon., Oct. 14, 2019

100 years ago in Spokane: Extradition sought for sisters believed to be involved in death of W.H. McNutt

Jewell Marie McDonald and Helen Fay McDonald Wilkinson had been implicated in the mysterious death of the Spokane real estate man. Court paperwork showed that there had been a business …


100 years ago today in Spokane: Extradition begins for three siblings accused in McNutt killing

Extradition proceedings began for the three McDonald siblings — Fay McDonald Wilkinson, Jewell Marie McDonald and Ted McDonald. They were soon to be transported from Los Angeles to Spokane on …