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UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 20, 2020

Omak man who threatened to kill Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich enters guilty plea

Jaydin Ledford, 24, has agreed to a deal that will keep him out of prison but require that he serve five years of probation. Knezovich said Thursday that he participated …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 20, 2020

Spokane police investigating death at home near Rogers High School

Police received a call at about 2:20 a.m. Thursday from a “third party” who described suspicious circumstances at a residence in northeast Spokane, according to a news release. Officers determined …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 20, 2020

Man arrested on DUI charge after truck hits power pole on Division Street, knocking out power

The driver of the truck, 43-year-old Robert A. Pashon, was arrested after the crash on suspicion of driving under the influence.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 17, 2020

Teenager hospitalized after 20-foot fall at Bowl and Pitcher

KHQ reported the boy’s injuries were not life-threatening.


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: Tue., Feb. 11, 2020

Spokane County to spend $50,000 researching temporary jail structures

Spokane County Commissioners have approved spending $50,000 to study whether putting a few hundred inmates in temporary structures, or reinforced tents, is feasible.


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

Semitruck hits sagging power line in Spokane Valley, knocks out electricity

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said deputies and a crew from Avista Utilities responded after the incident occurred on Montgomery Drive near University Road. No injuries were reported.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 6, 2020

FBI warns of uptick in email fraud attacks in Eastern Washington

Since October, the FBI is aware of about $5 million targeted by thieves posing as legitimate customers and employees in digital communications, the Special Supervisory Agent Christian Parker said Wednesday. …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 5, 2020

Downtown shooting suspect tracked down, arrested in Priest River

U.S. marshals and Spokane police tracked the suspect, Trey S. Galloway, to a house in Priest River, Idaho, and arrested him with assistance from Priest River police and Bonner County …


Spokane County considering temporary jail outside Geiger to ease crowding

The solution to years of jail overcrowding in Spokane County could be temporary, reinforced-tent structures. Spokane County Jail Director Mike Sparber asked county commissioners on Monday for $75,000


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 3, 2020

Spokane police arrest T-Mobile robbery suspect

One T-Mobile employee captured a photo of the man and showed it to police. Officers recognized the man as Michael S. Budik, who has an extensive criminal record, and issued …


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: Thu., Jan. 30, 2020

Trio of teen girls arrested after crime spree that started in Spokane, ended in Bellevue

Three teenage girls are under arrest in Bellevue after a crime spree that began last week in Spokane.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 28, 2020

Police arrest man suspected of fatal hit-and-run near Gonzaga

Police arrested Nicholas Wesbrooks on suspicion that he struck and killed a man with his car Jan. 6 at the intersection of Spokane Falls Boulevard and Hamilton Street.


Spokane County may turn to animated ‘how-to’ videos for navigating the criminal justice system

On Tuesday Spokane County Commissioners will vote on whether to spend $12,000 on a series of animated “walk through” criminal justice system videos for families, victims and people facing charges.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 26, 2020

Deer Park woman injured in Douglas County car crash

A Deer Park woman and her young passenger were taken to the hospital after a car crash near Daroga State Park in Douglas County on Saturday evening.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 24, 2020

Woman arrested in apparent road rage incident near Tumtum on Thursday afternoon

Jordan-Blain Rothchild, 53, was booked into Stevens County Jail late Thursday, a few hours after authorities say she struck another driver who’d pursued her after she clipped his mirror on …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 23, 2020

Latah man charged with child rape, molestation, sexual exploitation

Prosecutors added nine new charges Thursday against Paul A. Sloniker, including child molestation, child rape, sexual exploitation of a minor and unlawful imprisonment.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 23, 2020

Defective boiler cause of carbon monoxide in Old City Hall Thursday

Carbon monoxide was discovered in Old City Hall Thursday morning emanating from a malfunctioning boiler, the Spokane Fire Department said. The building was evacuated quickly and no one was hurt.


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.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 21, 2020

Man arrested on suspicion he listed stolen goods for sale on Facebook

After a man saw things that had been stolen from him posted for sale on Facebook Marketplace, police arrested a 40-year-old man for burglary Monday.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 21, 2020

Coeur d’Alene businesses step up to assist those displaced by structure fire

“I firmly believe in community over competition,” said one local business owner who has offered to help displaced tenants of the burned building at Fourth Street and Lakeside Avenue.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 21, 2020

Woman stabs burglar who told victim he planned to rape her, police say

A Spokane woman stabbed a burglar who tried to enter her house multiple times Monday.


New Councilman Cathcart wants community policing in his district

Mayor Nadine Woodward is moving quickly to identify and open a new downtown police precinct focused on community-oriented law enforcement, with more officers patrolling on foot and bike. New City …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 20, 2020

Spokane domestic violence suspect found dead in Stevens County

A Spokane man accused of tying up his girlfriend and beating her with a baseball bat has been found dead in Stevens County.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 21, 2020

Fire causes roof collapse in downtown Coeur d’Alene, displaces 6 businesses

Six downtown Coeur d’Alene businesses are without a home and with uncertain futures after fire ripped through their building at Fourth Street and Lakeside Avenue early Monday.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 19, 2020

Man charged with DUI, endangering children after SUV collides with power pole in Five Mile

Shane Brown was booked on suspicion of felony hit-and-run, driving under the influence and three counts of reckless endangerment. He has prior convictions of first-degree child molestation, fourth-degree assault, reckless …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 19, 2020

Crash near Twin Lakes kills 18-year-old, injures 3 others

According to the Idaho State Police, Tytus W. Aske, 18, of Spirit Lake, was driving a Volkswagen Jetta south on Highway 41 when he lost control at about 1:45 p.m. …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 16, 2020

Student’s arrest at EWU protest prompts First Amendment arguments

Invoking the First Amendment, an attorney questioned the right of law enforcement to separate protesters and counterprotesters into different sections of the campus mall based on their appearances and perceived …