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UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 20, 2019, 12:21 p.m.

Woman taken to hospital after being struck by truck leaving Post Falls bar, police say

The Idaho State Police did not release the name of the man driving the truck or the woman, who was taken to Kootenai Health for treatment after the incident just …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 7:37 p.m.

Former Lewis and Clark student charged in school shooting threats to plead guilty

Neither prosecutors nor the defense team for 19-year-old Ryan B. Lee would comment Friday on the terms of a plea deal.


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 …


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 …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 14, 2019, 1:54 p.m.

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 …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019, 1:55 p.m.

Attic fire extinguished in Bemiss neighborhood Thursday evening

Firefighters were called to a home in the 400 block of East Kiernan Avenue shortly after 6:40 p.m. No injuries were reported.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 10, 2019, 8:22 p.m.

Former Pullman cop won’t be retried for sexual misconduct, prosecutor says

The Whitman County prosecutor announced Thursday he will not retry a former Pullman police sergeant accused of sexual misconduct, saying the alleged victim is “not willing to go through the …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 9, 2019, 9:04 p.m.

Lawsuit alleges Okanogan County held woman illegally based on her immigration status

The lawsuit filed in federal court Wednesday alleges officials deprived Maria Del Rayo Mendoza Garcia of her civil rights when they held her in custody for nearly two days after …


Spokane County aims to prevent overdoses, drugs in jail with new scanners

After a string of deaths and overdoses in the Spokane County jail, officials will soon scan almost all inmates and their mail for drugs and other contraband.


Spokane City Council agrees to pursue legal action against manufacturers of opioid painkillers

Lawmakers asked the city’s legal team last year to explore litigation against the makers of OxyContin and other prescription painkillers, cited as the major source of the country’s opioid crisis. …


Study by WSU researchers shows no significant link between marijuana legalization and crime rates

Looking at data from 1999 to 2016 reported to the FBI, a team of researchers that includes criminologists at Washington State University found no clear changes to crime rates in …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 7, 2019, 4:29 p.m.

Deputies arrest driver suspected of hitting jogger in Medical Lake

The jogger told deputies she had tried to get out of the way but was thrown across the hood of the car, landing on the pavement.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 22, 2019, 8:59 p.m.

Spokane firefighters respond to garage fire early Sunday that spread to two cars, caused explosions

Spokane firefighters kept a large garage fire in the 2500 block of North Sycamore Street from spreading to nearby homes just before 5 a.m. Sunday.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 13, 2019, 6:53 p.m.

Man shot in Thursday road rage incident believed to be ‘predominate aggressor’

A man shot in an apparently random road rage incident Thursday afternoon near Nine Mile Falls punched the shooter in the face and threatened him before the trigger was pulled, …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 9, 2019, 8:48 p.m.

After eluding police, man arrested for hit and run crash and DUI

After eluding police officers earlier in the day, a 20-year-old man was arrested for allegedly causing a crash on Sunset Boulevard and running away.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 6, 2019, 8:23 p.m.

Man hospitalized after driver crashes into Spokane Valley home

One man was hospitalized after a driver traveled across a lane of traffic, over a boulder, through a chain-link fence and into the front of a Spokane Valley home.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 6, 2019, 5:55 p.m.

Man sentenced for 2016 double murder of siblings

A man who murdered two siblings in Spokane Valley in 2016 was sentenced to 36 years in prison on Friday and will not be eligible for release until after his …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 2, 2019, 9:06 p.m.

Okanogan County firefighter seriously injured, burned while battling wildfire on Sunday

Christian Johnson was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle on Sunday evening after receiving extensive second- and third-degree burns while battling a 142-acre wildfire southwest of Okanogan.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 2, 2019, 9:05 p.m.

Spokane police urge public not to drink and drive after several dangerous crashes over Labor Day weekend

One crash involved a 23-foot pontoon boat being towed by a truck near Spokane Community College, police reported.


Crash video from ‘Cops’ captured Spokane sheriff’s chase that spurred investigations and county settlement

Austen Sullivan ended up unconscious and jailed after his bicycle and a Spokane sheriff deputy’s cruiser collided. Video from that night captured a controversy that spurred investigations and a county …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019, 9:40 p.m.

Residents of Harrison, Idaho, get OK to drink water after days without

Chemical tests so far have revealed no contamination, but officials are waiting for the results of a final asbestos test before declaring the city’s water safe to drink. Bottled water …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 26, 2019, 7:22 p.m.

Spokane police say five vehicles damaged, several officers injured in weekend pursuits

The first chase began at about 2 p.m. Saturday when a car salesman called to report that a woman was refusing to stop or let him out of a vehicle …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 23, 2019, 9:04 p.m.

Spokane Police arrest 2 men in connection with July shooting of EWU football players

Avery K. Francis and Anthony J. Carell were both booked into Spokane County Jail on Thursday, facing charges of attempted first-degree murder and drive-by shooting tied to the July 13 …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 19, 2019, 11:20 a.m.

Spokane Valley man injured after losing control of motorcycle near Worley

David D. Kendall, 45, was driving west on Idaho State Highway 58 when he hit a hole in the road on a gravel turnout, according to the Idaho State Police. …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019, 8:13 p.m.

Suspect dead after deputies responded to shots fired in Spokane Valley

An apparent jilted ex-boyfriend is suspected of firing multiple rounds Friday morning at a Spokane Valley business park before two officers arrived and shot the suspect, who then crashed into …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019, 7:38 a.m.

Mayor of Harrison, Idaho, resigns, citing fears for family’s safety and disagreement over development

Kayleen Walker, who’s served as mayor of the small vacation town of roughly 200 people since 2017, resigned Aug. 6 after vandalism of her home near downtown. Walker said she …


Spokane Regional Health District hires new administrator

When Amelia Clark, the new administrator for the Spokane Regional Health District, compares Spokane and her home state of Indiana, the landscape differs, but the problems are similar.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 12, 2019, 6:09 p.m.

Spokane woman rescued three hours after boat sinks in Potholes Reservoir

The woman, whose name was not released, wore a life vest and held on to a gasoline can for flotation, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office. She was taken …


100 years ago in Spokane: Seattle visitor suspected of extending drug ring

D.R. Wolfe was arrested with $500 worth of cocaine, morphine and other drugs in his hotel room. Police said it was unequivocal evidence that a drug ring in Seattle had …


Authorities find missing Athol man on ATV after four days pinned to a tree

Howard Coates was discovered with injuries not thought to be life-threatening by a family riding dirt bikes on a trail near Athol. Authorities had been searching for Coates since Thursday …