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UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 23, 2019

Man who pulled gun during Hayden bar fight pleads guilty to murder

Scott M. White shot and killed Michael “Topher” Clark on Feb. 24 in the parking lot of The Tipsy Pine, a bar in Hayden. Clark, 45, gained notoriety in the …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 22, 2019

Police: Car prowler strikes woman with gun, flees in West Central on Saturday night

Michael J. Jordan, 36, faces two counts of felony harassment, in addition to charges of first- and second-degree assault and drug possession after an incident Saturday evening.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 19, 2019

Man arrested after assaulting engineer, attempting to drive train, Spokane Valley police say

A 39-year-old man boarded a train in Spokane Valley, assaulted the engineer and attempted to drive the train before being arrested Wednesday night, the Spokane Valley Police Department said.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 19, 2019

Man charged with raping 14-year-old Spokane runaway

A Spokane man raped a 14-year-old runaway after meeting her at a bus stop and giving her alcohol in August, court documents say.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 19, 2019

Spokane police record 26 Thursday morning accidents, including 1 hit-and-run

The Spokane Police Department recorded about 26 crashes after a


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 20, 2019

Hillyard man dies after couch catches fire

A man was found dead in his Hillyard home Tuesday afternoon after an unreported couch fire the night before.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 16, 2019

Spaceman Coffee burglarized, but thief didn’t steal antiques or NASA memorabilia

Owners say Spaceman Coffee in downtown Spokane was broken into early Monday morning.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 16, 2019

Suspect in East Central shooting pleads guilty

A man first accused of trying to kill an East Central resident outside his home pleaded guilty Monday to criminal mischief with a deadly weapon.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 16, 2019

3 hospitalized due to carbon monoxide poisoning in Spokane apartment building

Three people were sent to the hospital Monday morning after high levels of carbon monoxide were discovered in an East Central apartment building.


Spokane woman dies Sunday in crash on icy roads near Deary, Idaho

Carol Carkuff, 74, was killed in the single-car rollover crash at about 9:30 a.m. Sunday, according to the Idaho State Police. An investigation into the incident is continuing, but it …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 15, 2019

Basement fire causes damage at residential addiction recovery center in Spokane overnight Saturday

An automatic fire alarm was triggered just before 7 p.m. at Spokane Addiction Recovery Services, 1403 W. Seventh Ave. No injuries were reported.


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 15, 2019

Man taken into custody after SWAT standoff overnight Saturday in West Central

Layth Fuller, 53, faces charges of felony harassment and first-degree assault after threating to stab multiple people, including his significant other, police said.


Man receives critical burns in Browne’s Addition RV fire on Saturday evening

The man received his injuries attempting to rescue a dog from the fire, according to firefighters. The dog died in the incident.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 16, 2019

Police ombudsman may recommend SWAT members start wearing body cameras

“What I think is – right now, what I would lean toward – is the most transparency possible,” Spokane Police Ombudsman Bart Logue said of the fact that members of …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 13, 2019

Space heater caused house fire that killed dog in Coeur d’Alene

The family evacuated after noticing the fire, but the dog died and its body was recovered by firefighters, according to the Coeur d’Alene Fire Department. The family’s cat also went …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 11, 2019

Spokane man charged with child rape assaulted family members, teen gymnast, court docs say

A Spokane man with a history of involvement in the local gymnastics community sexually assaulted three children, including multiple family members, over several years in the late 1990s, according to …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 10, 2019

Spokane man involved in youth gymnastics arraigned on charges of child rape, molestation

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said it began investigating Mark S. Hoffmeister in mid-September after receiving an anonymous tip “regarding sexual abuse of a young female.” Now, the sheriff’s office …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 9, 2019

Two guns stolen in Medical Lake vehicle prowlings

Stolen items have included spare change, clothes and paperwork, as well as knives, electronics and two handguns, the sheriff’s office said.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 9, 2019

Spokane County Jail inmate dies after jump from guardrail

An inmate in the Spokane County Jail died Friday after law enforcement say he jumped from a guard railing.


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 8, 2019

Male driver taken into custody after two-car collision in north Spokane sends one to hospital Sunday

Spokane Police investigators believe impairment may have caused the crash around 5 p.m. Sunday. It occurred about two blocks south of the Division wye in North Spokane.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 4, 2019

Police find missing Hillyard woman

An 81-year-old woman with dementia went missing Wednesday morning from the Hillyard neighborhood.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 3, 2019

Spokane man charged with raping, molesting girl, possessing 500 images of her abuse

Daniel N. Osorno, a 52-year-old Spokane man accused of child rape and molestation, possessed more than 500 images of himself abusing a girl beginning when she was 3, according to …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 30, 2019

Light snow, slick roads expected in Eastern Washington on Sunday

Eastern Washington and North Idaho are expected to receive light snow on Sunday, which could lead to slick conditions on Interstate 90 and other highways as many return home from …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 28, 2019

Suspect in hit-and-run crash that killed baby awaits extradition from Spokane to South Dakota

Police issued a warrant for George Matousek’s arrest in September, nearly a year after he allegedly fled after causing a car crash that killed 1-year-old Mackayla Dillon and injured two …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 28, 2019

Two Montana residents accused of trafficking meth through Post Falls

Kootenai County sheriff’s deputies arrested Robert P. Chiefstick, 45, and Rosalyn M. Redwood, 36, after a traffic stop Tuesday night.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 28, 2019

House fire in Nevada Heights neighborhood blamed on improperly installed wood-burning stove

Firefighters were called at about 4:30 a.m. to the home in the 1100 block of East Broad Avenue, in the Nevada Heights neighborhood, according to a news release from the …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 28, 2019

Drive-by shooting suspect arrested after car chase in northeast Spokane

River E. Hewson is a suspect in a drive-by shooting that occurred Monday, police said. He was arrested Wednesday after leading police on a car chase through northeast Spokane.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 28, 2019

Man arrested on suspicion he left critically injured friend at scene of crash

Spokane Valley police arrested a 41-year-old man who investigators say left his two friends at the scene of a car crash Sunday that left one of them with life-threatening injuries.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 25, 2019

Sheriff’s office investigating suspicious death at Spokane Valley Rodeway Inn & Suites

The Spokane County Sheriff’s office is investigating the Nov. 7 suspicious death of a man at the Spokane Valley Rodeway Inn & Suites. Eric Andersen, 54, was found dead in …


Spirit Lake man dies in crash Sunday morning, Idaho State Police say

An SUV driven by 50-year-old John W. Hampton left the roadway on Spirit Lake Cutoff Road before noon Sunday. Hampton died in the crash, and three other occupants were taken …