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UPDATED: Thu., July 11, 2019, 10:02 p.m.

Mark Rypien admitted to hitting his wife despite couple’s insistence he didn’t commit domestic violence, police say

According to arresting officer Todd Brownlee’s report of the incident, Rypien acknowledged hitting his wife Danielle Rypien on Sunday, June 30, near Maple Street and Garland Avenue in his car …


UPDATED: Thu., July 11, 2019, 8:28 p.m.

Newport woman was airlifted after suspected DUI crash

A 32-year-old Newport woman was airlifted to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane early Thursday morning following a suspected DUI crash.


UPDATED: Thu., July 11, 2019, 8:38 p.m.

Coeur d’Alene police name 8 officers involved in Fourth of July shooting response

The department identified the officers as Justin Bangs, Jacob Brazle, Kyle Cannon, Matthew Edward, Ryan Germain, Nathan Herbig, Jacob Proctor and Casey Ziegler.


UPDATED: Wed., July 10, 2019, 7:54 p.m.

Suspect arrested, charged for May fatal hit-and-run in Airway Heights

Trevor J. Stephan, 24, was arrested Tuesday for the May 16 hit-and-run in Airway Heights that left Jackson Lawless dead.


UPDATED: Tue., July 9, 2019, 9:45 p.m.

Commissioners pick Mike Sparber to continue running Spokane County’s jail facilities

Sparber has served as interim director of Spokane County Detention Services since February, when


UPDATED: Tue., July 9, 2019, 9:08 p.m.

Stolen purse may be motivation in weekend’s fatal drive-by shooting in Wandermere

A stolen purse could be the motivation behind this weekend’s fatal drive-by shooting in the Wandermere area.


Witnesses: Second suspect carried pistol amid Coeur d’Alene shooting panic

Witnesses said a second man was armed with a pistol as he ran from Coeur d’Alene police officers in the chaos that followed two shooting incidents at a Fourth of …


UPDATED: Mon., July 8, 2019, 10:44 p.m.

Motorcyclist hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after crash in Hillyard

First responders were called to the crash at Market Street and Bismark Avenue at 7:23 p.m. The man on the motorcycle was taken to a hospital. The driver of the …


UPDATED: Mon., July 8, 2019, 10:54 p.m.

Coeur d’Alene police tight-lipped about 18-year-old’s medical condition after officer-involved shooting

Police officials on Monday refused to disclose the medical condition of Tyler Rambo, the 18-year-old who was shot by Coeur d’Alene officers after allegedly firing a gun in a crowd …


UPDATED: Tue., July 9, 2019, 12:20 p.m.

Arrest made in connection with Sunday’s fatal drive-by shooting in Wandermere

Witnesses said police used a pursuit intervention technique, or PIT maneuver, to stop the suspect’s Ford Expedition after a high-speed chase Monday evening. The vehicle crashed in a yard at …


UPDATED: Sun., July 7, 2019, 9:37 p.m.

Reports of gunfire prompt SWAT standoff at Coeur d’Alene apartment; no one injured

A SWAT team including Coeur d’Alene police officers and Kootenai County sheriff’s deputies responded to the apartment after 4 p.m. and cordoned off the area near Fourth Street and Wallace …


UPDATED: Sun., July 7, 2019, 9:10 p.m.

Woman slain in drive-by shooting in Wandermere neighborhood; deputies searching for at least one assailant

A woman was killed in a drive-by shooting Sunday afternoon in the Wandermere area north of Spokane, and authorities were still searching for one or more assailants Sunday evening.


UPDATED: Sat., July 6, 2019, 7:47 p.m.

Officer shoots at, arrests fleeing suspect in lower South Hill; no injuries

A Spokane police officer shot at but did not hit a wanted person on the lower South Hill on Saturday afternoon. No one was hurt and the suspect was arrested.


Family, police seek answers about the mysterious end of Richard Coffee’s complex life

Late Saturday, May 11 – a day before Mother’s Day – he departed the Walmart store on Colton Street in north Spokane headed somewhere. Perhaps headed home, or maybe to …


UPDATED: Fri., July 5, 2019, 6:19 p.m.

Arrest helps Whitman County woman fight meth, heroin addiction that started at 14

Brianna McCabe, 24, spent the past year in a jail cell after an arrest on drug charges. Amid skyrocketing opioid use on the Palouse, she says her time behind bars …


UPDATED: Thu., July 4, 2019, 7:54 p.m.

Flatbed truck crashes, burns on I-90 near Medical Lake; no injuries reported

A Washington State Patrol dispatcher said the crash was reported about 3:45 p.m. The truck was westbound when it veered off the roadway near the Salnave Road exit.


UPDATED: Fri., July 5, 2019, 2:03 p.m.

Police say man shot as he breaks into neighbor’s home in southwest Spokane

Spokane police say a man barged into his neighbor’s home this weekend armed with “large kitchen style knives” in each hand – and was then shot in the chest by …


UPDATED: Wed., July 3, 2019, 10:24 a.m.

Rypien, wife say he didn’t commit domestic violence assault; CTE medication not to blame

Former Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien, who was arrested Sunday on suspicion of domestic violence, wrote in a joint statement with his wife that he didn’t commit a crime.


UPDATED: Tue., July 2, 2019, 9:28 p.m.

Man’s body found near T.J. Meenach Bridge after report of missing tuber

The body of a man was found Tuesday afternoon on the bank of the Spokane River just south of the T.J. Meenach Bridge following reports of a missing inner-tuber. He …


UPDATED: Tue., July 2, 2019, 9:04 p.m.

Woman riding Lime scooter injured in north Spokane crash

Spokane police say a woman riding a Lime electric scooter was injured Tuesday afternoon in a collision with a vehicle.


UPDATED: Mon., July 1, 2019, 6:36 p.m.

Rypien released from jail after domestic violence arrest

A court commissioner released former Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien from jail Monday at the behest of his wife, named in court records as a victim of domestic violence.


UPDATED: Mon., July 1, 2019, 9:46 p.m.

Witnesses say Hoopfest kidnapping suspect yelled ‘Amber Alert’ as he grabbed child

A man accused of trying to kidnap an 11-year-old child during Hoopfest on Sunday was yelling “Amber Alert! Amber Alert!” court records say.


UPDATED: Mon., July 1, 2019, 4:48 p.m.

Deputy’s dog bites man in car trunk in Spokane Valley

The encounter began at about 2:30 a.m. when Deputy Thomas Walton pulled over a red sedan with no front or rear license plates on Broadway Avenue a few blocks east …


UPDATED: Fri., June 28, 2019, 6:50 p.m.

Spokane police recommend charge of second-degree arson for man accused of setting downtown ATM on fire, returning to pee on it

A man accused of setting an ATM on fire – and then urinating on it – was arrested Friday on suspicion of second-degree arson.


UPDATED: Fri., June 28, 2019, 6:43 p.m.

Family displaced, firefighter injured when garage fire spreads to home in Hillyard

A garage fire in Spokane’s Hillyard neighborhood – with flames so hot it melted plastic on an RV parked on the street – spread to a century-old house Friday morning, …


UPDATED: Thu., June 27, 2019, 9:35 p.m.

Police searching for person of interest on reports of shots fired in southwest Spokane

Police did not find a suspect in a reported shooting in the Grandview-Thorpe neighborhood, a small cluster of homes in the city’s southwest corner. No one was hurt.


UPDATED: Thu., June 27, 2019, 8:03 p.m.

Homeless man rescued from Spokane River as city workers clear his camp

A man was rescued from the Spokane River Thursday morning near the T.J. Meenach Bridge after Spokane police say he waded across the fast-moving water as code enforcement cleared away …


UPDATED: Wed., June 26, 2019, 7 p.m.

Worker injured at Priest River lumber mill

A Bonner County man was airlifted to a hospital Tuesday night with serious injuries after being trapped under a conveyer belt at the Stimson Lumber Co. mill in Priest River.


UPDATED: Wed., June 26, 2019, 8:01 p.m.

Someone set a downtown ATM on fire … and then urinated on it

At about 1 a.m. Wednesday, a security guard at the Bank of America Financial Center building at 601 W. Riverside Ave. caught a man setting something on fire and placing …


Man who pointed laser at helicopter agrees to plea deal; felony downgraded to misdemeanor

A man who directed a laser pointer at a Spokane County Sheriff’s helicopter was sentenced to one day in jail with credit for one day of time served.