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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.


UPDATED: Tue., June 25, 2019, 8:28 p.m.

Man accused of bringing stun gun, rifle to fist fight involving teens, is charged with multiple counts of assault

A 20-year-old man was arrested over the weekend under suspicion of shocking a 16-year-old girl with a stun gun and pointing a gun at several people during a late-night brawl …


UPDATED: Tue., June 25, 2019, 11:05 a.m.

Spokane police investigating 33-year-old man for homicide in the death of his mother in her downtown apartment

Police suspect man may have given his mother a lethal dose of drugs in downtown Spokane apartment.


UPDATED: Mon., June 24, 2019, 7:46 p.m.

Man who said he was drugged, can’t remember collision, pleads guilty to downtown hit-and-run

A man who said he was drugged and doesn’t remember hitting a man in downtown Spokane late last year pleaded guilty last week to felony hit-and-run.


Boys, 12, say they were victims of hit-and-run while riding bikes in Nevada Heights neighborhood

A trio of 12-year-old boys said they were run down by a speeding driver while riding their bikes Monday afternoon in a residential area in Spokane’s Nevada Heights neighborhood. Police …


UPDATED: Mon., June 24, 2019, 9:58 a.m.

Couple living in former homeless camp find a home – and hope

Twenty-somethings Alexes Wilson and Donaven Farris see potential in the vacant Spokane Valley mobile home they see as a pathway out of homelessness. Just a few months ago the city …


UPDATED: Sun., June 23, 2019, 11:37 a.m.

Spokane man dies in motorcycle crash east of Coeur d’Alene

Kevin D. Hackworth, 44, died at the scene of a crash on a stretch of winding roads west of Coeur d’Alene on Saturday afternoon, police said.


UPDATED: Fri., June 21, 2019, 6:54 p.m.

Missing Vietnamese woman died from drowning, medical examiner says

Five months after her body was found floating in the Spokane River, investigators are able to say Loc Nguyen died from drowning.


UPDATED: Sat., June 22, 2019, 12:28 p.m.

Crews battling small wildfire that spread from structure fire west of Cheney

A structure fire spread into nearby trees and grass near Cheney Friday morning, prompting a response from local and state fire crews.


UPDATED: Fri., June 21, 2019, 6:54 p.m.

Two injured in four-vehicle pileup on Freya Way bridge

Spokane police say a man possibly under the influence of drugs caused a four-vehicle pileup on the Freya Way overpass near Spokane Community College on Friday morning.


UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019, 8:58 p.m.

Police allege a man was stabbed in the back by roommate during argument in apartment near NorthTown Mall

Spokane police allege a woman stabbed her roommate in the back after an argument erupted in their apartment near NorthTown Mall.


UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019, 9:03 p.m.

Grant County sheriff’s deputies seize fentanyl at Paradiso Festival in Gorge

Fentanyl, the synthetic opioid that is 80 to 100 times stronger than morphine, was among the many drugs confiscated during arrests of


UPDATED: Wed., June 19, 2019, 10:37 p.m.

Woman who drowned in hotel pool identified, suffered from heart issue

The woman who drowned Tuesday afternoon at the Centennial Hotel in downtown Spokane was 74-year-old Marla Willeen Leander, the Spokane County Medical Examiner said Wednesday.


UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019, 2:10 p.m.

Spokane mayoral campaign pushes community to question, defend safety of downtown library

Spokane police are called much more often to the STA Plaza and other public locations downtown than the library. But a social media conversation started by mayoral candidate Nadine Woodward …


UPDATED: Tue., June 18, 2019, 8:17 p.m.

Spokane woman killed in crash north of Newport; husband faces charge of vehicular homicide

A woman from Spokane was killed Monday afternoon when a car she was in rolled down a steep embankment north of Newport in Pend Oreille County.


UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019, 10:54 p.m.

Man accused of breaking into Glover Middle School on Wednesday has history of vandalizing local schools

A man was arrested early Wednesday after police say he broke into Glover Middle School and began rifling through students’ desks.


UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019, 10:51 p.m.

Thieves pretending to need help flag down driver and steal her car in downtown Spokane, police say

Spokane police say a woman could only watch as a pair of alleged thieves drove away in her car early Wednesday morning after feigning a need for help.


UPDATED: Tue., June 11, 2019, 6:27 p.m.

Arrest warrant issued for Afghan immigrant suspected of killing wife in Spokane

Investigators are seeking to arrest Wahid Kashify, an Afghan immigrant suspected of killing his wife and hiding her body in a freezer last month. He has fled the country.


UPDATED: Tue., June 11, 2019, 10:26 p.m.

Okanogan County sheriff’s deputies make arrest Monday in alleged Malott matricide

A man accused of killing his mother with a knife was arrested Monday afternoon by Okanogan County sheriff’s deputies.


Friends recall slain Afghan woman Arezu Kashify as ‘loving, curious’

Arezu Kashify loved many things – cooking, carnival games, roller coasters, lounging by a lake with her friends and family. But perhaps more than anything, she loved to learn.


UPDATED: Mon., June 10, 2019, 6:37 p.m.

Vodder guilty of murder in case of Bret Snow killing

A second suspect in the 2015 disappearance and killing of Bret Snow was found guilty Monday afternoon.