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UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 2, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 11, 2019

Man arrested after allegedly burglarizing Corbin Park residence Saturday night while residents were home

After the homeowner said she was calling the police, Stephen R. Brown, 37, allegedly fled the north Spokane residence and was later arrested on a residential burglary charge, according to …


State health department suspends license of Spokane drug counselor accused of selling meth, heroin

Anthony L. Williams was terminated from his job after an arrest earlier this year on multiple felony charges of delivering a controlled substance. He has pleaded not guilty to the …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 7, 2019

Website names Pullman country’s 15th safest college town

Pullman was ranked the 15th safest college town in the nation by Safewise, a website that analyzes and evaluates security products, on Wednesday.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 6, 2019

Voters renew Spokane County public safety sales tax

Spokane voters overwhelmingly chose Tuesday to renew


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 6, 2019

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office will soon be able to watch schools’ live security footage

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office could have access to live camera feeds for 10 area school districts’ security systems during a mass shooting or other emergencies as soon as this …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 5, 2019

Woman, 93, dies following Sunday crash in Chattaroy

The Washington State Patrol reported the death of Alvera Quaschnick on Monday.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 5, 2019

Police arrest four after burglary at Arc of Spokane thrift store

Spokane police say they arrested four people and recovered hundreds of dollars’ worth of stolen merchandise after responding to an alarm at the Arc of Spokane thrift store late Sunday, …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 5, 2019

Prosser officer shot in leg during foot chase

The officer was transported to Prosser Memorial Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, the city of Prosser said in a news release. The suspect had not been arrested as …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 4, 2019

Man arrested after early Sunday standoff with police near South Perry district

Jeremy Barkus, 39, is suspected of assaulting a family member with a knife before the standoff began around 6:30 a.m. He was taken into custody without incident about four hours …


WSP, Franklin County authorities fire shots after high-speed chase ends east of Pasco on Saturday

Two women are in custody after fleeing law enforcement in a stolen Prius, according to the WSP. An investigation into the incident, and the officer-involved shooting, is continuing Sunday.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 2, 2019

Detectives seeking witnesses to fatal drive-by shooting in Wandermere

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said anyone who recognizes the pair should call Detective Kirk Keyser at (509) 477-6611.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 2, 2019

Man’s body pulled from Spokane River north of Greenacres Thursday afternoon

Spokane County sheriff’s deputies on Thursday pulled a man’s body from the Spokane River near Barker Road, north of Greenacres.


Motorcyclist dies in crash near Moses Lake

Jackie Baker, 51, of Moses Lake, was pronounced dead at the scene.


UPDATED: Tue., July 30, 2019

Medical examiner rules Richard Coffee died of drowning; family still seeks answers in mysterious death

A 56-year-old man whose body was found floating in the Spokane River near the Division Street Bridge after spending weeks in the water died of drowning, the Spokane County Medical …


UPDATED: Thu., July 25, 2019

New emergency communications center taps next leader

Less than three weeks after it launched on July 1, the Spokane Regional Emergency Communications announced it has hired a new leader to replace outgoing Executive Director Steve Reinke.


100 years ago in Spokane: Ministers declare intention to crack down on vice-riddled streets of Spokane

The head of the committee, a branch of the Spokane Ministerial Association, declared that the group “was ready to go to the bottom of vice conditions in Spokane.”


UPDATED: Sun., July 21, 2019

Spokane police stop driver suspected of DUI in Vinegar Flats neighborhood Sunday

Spokane Police stopped an SUV that was driving erratically in the Vinegar Flats neighborhood late Sunday morning. No one was injured, but Inland Empire Way between 14th and 15th avenues …