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UPDATED: Mon., June 3, 2019, 9:30 p.m.

Fund for family of victim in last week’s fatal shooting near Orchard Prairie raises more than $29,000

Benjamin Grosser, a 29-year-old father of two, was shot and killed by his neighbor David Cholewinski, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office reported.


UPDATED: Sat., June 1, 2019, 2:50 p.m.

Men arrested after owner follows stolen truck in downtown Spokane

Spokane police say they found drugs, a stolen gun and counterfeit money inside a stolen truck after the owner reported he spotted the vehicle on Division Street.


Spokane City Council members seek arrest footage, reject nondisclosure agreement

Members of the Spokane City Council will not sign a nondisclosure agreement requested by the Spokane Police Guild before they review footage of an arrest in February that the agency’s …


UPDATED: Fri., May 31, 2019, 10:26 p.m.

Investigators: Shooter had road rage, referenced victim’s workers as ‘likely illegals”

A shooting near Orchard Prairie that left one man dead and another in critical condition was an attempted murder-suicide, deputies said Friday.


Man charged with raping woman as she slept outside near Division and Mission

A man is facing accusations that he raped a woman as she slept outside near the parking lot of a Division Street strip mall.


UPDATED: Thu., May 30, 2019, 9:04 p.m.

Man arrested after police chase through Spokane has 26 convictions, police say

A man is in custody after leading area law enforcement on a high-speed chase that snaked west from Spokane Valley to north Spokane, ending in a short foot pursuit.


UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019, 8:57 p.m.

Former assistant principal at Spokane Public Schools under investigation for child pornography

A former administrator at a Spokane Public Schools elementary school is under investigation for allegedly sending and receiving nude photos from a Craigslist user who identified themselves as a 15-year-old …


UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019, 10:12 a.m.

Two hospitalized after crash in Pend Oreille County

A 56-year-old woman and an 18-year-old man were hospitalized Tuesday morning after the teen failed to yield at a highway intersection near Cusick in Pend Oreille County.


UPDATED: Fri., May 24, 2019, 8:38 p.m.

Two girls found after leaving Ponderosa Elementary School during recess

After five girls walked away from recess at Ponderosa Elementary School, three were quickly found, but two girls, age 11 and 12, went missing for hours while a helicopter searched …


UPDATED: Fri., May 24, 2019, 3:40 p.m.

Body pulled from Spokane River on Tuesday is young woman reported missing earlier this week

A young woman whose body was pulled from the Spokane River downtown early Tuesday morning was reported missing earlier this week by friends and family.


UPDATED: Fri., May 24, 2019, 1:40 p.m.

Spokane woman who survived stabbing by husband thanks emergency personnel, ADT security workers who responded to attack

One month to the day after Melissa Robertson’s husband, Justin Robertson, stabbed her multiple times before abducting their 5-year-old son, and later killed himself by a self-inflicted gunshot wound, she …


UPDATED: Thu., May 23, 2019, 9:24 p.m.

Man who died bicycling on Mica Peak identified; cause of death is natural

The Spokane County Medical Examiner has identified a man who died while bicycling in the Mica Peak Conservation Area Sunday.


UPDATED: Wed., May 22, 2019, 8:52 p.m.

Police: East Central shooting victim crawled through window, was discovered by residents who’d never met him

Spokane police say a pair of East Central residents, whose apartment complex last month was the location of a deadly shooting, found Monday’s shooting victim bleeding from multiple bullet wounds …


UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019, 6:50 p.m.

Body pulled from Spokane River downtown Tuesday morning

Avista Utilities workers pulled a body from the Spokane River early Tuesday morning.


UPDATED: Mon., May 20, 2019, 9:29 p.m.

Four displaced by Sunday night house fire in north Spokane

Three adults and one child were displaced Sunday evening after a fire tore through a north Spokane home.


Teen on bike sustains minor injuries after clipping Central Valley School District bus

A 17-year-old sustained minor injuries after hitting a Central Valley School District bus Friday morning.


Spokane lays off 10 dispatchers as it considers joining new emergency communications center

The city of Spokane laid off more than half of its fire dispatchers Tuesday after many of the fire departments it provides services for said they would switch to a …


UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019, 6:26 a.m.

Spokane police arrest 2 in Safeway bicycle theft sting; here’s what happened to those arrested in previous sting

For the fourth time in at least a year, Spokane police planted a bike outside the Safeway grocery store at Mission Avenue and Hamilton Street in north Spokane, hoping to …


UPDATED: Tue., May 14, 2019, 10:11 p.m.

Deputy whose reinstatement in 2012 ‘dumbfounded’ Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich officially terminated last week following state arbitrator’s finding

A decision to fire a Spokane County sheriff’s deputy with a history of bad behavior was upheld last week by a state arbitrator, the sheriff’s office said.


UPDATED: Mon., May 13, 2019, 9:58 p.m.

Spokane City Council passes pedestrian safety plan

Under the new law, the city would install accessible pedestrian signals with auditory instructions at every signalized intersection by 2025.


UPDATED: Mon., May 13, 2019, 10:12 p.m.

Former Mead High School teacher pleads guilty to sexual misconduct with student

Wesley Perez, a former Mead High School teacher who had a sexual relationship with one of his students, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of sexual misconduct with a minor.


UPDATED: Mon., May 13, 2019, 7:47 p.m.

Man accused of pointing handgun at driver during road rage incident in Hillyard

A man suspected of pointing a gun at another person during a road rage incident was arrested over the weekend


UPDATED: Fri., May 10, 2019, 6:37 p.m.

Police say driver in Freya Way bridge crash had large stash of drugs, paraphernalia in car

Strewn about the roadway where a man is accused of crashing head-on with another car, shutting down two lanes of busy Freya Way for multiple Thursday morning, police found a …


UPDATED: Mon., May 13, 2019, 8:40 a.m.

Man in custody after stabbing roommate ‘multiple times’ during argument in Millwood area, police say

A 39-year-old who was recently released from jail was arrested Friday morning on suspicion of stabbing his roommate during an argument.


UPDATED: Fri., May 10, 2019, 2:53 p.m.

Remains of Idaho woman missing since April 2018 discovered in Snake River

The remains of a Grangeville woman missing since April 2018 were found Sunday in the Snake River near Buffalo Eddy in Idaho County.


UPDATED: Thu., May 9, 2019, 9:30 p.m.

Man injured in suspected DUI crash on Freya Way; police searching for passenger who fled

A man was seriously injured in a crash on Freya Way that police say was caused by impaired driving and speeding.


UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2019, 7:38 p.m.

Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office investigating death of girl in Hayden

Kootenai County sheriff’s deputies are investigating the death of a girl in Hayden.


UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2019, 10:09 p.m.

Man charged with attempted murder, first-degree arson for allegedly setting girlfriend’s house on fire

A man suspected of setting multiple fires at his girlfriend’s home while she was still inside has been charged with attempted murder and first-degree arson.


UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2019, 7:38 a.m.

Investigation into homeless man’s shooting death continues; no weapon found yet

Investigation into shooting death of homeless man by a Spokane County sheriff’s deputy details a brief chase and deputy’s fear that the man was reaching into his pants for a …


UPDATED: Tue., May 7, 2019, 8:24 p.m.

Suspicious device reported in Moscow; Spokane bomb squad deployed for third time in a week

A Spokane bomb squad was dispatched to Moscow on Tuesday after a suspicious device was found near a hospital and a Baptist church. Experts determined the device was not an …