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Stories tagged: public safety

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 …

Teenager arrested after making social media threats tied to Central Valley High School

The incident does not appear related to messages written on a bathroom wall at the school, which prompted cancellation of classes after a lockdown Friday, according to the Spokane County …

Honoring the fallen: State police academy campus adds memorial bell

On the morning recruits graduate as a part of Washington’s 792nd basic law enforcement academy class in December, a bell will ring out across the Spokane campus from a new …

Spokane Valley Mall guard left with bite wound after fight with teen shoplifters, sheriff says

After attempting to shoplift at the Spokane Valley Mall Macy’s, two teenagers got in a fight with Macy’s security leaving one guard with bite wounds.

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 26, 2019

Man accused of shooting at newspaper carrier in Spokane Valley

Spokane County sheriff’s deputies arrested a 36-year-old man who allegedly fired a gun at a newspaper carrier early Wednesday in Spokane Valley. No one was injured, though one bullet apparently …

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 21, 2019

Man charged with bringing rifle, stun gun to fight pleads not guilty to separate charges

A 21-year-old man charged with bringing a stun gun and rifle to a brawl at Meadow Ridge Elementary School earlier this summer pleaded not guilty to separate domestic violence assault …

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 19, 2019

Fire damages home in Spokane Valley

A house fire Tuesday evening in Spokane Valley was quickly contained by fire crews after a family evacuated the home.

UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 18, 2019

Medical care tops list of concerns in watchdog report on Washington prison system

The Office of Corrections Ombuds, which opened last year to provide independent oversight of the DOC, recently released its first comprehensive annual report urging the agency to improve medical and …

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 14, 2019

Comstock neighborhood schools temporarily locked down after man jumps Sacajawea fence, makes threats

Several schools and day cares in the Comstock neighborhood area were on lockdown Thursday afternoon while Spokane police searched for a man who reportedly was yelling threats and jumped a …

Man pleads guilty to 1999 rape after DNA match helps crack cold case

Over 20 years after he raped a woman in her home near Shadle Park, Theodore Milam, 56, pleaded guilty to the attack on Wednesday afternoon.

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 12, 2019

Spokane man arrested after threatening people with knives, police say

Officers used a stun gun to take a Spokane man into custody Tuesday afternoon, after he threatened his girlfriend’s father with a knife and stopped traffic, police said.

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 12, 2019

3 Spokane men sentenced for rape, imprisonment of runaway girl

The victim ran away from home and was befriended by William C. Jackson, 44, who gave her alcohol and brought her back to his apartment, where he, Harold W. Sherman, …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 13, 2019

WSU fraternity member dies in ‘alcohol-related’ incident, Pullman police say

The member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity was discovered unconscious and not breathing Tuesday morning, and was declared dead in the fraternity house just after 8:30 a.m. Police are …

Spokane looks to shore up hydrant safety rules after E. coli contamination last summer

The city’s Water Department requires those interested in temporarily drawing water from municipal fire hydrants to obtain a permit. But the City Council is considering whether to ask for additional …

Driver kicks cars, collapses after blocking traffic with flat, Spokane police say

When the initial officer arrived on scene, the man in the vehicle was uninjured but acting irrationally, according to police.

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 7, 2019

Westbound police chase down Eastbound I-90 ends with wanted man’s arrest

After failing to appear in court, a suspect charged with stalking led Kootenai County Sheriff’s Deputies on a chase on Interstate 90 before being arrested.