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Gunman could have been arrested rather than ticketed before killing neighbor in Bigelow Gulch incident

Hours before he shot and killed a 29-year-old father of two, 61-year-old Dave Cholewinski pointed the same weapon at a group of people during a heated argument.


UPDATED: Mon., June 10, 2019, 12:16 p.m.

Detectives find body, believed to be missing Afghan woman, under false bottom of freezer

Spokane County sheriff’s detectives on Tuesday found the body believed to be that of 24-year-old Arezu Kashify hidden beneath the false bottom of a chest freezer inside the apartment she …


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 9:20 p.m.

Man in critical condition after being stabbed multiple times in Logan neighborhood

A 38-year-old man is in critical condition after Spokane police say he was stabbed multiple times after getting into an argument with a homeowner while he waited for a tow …


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 9:02 p.m.

Bronze medallions stolen from Centennial Trail recovered

It was time for 82-year-old Ed Stretch to take his annual to the Centennial Trail to polish his father Pat Stretch’s bronze medallion tucked away on the side of the …


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 10:24 p.m.

Detectives find body believed to be missing Afghan woman in her apartment

Investigators found the body believed to be a missing Afghan woman after searching an apartment she shared with her husband and children. He left the country on a one-way plane …


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 2:21 p.m.

Motorcyclist killed in crash near Kettle Falls

A motorcyclist was killed Tuesday morning after colliding with a dump truck northwest of Kettle Falls.


Motorcyclist killed in Sunday collision

A motorcycle rider died Sunday night when he collided with a vehicle in north Spokane, according to police.


UPDATED: Mon., June 3, 2019, 8:50 p.m.

Firefighters put out attic fire in South Hill home

Spokane firefighters extinguished a small house fire Monday on the South Hill.


UPDATED: Mon., June 3, 2019, 10:15 p.m.

Body pulled from Spokane River on Saturday is man reported missing in May

A body pulled from the Spokane River over the weekend near Division Street is that of Richard G. Coffee, a 56-year-old man reported missing in May, the Spokane County Medical …


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 2:16 p.m.

Detectives find car of missing woman at airport where husband left country with one-way ticket

The car of an Afghan immigrant reported missing Saturday was discovered at the Spokane International Airport over the weekend – the same airport where her husband hopped on a plane …


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.