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Officials looking for woman who brought dead bat to Health District

Officials are looking for a woman who dropped off a dead bat at the Spokane Regional Health District on Wednesday without speaking to anyone or giving her name. Health district …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 4, 2016

Amber alert cancelled for teen missing from Montana

A 16-year-old girl went missing in Sheridan, Montana, Wednesday morning and officials believe she may be in Washington State.


Man brutally assaulted behind Spokane Valley church

Spokane Valley deputies are investigating the “brutal assault” of a 58-year-old Ed Salvadorian man behind a Spokane Valley church Wednesday.


Author of Straub investigation defends findings against Mayor David Condon’s staff

The Seabold Group issued a two-page news release Thursday re-affirming the findings that members of Mayor David Condon’s staff, including City Administrator Theresa Sanders, blocked the release of records regarding …


Fire rips through Coeur d’Alene strip mall

A fire gutted a strip mall Wednesday night in Coeur d’Alene, causing part of the roof to collapse and ruining several stores with smoke damage.


‘I’m no terrorist,’ says Spokane County Jail inmate under FBI review who’s held on $1 million bond

Jerome Curry Jr. converted to Islam while in prison in 2010, but he claims he’s hardly devout. He eats pork, drinks booze and gets high. He doesn’t attend a mosque. …


Waste Management trains garbage truck drivers to keep watch along routes

On Tuesday, about 60 drivers from Waste Management sat through an hour of training for a program called Waste Watch, which encourages drivers to become like a block watch on …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 3, 2016

Man who shot himself in Spokane Valley was an aspiring pastor and talented boxer, friend says

A man shot himself in the head Tuesday night during a standoff with sheriff’s deputies in Spokane Valley.


Residents near Moses Lake still under evacuation orders; fire has slowed

Some residents just north of Moses Lake are being told to evacuate immediately because of a fire burning near State Route 17.


Water near Duke Energy’s dumps not safe to drink, toxicologist says

North Carolina’s top public health official acted unethically and possibly illegally by telling residents living near Duke Energy coal ash pits that their well water is safe to drink when …


Too much lead: Water shut off at 2 Medford grade schools

Drinking water has been shut off at two Medford schools after officials said tests revealed it contained too much lead.


Council members challenge mayor’s authority to name police chief without vote

Mayor David Condon will not immediately seek a confirmation vote for Craig Meidl, his choice to head the Spokane Police Department. Some city council members said not holding a hearing …


Robbery suspects allegedly threatened woman with hammer, gun

A woman claims two acquaintances stole her truck and purse after threatening her with a gun and a hammer in Spokane County.


Four injured in two suspected DUI crashes near Deer Park

Investigators believe drugs or alcohol were a factor in two single-vehicle crashes that injured four people Sunday near Deer Park.


After arson fire, St. Ann’s in Bonners Ferry waits to rejoice again

Fourteen weeks after an arsonist burned the church to the ground, St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Bonners Ferry is pressing on with prayer and song and hopes of rebuilding next …


UPDATED: Sat., July 30, 2016

Spokane police leaders union cites mayor for ‘failure’ dealing with chief

A statement released Friday night by members of the Spokane Police Lieutenants and Captains Association to city elected officials says Mayor David Condon has not publicly acknowledged the scope of …


Spokane city attorney nominee McAloon denies influencing Straub report

Laura McAloon said Saturday the 126-page report finding major issues in the handling of harassment investigations and public records requests at City Hall was not unduly influenced by her or …


Spokane shootings leave one dead, two wounded Saturday morning

Two shootings were reported in northwest Spokane early Saturday morning, leaving one man dead and two wounded.


Man reports tackling half-naked rape suspect

A woman’s boyfriend reportedly interrupted an attempted rape and chased down and tackled the half naked suspect recently in North Spokane.


Irritant that sickened Air Force personnel identified as air freshener

The unknown irritant that sickened 24 people at Fairchild Air Force Base Thursday has been identified as air freshener.


Pullman Fire Department gets $758K grant for new equipment

The Pullman Fire Department will be getting new portable radios, breathing equipment and special air supply safety packs thanks to a $758,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and …


UPDATED: Fri., July 29, 2016

Man injured in north Spokane shooting; suspect arrested

A man was shot early Friday near Glass Park in northeastern Spokane. Police were called to the area near Cincinnati Street and Rich Avenue after receiving multiple calls reporting hearing …


Burn ban takes effect in Spokane County Friday

Camp fires and other outdoor burning have been banned in most of Spokane County following recent high temperatures that have dried out grasses and other fuels.


Man accused of slipping camera under hotel room door

A man was arrested for voyeurism and residential burglary Wednesday after he allegedly slipped a camera under a woman’s hotel room door while she was showering.


UPDATED: Thu., July 28, 2016

‘Unknown irritant’ sickens service members at Fairchild

Fourteen personnel at Fairchild Air Force Base were taken to area hospitals after experiencing symptoms from “an unknown irritant” on Thursday morning, according to a news release.


New city attorney in jeopardy, council members say

City Councilmembers on Wednesday renewed their call for an elected city attorney, following involvement from new hire Laura McAloon prior to a revised version of the report into former Spokane …


New hires beef up staffing in SPD, Sheriff’s Office

Both the Spokane Police Department and the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office made new hires this week as they attempt to keep up their staffing levels.


UPDATED: Wed., July 27, 2016

Report: City officials intentionally withheld information about Straub ouster until after election

An independent investigator tasked with reviewing the city’s policies regarding harassment complaints and public records release in the wake of Frank Straub’s forced resignation ruled the mayor was not truthful …


Victim in South Hill shooting identified

A man suffering from a gunshot wound was found Tuesday night while driving erratically on the South Hill. Callers reported the driver near Rockwood and Southeast boulevards about 10 p.m., …


Bicyclist collides with police car

A bicyclist and a Spokane police car collided at the intersection of Upriver Drive and Haven Tuesday evening, sending the bicyclist to the hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.