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Work release employee accused of having sex with inmate

A Spokane work release employee has been fired and may face criminal charges after she was accused of having a sexual relationship with an inmate she was supervising. Amber Sweet …


Man accused of crashing car into house, assaulting deputy

A man is in the Spokane County Jail after being arrested Monday for reportedly crashing a car and then getting into a fight with a Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy and …


Police searching for man connected to attempted carjacking in Coeur d’Alene

Police are looking for a man involved in a possible attempted carjacking in downtown Coeur d’Alene late Friday. A woman called police around 11:15 p.m. Friday to report being approached …


Second death in two months reported on railroad tracks in downtown Spokane

Police are investigating a second death on the railroad tracks in downtown Spokane in as many months.


Deputy did not strike cyclist Ryan Holyk, investigation concludes

A review board came to the same conclusion as numerous previous analyses of the death of a 15-year-old bicyclist in Spokane Valley - that a sheriff’s deputy did not hit …


Spokane police to receive federal assistance for extra six months

The Spokane Police Department will have an extra six months to work with the Department of Justice on proposed changes to use of force policies and procedures.


Mistrial declared in ex-police union president John Gately’s obstruction trial

A mistrial was declared Tuesday afternoon in the week-long trial of former Spokane Police Guild president John Gately Gately was accused of obstructing an investigation into a fellow officer accused …


Council president says Spokane Police Department has too many nonunion top jobs

The next Spokane police chief may not have the same ability as former Chief Frank Straub to hire and fire top staff if a proposal by City Council President Ben …


Missing Kettle Falls couple found dead in river

A Kettle Falls couple that had been missing since early May was found dead in the Kettle River Monday afternoon. The Washington State Patrol reported Paul H. Schneider, 72 and …


Former police guild president testifies he didn’t tell rape suspect about warrant

Former Spokane Police Guild president John Gately testified in his misdemeanor trial Monday that he told a fellow officer under investigation for rape that the county might want to collect …


Phone scammer impersonating lieutenant, Spokane police warn

A telephone scammer is impersonating a Spokane Police Department lieutenant, and telling victims they owe the police money, according to a police news release.


Report: Paid staff needed for civilian oversight of Spokane County Sheriff’s Office

Reforms needed to increase public trust and transparency in the Citizen’s Advisory Board for the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office will require a paid staff member, according to a 13-page report.


New judge named one week before Roy Murry murder trial to begin

The trial for triple murder suspect Roy Murry appears to be on track for its May 23 start date even though the case was briefly assigned to four different judges …


Armed men steal money, cigarettes

Two armed, masked men robbed the Hico Village at 1201 N. Barker Road shortly after 3:30 a.m. Friday.


Police search for Rite Aid pill robber

Spokane Police are searching for a man who robbed a Rite Aid in the 5800 block of North Division Street. The suspect is described as a black male in his …


Proposal to ban marijuana with strong alcohol gets public hearing in Spokane

Sen. Michael Baumgartner headed a meeting of local and state legislators Thursday discussing the potential to ban sales of marijuana where strong alcoholic drinks are already outlawed. But it’s unlikely …


Justice Department says indigent defendants have right to sue Idaho

The U.S. Justice Department is supporting the right of criminal defendants to sue Idaho over inadequate public defense in a case that involves two North Idaho prosecutions. Attorney General Loretta …


Coeur d’Alene woman sees second abductor sent to prison

A Coeur d’Alene woman was in an Oregon courtroom this week for the sentencing of a man who kidnapped, raped and tortured her in the 1980s and spent over two …


Man arrested in stabbing near House of Charity

Spokane police are investigating an overnight stabbing near the House of Charity.


Officers involved in West Wynn Motel shooting identified

The Spokane Police Department has released the names of the officers involved in a shooting at the West Wynn Motel on Sunset Boulevard on May 2.


Attorney for Spokane officer accused of obstructing rape investigation says client worked to perform dual roles

Prosecutors argued Wednesday that two phone calls made by the former Spokane Police Guild president delayed the investigation into a rape accusation against another officer and prevented them from collecting …


Woman in serious condition after assault

A woman is in serious condition at a local hospital after she was reportedly hit in the head with a table leg on Tuesday.


Manhunt near Newport turns up one suspect in police chase

A man believed to be involved in a chase where shots were fired at a Bonner County Sheriff’s Deputy Tuesday has been arrested by the Pend Oreille County Sheriff’s Office.


No cause determined for explosion, house fire near Cheney

Fire investigators have been unable to determine the cause of an explosion and house fire near Cheney on April 30 and the remains of the house are unsafe to enter …


One of three overdose deaths in March did not involve heroin

Test results show that a woman who was one of three people to found dead in Spokane County on March 9 died from drug toxicity, according to the Spokane County …


Police officers involved in downtown shooting identified

The Spokane Police Department has identified the four officers involved in a shooting in front of Zola at 22 W. Main in downtown Spokane on May 1.


Shootings prompt call by police to boost mental health funding

Aaron D. Johnson, like many others in the state, was cycled through jail and hospitals before being shot by police for a second time this month. Lawmakers say more money …


Nun saves sleeping man from fire

A nun saved a sleeping man from a house fire early Sunday morning after she banged on the door to wake him up.


No internal candidates have applied for Spokane police chief job

With a week left to go before Spokane closes applications for a new police chief, the city already has 17 candidates to consider.


Jury selection to continue Tuesday in Gately trial

Many prospective jurors in the trial of former Spokane Police Guild president John Gately said they’d heard something about the case on the news, but few recalled the details of …