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Trial in slaying of Coeur d’Alene officer may be reset for 2017

A murder trial set to begin in September for the man accused of killing a Coeur d’Alene police officer one year ago likely will be rescheduled for February 2017.


Kootenai County sheriff’s candidates debate need for larger jail

For over a decade Kootenai County officials have wrestled with how to tackle jail crowding knowing that voters don’t want to raise property taxes to pay for a construction project.


100 years ago in Spokane: Streetcar bandit takes hostages and uses them as human shields

From our archives, 100 years ago It looked like police were about to finally nab the streetcar bandit who had been terrorizing Spokane’s trolley lines for weeks.


Kootenai County candidates differ on proper role of sheriff

The race for sheriff of Kootenai County has gone well beyond a debate over patrol staffing, deputy pay and jail crowding. Rathdrum attorney John Green is challenging Sheriff Ben Wolfinger’s …


Kettle Falls man dies in motorcycle crash, Washington State Patrol says

A Kettle Falls man died in a motorcycle crash on Highway 395 about eight miles north of Kettle Falls Saturday.


Kids turn out for Spokane’s Junior Police Academy

Kids were lined up and ready to go before the Spokane Police Department’s Junior Police Academy even began Saturday afternoon in Riverfront Park.


Firefighters to burn donated home in training exercise

A northside street will be shut down Saturday while Spokane County Fire District 9 conducts a training burn at a home at 9010 N. Wall Street.


Man in critical condition after shooting at gun range

A man is in critical condition after a shooting incident at an informal gun range near Nine Mile Falls Friday afternoon.


In spite of bias, WSU study finds Spokane police less likely to shoot black suspects

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Man accused of shooting pastor arrives at Kootenai County jail

A district court judge on Friday dismissed a petition from the Kootenai County Public Defender’s Office to produce Kyle Odom, the man accused of shooting a Coeur d’Alene pastor. Odom …


Anniversary of Sgt. Greg Moore’s death commemorated at Fallen Heroes Plaza in Coeur d’Alene

Flags hung from a Coeur d’Alene Fire Department truck and held by members of the Patriot Guard Riders fluttered in the breeze Thursday as hundreds turned out to honor Sgt. …


Prosecutor Larry Haskell backs plan to reduce number of inmates at Spokane County Jail

Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell says he’s on board with the county’s ambitious plan to reduce jail overcrowding using a $1.75 million grant from the MacArthur Foundation, so long as …


Spokane deputies use Taser on armed 11-year-old boy

Spokane County sheriff’s deputies used a Taser on an 11-year-old boy after he refused to drop the knife he was holding Thursday morning.


Suspect in Spokane Amber Alert charged with kidnapping

The man who allegedly drove halfway across the country with a missing Spokane teenager has been charged with first-degree kidnapping.


Teen killer Eldon Samuel moved to juvenile prison in Idaho

Eldon Gale Samuel III, the Coeur d’Alene teen convicted of murdering his father and brother, was moved Wednesday to an Idaho juvenile prison to begin serving his sentence of at …


Arrest made in Moses Lake homicide

An arrest has been made in the fatal shooting of 21-year-old Thomas M. Hernandez in Moses Lake late Monday.


Parents of man shot by Spokane police feel helpless in getting mental health assistance for son

Investigators found a fake handgun near where Aaron D. Johnson was shot by police at the West Wynn Motel on Sunset Boulevard on Monday.


Smoking barrel, vapor cloud shut down Spokane Valley transfer station

A unmarked barrel full of an unknown liquid shut down the Spokane County Transfer Station in Spokane Valley Tuesday afternoon when it began spewing a “strong vaporous fume cloud.”


Witness said he didn’t see Aaron Johnson holding weapon before shooting

Before a motel manager packed up the room where Aaron D. Johnson had been living, a knife sat on the table and cigarettes and a half-smoked cigar filled an ashtray …


Newspaper carrier strikes woman walking her dog

A Spokesman-Review newspaper carrier struck and injured a woman walking her dog early Monday morning.


Man shot by police Sunday expected to fully recover

The machete-wielding man shot early Sunday morning is still in the hospital, but expected to make a full recovery, according to police. He was identified by police Tuesday as Charleston …


Lake Stevens man believed to have drowned at Palouse Falls

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office identified the man who is believed to have drowned at Palouse Falls Sunday as 22-year-old James A. Hopkins of Lake Stevens, Washington.


Judge affirms guilty verdict in Henrikson murder-for-hire trial

Defense attorneys argued unsuccessfully Tuesday that the evidence used to convict James Henrikson on 11 criminal counts tied to murder-for-hire plots came from unbelievable witnesses, and he should receive a …


Driver of car involved in child’s death arrested on drug charges

The driver of a car involved in a collision that killed an 8-year-old bicyclist in Post Falls on Monday was arrested on an outstanding traffic warrant and for possession of …


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Dozens escaped from Western State Hospital since 2013

When a man accused of torturing a woman to death broke out of Washington state’s largest mental hospital with another patient in early April, officials called it a rare occurrence …


8-year-old boy killed when struck by car near Post Falls

An 8-year-old boy was killed Monday afternoon while riding his bicycle in a residential neighborhood near Post Falls. Preliminary investigation indicates that the boy was riding south on Pine and …


Missing Spokane teen may be with man she met online

Police are looking for Kiera Inman, 16, who went missing Monday. She is believed to be with Zachary Wayne Jones, 30.


Victim in Friday homicide at West Wynn motel identified

The man fatally stabbed at the West Wynn Motel last week was 22-year-old Robert Luis Herbert, the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s office said in a news release Monday.


Mentally ill man shot by police outside motel was also shot by police in 2014

A man was shot Monday afternoon at the West Wynn Motel in west Spokane. Anthony Altizer, maintence worker at motel, said the man was shot by a police officer.


Man gets prison time for sexually abusing elderly woman

A North Idaho man was sentenced Monday to 30 to 75 years in prison for sexually abusing a 102-year-old woman last year. Phillip Ray Smalley, 50, was sentenced in 1st …