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Moscow man sentenced to life for shooting spree that killed 3

A Moscow man has been sentenced to life in prison for the 2015 shooting deaths of three people and the wounding of a fourth.


Coeur d’Alene man gets 15 years in prison for sexual abuse of young girl

A former high school teacher in Coeur d’Alene was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison for molesting a 5-year-old family member. Daniel Abram Taylor was sentenced by 1st District …


Several local schools locked down, evacuated after phone threats

Several schools in the Spokane-area were evacuated or locked down after receiving automated threats, Monday.


Police investigate apparent gang-related shooting in Spokane Valley

Police are investigating a Monday morning drive-by shooting in Spokane Valley that appears to be gang related.


Spokane can balance rail traffic, safety and jobs

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Several apartments destroyed by fire in North Spokane

A 2-alarm fire destroyed several apartments in North Spokane Friday afternoon, leaving more than a dozen people without a place to stay.


Idaho man sentenced for killing Spokane woman, dumping body near Hauser Lake

A North Idaho man was sentenced to at least 15 years in prison Friday after previously pleading guilty to killing a Spokane woman and dumping her body near Hauser Lake …


Body of unidentified woman found in the Spokane River

Police found the body of a woman in the Spokane River Friday afternoon and are asking for help identifying her.


Trial for triple homicide suspect Roy Murry postponed until November

The trial for triple homicide suspect Roy Murry was moved from Monday to Nov. 9 at the request of defense attorneys in a hurriedly scheduled hearing Friday.


Widow in Carlile murder-for-hire slaying forgives killer during sentencing

Tim Suckow, 52, will serve 30 years in federal prison for killing Doug Carlile and Kristopher Clarke at the direction of James Henrikson. U.S. District Court Judge did not accept …


Charges dropped against mentally ill man accused of killing roommate

A man with a mental illness accused of killing his roommate last fall will be committed to a state mental hospital without standing trial.


SPD motorcycle officer injured in crash

A Spokane Police Department motorcycle officer was seriously injured Thursday afternoon when he collided with a car while in pursuit of two speeding cars on Crestline Street in North Spokane.


State ceremony honors Sgt. Moore, memorial planned in CdA

At the 18th annual Idaho Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony on Thursday in Meridian, the name of the late Coeur d’Alene Police Sgt. Greg Moore was unveiled on the Idaho Peace …


Two teens arrested for armed robbery of Hico Village

Two people, one of them a 13-year-old boy, have been arrested for their suspected role in an armed robbery at the Hico Village on Barker Road on May 13.


Spokane County contracts with Alabama firm to provide jail medical services for $2.6 million

NaphCare, Inc., is buttressing the meager nursing staff at the aging Spokane County Jail.


Warrant issued for North Idaho doctor guilty of selling narcotics

A federal warrant has been issued for a North Idaho doctor found guilty Tuesday of selling prescriptions for narcotics, including oxycodone and hydrocodone. Rafael L. Beier, 62, an osteopathic physician …


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.