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Police body cameras in Spokane don’t encourage better citizen behavior, study says

A new report from an Arizona State University study says Spokane residents filmed on police body cameras generally had a positive view of police after the interaction, but there’s no …


Stevens County homicide suspect arrested near Canadian Border

Stevens County homicide suspect Morgan Beadle was arrested near the Canadian Border Thursday afternoon.


Uranium, blasting caps found in Spokane Valley garage

A hazardous materials response was triggered Thursday when a woman reported finding uranium and blasting caps in her garage.


Citing security concerns, judge orders Western State Hospital escapee to remain in federal custody

Anthony Garver will undergo a competency evaluation at a federal institution, U.S. District Court Senior Judge Edward F. Shea ruled Thursday. Garver sparked a statewide manhunt earlier this month after …


Arson destroys Bonners Ferry Catholic church

A morning explosion caused a large fire at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Bonner’s Ferry.


Coeur d’Alene women describe downtown fall, broken bones

Courtney Huffaker remembers hitting the pavement. Jesyca Baber doesn’t. Both women were hospitalized with broken bones after falling about 25 feet from a downtown Coeur d’Alene rooftop Saturday night.


Knezovich will ask state for $12,000 to pay for search for Western State Hospital escapee

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich will send Governor Jay Inslee a bill for $12,030.22 this week for the cost of searching for escaped Western State Hospital inmate Anthony Garver.


Man restrained after stabbing himself, asking deputies to shoot him

A man inside a tent in Spokane Valley reportedly stabbed himself and slit his wrists while demanding that Spokane County deputies shoot him. Instead deputies sprayed him with pepper spray …


Bellingham to make body cameras mandatory for officers

The Bellingham Police Department will require all uniformed patrol officers to wear and use body cameras starting this summer.


Warrant turns up 28 bottles of cough syrup in robbery suspect’s home

The Sheriff’s Office SWAT team arrested a man Tuesday morning who is suspected of robbing the Albertson’s pharmacy at 3010 E. 57th Avenue on April 8.


UPDATED: Tue., April 19, 2016, 1:55 p.m.

Kootenai County deputies searching for suspect in Cougar Gulch area, asking parents to not let students come home to an empty house

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a suspect near Cougar Gulch Road.


Police investigate downtown shooting

Spokane police are investigating a downtown shooting that left one man with non-life threatening injuries Monday night.


Spokane’s community court gets $200,000 boost

The apparent success of Spokane’s two-year-old community court was rewarded last week with a $200,000 Department of Justice grant to help serve people downtown more effectively.


3 injured in fall from Coeur d’Alene building were sitting on edge

Three people injured after falling from a downtown Coeur d’Alene rooftop Saturday night had been sitting on the edge of the building with their feet hanging over the sidewalk below. …


Driver arrested, pedestrians injured in overnight hit-and-run

Two pedestrians were seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash late Sunday in northeast Spokane.


Coeur d’Alene man pleads guilty in attack on co-worker

A Coeur d’Alene sex offender faces as much as 55 years in prison for an assault on a coworker last fall. Jason A. Edwards, 45, who worked at the Coeur …


3 injured in fall from downtown Coeur d’Alene building

Three people were injured Saturday night when they fell from a rooftop in downtown Coeur d’Alene. Two women and a man were taken to Kootenai Health after they fell about …


Man arrested for allegedly threatening to kill witness

Police arrested a man suspected of threatening to kill a woman and her daughter if the daughter testified against his step-son in a sexual assault case.


Skull found near golf course is human

A skull found by a man walking his dog near the Downriver Golf Course Thursday morning is human, said Cpl. Jordan Ferguson of the Spokane Police Department.


Police arrest man in Spokane Valley after multistate pursuit

Police arrested a man in Spokane Valley Thursday night after chasing him there from Post Falls on Interstate 90.


Sheriff’s Office oversight criticized, critiqued at community forum

Community forum attendees continued their call this week for a more independent body to oversee the workings of the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office in the wake of several high-profile use …


Convicted child rapist Morgenstern will not receive new trial, judge rules

A federal judge threw out Craig Morgenstern’s request for a new trial Thursday after questioning jurors the former Veteran Affairs surgeon said were inattentive and biased during his February trial.


Deputies raid Spokane Valley nuisance home

More than 20 people were found inside a nuisance home in Spokane Valley Thursday morning when it was raided by Spokane Valley Deputies. Five people, including the homeowner, were arrested.


Four children struck by pickup truck at school bus stop

King County officials say four children have been struck by a pickup truck at a school bus stop in Maple Valley.


Inslee visits Sikh temple in wake of vandalism

Governor Jay Inslee traveled to Spokane on Wednesday to celebrate vaisakhi, the holiest Sikh festival.


Feds: EPA fails to protect water from oilfield contamination

A federal review says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is failing to protect drinking-water reserves from oilfield contamination.


Spokane parking officer reports assault after putting parking boot on SUV

A Spokane parking enforcement officer reported being assaulted Tuesday after he and his partner put a parking boot on an SUV parked in the 100 block of East Sinto.


Smoke detector quickly alerts neighbors to apartment fire

An early morning Spokane Valley apartment fire was extinguished with no injuries, thanks to a working smoke detector that quickly alerted residents.


Detectives ask for public’s help in finding Spokane Valley thieves

Sheriff’s detectives investigating a theft in Spokane Valley are asking for the public’s help in identifying two men who walked out out of a store without paying for two security …


Spokane County Jail receives an additional $1.75 million from MacArthur Foundation to reduce overcrowding

Criminal Justice Adminstrator Jacqueline van Wormer informed stakeholders at the city and county level Wednesday afternoon the national nonprofit had selected Spokane County as one of 11 sites to receive …