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Three-car accident sends four to hospital

Four people are in the hospital after a three car crash, Saturday.

One killed, one injured in collision near Sandpoint

A man was killed in a head-on collision, Friday.

SPD property evidence facility broken into

The Spokane Property Evidence Facility was broken into Friday night.

Man narrowly escapes from basement of burning home

Firefighters rescued a man trapped in the basement of a burning home, early Saturday afternoon.

‘Elderly’ kayakers rescued from Spokane River

Two elderly kayakers were rescued Friday after overturning in the Spokane River between Flora and Sullivan Roads.

Trial will go ahead for ex-Pasco police officer charged with killing prostitute

The ex-Pasco police officer accused of killing a Spokane prostitute in 1986 will proceed to trial after a judge ruled Friday against his attorney’s motion to drop charges.

Judge tosses charges against police union president accused of tipping off fellow officer suspected of rape

A judge threw out two criminal charges that the president of the Spokane Police Guild tipped off a fellow officer suspected of sexually assaulting another officer during a booze-fueled party …

Cold case murder hearing Friday to determine ex-cop’s alibi defense

Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell says the ex-Pasco police officer charged in the cold case murder of a Spokane prostitute was stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base when the killing …

Spokane Valley police chief to retire

Spokane Valley Police Chief Rick VanLeuven will retire in June after 35 years with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

Ride the Ducks vehicle collides with car in Seattle

A Ride the Ducks vehicle and a car crashed in Seattle’s Lower Queen Anne, the first reported collision involving one of the amphibious vehicles since September’s deadly collision on the …

Scammers impersonate closed Spokane car dealership

Scammers are impersonating a Spokane car dealership that closed in 2011, according to a news release from the Better Business Bureau.

Rock wielding vandal chases deputy

A man was arrested for allegedly throwing a garden gnome through a window and then chasing a police officer with a large rock, early Thursday morning.

Bonner County sheriffs continue search for murder suspect

Bonner County Sheriff Deputies continue to search for two fugitives wanted for murder in southern Idaho.

Newspaper carrier, teacher earn Carnegie Medal for heroism

A Bellingham Herald carrier has been awarded a Carnegie Medal for heroism for rescuing a co-worker from raging floodwaters. A teacher from Lacey, Washington, was also honored for tackling and …

Felon who accidently shot himself after killing man sentenced to 28 years

A Spokane man with thirteen prior felony convictions will spend about 28 years in prison for shooting a man in the head.

Japan regulators OK costly ice wall at Fukushima plant

Japanese regulators on Wednesday approved the use of a giant refrigeration system to create an unprecedented underground frozen barrier around buildings at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant in an attempt …

Man accused of sending explicit images, texts to 10-year-old

A 41-year-old man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly sending sexually explicit photos and text messages to a 10-year-old girl.

UPDATED: Wed., March 30, 2016, 12:02 p.m.

Investigators working to find cause of Studio K fire

An early morning fire destroyed a vacant South Hill business building along the busy 29th Avenue corridor early Wednesday morning. There were no reports of injuries as firefighters continued to …

Oregon farm regulators eye ‘stop work’ authority

Food manufacturers and pesticide applicators could be subject to “stop work” orders under new regulatory authority being considered by Oregon’s farm regulators.

Trial of Spokane attorney accused of rape moved to August due to illness

Robert E. Caruso, 78, had been scheduled to stand trial on a rape charge earlier this month. The pain medication he takes following surgeries to treat cancer would have made …

Police arrest man suspected of chasing roommate from the shower with a knife

A Spokane woman told police her former roommate pulled her out of the shower and chased her with a knife while threatening to kill her.

Police: heroin found in man’s pants during jail search

A man arrested last week on felony drug warrants is facing additional charges after Spokane County Jail officers found balls of a substance appearing to be heroin in the man’s …

Spokane resident justified in killing man who threatened him in his home, prosecutor says

A northwest Spokane resident was justified in shooting and killing a man on his front porch who was threatening him and trying to break into his home through a storm …

Reports: Former Spokane Chief Kirkpatrick will not become Chicago’s top cop

Anne Kirkpatrick, one of three candidates to take over the Chicago Police Department, will not take over as the Windy City’s top cop, according to media reports. Mayor Rahm Emanuel …

Fleeing man escapes briefly after ramming patrol car

A man got away briefly after leading deputies on a chase Saturday morning and ramming a patrol car, but deputies caught up with him and arrested him on multiple charges …

Fire damages commercial building on Monroe

A 2-alarm fire heavily damaged a small commercial building at 1603 N. Monroe Street early Saturday morning.

Private investigator questions VA doctor’s drowning death

A private investigator is questioning the drowning death of VA surgeon John Marshall, saying he believes the doctor was injured before he went into the Spokane River in January.

Head of Spokane detox services arrested in Montana; plea deal in jeopardy

The head of the former Community Detox Services has placed himself on voluntary medical leave after a recent arrest in Montana has put a February plea deal in jeopardy.

Second victim alleged in child sex case

New charges have bee filed against Erik R. Thompson after a second teenage girl told detectives that Thompson had sex with her after giving her alcohol and marijuana.

Criminal justice professors focus of Title IX complaint

Two Spokane Community College criminal justice professors are under investigation for allegedly making sexist and racist comments in class and then threatening a student after she complained.