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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 …


Young man believed to have drowned at Palouse Falls

A 22-year-old man is thought to have drowned at Palouse Falls Sunday, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says.


Wanted domestic violence suspect arrested

Spokane police arrested domestic violence suspect Aaron W. Strom late Sunday night outside Cheney.


Spokane police on lookout for domestic violence suspect

The Spokane Police Department is asking the public to be on the lookout for a wanted domestic violence suspect thought to be in the Indian Trail area. He may be …


Coeur d’Alene pastor shot multiple times recounts the ‘miracle’ of his survival

He forgives the man alleged to have shot him six times outside his Coeur d’Alene church – a gesture of grace that should surprise no one who knows Pastor Tim …


Police confirm a person jumped from suspension bridge in Riverfront Park Thursday

Police confirmed that one person jumped from a suspension bridge in Riverfront Park on Thursday afternoon.


West Spokane stabbing suspect arrested

A man is in critical condition after being stabbed Friday afternoon at the West Wynn Motel on Sunset Boulevard.


Man shot in Spokane bank robbery recounts attack

At first, when he heard the command, “everybody get down,” he thought it was a joke. Luke, who asked that his last name not be used, was depositing a check …


Bank robber shoots man at Wells Fargo in North Spokane

Spokane Police are searching for one suspected bank shooter Thursday near the Wells Fargo on North Division.


Grand Coulee elementary school administrator accused of sex crimes released from jail

Nate Piturachsatit must remain on electronic monitoring and is barred from being with children, including his own, without supervision, a U.S. magistrate judge ruled this week. Piturachsatit is not in …


Spokane Police Department’s new bloodhound will track missing children

Daisy, a 14-month-old bloodhound, is the newest member of the Spokane Police Department’s K9 unit. She was brought on specifically to track missing children and vulnerable adults.


Six more Tacoma schools with lead in water, tests show

Tacoma school officials says a review of previous water quality tests has found six more public elementary schools with unsafe amounts of lead in scattered sources of drinking water.


Suicides, drug overdoses peak in Spokane County

Suicides and accidental drug overdoses hit their highest levels since 2009 in Spokane County, mirroring sharp national increases in both types of death over the past several years.


Police warn of increased car theft at Spokane Valley Mall

Police have seen an increase in vehicle prowling at the Spokane Valley Mall.


Police suspect boyfriend of assaulting woman found dead

Spokane police arrested the boyfriend of a woman found dead in a North Spokane home last week, but have not charged him with murder.