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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.


Juvenile suspect in Sunday shooting appears in court

Two suspects in the shooting death of Thomas Baroni-Abrego appeared in court Thursday.


Deputies seek information on gun, ammunition used in murder

The Sheriff’s Office is looking for information on a gun and ammunition believed to have been used in a Spokane Valley murder last month.


Spokane police searching for road rage suspect

Police are asking for help in identifying and finding a man suspected of intentionally ramming a car in a road rage incident Wednesday morning.


Dog seized after found with collar embedded in its neck

A man has been charged with animal cruelty after the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service found his dog with a collar embedded in his neck.


Man arrested on child sex charges for a second time

A man has been arrested on child sex charges for the second time this month after allegedly contacting his 14-year-old victim in violation of a court order.


Overnight search for murder suspect comes up empty in Bonner County

A wanted murder suspect is presumed to be still on the loose in Bonner County after an extensive search Wednesday turned up empty.


In Sunday’s north Spokane shooting, family loses second brother in less than a year

Spokane Police arrested three men in connection with Sunday’s homicide in Emerson-Garfield.


Police search for murder suspect in Bonner County

Law enforcement officials in Bonner County launched a manhunt Wednesday night for a man wanted for a murder in Nampa, Idaho.


Visa request of man picked to be Spokane police ombudsman denied, but commission hasn’t given up

It looks like it was prudent for the Spokane police ombudsman commission to


Three men sentenced in Spokane murder over food stamp card

Three men were sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to murder in a brutal robbery-turned-strangling in a lower South Hill home last year.


STA considering new funding for downtown police officer

STA is considering renewing an agreement to fund a downtown Spokane police officer, police officials told Spokane’s Public Safety Committee Monday.


Girl killed in Mead accident Saturday identified as Lilly Slayton

A girl hit by a truck while crossing a street in Mead Saturday was identified Monday as Lilly Slayton, 16.


Girl dies after being hit by a truck in Mead

A girl was killed when she was hit by a truck while crossing the street in Mead just before 2:30 p.m. Saturday.


Four charged in suspected mail theft

Four people were arrested for suspected mail theft after an early morning traffic stop last week in Hayden.


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Thief steals $800,000 from Spokane developer Harlan Douglass

Spokane developer Harlan Douglass suspects his long time assistant cracked his personal safe and stole $800,000 in cash.


Wife of Coeur d’Alene doctor pleads not guilty in alleged drug ring

Loren Michelle Toelle, the wife of Coeur d’Alene gastroenterologist Stanley Alvin Toelle, pleaded not guilty to felony drug distribution in federal court Thursday. Her son, Sean Lee Jackson, pleaded not …


Shadle Park High School teen expelled for aggressive behavior with multiple girls

Police have arrested a 17-year-old Shadle Park High School student suspected of being sexually aggressive with several girls on school property.


Witnesses say man found dead was wrapped in a blanket, tied with cords

Homeless people squatting in a vacant house on East First told police that the man found dead there this week may have died of a drug overdose.


Left-lane drivers targeted by WSP

The Washington State Patrol is warning drivers not to hog the left lane if they’re not passing other vehicles. .