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Suspects identified in food bank theft

Deputies identified two people suspected of breaking into the Fairfield Food Bank in February after a man spotted his truck in surveillance video footage of the theft.


Doug Clark: Zehm didn’t die in obscurity, thanks to unsung heroes

With the 10th anniversary of the beating of Otto Zehm upon us, it’s time to thank some of the unsung heroes who kept him from dying in obscurity.


Gun, car recovered in Coeur d’Alene pastor shooting

The gun and car that investigators suspect were used in the March 6 shooting of a Coeur d’Alene church pastor are in police custody. Two detectives from the Coeur d’Alene …


Police investigate suspicious East Central death

Spokane police are investigating a suspicious death at an East Central home.


Spokane police domestic violence unit means more victims being heard, getting help

The Spokane Police Department created a domestic violence unit to complement the YWCA’s Family Justice Center. The result has been more referals for victims to get help, and more cases …


Man who died in motorcycle crash identified

A man who died in a motorcycle crash on Second Avenue near Freya Street Saturday has been identified as 24-year-old Matthew Bailey.


Man found in Spokane River identified

The man found in the Spokane River in the 16200 block of East Indiana Avenue on March 9 has been identified as 23-year-old Dillan Oatman.


Woman charged in daughter’s overdose death

A woman has been charged with helping her daughter commit suicide with drugs last fall in a Spokane Valley hotel room.


Man who allegedly spied on a woman in a toilet stall faces voyeurism charges

A Spokane man who allegedly spied on a woman using the bathroom at a Spokane Valley bowling alley Saturday faces voyeurism charges.


Downtown Spokane police captain suspended over used office furniture dispute

An internal investigation into a Spokane Police Department’s captain showed concerns over moving furniture from the downtown precinct came from city administrators.


SWAT team enters Spokane Valley home to rescue children and arrest father

Spokane deputies barged into a Spokane Valley house Sunday night to rescue two children and arrest their father who is suspected of assaulting his wife and making threats to kill …


Police arrest injury hit-and-run suspect

A speeding SUV driver smashed into a pickup truck Sunday, sending two people to the hospital, and then fled before crashing into an antique truck along East Mission Avenue. Spokane …


Bomb squad at Phoenix airport to check on suspicious image

A Phoenix Police Department bomb squad is at Sky Harbor International Airport to check out a suspicious image at a security checkpoint.


Second Avenue closed near Freya for fatal crash

Second Avenue is closed near Freya Street as police investigate a fatal crash involving a motorcycle rider.


Reward offered for information on Liberty Lake robbery

Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest for a robbery at the U.S. Bank branch inside …


Man accepts plea deal in triple murder in Moscow last year

A Moscow, Idaho man has admitted that there’s enough evidence to convict him in a shooting spree that killed three people and injured a fourth last year.


North Idaho man sexually abused 102-year-old woman

A jury found Phillip Ray Smalley, 50, guilty of sexually abusing a 102-year-old woman Friday.


Man jailed for allegedly causing punctured lung in assault

A Wellpinit man was arrested Thursday for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend so severely that she suffered a punctured lung.


Man in custody after acting erratically, shooting a gun

Deputies in two counties worked to find a man Friday who neighbors said was driving erratically and shooting at what he believed were people in “ghillie suits,” a type of …


Teen accused of fondling sleeping woman in North Spokane may be tried as adult

A judge will decide next week whether a 16-year-old boy will be tried as an adult for allegedly breaking into an apartment and fondling a woman as she slept.


Three-hour standoff between police, armed man ends peacefully

A hostage situation in north Spokane ended peacefully after three hours of negotiation on Thursday.


Early morning head-on collision in Spokane Valley sends one to hospital

A passenger car traveling south on Argonne Road collided with a semi-truck early Friday morning, sending one person to the hospital.


Spokane child pornography suspect booked flight to Kyrgyzstan prior to arrest

Federal authorities arrested Russian national Vladimir Popov, 44, after finding child pornography on a laptop he owned and discovering he booked a flight out of Spokane after being questioned.


Three suspected drug overdose deaths under investigation

Police still don’t know the cause of Wednesday’s three deaths, although they believe they are drug-related overdoses.


Wind downs trees, cuts power in Western Washington

SEATTLE – A strong weather system brought rain and gusty winds to Washington state that knocked out power, blew over trees and flooded roadways. The U.S. Coast Guard reported on …


Airport security got alert on CdA shooting suspect after he flew out

Attempted murder suspect Kyle Andrew Odom of Coeur d’Alene was scheduled to appear Wednesday afternoon in District of Columbia Superior Court on a charge of being a fugitive from justice.


Forum brings out critics of Spokane police leader Jim McDevitt

About 100 people showed up to a community forum hosted by the city of Spokane Wednesday to talk about race relations and the Spokane Police Department.


SPD warns of ‘possible lethal batch of drugs’ following overdoses

Three people died of apparent drug overdoses in less than three hours Wednesday morning, leading law enforcement in Spokane to warn of “a possible lethal batch of drugs.”


Man gets 10 years for beating Spokane man to death

The man accused of beating a Spokane man to death in 2013 with help from two accomplices was sentenced last week to 10 years in prison. Jeffery Sankey, 49, pleaded …


Two students arrested for threatening to kill school staff

Two students at the Upper Columbia Academy were arrested for posting online threats to kill staff at the school, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said.