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WSP: Trooper hit by fleeing driver expected to recover

A Washington State Patrol motorcycle trooper hit and knocked unconscious by a fleeing driver Tuesday is expected to recover from his injuries.


Spokane police officer suspended for five days over domestic violence arrest

The Spokane police officer who pleaded guilty to trespassing after a domestic violence arrest last summer has been suspended for five days.


Jury in Spokane hears 911 call from boy fleeing scene of alleged rape by doctor

A jury of nine women and six men were chosed Monday to hear the criminal case against Dr. Craig Morgenstern, the former Veteran Affairs physician accused of filming sexual assaults …


Spokane voters will consider EMS tax in April

Voters will consider renewing a long-running emergency medical services levy in April, after the Spokane City Council unanimously approved putting it on the ballot Monday night. The levy generates about …


Henrikson defense attacks witness credibility, moves for acquittal

The defense’s first witness in the murder-for-hire trial of James Henrikson offered a different account of the killing of Kristopher “K.C.” Clarke than the one told by his supposed killer, …


Inmate release problem labeled urgent took years to address

State prison official said she requested fix to early release errors ASAP


Regulators fine CenturyLink $2.85 million for 911 outage

State regulators have fined CenturyLink $2.85 million for a statewide 911 outage in April 2014.


Radiation blown onto highway at Hanford ‘alarming’ to EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency says the uncontrolled spread of small amounts of radioactive waste at Hanford after a Nov. 17 windstorm is alarming.


Fierce storms could bring strong tornadoes to Deep South

Forecasters say storms could bring tornadoes, hail and damaging winds to several states in the Deep South.


Ruling on false testimony from Henrikson witness won’t be admitted, judge rules

Jurors in the murder-for-hire trial of James Henrikson will not hear that the judge presiding over the case determined that one of the prosecution’s key witnesses gave false testimony in …


Police investigating suspicious death in Spokane Valley

Major Crimes detectives are investigating a suspicious death in Spokane Valley after a man’s body was found Thursday morning.


Teen arrested for bomb threat at Greenacres Middle School

A 13-year-old boy has been arrested for allegedly making a bomb threat that shut down Greenacres Middle School in Spokane Valley Tuesday.


Pope on sex abuse by clerics: ‘It’s a monstrosity’

Pope Francis says any bishop who moves a suspected pedophile priest from parish to parish should resign.


Car crashes into Kendall Yards building

A car crashed into a Kendall Yards building Thursday morning, sending the driver and a passenger to the hospital.


Gun-safety group wants new ballot measure

A gun-safety group is turning its attention to voters in Washington state after lawmakers failed to pass a bill to create “extreme-risk protection orders. These are orders that would let …


Shawn Vestal: Listening to other points of view doesn’t hurt your integrity, Mr. McDevitt

Former U.S. Attorney and current director of the Spokane Police Department Jim McDevitt should be aware that many people will not agree with his assessment on race and crime, and …


Heart of a lion: Cat survives laundromat fire

A resilient cat survived a massive fire Friday.


Charges dismissed against roof-running airman

Charges were dismissed in a plea deal involving a U.S. Air Force Airman accused of breaking into a building, scaring a sleeping woman and stealing a roofing knife in September.


Head of detox organization receives plea deal

A misdemeanor assault charge filed against the head of the former Community Detox Services will be dismissed if he stays out of trouble for the next two years according to …


More details emerge on child molestation allegations against road rage suspect

Court documents released Wednesday reveal new details about the child molestation charges filed against road rage suspect Jason R. Hoy and his wife, Kellie R. Hoy.


Three defendants in alleged drug ring plead not guilty in Coeur d’Alene

Three defendants in an alleged multistate drug trafficking ring pleaded not guilty Wednesday in federal court in Coeur d’Alene.


Proposed Vancouver oil terminal gets thousands of comments

A state agency is now shifting through thousands of comments as it weighs a massive oil transfer terminal in southwest Washington.


Idaho man pleads guilty to killing Spokane woman, dumping body

A North Idaho man pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing a Spokane woman and dumping her body in a slough near Hauser Lake last year.


Pace’s request sets off lengthy review of Spokane Valley police

Spokane Valley councilman Ed Pace says did not intend to start a lengthy official investigation when he sent a query to city staff about alleged surveillance by the Spokane Valley …


Road rage suspect charged with child molestation

Jason R. Hoy, a convicted felon facing several assault charges for allegedly ramming several different cars in downtown Spokane Saturday, has been charged with two counts of child molestation.


Seattle-bound plane makes emergency landing

A flight headed to Seattle from Reagan National Airport had to make an emergency landing at nearby Dulles International Airport after its pilots reported smoke in the cockpit.


Gas explosions in Dominican Republic injure 40, level homes

Early morning explosions rocked an LPG distribution station in a densely populated neighborhood of the Dominican Republic’s capital on Tuesday, destroying several homes and injuring at least 40 people, officials …


Officers justified in shooting carjacking suspect

Two Spokane police officers who shot and wounded an armed carjacking suspect last November were justified, the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office announced Tuesday.


Oklahoma earthquakes prompt agency to order well cutbacks

Oklahoma oil-and-gas regulators are making their most far-reaching directive yet in response to the spike in earthquakes in the state by asking the operators of nearly 250 injection wells to …


Tornados in South, snow, sleet in East; record heat in West

A treacherous mix of falling snow, sleet and freezing rain turned Tuesday morning commutes to misery for many returning from a long holiday weekend in the Northeast, a day after …