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Former Spokane insurance agent suspected of theft

Charges were filed in four insurance fraud cases in Spokane County Superior Court following investigations by Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s Special Investigations Unit.”


Henrikson attorneys seek mistrial following revelation of police texts with witness

Three weeks of courtroom work may be undone by text messages released Friday by prosecutors in the James Henrikson murder-for-hire trial. Defense attorneys are asking for a mistrial because they …


Report of rollover crash in North Idaho early Saturday turned out to be only partly true

Multiple law enforcement agencies in Idaho spent several hours early Saturday searching for what they had been told was a car on fire with a man trapped inside. The report …


Man rams multiple cars in downtown Spokane

A man who rammed multiple cars on a downtown Spokane street Saturday had to be restrained by bystanders until police arrived and appeared “out of his mind,” according to witnesses.


100 years ago in Spokane: gas siphoning debuts as a new type of crime

A Spokane plumber, 23, committed a new category of crime in Spokane. He stole “gasoline from an auto by use of a siphon.”


Trash fire ravages laundromat; all inside evacuated safely

Spokane firefighters are battling a blaze at the Hamilton Street Wash & Dry Crews were called to the laundromat at 1725 N. Hamilton at about 8 p.m.


Man arrested after pregnant robbery victim miscarries

A Spokane man is facing a manslaughter charge for allegedly hitting a pregnant store employee who later had a miscarriage in the stomach during a robbery.


McDevitt appointment as interim Spokane police leader sparks controversy

Former U.S. Attorney Jim McDevitt hasn’t started his new job running the Spokane police department, but his appointment has already ruffled some feathers on the mayor’s police leadership committee.


Man charged with assault after RV shooting

A man arrested Thursday after he allegedly shot at an occupied motor home in south Spokane County has been charged with first-degree assault.


Massive New Jersey warehouse fire burning out of control

A massive warehouse fire in central New Jersey burning out of control for more than half a day has generated enough smoke to be detected by weather radar and forced …


Strong earthquake rocks east Indonesia; communications lost

A strong earthquake rocked eastern Indonesia on Friday, apparently knocking out communications on islands near the epicenter.


Five-story building collapses in Istanbul

A five-story building collapsed in the Turkish city of Istanbul on Friday but it appears no one was trapped inside, according to local officials.


Suspicious bag blocks traffic near Deaconess Medical Center

A suspicious bag that caused police to shut down streets and Interstate 90 near Deaconess Medical Center Thursday evening turned out to be full of books.


Second murder conviction sends man to prison for 69 years

A Spokane man has been sentenced to prison for murder for the second time after his first conviction was overturned on a technicality.


Man arrested for chasing women, hitting deputies with cane

A man is facing multiple charges after allegedly chasing a car with two women inside, refusing to get out of his car for deputies and then trying to hit two …


Man arrested after shots fired at occupied RV

A man was arrested Thursday afternoon after allegedly firing several gunshots at an occupied motor home before breaking inside.


Spokane police searching for man accused of exposing himself to children

Police are searching for man who has been reported in multiple locations around Spokane exposing himself to children.


Detectives investigating disappearance of local man

Detectives are investigating the disappearance of Bret R. Snow, who was last seen in December and is believed to have “met with foul play.”


Spokane police chief’s son criticizes barrier keeping father from applying

The son of interim police Chief Rick Dobrow penned an open letter to Mayor David Condon sharply criticizing his administration for requiring the next chief to have a bachelor’s degree.


Teens plead not guilty in Seattle homeless camp shooting

Teenage brothers charged in a drug-related shooting that left two people dead and three wounded at a Seattle homeless camp have pleaded not guilty to murder charges.


Man seeking ‘suicide by cop’ found guilty of assault

A suicidal veteran who fired eleven shots during an encounter with police last May was found guilty Thursday of assault. Craig Burton testified during a January trial that he was …


Key player in prisoners’ early release resigns state post

State officials say the assistant attorney general who advised Corrections officials they didn’t need to recalculate prisoners’ sentences after discovering a sentencing software error has stepped down.


‘Sovereign citizen contacts’ with law enforcement on rise, sheriff says

Sovereign citizens who claim they don’t need a driver’s license isn’t a new thing for Spokane County deputies, but Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said the incidents appear to be on the …


Coeur d’Alene daycare shut down after lewd conduct allegations

A Coeur d’Alene daycare has been shut down by police after a 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of repeated instances of lewd conduct involving children at the daycare.


Body found in north Spokane

Spokane Police are investigating a body found in North Spokane Wednesday afternoon.


Man convicted of manslaughter in 2015 West Central stabbing

A jury found accused killer Michael Gehrke guilty of manslaughter Tuesday for fatally stabbing another man in West Central Spokane last fall.


Investigation into ferry captains burned by laser continues

Washington State Patrol detectives are still investigating an incident in which two ferry captains were injured after a man aimed a high-powered laser into their eyes.


MADD: Car-locking systems have stopped 1.77 million drivers

Car-locking systems have stopped more than 1.77 million people from driving drunk since states first passed laws requiring offenders to install them in 1999, Mothers Against Drunk Driving said in …


Doug Clark: Spokane goes through police chiefs faster than Walt Worthy goes through hotel linens

Interim Spokane Police Chief Rick Dobrow announced his retirement after just months on the job, a pattern that’s becoming familiar to Spokanites.


Ohio cop fired after 137-shot barrage wants back on force

A Cleveland police officer who was fired after a high-speed chase led to a 137-shot barrage that killed two unarmed black people says he wants to return to the force.