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Rise in homeless students seen in state

The number of homeless students continues to grow statewide.


Last suspect in murder of alleged drug dealer found guilty

The last remaining defendant in the gruesome murder of an alleged Spokane drug dealer in 2013 was found guilty of federal murder and drug charges last week.


Deputy revived unresponsive baby

A two-month old baby may still be alive thanks to the actions of a Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Deputy.


Driver arrested after running into Idaho trooper’s car

An Athol man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly crashing into an Idaho State Police car and attempting to flee the scene. The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kyle M. Hodgson, …


Montana lab to focus on Zika virus research

A Montana lab has been studying the Zika virus since it began spreading in Brazil last November.


A tragedy-marred January left investigators with seven death cases

There were at least seven people in Spokane County who were killed or died under suspicous circumstances during January.


Fire District 9 needs property tax levy renewed

Next week’s ballot includes a request from Spokane County Fire District 9 for voters to renew their maintenance and operations levy for another two years.


Hit man in South Hill murder-for-hire case details ‘arsenal’

RICHLAND – Timothy Suckow described the “arsenal” of weapons he obtained illegally in Spokane, and Robert Delao detailed his plans to deliver heroin to James Henrikson, whose trial on murder-for-hire …


Shawn Vestal: Committee’s goals for hiring a new police chief sound familiar

Now that we are again on the threshold of trying to find a police chief who will carry community-minded reforms forward, the citizens’ report to the mayor is a reminder …


Americans pack classes to learn how to survive a shooting

Study your surroundings. Find exits. Identify makeshift weapons. Americans are gleaning those tips and others as they pack classes on how to react to and survive a shooting.


Man shot dead at north Spokane home identified

The man shot dead outside a northwest Spokane home Saturday night was Jerry R. King, 39, the Spokane County medical examiner’s office said Tuesday.


Obama orders more earthquake resilience for gov’t buildings

President Barack Obama is ordering all new or renovated federal buildings to be equipped with the latest protections against earthquakes.


Air bag-maker Takata struggling with quality processes, panel finds

An outside panel hired by embattled air bag maker Takata Corp. says the company lacks processes to improve product quality including air bag inflators that have been blamed for at …


Shooter in murder-for-hire case says he didn’t intend to kill last victim

RICHLAND – In testimony broken by tears and long pauses Monday, Timothy Suckow described the two grisly murders he said were ordered by James Henrikson, including what he described as …


Son tells police he killed mother with frying pan, knife

The man accused of killing his mother last week and dumping her body in a recycling cart in the back of their home told police that he has multiple personality …


Boyfriend says killing spurred by heroin and AIDS scare

Murder suspect Corey Burnam told police he killed his girlfriend Friday night as the two used heroin together and she told him she had given him the AIDS virus, according …


Idaho woman killed, husband hospitalized from burns

A Cataldo, Idaho, couple in their 70s suffered severe burns Sunday, leaving the woman dead and her husband hospitalized. Sandra K. Mack, 71, died near a fire pit in the …


Woman arrested after allegedly threatening Arby’s employee with gun

A Spokane County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team arrested a woman Sunday after she allegedly threatened an Arby’s employee with a gun.


Spokane police locate body believed to be 73-year-old homicide victim

Police late Saturday removed a body from the Spokane home of a 73-year-old woman whose son was arrested on suspicion of killing her. Police believe it’s Wanda Bush whose body …


Police use courts to shut down nuisance drug houses

Months of fear and Block Watch meetings in the River District neighborhood in Liberty Lake ended with a post on the Next Door community web site.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 30, 2016, 6:40 p.m.

Man who reported mother missing arrested for her murder

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering his elderly mother, whom he reported missing to police on Saturday.


Fatal stabbing suspect identified

Spokane County Jail records show that 38-year-old Corey M. Burnam was booked into jail Saturday morning on suspicion of aggravated first-degree domestic violence murder.


Former police union president facing new criminal charge

Former Spokane Police Guild president John Gately entered a not guilty plea on a new charge of rendering criminal assistance in court Friday.


City commission moving to hire an interim police ombudsman

The Canadian man selected in November to be Spokane’s next police ombudsman still doesn’t have a work visa, so a city commission is moving ahead with interviews for an interim …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 29, 2016, 8:05 p.m.

Jury convicts Coeur d’Alene teen of murdering brother, father

A jury on Friday began deliberating whether to find 16-year-old Eldon Gale Samuel III guilty of murdering his younger brother and father in Coeur d’Alene almost two years ago. Samuel …


Man sought in series of Spokane Valley arsons

Spokane Valley firefighters are searching for a suspect in a series of four arsons set early Friday morning.


Woman found dead at Greenacres Middle School

Police are investigating a dead body found Friday morning outside Greenacres Middle School.


First female judge in Spokane County Superior Court retiring this week

After 37 years on the bench Spokane Judge Kathleen O’Connor will hang up her robe Friday.


Jury to decide what type of killer Eldon Samuel is

A jury is about to decide what kind of killer Eldon Gale Samuel III was the night he shot his father and then attacked his younger brother with guns, a …


Target of sex sting accused of stealing from charity

The former St. Vincent de Paul thrift store manager accused of trying to trade drugs for sex with a teenage girl used his job a decade ago to embezzle thousands …