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Woman stabbed while shopping at Goodwill

A woman was stabbed as she shopped inside the Goodwill thrift store at 1406 E. Front Ave. Wednesday night.


Shawn Vestal: Just who runs the Spokane Police Department, anyway?

Recent events within the Spokane Police Department demand more urgency to rebuild and strengthen oversight.


SPD officer suspended for inappropriate sexual relationship

A Spokane police officer has been suspended for having a sexual relationship with a women days after he took a domestic violence report from her.


Records advocate wants all Spokane police body camera videos

For months, Tim Schwering has been talking to Spokane’s Public Safety Committee about a worst-case scenario for the police records unit he supervises. Half of the department’s 202 patrol officers …


Body camera footage shows police shooting of carjacking suspect

Spokane police today released body camera, cellphone and surveillance video showing the Nov. 7 shooting of carjacking suspect Tyler J. Randant, 22. Body camera video from Officer Cory Lyons shows …


Zombie paranoia, abuse fueled Coeur d’Alene slayings, lawyer says

The parents of Eldon Gale Samuel III were abusive drug addicts constantly on the move in California, leaving their son to care for his autistic brother 11 months his junior. …


Thief targets probation officers, steals their badges, plus lip gloss and underwear

The home of two probation officers was burglarized twice recently, but the thief didn’t just take guns, ammunition, electronics and their duty equipment, including badges. He also stole 20 pairs …


Spokane County sheriff questions Matt Shea’s trip to Oregon armed protest

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich says he “can’t fathom” why Rep. Matt Shea would attend an armed protest at a wildlife refuge in Oregon over the weekend.


Spokane-area residents can weigh in on Vancouver oil terminal Thursday

Local residents will have a chance to sound off Thursday on an oil terminal proposed for the Port of Vancouver that would funnel four more oil trains daily though Sandpoint …


Man accused of stabbing Hillyard convenience store employee

A Spokane man is accused of stabbing a convenience store employee Jan. 9 in the Hillyard area.


Police, Spokane County Jail staff won’t be charged in May death

The Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office will not file criminal charges against the police and jail staff who handled Lorenzo Hayes, 37, on the day he died in May.


Council members seek proof that downtown police precinct move will save money

Spokane City Council members are calling for city and police leaders to show how two-week old move of the downtown police precinct will save the city money.


Trial begins for Idaho teen accused of killing father, brother

Eldon Gale Samuel III goes on trial for murder this week in Coeur d’Alene. He is accused of killing his father and younger brother in March 2014.


Haystack fire near Coeur d’Alene was arson, officials say

Fire investigators in Kootenai County say someone intentionally set fire to a large haystack on the north end of Coeur d’Alene early Sunday morning. The Coeur d’Alene and Northern Lakes …


Woman died of hypothermia near Coeur d’Alene Resort

The 72-year-old woman who died near the Coeur d’Alene Resort Wednesday has been identified as Lois May Falcon of St. Regis, Montana.


Police arrest man suspected in string of fast food robberies

A fingerprint on a discarded container of salad helped lead police to a man they suspect participated in seven robberies since October.


Man pleads guilty to murdering wife, girl in Post Falls

A man charged with killing his wife and her young daughter in Post Falls in 2014 pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder Wednesday. Angel Albertico Morales-Larranaga, 27, accepted …


Prosecutors seek death penalty in slaying of CdA officer

The Kootenai County Prosecutor’s Office will seek the death penalty for Jonathan Renfro, the man accused of killing a Coeur d’Alene Police sergeant last year, if he is convicted of …


Coeur d’Alene man gets prison term for child porn

A Coeur d’Alene man who had amassed a large collection of child pornography was sentenced Tuesday to 75 months in federal prison. Keith David Killingsworth, 38, also will spend 15 …


Flood warning issued for 3 northern counties

The National Weather Service in Spokane has issued a flood warning for small streams in Boundary and Bonner counties in North Idaho and Pend Oreille County in Washington. Reporting gauges …


Courthouse dog puts children, the vulnerable at ease

The criminal justice system in Bonner County has a new resource: a dog specially trained to comfort witnesses and victims who are nervous, scared, angry or experiencing other high emotions …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 20, 2015, 8:18 p.m.

New LED streetlights are green, but have some Spokane residents seeing red

As part of a five-year project to replace 30,000 company-owned streetlights with energy-efficient bulbs, Avista has begun switching out the orange glow of sodium lights with the bright white of …


Police aim to slow drivers near schools

Officers patrol school zone speeding


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 7, 2015, 9 p.m.

City wants to make it easier to fight fires on Tubbs Hill

The forested Tubbs Hill Park in downtown Coeur d’Alene has been a firefighting hotspot this year, with 15 blazes — about twice the annual average. More than half of them …


Shawn Vestal: Video expert from Zehm case was wrong pick for review of bike incident

When police officers investigating the death of a teenager killed in an encounter with a speeding Spokane County deputy needed an expert to analyze video footage, they made an unusual …


Female council members take on women’s pay, hiring at City Hall

A woman makes $11,614 less than a man, on average, at Spokane City Hall. Females represent nearly half the city’s population, but they hold just a quarter of positions in …


Spokane City Council prohibits immigration status inquiries by employees, including police

Beheadings and Ebola made an appearance at this week’s Spokane City Council meeting, as did some deferred gratitude from Council President Ben Stuckart, who thanked the Spokane Tribe of Indians …


Report addresses public safety on tribal land

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — A national panel of judicial and law enforcement experts traveled the country taking comment on public safety issues on American Indian reservations, where federal statistics show the …


Vestal: Washington Policy Center loves numbers, loathes context

Did you know our mayor is paid more than the mayor of Mobile, Ala.? A lot more. The mayor’s salary of $169,000 is nearly twice the salary of the mayor …


Panhandling ordinance would hinder some nonprofits

Richard Henderson stood on the busy corner of Division Street and Third Avenue on Thursday, occasionally reaching into the street to accept a couple bucks from drivers stopped at the …