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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.


Judge gives Washington mental hospitals more time to fix programs

A federal judge has extended the deadline for state mental hospitals to fix the system of evaluating and treating criminal defendants with suspected mental illnesses.


North Korea restarts plutonium reactor, intelligence chief says

North Korea has expanded a uranium enrichment facility and restarted a plutonium reactor that could start recovering material for nuclear weapons in weeks or months, the U.S. intelligence chief said …


Air Jordans stolen in alleged assault at Spokane park

On Saturday a juvenile was punched multiple times, kneed and threatened with a sledgehammer – apparently over a pair of shoes.


Idaho doctor indicted in alleged drug ring sanctioned a year ago

A Coeur d’Alene doctor indicted as part of an alleged multistate drug trafficking ring surrendered his passport Monday and was released from federal custody. Dr. Stanley Alvin Toelle, 61, a …


Inmate mistakenly released from Los Angeles jail recaptured

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says a murder suspect mistakenly released from jail last month has been captured in Nevada.


Johns Hopkins approved for HIV-positive organ transplants

Johns Hopkins Medicine has recently received approval to perform organ transplants between HIV-positive donors and recipients.


Washington man accused of supporting Islamic State

Federal agents with the Seattle Joint Terrorism Task Force have arrested an Army deserter and purported sympathizer of the Islamic State group for illegally possessing machine guns and other firearms.


Cruise ship that sailed in storm headed back to home port

A Royal Caribbean cruise ship ran into high winds and rough seas in the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday, forcing frightened passengers into their cabins overnight as their belongings flew about, …