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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 …


Panel lists qualities for next police chief

Spokane’s new police chief should have integrity, courage - and a college degree, an advisory committee concludes.


More investigation needed to determine how VA doctor died

More investigation is needed to determine how Dr. John Marshall died, the Spokane County medical examiner said Wednesday.


Third suspect arrested in Palomino Club fatal shooting

A third suspect has been arrested on investigation of second-degree murder in the shooting that killed an Eastern Washington University student outside The Palomino Club last week.


Woman who ran drug trafficking ring sentenced to prison

A woman identified by police and federal investigators as the leader of a violent drug trafficking ring in Spokane was sentenced to 15 years in prison this week.


Spokane County settles lawsuit alleging excessive force

Spokane County will pay a father $100,000 to settle a claim of excessive force used by a sheriff’s deputy arresting him during a shooting investigation involving the man’s son in …


Details of Spokane murder-for-hire case well known, even in Tri-Cities

RICHLAND – James Henrikson’s trial was moved to the Tri-Cities to avoid seating jurors who may already have heard about the case. But at least a half dozen of those …


Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, Prosecutor Larry Haskell set for raises under county proposal

Spokane County officials on Tuesday will consider boosting the salaries of Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and Prosecuting Attorney Larry Haskell.


EWU football player one of two arrested in Palomino Club fatal shooting

Spokane police have arrested an Eastern Washington University football player and another man in connection with a fatal shooting last week outside the Palomino Club.


Man gets life in prison for killing wife, stepdaughter in North Idaho

A judge in Coeur d’Alene imposed a sentence Monday of life in prison for a Mexican man who admitted killing his wife and stepdaughter a year and a half ago. …


Two Monday morning house fires keep Spokane firefighters busy

Spokane firefighters had a busy Monday morning after two house fires broke out on the east side of the city.


Detectives investigate body found near Cataldo, Idaho

Officials in Kootenai County are investigating a body found Saturday near Cataldo, Idaho.


Doug Clark: Let’s spice up police body cam footage with tunes

Doug Clark takes on the big issues facing the Spokane Police Department.


WSU, College Hill area get half of Pullman Fire Department calls, chief says

Pullman Fire Chief Mike Heston said approximately half of the more than 3,000 calls his department responded to last year were to Washington State University and the College Hill area.


Woman killed Monday was helping husband clean handgun

Brenda Thurman was helping her husband clean a handgun when it discharged, killing the Spokane Valley woman on Monday, according to court documents.


Shooter who killed EWU student remains at large

Police have not made an arre in a shooting Monday night at the Palomino Club in north Spokane.


New Spokane police precinct opens at Intermodal Center

The controversial decision to move the Spokane Police Department’s downtown precinct became official Thursday, as city leaders stood before the blue-tiled service counter with assurances that the new location would …


Woman injured in crash with suspected drunken driver

A Spokane woman was injured after a suspected drunken driver hit her car early Thursday morning in Spokane Valley.


Spokane Valley woman fatally shot in her home was beloved VA counselor

The staff and clients at the Veterans Outreach Center in Spokane Valley are reeling from the loss of beloved counselor Brenda Thurman.


Eldon Samuel trained to kill zombies, mother testifies in trial

The father of Coeur d’Alene teenager Eldon Samuel III showed the boy how to use weapons from a young age and also trained him to prepare for a “zombie apocalypse,” …


‘Pit crew’ method improves cardiac survival rate

The Spokane Valley Fire Department and the Spokane Fire Department have been working together for more than two years when responding to emergencies near their borders. The rule is simple: …


Landmarks: Alabama case helped solve Spokane officer’s killing

Of the many members of law enforcement buried in cemeteries in Spokane County, most have died of natural causes and some in the line of duty. And then there are …


Man shot outside nightclub identified as EWU student

The man shot at a north Spokane nightclub early Monday morning has been identified as Eduardo Villagomez, 21


Spokane police to expand reporting of use-of-force incidents

Spokane police will now count neck restraints, pepper spray, tear gas and batons as uses of force and require a new Use of Force Review Board to review incidents monthly.


100 years ago in Spokane: City hires first female police officer

From our archives, 100 years ago The Spokane Police Department was entering a new era by hiring the first woman police officer.