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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.

Woman shot in Spokane Valley home; husband says death accidental

A woman was killed Monday morning in a shooting at home in Spokane Valley. A man called 911 at about 9:45 a.m. to report his wife had been shot in …

Spokane businessman with ties to failed Tennessee business faces lottery theft allegations

Scott Brett, 54, the former chief executive of a “green” construction company and longtime Spokane resident, has been indicted on a wire fraud charge alleging he stole money from an …

Man charged in strangling death in a Spokane substance-abuse recovery apartment

A Spokane man has been charged with murder, kidnapping and robbery in the Dec. 15 death of a man who lived in a downtown apartment building for people recovering from …

CdA teen tells police he thought about killing brother for ‘a while’

Eldon Gale Samuel III told police detectives he had contemplated killing his younger brother Jonathan for “a while” and also said,

Proposed oil terminal brings only risk for Spokane, critics say

Building a crude oil terminal in Vancouver, Washington, puts Spokane and other communities at risk from increased oil train traffic, without offering any local economic benefits, opponents of the project …

No mass killing of dogs in Boundary County, sheriff says

The Boundary County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday that media reports indicating dozens of dogs have been shot dead in the woods near Bonners Ferry are wrong.

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.