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‘We know what our job is’: Spokane Valley firefighters adjust to widespread COVID-19 precautions

Spokane Valley firefighters are growing used to the unprecedented, widespread precautions they’re taking to protect themselves and the public from the spread of the novel coronavirus, while grappling with the …


100 years ago in Spokane: Missing cat prompts fears of gruesome business

A woman reported that her Angora cat was missing, and that its skin appeared on the wall of a local furrier.


UPDATED: Sun., March 22, 2020

Spokane police arrest man accused of theft in NorthTown Mall, amid uptick in criminal activity

Spokane Police say they’ve upped their patrols near the mall due to increased calls of potential crimes.


UPDATED: Fri., March 20, 2020

Federal, state courts ordered to halt in-person hearings through at least mid-April

The order from U.S. District Court Chief Judge Thomas O. Rice affects grand jury proceedings, civil and criminal cases, as well as naturalization ceremonies. At least one federal public defender …


UPDATED: Tue., March 17, 2020

Spokane man charged with raping coworker

A cook at at local hotel was charged with sexually assaulting a co-worker.


Car crashes into Spokane Valley home

A car crashed into a house Monday night in Spokane Valley at University Road near 24th Avenue, KHQ reported.


UPDATED: Tue., March 17, 2020

Spokane Valley woman accused of attempting to kill 5-year-old son, herself

Daphne M. Williams, 38, fed the boy a cocktail of medications by crushing pills and mixing them with hot water and corn syrup, according to records filed in Spokane County …


UPDATED: Tue., March 17, 2020

Spokane County, city of Spokane declare emergencies; Knezovich urges collaboration, calm

Spokane County and Spokane have both called for a state of emergency as the number of cases in the state grows.


100 years ago in Spokane: Authorities solve mystery of dead man beneath Monroe Street bridge

Authorities determined the dead man was Bryan Syron, of Garfield, Washington, who had “escaped from the State Custodial School at Medical Lake” a few days earlier.


UPDATED: Fri., March 13, 2020

One dead in Bonners Ferry shooting

One person was killed in a shooting in Bonners Ferry on Thursday night.


Spokane woman charged with arson after lighting apartment on fire, laughing, documents say

After lighting her apartment on fire, a local woman walked away laughing, court records say. Natalia Hensz, 23, was arrested Friday and charged with arson.


Police seeking additional evidence, public’s help investigating officer involved shooting in Okanogan County

Investigators are seeking help from anyone who may have witnessed the March 3 police shooting death of an Okanogan county man.


UPDATED: Mon., March 9, 2020

As investigation continues into death, sheriff criticizes I-940 requirements in officer-involved shooting cases

As law enforcement continues to investigate the circumstances that led to deputies shooting a domestic violence suspect in Spokane Valley on Sunday, Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich argued that outside oversight slowed …


UPDATED: Sun., March 8, 2020

Coronavirus spreads in Washington, but local officials confirm no cases in Spokane County

A spokeswoman for the Spokane Regional Health District said Sunday they’d received no positive test results from people in Spokane County.


UPDATED: Sun., March 8, 2020

Five people taken to hospital after head-on crash near Worley on Saturday evening

Two trucks collided on U.S. Highway 95 just before 5 p.m., according to the ISP. The crash is under investigation.


Idaho State Police ask for help identifying truck that hit pedestrian near Priest River early Sunday

A man was found in a ditch after being struck by a silver pickup just after 1:15 a.m. Sunday on Highway 57. The Idaho State Police are asking any witnesses …


Propane gas leak prompts closure of Highway 2 in Mead early Sunday morning

The leak was reported just before 6 a.m, and fire officials responded to a Conoco station just north of Mount Spokane Park Drive.


Spokane woman arrested on arson, drug and stolen vehicle charges after setting fire to her apartment, police say

Natalia S. Hensz, 23, is being held in Spokane County Jail on a $101,000 cash bond, according to jail records.


Authorities identify dead man in Post Falls standoff as wanted man police were seeking

Thomas W. Boland, 53, was found dead inside a home at 111 S. Bentley Place overnight Tuesday. Authorities have not said what caused Boland’s death, but he exchanged gunfire with …


Spokane firefighters cut free two women in Saturday car crashes in north Spokane

The two crashes occurred several hours apart in the Indian Trail neighborhood and near Joe Albi Stadium. Police are investigating causes in both the crashes.


Citing new evidence, prosecutors drop charge against Spokane Valley man accused in fatal beating

Deputies may have arrested the wrong man in connection with a beating in Spokane Valley that left a 40-year-old man with fatal head wounds. “We want to make sure we …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 27, 2020

Appellate judges accuse Spokane prosecutor of ‘flagrant’ constitutional error in trial of convicted stabber

Bruce N. Lang will remain in prison, but appellate judges sent a strongly worded message in an opinion Feb. 20 for Spokane prosecutors to cease calling witnesses who accuse defendants …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 26, 2020

Suspicious car, trash can fires reported in north Spokane on Wednesday morning

Investigators with Spokane County Fire District 9 and the Spokane Fire Department are investigating a trio of blazes targeting property that were reported in the Town and Country area north …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 26, 2020

Man dies after rolling pickup truck near Airway Heights

Deputies, firefighters, paramedics and an Airway Heights police officer responded the crash scene on Rambo Road at about 9:45 p.m.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 26, 2020

Kettle Falls man struck by own car after stopping on I-90 onramp on Tuesday

Both he and the driver who struck his car were cited by the Washington State Patrol for driving infractions, according to a news release.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 25, 2020

Bounty hunters who were criminally charged file lawsuit against city, Spokane Police Department

Shaun Beveridge, Reed Alfeteras and Robert Elder sued the Spokane Police Department last week, alleging they were unfairly prosecuted to protect a confidential informant when they were charged with crimes …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 24, 2020

Domestic violence suspect crashes into boulder after car chase in Spokane Valley

Marionette Eblacas, 22, was booked into the Spokane County Jail on charges of fourth-degree assault, resisting arrest, attempting to elude police, making false statements, hit-and-run, possession of a stolen vehicle …


Police: Suspected drunken driver crashes early Sunday morning in north Spokane, critically injuring passengers

Daryn White, 21, was booked into Spokane County Jail a little before 11 a.m. Sunday morning. Police first spotted the car White was driving in the Garland district headed west …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 20, 2020

Omak man who threatened to kill Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich enters guilty plea

Jaydin Ledford, 24, has agreed to a deal that will keep him out of prison but require he serve five years of probation. Knezovich said Thursday he participated in the …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 20, 2020

Spokane police investigating death at home near Rogers High School

Police received a call at about 2:20 a.m. Thursday from a “third party” who described suspicious circumstances at a residence in northeast Spokane, according to a news release. Officers determined …