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Suspected bomb maker arrested after party fatality

A young man suspected of bringing explosives to a Halloween party on the West Plains is under arrest following the death of a 28-year-old injured when one of the devices …


Officers making life or death decisions in an instant

Facing the muzzle of a gun, a Spokane County sheriff’s deputy said he had one immediate thought: death. Ryan Walter squeezed off eight rounds at the gunman, Donald J. Lafavor. …


County settles with robbery victim

Spokane County will pay $60,000 to a 79-year-old robbery victim who says he was seriously injured when sheriff’s deputies manhandled him after he called them for help. Several deputies reported …


Sheriff’s deputy in shooting named

The Spokane County sheriff’s deputy who shot and killed a man Sunday night in Spokane Valley was identified Wednesday as Rustin Olson. Olson, who was involved in a nonfatal police …


Deputy identified in Sunday shooting

The Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy who shot and killed a man Sunday night in Spokane Valley has been identified as Rustin Olson. The deputy was involved in another shooting on …


Man killed by deputy had been suicidal

A man shot and killed by a Spokane County sheriff’s deputy on Sunday underwent a mental evaluation after trying to commit suicide last summer. A police report obtained Tuesday said …


Man killed by deputy attempted suicide in July

A man shot and killed by a Spokane County sheriff’s deputy on Sunday underwent a mental evaluation after trying to commit suicide last summer.


Family questions fatal-encounter with sheriff’s deputy

Before Quentin Donald Dodd’s fatal confrontation with a Spokane County sheriff’s deputy on Sunday, his landlord said she’d had enough. “He was very aggressive and threatening, so I said, ‘You …


Valley man shot by deputy is ID’d

The man killed Sunday night by police has been identified as 50-year-old Quentin D. Dodd, who reportedly had threatened two of his roommates with a knife before police confronted him.


Valley man shot, killed in police confrontation

A Spokane Valley man is dead after a confrontation with police Sunday night.


Woman arrested with stolen Jeep

A 32-year-old Spokane Valley woman was arrested early Friday while she was gassing up a stolen Jeep in the Wandermere area, Spokane sheriff’s deputies said. Genevieve Justine Willyard was arrested …


Creach family hires forensic expert

The family of Pastor Wayne Scott Creach said Friday that a key piece of evidence in his death has been compromised – the squad car driven by the Spokane County …


Air One had equipment failure

Air One, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office helicopter, made what was called a “precautionary landing” earlier this month when its hydraulic system failed. Undersheriff Jeff Tower likened the situation to …


Girlfriend insists man is innocent

The girlfriend of a Spokane Valley man accused of trying to lure teenage girls while masturbating in his car says he’s wrongly accused.


Hunter dies in ATV crash in north Spokane County

A North Bend, Wash., man who has been visiting north Spokane County with a hunting party for 35 years died Friday after he crashed his ATV near Reflection Lake.


Wanted felon arrested in house fire, death

A felon already wanted by the state Department of Corrections was arrested Wednesday on murder and arson charges related to a suspicious fire near the Hangman Valley Golf Course. Ryan …


Man arrested for murder in Hangman Valley fire

A 27-year-old man has been arrested on murder and arson charges related to a suspicious fire on Tuesday.


Body found in burning house near Hangman

Firefighters found a body Tuesday morning while fighting a fire in a home near Hangman Valley Golf Course south of Spokane. Crews were called to the scene by a neighbor …


Burglar stole more than gold

Dennis Miller had been collecting gold and silver coins since 1950, but this summer he began selling some to help finance a move to a retirement home. Then Miller and …


Prosecuter receives Creach autopsy

The autopsy report of pastor Wayne Scott Creach has been turned over to Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker, but it does little to answer many of the family’s questions. Creach’s …


Police shooting scene examined again

A Spokane man shot by sheriff’s deputies two weeks ago pleaded not guilty to a single assault charge this week as investigators examined his medical records and searched the shooting …


Richard, Knezovich spar over budgeting

A 2 ½-hour Sheriff’s Office budget meeting Tuesday produced more heat than light. Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and County Commission Chairman Mark Richard each accused the other of “insulting” …


Woman shot by officer faces charges

An unarmed pregnant woman shot during a drug raid in Spokane nearly two weeks ago faces felony crack cocaine charges under a police recommendation announced Wednesday. Keamia D. Powell, 24, …


Man accused of trying to lure girls near Valley schools

A 28-year-old man is accused of trying to lure teenage girls into his car while masturbating near Spokane Valley schools. Michael J. McBride was arrested just before noon Wednesday after …


Deputies seek witness in jogger’s fatal injury

Detectives are looking for a witness who helped alert Spokane Valley authorities last month to an injured jogger who later died. A motorist found retired pastor David W. Thorin, 71, …


Man accused of trying to lure girls near Valley schools

A 28-year-old man is accused of trying to lure teen girls into his car while masturbating near Spokane Valley schools.


Detectives in man’s death seek 911 caller’s identity

Detectives are looking for a witness who helped alert authorities to a man who later died of his injuries in Spokane Valley last month.


Sheriff: Deputies haven’t changed their stories

Two deputies involved in a shooting last month near Wandermere have not changed their stories about what happened that night, Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said. A search warrant stating that interviews …


Sheriff drops the wait in shooting probes

Investigators probing officer-involved shootings will no longer be required to wait at least 72 hours before interviewing Spokane County Sheriff’s Office employees. Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich announced the change Thursday, ending …


Trooper says shooting was unintentional

A Washington State Patrol sergeant who shot an unarmed pregnant woman during a drug raid last week has told investigators it was “an accidental discharge,” sheriff’s officials announced Thursday. Sgt. …