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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. …


WSP sergeant: Shooting that wounded woman ‘accidental’

The Washington State Patrol sergeant who shot an unarmed pregnant woman last week during a drug raid has told investigators it was “an accidental discharge.”


Driver in fatal crash jailed on drug charge

A Deer Park man involved in a fatal accident July 16 turned himself in to authorities on Wednesday. Authorities developed probable cause to arrest Jonathon Bales, 21, after their investigation …


Valley council’s bus tour stops at noted locations

The Spokane Valley City Council took a three-hour tour last week, but instead of ending up on a tropical island they stopped by some city parks as well as other …


WSP names officer in shooting that wounded woman

The chief of Washington State Patrol said Tuesday he has no reason to believe last week’s shooting of an unarmed pregnant woman in Spokane was accidental. “I don’t have anything …


Creach son questions Valley police contract

The son of pastor Wayne Scott Creach, killed by a Spokane County sheriff’s deputy last month, urged the Spokane Valley City Council on Tuesday to change its police services contract …


Deputy who saved man nominated for Red Cross award

A Spokane County sheriff’s deputy has been nominated for a Red Cross award for saving a man who drove into a South Hill swimming pool.


Police: Man posed online as teen boy to lure girls

A Spokane Valley man is accused of arranging meeting with young girls while posing as a teen boy on the Internet, then offering them money for sex.


Shot woman said to have given birth

A spokesman for the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, which is leading the investigation into last week’s shooting of an unarmed pregnant woman by a Washington State Patrol sergeant, said Monday …


State patrol officer shoots pregnant woman

A Washington State Patrol detective-sergeant shot and wounded a pregnant woman while serving a search warrant in Spokane this morning.


Deputies no longer assert that suspect fired first

Deputies who initially said an armed assault suspect fired on them before they shot back, wounding him last week, now say they’re unsure if the man shot at them at …


Deputies may not have been fired upon

Two deputies who initially said an armed assault suspect fired on them before they shot back, wounding him last week, now say they’re unsure if the man shot at them …


No conclusion in probe of deputy-involved shooting

Investigators have not determined if a man shot by Spokane County sheriff’s deputies initiated the gunfire that sent him to the hospital last week, according to court documents released Tuesday. …


Tips sought on missing man after car found

Major crimes detectives are asking for help finding a 45-year-old Spokane Valley man reported missing in May.


Teen dies after Palouse Highway car crash

An 18-year-old woman injured in a car crash on the Palouse Highway early Saturday has died.


Sheriff releases tapes of dispatches after pastor’s shooting

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office released the 911 and police dispatch tapes Monday documenting Deputy Brian Hirzel’s transmissions surrounding his fatal shooting of Spokane Valley pastor Wayne Scott Creach. The …


Fairfield teen killed in Palouse Highway crash

An 18-year-old Fairfield, Wash., man died early Saturday when his car left the Palouse Highway and struck a tree.


Spokane County deputies shoot, wound man

A Spokane County sheriff’s deputy shot a man late Thursday while investigating an earlier shooting in a quiet neighborhood near the Little Spokane River. Sean P. Houlihan, 37, is expected …


Deputy shoots, injures man north of Spokane

The Washington State Patrol is investigating a deputy-involved shooting overnight in the area near the Little Spokane River in north Spokane County.


Police report details pastor’s shooting

Deputy Brian Hirzel told investigators that he feared for his life before he fired the shot that killed Pastor Wayne Scott Creach. The 733-page investigative file released Thursday by the …


Prosecutors reviewing Creach shooting probe

The investigation into last month’s police shooting of a Spokane Valley pastor and businessman has been completed and turned over to county prosecutors for review, authorities said today. Investigators have …


Newspaper request on deputies identities under review

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said Wednesday morning that he was in the process of releasing the identities of deputies who responded over the past five years to crime reports …


Sheriff’s Office reports detail pastor’s gun use

Pastor Wayne Scott Creach not only routinely carried his .45-caliber pistol on his property, he was known by police to hold theft suspects at gunpoint until officers could arrive and …


Spokane police say teen sold pot at school

A Mason jar filled with pot found in a backpack led to a teen’s arrest Monday at Mt. Spokane High School. The 16-year-year-old, who attended the school, told a school …


Spokane teen suspected of selling drugs at school

A 16-year-old Mount Spokane High School student is being investigated for selling marijuana to students, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.


Candidate wants WSP in charge in Creach case

The Democratic challenger for Spokane County prosecutor on Monday called for the Washington State Patrol to take over the investigation into the fatal shooting of a Spokane Valley pastor. Spokane …


Sheriff’s Office looks at Hirzel’s role in online sex toy business

Deputy Brian Hirzel, already under investigation for fatally shooting a Spokane Valley pastor, now is the subject of a new probe. Hirzel failed to disclose, as required under Sheriff’s Office …


Vestal: Kirkpatrick’s ‘protocol’ lecture missed the point

Earlier this week, 13 days after a cop fatally shot a citizen on his own property, Spokane police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick appeared before the public. Basic information about the shooting …


Sheriff frustrated by vacation flap

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich is frustrated and caught off guard by the public reaction to the decision to allow Deputy Brian Hirzel to leave for vacation just hours after …


Doug Clark: Baton story fails to clear cop’s conduct

Santa Claus. The Tooth Fairy. The Easter Bunny … The Keebler Elves. Open wide, compadres. We have a brand new myth to swallow. It’s called… “The Phantom Baton Blow.” Believing …