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Monday, September 23, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Spokane Valley mulls own police

Spokane Valley would save more than $1 million a year by operating its own police department, according to a newly released study. City officials commissioned the $126,500 study by the …


Medical Lake law enforcement contract ‘on schedule’

The contract the city of Medical Lake will enter into with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is still under negotiations but should be ready in time for the Nov. 1 …


Boy’s fall and death probed

The death of a 4-year-old boy near Mount Spokane last month has triggered a criminal investigation by the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. Gerrin P.R. LaFleur died Aug. 19 during a …


N.H. child porn investigation leads to local man’s arrest

A child pornography investigation that started in a small New Hampshire city led to a raid at a trailer park just outside Spokane early Tuesday. Three children younger than 10 …


New Hampshire porn investigation leads to Spokane bust

A child pornography investigation that started in a small New Hampshire city led to a raid at a trailer park just outside Spokane early today.


Donors, family give boy the gift of ‘zoom’

Eleven-year-old Trayton Larsen traded his walker for a shiny, new, red three-wheeler last Thursday and said he could “zoom” 100 mph. “Awesome,” he told the sheriff’s volunteers who joined his …


$1 million bond for teen in pregnant girlfriend’s death

The teenager charged with stabbing his pregnant girlfriend to death was released from jail in the spring because there was no room in mental health services, court documents show.


Detectives investigate death of boy, 4

Spokane County sheriff’s detectives are investigating the death of 4-year-old boy who may have fallen from the back of a truck near Mount Spokane Wednesday.


Van in road rage incident linked to Cheney man

A van involved in a road rage incident in north Spokane Friday has been connected to a man in the Cheney area, and the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is asking …


No crime committed in reported kidnapping

A kidnapping reported in north Spokane turned out to be a dispute between family members headed to visit an inmate at the Spokane County Jail.


Van’s driver sought in Friday night road rage

A Friday night road rage incident between the driver of van and a couple on a motorcycle ended with the two motorcycle riders being treated for minor injuries.


Spokane County volunteers hoof it

It’s a case of Wild West meets World Wide Web. Volunteers log in online to monitor theft alerts and check weather patterns, then call headquarters before riding out to patrol …


Teen’s gift helps keep K-9s safe

Emily Thies, a 15-year-old high school student, has donated her pet-sitting money to help protect the K-9 dogs that work with Spokane County sheriff’s deputies. “I love animals,” she said.


River scare stalls traffic

Emergency personnel responded in force Wednesday morning onto and under the Monroe Street Bridge after someone riding the Riverfront Park Skyride reported seeing a bicycle next to the Spokane River. …


Marine deputies target unsafe watercraft use

The deaths of two teens on North Idaho lakes in the past month are prompting increased patrols by sheriff’s deputies to stop dangerous personal watercraft practices on Inland Northwest waterways. …


County faces suit in man’s ’07 death

A federal lawsuit has been filed against Spokane County alleging that deputies violated a man’s civil rights when they repeatedly used a Taser and hogtied him during a struggle in …


Valley wrong on overbilling, state says

Spokane Valley’s refusal to pay part of its bill for Sheriff’s Office services since 2006 is based on a severely flawed assumption by city officials, the state auditor’s office said …


Stretch of Spokane River still closed

The Spokane River between the Harvard and Barker bridges was not reopened to floaters on Friday afternoon.


One car, two cases lead to suspect

Training, connections and a little bit of luck helped find a suspect in a vehicle prowling in west Spokane last week. It helped that the victim was an off-duty Spokane …


SWAT team finds wanted man wedged in rafters

A Spokane County sheriff’s SWAT team busted into an apartment Wednesday night after a daylong standoff and found something unusual: a man-size hole in the bathroom ceiling. “We found him …


Meth, cash, guns seized after standoff

A Spokane County Sheriff’s SWAT team that busted into an apartment Wednesday night after a seven-hour standoff found something unusual: a man-sized hole in the bathroom ceiling and insulation covering …


Debt to society

Michael Lafferty has served more time in Spokane County Jail for failure to pay his court fees and fines than for his original third-degree assault conviction. Lafferty was 19 when …


Photo released of would-be Walgreens robber

Detectives have released a surveillance photo of a man they say was talked out of robbing a Walgreens by an employee last week.


Barista-flashing cop triggers new state law

An encounter that involved a sheriff’s detective flashing a barista at a drive-up coffee stand has led to a new state law that Spokane County will use to expand the …


Man arrested after fleeing during traffic stop

A man wanted on an arrest warrant for possession of stolen property was arrested by law enforcement officers after running from a traffic stop this morning in Spokane Valley.


In trial, man claims deputies beat him unconscious

The federal bench trial started today involving a former Spokane man who claims that Spokane County deputies roughed him up and later beat him unconscious in 2003 after he disputed …


Concerns prompt reopening of probe into fired deputy

A criminal investigation into the suspicious behavior of a sheriff’s sergeant who quit last week, just before he was to be fired, is being reopened amid growing concerns from a …


Embattled cop resigns before being fired

Spokane County sheriff’s Sgt. Patrick “Pete” Bunch resigned Thursday shortly before a disciplinary hearing in which Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich was going to fire him.


Raid, investigation follow Nine Mile crash

A north Spokane County hit-and-run crash that injured a couple led to a multi- agency investigation involving drugs and stolen property, documents show.


Victim in deadly crash identified; witnesses sought

The fiery crash on Seven Mile Road Thursday night that killed a Spokane Valley man was caused by the man crossing the center line in a 2006 Jaguar and colliding …