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2 women dead, 1 injured in Okanogan shooting

Two women were shot to death today and another wounded in what Okanogan County authorities are calling a murder-suicide


5 apparent suicides of JBLM soldiers since July 1

Since the first of July, five soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord have died in apparent suicides, part of an Army-wide upsurge in such deaths despite stepped-up prevention efforts.


Shawn Vestal: A place of safety faces financial straits

Kids sprawl on the couch, teasing and bantering. A young man cuts up a watermelon in the kitchen. Laptops pop open. The fridge door opens and shuts, opens and shuts. …


High school students tackle suicide problem, earn statewide honor

WHITE SWAN, Wash. – Tedra Spencer says she will never forget the text message she received one night from a close high school friend thanking her for being in her …


Jail overdose traced back to inmate’s pills

A convicted killer who committed suicide at the Spokane County Jail did so using pills prescribed to another inmate. Now detectives are investigating whether the pill provider could be at …


Man gets six months in friend’s suicide

A Spokane man was sentenced Monday to six months in jail for his role in the suicide of a longtime friend who jumped off the Sunset Bridge. Melvin Alephus Gillespie, …


Man given 6 months for assisting in suicide

A Spokane man was sentenced today to six months in jail for his role in the suicide of a longtime friend who jumped off the Sunset Bridge.


Coroner: Motorcyclist shot in head committed suicide

A motorcyclist who died of a gunshot wound to the head following a crash on Highway 23 committed suicide, authorities said today.


Mom seeks ‘something positive’ after son’s tragic fall

A 48-foot fall off a concrete retaining wall onto the unforgiving pavement below did not kill Jeffrey Kemmish. His ensuing eight-year struggle with pain, disability, myriad medications, doctor visits, surgeries …


Man accused of aiding friend’s suicide

An acquaintance of a Spokane man whom police believe took his own life last summer is now accused of assisting in the suicide. Family members of William P. Pickard, 38, …


Man charged with assisting Sunset Bridge suicide

An acquaintance of a Spokane man whom police believe committed suicide last summer is accused of assisting in the suicide.


Bridge death, once thought to be homicide, ruled suicide

Police now believe a Spokane man found dead and bound with a rope under the Sunset Bridge last June committed suicide. Detectives found a suicide note written by William P. …


Man’s death at Sunset Bridge believed to be suicide

Police now believe a Spokane man found dead and bound with a rope under the Sunset Bridge last June committed suicide. Detectives found a suicide note written by William P. …


Coroner changes cause of death for slain trooper

Barb Thompson, a Spokane woman who has spent years trying to prove her daughter’s death was not a suicide, has won a major victory. Monday, Lewis County’s newly elected coroner, …


Man shoots self during traffic stop

A Hayden man died Wednesday after shooting himself in the face during a traffic stop in Dalton Gardens, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department. Robert J. Kilborn, 48, was …


Short police pursuit ends in suicide

A Hayden man died Wednesday after shooting himself in the face during a traffic stop in Dalton Gardens, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department.


Deputies say deaths may be suicides

The Chattaroy couple found dead in a trailer home Friday tried to commit suicide in mid-October by overdosing on medication, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Dave Reagan said. The …


Murder-suicide victims identified as Chattaroy couple

A man and woman found dead Friday in what detectives believe is a murder-suicide have been identified as Warren A. Fugitt, 78, and Harriet A. Fugitt, 72.


Murder-suicide suspected after 2 bodies found in Chattaroy

Detectives are investigating the deaths of an elderly man and woman in Chattaroy as a murder-suicide, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.


Officials identify body found in river

A man found dead in the Spokane River on Sunday had a long history of mental illness and likely committed suicide, family said on Monday. Peter L. Jose, 34, had …


Man jumps to his death from Riverfront Park bridge

A man climbed on top of the Howard Street Bridge in Riverfront Park about 2 p.m. Saturday and jumped into the Spokane River to his death.


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.


Two Whitman County deaths believed murder-suicide

A Whitman County couple in the process of separating was found dead Wednesday in what detectives believe was a murder-suicide. Wayne Arther Dale, 51, and Jennifer Dale, 42, were found …


Whitman County couple in suspected murder-suicide identified

A Whitman County couple going through a divorce have been found dead in what detectives believe to be a murder-suicide.


Records say DeMeerleer was suicidal

The man who fatally shot his ex-fiancée and her 9-year-old son in Spokane Valley this week had been suicidal in the past and owned several guns, new court documents say. …


Credit union pledges donation after slaying

A local credit union will match the first $5,000 donated to a fund for the children of Spokane Valley murder victim Rebecca Schiering.


Credit union to match donations for murder victim’s children

A local credit union will match the first $5,000 donated to a fund for the children of murder victim Rebecca Schiering.


Suspect found dead after 1 killed, 2 injured

An attack at a Spokane Valley home early Sunday left a woman dead, one son on life support and a second son with a slashed neck. The suspected killer was …


Shooting on Tubbs Hill

A hiker on Tubbs Hill in Coeur d’Alene called police to report finding the body of a woman on a trail just before 2 p.m. today, said Lt. Rob Turner …


Plenty of warning signs when teens consider suicide

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year-olds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and it has lately been in the news. Cornell …