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Inspection and scales moving to fast lane

A $6.7 million Washington port of entry and weigh station complex under construction along Interstate 90 at the Idaho state line will provide nonstop service to many truckers, Department of …

Man faults brakes for head-on crash

A Spokane man arrested after a head-on collision on Trent Avenue on Wednesday told police he’d drunk two beers but that his brakes may have failed when he crossed into …

Man booked on DUI after 2 hurt in crash

A man allegedly driving drunk injured two others in a car crash in Spokane Valley around noon Wednesday.

Speeding bikers taunt trooper after crash

A Washington State Patrol trooper chasing a group of speeding motorcyclists on Interstate 5 rolled his car and ended up injured in a ditch Tuesday evening as two bikers returned …

Man was bound before slaying

A Spokane man was bound with a rope before being thrown to his death off the Sunset Bridge in June. Police on Tuesday released a photo of that rope, which …

Local police say stolen cars often recovered in one piece

While stolen cars serve different purposes for thieves, chances are the vehicle is a Honda or Toyota. The list of the top 10 most-stolen cars in America and in Spokane …

Car crash on Highway 20 sends driver to hospital

A Cheney man was airlifted to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center Tuesday morning after being injured in a traffic accident in Pend Oreille County. Kenneth R. Engel, 22, is facing …

Convicted teen arrested again

A teenager convicted of assault for his role in a fatal stabbing last year is back behind bars after his second felony arrest in a week. Christopher E. Hooper, 19, …

Cheney man killed trying to cross highway

The driver who struck and killed a 61-year-old Cheney man Sunday night also was involved in a serious injury accident southwest of Cheney in April, records show.

Developer enters not-guilty plea

A Spokane land developer pleaded not guilty to several felonies related to an alleged drug and stolen property ring investigators believe he ran from his Long Lake home.

Officials: Spokane man skips court, crashes into home

A man accused of crashing his car into a northwest Spokane home early today was scheduled to plead guilty Monday to a charge related to a Cheney shooting, but he …

Driver injured in Highway 195 crash

A 21-year-old Kamiah, Idaho, woman was injured Monday in a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 195 near Uniontown, Wash.

Idaho woman injured in head-on collision near Uniontown

A 21-year-old Kamiah, Idaho, woman was injured this morning in a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 195 near Uniontown.

Wilbur man dies after one-vehicle crash

A 22-year-old Wilbur, Wash., man died after the truck he was driving went off a Lincoln County road Saturday, hit a dirt embankment and ignited.

New prosecutor named in Todd Chism trooper case

COLVILLE – A new prosecutor was named Tuesday to handle the felony charges against Spokane fire Lt. Todd Chism, who is accused of assaulting two Washington State Patrol troopers during …

Firefighter pleads not guilty; new prosecutor appointed

A new prosecutor was named Tuesday to handle the felony charges against Spokane fire Lt. Todd Chism, who is accused of assaulting two Washington State Patrol troopers during a confrontation …

Phoning and driving will earn a ticket

Hang up and drive. Or it will cost you. That’s essentially the choice Washington drivers will have starting June 10 after the state Legislature made talking or texting on a …

New cell phone-driving law takes effect June 10

The Washington State Patrol says there will be no grace period when troopers start enforcing the new ban on texting or talking on cell phones while driving.

Firefighter placed on unpaid status

Spokane firefighter Todd Chism was placed on unpaid layoff status Thursday pending the resolution of felony charges that he assaulted Washington State Patrol troopers in Stevens County last month. City …

Motorcyclist killed on U.S. 95

A 47-year-old Spokane man was killed Monday when his motorcycle struck a guardrail on U.S. Highway 195 just north of Rosalia, according to the Washington State Patrol. Paul E. Ganoung …

Spokane region accidents cause death, injuries

Law enforcement officers and medics responded to three accidents in the Spokane area today, including a fatal accident involving a motorcyclist south of the city.

Shooting review goes to prosecutor

An investigation into the fatal shooting of a gunman by a Spokane police officer last month has been sent to the Spokane County prosecutor’s office for review. Investigators found that …

Driver booked after South Hill crash that injures passenger

A Spokane driver was arrested just after midnight after failing to negotiate a corner at High Drive and South Grand Boulevard and crashing into the landscaping of an adjacent residence, …

Spokane County sheriff’s deputy pleads not guilty to DUI charge

A Spokane County sheriff’s deputy who refused an alcohol breath test after being stopped by Spokane Valley police pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a drunken driving charge. Darin M. Schaum, …

In brief: DUI pursuit ends in crash, arrest

A suspected drunken driver took a state trooper on a chase from Interstate 90 on the east side of Spokane into Browne’s Addition late Tuesday. No one was injured in …

Police chase ends with spinout in Browne’s Addition

A freeway driver suspected of driving while intoxicated took a Washington State Patrol trooper on a chase across Spokane late Tuesday, ending when the trooper caused the fleeing driver’s vehicle …

WSP chief trying for New Orleans job

OLYMPIA – Washington State Patrol Chief John R. Batiste says he’s a candidate for police chief of New Orleans.

Firefighter charged with felonies

A Spokane firefighter exonerated in a child pornography investigation two years ago threatened to beat a state trooper “to death” in a confrontation that led to felony charges Friday in …

Third of applicants fail WSP cadet physical test

The Washington State Patrol says it’s a significant challenge to find qualified cadet applicants who also can pass the physical fitness test.

Troopers use Taser, arrest firefighter

A Spokane firefighter exonerated on child pornography charges two years ago is on paid leave again after an apparently violent confrontation with state troopers during a drunken driving arrest. Lt. …