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Spokane County won't appeal verdict in defamation case; former sergeant will get $20 million
SPOKANE, Wash - Comments made by former Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich will cost Spokane County and its insurance $20 million. A jury in December ruled in favor of former sergeant Jeff Thurman, who sued Knezovich and Spokane County for defamation.
Spokane Police Enforce Misdemeanor for Public Drug Use: Fighting Destructive and Dangerous Behavior in the City
The Spokane Police Department is enforcing a new city ordinance that makes public use of illegal drugs a misdemeanor. In the past three weeks, officers have initiated 80 citations or arrests for people openly using drugs on city streets. Depending on the circumstances, people are either cited and released or taken to jail.
'These kids will die': Daybreak license suspension leaves patients, families distraught
SPOKANE, Wash. -- The #1 question if Daybreak Youth Services closes down is what will happen to the kids who still need treatment?. A father of one of Daybreak's patients says he is looking everywhere for another option, but the alternatives are scarce.
Former Okanogan County, Spokane County deputy’s cause of death revealed
SPOKANE – The cause of death in a former Okanogan County and Spokane County deputy has been has been confirmed by a medical examiner. A month after his death, Spokane County’s medical examiner revealed that Craig Chamberlin had died of natural causes. The 52-year old’s cause of death...
Cold Case Solved: 43 Year Old Murder of Donald Leroy Pearson Identified in Spokane
Spokane Police and investigators with the Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office have solved a human remains/cold case using genetic genealogy for the second time in several months. The case involved an unidentified male with burn marks to his torso and significant head trauma found in a railroad tunnel in January 1980. Despite fingerprints and an autopsy being conducted, the man was buried as a John Doe. Thanks to a grant in July 2022, the Medical Examiner's Office obtained a DNA profile from the body after it was exhumed. Othram Inc., a forensic lab specializing in working with degraded specimens, provided viable leads which led to the identification of the John Doe as Donald Leroy Pearson, born in 1924. His children shared that their father was not present in their lives, and his siblings were deceased. The case remains open with few leads to the suspect.
Missing hiker found, Spokane County Sheriff chopper responding as mutual aid
SPOKANE, WASH- Early Saturday morning, The Spokane County Sheriffs office announced that there are chopper was involved in an air rescue. By way of information they released that the chopper was on its way to Boundary County to conduct a hoist rescue for a hiker who has been missing for three days.
Spokane Valley Farmers Market opens for the 2023 season
The Spokane Valley Farmers Market is open for the summer season! Every Friday from June 2 to Sept. 15, head to the market on north Discovery Pl. to find a ton of fresh food and other goods from local vendors and farmers.
Man with kidnapping warrant arrested for urinating in public
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- Spokane County Sheriff's deputies arrested a suspect in Spokane Valley for indecent exposure and a felony warrant for kidnapping. On Tuesday around 11 a.m., deputies responded to a business on N. Sullivan Road and E. Broadway Ave. for reports of a man urinating in front of the window of a business and seen by a female employee.
Family remembers son who died after Spokane Valley crash
SPOKANE, Wash – A parent’s worst nightmare has become a stark reality for a Spokane Valley family. Their 2-year-old son, Thor, died after more than a week of fighting for his life.
Salmonella cases linked to backyard poultry found in WA, including Spokane County
OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington Department of Health is investigating 13 cases of Salmonella in the state linked to backyard poultry. Two cases have been reported in Spokane County. Others include Kitsap (3), Yakima (2), King (2), Grant (1), Thurston (1), Skagit (1), and Cowlitz (1) counties. Four people have been hospitalized and no deaths have been reported. The DOH is working with federal and local public health partners to investigate these cases.
Reminder for Spokane Residents: Place Your Carts to Curb Early Due to High Temperatures
Spokane residents are reminded to have their garbage, recycling, and yard waste cart ready at the curb by 7 a.m. on their designated collection day as routes may begin earlier than normal due to high temperatures.
Spokane County Interstate Fair introduces 2023 animal mascot, announces concerts and special events
On Thursday afternoon, speeches were punctuated by "moos" as the Spokane County Interstate Fair officially introduced the fair's fluffy animal mascot, Cedar the Scottish Highland cow, and announced other special events taking place during the fair, happening Sept. 8-17. Cedar is only four months old but her owners, Derek and...
Speaking with a local drag queen in the Spokane area
One issue front-and-center in the LGBTQ+ community is drag. The art form has been cast in a false light in recent months by right-wing activists and politicians who attempt to tie it to the sexualization or grooming of children.
Post Falls Chapin Building's 100th-anniversary celebration happening in July
POST FALLS, Idaho — From a pharmacy and a drugstore to a laundromat, a police station and, now, the home of the Post Falls Museum and Historical Society, the Chapin Building flows River City history. The historical society is asking you, the citezenry, to share any and all stories...
How to make fires less wild
Spokane County and the Inland Northwest are no strangers to devastating wildfires, from the devastation of Malden in 2020, to the still infamous Fire Storm ‘91, all the way back to the Big Burn, our region is prone to deadly, wind-driven fires.
Cold case murder suspect dies in Spokane County Jail
SPOKANE, Wash. — The suspect in a 40-year-old cold case died in the Spokane County Jail, according to the Spokane Police Department (SPD). Tracy Pruitt was awaiting trial in jail when he died on the morning of May 19, 2023. Pruitt was accused of killing Spokane businessman Archie Rutherford at his South Hill home in 1982. As a result of his death, however, prosecutors are requesting the murder charge against him be dropped.
'Off the Wall' restaurant holds grand opening in downtown Spokane
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Off the Wall Spokane just celebrated the grand opening of its downtown location Thursday morning. Off the Wall is an indoor food truck restaurant with three different menus to choose from. It includes tacos, gourmet hot dogs, soup, salad, fries, smash burgers, and a full bar committed to unique and fun drinks.
Pride in the Park returns to North Idaho one year after members of hate group are arrested
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho — One year ago, 31 members of the Patriot Front were arrested in Coeur d'Alene, close by where the annual Pride in the Park was being held. Now, as the North Idaho Pride Alliance gets ready to host this year's event, Executive Director Dr. Sarah Lynch says they're moving on and looking forward to people coming out and celebrating Pride.
Jurassic world live event 1
SPOKANE, Wash. — How close have you been to a dinosaur? Well, you will have the opportunity to get close to one at the Jurassic Park World Tour coming to Spokane starting June 2 - June 4.
Farm chicks vintage fair happening this weekend
SPOKANE, Wash. — Can you imagine hundreds of the cutest little shops, all in one place? Well…
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