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JUSTICE FOR BABY MALIKI: Joseph John Davis sentenced to life in prison

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:00:00 EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho. - Joseph John Davis has been sentenced to life in prison for the death of Baby Maliki. Davis will serve 15 years fixed and then have the possibility for parole. Baby Maliki was found with severe trauma to his skull and brain back in August of 2016 after being in the care of Davis, his former stepfather, for just 20 minutes.

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Should kids who aren't vaccinated be in school during an outbreak?

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 21:17:00 EDT

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Should kids who aren't vaccinated be in school during an outbreak? Some Spokane Valley city council members say it should be up to the parents to decide and they're working on a plan to make that happen.  It's a proposed ordinance called, "Protecting Parental Rights." The proposed ordinance covers everything from vaccination, school exclusion, education, to healthcare and privacy. Washington State Law 

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Facing potential budget cuts, Sheriff warns, “There’s nowhere to cut”

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 20:51:00 EDT

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - The Spokane County commissioners have no choice but to make cuts to next years budget, and Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich says they should leave his department out of it. “What that looks like is a cowards way of doing budgeting,” said Knezovich. “That’s what it is. You have to prioritize the budget and they’re failing to do that.” The Sheriff has been asked to put together a proposal of what a seven-percent 

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Sinkhole appears in Spokane family's backyard

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 20:33:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - It’s not something you’d ever expect to see appear in your backyard. But one Spokane family came home to find a sinkhole on Wednesday night. “I don’t like to be over here,” Alyssa Davis says. She’s put a board over it so no animals or kids who are playing her backyard fall in. Her husband measured the depth and it came out to about 7 feet. The width looks like it continues to grow. What’s scaring Alyssa is how close it is to

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Toddler dies after being hit by truck in church parking lot

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 20:21:00 EDT

PARKLAND, Wash. (AP) - An 18-month-old girl has died after she was struck by a truck in the parking lot of a church in Parkland. The Pierce County Sheriff's Department says the girl was taken to a hospital late Tuesday where she died of her injuries. The department says a 35-year-old female driver had been parked in front of the Lamb of God Christian Community Church Tuesday night. After talking to a relative, the woman pulled her truck 

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Apps parents can use to monitor their child's cell phone activity

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:57:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Do you know everything your teen is doing online? If you’re like 85 percent of American parents, the answer is no. But there are apps that parents can use to monitor the kid’s online activity. Teen Safe is one app that’s designed to let parents monitor their kids’ phones. It downloads information from the phone so you, as a parent, can see what they’re doing. You can see their text messages, but also messages sent on 

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Young at Heart: 103-Year-Old strikes chord at senior center

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:08:00 EDT

SILVERTON, Idaho - In today’s fast paced world, so many of us spend time running from place to place just adding to the noise. Maybe what we really need is to stop and take time to listen to the people who have experienced life a lot longer than we have. 103-year-old Catherine Owen is one of those people we should listen to. She brings joy to the residents at Silver Wood Good Samaritan in Silverton, Idaho. 

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Idaho man sentenced for strangling, burying fiancee

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:32:00 EDT

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) - An Idaho man was sentenced to 15 to 45 years in prison for the second-degree murder of his fiancee. The Post Register reports Jeremy White was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to strangling his fiancee, Christine Caldwell, and burying her beneath their home Nov. 8. White then fled with Deena Aday in Caldwell's Jeep. He was found Nov. 25 in Pahrump, Nevada. As part of the plea agreement, White 

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Body found in car in Yakima River

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:27:00 EDT

ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) - The body of a 51-year-old man was found in the back seat of a car in the Yakima River in central Washington. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that the Kittitas County Coroner's Office identified the man as Joseph Langdon. Coroner Nick Henderson said he did not have information immediately available on Langdon's hometown. An autopsy was being performed. A red Mazda was reported in the river 

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Makah police believe they found fentanyl-laced marijuana

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:18:00 EDT

NEAH BAY, Wash. (AP) - A Washington police department is warning the public that officers believe they found fentanyl-laced marijuana during a recent arrest. The Peninsula Daily News reports Makah Tribal Police Department Public Safety Director and Police Chief Jasper Bruner says officers field-tested seized marijuana Friday and the test was positive for fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that can be 50 times stronger than heroin. Bruner says 

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Deputies warn of warrant scam: new name, slightly different story

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:55:00 EDT

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Crime Check have been receiving reports of the “You have warrants” scam again.  They want you to know anytime someone calls you and demands payment (prepaid credit card, money, personal info) for a warrant or threatens your arrest, it’s a scam.  Law Enforcement or other government agencies will not do this. This time, the predatory scammers are attempting 

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Argument between friends outside Buffalo Wild Wings ends in shooting

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:20:00 EDT

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Detectives arrested a 42-year-old man for two counts of 1st Degree Assault Wednesday night after an argument turned violent. The Spokane Valley Police Department says Chad Dobson asked a friend to meet at Buffalo Wild Wings Wednesday night to talk about the victim's treatment of his soon-to-be ex-wife. 

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Starbucks ‘hero’ may be sued after stopping armed robbery

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:18:00 EDT

FRESNO, Calif. - A Good Samaritan who stepped in to stop a robbery at a Starbucks this summer could find himself in legal trouble as the robber plans on suing the citizen who fought with him. Back in July, Fresno Police say 30-year-old Ryan Flores used a gun and tried to rob a Starbucks. During the robbery, 58-year-old Cregg Jerri stepped in to stop the crime, and the two got into a fight. Both men were hurt during the scuffle, but the Flores family said their son plans on suing.

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Kids and money: It’s never too early to learn financial responsibility (sponsored)

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 12:35:00 EDT

As children mature into teenagers, it gets more difficult to strike a balance where finances are concerned. How much money should parents give to their children? How much should children be expected to earn for themselves? How can children learn financial independence while getting the support they need? Marcee Hartzell, a community development officer in STCU’s Community Relations department, regularly goes into elementary, middle and high schools to discuss financial resp...

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Spokane man intervenes in terrifying case of road rage

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:14:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - A terrifying case of road rage could have gotten much worse if it hadn't been for a total stranger. The man went from a spectator to a participant in a matter of seconds. Once James Williams saw there were kids involved in this potentially dangerous situation, the former Marine Corps. medic said he had to do whatever he could do to help.

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Family, friends remember artist killed in I-90 crash

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 23:13:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - When Ryan Foster received the tragic news about losing his sister in a crash on Interstate 90, he couldn’t believe it. He was all the way back east in Jersey City, New Jersey, and got on a plane as fast as he could "Just shock, disbelief. I mean there's still a great deal of it, but at this point it's just about remembering her," said Ryan. 24-year-old Michaelanne Foster is being remembered as a talented artist and a loving and caring sister.

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Post Falls Police offer autism cards

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 22:41:00 EDT

POST FALLS, Idaho - Heart-stopping video shows an officer in Buckeye, Arizona, just outside of Glendale, take a teen to the ground. But let’s back up -- in this instance it’s not what the boy did wrong. The boy has autism and he may just respond differently. “They may not know what is exactly going on with an individual,” Assistant Police Chief Pat Knight with Post Falls Police.

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Spokane home trashed after squatters take over

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 21:34:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - A home was completely trashed after the owner says squatters took over. “They've been destroying the house,” says Gene Thomsen. “They've ripped walls apart, floors, everywhere.” Everywhere you look, there’s some form of garbage. One room has garbage piled almost to the ceiling. Gene has also been finding needles all over his house.

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Getting Results: Truck stolen from gas station returned to owner

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 21:29:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - KHQ told you about Krystopher Grubbs Tuesday night. He left his truck running at a gas station on 3rd and Thor, and someone stole it. It was all caught on surveillance cameras. After the story aired, Krystopher got a call from police around 8 p.m. saying his truck had been found in Spokane Valley.

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Police: Craigslist attacker intended to become serial killer

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 21:13:00 EDT

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - A 24-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to attempting to kill a man she met on Craigslist, telling authorities she had plans to become a serial killer. The Daily Herald reports Amy Caroline Brown entered her plea Friday. Brown told a Lynnwood sergeant in January that she planned to kill the 29-year-old man, and then rip his heart out and eat it. Police say Brown stabbed the man in the chest before he escaped the motel 

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Post Falls teen overcomes disability to learn to read

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 21:05:00 EDT

“They deemed him disabled at that moment and they said that he would never walk or talk," Tammy Loe and her husband adopted Brandon at the age of two. After dinner, Brandon and his mom spend every evening at the family dining room table, which becomes the classroom. 13-year-old Brandon is a sixth grader at River City Middle School in Post Falls and he loves books. Brandon has Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, giving him his fair share of trials and tribulations.

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Spokane police investigating armed robbery at S. Division hair salon

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 20:33:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police responded to an armed robbery call Wednesday afternoon at Urbanna hair salon on S. Division.  Officers continue to canvass the area and interview witnesses in the area as the suspect is still on the loose.  That suspect is described as a man with darker complexion in his 20s who is about 5 feet 4 inches tall with a dark, closely trimmed beard wearing a hooded sweatshirt.

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#FreemanStrong: Freeman students, family invited to attend Saturday's WSU football game

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 20:11:00 EDT

PULLMAN, Wash. - In an announcement Wednesday, the Freeman School District said Washington State University has invited all friends and family of the Freeman community to the Cougar football game against the University of Nevada on Saturday. The game kicks off at 3 p.m. in Pullman at Martin Stadium.

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Freeman Superintendent: 'Every day we move a little further along in our healing process'

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 19:54:00 EDT

FREEMAN, Wash. - One week after a student entered Freeman High School and shot four students, killing one, Freeman School District Superintendent Randy Russell says the students are moving closer to normalcy and wellness. In a statement Wednesday, Russell said all three schools will be back on a normal school day schedule starting Thursday, but that counseling support will continue to be available for anyone who needs it.

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Idaho opts into national public safety broadband network

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 19:21:00 EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho has joined 20 other states in an interstate communications network that allows public safety agencies to communicate across jurisdictions during emergencies. Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter announced this week that he signed a letter for Idaho to participate in the First Responder Network Authority, known as FirstNet.

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Washington sues operator of immigration detention center

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 19:14:00 EDT

SEATTLE (AP) - Washington's Attorney General is suing the operators of a federal immigration prison in Tacoma over alleged wage violations. Bob Ferguson said Wednesday that he sued The GEO Group in Pierce County Superior Court, alleging the company has violated Washington state minimum wage laws for over a decade.

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Three suspects arrested in connection to Freeman purse theft

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:18:00 EDT

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - Detectives arrested two additional people suspected of stealing a Freeman parent's purse out of their car during last week's shooting. 37-year-old Renee Mann was booked into the Spokane County Jail Tuesday night just before 10:00 p.m. on 13 charges, including Identity Theft, Theft, and Forgery. Mann should be making her first court appearance on Wednesday. 

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Garth Brooks playing Tacoma Dome on November 4

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 19:03:00 EDT

TACOMA - It's been nearly 20 years since country legend Garth Brooks has played in our area, but he's coming back this fall (unfortunately not to Spokane). The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood will be at the Tacoma Dome November 4 at 7:30 p.m.

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Fugitive on the run since Monday morning officer involved shooting arrested

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:44:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Investigative Regional Response (SIRR) Team continues to investigate the officer-involved shooting incident that occurred early Monday morning near Monroe and Sinto. The man who was shot has been identified as 35-year-old Antonio Davis. He was treated and released from the hospital and booked into Spokane County Jail for attempting to elude, unlawful possession of a firearm as well as being an outstanding fugitive from Reno, Nevada.

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CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Suspect leads Pasco Police on chase in stolen car

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:53:00 EDT

PASCO, Wash. - Pasco Police would like to catch up with transient Sarah Ann Miller about running from an officer at 1:20 AM Tuesday morning in a stolen car.  Officer Carlos Santiago says she ran from him in a Taurus taken from an acquaintance in Kennewick shortly before the chase ensued. Officer Santiago's pursuit rounded the Pasco Autoplex, and ended in a strip mall parking lot northwest of Court/ Road 32. During the pursuit, Officer 

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Washington man sentenced for trafficking narwhal tusks

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:44:00 EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - A Brinnon, Washington man was sentenced to six months in prison and fined $25,000 for trafficking ivory from protected species. U.S. Attorney Annette Hayes says David L. Boone took part in an operation between 2006 and 2008 that smuggled narwhal tusks from Canada into the U.S. Narwhals are Arctic whales that are often called the "Unicorn of the Sea" because of their prominent tusk. Hayes says Boone 

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Brazen boat thief caught on camera

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 02:44:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane police are investigating after a brazen boat theft on the South Hill over the weekend. The boat's owner was getting ready to put it away for the season, but when he went outside to take it to the marina, it was nowhere to be found.

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Volunteers make bracelets for Freeman High School

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 02:07:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - There's a new fundraising effort to help the victims of the shooting at Freeman High School. About a dozen volunteers, many with ties to the school, came together on Tuesday night to make metal bracelets. They hammered the words "Freeman Strong" onto the front, with a volleyball and a cheerleading megaphone on the sides -- since the three girls who were wounded in the shooting were on the school's volleyball or cheerleading team. 

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Man stranded down ravine with broken leg rescued by Kamiah deputies

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:10:00 EDT

KAMIAH, Idaho - The Idaho County Sheriff's Office says a man has been rescued after spending days at the bottom of a 75 foot ravine off Highway 162 in Kamiah. On Friday, 24-year-old Jacob L. Phillips was reported overdue coming home from work. Phillips left work in Grangeville around 2:15 p.m. and never made it home, and hadn't been in touch with family members.

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Memorial highway proposed to remember Freeman shooting victim

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 23:24:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Sam Strahan memorial Highway has been proposed to remember the only victim who lost his life on the day of the Freeman high school shooting.  Spokane radio station KISS 98.1 is spearheading the petition to name a stretch of Highway 27 though the town of Freeman the Sam Strahan Memorial Highway, to never forget the young man's sacrifice.

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Suspected Freeman purse snatcher held on $50,000 bond

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 22:43:00 EDT

On Tuesday the woman accused of car prowling frantic parents moments after the Freeman school shooting faced a judge for the first time. A judge ordered Nicole Jensen held on $50,000 bond. Jensen is charged with stealing a purse from a mother who left her car behind to search for her child, then racking up upwards of $35,000 on the stolen credit cards. 

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Thieves break in to fire-damaged apartment

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 22:30:00 EDT

One mother trying to deal with the aftermath of a fire that forced her out of the apartment is dealing with another headache. Rachel Bisbee lives in the Northcliff Terrace Apartments. She was on the bus while her three teenage boys were at home. She says the fire spread to her apartment, and got a call from her son. She ran home and found them standing outside, barefoot, but safe.

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Family of Cameron Smith remember loving son, father, and brother

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 22:16:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - The family of the man kidnapped and killed by a senseless act says Cameron Smith was a loving son, father, and brother. “He’s that guy that gives hope with no boundaries, he's humble, he had a character and charisma that was unparalleled and unmatched,” said Smith’s brother, Dennis Turner.

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6 Questions with Freeman superintendent Randy Russell

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:43:00 EDT

FREEMAN, Wash. - On Wednesday, September 13, just after 10 in the morning, police say a 15-year-old boy walking into Freeman High School and opened fire. He's accused of killing one student, Sam Strahan, and injuring three others. Aside from Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, the face of the response has been Freeman superintendent Randy Russell.

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Spokane Valley deputies search for inmate who walked away from work crew

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:51:00 EDT

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Spokane Valley deputies searched for a Geiger inmate worker who walked away from his work detail around 2 p.m. Tuesday in the 9500 block of E. 8th Ave, but he was not located. Deputies say inmate worker 22-year-old Duncan P. Mead was in custody for violating a no contact order when he ran way from his cleaning detail.

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Spokane gas station truck theft caught on camera

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:29:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Surveillance video shows it only took 25 seconds from when a thief noticed a truck sitting outside of a gas as the owner ran into the store to grab something to when the thief stole the truck. Krystopher Grubbs always stops by the Conoco gas station on Thor and 3rd before work. He was there on Friday at 5:35 a.m. to grab some drinks for the day. 

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Washington state study looks at home-grown recreational pot

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:11:00 EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington state lawmakers are split on whether to allow residents to grow recreational marijuana in their homes, so they've implemented a study to look into three potential plans.

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Department of Natural Resources eases campfire restrictions

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:02:00 EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - State officials will ease restrictions on recreational campfires because of recent rain and cooler temperatures. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources said in a news release Tuesday that effective Wednesday, campfires will be allowed in approved fire pits in campgrounds on Washington lands protected by the agency.

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Colville Tribal Police searching for missing teen

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:25:00 EDT

OMAK, Wash. - Colville Tribal Police are asking for the public's help finding a 15-year-old boy missing from Omak, Washington. Leland Travis Toulou is described as a Native American male with brown hair and brown eyes. He's about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 220 lbs with dark complexion. He was last seen wearing a black shirt, gray sweat pants and red high-top shoes, He was carrying a black and red duffel bag. 

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Students safe after two Post Falls elementary schools, kindergarten placed on lockdown

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:15:00 EDT

POST FALLS, Idaho - Post Falls School District reported Tuesday that two elementary schools and a kindergarten in the district were placed on lockdown around 2 p.m. at the request of the Post Falls Police Department.

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Spokane VA: Missing laptop potentially compromised personal information

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:49:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Roughly 3200 veterans were notified by Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center that their personal health information was potentially compromised.  Public Affairs Officer Bret Bowers said in a release on Tuesday that a laptop used to interface with a hematology analyzer went missing. A search for the laptop was unsuccessful. 

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Teen accused of Freeman School shooting enters not guilty plea

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:04:00 EDT

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - In a four minute hearing on Friday, September 15, 15-year-old Caleb Sharpe pleaded not guilty to one count of First Degree Murder and three counts of Attempted First Degree Murder. Sharpe's parents and his lawyer were present for the hearing, which started at 1:02 and ended at 1:06.

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Trump: US to 'totally destroy' NKorea if threatened

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:20:00 EDT

NEW YORK (AP) - President Donald Trump has concluded his first address to the United Nations General Assembly, a speech of more than 40 minutes marked by tough talk for North Korea and Iran. The president referred to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as "rocket man." And he threatened to "totally destroy North Korea" if the United States is forced to defend itself or allies against the North's aggression.

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Man accused of killing Cheney pot shop employee confesses in interview

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 21:48:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - The man who admitted to kidnapping and then killing a stranger outside a Cheney marijuana shop gave a full confession to KHQ's Hayley Guenthner as he sat behind bars. Donavon Culps said he shot victim Cameron Smith "three or four times" after he felt Smith was "disrespectful" to him.

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Cheney neighbors say roaming dogs are killing cats

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 02:56:00 EDT

CHENEY, Wash. - A neighborhood in Cheney is desperately trying to send a message for people to simply be responsible pet owners. They say two dogs have been viciously attacking cats, killing them, and they're trying to put an end to it. Lori Beedle says she came home the other day from work only to find that her sidewalk was covered in blood and found cat fur all in her grass.

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Washington State Patrol respond to fatal crash on I-90 near Freya

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:56:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Update: Washington State Patrol troopers say speed may have been a factor in the fatal crash on I-90 Monday night. Troopers say reader boards were activated telling drivers to slow down due to power line work happening on I-90. Troopers say the victim slammed into the back of a semi.

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Mad Minute stories from Monday, September 18th

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:29:00 EDT

Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Monday, September 18th.

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Downed power pole causes traffic headache on I-90

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 22:39:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Rush-hour traffic was especially hectic Monday evening thanks to a downed power line over Interstate 90. Washington State Patrol closed I-90 in both directions around 3 p.m. after a report of a power pole on fire. Avista crews responded to the call to fix the issue and WSP closed the highway at Hamilton while Avista worked to safely handle the issue.

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Freeman High School students return to classes following shooting

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 21:13:00 EDT

FREEMAN, Wash. - People braved the wind and the rain Monday morning to show that they are Freeman strong. Kids returned to class for the very first time since the shooting took place in the second floor hallway.  It's difficult. It's emotional. But it's all about standing together for the kids. You could see the outpouring of love and support by how many people lined up along the sidewalk and created a human tunnel for the kids to walk through.

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Spokane man wants changes made to dangerous intersection

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 20:36:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Drivers were taking it slowly Monday afternoon, but fast forward a few hours and Ken Kautz says drivers speed through the intersection of Regal and Cleveland like it's a NASCAR race. "The light gets pretty jammed up here on Euclid so people will try to bypass the wait time so they'll just come flying through here, they'll whip around the corner or cut straight through," Kautz said.

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Mead couple shocked after gas thieves drill into gas tank

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 20:22:00 EDT

MEAD, Wash. - Kenton Profant says his wife just finishing her shift at work and when she walked outside and that's when a firefighter told her that someone had drilled a hole underneath her gas tank. "I had just filled up the tank the day before," Profant said. Disbelief and shock, that's what Kenton and his wife felt after they were told someone stole their gas in broad daylight.

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Sheriff's Office: Arrest made in Freeman High School purse theft case; still searching for second suspect

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:23:00 EDT

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - The Spokane County Sheriff's Office confirms one person has been arrested in connection to a purse theft outside Freeman High School. The Sheriff's Office has been searching for the person or people who prowled a Freeman High School parent's car parked on Highway 27 while they were trying to contact their children after last week's shooting.

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Mail carrier buys meals for Freeman shooting victim's visitors

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 19:12:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Two of the three surviving victims from the Freeman School shooting are now out of the hospital. One remains in satisfactory condition as of Monday evening. The three victims were loved by friends and family. With that, came a steady flow of visitors to the hospital. One stranger wanted to make sure everyone who came to visit left with a full stomach. Jim Hemrich is a rural mail carrier in the Oaksdale area. That's about an hour's drive from Freeman.

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Cause of Washington state line barn fire under investigation

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:30:00 EDT

OTIS ORCHARDS, Wash. - Update: Spokane Valley fire crews say they are still investigating the cause of a fire that fully engulfed a large barn near the Washington state line Monday afternoon. Firefighters say a neighbor called the fire in, and when fire crews first arrived they found the barn on E. Wellesley fully engulfed in flames. The owner was not home at the time.

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Woman killed in head-on crash with log truck in Spokane Valley

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:43:00 EDT

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Update 3:15 p.m.: Washington State Patrol reported Monday afternoon that a driver injured in a crash near Trent and Williams has passed away from her injuries. The woman has not yet been identified. Next of kin has been notified.  We are still waiting to learn what led up to the head-on collision.

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St. Maries School District suspends student during threat investigation

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:57:00 EDT

ST MARIES, Idaho - St. Maries Joint School District Superintendent Alica Hothaus says the district and Building Administrators are addressing a report of a student allegedly making a threat late last week about discharging a firearm at the high school. Holthaus says they are conducting an investigation and have suspended the student pending a full investigation. Law enforcement has been notified.

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Police say northern Idaho quarry remains belong to adult man

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:57:00 EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - Authorities say human remains found in a northern Idaho rock quarry earlier this month are from a man older than 30 who was missing several teeth. Police in Coeur d'Alene told The Coeur d'Alene Press that two children were exploring when they found old articles of clothing along with the bones in a bed of weeds.

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Body of kidnapped pot shop employee found

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:53:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Police say the body of a Cheney marijuana shop employee was found days after he was kidnapped outside of work. The Spokesman-Review reports that Spokane County Rescue found Cameron Smith's body Friday afternoon off state Route 904 near Four Lakes.

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Freeman Marine whose sister still attends high school, shares photo of support

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:07:00 EDT

Freeman alum, Derek Smith, was hit by the tragedy that struck on Wednesday but couldn't be there for his Freeman family because he has been stationed in Twentynine Palms, California as a Marine. Smith graduated back in 2015, but with his sister still at the high school, he wanted to still show his support, "I was felt like I needed to be there for my sister and my fellow freeman family. But, duty called so I wasn't able to make it home."

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BREAKING: Spokane Police Looking for One Person After Officer-Involved Shooting

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:33:00 EDT

A suspect wanted out of Reno on multiple warrants is recovering in the hospital after an officer involved shooting near Monroe and Sinto early Monday morning.

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Song for Sam: High school student composes song to help heal community after shooting

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 21:31:00 EDT

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A local musician and Central Valley High School student wanted to help in the healing of a community after the tragic shooting at Freeman High School. Jenna Johansen wrote “Remember You” in one night, dedicating it to the family of Sam Strahan. Sam was killed when police say he tried to stop the shooter. Johansen, like many others, was affected greatly. 

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Brush fire off I-90 east of Ellensburg fully lined

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 19:37:00 EDT

GRANT COUNTY, Wash. - Update: Washington Department of Natural Resources says a fire burning off of I-90 near Ryegrass has been fully lined and is under control after burning about 120 acres east of Ellensburg. Westbound lanes of I-90 have been reopened and the traffic backup has cleared after stop-and-go traffic caused a backup earlier Sunday.

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Freeman prepares for first day of classes after shooting

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 21:14:00 EDT

FREEMAN, Wash. - Freeman School District Superintendent Randy Russell said in a press conference Sunday that Freeman is prepared for the first day back to classes following a shooting that left one student dead and three others injured last week. In a brief statement Sunday evening Russell thanked the community for their continued support.

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Pullman Police say missing 27-year-old man is safe

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 01:16:00 EDT

PULLMAN, Wash. - Pullman Police reported Sunday that 27-year-old Ian Moseley has been found and is safe. Moseley had been missing since September 8 when he went to go get cigarettes and never returned. Police say Moseley called a family member Sunday to confirm he was safe and sound.

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Sheriff: No crime committed after standoff in Pinehurst

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 16:30:00 EDT

PINEHURST, Idaho - The Shoshone County Sheriff reports no crime was committed Saturday afternoon despite receiving reports that a man was threatening people with a gun in the city of Pinehurst. Members of the Shoshone County Sheriff's Office, Pinehurst Police Department and Osburn Police Department responded around 4 p.m. on Saturday.

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Fire breaks out at Spokane apartment complex

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 22:07:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane firefighters responded to a fire at the Northcliff Terrace Apartment complex near the intersection of Cora and Post Saturday evening. The fire broke out around 5 p.m. on the third floor of building F in the complex. Fire crews say four apartment units were damaged in the fire, but all of the tenants were able to evacuate safely and no injuries were reported.

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Spokane Police: Beacon Cleaners arson suspect in custody

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 20:50:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Update: Spokane Police report that Beacon Cleaners arson suspect Scott Lenway was taken into custody Sunday morning. They thanked the community for their help locating Lenway.

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Soup kitchen honors teen volunteer killed in shooting

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 21:51:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - The family of Sam Strahan, the teenager shot and killed in the Freeman High School shooting on Wednesday, says Sam was an active member of his community and volunteered regularly. One of the places he enjoyed volunteering was Cavalry Soup Kitchen in Spokane. On Saturday the soup kitchen held a memorial in Strahan's honor.

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'Sam is my hero': Family of boy killed in Freeman shooting releases statement

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 14:39:00 EDT

FREEMAN, Wash. - In the days following a school shooting at Freeman High School Wednesday that left one person dead and three people injured, we are learning more about the student who was killed.  Anna Strahan, the cousin of Sam Strahan, who was shot after he confronted the accused shooter, released a statement on behalf of the Strahan family.

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Sheriff: FBI has contacted suspect in Montana school threats

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 16:47:00 EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - A sheriff in northeastern Montana says his office and the FBI have communicated with the person suspected to have sent text and email threats that prompted schools to cancel classes on Friday and weekend events. Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry says in a statement released Saturday that the communication has been through written, "electronic means."

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LPN gets prison for stealing gold, silver from quadriplegic

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 16:02:00 EDT

HAVRE, Mont. (AP) - A licensed practical nurse has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay $665,000 in restitution for stealing gold and silver coins from a quadriplegic north-central Montana man he was hired to help care for. The Havre Daily News reports 52-year-old Teddy Young Sr. was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years in prison with 15 suspended for seven counts of felony theft.

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Idaho exchange contract raises conflict of interest concerns

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 15:57:00 EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho has hired St. Luke's Health System to help people choose which insurance plans to pick on the online insurance exchange, even though the health care giant stands to financially benefit when customers choose certain plans. Some Your Health Idaho board members raised concerns Friday because there is no oversight mechanism that would keep the hospital from steering customers to more lucrative plans.

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Montana wildfires: Rain and snow help but won't end season

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 15:51:00 EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Extra sleeping bags, heaters, coats and long underwear are sought-after commodities on Montana fire lines after rain, snow and cold replaced heat and smoke following about two rainless months. While the change in weather is welcome, it brings its own challenges for the crews fighting dozens of fires burning in drought-stricken Montana.

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Porsche plows into spectators at Idaho car show; 8 hurt

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 15:47:00 EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Authorities say a sports car driver plowed into a crowd of spectators at a Boise, Idaho, car show, injuring eight. Police say the driver of the gray Porsche accelerated rapidly while leaving the Cars and Coffee event but lost control and ran into the nearby crowd. Police say ambulances took six people to hospitals and two others were taken by private vehicles.

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Not guilty pleas entered for man charged in officer's death

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 15:07:00 EDT

TOWNSEND, Mont. (AP) - A Montana judge entered not guilty pleas on behalf of a California man charged in the death of a sheriff's deputy and for shots fired at other officers during a pursuit that spanned the southwestern part of the state. Lloyd Barrus appeared before District Judge Kathy Seeley in Townsend on Friday. Seeley read the charges, which include deliberate homicide by accountability for the May 16 death of Broadwater County Deputy Mason Moore.

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Spokane police make quick arrest in deadly West Central shooting

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 14:07:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Police Major Crimes Unit has made an arrest in a shooting that left one person dead in west central Spokane Friday afternoon. Brettly E. Sanderson was booked into the Spokane County Jail for second degree murder. Spokane Police responded Friday afternoon to a reported shooting at 

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More than a game: Community bands together under Freeman's Friday night lights

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 02:02:00 EDT

ROCKFORD, Wash. - It was a cool September evening at Freeman High School. For a few hours it was all about football, but the night was about much more than just a game.  Kent Smith Field was packed with fans and alumni- some who haven't been here for years, but felt they needed to, to be here for each other. Family and friends cheered for their Scotties; they cried, they hugged each other a little harder and held each other a little 

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Bonner County Sheriff's Office asks for public's help finding missing woman

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 01:54:00 EDT

BONNER COUNTY, Idaho - Bonner County Sheriff's Office sent out an alert Friday evening requesting the public's assistance locating 27-year-old Mirissa Serrano.  She has hazel eyes and black hair, and is described as 5'2" tall and weighing 150 lbs.  No further details were given as of 10:30 p.m. Friday. If you have any information on where she might be, please call Bonner County dispatch at 208-265-5525.

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Concerned parent questions safety of fair ride

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 00:25:00 EDT

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. A Spokane parent wants to send a message to workers at the Spokane County Fair: keep the rides safe. He recorded two separate videos at the Spokane County Interstate Fair and one of them shows a ride operator adjusting a ride while kids were on it. It's not the first time this particular ride's safety has been called into question. KHQ told viewers earlier in the week about one girl whose mother said she was 

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PHOTOS: Boy becomes soldier for a day, battling cancer from the battlefield

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 00:07:00 EDT

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. NBC News- A seven-year-old boy becomes a soldier for a day, taking a break from battling cancer to learn about the battlefield. Quintin Hall has stage four high risk neuroblastoma.  His parents say he loves learning about tanks and they use military references to help explain his cancer treatments. This week, Quintin was sworn in as an honorary cavalry soldier at Joint Base Lewis-Mcchord in 

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'Buddy Bench' helps students foster new friendships

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 20:49:00 EDT

Recess, what a time to run around and play with friends. But, there can be times when your friends aren’t at school for a variety of reasons. Where can you go? Who do you play with? “This bench allows you to let kids know that you're ready to play,” Kathy Livingston, the principal at Fernan STEM Academy said. And that’s where the buddy bench comes into play. Fernan STEM Academy just got theirs. “It was installed yesterday,” Livingston said. So...

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The importance of saying something if you see something

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 21:14:00 EDT

ROCKFORD, Wash. - If you see something, say something. That's the message from the Sheriff in the wake of the deadly shooting at Freeman High School. Several witnesses saying in hindsight, there may have been missed signs, but none were ever reported. Why is it important to speak up? In the past forty eight hours, several threatening postings have been made on social media accounts targeting local schools - but thanks to quick 

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Sources: Cheney pot shop employee kidnapped at gunpoint found dead

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 20:12:00 EDT

CHENEY, Wash. - Yakima County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that Cameron Smith, the 46-year-old Cheney man who was kidnapped from a pot shop in Cheney on Sunday has been found. KHQ Local News has confirmed with other sources that Smith was found dead.  Smith was kidnapped Sunday afternoon from Lucid Cannabis Company.  He was sitting outside in his car reportedly have lunch at the time. Witnesses say the man left and 

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Freeman hosts community BBQ ahead of football game

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 19:04:00 EDT

ROCKFORD, Wash. - Despite questionable air quality levels this week, the decision has been made that tonight's Freeman football game is a go. Ahead of tonight's home game against Medical Lake, Freeman High School will be hosting a community BBQ. Freeman Superintendent said today at a news conference that he spoke with some of the high school ASB students, and collectively they felt that it was appropriate to bring the community 

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Police: Man nabbed trying to rob just-burglarized restaurant

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 19:29:00 EDT

COVINA, California (AP) - Police say a man with a knife tried to rob a Southern California pizza restaurant just a few hours after burglars had already stolen from it. Covina police Lt. Trevor Gaumer tells the San Gabriel Valley Tribune that burglars broke into Pizza Chalet on Tuesday and made off with $1,500. As the owner was cleaning up after the burglary less than three hours later, the knife-wielding man walked in and demanded money. The 

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Responders ram driveway gate to save UPS driver from dogs

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 19:12:00 EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say firefighters in Washington state rammed through a driveway gate to save a delivery driver who was being mauled by pit bulls. The News Tribune newspaper reports the UPS driver had driven up the 75-foot driveway of a house in the South Hill area, near Tacoma, on Wednesday when the dogs backed him against a trailer. The driver called 911 and used his belt to try to fend off the animals. The Pierce 

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Damaged chalet in Montana being protected from winter

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 18:27:00 EDT

WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) - Work is being done to help protect what remains of a fire damaged chalet in Glacier National Park from Montana's winter weather. The effort will help preserve the site for eventually rebuilding the structure. The historic Sperry Chalet building was burned by a wildfire on Aug. 31. Other buildings in the complex, including a dining hall, survived the fire. U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has ordered an independent 

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One person dead after shooting in west central Spokane

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 17:55:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police are investigating a fatal shooting that happened Friday afternoon in west central Spokane near Dean and Nettleton. Police say they responded to a call of a shooting at a home in the area and one person was found dead inside. SPD says two people have been detained and there is no threat to the public. 

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Deputy saves overdose victim less than one week after being trained with anti-opioid

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 18:11:00 EDT

GRANT COUNTY, Wash. - A Grant County Sheriff’s Deputy was able to save an overdose victim Thursday less than one week after being trained and issued the anti-opioid Naloxone. Responders were called around 2 p.m. to the 9000 block of Bong Loop Northeast. A deputy arrived first and found a man in his 40's who fell unconscious and whose breathing dangerously slowed. After determining there was clear evidence of an overdose, the deputy 

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Deputies arrest mail theft suspect in Kootenai County

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 17:57:00 EDT

KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - Kootenai County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a woman caught driving on a suspended driver's license and a large amount of mail inside her car.  A deputy was conducting a directed patrol on W. Riverview near Post Falls after a mail carrier reported seeing several mailboxes open while out on route and a a dark colored sedan parked nearby, that drove off suddenly.  Deputies later learned that numerous people in 

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Bail set for Idaho men accused of shooting at 13-year-olds

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 17:38:00 EDT

SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) - Bail was set for two Idaho men accused of shooting at two 13-year-olds, striking one on the leg. The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that 42-year-old Leo Inwood and 52-year-old Eric Wood appeared in court on Thursday where a judge ordered the men to be held on bail set at $30,000 each. Authorities say Wood with Inwood present fired a handgun and a shotgun at the teenagers who were fishing near Priest River on Tuesday.

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Idaho nurse accused of stealing pills takes plea deal

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 17:35:00 EDT

CALWELL, Idaho (AP) - An Idaho nurse accused of stealing pills from nursing home residents pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance. The Idaho Press-Tribune reports that 32-year-old Jennifer Talich made the guilty plea for the felony charge on Tuesday as part of a deal that dropped all other charges against her. The dropped charges included felony destruction of evidence and misdemeanor theft and possession of a controlled substance.

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Police curtail two separate threats at north Idaho schools

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 17:08:00 EDT

SHOSHONE COUNTY, Idaho - On Thursday, the Kellogg Police Department was notified of a 10-year-old Kellogg boy who allegedly made threats to bring a weapon to his school, Pinehurst Elementary.  The Police Department quickly began investigating the case and for safety reason, two deputies from the Shoshone County Sheriff's Office were assigned to the school on Friday.  

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House fire spreads to nearby brush and closes southbound lanes of Highway 195

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:54:00 EDT

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - Firefighters battled simultaneously battled a house and brush fire Friday afternoon south of Spokane.  The fire started in a home near Highway 195 and Washington just before noon on Friday. As flames engulfed the home, the fire spread to nearby brush, but crews were able to get a handle on both before they continued to spread. 

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Man killed in industrial accident at Merritt Brothers Lumber Co. in Athol

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 12:39:00 EDT

ATHOL, Idaho - The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office has confirmed a 45-year-old man died after an industrial accident at Merritt Brothers Lumber Co. Officials say the man was trying to clear a piece of wood out of a machine when the accident happened just after 6:00 a.m. Friday morning. The man was taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead. 

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