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Police investigate after woman stabs man on South Hill

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:17:00 EDT

Spokane Police are investigating after they say a woman stabbed a man with a knife on the South Hill after neighbors say the two got into a fight. It happened at Regal Village Apartments Saturday evening.  Officers say the man ran off, but neighbors found him and helped him with his wounds.  The woman was found nearby and arrested.  The man is in stable condition. 


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Hundreds gather in Spokane for March for Science on Earth Day

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 21:47:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Thousands of people across the country and the world took to the streets Saturday to march in the name of science. Here in Spokane, hundreds gathered in Riverfront Park for the march. Organizers said the March For Science was to protest budget cuts in science fields. Hundreds of people, including scientists, packed the park to celebrate Earth Day, but also to march and express their concerns.


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Make-A-Wish helps Spokane girl's Disney dreams come true

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 21:22:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - After enduring multiple treatments for cancer, an adorable 5-year-old girl is getting a happy ending to her Cinderella story. The only thing Aubree wants is to go to Disney World, and on Saturday, her wish came true with a special send off party. Last July Aubree Ghering was facing the battle of a lifetime. "It's not like a tumor anywhere else," said Aubree's parents, Amanda and Roscoe Ghering.


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Joint investigation busts Moses Lake meth dealer

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 16:34:00 EDT

MOSES LAKE, Wash. - A joint investigation between Washington and Oregon drug task forces has landed a 45-year-old Moses Lake man in jail.  Working with the Dulles, Oregon-based Mid-Columbia Interagency Narcotics Task Force (aka MINT), Grant County's Interagency Narcotic Enforcement Team (aka INET) over the past few weeks have made several undercover drug buys from Randall Gonzalez.


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Spokane detectives investigating possible in-custody suicide attempt

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:12:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane County Sheriff's Office deputies and Major Crimes detectives report they are investigating a possible suicide attempt at the Spokane County Jail Friday afternoon.  Deputies and detectives were called to the Spokane County Jail on Friday around 3:15 p.m. after Spokane County Detention Services reported an inmate appeared to have attempted suicide, found unresponsive and not breathing.


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Police search for wanted Sandpoint man who ran from officers on foot

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:18:00 EDT

SANDPOINT, Idaho - Friday afternoon the Idaho State Police was on a traffic stop with a Daniel J Springsteel from Sandpoint when he fled from officers on foot. Police determined that Springsteel was wanted in both Bonner and Kootenai counties. Springsteel is still wanted and is still being searched for at this time.


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APNewsBreak: Problems remain at troubled Washington hospital

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:59:00 EDT

SEATTLE (AP) - Inspectors who visited Washington state's largest psychiatric hospital found that safety problems that thrust the facility into the national spotlight after the escape of two dangerous patients a year ago persist, including neglected patients.


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One year later: kitten gets new lease on life after severe burns

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 01:19:00 EDT

DEER PARK, Wash. - A cat in North Spokane is enjoying a new lease on life nearly a year after someone tied something to its tail and set it on fire. Phoenix had severe burns to the back half of her body. It's been a long road to recovery, but this cat truly turned out to be a fighter and is now a celebrity in Deer Park. Chances are if you walk into the Hometown Animal Hospital there, one of the first things you'll see are a pair or big bright eyes looking up at you.


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Parents confused by dance studio closure

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 23:08:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - A concerning sign was posted on the front door of the Dance Emporium in North Spokane saying classes were cancelled until further notice. Turns out, there is a new owner that will be taking over and everything will go back to normal on Monday but the sign left behind really worried parents. "All of a sudden, I get a notification that everything is done," said Susan Nichols. Nichol's granddaughter, eight-year-old Ayva was left heartbroken.


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Superintendent of CDA school district resigns

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 01:09:00 EDT

Coeur d'Alene school district superintendent Matt Handelman has announced that he will be resigning so he can take a job at Evergreen Public Schools in Vancouver.  Handelman will say with the Coeur d'Alene district through the end of April, and will work as a consultant for the district until fall.  The Director of Secondary Education, Trina Caudle, will be the interim superintendent until the district finds a replacement.  According to the district website, Handelma...


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Spokane crews investigate laundry room fire

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 23:55:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane firefighters rushed to the scene after a homeowner called in a laundry room fire Friday evening on West Princeton Ave. in Spokane.   Crews were able to put out the flames in about five minutes.  Everyone inside was able to get out safely, including the person who called in the fire.  The cause is still under investigation. 


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What's next for employees, customers of Positive Changes

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:58:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - It's a scramble for answers now that Positive Changes Hypnosis in Spokane has filed for bankruptcy. Employees are out of work while clients and vendors are out a lot of money. They are out of more than $5 million according to the documents KHQ has reviewed. KHQ tried tracking down the CEO Sheryl Manchester again, this time stopping by her home but with no luck. We were told by a person who answered the door that she was headed to Seattle.


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KCSO Deputy goes above and beyond to crack down on distracted driving, DUIs

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:31:00 EDT

KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - This week's Hometown Hero was a no brainer. Kootenai County Sheriffs Deputy Joshua Leyk, who was just awarded deputy of the year. "I wasn't expecting it," said Deputy Leyk. "Any one of the fellow deputies would be just as deserving."   All of them deserving indeed. But for Leyk, it is his service that has stood out. He is a drug recognition expert and is the agency's highest producer of DUI arrests. "Two, 


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You’re Not Alone: Suicide warning signs and how you can help

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:30:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Suicide is a difficult topic for many to discuss, but right now there's a sense of urgency to talk about it. In the past week, two teens in Spokane County have taken their lives and police in North Idaho say it might also have happened there. One of the big problems is a lack of mental health workers. In fact, when someone attempts to commit suicide, facilities are supposed to hold them for 72 hours. But because there 


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Woman in need of double lung transplant hoping for a miracle

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:06:00 EDT

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - In 2007, Lindsey Lueck was diagnosed with Non-Cystic Fibrosis Bronchiectasis and her life has never been the same. "I need to take a lot of time for myself to do breathing nebulizer treatments, I do a vest that percusses me several times per day. I am also currently doing IV antibiotics so I have to make Time for that," said Lindsey.   Her treatment options are limited. Lindsey is eagerly waiting a double lung 


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Little girl donates her long locks to Wigs for Kids

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:30:00 EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Like all six year olds, Emmerie Rise and her twin brother, Emmett, love to color. In fact, they enjoy it so much; they’ve gone through dozens and dozens of coloring books. But, there’s one thing she loves more than coloring. "Her long gorgeous princess hair, she's very proud of it,” Natalie Rise, Emmerie and Emmett’s mother, said. Just like Elsa from Frozen, she also, let it go. “She was somehow willing to find it in 


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Suspect who died in Seattle officer shooting named

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:57:00 EDT

SEATTLE, Wash. (AP) - Authorities have named the 19-year-old suspect who died after Thursday's exchange of gunfire with Seattle police near a downtown convenience store. The King County Medical Examiner's Office identified the man Friday as Damarius Butts. The medical examiner's office says he died of multiple gunshot wounds. Three officers were shot and wounded Thursday while responding to a robbery at a 7-Eleven store downtown. Officers c...


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Legislature approves making 4th DUI offense a felony

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:52:00 EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The Legislature has approved a measure that would make a fourth driving under the influence offense a felony in Washington state. The Democratic-controlled House passed the measure on an 85-11 vote Thursday. It now awaits Gov. Jay Inslee's approval to be signed into law. The measure would allow prosecutors to file felony charges if a person gets a fourth DUI within 10 years. Under the new law, offenders would be sent to prison for 13 to 1...


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New law promotes media literacy, internet safety in schools

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:47:00 EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Washington leaders have passed a law that requires students to learn about media literacy and internet safety in schools.      The News Tribune reports Gov. Jay Inslee signed the new law on Thursday. The law requires Washington schools to develop a model policy to better support digital citizenship, media literacy and internet safety. Media literacy is defined as the ability to access, analyze, evaluate and create media.


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Former Idaho deputy pleads not guilty to 4 felonies

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:13:00 EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - A former Kootenai County Sheriff's deputy accused of kidnapping and beating his estranged wife has pleaded not guilty to four felonies. The Coeur d'Alene Press reports Friday that 39-year-old Gavin D. Brodwater maintained innocence to first-degree stalking, second-degree kidnapping, domestic battery and violating a no-contact order. Police say Brodwater has been accused of twice luring his wife into his vehicle after calling her on her ce...


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Trump administration approves Gov. Inslee's request for federal disaster assistance

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:18:00 EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. Gov. Jay Inslee was notified Friday that the Trump administration approved his request for a major disaster declaration for 13 counties damaged by severe winter storms that hit the state from January 30th to February 22nd. The storms caused closures of all three Cascade Mountain passes for multiple days- Interstate 90 Snoqualmie Pass, U.S. 2 Stevens Pass, and U.S. 12 White Pass.  The damages caused by the storms total more than $27 million statewide.


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Second suspect charged in the murder of Post Falls resident Bo Kirk

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:24:00 EDT

KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - Court records show that Justin Roy Booth has now officially been charged with murdering Post Falls resident Bo Kirk.  The Idaho Repository shows Booth has been charged with 1st Degree Murder, 2nd Degree Kidnapping, Robbery, Arson and Unlawful Possession by a Convicted Felon.  Booth was arrested back in 2016 the same time the other suspect, David Hutto, was also arrested.


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Jonathan Smith, who admitted to KHQ he assaulted women on Centennial Trail, charged with 11 counts of assault with sexual motivation

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:32:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - The man who came to KHQ earlier this week and admitted to slapping several women on their backsides along the Centennial Trail made his first court appearance on Friday and is being charged with 11 counts of Assault with Sexual Motivation.  Jonathan Smith's bond was set at $11,000 - $1000 for each charge - Friday morning.  


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Let ‘er rip! Protect yourself by shredding these documents (sponsored)

Fri, 6 May 2016 18:42:00 EDT

Any victim of identity theft, fire, or flood will be glad for the time taken in advance to file and store critical records. And, if you’ve ever had to settle the estate of a friend or loved one, you’ll be relieved if you find official records in one, organized location. Here’s a quick guide to evaluate what records you should keep.


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UPDATE: Water main repaired in Shoshone County, boil order remains in effect

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 07:57:00 EDT

SHOSHONE COUNTY, Idaho - Chad Nelson with the Central Shoshone County Water District says water service has been restored for residents in the area. Nelson says crews worked nonstop to get the broken main repaired after it broke earlier this week. Even with water service having been restored, levels are still critical and Nelson says residents are being asked conserve water this weekend as the tanks replenish. 


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Police arrest self-proclaimed 'Spokane Spanker'

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:32:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - In a five-minute video confession, 28-year-old Jonathan Smith showed remorse as he apologized to the dozens of women he says he attacked on the Centennial Trail last week. The video gained a ton of traction online, with a lot of people asking the same question: Why wasn’t Smith arrested? “It’s a reasonable frustration,” said Spokane Police Officer Shane Phillips. “To be honest we would love to do that, but at the 


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Washington lawmakers pass bill for two-tiered licensing

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:47:00 EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington State Legislature approved legislation to bring the state into compliance with the federal REAL ID Act. The bill creates a two-tiered identification system, with the enhanced driver’s license as the federally compliant version requiring proof of citizenship. The standard license will remain available to all residents but not work for federal purposes. “Washington residents need certainty that their ID will work 


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Yakima council member arrested on DUI charge after crash

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:07:00 EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - Police records say a Yakima City Council member's blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit for driving when she hit a vehicle injuring two people Sunday. The Yakima Herald-Republic reported Thursday that 29-year-old Carmen Mendez agreed to breath tests Sunday which showed blood-alcohol levels from 0.179 to 0.185 - all more than double the legal limit of 0.08.  She was arrested Sunday on a DUI charge and 


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Large homeless camp near Hangman Creek sheds light on bigger issue

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 21:42:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - There’s a small bench one mile south of the Fish Lake Trailhead. Take a right onto a dirt path and you’ll find yourself surrounded by pine trees. One hundred yards in, you’ll find yourself in the middle of a large homeless camp. The camp is an immediate problem for people who live in the area, as well as for walkers, runners, and bikers who use the popular trial. As large as the camp is, it’s just a small example of a much 


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Lawyer for Positive Changes says company has filed for bankruptcy

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 18:07:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Days after Positive Changes locked their doors, a notice to pay rent or vacate appeared on their building and their lawyer confirmed with KHQ they have indeed filed for bankruptcy.  The sign posted on the door on Thursday stated the company owes $10,818.60 dollars for rent from December 2016 to February 2017. 


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Moms choosing weed over wine

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:22:00 EDT

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - From Bubba Kush to Strawberry Cough, stress relief has a new name. "I don't even drink wine anymore. So it has helped my body medically," said Cindy Over at Sativa Sisters in Spokane Valley, they have started to see an increase in older customers looking to wind down their day in a different way. "There's definitely more and more especially as the stigma around it has disappeared,"  said General Manager Eric Skaar.


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Spokane man swallowed by his backyard

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:30:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - One Spokane man fell into what he thought was a sinkhole in his own backyard. But as Carl Anderson dug more, he realized there was a lot more underneath the surface. Carl was taking advantage of the sun to mow his lawn, but then, “I kinda dropped into it – big surprise.” He says his arms caught him from falling all the way through and he was able to crawl out. He would like to know what lies beneath. “Who knows? 


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Suspect in shooting of Seattle officers is dead

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:48:00 EDT

SEATTLE, Wash. - Police say a suspect in the shooting of two Seattle officers after a downtown robbery is dead. Sgt. Sean Whitcomb, a department spokesman, confirmed that the suspect had died but did not immediately have further details. Whitcomb says another suspect, a woman, is in custody and being questioned.


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Drivers to face new distracted driving penalties in Washington

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 18:59:00 EDT

OLYPIA, Wash. (AP) - Holding a phone while driving in Washington state could become illegal in 2019 if Gov. Jay Inslee signs a distracted driving measure passed by the Legislature. The bill cleared both chambers Wednesday and now heads to the governor's desk. If approved by Inslee as expected, the measure would go into effect January 2019. It would make it illegal to hold a phone or other electronic device while driving a car or when stopped at a traffic ligh...


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UPDATE: $1000 reward for information on man who hit Macy's employee with frying pan

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:54:00 EDT

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is now offering a $1000 cash reward for information leading to the arrest of a man who hit a Macy's employee with a frying pan in Spokane Valley back in February.  The Spokane County Sheriff's Office released photos of the suspect earlier this month, but didn't receive any tips, so not Crime Stoppers has stepped up with a reward.


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WATCH: Man shows up at KHQ to take responsibility for Centennial Trail assaults

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 17:10:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Earlier this week, we told you about Spokane Police investigating numerous assaults on the Centennial Trail where women were being randomly slapped on the butt by an unknown assailant.  On Wednesday, a man claiming to be the assailant showed up at KHQ in downtown Spokane.  Jonathan Smith had a prepared statement he wanted to read to his victims to show his remorse. 


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Parents sue Mead School District for crash that hurt 7 year old

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 01:58:00 EDT

MEAD, Wash. - Parents of a little girl hit by an SUV in Mead last year are suing the Mead School District and the driver saying they were to blame for their daughter being hit. 7-year-old Molly Miller, a first grader at Meadow Ridge Elementary, was hit by the car as she was trying to catch her bus near her home at Pine Glen Road and Yale Road.


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Orofino teen who went missing after prom dies in car crash

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 23:33:00 EDT

OROFINO, Idaho - A 17-year-old boy from Orofino who was the subject of a runaway investigation after he disappeared on his prom Saturday night has died in a car crash according to the Nez Perce County Sheriff's Office. Kristian Perez was flown by Life Flight helicopter to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. A nursing supervisor at the hospital confirmed the teen's death.


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School shooter Barry Loukaitis resentenced to 189 years

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 17:48:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - School shooter Barry Loukaitis, who killed three people and wounded a fourth at a Moses Lake middle school in 1996, has been resentenced to 189 years in prison. Loukaitis was resentenced Wednesday in Ephrata, the result of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2012 that said people younger than 16 could not receive life sentences without parole.


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Idaho man accused of shooting pastor pleads not guilty

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 17:41:00 EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - An Idaho man and former Marine who is accused of shooting a pastor six times claimed innocence as he entered his plea. The Coeur D'Alene Press reports that 30-year-old Kyle Odom pleaded not guilty Tuesday to aggravated battery with a firearm, which if convicted could put him in jail for 30 years.


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Idaho communities affected by water main break between Pinehurst and Osburn

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 23:04:00 EDT

KELLOGG, Idaho - The Central Shoshone County Water District reports a water main break between Pinehurst and Osburn could affect several communities in Idaho Wednesday night and into Thursday morning. The water district says they will be working throughout Wednesday night to repair a break that is 10 feet under the Coeur d'Alene River.


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Sheriff Knezovich warns of the dangers of property crime

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 22:14:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane County Sheriff's Office says it's time to stop categorizing property crimes as non-violent, because the people committing them are turning more dangerous by the day. In Sheriff Knezovich's 27 years of law enforcement he's seen just about everything you can think of when it comes to crime. "When someone commits a crime. If you try to stop them, they tend to get violent," said Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich.


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Man arrested after drug house busted near Soap Lake

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 19:40:00 EDT

SOAP LAKE, Wash. - Grant County's Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team (aka INET), and Ephrata Police raided a Soap Lake home Wednesday morning, finding drugs and cash inside. Deputies report that over the last few weeks, INET made several undercover drug buys from 54-year-old Vince Cecchetti at his home in the 40 block of State Route 28 West.


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Two arrested after back-to-back burglaries near Soap Lake

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 18:46:00 EDT

SOAP LAKE, Wash. - The Grant County Sheriff's Office reports two people are in jail Wednesday after a home burglary north of Soap Lake. After a home in the 22000 block of State Route 17 North was burglarized two nights in a row, a deputy staked the house out Wednesday morning. Around 6 a.m., the deputy saw a car pull up, open a secured gate and drive up to the home.


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Panhandle Parks Foundation works to honor fallen Coeur d'Alene Sgt. Greg Moore

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 18:22:00 EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - On a beautiful Spring day, families enjoy what the lakefront has to offer at McEuen Park. Along with the beautiful scenery, a new piece to honor fall Coeur d’Alene Sergeant Greg Moore will be here soon. "The feature of the site will be the waterfalls that will be in a 90 foot wide basin in theme of respect, honor and remember,” Tracy Meyers, the executive director of the Panhandle Parks Foundation, said.


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Hoopfest Offers Early Registration Incentive for Teams, Volunteers (sponsored)

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 17:53:00 EDT

This year Hoopfest is offering an incentive for early registration for teams, court monitors and other volunteers with special swag for those who sign up by April, 30th. The deadline to register to guarantee a spot in the tournament is Monday, May 8th.


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SHRED DAY 2017 is April 29! Here's where you can get your documents shredded!

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 14:05:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - It's one of our most popular events and certainly one of the most frequently asked questions we get: "When is Shred Day?"  Well, here's your answer!  We are holding our Shred Day event on Saturday, April 29, 2017!  The event begins early in the morning (exact times TBD) and here are the STCU locations where you can drop off your sensitive documents to be properly disposed of:


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Crash near Crestline and Illinois knocks out power to thousands

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 23:54:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. -  Update 9:08 p.m.: Spokane Police are investigating a crash near Crestline and Illinois. Officers on scene tell KHQ a car went over an embankment Tuesday night, striking a power transmission line, which knocked out power to thousands of people.


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Man found guilty of attempted murder in beating of EWU student

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 02:15:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - A man who attacked a severely beat an Eastern Washington University student last year is headed to prison. A jury found John Mellgren guilty Tuesday of attempted first degree murder and first degree assault. Last October, prosecutors say Mellgren attacked 20-year-old Drew Schreiber, hitting him several times in the head with an aluminum bat.


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Driver in custody after high-speed chase, standoff near Division and Lyons

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:25:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Update 10 p.m.: Washington State Patrol reports that the person involved in a standoff with police near Division and Lyons Tuesday night has been taken into custody without incident.


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Gonzaga campus security warns of Spokane spanker

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 01:15:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Two female students from Gonzaga say they're feeling violated and disrespected. They were walking on Centennial Trail over the weekend when a man came up from behind and slapped them inappropriately. Campus security says it happened to four total people. "It was really terrible and just completely shocking," said one of the female students.


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Orofino teen who disappeared after prom has been found safe and taken into custody on a runaway charge

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 16:33:00 EDT

OROFINO, Idaho - UPDATE: Kristian Perez has been found and is safe, according to the Orofino Police Department. Police said acting on a tip they checked a residence in Orofino belonging to 26-year-old Tyson Imel and found Perez inside. He was taken into custody on a runaway charge. Orofino Police are still investigating and say Imel may face charges for helping Perez. 


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Tree with nesting Great Blue Herons nearly chopped down in Spokane

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 21:57:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - A pair of trees with several Great Blue Heron nests were nearly cut down in Spokane. According to residents in the Sunny Creek Community near Hangman Creek, the property owner told them he planned to cut down the trees on Wednesday. KHQ reached out to the Department of Fish and Wildlife who says that would be illegal.


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POLL: Should Coeur d'Alene sell Tubbs Hill parcel?

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 14:25:00 EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Even on it’s worst day, the views atop Tubbs Hill are some of the best in Coeur d’Alene.  An almost “hidden gem” of the Gem state, it draws people from all over. Now, the views aren’t what’s drawing concern, it’s the empty plot of land less than a quarter of a mile down the road.


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Customers frustrated after Positive Changes leaves them hanging

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 21:30:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - There's frustration surrounding a North Spokane business called Positive Changes Hypnosis. Over the past few days, customers said they could not get in for their appointments. "Very baffled," said one customer who wished to remain anonymous. There's currently a sign outside on the locked doors at Positive Changes that no customer expected to see.


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Former Spokane Mayor David Rodgers passes away at 93

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 21:12:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Former Spokane Mayor David Rodgers passed away on Tuesday. The City of Spokane reports his family was by his side. He was 93 years old. Rodgers, who was elected in 1967 and served until 1978, was mayor when Spokane hosted Expo ’74, which ultimately led to the creation of Riverfront Park. Rodgers also served one year on the City Council.


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The seeds of change: Could immigration policy affect your pocketbook?

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 20:29:00 EDT

OTHELLO, Wash. - Could immigration policy have an effect on your pocketbook? Experts say yes, and that it could affect the agriculture industry in the U.S. too. Mike Robinson is a farmer in Othello. He’s been in this business since 1977, so he's definitely seen the industry change, especially when it comes to finding workers.


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Seattle man arrested for alleged 11th DUI

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 20:00:00 EDT

SEATTLE (AP) - A 59-year-old suburban Seattle man has been arrested for what authorities say is his 11th arrest for driving under the influence.      Washington State Patrol Rick Johnson said in a news release that two troopers arrested Dean Hermsen of Renton early Friday after he stopped his vehicle behind them on an exit ramp along Interstate 5.


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Fresno shooting suspect fired 16 rounds in 1 minute, killing 3

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 18:54:00 EDT

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. says one of its employees was killed during a shooting in downtown Fresno that left two others dead. Police say the PG&E employee, who has not been identified, was sitting in the passenger seat of his work truck when the suspect walked up and shot him.


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Kalispel tribe sues federal government over casino approval

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 17:40:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Kalispel Tribe is suing the U.S. government over its approval of a rival casino project by the Spokane Tribe in the lucrative Spokane gambling market. The Kalispel Tribe filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the U.S. Department of the Interior for giving the Spokane Tribe a rare approval for an off-reservation casino located about two miles (3.2 kilometers) from the Kalispel's Northern Quest Casino.


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Man sought in Cleveland Facebook killing is dead

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:54:00 EDT

ERIE, Pa. - An alert McDonald's employee led Pennsylvania police to the suspect in a Cleveland slaying that was recorded and posted on Facebook. Henry Sayers, the Erie restaurant's manager, tells reporters that Steve Stephens pulled up to the drive-thru Tuesday morning and ordered a 20-piece Chicken McNuggets and french fries.


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The City of Spokane wants your opinion on snow removal

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:37:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - The City of Spokane says even though the season for snow is over, it is not off their radar. The City is looking for responses to a sixteen question survey reviewing this year's snow removal. The City has now received 1,300 responses and says the number of responses says citizens are very interested in snow removal even though the season is over. 


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JOB ALERT: Durham School Buses hiring drivers right now

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:16:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Looking for a job? Listen up! Durham School Buses is looking to hire experienced and non-experienced drivers. Durham says the big hiring season is usually in July but right now  they are in search for a number of drivers for the end of this school year. The starting wage is $14.50.


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Mad Minute stories from Monday, April 17th

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 17:29:00 EDT

Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Monday, April 17th.


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PHOTOS: Spokane family reunited with puppy it says was stolen from yard

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 15:53:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - It’s the kind of happy ending a 6-year-old would dream about, but it actually became reality for Zakk Neidhart. On Easter Sunday, Zakk and his father, Matt, were playing with his 12-week-old German Shepherd puppy, Odin, in the yard. They were getting ready to take him on a walk, so they ran inside to grab a leash.


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Spokane man reunited with ring found at car wash

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 22:18:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - A ring is back on the finger of its rightful owner after a 12-year-old found it in a car wash parking lot. She looked for the owner for two weeks with no luck. That's when she said "Help Me Hayley." On Sunday, Hayley met with the girl to photograph the ring. A story ran in our newscast that night.


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Prairie View Elementary School uses lotto system for new student enrollment

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 22:08:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Your child’s first day of school is supposed to be a monumental moment in their life, but some parents in the Mead School District are still wondering where their little one’s will end up. Last week, Prairie Elementary School had to use a lotto system for new students due to continual overcrowding in the district.


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Warmer weather invites insect infestation in Inland Northwest

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 21:43:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Let’s face it, it’s been a long winter and spring seasons in the Inland Northwest. But we’re not the only ones who have been cooped up for the last several months. Insects ranging from ticks to termites, wasps and hornets, and three kinds of carpenter ants are literally coming out of the woodwork.


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Boeing to issue layoff notices to hundreds of employees

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 20:23:00 EDT

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -Boeing will issue hundreds of layoff notices to engineers in Washington state this week. The Daily Herald reported Monday that a memo from the company's vice president of engineering for Boeing Commercial Airplanes John Hamilton says the cuts are necessary to stay competitive.


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Avista, City Council say they're working to restore South Hill bluff following unauthorized road

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 20:03:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Avista Utilities says planning for restoration of the South Hill bluff has started Monday. According to a joint press release issued by Avista Utilities last week, the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department, and The First Tee Inland Northwest, there was an apparent misunderstanding regarding the authorization of construction of the access road and tree removal.


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WSP detectives seeking assistance in fatal King County hit-and-run crash

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 19:13:00 EDT

KING COUNTY, Wash. - Washington State Patrol is asking for the public's help in finding the person responsible for a fatal hit-and-run crash in King County over the weekend. At about 3:55 a.m. Sunday morning, troopers responded to a car versus pedestrian crash on southbound SR 167 to westbound SR 18. 


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Man charged with cover up in rural couple's death sentenced

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 18:44:00 EDT

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - A man who admitted to helping his brother hide the bodies of a rural Washington state couple has been sentenced to 14 months in prison. Multiple media outlets reported that 50-year-old Tony Reed was sentenced Monday in connection with the 2016 deaths of Monique Patenaude and Patrick Shunn near Arlington.


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Deputies arrest wanted fugitive after hours-long standoff near Moses Lake

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 18:07:00 EDT

MOSES LAKE, Wash. - Grant County deputies report a wanted fugitive is in custody after he was found hiding in a home east of Moses Lake early Monday morning. Acting on a tip, Grant County's Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team around 2:30 a.m. confirmed 42-year-old Diego Cano was hiding in a home on Road T-Northeast just north of Baseline Road East about 10 miles east of Moses Lake.


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Spokane man worried after finding feral cat injured by rope

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 19:25:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - One Spokane man is warning people to watch out for their pets after he found a feral cat injured by a rope. He thought it could be from a snare trap. Randi Seaman has been taking care of the feral cats that visit his home for the last several years. One of the cats, who he calls Donette, has been coming by since he was a kitten.


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Family searches for owner of ring found at Spokane car wash

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 19:45:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - A young girl found a beautiful men's ring at a North Spokane car wash earlier this month. Despite a full name being engraved on the inside of the jewelry, she and her family have been unable to track down the owner themselves.


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Neighbors concerned after reported shooting near Glass Park in Spokane

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 18:43:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Officers responded to a reported shooting near Glass Park Saturday night, and found a bullet had shattered someone’s window. Police say there weren’t any injuries and they’re investigating. People who live in the area say it’s frightening and that most of the issues come from the park.


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Tacoma homeowner fatally shoots intruder

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 15:56:00 EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Sheriff's deputies in Pierce County say they are investigating after a homeowner shot and killed an intruder.      Pierce County deputies arrived at a Tacoma residence early Saturday morning after receiving a report of an intruder being shot.


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Idaho inmate back in custody after stealing vehicle

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 14:44:00 EDT

ST. ANTHONY, Idaho - Officials with the Idaho Department of Corrections say an inmate who stole a vehicle while at a work site is back in custody. KBOI-TV reports that 23-year-old Austin Warren Mitchell stole the vehicle on Saturday while at the St. Anthony Work Camp. He swapped it for another stolen truck and then crashed the second truck.


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Homeless man sues Seattle over impound of truck

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 14:31:00 EDT

SEATTLE (AP) - A homeless man has filed a lawsuit against Seattle accusing police officers of violating his rights for impounding the vehicle he was living in.  The Seattle Times reports that police towed 57-year-old Steven Long's pickup in October. Long had been living in his 2000 GMC truck for three months after it broke down in a city parking lot. He was without his truck for 22 days.


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NBA star Isaiah Thomas' sister killed in car accident

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 13:58:00 EDT

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (AP) - NBA star Isaiah Thomas' sister has died in a one-car accident.      The Washington State Patrol said Saturday that 22-year-old Chyna J. Thomas died at the scene on Interstate 5 in Federal Way after the accident about 5 a.m. The police report said she wasn't wearing a seat belt.


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Caught on camera: glass shop smash and grab

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 22:31:00 EDT

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Mind's Eye has only been open for about a month and it didn't take them that long to experience their first break in. One of the store owners believes that these suspects have been to his store before. "They knew where they were headed so yeah they've been in here,"said co-owner Michael Garton. The break in happened early Friday morning at this glass shop in Spokane Valley. Two suspects were caught on 


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Spokane beekeepers swarm to local farm for thousands of bees

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 20:31:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane has the largest bee club in the state of Washington with close to 300 members. Saturday was package bee day at a local farm, so we went to find out what the buzz was about. Jerry Tate has a special place in his heart for bees because, he says, they're part of the family. "It's all family-run and family-owned," Tate said.


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Brutal Spokane winter leads to ant infestations

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 18:08:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - For many of us, there's nothing creepier than a bug infestation in our homes. These problems start small, and can quickly spiral out of control. Help Me Hayley has received requests from some of you to learn the best ways to protect yourself, and your property, as we head into our long awaited spring. Hayley contacted local exterminators to see what's causing the most issues this year.


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Former Sea-Tac airport TSA Agent sentenced for voyeurism

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 17:42:00 EDT

SEATTLE (AP) - A former security worker has been sentenced for taking photos from underneath passengers' skirts at the Seattle-Tacoma International airport.  KIRO-TV reports Nicholas Fernandez of Tukwila was sentenced Friday. He avoided jail time in a plea dead and will have to register as a sex offender and undergo a sexual deviancy evaluation and treatment.


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Moses Lake police accepting donations to start K9 program

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 17:12:00 EDT

MOSES LAKE, Wash. - The Moses Lake Police Department is asking for your help to start a police K9 program. Currently the department does not have any patrol dogs to help officers on patrol when suspects run away or resist arrest. The department says costs for a K9 program are high and not within the annual budget, but the goal is to have a patrol dog on the street by next year.


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SUV crashes through yards of Spokane neighborhood

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 01:57:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Two families in Spokane are cleaning up after a car crashes through their front yards. They say its part of a bigger problem in their neighborhood. Early Wednesday morning Brad Lomen was asleep when he was woken up by a loud crash.  A speeding SUV lost control, crashing through brad and his neighbor's yard before taking off. Living in this east Spokane neighborhood near Chief Garry Park for the last year, Brad wasn't surprised to see his fence flattened.


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A birthday wish come true, Karnowski comes to birthday party

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 01:13:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - It’s the birthday of a lifetime for 9-year-old Sarah Orebaugh. She’s been following Gonzaga’s Przemek Karnowski since his freshman year and is his number one fan. For the past five years, she’s been dreaming about inviting him to her birthday and this year she definitely wanted to make it happen. Her birthday is on March 28, but she postponed it just for the chance that Karnowski would show up. Last week, at Gonzaga’s rally


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Mad Minute Stories for Friday, April 14

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 23:53:00 EDT

Nude model photographer arrested MONROEVILLE, Pa. (AP) -- Police say a man was taking photos of a woman who was wearing only thigh-high black stockings and high heel shoes at a strip mall near Pittsburgh. Monroeville police say 21-year-old Chelsea Guerra, of Indiana, was posing in front of businesses at Miracle Mile Shopping Center for 64-year-old Michael Warnock, of Pittsburgh, on April 8. Police say Warnock told them he hired Guerra after placing an ad for a nude model on Craig...


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Bloomsday deadlines quickly approaching

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 00:04:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Attention runners, joggers, and walkers planning to use the US Postal Service to mail in Bloomsday entries: you have just a few more days to do so.  Entries must be postmarked by Tuesday, April 18th to take advantage of the low $18.00 entry fee.  Those entering online have until April 23rd. You can submit your entry online by clicking here.  Bloomsday entry forms are available at the following locations: Washington Trust 


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Police chase turns into car crash

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 23:22:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - A police chase and crash on the intersection of Maxwell and Washington caused traffic to shut down for a couple of hours on Friday. It all started with a simple traffic stop by police looking for a driver with a suspended license. Spokane police tried to stop a 20-year-old female driver who is well known to the department. She was driving eastbound on Maxwell and ran a red light, then hit another driver going 


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Volunteer firefighter cares for baby after grandmother hurt in car crash

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 19:57:00 EDT

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - Over forty volunteers make up the Airway Heights Fire Department, and last week one of those volunteers responded to a vehicle accident involving grandma in pain... and a baby. "So I asked if I could hold this baby, and ended up getting to hold this child while the grandma got checked out," said Guinevere Running Wolf. The baby was not dressed to be outdoors long. Cold and now wet from liquids spilling during the accident, Guinevere Running Wolf j...


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Sandpoint mayor target of racist flyers

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 20:04:00 EDT

SANDPOINT, Idaho - Another flier going around Sandpoint, this time targeting the mayor and he says whatever is in this letter simply isn't true. Here's why. A simple Google search reveals the actual quote is from the website the Occidental Observer. The actual quote reads “I think there is a resurgence of anti-Semitism because at this point in time Europe has not yet learned how to be multicultural.” "First of it's illegal and it's 


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PHOTOS: Students okay after school bus collides with semi-truck near Colville on Highway 395

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 10:48:00 EDT

COLVILLE, Wash. - The driver of a school bus sustained serious injuries Friday morning after a collision with a semi-truck on Highway 395 north of Colville. Trooper Jeff Sevigney says there were 25 children on the bus when the crash happened. The Trooper on scene says all of the kids were up and walking around after the crash, and only one student was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries. 


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Witnesses say driver tried to beat train

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 20:10:00 EDT

RATHDRUM, Idaho - An update from deputies Friday, April 14, 2017, detail the chain of events leading up to the car vs. train crash Thursday evening in Rathdrum. According to a press release from the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office, witnesses told deputies it appeared Anthony Wiseman attempted to beat the train by taking an access road that runs parallel to the Union Pacific tracks. When Wiseman turned onto Huetter Road and 


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Husband of Heart singer Ann Wilson sentenced in teen assault

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 20:17:00 EDT

SEATTLE, Wash. (AP) - The husband of Heart lead singer Ann Wilson has been sentenced for allegedly choking her nephews during a concert in suburban Seattle. Seattlepi.com reported Friday that Dean Wetter pleaded guilty March 9 to two counts of assault. He was sentenced as part of a plea deal to 364 days in jail, with all the time suspended. Wetter will pay restitution, be on probation, undergo counseling and have no contact with the boys. C...


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Electrical fire causes Pullman restaurant to close before busy Easter weekend

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 19:28:00 EDT

PULLMAN, Wash. - A fire broke out in the kitchen area of the Rancho Viejo Restaurant in Pullman Friday morning, causing enough damage to force the restaurant to close just before a busy Easter weekend.  Pullman Fire Marshall Chris Wehrung determined that the cause of the fire was accidental electrical.  Wehrung pinpointed the origin of the fire to an electrical cord connected to a receipt printer that got pinched between a pass through shelf and side wall of the kitchen.


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Convicted felon arrested for illegal stash of guns, thousands of rounds of ammunition

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 19:17:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police arrested 62 year old Robert W. Crampton, a convicted felon, for an illegal stash of weapons and ammunition Thursday. Crampton was convicted of three felony criminal law violations in 2013 after becoming involved in a shooting with the North Las Vegas Police Department. Crampton fired a gun at officers, and was hit when they fired back. Crampton was sent to prison and moved to Spokane after he was released.


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Idaho woman gets jail time, probation for neglecting horses

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 18:12:00 EDT

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) - A northern Idaho woman has been sentenced to 180 days in jail with all but 12 days suspended after being convicted of five animal cruelty charges for neglecting five horses. The Lewiston Tribune reports that 55-year-old Teresa Davis of Moscow received the sentenced Thursday in Latah County Magistrate Court. She must also serve two years of unsupervised probation. Davis told Magistrate William C. Hamlett that she didn't...


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Turning your home into a hotel

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 22:41:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Booming for Bloomsday and a home for Hoopfest. Thousands of people come to town for Bloomsday and Hoopfest and right now, people are busy booking their stays. So how do you cash in? You can use an online service called Airbnb that lets you turn your home into a hotel. Spokane resident Amanda Wunderlich has a beautiful Victorian home nestled in Browne's Addition. She's put together two bedrooms for rent. 


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4 injured in rocket explosion at University of Idaho

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 02:21:00 EDT

Update: An explosion at the University of Idaho campus sent four people to the hospital Thursday night. It occurred just before 10pm in the parking lot next to the steam plant where several individuals had gathered to test an experimental rocket. Four were hurt in the explosion and have been transported to Gritman Medical Center.


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