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Candlelight vigil to remember victims of child abuse

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 02:11:00 EDT

Two-year-old Addy Hoyt was laid to rest today. The little girl was murdered in her South Hill home two weeks ago. Her mother's ex-boyfriend is facing murder charges, but family and friends aren't done celebrating her young life.  KHQ’s Patrick Erickson went to Riverfront Park where a candlelight vigil for Addy and the other kids injured and killed this month took place. Recently four children have been injured or have died from child abuse or neglect here in the co...

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Update: "hit list" at Lakeland Jr. High School

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:49:00 EDT

Melissa Smith says she just wants her daughter, Jaidyn Stassle, to be safe when she goes to school. Now Smith says she isn't so sure she can trust the Lakeland School District with her daughter's safety after Jaidyn watched a classmate write a kill list Tuesday. "She didn't have her binder, so I was being nice and handing her a piece of paper and pencil to write with for first period," said Strassle. "We figured out she wasn't paying attention to the teacher, and she w...

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Parents as Teachers delivers support to doorstep of struggling family

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:07:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Parenting hasn't come easy for 27-year-old Ashley Davis.  She's suffered from depression for ten years and knew she needed help when she started slipping back into it after having her son Oran four months ago. Ashley says there was a day when she had a half hour from when her mom left and her husband Jake got home and she had a complete mental breakdown, realizing she needed more help. 

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Saluting the brave: operation dog tag

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:53:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Saluting the brave. Their mission is to help war veterans overcome physical and emotion difficulties due to combat. "Operation Dog Tag" offers that support and unconditional love through a four-legged friend, uniting vets with dogs trained to give those who served our country a better life.  

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Court docs give new details about man found with missing teen

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:19:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Court documents filed Tuesday are shedding more light on a man named Freedom Woody, who investigators say raped a 13 year old girl he met online. According to the documents, detectives got a report of a missing girl last Thursday.

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Mother of dead 2-year-old girl, Lovina Rainey, to stay in jail

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:57:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Though initially granted a release to a rehab facility last week, a judge ordered Wednesday for Lovina Rainey to stay in jail.  Rainey's 2-year-old daughter, Adalynn Hoyt, was found dead earlier this month in her south hill home. After investigating, detectives named and eventually arrested Rainey's ex-boyfriend, Jason Obermiller, in connection to Addy's death.

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Sheriff Knezovich says he can't prevent mass shootings, but remains prepared

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:05:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Following the Cascade Mall shooting in Burlington that left five people dead, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich says mass shootings can’t be prevented. But the longtime Sheriff says as the motive of shooters have evolved, so has the training and protocol of local law enforcement agencies.

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South Hill neighbors say paved trail responsible for crime spike

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:58:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - One South Hill neighborhood says in the past month, they’ve seen a spike in crime and they think they know the reason why. This is near 11th and Regal, just south of Underhill Park. John Bartleson says ever since Ben Burr trail was paved, the neighborhood completely changes at night.

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Winnebagone! Abandoned RV gone for good

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:08:00 EDT

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - A Winnebago that was abandoned in early July has been removed by the Spokane County Sheriffs Office. The RV was left to rot and rust on the corner of Government Way and Houston, and neighbors said it was an eyesore and wanted it to be moved.

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Man who returned 9/11 flag identified

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:33:00 EDT

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - The man who turned in an American flag raised at ground zero on Sept. 11 to a Washington state courthouse has been identified.   The Daily Herald reports Brian Browne, 45, had seen the coverage of the flag's return to New York earlier this month and contacted authorities.

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Motions to bar death penalty in police killing case denied

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:17:00 EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - The death penalty is still an option for a man accused of killing a Coeur d'Alene police officer. The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Kootenai County District Court Judge Lansing Haynes on Monday denied two motions from the defense asking that he not allow the death penalty to be among the potential punishments for 26-year-old Jonathan Renfro.

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N. Idaho counterfeiter sentenced to a year in federal prison

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:08:00 EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - A northern Idaho man who created counterfeit $50 bills using a computer printer has been sentenced to a year in jail and three months home confinement.  The U.S. Attorney's Office says 51-year-old Daniel Keith Snyder of Hope also on Monday in federal court was ordered to pay $1,150 in restitution and have three years of supervised release. 

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Mall shooting suspect ordered into mental health treatment

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:59:00 EDT

MOUNT VERNON, (AP) - Assaults on his parents and inappropriate sexual behavior at school led judges to order mental health treatment for the young man charged with killing five people at a Washington state department store.

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'Food truck' voting hoping to drive up Idaho voter turnout

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:09:00 EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho election workers say it's no longer enough to encourage people to get out to the polls. Instead, it's time to bring the polls to the people.  Ada County Chief Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane says he has designed food truck-inspired voting units to help entice voters to participate in the upcoming election.

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Bank robber shot by customer in Spokane Valley sentenced

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:13:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - The man who was shot by a customer while trying to rob a bank in Spokane Valley this summer was sentenced on Tuesday. 44-year-old Jeremy John was sentenced to more than 14 years in prison on Tuesday after pleading guilty to five charges. Earlier this summer, John walked into the bank, jumped the counter and demanded money. 

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US giving $364 million in new Syria aid

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:32:00 EDT

WASHINGTON - The United States is providing another $364 million in humanitarian aid to those affected by Syria's civil war. Tuesday's announcement means the U.S. has now given $5.9 billion in assistance to the Arab country since the conflict started in 2011.

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Ryan praises Trump debate performance

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:39:00 EDT

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Paul Ryan is praising Donald Trump's debate performance, saying he showed he can "go toe-to-toe with Hillary Clinton." Ryan said Trump "gave a unique Donald Trump response to the status quo... I think he passed a number of thresholds." The Wisconsin Republican refused to comment on Trump

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Body language expert breaks down presidential debate

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 01:31:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Both candidates in the first presidential debate said a lot both to and about each other Monday night. We sat down with Whitworth University communications professor Mike Ingram to watch the debate.

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Inslee, Bryant spar over education, taxes

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:14:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gov. Jay Inslee and his Republican opponent Bill Bryant sparred over education, taxes and government oversight in their second debate.

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Family frustrated after car stolen twice

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 22:25:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Chances are you've had to deal with car issues at some time, but one man is dealing with a problem that he can't fix on his own. The car he worked hard to get has only been his for the past three months, then it was gone in the blink of an eye. Sadly this isn't the first time it's happened.

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Update on NIC basketball coaches hit by vehicle on I-90

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:52:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - As of Friday, Sacred Heart tells KHQ that North Idaho College men' basketball team coach Christopher Kemp is now in satisfactory condition while another coach, George Swanson remains in serious condition.Swanson's mom told KHQ on Friday night that her son will be sedated until at least Monday. He just went through surgery after breaking three of his pelvic bones. He's expected to go through two more surgeries for his arm and leg.

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FBI releases 2015 crime stats; trend overall is down

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:31:00 EDT

WASHINGTON - The FBI released its annual Crime in the United States report on Monday, which shows violent crime in our area (murder, rape, and aggravated assault) went up in 2015. The report shows murder in Spokane went up 20% from 2014 to 2015, while rape went up 1.7% and aggravated assault went up 5.54%. Overall, the FBI says violent crime went down 3.89%.  

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Is no homework better for elementary students?

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:00:00 EDT

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A small but growing number of elementary schools and teachers are doing away with homework to allow kids more time to play sports, spend time with families, read and sleep.  The principal at Orchard School in South Burlington, Vermont, says the kindergarten-through-5th-grade school eliminated homework this year, based on research he's found that says there's little to no correlation between homework and achievement.

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UPDATE: Bail set at $2 million for man who confessed to mall shooting

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:17:00 EDT

BURLINGTON, Wash. - Authorities say the suspect in the deadly Washington mall shooting has confessed. According to court documents released Monday by the Skagit County Superior Court, Arcan Cetin told detectives who interviewed him that "he did bring the rifle into Macy's and shot all 5 victims."

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A final goodbye: Central United Methodist Church closes in downtown Spokane

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 21:37:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - After 140 years, one Spokane church celebrated its last worship service Sunday. Central United Methodist Church at 3rd and Howard closed its doors, something members of the church have known would happen since last spring, says Pastor Stephen Johnson. "The overhead of the building and just general cost of ministry have gone up over the years," said Johnson.

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Mall shooting suspect liked military, 'Halo' on social media

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:08:00 EDT

BURLINGTON, Wash. (AP) - Social media accounts apparently belonging to Arcan Cetin, the suspect in the Washington state mall shootings that left five dead, show he had a fondness for the military and video games.

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People jump from window to escape early-morning house fire

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 15:26:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane firefighters responded to a house fire on the second floor of a home in the Hillyard neighborhood early Sunday morning. The call came in around 1:30 a.m. Crews responded within minutes, but before they got there, they say two people in the house jumped from the second floor window to escape the flames.

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Shoshone deputies ask for public's help investigating home invasion

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 15:09:00 EDT

SMELTERVILLE, Idaho - The Shoshone County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help following a reported home invasion early Friday morning. Deputies and Kellogg Police officers were called to the scene at about 3 a.m.

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Cascade mall shooting suspect caught in Oak Harbor

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 15:09:00 EDT

Authorities in Oak Harbor, Washington, confirm a man has been taken into custody for the deadly Cascade Mall shooting in Burlington, Washington, that left five people dead Friday night. .

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Teen girl among mall shooting victims

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:47:00 EDT

BURLINGTON, Wash. (AP) - The Seattle Times reports that one of the victims in the deadly Washington state mall shooting is a 16-year-old girl.      Sarai Lara's mother said she had survived cancer as a young girl and was a happy student.

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Mall shooting victim was probation officer

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:37:00 EDT

BURLINGTON, Wash. (AP) -Authorities say one of the five victims in the deadly Washington state mall shooting was a probation officer.      The Snohomish County District Court in a statement identified Belinda Galde as an employee with the court since 1989.

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Fire crews quickly put out fire near I-90 and Hamilton

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:14:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Fire crews quickly put out a small fire on 2nd Ave. near I-90 and Hamilton Sunday morning. The fire caused dark smoke to billow from under the bridge onto the interstate, but traffic moved normally while firefighters worked. Firefighters were able to get the fire under control and put out around 11 a.m., about 30 minutes after the fire was initially called out.

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Suit seeks to challenge Idaho's sex offender registry laws

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 13:08:00 EDT

More than 100 sex offenders have filed a lawsuit challenging Idaho's sex offender registry laws, arguing that the rules governing registration and community notification are unconstitutional.

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Oscar-winning actress Patty Duke's home for sale in Idaho

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 12:55:00 EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - The home of Patty Duke, who won an Oscar as a teen for "The Miracle Worker" and who passed away earlier this year, is for sale in northern Idaho. The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Duke's husband, Mike Pearce, has put the nearly 3,000-square-foot home on the market for $398,000.

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Burlington shooting witness says she went into survival mode

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 20:37:00 EDT

BURLINGTON, Wash. - Friday night, police say a lone gunman walked into the Cascade Mall Macy's and shot five people. They say four women died on scene, and a man died later that evening from his injuries at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.  Joanne Burkholder was at the mall when she heard commotion. She says police ran in to evacuate her.

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Spokane Police: 'We're trained for these scenarios' in light of Burlington shooting

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 19:02:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Even though a shooter took five lives in a Burlington, Wash. mall Friday, the tragedy still hits close to home in Spokane. KHQ spoke with the Spokane Police Department to see if officers are doing anything different in light of the shooting.

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Mall gunman at large, terrorism not suspected

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 18:46:00 EDT

BURLINGTON, Wash. (AP) - A gunman who fatally shot five people at a Washington state mall remained at large as authorities said the motive for the slaying was unknown but there was no indication the shootings were a terrorist act. Four females and one male were slain at Cascade Mall on Friday evening in Burlington, Washington.

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More pot shops coming to Pullman, Whitman County

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 17:02:00 EDT

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - The marijuana market in Pullman and Whitman County may soon hit its limit.  The Lewiston Tribune reports that in the span of a week one business owner has applied to set up a pot shop in Whitman County and two have applied for spots in Pullman.

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Kootenai County deputies investigating armed robbery

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 15:53:00 EDT

STATELINE, Idaho - The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office reports that deputies responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Liberty Stop N Go located on W. Seltice Way in the Stateline Village just before 1 a.m. Saturday morning. It was reported a man wearing a green coat, black beanie, facemask and gloves entered the store armed with a rifle.

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Idaho woman enters guilty plea in child's meth overdose

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 15:28:00 EDT

IDAHO FALLS (AP) - An Idaho woman who prosecutors say caused her 6-month-old baby to overdose on methamphetamine has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter.  The Post Register  reports that 25-year-old Heather Elam was originally charged with first-degree murder. Prosecutors reduced the charge pursuant to a plea agreement.

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Former high school soccer coach pleads guilty to sex abuse

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 14:40:00 EDT

BLACKFOOT, Idaho - A former high school soccer coach in eastern Idaho has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing one of her former players.      Television station KIFI reports former Blackfoot High girls' soccer coach Alisha Yeates pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of sexual abuse of a child under the age of 16.

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Squirrel knocks out power to thousands of Avista customers

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 14:17:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Avista officials say a squirrel is to blame for a Saturday morning power outage that affected about 2,000 people near the state line. According to Avista's webpage, about 2,400 people were without power near Wellesley and N. Starr Road Saturday morning.

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Statement from Gov. Jay Inslee regarding tonight's shooting in Burlington

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:54:00 EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Sept. 23, 2016 Contact: Governor Inslee’s Communications Office | 360.688.0253 Statement from Gov. Jay Inslee regarding tonight's shooting in Burlington "Tragedy has struck in Washington tonight. Our hearts are in Burlington where a shooter has taken the lives of at least four people..

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Scraps looks into reports of two tortured kittens

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 22:41:00 EDT

Scraps is now looking into reports of two tortured kittens in Spokane. The concern is stopping whoever's doing this before it happens again. Is a serial cat killer terrorizing North Spokane? Scraps says a second kitten was found tied up with cords. The first cat was found in the Emerson-Garfield neighborhood last month. The latest cat northeast of there, near the Northtown mall on Monday. Scraps says it's possible these two cases are related but they aren't sure since the incidents ...

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Driver flees after knocking over power pole

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 22:09:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Early Friday morning, Avista crews were called to Sprague and Havana after a car hit a power pole then drove off but it's what happened next that caused a real problem. The power pole fell straight into a building there and caused some damage. The owners say they will have to fix it but they're glad that everyone is safe. A witness says he saw a vehicle hit the pole. "I heard a squeal. I just saw a truck with a trailer on it," he said.

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Spokane Valley councilman fights for 'Second Amendment Sanctuary City'

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 21:25:00 EDT

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - The term sanctuary city has been used a lot when there's discussion about immigration, but not as much when it comes to carrying firearms. One Spokane Valley city councilman wants to change that after hearing Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson is taking action on guns. "I will propose a bill in the upcoming legislative session with two key elements.

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SWX’s Sam Adams gets his wedding ring back 3 years after losing it

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 20:52:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Sam Adams lost his wedding ring while working on his house three years ago.  “I’d like to say I kept it on everyday,” said the SWX Sports Anchor. “But obviously I took it off the one time to do a home improvement project and lesson learned.” Adams and his wife, Stacey, looked for the ring regularly for the next year, but it never showed up. 

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Keeping your children safe: a deeper look into Spokane Public Schools' safety measures

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 20:36:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Public Schools District says students were kept in the classroom when Lewis and Clark High School went into a modified lock down Friday morning. A staff member received a threat, but about 45 minutes later that threat was found to be not credible. Friday's threat comes exactly one year after LCHS received a bomb threat. 

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Lovina Rainey to be released to drug treatment facility

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:12:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - The mother of Adalynn Hoyt, the 2-year-old girl found dead in a South Hill home earlier this month, will be released to a drug treatment facility while facing charges related to drug trafficking.  Lovina Rainey made another appearance in federal court Friday afternoon, a day after being charged.

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UPDATE: Missing 13-year-old Oregon girl found safe

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:20:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Valley and Spokane County Sheriff’s Detectives have found Madison Wilson and she is safe.  They say they also located the man she was with and he is detained at this time as investigators continue to conduct interviews and gather evidence as the work to determine if charges are warranted. 

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Money a top trouble point in marriage; here’s how to ease the conflict, from STCU. (sponsored)

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:51:00 EDT

Ways to make money conversations with your spouse easier In study after study, money is often cited as one of the top conflict points in marriage. Finances can be an emotional topic for couples, especially when money is tight. So it pays to get in the habit of discussing it on a regular basis, even if you keep separate finances.

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Police investigate Bank of America robbery

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 21:58:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Right now Spokane police are investigating this bank robbery here on the South Hill. It happened just before 5 pm; that’s when a man walked into the Bank of America and handed a teller a note telling them he had a gun.  That employee gave the man an undisclosed amount of money before he took off.  Investigators believe he did leave the scene in a vehicle but so far they do not have a description of one. 

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UPDATE: Two people in serious condition after hit by vehicle on I-90 near Tyler/Cheney exit

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 21:48:00 EDT

KHQ.COM - Washington State Patrol has confirmed that early Thursday morning two people were hit by a vehicle on I-90 near the Tyler/Cheney exit at milepost 257. Life flight transported one person to the hospital and a ground ambulance took the second person to the hospital, both with serious injuries.

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Next police chief could be named sooner than expected

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 21:35:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - A new top cop could be coming to Spokane sooner than expected. City council members say that the next police chief could come as soon as next week on Thursday. City council member Breann Beggs believes the Mayor may even choose earlier than that, as early as Monday. There are four candidates currently in the running. One of them is interim Chief Craig Meidl, who actually had the job but city council and Mayor David Condon agreed to start over. 

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Help Me Hayley: Address Chaos

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 21:20:00 EDT

 A retirement community said they've been dealing with address chaos for the past few months. Neighbors claims the Post Office saw their street as West, but the city and county said it was North. They said in addition to missing some mail, they were nervous first responders would be confused on where to go if there was ever an emergency. They said "help us Hayley!" "We just want an address that everyone has agreed upon," said Ron Coleman. It's a request that...

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Mother of 2-year-old found dead on South Hill booked into Spokane County Jail on drug charges

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 20:30:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - The mother of Adalynn Hoyt, the 2-year-old girl found dead on the South Hill earlier this month, was booked into the Spokane County Jail on a Federal U.S. Marshals hold Wednesday night. According to the Spokane County Jail, Lovina Rainey was picked up Wednesday night at a drug treatment facility in Coeur d'Alene.

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Court docs reveal new details in shooting of Coeur d'Alene officer

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 01:31:00 EDT

KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - KHQ is learning disturbing new details about the shooting of Coeur d'Alene Police Sgt. Greg Moore last may and what the man accused of that shooting has been  doing while awaiting his trial.

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Vapor issues may slow emptying of Hanford tanks

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:53:00 EDT

RICHLAND, Wash. - New deadlines for emptying some Hanford nuclear waste tanks might not be met if the government takes steps to better protect workers from chemical vapors.

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The art behind Spokane's traffic lights

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 21:27:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Traffic is something that affects us everyday, especially as we all rush to get home. Sometimes, we might think that if a traffic signal were timed differently, it would help. But timing those signals is a lot tougher than you might think.

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Greenacres neighborhood launches crusade against property crime

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:56:00 EDT

GREENACRES, Wash. - A neighborhood stands up to crime and their model can be used in your own neighborhood. This is the Twin Bridge development in Greenacres and they’re taking a proactive approach against property crime.

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Jason Obermiller, suspect in 2-year-old South Hill girl's death, appears in court

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:48:00 EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - The man accused of killing a Spokane two-year-old girl made his first court appearance in a Coeur d'Alene court room Wednesday. Jason Obermiller is charged with second degree murder in the death of Addy Hoyt.

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Ohio police chief 'sick and drained' after Tulsa shooting

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:11:00 EDT

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio - An Ohio police chief is speaking out against others in police work following the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a white police officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Middletown police chief Rodney Muterspaw tweeted Tuesday, "As an officer I am so sick and drained of some cops doing things like this. You are making us all look bad. STOP." 

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Search for Spokane Police Chief continues

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 02:14:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - And then there were four. The search for Spokane's next police chief just shifted into high gear. The four men up for the job went before members of the community Tuesday evening, but before that, each of them sat down with KHQ's Patrick Erickson.

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Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, September 20th

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 02:00:00 EDT

Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, September 20th.

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Spokane police investigating stabbing on N. Magnolia

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 01:29:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police are investigating a stabbing on N. Magnolia Tuesday night that sent one person to the hospital. Police say that person is being treated for serious injuries. Officers continued to process the scene and interview witnesses Tuesday night.

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UPDATE: Jason Obermiller, suspect in 2-year-old South Hill girl's death, arrested in Idaho

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:53:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - After eluding police for a week, and just hours after Crime Stoppers offered a reward for information leading to his arrest, law enforcement says the man suspected in the death of 2-year-old Addy Hoyt last week has been arrested. 

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Highway 14 reopens in northern Idaho after landslide

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:14:00 EDT

ELK CITY, Idaho (AP) - A highway in northern Idaho has reopened to traffic after crews worked for nearly six months to clean up the area following a major landslide. KBOI-TV reports that State Highway 14 has been cleared of about 15,000 truckloads of debris since the February landslide. Tons of rock and dirt had slid over some 500 feet of the road and into the South Fork of the Clearwater River.

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Spokane man gets 25 years in prison for child pornography charges

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 23:22:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - The U.S. Attorney reports that a Spokane man was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years in prison for attempted production of child pornography. The investigation into Steven Harris began in September of 2015.

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Spokane Valley elementary school sends three kids home for whooping cough

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 21:58:00 EDT

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Three students from South Pines Elementary School were sent home this week after they were diagnosed with pertussis, which is also called whooping cough. The Central Valley School District says no other students have reported the illness, but parents should still look for signs in their children.

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Family rebuilding from the ashes one month after Yale Road Fire

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 21:51:00 EDT

VALLEYFORD, Wash. - Jessica Reinbold and her husband moved onto East Stoughton Road three years ago to help take care of her widowed mother-in-law. The couple lives in a mobile home on Reinbold’s parent’s property. Because there isn’t a whole lot of room for storage, they kept everything in the barn.

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Construction closes part of Spokane's Riverfront Park

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 21:42:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - If you’ve driven by Riverfront Park recently, you’ll notice that there is orange fencing and a lot of construction going on. Next year, there will be even more of that. Most of the construction is going to be focused on the South Bank of the park – including the recreational rink, Howard Street bridge, and the Looff Carrousel are going to be revamped.

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Preventing underage drinking in limos and party buses

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 21:11:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Homecoming is an annual tradition. Your kids and their friends may have plans to rent a limo or maybe a party bus to take them to the dance. But what happens once they leave the house? So KHQ reached out to Spokane Limousine to see what their company does to prevent under drinking from happening.

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Convicted killer in Idaho seeks shorter sentence

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 19:57:00 EDT

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) - An Idaho man convicted of three murders is asking for a reduced sentence. The Lewiston Tribune reports that 30-year-old John Lee has again filed motions asking for a shortened sentence. Lee was sentenced in May to life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing three people and injuring a fourth in July 2015.

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WATCH: Vandals caught ripping up tree in downtown Coeur d'Alene

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 19:49:00 EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A Coeur d'Alene business got some pretty decent footage of a group of vandals in downtown Coeur d'Alene this weekend.  Crossfit Coeur d'Alene posted the video on their Facebook and YouTube Channels. The video shows a group of men (who should know better) walking down 4th street early Sunday morning. 

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Washington police arrest 21 in sex predator sting

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 19:48:00 EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington State Patrol detectives have arrested 21 people as part of an online sex predator sting. Sgt. Carlos Rodriguez tells The Olympian that operation resulted in four children being rescued from abusive situations. He says the suspects have a range of ages and backgrounds and the majority of them have no prior criminal history.

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Second man charged following bear-spray attack, robbery

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 19:30:00 EDT

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) - A 30-year-old man police say attacked a northern Idaho couple and their toddler with bear spray to steal a purse containing $8,000 has been charged with robbery and felony injury to a child.  The Lewiston Tribune reports that 30-year-old Matthew R. Starkey was charged Monday and is being held on $50,000 bond.

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Clerical error could cost East Valley School District $1.5 million

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 02:12:00 EDT

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Administrators at the East Valley School District are trying to figure out what to do about a clerical error that could end up costing them nearly $1.5 million. The money was for 25 new buses, but after the error could cost them the money for 13 of those buses. So how could this happen?

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Idaho farmer opts for Jimmy Fallon corn maze design

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:20:00 EDT

MERIDIAN, Idaho (AP) - An Idaho farmer has shunned 2016 corn maze trends and opted instead for an image of comedian Jimmy Fallon. The Capital Press reports that Meridian farmer Jim Lowe says he chose the theme because he was looking for something light-hearted and playful. Fallon is a former star of Saturday Night Live and the current host of the Tonight Show.

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City demands eyesore home on Spokane’s lower South Hill be torn down

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 22:19:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - A home that’s been an eyesore for years in one Spokane neighborhood is likely on its last leg. The home, located on the corner of Cannon and W 7th Ave., has been empty for years. Despite efforts to keep people out, the home has become a place for squatters, according to people who live nearby.

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Greenacres man warns of handyman scam

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 21:05:00 EDT

GREENACRES, Wash. - One man in Greenacres, Wash. is on a mission to warn others of a handyman business he says ripped him off. When KHQ spoke with James, he asked that we not show his face. James recently moved to the neighborhood, and needed a fence for his backyard. James did a Google search that led to a Craigslist ad for a handyman.

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Sheriff rebukes GOP lawmaker over triple murder claims

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 20:44:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A Spokane County sheriff is rebuking a Republican state legislator for attempting to connect his office to a triple homicide. The Spokesman-Review reports that Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich is calling on fellow GOP officials to disavow Rep. Matt Shea's claims or he will rescind his election endorsements.

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Browne's Addition apartment tenants fed up with bed bugs

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 20:37:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Right now it's a bedbug nightmare for one pair of Spokane roommates. The two share an apartment in Browne's Addition, and say they've been dealing with bed bugs for months and the owners aren't doing their part to get rid of them. Jamie Summers and Wednesday Bassett have noticed bedbugs in their apartment in Elm Apartments since April.

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Spokane Valley man arrested for pointing laser at helicopter, deputies

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 20:07:00 EDT

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Spokane County Air 1 helicopter flight crews report someone on the ground with a laser pointer shined it in their eyes Saturday night just after 11:30 p.m., while they were on patrol over Spokane Valley.

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Mayor Condon's budget shifts focus to Spokane property crime

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 19:56:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Mayor David Condon announced his proposed budget for 2017, which includes a number of changes, including what he’s planning with the police department.

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Hotelier, family killed in Montana plane crash

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 18:50:00 EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - An owner of hotels in Michigan and Florida and his family are dead after their twin-engine airplane crashed in southeastern Montana. Officials say 64-year-old Timothy Brown, 45-year-old Trisha Verhelle Brown and their 13-year-old son Theodore were on board a Beechcraft Baron that crashed Saturday in a grassy area about 12 miles south of the small town of Boyes.

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Judge awards Hanford whistleblowers $216,000

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 18:45:00 EDT

SEATTLE (AP) - A judge has awarded two whistleblowers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation more than $216,000, plus legal fees, after finding that the contractor they worked for retaliated against them for raising safety concerns.

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Judge awards Hanford whistleblowers $216,000

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 15:51:00 EDT

SEATTLE, Wash. - A judge has awarded two whistleblowers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation more than $216,000, plus legal fees, after finding that the contractor they worked for retaliated against them for raising safety concerns.

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'Lucky' to be alive: Calf with 2 faces born at Kentucky farm

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 13:48:00 EDT

CAMBELLSVILLE, Ky. - Visitors to a central Kentucky farm may do a double-take when they see the newest addition: a two-faced calf. Stan McCubbin of Campbellsville told WDRB-TV that he thought he had twins when he first saw the calf on Friday, but quickly realized he had something far more unusual.  

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Paralympic gold medalist returns to Spokane

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 23:41:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Paralympic Games in Rio have just wrapped up and Team USA won big, including one athlete from Spokane who’s making the Lilac City proud. Rachael Morrison is returning from Rio with a gold medal. She broke her own world record for discus throw.

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Spokane business owner warns of counterfeit bills

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 20:48:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Receiving a counterfeit bill is a headache for any business, but one slipped through the cracks the other day in Spokane because of how it was faked. Satori got a $50 bill for a purchase two days ago. The budtender used a counterfeit detector pen on it, and it passed the test for being real that way.

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Federal engineering program to help low-income students

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 14:53:00 EDT

SEATTLE (AP) - Six universities are getting federal money to expand a promising engineering program for low-income students.      The Seattle Times reports the list includes the University of Washington, Washington State University and Boise State University.

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Group looking at police use of deadly force debates law

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 13:12:00 EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A task force looking at the use of deadly force by police in Washington state is considering whether to change the law.      KING-TV reports that currently, officers can't face criminal charges for using deadly force if they are found to have acted without "malice" and "in good faith."

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Seattle coaches join high school team in kneeling for anthem

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 13:08:00 EDT

SEATTLE (AP) - Football coaches at a Seattle high school joined their players in taking a knee during the national anthem, following the lead of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick to protest social injustice.

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Spokane problem house finally shut down, neighbors relieved

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 20:32:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - A problem house is finally shut down. Neighbors say they’ve been dealing with all kinds of trouble there for years, and it all came to a head with a shooting that happened there on Tuesday. This is on the 2100 block of West Sharp. Neighbors, like Mark Salvino, are excited that the streets are quieter now that the house is empty.

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Spokane police investigating shooting in Hillyard

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 20:06:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane police are investigating a shooting that happened early Saturday morning in the Hillyard area. Patrol officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 5700 block of north Market around 4 a.m. Officers found a man in the area with a gunshot wound.

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One dead in crash north of Chewelah

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 19:42:00 EDT

CHEWELAH, Wash. - Washington State Patrol reports one person is dead after a crash on Highway 395 just before 2 a.m. Saturday. Troopers report a white 2000 GMC pickup was headed southbound on Highway 395 about five miles north of Chewelah when the driver failed to negotiate a curve and drove into the southbound ditch.

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Woman pleads guilty in drug trafficking case

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 18:56:00 EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - Federal prosecutors have their first guilty plea in a multistate drug trafficking case involving at least 20 people, including a Coeur d'Alene gastroenterologist and his family.

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Spokane to use grant to hire firefighters

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 17:37:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - A two-year federal grant totaling almost $9 million will allow the hiring of another 50 firefighters in Spokane. The Spokesman-Review reports the money will also help extend hours for medical crews that respond to calls about injuries that are not life threatening.

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Former star of 'Ax Men' dies in Port Angeles crash

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 17:03:00 EDT

PORT ANGELES - Family reports that Gabe Rygaard, star of the History Channel's recently cancelled series "Ax Men" was killed in a three-vehicle crash west of Port Angeles Friday. The crash happened at around 9:22 a.m. on U.S. Highway 101 east of Laird Road. Fire crews report a seven people were injured in total. but aside from Rygaard, all others had minor injuries and not taken to hospitals.

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Coeur d'Alene tribal elder passes away at 93

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 15:05:00 EDT

PLUMMER, Idaho - The Coeur d'Alene Tribe reports that beloved Coeur d'Alene tribal elder Felix Aripa passed away on Friday, September 16, at the age of 93. Aripa was the last World War II veteran on the Coeur d'Alene Reservation and one of the last remaining fluent speakers of the Coeur d'Alene language.

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