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Pepperoni prep: restaurants prepare for Hoopfest weekend

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:39:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - With thousands of people in town for Hoopfest, restaurants are prepping for this weekend. Twenty pounds. That's how much pepperoni Fire Artisan Pizza is expected to go through just this weekend alone. Kitchen Manager Christy Grohs has been crafting pizzas for several years and her crew started prepping earlier this week for the big weekend.  Dicing onions, preparing the fresh mozzarella, and slicing that high quality 

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Feeling the heat at Hoopfest: temperatures can alter tempers

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:18:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - The difference between a few degrees could mean a foul or a felony. "It's like 77...75 to about 88 is actually when our side operations in partnership with Spokane police kind of go on high alert," said Executive Director of Hoopfest Matt Santangelo. Cops will more likely to be needed on stand by for Saturday rather than Sunday. "Anything above that they aren't as worried about fights any longer because people are too 

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Homeless single father tries to turn luck around for 4-year-old daughter

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:09:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. George Simpkins packed his bags and moved from Ohio to Spokane to start a new job. But when he got to the Lilac City, his string of bad luck started.  “That never happened,” said Simpkins. “I’ve had temporary jobs off and on.” It’s been several years since Simpkins moved to Spokane, and the now 48-year-old hasn’t been able to keep a job, but it’s not due to lack of effort. “I’ve lost a couple of jobs because

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Retiring school resource officer leaves behind a legacy

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:15:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - It's the end of an era at Central Valley School District. After years of making a difference in students life, the school resource officer is saying goodbye. Jeff Duncan is a School Resource Officer for the Central Valley School District at University High School. Monday marked their last day of class, and was also the last day of work and beginning of retirement for Jeff.  "It's just time for me to retire," Jeff said. "You know 

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Homeless Hoopfest team counts points and blessings

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:24:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Hoopfest is about much more than just basketball. Each team has their own story -- and for some, the path was paved with blood sweat and tears.    Today I met a team who has become a brotherhood from under the bridge. When it comes to tournament time, any basketball player will tell you its all about the shoes But for Randy Slone, a new pair of Nikes is about much more than just the swoosh "They recruited me asking me if I had history w...

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Liberty Lake man dies four days after crash near Coeur d'Alene

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:06:00 EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A Liberty Lake man has died Friday as a result of his the injuries he suffered from a crash earlier this week. The crash happened on US-95 southbound by Cougar Gulch Road on Monday. Idaho State Police say 68-year-old Glenn Davis was parked on the right shoulder with a passenger inside his car. According to the police report,. Davis attempted to make a left turn from the shoulder of the roadway and failed to yield to an oncoming car.

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Gentle reminder: don't leave valuables inside vehicles

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:04:00 EDT

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - The nice weather is here and more people are out enjoying parks, lakes, and events like Hoopfest.  The Spokane Valley Police Department and Spokane County Sheriff's Office would like to remind everyone that criminals are also out, and are looking to prey on valuables left behind in your parked cars.  Law enforcement says it doesn't matter if your vehicle is locked or unlocked, it takes less than a second for a thief to enter and steal your belongings.

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Man found alive after 4 days missing in Montana wilderness

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:43:00 EDT

CHOTEAU, Mont. (AP) - Authorities say a U.S. Forest Service official has found a Pennsylvania man who had been missing in Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness since Monday. Rocky Mountain District Ranger Mike Munoz says 21-year-old Eric Hellmuth was found alive on Friday. The Choteau Acantha first reported the discovery of Hellmuth. The newspaper reports Hellmuth is tired and dehydrated, but in good condition. A backcountry outfitter reported ...

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Coroner identifies person who died in house fire near Moses Lake Golf Course

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:51:00 EDT

MOSES LAKE, Wash. - One person is dead following an early morning house fire near Moses Lake. Grant County Fire District #5 was called to the home at around 7:30 a.m. on Fairway Drive Northeast near the Moses Lake Golf Course. The home was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived, and firefighters say while battling the blaze they found the body of a person inside the home. 

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State warns of wildfire danger

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:29:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - State officials are warning about increased wildfire danger in all of Eastern Washington through the weekend.  The state Department of Natural Resources says increasing winds, higher temperatures and lower humidity are expected to heighten the risk of wildfires. The increased danger is expected to last until Tuesday. (Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redi...

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Post Falls man charged with downloading and disseminating child pornography

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:47:00 EDT

POST FALLS, Idaho - A 35-year-old Post Falls man has been arrested and charged with Sexual Exploitation of a child after authorities say he downloaded and disseminated child pornography over the internet. Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced Edward Gardner was arrested on Thursday by investigators with the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Unit. 

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R.I.P. Maddie the Bulldog

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:32:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Maddie the bulldog, Gonzaga's beloved real-life mascot has passed away after battling a fast-growing bone cancer called Osteosarcoma.  "Today I couldn't take the pain anymore and told my humans," a post on Maddie's Facebook page read Thursday night. "Under the care of my loving vet Dr. Ben Hart... I grew my angel wings and flew over the Rainbow Bridge.

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Palouse Falls State Park temporarily closes during fire

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:02:00 EDT

KENNEWICK, Wash. - Officials say Palouse Falls State Park in eastern Washington was temporarily closed during a fire that burned through wild lands north of the park. The Tri-City Herald reports that the fire started Wednesday and seemed to begin to die down until winds caused it to grow again. Franklin County Fire Districts and Adams County Fire District brought the fire under control Thursday.

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Hoopfest: then and now

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:48:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. How the times have changed. This weekend is Hoopfest's 27th year. And while we're all excited about everything the world's largest 3-on-3 tournament has to offer ... it's fun to look back and see how far we've come. In June of 1990 backyard ball took on a whole new meaning IN Spokane. It was Hoopfests humble beginnings. A time when shirts versus skins was still okay. A time when no one could predict just how big this tournament was going t...

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Documents detail reasoning behind removal of Former Spokane street director

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:37:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - You might remember - Mark Serbousek was removed from the top spot in the Streets Department - the day before a storm dumped another 7 inches of snow on Spokane. Many wondered at the time whether a winter's worth of complaints about inadequate plowing and pothole repair had anything to do with it. This stack of documents - including emails, memos, and text messages and covering late 2016 through 

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Hoopfest team finds third player to keep family tradition alive

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 20:55:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Each year thousands of players come together for the world’s largest 3-on-3-basketball tournament, but one team is still missing their most valuable player. Joey Cawyer played at Hoopfest for a decade before passing away from brain cancer in 2013. “It was really hard to watch Joey go,” said his mother, Cindy Anderson.

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Mothers describe witnessing attempted child luring near Glass Park

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:58:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Do you know where your kids are? Thankfully, two women say they were around after a man tried to lure their kids into his car. It happened Wednesday morning in North Spokane near Glass Park off of Hoffman Street. Spokane Police say they are calling this an attempted child luring and they are actively searching for the man. Misty Coleman-Woods says a man in a Subaru pulled up to her home around 10:30 a.m. on 

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Restoration efforts underway on High Drive Bluff; 'Watering Brigade' volunteers wanted

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:03:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Restoration efforts are underway after a mile-long road was bulldozed reportedly without permission in the High Drive Bluff. Patrick Keegan is with Friends of the Bluff. He has been coming down to the area that was bulldozed nearly every other day with his backpack full of four gallons of water. That’s because more than 900 tree seedlings have been planted to restore what was taken down.

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Body of missing Gold Bar man recovered from river

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:05:00 EDT

MONROE, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say the body of a man missing northeast of Seattle has been found in the Skykomish River near Monroe. The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office says deputies recovered 71-year-old Olaf Eriksen's body Thursday afternoon after three men who were fishing and discovered the body called 911.  The men told 911 they found Eriksen's body in the water. The sheriff's office says Ericksen, who lived in Gold Bar, had been m...

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Glider makes emergency landing to avoid air traffic collision

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:26:00 EDT

GRANT COUNTY, Wash. - Wednesday afternoon one person was taken to the hospital via Life Flight after a deer ran out in fron of their motorcycle on Baird Springs RD near RD 16 NW. As Grant County Firefighters were finishing up at the motorcycle collision, they say a glider lost lift and made an emergency landing a short distance from the collision scene. Firefighters say the glider recognized the Life Flight on scene and chose a different landing area to avoid a potential air collision.

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Idaho governor welcomes delisting of Yellowstone grizzlies

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:06:00 EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The Latest on removing Yellowstone region grizzly bears from federal protections (all times local): ___  1:30 p.m. Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is welcoming the delisting of grizzlies in Yellowstone and says the state is ready to start managing the bears. Otter says Idaho has been on the forefront of Yellowstone grizzly bear recovery for many years and that the population has been recovere...

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Man in semitrailer dies in crash with train

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:27:00 EDT

PLYMOUTH, Wash. (AP) - A 66-year-old man died in a crash involving his semitrailer and a freight train in southeastern Washington. The Benton County Sheriff's Office says deputies responded to the crash Wednesday afternoon near Plymouth by the Columbia River. The sheriff's office says Ronald Slagg was driving north on a private road that crosses railroad tracks when the crash with a BNSF train occurred. The sheriff's office says Slagg was se...

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1,600 marijuana plants worth $1.6M seized from house

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:22:00 EDT

BENTON CITY, Wash. (AP) - The Benton County Sheriff's Office discovered $1.6 million worth of illegal marijuana at a Washington house while checking on a domestic dispute report. The Tri-City Herald reports deputies and gang team members seized 1,600 plants from the house. Authorities say nobody had been arrested as of Wednesday evening, but the suspects involved in the two large, unlicensed growing operations have been identified. A search war...

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Driver of Idaho school bus charged following injury crash

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:45:00 EDT

SHOSHONE, Idaho (AP) - The 67-year-old driver of a school bus involved in a rollover crash that injured more than a dozen junior high students in April has been charged with misdemeanor reckless driving. The Times-News reports that Richard Mecham was charged Monday in 5th District court. Officials say Mecham on April 18 drove off the right shoulder, overcorrected and rolled the 2011 school bus. Twelve students were hospitalized, and all were released the next d...

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Looking to become a Deputy? Spokane Co. Sheriff's Office holding open house

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:14:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is hiring and will be holding an open house next week for anyone interested in a career in law enforcement. The open house will take place on June 29, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Sheriff's Office Training Center at 6011 N. Chase Road, Newman Lake, WA 99025. 

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Taking the bargain route (sponsored)

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:48:00 EDT

It all started with a single, attainable goal: buying a snazzy new Yeti cooler, filled with craft beer from microbreweries between the Inland Northwest and Texas. To make it happen, 32-year-old Tyler McGuffin, of Spokane Valley, applied the skills he uses every day as an STCU accountant to plan an itinerary that would take him from Spokane to Waco.

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Spokane Father's Day fight goes viral on social media

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:02:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - A dad's plan to pick up his daughter for a Father's Day outing turns into accusations of assault and an arrest. Now a Facebook post is going viral because of what the dad didn't do when confronted. 

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Jason Obermiller found NOT GUILTY of 2nd Degree Murder in the death of 2-year-old Adalynn Hoyt

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 18:05:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - We just received word that the jury has reached a verdict in the trial of accused child killer Jason Obermiller.  Obermiller testified earlier this week that he did not kill Adalynn Hoyt. His defense attorneys asked him questions about how he cared for her and Lovina Rainey’s other children. He was also asked about that night in September.

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Spokane man gets thousands in camera gear stolen

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:13:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Over the weekend a Spokane man had his livelihood stolen from him when a thief made off with a camera bag filled with gear worth thousands of dollars. By trade, Christopher Gray is a web developer, photographer and videographer. On Saturday afternoon when and his twin daughters were on a bike ride through Riverfront Park on their way to a photo shoot when Christopher noticed something unusual.

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Spokane man hopes to fight graffiti tagging with art

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:41:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - One West Central Spokane man is upset after his garage was tagged with graffiti, but he's got a plan to take back his garage. The plan involves time, paint brushes and an artist to help him take away the graffiti and make something special.  The other day, Andrew Larson came out of his house to a surprise. 

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Community jumps into action after rollover crash in Coeur d'Alene

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 21:40:00 EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A busy stretch of road in Coeur d’Alene came to a screeching halt yesterday. “It was just a loud impact,” Melissa Cheney said. Cheney, the owner of Lakeshore Decor, says she was with a client. “Then we saw the car actually flip over,” she said. Cheney says they rushed out of the store quickly and saw other people from across the street rush over as well.

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Three K9s graduate from patrol school

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 21:24:00 EDT

Wednesday was the final day of patrol school for three K9s. The Chewelah Police Department will be getting their first K9 in a long time. Officer Matt Miller’s new partner is K9 Rebel.  “It’s great that he’s my partner. I couldn’t ask for a better partner,” Miller says.

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Fishing firefighters pass down passion to younger generations

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 17:22:00 EDT

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Fishermen and women know that fishing is more than a sport- it can be a way of life. A group of people are making sure that way of life is passed down to the next generations. Retired Firefighter George Orr loves to fish and play outdoors, and over the past three decades he's shared his passion of fishing and the outdoors with kids. "So I was going around and saw all these children in wheelchairs," George said

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PHOTOS: $450,000 home in Seattle vs. $450,000 home in Spokane

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:08:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Location, location, location.  You may have seen a post making its way around social media of a house listing in Seattle for nearly $450,000. That sounds about right for the area, right? Well this house is a bit of a fixer upper. The kind with lots of potential if you invest the time and money.  Currently, however, it is shown on the real estate site Redfin in less than perfect condition. 

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3rd suspect in 2016 Tacoma gang initiation killing arrested

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:56:00 EDT

TACOMA, Wash. - A suspect in a 2016 Tacoma gang initiation killing has been booked into jail.      The News Tribune reports 26-year-old Juan Jose Gaitan Vasquez was charged in March with one count of first-degree murder in the April 2016 death of Samuel Cruces-Vasquez. 

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Seattle student, 23, likely drowned in Lake Chelan

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:41:00 EDT

CHELAN, Wash. - Authorities say a 23-year-old University of Washington student has likely drowned in Lake Chelan in north-central Washington.      The Chelan County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday identified him as Donghoon Lee of Seattle.

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Police search for Utah man after 3 bodies found in Idaho

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:14:00 EDT

BOISE, Idaho - Police in Idaho are searching nationwide for a man they say should be considered "armed and dangerous" in connection with the shooting deaths of three women in Idaho.      Canyon County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Marv Dashiell says 60-year-old Gerald "Mike" Bullinger, formerly of Ogden, Utah, is considered a person of interest in the murders discovered Monday at a home in Caldwell.

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Man who came to girlfriend's aid on I-90 killed by driver

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:08:00 EDT

ISSAQUAH, Wash.- The Washington State Patrol says a man who helped his girlfriend when her car broke down on Interstate 90 was run over and killed by a suspected drunk driver.      Trooper Rick Johnson says 47-year-old Robert Thompson, of Snoqualmie, died late Tuesday.      Thompson's girlfriend had called him for help when she had car trouble along the westbound lanes of I-90 east of Issaquah.

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Gov. Inslee calls lawmakers back for third special session

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:04:00 EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Jay Inslee has called lawmakers back for a third special session, saying that "the clock is running out" before the state faces a partial government shutdown.      Lawmakers have been struggling to reach consensus on how write a budget that also satisfies a state Supreme Court mandate on education funding and have not been able to reach an agreement on a new two-year state budget.

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Nurse caught with child porn photos gets 11 years in prison

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:59:00 EDT

TRI-CITIES, Wash. (AP) - A Washington nurse has been sentenced to 11 years in federal prison for downloading over 1,400 child pornography photos. Documents say 48-year-old Darrin Ruddell was also previously accused of producing his own child pornography by taking pictures of a local girl.

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Spokane man warns of tailgate thieves

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:58:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane man has a strange warning for anyone who uses a Park and Ride.  Kevin Erickson says his truck was parked at the Fred Meyer parking lot on Thor Tuesday when someone cut the tailgate off his truck. When he spoke with the store, they went to the security tape and say someone in a white Ford Explorer parked next to him, broke the parts on the sides, pulled it out and drove off.

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Mad Minute stories for June 20, 2017

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 02:23:00 EDT - Here's an extended look at your Mad Minute stories fro June 20, 2017

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Spokane police arrest armed burglar in East Spokane within minutes

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 02:06:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police responded to a call of a burglary in the 1800 block of E. South Riverton just after 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. The caller reported waking up to a stranger in his apartment, who ran off. The man was able to provide a description of the suspect and multiple SPD units responded to the area.

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City Council votes to keep IRONMAN 70.3 in Coeur d'Alene through 2020

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 23:29:00 EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A week after the World IRONMAN Corporation announced that 2017 would be a sunset year for the full IRONMAN race in Coeur d'Alene, city council made the decision final. Council members voted in favor of an amendment that would cancel the full IRONMAN 140.6 after 2017, and keep the IRONMAN 70.3 -- or half IRONMAN -- in the city until 2020.

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Spokane woman facing hundreds of dollars in fines for feeding stray cats

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 22:29:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane woman is facing a hefty fine after neighbors complained about her feeding stray cats. “She’s just trying to feed them so they don't starve,” said April Thrall, who helps take care for the cats. “She’s just trying to do the right thing.”

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Crews battle wind-driven wildfire in Stevens County

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 20:58:00 EDT

ADDY, Wash. - Firefighters battling a wind-driven fire in Stevens County say crews are getting a handle on the fire Tuesday. As of 6:40 p.m., The Department of Natural Resources report the fire has been knocked down and crews have a line around 60 percent of the fire. They also say that the 10-acre fire is no longer threatening structures. The wind has died down in the area allowing firefighters to make progress on the fire.

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U.S. Marshals warn of telephone scams in Spokane

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 21:13:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - The U.S. Marshals Service is warning the public of several nationwide telephone scams involving people claiming to be U.S. marshals, court officers or other law enforcement officials. In one scam, the caller attempts to collect a fine in lieu of arrest for failing to report for jury duty.

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Stop throwing your money away! Biggest budget busters and money wasters

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 20:35:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - We love spending our hard-earned cash. But it’s often on things we don’t necessarily need. Hidden expenses are destroying our bank accounts. But is there anything we can do about it? Or will we just fall victim to financial failure? If you’re not sure, we’re here to help. Here is a list of some of the biggest budget busters and money wasters.

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Car overheats, sparking small grass fire along I-90

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 20:09:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Washington State Patrol reports a car fire spread to the grass along westbound Interstate 90 near the Cheney-Four Lakes exit. Firefighters responded quickly to the scene and were able to get the fire under control before it spread. Crews on scene report a 2002 Dodge Stratus overheated and then caught fire, quickly becoming fully engulfed in flames.

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Coeur d'Alene doctor sentenced to month in prison for false tax returns

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 19:18:00 EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Coeur d'Alene Dr. Stanley Toelle was sentenced to one month in federal prison to be followed by one year of supervised release for submitting false income tax returns in 2012 and 2013. As part of a plea agreement, Toelle admitted that his and his wife's joint tax returns were false because they did not report that his wife, Loren Toelle, was conducting business activities.

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Jury deliberates after toddler homicide trial's closing arguments

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 18:59:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - A jury is currently deliberating whether the man who’s accused of beating and killing a 2-year-old girl did it. This all began in September, after deputies were called out to a home on the South Hill where Adalynn Hoyt was found dead. Prosecutors say she was left in the care of Jason Obermiller the night before, but when she was found, he wasn’t at the house.

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Post Falls Police searching for endangered 17-year-old girl

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 18:09:00 EDT

POST FALLS, Idaho - Post Falls Police report they are looking for a missing and endangered 17-year-old girl. Police say Mari Bennett-Cooper left her house in Post Falls on Friday. They say they have information leading them to believe she was communicating via social media with someone in Seattle area. Officers confirmed she boarded a flight to Seattle from Spokane.

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PHOTOS: Bozeman Police help save horse stuck in the mud

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:38:00 EDT

BOZEMAN, Wash. - There are things from my childhood that would have been useful for me to remember. Anything beyond 8th grade math comes to mind. I'm constantly forgetting important things my wife is telling me, but ask me to quote every Emilio Estevez line from Young Guns and I'm alright. It's been a life-saver on more than one occasion. 

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Spokane woman arrested for stabbing two people near Browne's Addition

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 01:00:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane woman was arrested Friday night for an assault that nearly punctured a man's lung and could cause a woman to lose her eye. Police are still trying to figure out what led up to it. It happened near Browne's Addition just west of downtown. Court documents say a man and woman at a home on S. Elm were viciously assaulted by an intoxicated woman.

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CONCERT ANNOUNCEMENT: Foo Fighters coming to Spokane Arena!

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 10:23:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Foo Fighters are coming to the Spokane Arena this December! Dave Grohl and company will play the Arena on December 4 as part of their Concrete and Gold tour.  Tickets will go on sale June 29, 2017 through 10:00 a.m. Prices start at $51.00 and go up $101.00

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Mad Minute stories from Monday, June 19th

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 17:45:00 EDT

Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Monday, June 19th.

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Family says man died in fight defending his girlfriend

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 21:43:00 EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A fight in Coeur d'Alene quickly took a turn no one intended, all with a single punch. A man is dead and another has been charged with manslaughter following the fight Sunday morning. Officers arrived to find 29-year-old Jeffrey Marfice with a significant head injury.

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Police release video after Seattle shooting

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 01:23:00 EDT

SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle police have released video connected to the fatal shooting of a pregnant woman by two officers who responded to a burglary report at her apartment. The footage, which is from the officers' dash cam and from a camera in the hallway outside the woman's apartment, does not show the Sunday shooting.

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Spokane Council passes emergency pot shop ordinance

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:21:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Monday night, the Spokane City Council passed an emergency ordinance, changing a zoning regulation about where pot shops can be in the city. While they may sound drastic though, the city council say you shouldn't worry. They voted 5 to 1 to pass a 6-month ordinance, allowing pot shops 500 feet from arcades, instead of 1,000 feet.

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Ever feed the ducks at Manito? You're ruining the pond

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:11:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - It's an annoying problem that won't seem to go away, and it's all stemming from something that appears to be innocent. If you've spent any time at Manito Park lately, chances are you've noticed how brown the Mirror Pond is.

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Spokane pools slammed with swimmers

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 22:37:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Scream and shout, school is out and so is the sunshine! That means hitting the pools. People lined up outside the Comstock Aquatic Center on Monday, trying to get in. Spokane operates six city pools and the city says normally it's Comstock and Shadle that hit full capacity the quickest. The busiest times are typically between 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

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Doorbell cam helps Spokane police make arrest

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 22:02:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - A hidden camera helped police catch a porch prowler who made herself at home Sunday night. Spokane police arrested a woman Sunday night at a home a few blocks south of Division and Garland after responding to a homeowner’s 911 call. The woman was caught on the homeowners’ doorbell camera while trespassing on the front porch, prompting the homeowners to call police.

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Accused child killer takes stand in toddler murder trial

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 21:51:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - The man accused of beating a 2-year-old girl to death took the stand in court Monday. Testifying in his own defense, Jason Obermiller says he did not kill Adalynn Hoyt. His defense attorneys asked him questions about how he cared for her and Lovina Rainey’s other children. He was also asked about that night in September. 

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Rathdrum man arrested following fatal altercation in downtown Coeur d'Alene

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:32:00 EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Coeur d'Alene Police arrested a 21-year-old Rathdrum man for manslaughter after a fatal fight early Sunday morning in downtown Coeur d'Alene. Police were called to the 300 block of N. 4th Street early Sunday morning for a report of a fight. Officers arrived to find 29-year-old Jeffrey Marfice with a significant head injury. Marfice was taken to the hospital and rushed into emergency surgery to relieve pressure on his brain.  

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WSP emphasis patrol begins Tuesday: Save the camping for the woods, not the left lane of I-90

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 14:09:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Citing numerous requests to address the problem, Washington State Patrol Troopers will begin a statewide effort to crackdown on left lane "campers." Cars are required to keep right except when passing on multiple lane roadway, such as I-90. "Campers" are drivers who remain in the passing lane for long periods of time without passing.

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Court docs: Driver who hit motorcyclists admitted to using drugs

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 21:08:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police continue to investigate a crash that sent two people to the hospital last week after they were hit and pinned under an SUV near the intersection of Nevada and Broad. The SUV driver was cooperative at the scene of the crash Wednesday, and while he hasn't been charged with a crime yet, court documents show he could be charged with vehicular assault. 

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Suspected burglar arrested after short car chase

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 19:35:00 EDT

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Spokane County Sheriff's Office and Spokane Valley deputies arrested a suspected burglar early Monday morning after a short chase. The man, identified as 36-year-old Justin Lanphere, is suspected of stealing a gun during a burglary in Spokane Valley last week, and has been trying to avoid capture since.

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Investigation begins in Montana deck collapse

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 19:10:00 EDT

LAKESIDE, Mont. (AP) - The owner of Montana camp and retreat center says an investigation has begun into the deck collapse that injured more than 50 people.      The collapse happened Saturday at Glacier Camp, a lodge and retreat center on the shore of Flathead Lake that is owned by the Presbyterian church.

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PHOTOS: Adams County deputies bust car towing stolen pickup truck

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 18:30:00 EDT

RITZVILLE, Wash. - Over the weekend Adams County deputies pulled over an SUV towing a pick up truck that turned out to be stolen from Grant County in 2016. Deputies also found several firearms and stolen property inside the SUV. Adams County deputies say that they spotted the Silver Toyota 4Runner towing an old Ford pickup without operating lights or a license plate.

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Health insurers propose 2018 rate increase in Washington

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 17:28:00 EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. - State officials say that health insurers have proposed rate changes for next year that have an average increase of about 22.3 percent.      The insurance commissioner's office said Monday that 11 health insurers filed 71 health plans for the state's individual and family health insurance market.

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Lawsuit alleges deputies responsible for 2013 death

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 17:23:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Jury selection is scheduled Monday in a civil lawsuit filed against Spokane County and two sheriff's deputies in connection with the death of a man in 2013.      The Spokesman-Review reports that the family of Will Berger is suing in federal court seeking to hold the deputies civilly responsible for excessive force resulting in Berger's death. 

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Pet squirrel that foiled Idaho home burglary returns to wild

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 17:17:00 EDT

BOISE, Idaho - A pet squirrel that gained fame by thwarting a home burglary in Idaho has returned to the wild.      Adam Pearl says Joey climbed onto his shoulder for an affectionate goodbye earlier this month, then scampered up a backyard apple tree at his Meridian home and hasn't been seen since.

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Grant County crash kills one, sparks brush fire

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 17:09:00 EDT

MATTAWA, Wash - Grant County deputies report a Mattawa man was killed after a one-vehicle crash on Saturday. Deputies say the man, identified as German Jimenez Salcedo of Mattawa was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado on Road 24-Southwest at Rd U-Southwest east of Mattawa when he lost control and started sliding. It happened around 4:30 p.m.

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Car salesman nabs purse snatcher in Spokane Valley

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 21:38:00 EDT

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Some are calling a man a superhero after he catches a purse-snatcher in broad daylight. Bastian Blumig says he was working at Valley Auto Liquidators on Friday when he heard cries for help. “Just sold a car and I was back here parking it for a customer and I heard some commotion at Target over there,” he says.

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Counterfeit bill used at garage sale to raise money for medical bills

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 20:48:00 EDT

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - From Girl Scouts to garage sales, criminals are finding new places to use counterfeit bills. The most recent instance happened on Saturday at a garage sale in Spokane Valley near Sprague and University.

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Crews respond to farm shop fire in Grant County

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 19:27:00 EDT

ROYAL CITY, Wash. - Grant County fire crews responded to a structure fire around 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Firefighters near Royal City found a large farm shop on fire near Road 12-Southeast and Road E-Southeast.  Firefighting efforts were hampered by power lines overhead, but firefighters say power lines were not the cause of the fire.

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Investigators still working to determine cause of fire at Master Refrigeration building

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 02:35:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Fire investigators are still working to determine the cause of a fire at the Master Refrigeration building near Sprague and Cowley Sunday. The building caught fire late Saturday and crews worked to bring the fire under control and extinguish the blaze. Damage to the building was extensive, but no injuries were reported as of Sunday afternoon.

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Authorities say 32 injured in deck collapse

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 13:06:00 EDT

LAKESIDE, Mont. (AP) - Authorities say 14 people were taken or drove themselves to a hospital after the second-story deck of a Montana lodge collapsed during a memorial event for a firefighter.      Lake County Sheriff Don Bell told KFBB-TV that about 10 of those people drove themselves to the hospital. Others had serious injuries and had to be transported by helicopter.

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BBQ dads come together to make viral ad a reality

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 22:03:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - We showed you a viral Craigslist ad a few weeks ago. Spokane boys looking to hire a BBQ dad for their end of the school year part. It finally happened on Saturday. It's the barbecue Dane Anderson cooked up with the help of his friends. The ad asking for a dad, gave points if your name was Bill, Randy or Dave. But Scott, Pete and Jim will do. All three were hired to be BBQ dads on Saturday and all three are local.

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Woman faces murder charge after falsely accusing 2 men

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 16:03:00 EDT

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - A Washington woman who falsely accused her former boyfriend and a roommate of a crime has been charged with murder.      The Daily Herald reports 54-year-old Tammie Peterson was charged on Friday in the death of Deborah Jeanneret. Police say Peterson's roommate reported finding the dead body in her room.

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1 killed, 1 awaiting rescue after SUV falls off cliff

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 13:45:00 EDT

BUCKLEY, Wash. (AP) - One man has died and another woman was awaiting rescue after an SUV went off a cliff near Mount Rainier National Park.      The News Tribune reports that a woman is critically injured about 600 feet down the cliff.

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Leader of painkiller distribution ring sentenced to 6 years

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 12:20:00 EDT

SEATTLE (AP) - The leader of a prescription forgery ring that distributed hundreds of thousands of oxycodone pills was sentenced to 76 months in prison.      U.S. Attorney Annette Hayes says Anthony Ballenger pleaded guilty in March to computer hacking, identity theft and conspiracy to distribute oxycodone. 

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Witnesses rush to help man stabbed in downtown Spokane

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 15:10:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - It started out as your typical Saturday morning with families attending street fairs on some of the downtown Spokane streets, but it all turned into a scary situation at 11 o'clock this morning. "I heard someone yell pretty loud. A lot of screaming, " said Todd Adolphson who was parking his car across the street to head into work.

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Woman claims officers made her beat grandson with belt

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 14:14:00 EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Two Tacoma police officers are accused of watching a 54-year-old woman hit her 9-year-old grandson with a belt after telling her to beat him.      The News Tribune reported Friday that the officers face a criminal investigation into possible child abuse by the Washington State Patrol.

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Lawsuit claims church ignored warnings about principal

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 14:09:00 EDT

SEQUIM, Wash. (AP) - A lawsuit filed in King County claims a church ignored warnings about a now convicted pedophile principal.      KIRO-TV reports that Douglas Allison taught at Mountain View Christian School, part of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, until last year when he pleaded guilty to having sexual contact with two girls.

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Can Amazon persuade enough people to buy fresh food online?

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 14:00:00 EDT

NEW YORK (AP) - Can Amazon, the company that persuaded people to buy ever more items online, win enough of them over to having their fresh groceries arrive in an Amazon box?      If the $13.7 billion deal for Whole Foods goes through, Amazon gets the advantage of using the stores as mini-distribution hubs to deliver items to customers. But online delivery of groceries has been tough to pull off.

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SPD, Sheriff's Office, and FBI take down 'Drug-trafficking criminal enterprise'

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 16:33:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Details on a two-year investigation by the Spokane Regional Safe Streets Task Force will be revealed in a press conference on Thursday.  Law enforcement with the Spokane Police Department, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office and the FBI have conducted several arrest and search operations in the area Thursday following, what they are calling, a successful two-year investigation that resulted in the "take down of a drug-trafficking criminal enterprise."

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Summer mischief in South Hill neighborhood

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 02:29:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - For many kids, school got out this week which means it's time for summer fun but unfortunately for several people on Spokane's South Hill, it also means summer mischief. Spokane resident Jake Ryder says their mailbox was found completely smashed this week. "It took a lot, whoever did it. Looks like it got slammed," said Ryder. Whoever is responsible for the damage, got away. Ryder's mailbox was left with 

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Former Nez Perce Deputy convicted of killing ex-wife

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 00:19:00 EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A former Nez Perce Deputy accused of murdering his ex-wife was convicted once, but that was overturned. This past week they tried him again- this time in Coeur d'Alene. Joseph Anthony Thomas junior was found guilty by the jury this afternoon after an over two week trial. The Coeur d'Alene jury found Thomas guilty on first degree murder charges. Thomas was accused of killing his ex-wife Beth Irby Thomas 

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22lb cat up for adoption at Benton-Franklin Humane Society

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 23:39:00 EDT

KENNEWICK, Wash. - A 22-pound cat is up for adoption in Washington. Meet Mao, the elderly male with a bit of a weight issue. He was brought to the Benton-Franklin Humane Society Friday by a woman who had been caring for him for her brother. Mao is a big, fat hit with staffers for his sweet personality and extra pudge. Whe woman who was caring for him told staff that she hopes he’ll find a loving home. The Humane Society posted a 

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Things to know about Hoopfest changes

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 21:29:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - The world’s largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament is one week away, and the excitement is already brewing. But like every year, Hoopfest falls in the middle of Spokane’s construction season, and downtown is the biggest cone-zone in the city. Here’s a map of the street closures. With that in mind, the Hoopfest site will look a little different this year. Here are a few things to pay attention too as you make your way 

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Car runs red light, crashes into gas station sign

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 21:21:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - It was a scary situation Friday morning in North Spokane when two cars collided, sending on into a gas station sign. Broken glass, chunks of curb, rebar, and a destroyed sign are all that's left from this morning's accident, and those inside heard it and are counting their blessings. "It scared me," said Lanora Chenowetch, who was working inside at the time Security cameras were rolling and caught the entire accident on camera.

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Z Nation holds weekend tryouts for new zombies

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 20:45:00 EDT

Time to channel your inner zombie. The Syfy show "Z Nation" is holding tryouts for new zombies this weekend...    The show, filming its 4th season in Spokane this summer, hires about 2,000 zombie extras each year.   You need to be 18 years or older. Those auditioning? You are asked come as you are, no make up or anything.     The tryouts are at the MAC, (Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture) in Browne's Addition. New Auditioners: Saturday...

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Family of Lake Coeur d'Alene boat crash victim files wrongful death suit

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 20:08:00 EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Another family has filed a lawsuit against Dennis Magner, a prominent North Idaho businessman who they believe was driving the boat that crashed into another boat, killing three people on board last August.    The family of Justin Honken filed suit this week, arguing Magner acted recklessly in the crash. Previously the family of Jessica Breeze also filed suit. Prosecutors have yet to file criminal charges against 

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Giant rubber duck floats into Western Washington

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 19:21:00 EDT

TACOMA, Wash. - Splish splash. The world’s largest rubber duck is making Tacoma’s Foss Waterway her bathtub for the next couple of days. “Mama Duck” is visiting the Tacoma waterfront for the Festival of Sail, a four-day maritime, music, food and wine festival. The event takes place 15-18 along the Thea Foss Waterway. Organizers tell KIRO 7 News that they are expecting more than 200,000 people to attend the celebration, which 

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Idaho man accused of throwing Molotov cocktail at courthouse

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 18:53:00 EDT

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) - Authorities arrested an Idaho man on Thursday who was in possession of a Molotov cocktail fire bomb - the same type of explosive that was thrown at the Bannock County Courthouse the day before. The Idaho State Journal reports Pocatello police believe 29-year-old Christopher Griffin threw the first explosive on Wednesday and was en route to throw another when he was arrested. Courthouse camera footage shows a person who police believe was Griffin throwing the...

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Sheriff's Search and Rescue not affiliated with charity seeking donations

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 18:37:00 EDT

GRANT COUNTY, Wash. - The Grant County Sheriff's Office wants the public to know about an organization soliciting funds, leaving some uncertain who the organization benefits.  Deputies say they have received several calls about Search and Rescue Charities, soliciting for donations via phone and direct mailings. The group is using a Moses Lake post office box, giving the impression that the group is local. However, deputies say the 

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Truck carrying fireworks to Spokane catches fire

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 18:44:00 EDT

KELLOGG, Idaho - Kellogg Police say a truck carrying fireworks to a reservation in Spokane caught fire Thursday afternoon.  It happened on West Cameron Ave. just west of the McDonald's in Kellogg.  Shoshone County Firefighters responded to the fire to help put out the blaze.  Police say there are holes in the roof of the truck from mortar rounds going off inside.  No one was hurt.  No word on what caused the fire. 

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Spokane jail inmate hospitalized after attempting suicide

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 17:36:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say a man was taken from jail to a hospital after he attempted to end his life in a Spokane jail cell. The Spokane County Sheriff's Office says a staff member found the man who had apparently attempted to hang himself in his cell Thursday morning. The sheriff's office says the man was unresponsive and that the staff member called for help. The sheriff's office says the man was taken to a local hospital wher...

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Gianforte calls for civil politics after assaulting reporter

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 17:30:00 EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Montana's incoming congressman is calling for civility in politics as heads to Washington with a conviction for assaulting a reporter. Greg Gianforte will be sworn in next week as the state's only congressman following the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise. He spoke to The Associated Press Friday in his first national interview since winning last month's Montana special congressional election. The Republican technology en...

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