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Man killed in UTV accident near Calder

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 23:52:00 EDT

CALDER, Idaho - Idaho State Police say 35-year-old Fernando A Camayo was driving a John Deer Gator UTV Wednesday evening when he backed it over an embankment.  The vehicle overturned, killing Camayo.  Police say he was not wearing  seatbelt or helmet at the time and they are continuing to investigate the accident. 

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Dodson wildfire rekindles, prompting road closures in Grant County

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 23:32:00 EDT

GRANT COUNTY, Wash. - A wildfire from Wednesday night has rekindled, prompting crews to close Dodson Road South and Road 4-Southwest in Grant County.  Firefighters are asking drivers to find another way around while crews work to put out the fire. No homes are at risk at this time. 

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Bullets from drive-by shooting fly into baby's bedroom

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 23:22:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - A drive-by shooting leaves a Spokane family shaken and terrified. The bullets actually flew into their baby boy’s bedroom. Thankfully, he was sleeping in a different room. This happened near Lacrosse and Nevada shortly after midnight Thursday. Alexis Pipkin is understandably upset. “At this point we don't know who it was so it's kind of scary just having to be here,” she says. She was out on her porch 

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BMX bike stolen from Spokane teen who died last year

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 21:23:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane mother is in disbelief after her late sons BMX bike was stolen out of her garage between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.  “Out of every bike in my garage, I have 20 bikes in there for all my kids, and this is the one bike you take? The bike that is non-replaceable,” said Lonnie Lopez. “There are some things you want to keep forever, and that’s one of them. Lopez says the thief took the bike out of 

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Spokane police search for Browne's Addition burglar

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 21:46:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police are looking for a man who they say made himself at home in an empty apartment in Browne’s Addition. They say Cody Burgess and two other people lived in a fully furnished apartment for 3 weeks after breaking in. The two other people were arrested, but Burgess escaped through a window. He has warrants out for his arrest and from this most recent case, police say they have developed probable 

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Lemonade stand makes an impact for those in need

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 21:34:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade! One local family is selling lemonade not just for fun but to teach their children about charity. "They (my sons) have everything they need. They have tons of toys and I just thought that if we are going to do a lemonade stand, that it would be a good idea for them to learn about community service," said Megan Rowe, mother to Robby and Joe. Rowe is teaching her 7-year-old 

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New wells test positive for firefighting chemicals

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 21:29:00 EDT

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - Fairchild officials sent out a press release on Thursday, stating that 50 of the wells to the north of the Fairchild Air Force base were tested for contaminants and 21 of the wells were above the EPA's safe recommendation for firefighting chemicals. 19 of the wells to the north tested positive for the compounds in the chemicals, but at much lower concentrations. Back in May, Airway Heights found those same chemicals 

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Stranger rushes to save toddler hit by car

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 20:20:00 EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - "I don't consider myself a guardian angel.” Wise words from a mom who helped potentially save the life of a toddler that wasn't even hers. “I'm very blessed that I had the conscience of mind to react the way that I did,” she said. The mom, who wants to remain anonymous, says she was already at the apartments after the accident happened. “Something is not right so I put my truck into reverse and I had 

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Meals on Wheels teams up with MultiCare to deliver 200 fans to elderly

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 21:07:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - About a month ago, Meals on Wheels of Spokane was asking for help. They had 20 people in need of fans, but no fans to give out. That was until Thursday when MultiCare Health System wrote a $4,200 check to Meals on Wheels so they could purchase 200 fans. “One person said something to another person and said ‘we need this’ and we wanted to step up,” said Valley Hospital President, Greg Repetti. “This is a way we 

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KCSO deputies spend day off giving Bayview couple peace of mind

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:14:00 EDT

BAYVIEW, Idaho - Medical bills, a heart attack, and the constant fear of wildfire. One local couple is dealing with all that and more. They were terrified their lack of yard maintenance could cause them to lose everything if a fire hits the area. That's when they said "Help Me Hayley." "You can look right out that window to our lake," said Cynthia Carlson. Bayview, Idaho is the Carlson's paradise. It's easy to see why. "We wake up every morning and 

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Jail guard in Clark County arrested in sex misconduct case

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 20:02:00 EDT

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - A Clark County corrections deputy has been arrested in a sexual misconduct case involving a female prisoner. The Columbian newspaper reports that 29-year-old Christopher A. North made his initial appearance in Clark County Superior Court on Thursday, a day after his arrest, and told the judge he's "ready to be a man about what happened." North was being held on $50,000 bail for investigation of indecent 

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Plane crashes in Pend Oreille River

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:03:00 EDT

PRIEST RIVER, Id. - One pilot is safe after a plane landed and overturned in the Pend Oreille River. A viewer heard the crash and came outside to find a plane sinking into the waters. Three private boaters quickly came to the rescue to tow the plane to the north side of the river. As soon as we get more information, we will update this story.

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Home in North Spokane County a total loss after fire

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:00:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash - One woman was evacuated from her home when she woke up to her front porch in flames. Firefighters were called to a fire on North Spotted Road around 6 am this morning and discovered flames engulfing a double wide manufactured home. One female occupant had evacuated safely, after being woken up by a family member who saw flames on the porch. Fire crews were unable to fight the fire from inside as the fire grew so intensely.

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Thunderbirds kick of Skyfest Airshow at Fairchild Air Force Base

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:00:00 EDT

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. - Could you hear the thunder in the sky? Thunderbirds gave a spectacular show to kick off the Skyfest Airshow at Fairchild Air Force Base. Team Fairchild is celebrating 75 years of heritage and community partnership with the 2017 Skyfest air show and open house.  This free event is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, July 29 and 30. Our gates open at 9:00 a.m. and aerial events are scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. 

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Post Falls woman pleads guilty to stealing from a tribal organization

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:33:00 EDT

POST FALLS, Idaho - 53-year-old Julianna Park from Post Falls pleaded guilty Wednesday to theft from a tribal organization.  According to the plea agreement and statements made in court, Parker was an employee of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe in its Natural Resources Department in the Land Services Program since 2009.  In 2015, an investigation revealed that Parker stole 15 checks totaling $12,870.09 that were meant for the tribe. 

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Psychologists not liable for CIA interrogations, lawyers say

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:24:00 EDT

SEATTLE, Wash. (AP) - Lawyers for two psychologists who helped craft the CIA's harsh interrogation methods used in the war on terror say their clients should be as free from liability as a worker for a company that supplied the Nazis with the poison gas used at concentration camps. The American Civil Liberties Union argues the psychologists should be held accountable for the methods they designed, including waterboarding. The 

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US judge: Yakima County can't honor immigration hold

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:15:00 EDT

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. (AP) - A federal judge has ordered Yakima County to remove an "immigration hold" it placed on a criminal defendant after federal authorities designated him for deportation. In a ruling Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Salvador Mendoza granted a temporary restraining order allowing the defendant,  Antonio Sanchez-Ochoa, to be released from the Yakima County Jail on bail pending trial on an assault charge. Documents 

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Seahawks tickets go on sale Monday

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:03:00 EDT

SEATTLE, Wash. (AP) - Seattle Seahawks tickets go on sale Monday - but the sale plan will be a little different than in the past. KOMO-TV reports that the team had big problems with the camping and wristband process last year - so that's not allowed any more. This year, the line will start at 7 a.m. at the northwest box office, which will then open at 9 a.m. You can only buy four tickets at a time. More than 3,400 single-game tickets will be available per game.

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Speed thought to be a factor in fatal Newman Lake crash

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 00:53:00 EDT

NEWMAN LAKE, Wash. - Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of a fatal crash that happened north of Newman Lake Wednesday afternoon, but they say speed was likely a factor.  Investigators on scene say an SUV was traveling at a high rate of speed heading west on Muzzy Road when the driver missed a curve and slammed into a tree.

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Think twice before taking photos on Spokane railroad tracks

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 22:00:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Everyone is looking for that perfect photo with that beautiful backdrop. But a Facebook post has sparked quite a conversation. It was a photo of a woman taking a photo of a guy on railroad tracks. Those with Operation Lifesaver say it’s not only illegal it’s also dangerous. “This is becoming more and more prevalent,” says Travis Campbell, state director of Idaho Operation Lifesaver.

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UPDATE: Missing 10-year-old Spokane girl found safe

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 22:14:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - UPDATE: Police say a missing Spokane 10-year-old has been found and is safe thanks to help from people who called after they spotted her.

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Construction crews help contain brush fire on Newport Highway

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 21:55:00 EDT

MEAD, Wash. - As soon as a fire breaks out, firefighters rush to the scene. But something interesting happened at the fire in Mead along Newport Highway on Tuesday. A group of construction workers who were at a site just across the road saw the smoke and flames, hopped in their water tanker, and immediately drove across the street.

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Neighbors concerned about speeders at North Spokane intersection

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 21:46:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Jennifer Giovetti has lived at the intersection of Regal and Lincoln for six years. In a news tip to KHQ, Giovetti writes that she's seen at least one bad crash there every year. She's worried not just for the drivers, but for the kids in the neighborhood "When you're going 35 mph turning a corner to go to Regal, and we have a 5-year-old next door and there’s no fence in yard," said Giovetti.

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Friend remembers Pullman High School senior who was shot, killed

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 21:28:00 EDT

PULLMAN, Wash. - A shooting leaves one man dead and two others in jail, facing years behind bars. On Wednesday, 17-year-old Keagan Tennant and his 18-year-old friend Matthew McKetta appeared before an Idaho judge for the first time. The teens are accused of a series of felonies including involuntary manslaughter, attempted murder and robbery.

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Medical call turns violent, man pulls gun on Spokane firefighters

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 21:03:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Firefighters risk their lives on a daily basis to save others: Walking through burning buildings, performing water rescues, and fighting brush fires. But, what was at first a normal medical call last week turned into a very dangerous situation for Spokane firefighters. "The person went from a normal status like you and I talking here to extremely violent," said Spokane Fire Chief Schaeffer.

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Is there an alligator in Clear Lake?

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:47:00 EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. - A picture of what appears to be an alligator in Clear Lake is making the rounds on Facebook. The viral post has more than 4,000 shares and asks the question: Is there a gator among us? While it cannot be confirmed, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says it’s likely not an alligator.

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Keeping Vigil: the 'First Lady' of the law

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 19:16:00 EDT

 SPOKANE, Wash. - We have all heard the stories of how crime has risen in Spokane over the years, but not many get to meet the criminals causing the chaos. In tonight's Keeping Vigil, we introduce you to a woman that not many look forward to seeing on a weekday afternoon.  

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Spokane Riverkeeper helps clean up homeless camp

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:07:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Riverkeeper reported Wednesday that they assisted the City Park Department in the removal of trash from a homeless camp below Kendall Yards.  The group removed about 400 lbs with the boat they took to the excursion and the city removed the remainder of the estimated 2,500 lbs.  "Homelessness is an issue that contributes to the litter in and along our river, and we will continue to work with our partners to 

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Gas leak evacuates Spokane nursing home

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:00:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Fire Department reports two companies of firefighters responded to an activated fire alarm at a nursing care facility located in the 1800 block of E. Upriver Drive around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night. When crews arrived they found there was a leak from a hazardous gas container.

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Gov. Jay Inslee calls Trump's transgender military ban an insult

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 18:27:00 EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Following President Donald Trump's announcement Wednesday morning that transgender people would be banned from serving in any capacity in the U.S. Military, Washington Governor Jay Inslee has issued a statement in support of transgender service members, calling the ban an "insult to these service members and an affront to our nation’s values."

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Court documents reveal previously unknown information about search for North Idaho shooting death suspects

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:38:00 EDT

LATAH COUNTY, Wash. - On Wednesday, July 26, the two teens from North Idaho accused of a series of criminal charges in the shooting death of a Pullman High School senior appeared in front of a Latah County judge for the first time since the murder. Keagan Tennant, 17, and Matthew McKetta, 18, face serious charges in the death of 18-year-old Timothy Reeves. Charges include Involuntary Manslaughter, Attempted Murder, Robbery, Failure to Notify Law Enforcement of a Death, and more.

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Wanted fugitive pulled over for driving a car with no hood arrested after pursuit

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:42:00 EDT

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - Just before 2 a.m. Wednesday morning, Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy Christopher Nogle observed a Honda Civic headed west on Sunset Blvd. near Assembly. The Honda's exhaust was loud and the vehicle was missing its hood, which is an equipment violation. 

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Search for man accused of Idaho triple homicide scaled back

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:06:00 EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) -Authorities are scaling back the search for a man wanted in connection to a triple homicide in Idaho. The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports it has been two weeks since 60-year-old Gerald Bullinger was seen entering Grand Teton National Park. Aggressive search efforts since then have turned up nothing.

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N. Idaho woman pleads not guilty to first-degree murder

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:02:00 EDT

OROFINO, Idaho (AP) - A northern Idaho woman has denied killing a woman who became involved with her former boyfriend. The Lewiston Tribune reports that 31-year-old Jessica L. Colpitts pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder Tuesday in 2nd District Court. Authorities say Colpitts was angry that Samantha S. Fignani had become involved with Colpitts' former boyfriend.

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Washington gets $368,000 under Medicaid fraud settlement

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:56:00 EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington state will keep a small fraction of a $280 million national settlement involving a pharmaceutical company accused of committing fraud by promoting two drugs for unapproved cancer treatments. Celgene Corp. denied wrongdoing but agreed to pay the federal government, 28 states and the District of Columbia to settle a whistleblower claim brought by a former company saleswoman.

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Iowa group sues United over death of giant rabbit, Simon

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:53:00 EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - United Airlines says it is saddened by the death of a giant rabbit after a flight from London to Chicago and is reviewing a lawsuit filed by the animal's owners. The lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges the airline was negligent in the death of a rabbit named Simon.

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One woman won't be signing the petition to rewrite new DUI-E law

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:51:00 EDT

It’s been three days since Washington drivers have been told to be completely hands-free behind the wheel, and already thousands want to make changes. A petition on to rewrite the new DUI-E law has already gained more than 20,000 signatures.

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Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, July 25th

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:33:00 EDT

Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, July 25th.

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Authorities warn virtual kidnapping scams are on the rise

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:17:00 EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities are warning about a rise in virtual kidnappings - where con artists falsely claim to be holding victims' relatives for ransom. Los Angeles police and federal officials warned Tuesday that dozens of people have fallen prey to the scam in recent years and have paid out more than $100,000.

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Coeur d'Alene reverend helps recover lost goods with metal detector

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:04:00 EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - At the beach, you never know who or what you may find. “You'll see a butt mark and some feet mark like where somebody was sitting because that's where the coins and the rings are,” Mark Arbic said. When he’s not at the First Baptist Church in Coeur d’Alene, you’ll usually find Reverend Arbic at the beach.

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Teens throw rocks at children swimming in North Spokane

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:27:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - It’s a hot, sunny, July day but a pool sits empty in a North Spokane backyard. Neighbors said it’s not worth putting their children’s safety at risk after two teens threw rocks at the kids on Monday. “They didn’t even think twice they just did it,” said one witness. Michelle Garcia lives in the area on East Hoffman near North Town Mall.

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Laurel fire north of Chattaroy triggers evacuations; contained at about 50 acres

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:36:00 EDT

CHATTAROY, Wash. -  Update: 6:45 p.m.: Fire crews say the Laurel Fire is contained at approximately 50 acres Tuesday evening. About 50 homes in the vicinity of the fire were evacuated. Highway 2 will remain closed for the next few hours while crews continue to monitor the fire. A detour is in place.

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Will Cat Tales big cats behavior be affected by solar eclipse?

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 21:30:00 EDT

COLBERT, Wash. - We’re just weeks away from seeing the solar eclipse come across our region. The path of this eclipse is taking a similar path as one seen way back in 1918. But as this happens, will animal behavior change too on August 21? Cat Tales Zoo is known for their big cats. In the summer, those cats typically like to rest a lot more because of the warm weather. But they still do play.

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Spokane treatment facility looking for help with steep repair bills

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:47:00 EDT

One local nonprofit is worried about how they are going to pay for some big bills after repairs were needed at their facility. Volunteers asked “Help Me Hayley” to look into their situation.  The Alano Club in South Spokane helps up to 1,000 people a week. The substance addiction treatment center has been helping people in our community for decades, but now they are the ones needing a little support.

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Entertain your pets: Pet tech aimed at helping furry friends

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:51:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Most of the time when you play with your pet, you reach for some sort of toy. But, what if you’re not home? There are actually TV shows and apps now that you can get to entertain your pets. Veterinarians say it actually does work. These apps usually have something running around on the screen and the dog or cat has to tap them to make them disappear.

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'Nurse in' held in support of breastfeeding Spokane mom

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 23:44:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - If you were near Physzique Fitness in South Spokane Monday morning, you may be wondering what all the mothers and babies were doing outside. We learned they were holding a 'nurse-in' to show their support for a mother who said she had a negative breastfeeding experience at the facility.

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Authorities search for missing Post Falls teen last seen in Sandpoint

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:20:00 EDT

SANDPOINT, Idaho - The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Sandpoint Police Department are looking for a 16-year-old girl missing since July 7 from Post Falls, Idaho. Sandpoint Police say the girl was last seen in the Sandpoint area. Hailee Thornock is described as a white female with brown hair and brown eyes. She is 5 feet 5 inches tall and 125 lbs. Police say she may go by the nickname Lanham.

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Idaho's rape charges rarely result in sex crime convictions

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:34:00 EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A new state analysis shows that just 4 percent of reported rapes in Idaho result in a guilty conviction of a sex crime. According to the Idaho State Police report, rape charges are the most likely to be amended or modified to a lesser offense compared to other sex crime charges. Furthermore, while the overall rate of reported sex crimes in Idaho has been steadily decreasing since 2009, the majority of sex crimes are committed by someone known by the victim.

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Petition Calls for Changes to E-DUI Law

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:17:00 EDT

Its only been in effect for a few days but some drivers in Washington are not happy with the new E-DUI law and want to make changes.

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Roads reopened after brush fire at Newport Highway and Pittsburg north of Spokane

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:13:00 EDT

MEAD, Wash. - Update 3 p.m.: Washington State Patrol reports all lanes have reopened after a brush fire closed roads near Newport Highway and Pittsburg earlier Tuesday. The cause of the brush fire remains under investigation as of Tuesday afternoon.

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Idaho police defend arrest of man filming public building

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:32:00 EDT

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) - An eastern Idaho police chief is defending the arrest of a man who was videotaping the outside of a public building even though the officer who made the arrest cited a law that doesn't exist. Pocatello Police Chief Scott Marchand has refused to release the name of the officer involved in the incident but said during a press conference Monday that the officer handled the situation well.

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Post Falls family warn of sex trafficking dangers

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 21:32:00 EDT

POST FALLS, Idaho - “I love you unconditionally.” Those heartbreaking words are from a father we’ve interviewed previously. A north Idaho family tells KHQ this was more than a runaway situation, this was one of the worst things a parent can experience. In June, a local family contacted KHQ and asked for help to find their daughter. According to police, the 17-year old girl got on a plane in Spokane and disappeared in Seattle.

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Health Department reviews anti-pot message aimed at Latinos

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:02:00 EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - The Washington Department of Health is apologizing after some people were offended by anti-marijuana messaging aimed at Latino youth in the Yakima area. The public health campaign includes advertisements and at least one billboard that says, "We don't need pot to have fun," and "We're Hispanics ... We're cool by default."

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Details on Idaho 18-year-old's death to be made public soon

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:41:00 EDT

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) - Officials say the details about an 18-year-old Idaho man's death and the two men charged in connection should be made public this week at a court hearing as the two accused are making their way into Latah County custody after being held in Washington state.

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Voters to decide if Spokane should fine coal, oil shipments

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:29:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Voters in Spokane will decide in November whether the city should fine railroad operators for certain coal and crude oil rail shipments through its downtown core. The Spokane City Council voted Monday night to put the citizens' initiative to voters on the fall ballot rather than passing it.

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Law enforcement warning motorists about new distracted driving law

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 23:26:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - The next time your phone rings while you’re driving you better not pick it up, unless you don’t mind a $136 fine. The new distracted driving law in Washington, also called the DUI-E law, went into effect Sunday, and local law enforcement are reminding drivers to be completely hands-free.

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D'oh! Truck spills bread dough all over highway

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 22:33:00 EDT - A truck hauling dough on Interstate 5 Monday had to pull off to the shoulder after the heat of the day caused the dough being transported in the truck to rise and spill out of the truck onto the highway. Trooper Brooke Bova documented the odd sight on Twitter. She said the truck was not blocking traffic, but different agencies responded to clean it up.

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Coeur d'Alene man searches for missing peacock named Charlie

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 22:19:00 EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - When you walk into Dean Brotzman’s backyard you’ll find dogs, cats, and chickens. And peacocks -- yes, peacocks. “They all run around the yard here,” Brotzman said. Brotzman says one day a peacock, that he now he owns, waltzed into their neighborhood. “We started feeding him and everyone started feeding him,” Brotzman said referring to their peacock, Petey. They were hooked.

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Evacuation orders lifted for Bissell fire near Hunters in Stevens County

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:24:00 EDT

STEVENS COUNTY, Wash. - Update 7:10 p.m.: Trooper Jeff Sevigney with Washington State Patrol reports the Bissell fire near Hunters, Washington, is 411 acres and 10 percent contained as of Monday night. All evacuation orders for residents in the vicinity have been lifted Monday night according to Stevens County Emergency Management.

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Residents deal with power outages from Bissell Fire

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 20:47:00 EDT

HUNTERS, Wash. - While there are families under level two and level three evacuation notices because of the Bissell Fire, there are also a lot of families who don't have electricity in their homes because of the fire. The power outage currently affects people who live in Gifford all the way down Highway 25 to about where the Two Rivers Casino is.

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Latah teen murder suspects to be extradited back to Idaho

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 20:42:00 EDT

LATAH COUNTY, Wash. - A Ferry County, Washington, Judge has approved an extradition request Monday to move teen murder suspects Matthew McKetta and Keagan Tennant back to Latah County in North Idaho. KHQ was there as Tennant, the son a Pullman Police officer, was escorted into jail Friday.

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Those near Bissell fire thankful for firefighters, community

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 20:33:00 EDT

HUNTERS, Wash. - Those who live around Hunters can see the difference in the air as firefighters make good progress on the Bissell fire. But, level 2 and 3 evacuation notices are still in place for those who live adjacent to the fire. Rachel Hiskey got the notice Sunday night when she first heard a helicopter, and then noticed smoke. “Our peace has gone for a while, yes,” she says.

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Highway 195 firefighting efforts hampered by drone

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 20:21:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - On Saturday, just south of Spokane along Highway 195 a fire broke out. The small brush fire started around 10 a.m. and started spreading. Dubbed the Snag Fire, it grew to about 10 acres  and triggered some evacuation orders nearby before it was contained. However, according to Spokane County Fire District 3 Chief Cody Rohrbach, had they had air support sooner, it potentially could have stayed small.

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Coffee is life: Washington woman's hands-free drinking tip goes viral

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:30:00 EDT

VANCOUVER, Wash. - With Washington's new distracted driving law in effect, holding a phone while behind the wheel could cost you. In addition to the cell phone crackdown, the law makes eating, drinking or other activities that could potentially take your hands off the wheel secondary offenses. That means if you run a stop sign while drinking a cup of coffee and get pulled over for running the stop sign, you could get a $99 fine for drinking that coffee.

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Silverwood treats family to day at the park after mom beats blood disease

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:05:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - A local family is dreaming of going to Silverwood to celebrate their mother's clean bill of health. Unfortunately, they can't afford to go. The children set up a lemonade stand with hopes of making their wish come true. No was the word Kandis Workman found herself saying over and over to her five children. "The chemo has taken a lot out of me," she said.

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Teenage driver livestreams part of deadly crash on Instagram; victim identified

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:26:00 EDT

MERCED, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have released the name of a California girl killed in a crash that occurred as her older sister was livestreaming while driving the car. Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke identified the girl Monday as 14-year-old Jacqueline Sanchez of Stockton.      Authorities say she was ejected Friday...

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Donna Perry given three life sentences for the murder of three women

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:01:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Donna (a.k.a. Douglas) Perry was given three life sentences without parole or early release for the murder of three women back in 1990. "Ms. Perry, you killed these women for nothing but the sport of it," said Judge Price. Also saying that this was the most complicated criminal case he has seen in his career.

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Iowa firm tied to truck deaths has history of legal problems

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:52:00 EDT

SCHALLER, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa trucking company linked to the deadly case of immigrant smuggling in Texas has a history of safety and tax violations and financial problems. Records show that Pyle Transportation Inc. failed to pay federal employment and trucking taxes for years, faced lawsuits over unpaid wages owed to drivers, and has been ordered to pay penalties for violations of federal safety rules.

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Judge: Nonprofit legal groups can keep helping immigrants

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:41:00 EDT

SEATTLE (AP) - A federal judge in Seattle says nonprofit legal groups around the country can keep assisting immigrants facing deportation, after a Justice Department decision threatened to curtail much of that work. In April, the Justice Department told the Seattle-based Northwest Immigrant Rights Project that it cannot provide certain legal assistance to immigrants unless it undertakes formal representation of them in court.

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71-year-old woman and dog rescued in Olympic National Park

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:27:00 EDT

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) - A 71-year-old Port Angeles woman and her dog were found thirsty and hungry, but alive and well, after being stranded for nearly a week in Olympic National Park. The Peninsula Daily News reports that Sajean Geer and her dog named Yoda were rescued at about 7:15 p.m. Sunday by a Coast Guard helicopter.

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USGS reports small earthquake south of Chelan

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:37:00 EDT

CHELAN, Wash. - The Washington Department of Emergency Management reports a small earthquake struck about 10 miles from Chelan, Washington Monday afternoon. The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network reports the quake happened just before 1 p.m. Monday and was a 3.3 magnitude quake. 

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Door-to-door solicitor uses racial slur against Spokane woman

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 21:39:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - One Spokane couple is furious after they say someone who went door-to-door asking for donations used a racial slur against them. Roger and Christina Wink were at home when they heard a knock at the door. Christina answered, and a man described to be in his 20s said he was collecting money to send care packages to active military.

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Highway 95 reopens in Bonner County following crash

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 18:42:00 EDT

PONDERAY, Idaho - Bonner County Emergency Management reports a multi-vehicle crash closed Highway 95 in both direction Sunday afternoon. The Bonner County Sheriff's Office reports the highway is closed at milepost 490 near Elmira Road, about 11 miles north of Ponderay, while investigators gather evidence and interview witnesses.

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Kids open lemonade stand to celebrate mom who beat blood disorder

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 19:04:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - "Help Me Hayley" was contacted regarding a local family who has been through a rough couple of months. It's a story of children rallying around their mother to make a family dream come true. Meet Kandis Workman. She says she's been fighting a devastating blood disorder. The countless  appointments and treatments have taken a toll on her young family.

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No more holding cell phones with new driving law in effect

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 19:32:00 EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington drivers will now have to put down their cell phones under a new distracted driving law. The law that went into effect Sunday prohibits drivers from holding electronic devices - including phones, tablets and other electronic gadgets - while behind the wheel. That means no reading incoming text messages while driving, or watching a quick video while stuck in traffic or sitting at a red light.

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Wildfire sparked by stolen truck crash in Grant County

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 16:03:00 EDT

SCHWANA, Wash. (AP) - Firefighters from Districts 8 and 10 quickly extinguished a small brush fire Saturday evening cause by a crash of a stolen vehicle. Fire crews were called just before 6 p.m. to State Route 243 South and B-Street next to the gas station in Schwana, Washington, after witnesses reported a pickup had crashed, a brush fire had started, and a man was seen running from the crash.

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Man accused of setting fire to home with family inside

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 14:52:00 EDT

TACOMA, Wash. - Tacoma Police have arrested a 47-year-old man suspected of starting a fire at a home with his wife and two teenage children inside. Kenneth Massey was booked into Pierce County Jail early Sunday on investigation of attempted murder and arson. The News-Tribune reports that no one was hurt in the Saturday night fire. 

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Idaho GOP elects former executive director as chairman

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 13:40:00 EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - The Idaho Republican Party elected its former executive director as its chairman. The Spokesman-Review reports Jonathan Parker will be the next Idaho GOP chairman after a vote Saturday. Parker was elected by a secret ballot where voters wrote down a candidate's first name.

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Deer Park apartment complex fire contained to one room

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 18:58:00 EDT

DEER PARK, Wash. - Spokane County Fire District 4 reports that a fire in an apartment complex in Deer Park Saturday morning has been ruled accidental.  Firefighters were called to a fire at 15 N. Weber Ave. in Deer Park around 8:15 a.m. and found smoke and flames coming from the vents of the roof of a two story apartment building. All occupants of the building had been evacuated by Spokane County Sheriff's Deputies. 

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Spokane human rights group to apologize to sheriff, deputies

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 12:15:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The Spokane Human Rights Commission plan to apologize to the sheriff's office for a comment one of its official made on social media regarding newly hired deputies. Vice chairwoman Ashley Torres shared a post on Facebook announcing seven new Spokane County sheriff's deputies and commented on the lack of diversity in the force.

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Crews continue to fight brush fire near Highway 195

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 15:24:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Washington State Patrol reports the Snag fire burning south of Spokane is 50 percent contained as of Saturday evening. Crews are expected to be on the scene of the fire through the night Saturday.

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Actor John Heard, of 'Home Alone' movies, dies at 71

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 16:33:00 EDT

NEW YORK (AP) - Actor John Heard, best known for playing the father in the "Home Alone" movie series, has died. He was 71. His death was confirmed by the Santa Clara Medical Examiner's office in California on Saturday.

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Dozens arrested in street racing crackdown in King County

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 14:57:00 EDT

SEATTLE (AP) - A street racing crackdown involving multiple police agencies in northwestern Washington state has led to the arrest of three street racers and 40 others attending the unlawful events. The Washington State Patrol in a statement Friday says the police agencies in King County took action July 14 due to safety concerns expressed by citizens and businesses.

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Official charges delayed in Washington murder, arson case

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 14:22:00 EDT

MOUNT VERNON (AP) - Washington prosecutors now have 30 days to officially file charges against two people suspected of causing a fire that killed two children and injured three adults. The Skagit Valley Herald reported Thursday while prosecutors generally have a 72-hour window to file charges in Skagit County Superior Court, a magistrate's warrant gives them until Aug. 18.

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Train derails, spilling grain near Spangle

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 01:54:00 EDT

SPANGLE, Wash. - A train carrying grain has derailed along Highway 195 between Plaza and Spangle.  The tracks where the five cars tipped is now closed for the weekend.  The tip over blocked traffic for several hours Friday afternoon. The company who owns the tracks says crews will be headed out Saturday to clean up the crash. 

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Officials: Owner of home where bodies found possibly spotted

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 23:39:00 EDT

SWAN VALLEY, Idaho (AP) - Law enforcement officials say a man wanted in connection with the deaths of three women in southwestern Idaho may have been seen in the backcountry near eastern Idaho's Swan Valley. Deputies with the Bonneville County Sheriff's office have searched the area but so far have not located 60-year-old Gerald "Mike" Bullinger. The badly decomposed bodies of Bullinger's wife - 56-year-old Cheryl Baker of Ogden, 

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Latah County murder suspects captured

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:17:00 EDT

MOSCOW, Idaho - The Ferry County Sheriff's Office has confirmed they have recovered the white 2002 Pontiac Grand Am connected to recent homicide in Latah County. The two teenage suspects, Keagan Tennant and Matthew McKetta, have been on the run from law enforcement since the body of Timothy Jacob Reeves was discovered earlier this week.

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Pirate ship sets sail in Sandpoint waters

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 23:20:00 EDT

SANDPOINT, Idaho - A Sandpoint, Idaho man has been giving back to his community in a big way- he discovered a pirate ship about 5 years ago on Craigslist and restored it. Captain Don Mimmack allows children to set sail on the 'Wind Spirit' with him to enjoy the open waters of Sandpoint. If you want to take your children on an adventure, you can do so by visiting this site: 

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'The Persian Hour' opens people to a world beyond the Inland NW

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:11:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Radio is more than top 40 hits, and one local DJ in Spokane is really proving that. He's Iranian, and as KHQ Photojournalist Tim Martin shows, his radio show is meant to open people to a world beyond the Inland Northwest.

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Biker comes face-to-face with bear on Canfield Mountain trail

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:20:00 EDT

KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - With it’s windy trails and scenic vistas. Nestled right above Coeur d’Alene, Canfield Mountain attracts all sorts of people. “It's a great area,” Tony Prka said. Prka is an avid Canfield Mountain bike-rider. He says he was riding like usual Tuesday night when all of a sudden. “I hit my brakes right away and then I was like 'man I think that was a cub' so I got off my bike and I started to run backwards,” he said. Not 

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Spokane Police Activities League creates safe summer fun

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:01:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - Summer is in full swing around Spokane. It's hot, dry, and there's a lot fun to be had. In the mix creating that fun is the Spokane Police Activities League or PAL.  "The community and police need to come together and be out in the community where they can come access us," says Jennifer Deruwe with Spokane Police. Giving the opportunity for not only police to get involved with youth and the community but for youth to 

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U.S. Forest Service warns of aggressive bear on Canfield Mountain

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:05:00 EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - If you're planning on doing some outdoor activities on Canfield Mountain this weekend, listen up! The U.S. Forest Service wants the public to avoid the upper parking area and trail system on the mountain for the time being. An aggressive sow bear with a cub (possibly more than one cub) has been reported on the Cave Trail.

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Elderly woman sexually assaulted at assisted living facility

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:04:00 EDT

SEATAC, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say an 83-year-old woman was assaulted while in her room at an assisted living facility in SeaTac. The King County Sheriff's Office says an unknown man entered the woman's room through a window Thursday while she was watching TV. Once inside, the sheriff's office says the suspect hit her several times on the side of the head before strangling and sexually assaulting her. The sheriff's office says 

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Pedestrian lashes out, throws rock at woman in car

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:59:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane woman says she had a scary encounter Thursday morning with a man on the sidewalk. She was driving near Regal Street by Ferris High School when he lashed out and ended up throwing a rock at her. "It worries me that somebody is out there that can be that violent," she said. She wants to remain anonymous in fear of retaliation of what he might do. She says she was dropping off her son for a sports camp 

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DNR: Budget failure leaves Washington forests in jeopardy

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:26:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The Legislature's failure to pass a capital budget means the state Department of Natural Resources is short of money to deal with unhealthy forests. The Legislature adjourned Thursday night without passing a capital budget, costing DNR $15 million to remove trees struck by insect blight, disease or drought. Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz says the agency needed the money to remove dead and dying trees.

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Washington wildfire grows rapidly near Yakima

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:52:00 EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - A large wildfire is burning amid the grass and sagebrush of the military's Yakima Training Center in Washington state. The fire grew to 50 square miles (129 square kilometers) on Friday morning, but was not threatening any structures. Fire spokesman Rick Acosta says the fire is being driven by winds through steep, rugged terrain. There are about 200 firefighters and several helicopters battling the blaze. The fire is located 

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Man who survived rollover, struck and killed by vehicle

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:44:00 EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Authorities say a 33-year old Montana man survived a rollover crash only to be struck and killed by another passing vehicle. Lewis and Clark County Coroner Bryan Backeberg identified the victim as Adam David Zielie, of Helena. The Montana Highway Patrol says the initial crash was reported around 10:30 p.m. Thursday north of Helena. The driver was able to get out of the vehicle, stand up and talk to another driver. 

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Passing driver saves woman, six kids in car crash on Highway 2

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:20:00 EDT

LINCOLN COUNTY, Wash. - Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is crediting a total stranger from preventing a very possible tragedy. Deputies say a woman was driving a van with 6 young children when she fell asleep on Highway 2 near Davenport, driving off the road and into a pond. As most of the van went under, a passing driver pulled over, waded into the deep water, and helped get them to safety. First responders rushed to the scene.  No one was injured.  

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N. Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force asks for public's help finding wanted fugitive

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:44:00 EDT

KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - The North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force (NIVCTF) is seeking information leading to the arrest of 27-year-old Mallory Ann Helling. Helling is being sought based on a Kootenai County felony warrant for possession of meth with the intent to deliver. Helling is 5’3 tall, 135 lbs with brown eyes and brown hair. She was last known to be living in Post Falls, ID. Anyone with information regarding Helling should call the NIVCTF at 208-665-4455. 

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Spokane Police Activities League keeps kids out of trouble

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:07:00 EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. - How do you keep your teens out of trouble? The summer has brought a wave of teen crime. From three different vandalism incidents, Spokane Police have arrested a total of eight kids. However, there's a program from Spokane Police that can help these types of kids stay out of trouble. It's called the Spokane Police Activities League. 13-year-old Jamarian Mowrey takes every chance he can get to hang out with the police officers from the program. 

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