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Pizza delivery driver attacked by two men while on the job

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:52:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - A pizza delivery driver was just doing her job when she was attacked over the weekend while on her route. On Saturday around 6:30 pm, Cali Shisler just made a pizza delivery to home in the Indian Trail neighborhood. She says she drove a few houses down near Farmdale Street and Woodgrove Court and parked along the side of the road to make a phone call back to Roundtable Pizza where she works to let them know she was on her way back. That’s when she heard he...


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Racial slurs lead to vicious assault in downtown Spokane

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:53:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - A downtown bar manager is recovering after a vicious assault that occurred last Tuesday. He said it all started when he tried to remove two customers after they were spewing racial slurs.


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How to keep your holiday packages safe

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:58:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane police have been receiving some reports of porch pirates following delivery trucks. So what can you do to make sure your holiday gifts make it to your loved ones? According to Northwest Insurance Council, your homeowner's or renter's insurance likely covers a stolen package. But it might only be worth filing a claim if whatever is lost is worth more than deductible.


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Court Docs: Spokane Valley man charged with beating toddler now being investigated for sexual assault

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:58:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - A 22-year-old Spokane Valley man already in custody for allegedly beating his girlfriend's 21-month-old daughter is now being investigated for possibly sexually abusing her as well. Detectives said DNA was recovered during a sexual assault kit that indicates the victim was sexually abused.  Court documents identify the suspect as Brandon Oquendo. 


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Coeur d'Alene student invents anti-bullying glasses

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:46:00 EST

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - 10-year-old Malachai Bruse is chock full of ideas. “We have the technology now to create it,” he said. The fifth-grader at Winton Elementary placed first last year at his school’s Invention Convention for his idea on magnetic cars.


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Jingle Book campaign encourages Coeur d'Alene students to read over break

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:32:00 EST

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - It’s two weeks before Christmas, and all through the Ramsey Elementary School cafeteria, the students pick new books to take home for Christmas break. The idea started four years ago, by the man who dawned a Santa hat and beard Tuesday morning. Dave Eubanks, a Coeur d’Alene School Board Trustee, says they were hoping students would at least get one book the first year.


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Spokane Valley students build robots through STEM Academy

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:16:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - We often think of sports, music, or the arts as extracurricular activities outside of school. But students in the Central Valley School District are using their creative minds to build robots. “These students are going to continue to build robots using vex components with the goal that they will control and ultimately program those robots to run autonomously,” said STEM Academy Principal at Spokane Valley Tech, Camille Nielsen. 


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US national parks to slash number of free days for visitors

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:33:00 EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - National parks in the U.S. will sharply drop the number of days they allow visitors to get in for free.    After waiving entrance fees for 16 days in 2016 and 10 days in 2017, the National Park Service announced Tuesday that it will have four no-cost days next year.


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Value Village sues Washington attorney general over demands

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:30:00 EST

SEATTLE (AP) - The company that operates 300 Value Village, Savers and other thrift stores in the U.S., Canada and Australia is suing Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, saying his office has violated its rights by demanding $3.2 million to settle a three-year investigation.


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Teen boy charged as adult in Graham school shooting

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:17:00 EST

GRAHAM, Wash. (AP) - A 16-year-old boy has been charged with two counts of assault, drive-by shooting and unlawful possession of a firearm in connection with the shooting and wounding of two students outside a high school near Tacoma.    Multiple news outlets reported Tuesday that the teen was charged as an adult in the Dec. 5 shooting that sent two Graham-Kapowsin High School students to a hospital.


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Top five best chrome extensions

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:11:00 EST

As the world becomes more and more digital, Chrome Extensions are here to help you as you navigate the web. From Force Block to help you block all of those nasty Star Wars spoilers to a Christmas puppies and kittens countdown clock, here are our top five winners of the best Chrome Extensions.


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Sheriff's Office: Level III sex offender in Spokane

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:29:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane County Sheriff's Office wants the public to be aware of a Level III living in the area.  60-year-old Jeffrey William Naftel was convicted of 1st Degree Rape of a Child in 1991 and 1st Degree Child Molestation in 1992. The Sheriff's Office says he in west central Spokane on W. Dean Ave.


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Electronics stolen from North Spokane home before Christmas

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 02:08:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash.- A North Spokane family is hoping to find the thieves who stole not just from their Christmas but from the people whose belongings they were repairing. Kevin and Ronnie Ryno say they've never had a problem with theft until Monday. 


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Mad Minute stories from Monday, December 11th

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:41:00 EST

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


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3 injured in Highway 195 crash south of Pullman

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:39:00 EST

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State Patrol reports three people were taken to the hospital Monday night following a head-on crash on Highway 195. The crash happened just after 6 p.m. at milepost 13, which is about 7 miles south of Pullman. Investigators say 26-year-old Markous Kelp was headed northbound on 195 in heavy fog when he moved into the southbound lane in an attempt to pass another car.


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Driver injured when stolen car crashes into Seattle home

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:03:00 EST

SEATTLE (AP) - Authorities say one person was critically injured after a stolen car crashed into a home in Seattle's University District.    The Seattle Times reports the car hit a home near the intersection of Northeast 53rd Street and Ninth Avenue Northeast Monday night, trapping the driver of the vehicle and striking a natural-gas line.


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Snowmobilers rescue stranded family on Moon Pass in Shoshone County

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:43:00 EST

SHOSHONE COUNTY, Wash. - Beautiful country and scenic views, that’s Moon Pass. For Gavin Merritt and Cassin Pittman, it was just another weekend of snowmobiling in the backwoods. But they stumbled across what appeared to be a fire on the side of the road. “We came around the corner right there and we were all like whoa and they all get out of their car,” Cassin said.


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Post Falls police use empty cruiser to scare speeders

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:47:00 EST

POST FALLS, Idaho - Near the corner of 16th Avenue and Syringa Street sits a Post Falls police car. But when you take a closer look, your eyes don’t deceive you, it’s empty. “We actually had a dummy at that time that was assigned to us from the fire department that had a radar gun in his hand,” Pat Knight, the Assistant Chief for Post Falls police said.


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Police: Teen with explosive device arrested at school

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:01:00 EST

SILVERDALE, Wash. - Authorities say a student with an explosive device in his backpack was arrested at Central Kitsap High School.    The Kitsap Sun reports a 15-year-old boy was arrested Friday on suspicion of threats to bomb and bringing an explosive device to school. The Kitsap County Sheriff's Office says deputies responded Friday after administrators received information that a student had an explosive device.


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Spokane Chiefs receive thousands of stuffed animal donations after Teddy Bear Toss game

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:55:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - This past weekend, thousands of stuffed animals came pouring from the stands at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena during the Spokane Chiefs game. It was all for a good cause. The annual Teddy Bear Toss is a family tradition for so many in our community. After the Chiefs make their first goal, fans can through the stuffed animals onto the ice.


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Disabled woman says stranger threw full soda can at her head

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:05:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane woman who was hit in the head by a complete stranger with a full can of soda is speaking out after the incident. Leisa James has lived on the South Hill for the past 20 years and she’s loved being a part of the community. She’s a mother of five girls and says that she also helps people in need. On November 30, it was just any other day for her. She was on her way home from buying groceries at around 4 p.m. near 29th and Ray. “The next ...


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Thief steals homemade wreath from Spokane woman's front door

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:38:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane woman’s homemade wreath is stolen off her front door, but she has a very interesting response. Jessica Barth makes wreathes for her friends and family as a hobby for all the different holidays. She’s even working on some to donate to her grandmother’s retirement home this Christmas. It’s her way of spreading joy during the holidays, and she adorns her home with the wreaths as well. But over the weekend, the red and white wreath she p...


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Family of Spokane man killed in crash after Christmas shopping speaks out

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:36:00 EST

PRIEST RIVER, Idaho - Loved ones of a local father killed in a fiery North Idaho wreck said one of the last things he did was buy the Christmas presents for his daughter. They said he was "ecstatic" as he pictured her reaction. "He had the biggest smile on his face," said the victim's brother, Jerod Paulus. "He couldn't wait (to give them to her)."


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Plea hearing set for former Lake City High School teacher accused of lewd conduct

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:55:00 EST

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A change of plea hearing has been scheduled for a former Lake City High School teacher accused of molesting a child. The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Jeffrey Kantola, who pleaded not guilty to two counts of lewd conduct with a child under 16, told a judge Friday he agreed to the hearing request. The Press says the hearing is scheduled for January 5, but that could change.


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Spokane County K9 Khan helps find ditched gun

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:28:00 EST

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - Spokane Valley Deputy Tyler Kullman and his K9 partner Kahn located a stolen firearm believed to have been ditched by the passenger of a vehicle who fled on foot immediately after it was stopped by Deputy Joel Gorham.


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Thurman family settles wrongful death suit in Spokane Valley shooting

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:19:00 EST

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Court officials confirm a wrongful death lawsuit has been settled between the family of a Spokane Valley mother shot in her home. Her husband, Dwayne Thurman, told detectives when the shooting happened in 2016 that he was attempting to disassemble his gun when it accidentally discharged.


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2 suspects in Graham school shooting released

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:40:00 EST

GRAHAM, Wash.(AP) - Authorities say two teenagers who were arrested in connection with a double shooting last week outside a high school near Tacoma will be released pending further developments in the case.    KOMO-TV reports the Pierce County Prosecutor's Office said Monday no charges have been filed and the two suspects would be released after a 72-hour hold.


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Rising rents becoming an issue in Spokane County

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:26:00 EST

(AP) - Higher rents are becoming an issue in Spokane County, where a new report says half of renters are spending over 30 percent of their income on rent. Rents in the Spokane market have increased notably over the past year and a half. That's according to Terri Anderson, co-director of the Spokane Tenants Union. The Spokesman-Review reports that rents in Spokane are rising while wages remain stagnant.


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Reward for information on slain wolves grows to $20,000

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:42:00 EST

(AP) - The reward for information regarding the killing of two wolves in northeastern Washington state has grown to $20,000. The Center for Biological Diversity and Cascadia Wildlands on Monday said they had doubled a previously announced reward by Conservation Northwest for information leading to conviction in the killing of the wolves.


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Local father dies in fiery crash after purchasing daughter's Christmas gifts

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST

PRIEST RIVER, Idaho - A local father is dead after a fiery crash in North Idaho Friday night. Loved ones said the man had just purchased Christmas presents for his little girl before the horrific wreck. Idaho State Police said 29-year-old Andrew Blum and his 32-year-old passenger were driving near Dufort Road when Blum lost control of his car. They said he flipped it into a ditch, and then the vehicle caught on fire. Blum was rushed to 


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Rescued dogs from a Benewah County home ready to find forever homes

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 21:09:00 EST

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A small pack of dogs that were found in bad shape have a new leash on life after getting rescued. Back in October, a group rescued dogs from a home in Benewah County. When they were found, rescuers say the dogs were hungry, malnourished, and neglected. They also found one dog dead on the property. But now two months later, the adult dogs and puppies have made a lot of progress and are now ready to find their forever homes. The rescue groups teamed up and...


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Bakery's gingerbread sculpture makes it to competition despite stolen van

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 20:48:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - A man was arrested after driving a stolen bakery van into the Intermodal Terminal downtown, but police also charged him with other crimes in addition to that. Police say Jesse L. Jones, 32, yelled at employees of Sweet Frostings Sunday morning just before 8 o’clock. Gabriela Sauve, a baker at Sweet Frostings, says they were loading up all the pieces to their gingerbread sculpture into their van for the annual Gingerbread Build to benefit Christ Kitchen...


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What channel is this Gonzaga vs Washington game on?

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 14:18:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Basketball fans are getting for a dog fight Sunday evening as the Gonzaga Bulldogs take on the Washington Huskies. The Zags are coming off a loss to No. 4 Villanova and the Huskies team just shocked the world by taking down No. 2 Kansas, so the in-state contest could get really interesting. Tip off is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Pac-12 Network.


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Testing urged for students exposed to tuberculosis case

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 19:07:00 EST

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - County health officials are urging some middle school students and teachers outside of Portland, Oregon to get tested for tuberculosis.    The Clark County Public Health department said it sent letters to those who may have been exposed to a case.    The unidentified person at Wy'East Middle School in Vancouver, Washington was recently found to have the infectious disease.


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Police: Former Idaho lawmaker arrested for DUI, resisting

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:01:00 EST

MERIDIAN (AP) - A former Idaho lawmaker who resigned amid a sexual abuse investigation has now been arrested for driving under the influence and resisting arrest. Meridian police Sgt. Brandon Frasier said 36-year-old Brandon Hixon initially refused to comply with the officer's orders when he was pulled over Saturday evening.


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Teen murder suspect recaptured after escaping custody

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 16:08:00 EST

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say a 16-year-old boy arrested in a murder case has been recaptured after escaping custody in the Seattle area. The Daily Herald reports that the manhunt early Sunday involved dozens of police officers and three police K9 teams in downtown Everett.    The teen was initially arrested following a recent drug-related fatal shooting that left one woman dead and her son wounded.


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Man crashes stolen Sweet Frostings van into police precinct

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:49:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Downtown precinct officers arrested a man after he stole a van from Sweet Frostings Bakery and crashed it through the front doors of the Intermodal Terminal. Just before 8 a.m. Sunday morning, patrol officers were alerted that a local business van had been stolen. The suspect was described as a homeless man who had confronted employees.


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Washington, Amazon sue company over seller training programs

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:23:00 EST

SEATTLE (AP) - Washington's attorney general and Amazon.com are going after a Massachusetts company for what they say are fraudulent "training" programs for people selling on the online retailer's website.    Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed the lawsuit against FBA Stores LLC in King County Superior Court, alleging violations to the state's Consumer Protection and Business Opportunity Fraud acts. 


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2 wolves monitored by wildlife officials found shot dead

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:13:00 EST

COLVILLE, Wash. (AP) - Officials say two wolves that were being monitored have been found shot dead in eastern Washington.    The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife discovered one of the two female wolves in Stevens County through a collar that stopped working in November.    She was found dead in an area the monitor showed was her last known location.


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Coeur d'Alene man killed in crash after sliding down I-90 embankment

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 13:00:00 EST

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Idaho State Police report one person was killed and two others hospitalized after a crash on Interstate 90 Saturday night. It happened at milepost 34.5 at around 8:15 p.m. Investigators say Gregory Vandouris, 52, was driving westbound on I-90 in the passing lane, when he swerved to the right and slid off the right roadside.


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Spokane art heist: Local restaurant gets paintings stolen

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 22:02:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - One Spokane restaurant needs your help finding a group of people responsible for taking two paintings. It happened a Clinkerdagger, right across the street from the Spokane Arena. Inside Clinkerdagger at the Flour Mill, the Christmas spirit is alive, but a group of local thieves have put a damper on it.


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Spokane Chiefs host teddy bear toss

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 22:19:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Tonight thousands of stuffed animals are going to come pouring from the stands of the Spokane Arena, and it's all for a good cause. It's teddy bear toss night,  and while the event is a great time for those there to throw the bears,  what many may not know is what happens after the stuffed animals hit the ice.


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Former ESPN chairman Stu Evey has died

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 21:20:00 EST

SPOKANE - ESPN reported Saturday that Stu Evey, the former chairman of the all-sports cable network, has died. Evey, a Spokane resident and University of Washington grad, was an executive with Getty Oil who in 1979 convinced his company to invest millions of dollars in the yet-to-be launched network ESPN.


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Kootenai County deputies arrest burglary suspects in multiple cases

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 20:38:00 EST

HAYDEN, Idaho - Deputies arrested two people for multiple counts of burglary after responding to a shoplifting call at the Walmart in Hayden Friday evening. Deputies responded just before 7 p.m. Walmart loss prevention said there was a man inside who was hiding merchandise in a backpack. Eventually the man took off out of the store with a cart full of more than $1,000 worth of stolen merchandise, directly to waiting deputies.


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$1 million bond set for man accused of shooting at trooper

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 16:42:00 EST

TWIN FALLS, Idaho - A 26-year-old man authorities say shot at an Idaho State Police trooper has been charged with aggravated assault and is being held on $1 million bond.    The Times-News reports that Arcenio Solorio Sosa was arraigned Thursday in 5th District Court and is also facing charges of trafficking in marijuana and possession of a controlled substance.


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Spokane man killed in Bonner County crash

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 13:37:00 EST

PRIEST RIVER, Idaho - Idaho State Police report a Spokane man was killed after a crash near Priest River, Idaho, Friday night.  The crash happened in the 9000 block of Dufort Road around 9:20 p.m. Investigators say 29-year-old Andrew P. Blum was driving a maroon 2002 Mazda Tribute westbound on Dufort when he lost control of his car while going around a curve.


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N. Idaho man gets 30 years for sex with minors

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 13:25:00 EST

POST FALLS, Idaho (AP) - A northern Idaho man who had sex with two minor girls after meeting them online has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.    Twenty-seven-year-old Tyler John Kelley of Post Falls received the sentence Thursday in 1st District Court and must serve four years before becoming eligible for parole.


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Spokane man with knife screaming to be shot taken into custody

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 13:18:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Just after 5 p.m. on Friday, Spokane Police officers were called to an apartment complex at 217 E. 2nd for a report of a disorderly man inside. Neighbors reported hearing a man breaking stuff and smashing out glass windows. They told officers they believed he was inside his own apartment.


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Man injured while building pipe bomb in home near Soap Lake

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 12:46:00 EST

SOAP LAKE, Wash. - A 55-year-old Soap Lake man is hospitalized after being injured Friday evening by a pipe bomb he was building inside his home. Neighbors near the 100 block of Adrian Avenue Northwest in Lakeview called deputies around 6 p.m. to complain about the sound of fireworks.


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Wolves do not appear to hurt deer, elk, other ungulates

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 12:22:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The growing population of wolves in eastern Washington state does not appear to be hurting the populations of deer, elk and other ungulates.    A report issued this week by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife looked at ungulate populations between fiscal 2015 and 2017. 


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Trump administration rolls back Obama-era oil train rules

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 12:12:00 EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The Trump administration is angering environmental groups and residents of the Columbia River Gorge by rolling back a 2015 rule on oil train safety.    Oregon Public Broadcasting reported Thursday that the Obama administration rule change required trains carrying highly explosive liquids to have electronically controlled pneumatic brakes installed by 2021.


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Grand opening of Spokane Riverfront Park's Ice Ribbon

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 23:29:00 EST

December 8, 2017 marks the grand opening of Spokane Riverfront Park's iconic Ice Ribbon. Here are some pictures taken during tonight's historic event. 


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Helping students handling homelessness this holiday season

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 21:35:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash.- Spokane Public Schools says right now, at least 150 high school students are either homeless or living without the support of their parents. Needless to say, they could use some extra help this season. The district says they have what's called the Heart program and they want to give a gift card to each high school student in their program that's experiencing homelessness. 


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Airway Heights man arrested after inappropriate behavior towards little girl

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 21:23:00 EST

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash.- An Airway Heights man accused of saying something inappropriate to a little girl is now behind bars, thanks to our viewers and your tips to Airway Heights Police. Police say 26-year-old Daniel Hastings saw himself all over social media, called up police and was interviewed. Then, he was arrested at his home.


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SWAT, SVIU, Air 1, K9s, & Deputies team up to takedown drugs

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 18:26:00 EST

On December 1, 2017, prior to 5:00 p.m., the Spokane Valley SWAT Team, SVIU Detectives, Spokane Valley Deputies & K9s, served a search warrant at a residence on McCabe just north of Sprague in Spokane Valley.    The search warrant was obtained as part of an ongoing SVIU investigation into the Possession and Sales of Controlled Substances (Methamphetamine & Heroin) and the associated criminal activity at the residence.     As the SWAT Team d...


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Injured Mount Vernon police officer retires after 32 years

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 15:31:00 EST

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) - A Mount Vernon police officer who was injured while on duty has retired after 32 years on the force.    KOMO-TV reported Thursday that Officer Mike McClaughry's daughter announced in a Facebook post that her father officially retired on Nov. 30.    According to the post, McClaughry has taken on multiple roles at the department such as the first local D.A.R.E. officer, a squad lead officer and a field training officer.


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Idaho firefighters heading to California to help with fires

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 15:28:00 EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho fire departments are sending firefighters to help with blazes in Southern California.    KTVB-TV reports fire crews from Boise, Meridian, Kuna and Star left for California Thursday to help put out fires.    The 17 volunteer firefighters signed up to go after California sent out a call for help to various states as part of an agreement among all 50 states to share their resources with each other during natural and man-made disasters.


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Idaho, facing crowded prisons, to send inmates out of state

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 15:24:00 EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - As many as 1,000 Idaho inmates could soon be serving out their time in out-of-state prisons as the state grapples with overcrowding at home. The inmates could end up in a private prison facility - despite Idaho's long history of trouble when it comes to getting some private prison providers to meet the terms of their contracts. Idaho Department of Correction Director Henry Atencio notified the Board of Correction and several lawmakers on Wednesday that...


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Family-owned business dealing with yet another AC unit theft

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 00:15:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - A small, family-owned business in Spokane is hit hard again when criminals take off with their industrial air conditioning unit. Dan Duncan and his wife have owned Party Palace for the past three decades. But in the last four years, they’ve had to deal with five of their air conditioning units getting stolen. He just replaced two units last spring, and even put a fence around it thinking it would prevent theft. The most recent 


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US Marshals searching for escaped prisoner, one of Washington's largest convicted Ponzi schemers

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 00:49:00 EST

SEATTLE, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say a Washington state man who bilked investors out of more than $100 million in a Ponzi scheme has escaped from a federal prison in central California. According to The Seattle Times, prison officials say 55-year-old Frederick Berg was discovered missing Wednesday from a minimum-security work camp next to a penitentiary in Atwater, California.    Berg in 2012 was sentenced to 18 years in after 


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Spokane court docs: man arrested for hurting girlfriend

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 23:19:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash.- A fight between a boyfriend and girlfriend ended violently and now a 23-year-old man is behind bars charged with second degree assault and first degree kidnapping.


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Last Spokane survivor of Pearl Harbor recalls infamous day 75 years later

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 20:36:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - At one time there were 125 members of the Lilac City Chapter of Pearl Harbor survivors. Sadly, that number is now down to one. Ray Garland is the sole survivor from the Japanese attack in Hawaii. Now 94 years old, he has vivid memories of that day 75 years ago as a member of the Marines.


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Grant County Sheriff's Office warns of mail thefts near Mattawa

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 21:24:00 EST

MATTAWA, Wash. - Grant County sheriff’s deputies have received reports of mail thefts happening in areas south of Mattawa. Unfortunately, mail thefts happen regularly across Grant County, and here’s what you can do to protect your mail from thieves: • Use the letter slots inside your Post Office for your mail, or hand it to a letter carrier • Pick up your mail promptly after delivery. Don’t leave it in your mailbox overnight. If you’re expecting


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78-year-old man hit by Yakima police car expected to be OK

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 20:09:00 EST

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - A man hit by a Yakima police car while crossing the street suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The Yakima Herald reports that the 78-year-old man hit Tuesday evening suffered a broken arm and a dislocated shoulder. Yakima police say the officer involved is assigned as a school resource officer. The officer was leaving Eisenhower High School after working security for a basketball game when his patrol car hit the man. Yakima police patr...


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Missing mom and 2-year-old child found safe, child placed in protective custody

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 20:09:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - On December 4, the Spokane Police Department received a report of a missing child that was taken from a treatment facility by his mother.  Both mother and child were court ordered to be staying at the facility.  Due to the violation of this order, the child is considered to be in imminent risk of harm and is to be placed in protective custody.


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Tractor-trailer driver dies in SW Idaho collision with train

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 18:12:00 EST

CALDWELL, Idaho (AP) - Authorities say the driver of a tractor-trailer died in southwestern Idaho when he failed to yield at a train crossing and was struck by a locomotive. Idaho State Police Trooper Donnie Heida tells KTVB that the collision happened at about 10 a.m. Thursday in Caldwell.    Heida says the crossing has a stop sign but no crossing arm. Heida says the Union Pacific Railroad train couldn't stop in time.    The truck driver's name hasn't be...


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Jury finds Montana man guilty of causing woman's fatal burns

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 17:56:00 EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A federal jury in Montana has found a man guilty of strangling a woman, pouring gasoline on her and setting her on fire, leading to her death more than two months later. Jurors deliberated for two hours Thursday before finding 20-year-old Dimarzio Swade Sanchez of Busby guilty of first-degree murder in the June 2016 death of 28-year-old Roylynn Rides Horse.    Sanchez faces a mandatory life sentence when he is sentenced on March 29. Co-defend...


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Investigators say fire that destroyed Coeur d'Alene family's home accidental

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 17:53:00 EST

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Fire investigators have determined the cause of the fire that occurred on November 28, 2017, on Sky Harbor Drive, as accidental. The homeowners believed the fire may have started on the exterior of the home due to the barbecue being left on overnight. The owners barbecue is plumbed to natural gas, so it had an unlimited supply of fuel. Fire Investigators were able to determine that the fire started on the exterior 


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Body of woman missing since 2004 found in Kootenai County

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 17:44:00 EST

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - The body of a woman missing since 2004 has been found in a remote wooded area of Kootenai County.  The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday that the body of Christine Lott was discovered along a forest Service Road near Coeur d'Alene in February of 2016. The 34-year-old Priest River woman disappeared in March of 2004. This case is being investigated as a homicide in a cooperative effort with the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office an...


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Bonner County Sheriff's Office investigating suspicious death in Clark Fork

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 17:36:00 EST

BONNER COUNTY, Idaho - The Bonner County Sheriff’s Office investigated a suspicious death in Clark Fork Wednesday night. Officials with BCSO advised residents near the 1200 block of Mt. View Road to stay in their homes during the time of investigation. Law enforcement urged residents to report any suspicious activity to dispatch or to call 911. Detectives believe the victim, 73 year old George Andres of Clark Fork, was returning home 


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How to prepare your home to sell (sponsored)

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 14:47:00 EST

Preparing your home for the market means making repairs and general sprucing-up ? but also making it easy for potential buyers to imagine their happy lives there. Before you show your home to buyers, put yourself in their shoes, advises Sara Ramirez, a Realtor at Century 21. Look at your home with a critical eye. Walk through your home and property, clipboard in hand, recording problems you’d notice if you were shopping. That garage workspace full of dust and empty containers?...


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Surveillance video shows man using blowtorch on Spokane ATM

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 20:57:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Numerica Credit Union has released surveillance video of the 29-year-old suspected of using a blowtorch on a drive-thru ATM on E. Lyons Ave. last month. Police say Kirk Fisher was arrested after taking the torch to the machine. He was charged with first degree malicious mischief and second degree arson. The blowtorch and some other items were left at the scene.


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Obstruction charges dropped against Eastern Washington football players

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 21:53:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Obstruction charges have been dropped against two Eastern Washington football players. Quarterback Gage Gubrud and linebacker Kurt Calhoun were scheduled to appear in a Cheney court Thursday, but an off-docket dismissal was granted on Wednesday according to our partners at the Spokesman-Review. 


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Coeur d'Alene School District contemplates change in phone policy

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 21:44:00 EST

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -  B-Y-O-D or “bring your own device.” That’s the current policy in place right now for Coeur d’Alene Schools and many others across the country. But after social media threats at Lake City High School this fall the school board is considering revising that policy. The current policy says students can bring electronic devices that include cellphones, laptops, tablets, etc. The proposed plan would not allow electronics 


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Disturbing trend in suicide among young men in Spokane County

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 21:35:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Understanding suicide can be painful and confusing. In fact, most people who die by suicide struggle with mental health or substance abuse, both of which sometimes go undiagnosed. But a recent and disturbing new trend among men and suicide is bringing more confusion to the equation. According to the Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office, statistics from 2010 to 2016 show that the number of suicides is not only going up, but 


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The simple way to burglar proof your garage

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 21:31:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - Most people have automatic garage door openers and you probably think your garage door is secure. But thieves have been using a new way to break in with just a few household items. Experts say there is a simple solution for you prevent them from getting in.


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Behind the scenes look at Ice Ribbon’s skate rental shop

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 21:05:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - In just two days, hundreds of people will experience a new era of entertainment in downtown Spokane. The Ice Ribbon at Riverfront Park opens Friday, and to make sure hockey players, figure skaters, and ice-skating enthusiasts are comfortable on the ice, the staff at the skate rental shop have been preparing for the masses. “We’ll be busy, but we’ll do our best to accommodate everyone,” 


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Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon sued for sexual harassment

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 19:54:00 EST

SEATTLE - Former Seahawk and Husky star and Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon has been sued for sexual harassment by a woman who worked for his sports marketing firm. According to The Washington Post, 32-year-old Wendy Haskell alleges in a lawsuit that Moon required her to wear thong underwear and share his bed during business trips.


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Detectives need your help tracking down man who stole liquor from Yokes Market

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 16:46:00 EST

Spokane Valley Major Crimes Detectives need your help finding a man they say stole liquor from Yokes Market. On November 15, 2017, at approximately 11:50 p.m., an employee of Yokes Market, located at 13014 E. Sprague, noticed a man enter the store and go to the liquor isle.  The man grabbed three bottles of liquor and began running toward the front doors.  Deputies say the employee intercepted the suspect in between two set of exit doors in an attempt to stop the thef...


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Seattle mayor inks KeyArena deal to lure NBA, NHL teams

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 16:33:00 EST

SEATTLE, Wash. (AP) - Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has inked an agreement with a private developer to renovate KeyArena so the venue could be ready for an NBA or NHL team. Durkan said at a news conference Wednesday that the deal with Los Angeles-based Oak View Group is the best path right now for Seattle to get an NHL team and bring back the SuperSonics.    OVG CEO Tim Leiweke says his group will work diligently to get Seattle a team to join the WNBA's Seattle Storm


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2 arrested in shooting outside Graham-Kapowsin High School

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 15:55:00 EST

GRAHAM, Wash. (AP) - Two suspects have been arrested following the shooting of two students outside a high school in Graham, Washington.    KOMO reports that a getaway car has also been located in connection with Tuesday's shooting at Graham-Kapowsin High School. The male students shot were hospitalized and expected to survive. One of the students was found in a parking lot near the football field. The other student was found inside a locker room.  Pierce County Sheriff's.


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Man who killed Boise State student gets life in prison

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 15:18:00 EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A 62-year-old man who killed an 18-year-old Boise State University student and dumped her body in a creek has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.Bruce Marchant received the sentence Wednesday in 4th District Court after prosecutors argued Marchant will be dangerous for the rest of his life. Marchant in September pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in a deal with prosecutors who agreed to drop rape and kidnapping charges.    Bo...


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2 flu-related deaths reported in Flathead County

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 15:16:00 EST

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - Two Flathead County residents over the age of 65 have died due to complications from influenza. The state Department of Public Health and Human Services says the deaths reported by the Flathead City-County Health Department on Wednesday are the first two flu-related deaths reported in the state this season. Last year, the flu contributed to 56 deaths in Montana.  Health officials urge anyone ages 6 months or older to be vaccinated aga...


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EWU Associate Director of Athletics faces theft charges

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 15:14:00 EST

A current Eastern Washington Athletic Department employee is facing felony theft charges.  According to court documents obtained by KHQ, Associate Director of Athletics Don Ross is accused of stealing over $4,000 from two separate fundraisers in 2014. Ross was responsible for fundraising for the athletic department, which included organizing raffles and depositing the funds. According to the court documents, Ross stated that he "...


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Coeur d'Alene couple reunited with wedding rings after escaping house fire

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 14:11:00 EST

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A Coeur d'Alene family is finding a glimmer of hope after they lost nearly everything in an early morning house fire last Tuesday.  Chuck and Kristi Mendoza thought their wedding rings were among items they'd never see again. Firefighters recovered Kristi's near where she'd left the ring before they were forced to evacuate. They searched and searched for Chuck's ring with nothing to show.  "The amount of damage 


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Coeur d'Alene family learns dogs did not survive devastating house fire

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 21:09:00 EST

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A sad update for a Coeur d'Alene family who had been clinging on to the slightest bit of hope after losing everything in a house fire last Tuesday. The Mendoza's family dogs were no where to be found after fire crews put out the flames in the fire. They hoped perhaps the dogs had just been scared and ran off.However, yesterday the family of four received word that their two beloved dogs, Happy & Oakley, did not survived the fire.


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2 students shot near Pierce County high school; Search for suspects underway

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 18:16:00 EST

GRAHAM, Wash. - The Pierce County Sheriff's Office is responding to a school shooting outside of Graham-Kapowsin High School in Graham, Washington Tuesday afternoon. Two students have reportedly been shot. One student was found in a locker room and another student was found in a parking lot by the football field.


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Spokane woman finds needle in bottle of conditioner

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 02:09:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane woman found a hypodermic needle inside of conditioner she just purchased. Now she wants to know how something like this could happen. Monday night as Jenee Dumas Brownlee was washing her hair something strange happened. "I opened the cap and squeezed it out and a needle cap came out into my hand," Brownlee said.


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Spokane mom forced to dip into Christmas fund after tire slashed

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 22:08:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - A mother of five is crushed after her tire was slashed just outside of her child's elementary school. She said the money to buy a new tire had to come from what she had been setting aside for Christmas presents. "I was volunteering for a field trip," said Katrina Vansant. "We went downtown all day. I was buckling up my kids, getting them ready to go home from school."


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Spokane mother recovers stolen van, but with other people's belongings inside

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 19:25:00 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane mother who had her brand new van stolen right before her birthday gets it back but with more than she bargained for. Vallerie Katrell says when the van came back, the inside was a total mess – garbage, food, needles, and even some writing on the roof of her car. “Just tore up,” she says. “They even stole our license plate.” As soon as she looked inside, she couldn’t find anything of hers – her children’s clothe...


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