Crime

Suspect hits Spokane Valley deputy's car during arrest

SPOKANE VA., Wash. -- Spokane Valley Deputies arrested a suspect with an active felony warrant after he tried to escape from law enforcement and struck a deputy's car. Spokane Valley Detectives saw the man, later identified as 33-year-old Jeffrey E.…

Washington justices blast racist questioning by Grant County prosecutor

Washington's Supreme Court has unanimously overturned a man's conviction for assaulting police officers, blasting a series of racist remarks by the prosecutor who handled the case. During jury selection in the trial against Joseph Zamora, Garth Dano, then the elected prosecutor in central Washington's Grant County, repeatedly asked prospective jurors how they felt about illegal immigration, border security and crimes committed by illegal immigrants — even though Zamora was a U.S. citizen and the case had nothing to do with those topics. The justices said Thursday the questions invoked racist stereotypes that violated Zamora's right to a fair trial. They also expressed concern with the vicious beating officers gave Zamora, which left him comatose.

Suspect arrested in Calder for deadly St. Maries shooting

ST. MARIES, Idaho - Idaho State Police arrested a suspect in a deadly shooting in St. Maries on Wednesday morning. Officers arrested 20-year-old Lonnie J. Layman, who is accused of shooting a 23-year-old man in the parking lot of the…

AMBER Alert activated for two abducted children in Idaho

NAMPA, Idaho.--The Nampa Police Department is urgently searching for children believed to be in imminent danger. Police are searching for Sapphira and Malik Holmberg. Police say they believe the children are with their babysitter who is believed to be using…

Man sentenced to 20 years in prison for 2020 murder

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A man was sentenced to 20 years in prison and three years of community custody for a murder that occurred in 2020. The Spokane County Superior Court found Christian Robinson, 29, guilty of second-degree murder on May…

Ex-Washington state employee pleads guilty to pandemic fraud

A former employee of Washington state’s Employment Security Department pleaded guilty to three federal felonies for exploiting his employment for personal enrichment and fraudulently distributing at least $360,000 in pandemic-related unemployment benefits, prosecutors said.