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Inbound to Kyrgyzstan

Following a mandatory crew rest stop at RAF Mildenhall a Fairchild-based KC135 continues on its journey to Manas Transit Center in Kyrgyzstan. Photos courtesy of Tim Martin. Captions written by Jeff Humphrey.

Deploying to Kyrgyzstan

Images from the Fairchild flightline and onboard a KC-135 as KXLY4 Reporter Jeff Humphrey and Photojournalist Tim Martin head to Kyrgyzstan. Photos courtesy of Tim Martin.

Northern Lights, First-Timers and Mandatory Crew Rest

Sometimes the journey can be as interesting as the destination, something that airmen with the 92nd Air Refueling Wing came to appreciate during a Trans-Atlantic flight from Fairchild Air Force Base to RAF Mildenhall in England.

Mechanical difficulties delay Kyrgyzstan trip

People who fly know that mechanical problems can delay flights and Fairchild Air Force Base is no exception to that rule. Tuesday a KC-135 scheduled to fly out on a mission Kyrgyzstan was grounded due to just such a mechanical problem.

Flying In Harm's Way With Team Fairchild

Airmen with the 92nd Air Refueling Wing fly in harm's way on a daily basis and this week the Inland Northwest will get a first-hand perspective into the role they're playing in the ongoing war in Afghanistan.

Deputy Hirzel returns to work

The Spokane Sheriff's Deputy who shot and killed a pastor is back at work. Deputy Brian Hirzel returned to modified duty this week after he spent the past month on paid administrative leave.

Creach shooting dispatch recordings released

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office released recordings of radio traffic between Deputy Brian Hirzel and dispatchers the night of the fatal shooting at The Plant Farm in Spokane Valley. RELATED AUDIO: Plant Farm Shooting Dispatch Recordings (RAW)

Some answers, more questions in Creach shooting report

The report on the August 25 shooting of Scott Creach prepared by the Spokane Police Department might provide some answers but it?s also raising new questions into the deadly confrontation between Creach and Spokane County Sheriff?s Deputy Brian Hirzel. RELATED VIDEOS: Creach, Hirzel's backgrounds shed light into deadly shooting | Report offers mulitple vantage points into fatal shooting | 911 call from August 25 shooting released

Creach Case Has Personal Edge For Prosecutor

For Spokane Prosecutor Steve Tucker, sifting through the 720-page Creach shooting report is more than just examining another case. The shooting happened within a few blocks of where he grew up, at a business he?s bought plants at, a neighborhood where his mom still lives. RELATED VIDEO: Tucker to determine if Creach shooting was justified | Prosecutor confident Creach case will be handled fairly | Part 1 of Interview | Part 2 of Interview

Deputy Hirzel Facing New Investigation

Spokane County Sheriff?s Deputy Brian Hirzel is under investigation, not because of the deadly shooting at the Plant Farm last month, but because of a sideline business where he and his wife may have been selling sex toys online from their home.

Police looking for Creach shooting witnesses

Spokane Police are trying to make sure they have not overlooked any potential witnesses to last month?s deputy involved shooting in Spokane Valley and are soliciting the community for help.

Creach son says statements don't compare to evidence

Family members of Scott Creach are getting a trickle of information from the Spokane Police Department?s shooting investigation, and they?re saying that what details are being released about the fatal shooting doesn?t add up to the evidence found at the scene.

Deputy drew baton before gun in fatal shooting

A Spokane County sheriff's deputy who shot and killed a Valley businessman last month tried using both verbal commands and a baton to diffuse the situation before drawing his own pistol and firing a single, fatal shot.

Dispatch recordings help build shooting timeline

Detectives investigating the officer-involved shooting of Scott Creach are studying a digital recording of radio traffic between Deputy Brian Hirzel and dispatchers which will help build the timeline between the moment Hirzel parked at the Plant Farm and his request for medical assistance after Creach had been shot.

Spokane Valley Shootings

Images from the shootings in Spokane Valley on July 18, 2010 that left a mother and one of her sons dead.

Queen Avenue Garage Fire

Firefighters were unable to salvage a detached garage and the car inside that went up in flames Wednesday morning in North Spokane.

Thompson excessive force trial on hold

Prosecutors in the Thompson excessive force trial have received a 60-day continuance so they can appeal a judge?s ruling that they could not reveal information that showed Otto Zehm?s innocence.