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  • Local man creates system to keep guns safe from kids

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - "My name is Dylan Ervin, I'm a competitive shooter, a business owner, a husband and a father of two," Dylan Ervin said in a promotional video. He's re-inventing the way we lock up our guns. Ervin has been hard at work for the last four years creating the StopBox. "It's for the in-between point for when your firearm isn't in your holster or in your gun safe," Ervin said. The StopBox acts as a barrier, similar to a tumbler 

  • Family grateful to deputies for protecting them

    SPOKANE, Wash. - One family says they are incredibly thankful to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office and police department for their hard work protecting them, after they say an armed man was running around near their home. Deputies used a K9 team to track and arrest 45-year-old Mark Perry, who was hiding near Mead. The Loranger family says they live in a pretty secluded area surrounded by the woods. When they heard pounding 

  • Community bands together to support Freeman

    SPOKANE, Wash. - It doesn’t matter if you’re two or 22. #FreemanStrong has brought so many people together. It seems everyone you meet, no matter if you’re in Spokane or Coeur d’Alene, someone knows someone that went to or currently goes to Freeman. “I was lucky enough to be invited by my niece to go to Freeman on her first day back at the high school,” Noel Rademacher said. Rademacher spearheaded the idea of having 

  • Spokane Valley man arrested for sexual assault, still causing concern

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - He may be off the streets but one Spokane Valley man is causing a real concern. 46-year-old Steven Pallett was arrested for first degree kidnapping and first degree rape for a crime and the Spokane County Sheriff's Office believes there could be more victims. Back in March, a woman told deputies she was picked up by a man near I-90, was threatened with a gun, and then sexually assaulted. According to 

  • Spokane congressional candidate goes homeless for a day

    SPOKANE, Wash. - In less than a year, Eric Agnew will run for U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ seat in Washington’s 5th congressional district. But before he hits the campaign trail, the Spokane professor wants to learn more about the biggest issues facing the Lilac City, including homelessness. “I just felt as someone who is going to run for office, that I should be more equipped to handle this issue,” said Agnew. “And I thought 

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    D.C. child confuses pet store with power company, gets hamster anyway

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a mailing mix up, a little girl in Washington, D.C. sent her letter asking pet supply store Petco asking for a hamster to Pepco, a D.C. utility company. Despite her minor mix up, her letter seemed to win over the power company.  Cynthia McCabe, Pepco's Communications Director, tweeted that customer services representatives decided to make Serenity's wish come true and gave her a hamster anyway. What a lucky 

  • Colorado principal, assistant out after forced-splits video

    DENVER, Co. (AP) - A Colorado principal has retired and an athletic director has resigned after videos surfaced showing a high school cheerleading coach pushing cheerleaders down in splits. Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg also on Friday released a report by a law firm that the district ordered after learning about the videos in August. Officials have said the school administrators saw at least one of the videos in June and 

  • Washington cyberstalking law on thin ice after hearing

     TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Washington's law against cyberstalking faces a dubious future after the state Attorney General's Office declined to defend its constitutionality during a federal court hearing. Lawyers for a retired Air Force major on Friday asked U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton to block the state from enforcing the law, saying their client has been threatened with prosecution for making online posts that criticize - but don't threaten - a 

  • FBI: 'Double Hat Bandit' arrested after string of multi-state bank robberies

    INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana - The FBI announced Friday that a serial bank robber dubbed the "Double Hat Bandit," has been arrested.  The man, who wears two hats during his crimes, is responsible for at least 13 bank robberies inside grocery stores in Washington, Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Colorado. 54-year-old Shane Carson was arrested Thursday in the parking lot of a motel in Whitehead, Indiana. #Captured: Suspected "Double Hat 

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    Local firefighters rescue kitten trapped behind rock wall

    Spokane Valley Firefighters from Valley Ladder 1 rescued a small kitten Thursday, after it became wedged between some rocks halfway up a rock wall. It happened near Mission and Blake in Spokane Valley. The person who called it in explained that they tried food and water to coax the kitten out, but had no success. Using their apparatus of tools, firefighters were able to successfully save the kitten from the rock wall, unharmed. The kitten was turned over to a woman on scene w...
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    Researchers launch study to learn effects of wildfire smoke

    SEELEY LAKE, Mont. (AP) - Scientists are studying the effects hazardous smoke had on residents in and around Seeley Lake due to wildfires that raged in the area. KGVO-AM reports Air Quality Specialist Sarah Coefield says her department reached out to the University of Montana for help in studying the people who suffered so long in the smoky conditions. She says researchers were able to go to Seeley Lake this week and take enough 

  • Strahan Family opens up memorial to the public

    In a media release from the Strahan family, they said: "The Strahan family invites the public to join them in a memorial service celebrating the life of their son Sam Strahan. The service starts at 2:00 pm in the University High School Gym. The family is so appreciative of the outpouring of love from so many people throughout this community. We hope everyone can join them for this celebration. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers."

  • Mercedes-Benz agreeing to replace seat heaters after lawsuit

    (AP) - A federal judge has granted preliminary approval of a lawsuit settlement requiring Mercedes-Benz to replace seat heaters in up to 270,000 SUVs. Southern California-based Judge James Selna preliminarily approved the potentially $80 million settlement on Monday. The plaintiffs argue that seat heaters in some Mercedes-Benz SUVs made between 2000 and 2007 have been known to spark or smoke. A California woman who filed the lawsuit in 2014 said her seat heater burned a hole throug...

  • Reports say Kylie Jenner is pregnant with first child

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. (AP) - Is there going to be another addition to the Jenner-Kardashian clan? Several media outlets, including TMZ and People, are reporting Friday that 20-year-old Kylie Jenner, the youngest member of the reality show family, is expecting a child with her boyfriend Travis Scott. Reps did not confirm the pregnancy, however, and did not immediately respond to The Associated Press' request for comment. (Copyright 2017 The Associated Press

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    PHOTOS: Semi-truck spills pumpkins onto Florida highway

    PASCO COUNTY, Fla. NBC News - A semi-truck carrying pumpkins crashed early Friday morning in Florida, creating a charred pumpkin mess. The crash closed a portion of the southbound lanes of I-75 in Pasco County. Florida highway patrol investigators say around 4:30 this morning the truck driver was in the outside lane, and drove into a barrier at the exit ramp.  The truck traveled southbound several hundred feet, before coming to rest and bursting into flames. 

  • Feds tell WA state officials Russians tried to hack elections

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Federal authorities have told officials in Washington that Russian hackers unsuccessfully tried to access election systems in the state prior to the 2016 general election. Secretary of State Kim Wyman said in a statement that the Department of Homeland security informed her office Friday of the attempted breach, which state officials had already been aware of. Wyman said security protocols in place tipped them off to 

  • Ghost tours will continue at closed Colfax hospital

    COLFAX, Wash. (AP) - It looks like the tours and ghost hunts will continue at the haunted hospital in the town of Colfax. A structural engineer from Spokane has told the city's Downtown Association that the building is structurally sound, opening the door for one more year of tours at St. Ignatius Hospital. The Lewiston Tribune reports the tours raised more than $30,000 from 2015-16 for the Colfax Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Association. 

  • WSU regents approve sale of land to Moscow-Pullman airport

    WSU regents approve sale of land to Moscow-Pullman airport

    PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Land owned by Washington State University will be sold to the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport to allow for improvements to the runway. The WSU Board of Regents approved the $14.7 million sale on Friday. The land in question currently houses the WSU's Terre View Research Facility, which has generated more than $90 million in research funding since 2006. The regents also approved a motion to relocate that research facility.

  • Texas man turns himself in after being caught on camera dumping dog on the side of a busy road

    DALLAS, Texas - A Texas man caught on camera abandoning his dog on the side of a busy road has turned himself into police.  The Dallas Marshal's Office teamed up with the SPCA of Texas to post a camera near Teagarden and Dowdy Ferry roads, a common dog dumping spot, and it recently paid off with their first arrest. Last month, a Dallas man was caught abandoning a 1-year-old dog. 

  • PHOTOS: Raccoon jumps on moving Colorado police van, takes a ride

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A Colorado Springs police officer heading to an accident scene in a van got a big surprise when a raccoon jumped onto the front windshield of the vehicle and stayed there until the officer pulled over. The Denver Post reports that officer Chris Frabbiele was responding to an accident scene in a large van used by police to investigate crashes when the raccoon landed on its windshield late Wednesday night. 

  • Sheriff's Office arrests kidnapping and rape suspect; Looking for any additional victims

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Detectives have arrested a 46-year-old man for kidnapping and rape and are now asking for anyone who may have been victimized by Steven Pallett to contact them.  Back in March, Spokane County Sexual Assault Detectives began looking into an assault where a woman said she accepted a ride from a man who was armed with a handgun and force her to give him oral sex. 

  • Sheriff: Stop calling 911, 'body' is Halloween display

    GREENEVILLE, Tenn. - A Tennessee sheriff's office is asking people not to call the agency about a "body" trapped under a closed, blood-stained garage door. That's because the scene at a home in Greene County isn't real; it's an early Halloween display. The Green County Sheriff's Department says it has been inundated with so many calls about the lifelike display that it posted a message Wednesday on the agency's Facebook page to let people know it's not real.

  • US: North Korea bomb test would draw tough response

    WASHINGTON - A senior U.S. diplomat says a North Korean hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific would be an "unprecedented act of aggression" by the communist nation. Susan Thornton is acting assistant secretary of state for East Asia and the Pacific. She told reporters Friday that such a weapons test would be "outrageous" and would draw a "concerted and determined international response." 

  • Man arrested in North Spokane for assaulting ex-girlfriend

    Man arrested in North Spokane for assaulting ex-girlfriend

    SPOKANE, Wash. - On September 21st, just before 5:30 pm Officers responded to a home in the area of Mansfield and Ash. A woman told police that her ex-boyfriend, 22-year-old Brandon Vanlanham, was assaulting her. The woman stated she had a restraining order against Vanlanham, which Police confirmed. When officers arrived to the home, they discovered that Vanlanham had fled the scene.  About two hours later the woman called 

  • General Mills to bring back old Trix with artificial colors after customer complaints

    NEW YORK - Trix is back to its old tricks: The colorful cereal will once again be made with artificial dyes and flavors, nearly two years after they were banished from the cereal. General Mills, which makes Trix, says customers asked for the old formula to come back. The Minneapolis-based company had made the changes in 2016 to try and appeal to parents who were increasingly concerned about what ingredients were in their food. 

  • Ex-Mafia Hit Man ‘Sammy the Bull’ Gravano Released From Federal Prison

    PHOENIX — Former Mafia hit man Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano has been released early from federal prison after serving most of a 20-year sentence for drug-related convictions in Arizona and New York, his attorney said Thursday. Thomas Farinella said his 72-year-old client was released Monday, but wouldn't disclose where Gravano served his time or where he plans to live now that he's a free man.

  • Coeur d’Alene armed robbery suspect arrested thanks to tips from citizens

    UPDATE: Detectives with the Coeur d’Alene Police Department were able to identify and arrest Christopher N Guinasso for the armed robbery at Jordan’s Grocery on September 20, 2017. Guinasso is a 20 year old male from Coeur d’Alene. He was booked into the Kootenai County Jail for one count of Robbery.

  • After murder conviction and suicide, Aaron Hernandez found to have sever CTE

    KHQ.COM - A lawyer for Aaron Hernandez says the brain of the former Patriots tight end showed he had stage 3 chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) — a type of traumatic brain injury that can only be diagnosed postmortem. Researchers at Boston University said the late 27-year-old had the worst case of CTE they had ever seen in a person his age, stating that his brain resembled that of a 67-year-old football player.

  • Mad Minute for 12/30/16

    Mad Minute stories from Thursday, September 21st

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Thursday, September 21st.

  • Missing inmate possibly spotted on surveillance video

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - It's been 48 hours since 22-year-old Duncan Mead walked away from his work release crew from the Geiger Correctional Facility in Spokane Valley. There hadn't been any signs of him until yesterday afternoon. It was quite the surprise for Curtis yesterday when a neighbor came over and told him that they spotted a man walking down their street looking in parked cars and trying doors.     Curtis took a look at his 

  • Colfax Police arrest student for making threat 'to shoot up the school'

    COLFAX, Wash. - Thursday evening a Colfax High School Counselor went to the Colfax Police Department to report that students had shown her a posting on social media made by a student. The posting read, "I'm going to shoot up the school." Officers interviewed the students and the juvenile suspect, who was subsequently taken into custody for making threats to bomb or injure property. As a precaution, all firearms were removed from the 

  • EWU sends out warning about sexual assaults in the community

    CHENEY, Wash. - Right now Eastern Washington University is trying to curb a very scary trend.  School just started this week and there is already an issue. Campus police sent out an alert warning about sexual assaults in the community, so I went to campus to try and find out more. There have been at least 5 times when a student or faculty member saw something or heard information so alarming; they felt compelled to speak up in the name 

  • Flexible seating for students at Ramsey Elementary

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Tonight flexible seating is a trending topic at schools across the U.S. and it's year two for the experimental plan at one elementary school in Coeur d'Alene. When you walk into Sumer Comfort’s first grade classroom at Ramsey Elementary, you may notice something a little different, a little more flexible. Instead of in desks, kids are sitting on exercise balls, cushions, or the floor. The industrial lights are off; instead they 

  • Seattle-bound flight stops in Spokane for medical emergency

    Seattle-bound flight stops in Spokane for medical emergency

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - An Alaska Airlines flight from Chicago to Seattle made an emergency landing in Spokane because of a medical emergency. KOMO-TV reports an Alaska spokeswoman said a male passenger collapsed outside a lavatory on the plane Thursday. Officials say a physician on the plane started CPR and was assisted by two medics. The plane landed in Spokane, and the passenger was taken to a local hospital. There is no information on his condition. 

  • JUSTICE FOR BABY MALIKI: Joseph John Davis sentenced to life in prison

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho. - Joseph John Davis has been sentenced to life in prison for the death of Baby Maliki. Davis will serve 15 years fixed and then have the possibility for parole. Baby Maliki was found with severe trauma to his skull and brain back in August of 2016 after being in the care of Davis, his former stepfather, for just 20 minutes.

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    WWII veteran receives medals he earned nearly 7 decades later

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. NBC - A WWII veteran finally received the medals he earned while serving in Europe more than seven decades ago. 94-year-old Roscoe Kerr, Junior joined the 28th Medical Depot Company when he was 19. He was in a crash and spent several months in the hospital before being discharged. For decades, he felt like he was never part of the greatest generation because he was never officially recognized. Kerr's son-in-law wrote to the Department of Defense to try and get his medals.

  • Should kids who aren't vaccinated be in school during an outbreak?

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Should kids who aren't vaccinated be in school during an outbreak? Some Spokane Valley city council members say it should be up to the parents to decide and they're working on a plan to make that happen.  It's a proposed ordinance called, "Protecting Parental Rights." The proposed ordinance covers everything from vaccination, school exclusion, education, to healthcare and privacy. Washington State Law 

  • Facing potential budget cuts, Sheriff warns, “There’s nowhere to cut”

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - The Spokane County commissioners have no choice but to make cuts to next years budget, and Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich says they should leave his department out of it. “What that looks like is a cowards way of doing budgeting,” said Knezovich. “That’s what it is. You have to prioritize the budget and they’re failing to do that.” The Sheriff has been asked to put together a proposal of what a seven-percent 

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    Florida Georgia Line drummer performs, shares inspirational message with elementary students

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    Florida Georgia Line visited Tri-Cities for a concert at the Toyota Center but drummer Sean Fuller got an early start on the day. 


    Florida Georgia Line visited Tri-Cities for a concert at the Toyota Center but drummer Sean Fuller got an early start on the day. 

  • Flood-Damaged Vehicle Scam Warning

    Flood-Damaged Vehicle Scam Warning

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    Tips on how to not fall victim to scammers who take flood-damaged vehicles and make them look like new.

  • Man Faces 26 Felony Charges

    Man Faces 26 Felony Charges

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    Court documents involving Charles Green have been obtained by KULR-8.


    Court documents involving Charles Green have been obtained by KULR-8.

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