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  • Grant Co. Sheriff's Office: At least 3 dead, 8 injured in mass casualty crash south of George

    Thursday, May 25 2017 5:40 PM EDT2017-05-25 21:40:07 GMT

    GEORGE, Wash. - At least three people are dead in a mass casualty crash in Grant County and at least 8 other people are injured, some seriously. The crash happened around 5am Thursday morning at Adams Rd. South and Frenchman Hills Rd. which is just S. of Quincy and W. of Vantage, WA. Adams Road South will be closed at that intersection for most of the day.

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    GEORGE, Wash. - At least three people are dead in a mass casualty crash in Grant County and at least 8 other people are injured, some seriously. The crash happened around 5am Thursday morning at Adams Rd. South and Frenchman Hills Rd. which is just S. of Quincy and W. of Vantage, WA. Adams Road South will be closed at that intersection for most of the day.

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  • Wet spring brings black flies out in force in the Inland Northwest

    Wet spring brings black flies out in force in the Inland Northwest

    Thursday, May 25 2017 2:20 AM EDT2017-05-25 06:20:21 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Nothing beats being outside in this great weather right now, but this wet spring has brought a lot of pests. We’ve been talking about wasps and ticks, but black flies are coming out in force too. Jenny Zhang says she’s noticed black flies a lot more in her neighborhood. Her 2-year-old son Liam was bitten.  “Actually, when he got bit he thought it was a bumblebee and then he was afraid of them,” she says. The bites 

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    SPOKANE, Wash. - Nothing beats being outside in this great weather right now, but this wet spring has brought a lot of pests. We’ve been talking about wasps and ticks, but black flies are coming out in force too. Jenny Zhang says she’s noticed black flies a lot more in her neighborhood. Her 2-year-old son Liam was bitten.  “Actually, when he got bit he thought it was a bumblebee and then he was afraid of them,” she says. The bites 

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  • PHOTOS: Guns, drugs and money found in Spokane Valley motel room bust

    PHOTOS: Guns, drugs and money found in Spokane Valley motel room bust

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 11:15 PM EDT2017-05-25 03:15:29 GMT

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Two men have been arrested and charged with a total of 26 felony and misdemeanor drug charges following a months-long investigation that led to a Spokane Valley motel.  Last week, detectives executed a search warrant at a room at the Motel 6 just off of I-90 and Argonne in Spokane Valley. 

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    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Two men have been arrested and charged with a total of 26 felony and misdemeanor drug charges following a months-long investigation that led to a Spokane Valley motel.  Last week, detectives executed a search warrant at a room at the Motel 6 just off of I-90 and Argonne in Spokane Valley. 

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  • Sandpoint Police Officer turns around driver's day, helps fix trailer stuck on highway

    Sandpoint Police Officer turns around driver's day, helps fix trailer stuck on highway

    Friday, May 19 2017 9:36 PM EDT2017-05-20 01:36:12 GMT

    SANDPOINT, Idaho - Jason Fryman thought he was going on a simple dump run. "I pull over to the left, get out and looked at the trailer," Jason said. "The bearing was gone, tire bent in and rubbing on the wheel well." Instead he became stuck on Highway 95. A broken trailer axle and the trailer half in and out of the highway. Cars coming to close to change the axle, but help arrived from Sandpoint Police.  "I saw a vehicle on the side of the road- 

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    SANDPOINT, Idaho - Jason Fryman thought he was going on a simple dump run. "I pull over to the left, get out and looked at the trailer," Jason said. "The bearing was gone, tire bent in and rubbing on the wheel well." Instead he became stuck on Highway 95. A broken trailer axle and the trailer half in and out of the highway. Cars coming to close to change the axle, but help arrived from Sandpoint Police.  "I saw a vehicle on the side of the road- 

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  • Spokane firefighter works to ease stress of emergency situations for children with autism

    Spokane firefighter works to ease stress of emergency situations for children with autism

    Friday, May 12 2017 11:18 PM EDT2017-05-13 03:18:51 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - An emergency situation is traumatizing for any child. Now imagine if your child has autism. The stress, the sounds, the lights -- all can be a nightmare for a child with the disorder. One local officer is making it his mission to help. "I had an idea about getting autistic kids, climatized or in touch with first responders," said Spokane Firefighter John Goodman. He knows all too well,...

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    SPOKANE, Wash. - An emergency situation is traumatizing for any child. Now imagine if your child has autism. The stress, the sounds, the lights -- all can be a nightmare for a child with the disorder. One local officer is making it his mission to help. "I had an idea about getting autistic kids, climatized or in touch with first responders," said Spokane Firefighter John Goodman. He knows all too well,...

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  • Seattle woman killed sitting in recliner when car crashes into home

    Seattle woman killed sitting in recline when car crashes into home

    Thursday, May 11 2017 9:21 AM EDT2017-05-11 13:21:45 GMT

    SEATTLE (AP) - A woman killed Tuesday when a car crashed into her bedroom at a North Seattle assisted-living home has been identified as Lavonne Bennett. The King County Medical Examiner's Office says the 72-year-old died from blunt-force injuries with compressive asphyxia and her death was ruled an accident.

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    SEATTLE (AP) - A woman killed Tuesday when a car crashed into her bedroom at a North Seattle assisted-living home has been identified as Lavonne Bennett. The King County Medical Examiner's Office says the 72-year-old died from blunt-force injuries with compressive asphyxia and her death was ruled an accident.

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  • Best friends start successful charity hockey game in Spokane

    Best friends start successful charity hockey game in Spokane

    Friday, May 5 2017 11:43 PM EDT2017-05-06 03:43:01 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - It started as a friendly ice hockey adventure. Last weekend was the Guns and Hoses charity ice hockey game. Law enforcement vs firefighters, duking it out for a good cause. For the last eight years, the game has raised money for cancer. It started out for an individual but has grown from there. "It didnt take long to get plugged in with ACCOIN American Childhood Cancer Organization Inland Northwest," 

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    SPOKANE, Wash. - It started as a friendly ice hockey adventure. Last weekend was the Guns and Hoses charity ice hockey game. Law enforcement vs firefighters, duking it out for a good cause. For the last eight years, the game has raised money for cancer. It started out for an individual but has grown from there. "It didnt take long to get plugged in with ACCOIN American Childhood Cancer Organization Inland Northwest," 

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  • Adams County Sheriff nominates entire staff for Hometown Heroes

    Adams County Sheriff nominates entire staff for Hometown Heroes

    Friday, April 28 2017 10:00 PM EDT2017-04-29 02:00:18 GMT

    ADAMS COUNTY - This week our Hometown Hero nomination didn't come as just one person. It all started as an email from Adams County Sheriff Dale Wagner, with the quote - "I know this may sound really strange, but i would like to feature my whole staff." I thought, 'why not?' But I had to find out why. "You know I think we are a family," said Marsha Bradshaw with Adams County Dispatch. "We definitely are a family." But it wasn't always that way.

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    ADAMS COUNTY - This week our Hometown Hero nomination didn't come as just one person. It all started as an email from Adams County Sheriff Dale Wagner, with the quote - "I know this may sound really strange, but i would like to feature my whole staff." I thought, 'why not?' But I had to find out why. "You know I think we are a family," said Marsha Bradshaw with Adams County Dispatch. "We definitely are a family." But it wasn't always that way.

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  • KCSO Deputy goes above and beyond to crack down on distracted driving, DUIs

    KCSO Deputy goes above and beyond to crack down on distracted driving, DUIs

    Friday, April 21 2017 9:46 PM EDT2017-04-22 01:46:52 GMT

    KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - This week's Hometown Hero was a no brainer. Kootenai County Sheriffs Deputy Joshua Leyk, who was just awarded deputy of the year. "I wasn't expecting it," said Deputy Leyk. "Any one of the fellow deputies would be just as deserving."   All of them deserving indeed. But for Leyk, it is his service that has stood out. He is a drug recognition expert and is the agency's highest producer of DUI arrests. "Two, 

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    KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - This week's Hometown Hero was a no brainer. Kootenai County Sheriffs Deputy Joshua Leyk, who was just awarded deputy of the year. "I wasn't expecting it," said Deputy Leyk. "Any one of the fellow deputies would be just as deserving."   All of them deserving indeed. But for Leyk, it is his service that has stood out. He is a drug recognition expert and is the agency's highest producer of DUI arrests. "Two, 

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  • Volunteer firefighter cares for baby after grandmother hurt in car crash

    Volunteer firefighter cares for baby after grandmother hurt in car crash

    Friday, April 14 2017 9:46 PM EDT2017-04-15 01:46:22 GMT

    AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - Over forty volunteers make up the Airway Heights Fire Department, and last week one of those volunteers responded to a vehicle accident involving grandma in pain... and a baby. "So I asked if I could hold this baby, and ended up getting to hold this child while the grandma got checked out," said Guinevere Running Wolf. The baby was not dressed to be outdoors long. Cold and now wet from liquids spilling during the accident, Guinevere Running Wolf j...

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    AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - Over forty volunteers make up the Airway Heights Fire Department, and last week one of those volunteers responded to a vehicle accident involving grandma in pain... and a baby. "So I asked if I could hold this baby, and ended up getting to hold this child while the grandma got checked out," said Guinevere Running Wolf. The baby was not dressed to be outdoors long. Cold and now wet from liquids spilling during the accident, Guinevere Running Wolf j...

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  • Police near Portland shoot and kill suicidal father who killed his two daughters

    Police near Portland shoot and kill suicidal father who killed his two daughters

    Wednesday, April 12 2017 12:20 PM EDT2017-04-12 16:20:18 GMT

    GRESHAM, Ore. - A suicidal father is now dead after killing both of his daughters and exchanging gunfire with police. According to NBC affiliate KGW, the girls were only 11 and 8-years-old and the man was killed in a shootout with Gresham Police. The incident started as a domestic violence call when a mother called police saying she was worried because her suicidal husband and both daughters were missing.

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    KHQ.COM - A suicidal father is now dead after killing both of his daughters and exchanging gunfire with police. According to NBC affiliate KGW, the girls were only 11 and 8-years-old and the man was killed in a shootout with Gresham Police. The incident started as a domestic violence call when a mother called police saying she was worried because her suicidal husband and both daughters were missing.

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  • False alarm fire prompts a new friendship

    False alarm fire prompts a new friendship

    Friday, April 7 2017 9:44 PM EDT2017-04-08 01:44:25 GMT

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Honoring a hero... who has a hero of his own. On Tuesday April 4th, Spokane Valley Fire Captain Mark Hill was dispatched to fire- or so he thought. “After investigation there was no fire,” Captain Hill said. But in the process, Captain Hill made a new friend in four-year-old Travin. “So I took him and put him in the firetruck and in the process showed him our thermal imaging camera,” said Captain Hill.   All 

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    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Honoring a hero... who has a hero of his own. On Tuesday April 4th, Spokane Valley Fire Captain Mark Hill was dispatched to fire- or so he thought. “After investigation there was no fire,” Captain Hill said. But in the process, Captain Hill made a new friend in four-year-old Travin. “So I took him and put him in the firetruck and in the process showed him our thermal imaging camera,” said Captain Hill.   All 

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  • Post Falls Police Officer makes driver's day brighter

    Post Falls Police Officer makes driver's day brighter

    Saturday, April 1 2017 12:12 AM EDT2017-04-01 04:12:55 GMT

    POST FALLS, Idaho - Driving in a school zone, it’s sometimes easy to forget to slow down. “I observed a vehicle that was exceeding the speed limit, the speed limit is 20 miles per hour, and so I got behind the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop,” said Officer Clark. About to make somebody’s day go from bad to worse was Officer Annette Clark. “She did appear flustered,” said Officer Clark. “And she responded by letting me know that she 

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    POST FALLS, Idaho - Driving in a school zone, it’s sometimes easy to forget to slow down. “I observed a vehicle that was exceeding the speed limit, the speed limit is 20 miles per hour, and so I got behind the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop,” said Officer Clark. About to make somebody’s day go from bad to worse was Officer Annette Clark. “She did appear flustered,” said Officer Clark. “And she responded by letting me know that she 

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  • Deputy surprises pregnant girlfriend of murdered Coulee City teen

    Deputy surprises pregnant girlfriend of murdered Coulee City teen

    Friday, March 17 2017 9:53 PM EDT2017-03-18 01:53:42 GMT

    COULEE CITY, Wash. - It’s been nearly a month since 17 year old Shane Wachter was killed in Coulee City. His twin brother Shawn is in jail right now facing murder charges. Shawn says it was an accident. Shane leaves behind his girlfriend, Haylee Hayduk, who is 7-months pregnant.  Tonight’s Hometown Hero is Deputy Katrina Briggs who responded to the scene the night of the murder. “Honestly, I had a difficult time handling it,...

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    COULEE CITY, Wash. - It’s been nearly a month since 17 year old Shane Wachter was killed in Coulee City. His twin brother Shawn is in jail right now facing murder charges. Shawn says it was an accident. Shane leaves behind his girlfriend, Haylee Hayduk, who is 7-months pregnant.  Tonight’s Hometown Hero is Deputy Katrina Briggs who responded to the scene the night of the murder. “Honestly, I had a difficult time handling it,...

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  • Officer helps refugees transition into community of Spokane

    Officer helps refugees transition into community of Spokane

    Friday, March 10 2017 9:55 PM EST2017-03-11 02:55:21 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Refugees have been a hot topic around the world recently. Here at home there are few who are trying to help and protect them- Officer Glenn Bartlett with the Spokane Police Department is one of those people. Even though they’ve just arrived from other parts of the world, Officer Bartlett wants to ensure that they have a smooth transition. “If we can go and talk to them,” Barlett says, “and say hey we are going to treat you the same way

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    SPOKANE, Wash. - Refugees have been a hot topic around the world recently. Here at home there are few who are trying to help and protect them- Officer Glenn Bartlett with the Spokane Police Department is one of those people. Even though they’ve just arrived from other parts of the world, Officer Bartlett wants to ensure that they have a smooth transition. “If we can go and talk to them,” Barlett says, “and say hey we are going to treat you the same way

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  • Pothole Patrol: Officer helps unlucky ladies fix blown out tires

    Pothole Patrol: Officer helps unlucky ladies fix blown out tires

    Friday, March 3 2017 9:50 PM EST2017-03-04 02:50:36 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. This week’s Hometown Hero is a Spokane police officer who saw the opportunity to help, and jumped on it. It seems that Spokane has turned from the Lilac City... into the Pothole Palooza. They come in all shapes and sizes and there’s just about one per person in the city. Rough road? That’s an understatement... NASA tweeted a photo a few weeks ago and one viewer commented - you can see the pot holes from space! 

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    SPOKANE, Wash. This week’s Hometown Hero is a Spokane police officer who saw the opportunity to help, and jumped on it. It seems that Spokane has turned from the Lilac City... into the Pothole Palooza. They come in all shapes and sizes and there’s just about one per person in the city. Rough road? That’s an understatement... NASA tweeted a photo a few weeks ago and one viewer commented - you can see the pot holes from space! 

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  • Hometown Hero hits close to home, saving one of KHQ’s own

    Hometown Hero hits close to home, saving one of KHQ’s own

    Saturday, February 18 2017 1:00 PM EST2017-02-18 18:00:03 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - This week’s Hometown Hero hits close to home for KHQ. We had an emergency at our station, almost losing one of our coworkers. Another coworker, along with a dispatcher, stepped in and saved the day- and literally saved a life. “Sylvia, my coworker, had been sick most of the week. Just not feeling well. She thought she had a pinch in her back but it was a pinched rib,” said Polly Devoignes.  

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    SPOKANE, Wash. - This week’s Hometown Hero hits close to home for KHQ. We had an emergency at our station, almost losing one of our coworkers. Another coworker, along with a dispatcher, stepped in and saved the day- and literally saved a life. “Sylvia, my coworker, had been sick most of the week. Just not feeling well. She thought she had a pinch in her back but it was a pinched rib,” said Polly Devoignes.  

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  • Hometown Heroes: WSP Cadet’s fight against crime becomes even bigger fight for his health

    Hometown Heroes: WSP Cadet’s fight against crime becomes even bigger fight for his health

    Thursday, January 19 2017 11:19 PM EST2017-01-20 04:19:20 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - So often it seems like those who wear a badge are poorly represented in the media. At KHQ, we are trying to change that, featuring our everyday heroes that go above and beyond their call of duty. At 22 years old, the world is your oyster and the possibilities seem limitless. For Kyle Rima, his journey to becoming a Washington State Patrol Officer has proven a bit more difficult. During his cadet fitness test, he noticed something was physically wrong.

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    SPOKANE, Wash. - So often it seems like those who wear a badge are poorly represented in the media. At KHQ, we are trying to change that, featuring our everyday heroes that go above and beyond their call of duty. At 22 years old, the world is your oyster and the possibilities seem limitless. For Kyle Rima, his journey to becoming a Washington State Patrol Officer has proven a bit more difficult. During his cadet fitness test, he noticed something was physically wrong.

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  • Hometown Heroes: Firefighter Jarrod Pitts

    Hometown Heroes: Firefighter Jarrod Pitts

    Friday, November 18 2016 10:14 PM EST2016-11-19 03:14:12 GMT

    Jarrod Pitts is a firefighter and EMT for the Northern Lakes Fire Department. For Jarrod, his desire to save lives stretches far beyond while he is on duty, Jarrod also takes his skills on the road, volunteering to teach high school students hands only CPR.  From putting on CPR classes, teaching on AED machines, to volunteering his time with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, his work is endless.  "He is a phenomenal employee and exemplary of what we have...

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    Jarrod Pitts is a firefighter and EMT for the Northern Lakes Fire Department. For Jarrod, his desire to save lives stretches far beyond while he is on duty, Jarrod also takes his skills on the road, volunteering to teach high school students hands only CPR.  From putting on CPR classes, teaching on AED machines, to volunteering his time with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, his work is endless.  "He is a phenomenal employee and exemplary of what we have...

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  • Hometown Heroes: Patrick Perry

    Hometown Heroes: Patrick Perry

    Friday, October 21 2016 10:39 PM EDT2016-10-22 02:39:41 GMT
    Friday, October 21 2016 10:39 PM EDT2016-10-22 02:39:40 GMT

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - No matter how much time you volunteer or spend on duty, sometimes it's those moments when you're off the clock that matter most.  In this week's edition of Hometown Heroes, we are recognizing a volunteer firefighter from Spokane County Fire District 8.  Patrick Perry was cheering on his Eastern Washington University Eagles at a football game against the Washington State University Cougars when the unthinkable happened.

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    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - No matter how much time you volunteer or spend on duty, sometimes it's those moments when you're off the clock that matter most.  In this week's edition of Hometown Heroes, we are recognizing a volunteer firefighter from Spokane County Fire District 8.  Patrick Perry was cheering on his Eastern Washington University Eagles at a football game against the Washington State University Cougars when the unthinkable happened.

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  • Hometown Heroes: Spokane Police Department

    Hometown Heroes: Spokane Police Department

    Friday, September 30 2016 10:35 PM EDT2016-10-01 02:35:06 GMT
    Friday, September 30 2016 10:35 PM EDT2016-10-01 02:35:06 GMT

    When we go out on stories, we often hear the words "do some good news." KHQ agrees! Often times the bad overshadows the good. As of lately, that has been the case across the country for the men and women who wear a badge. The everyday heroes- whether they're police officers, firefighters, dispatch, or another first responders on the scene, KHQ wants to recognize them for all that they do for the community. The first KHQ 'Hometown Hero' nomination came from the Moose Schoo...

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    When we go out on stories, we often hear the words "do some good news." KHQ agrees! Often times the bad overshadows the good. As of lately, that has been the case across the country for the men and women who wear a badge. The everyday heroes- whether they're police officers, firefighters, dispatch, or another first responders on the scene, KHQ wants to recognize them for all that they do for the community. The first KHQ 'Hometown Hero' nomination came from the Moose Schoo...

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