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Inland in review: The biggest stories of 2015

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As 2015 comes to a close, we looked back at some of the Inland Northwest's biggest stories of the year. Here are six stories from 2015 that got the region national attention. Click through the slideshow above for in-depth coverage of all these stories.

January: Fatal shooting spree in Moscow, Idaho

2015 started with a tragic and senseless shooting spree that killed three people in Moscow, Idaho. John Lee is accused of killing his adoptive mother, Terri Grzebielski, his landlord, David Trail, and an Arby's manager, Belinda Niebuhr. Lee is also accused of injuring Michael Chin during the shooting spree. Jury selection is scheduled for 2016. For all previous coverage of the Moscow shooting, click here

May: Coeur d'Alene Police Sgt. killed on duty

Tragedy struck again in north Idaho on May 5th. Coeur d'Alene Police Sergeant Greg Moore was killed in the line of duty. Jonathan Renfro confessed to shooting and killing Sgt. Moore to escape arrest. He's set to go to trial in September 2016.

Four days after Sgt. Moore's death, 3,800 people came to pay respects at Sgt. Moore's funeral, following a procession through downtown Coeur d'Alene. For all previous coverage on Sgt. Moore, click here

June: The Dolezal dilemma

Spokane was a nationally trending topic after this story. One woman's face was plastered all over every major network and late night talk show. We're talking of course about Rachel Dolezal. Dolezal was a leading civil rights leader in Spokane and North Idaho. She had been living as a black woman and even taught African American Studies at Eastern Washington University. 

But it turns out, she's Caucasian.

Her parents came forward in June of 2015 saying they felt compelled to tell the truth. Dolezal was forced to resign as president of Spokane's NAACP. In the months since then, she has admitted she's white, but identifies as being black and says the fact that she's white shouldn't draw away from the civil rights work she's done. For KHQ's complete coverage of Rachel Dolezal, click here

August: Three firefighters killed in blaze

Thinking back to summer is a haze of wildfires. It seemed they came relentlessly one after another all over the region. But the day that sticks out in everyone's mind is when three firefighters' lives were taken in an instant -- all because of a shift in the winds.

20-year-old Tom Zbyszewski, 26-year-old Andrew Zajac and 31-year-old Richard Wheeler died when fire overtook their truck. They were responding to a massive wildfire in Twisp.

The 2015 wildfire season was the worst in Washington state's history and destroyed hundreds of homes. For a look back on KHQ's complete fire season coverage, click here

September: SPD Chief Frank Straub resigns

September lead to a fire storm of a different kind.

Turmoil began to brew within the Spokane Police Department as Frank Straub was forced to resign from his position as Chief. This lead to an investigation into how the city handled his resignation and how the city handled a sexual harassment accusation against Straub. That came to light after KHQ made public records requests. For KHQ's complete coverage on the Spokane Police Department, click here.

November: Wind Storm 2015

Wild weather turned the Inland Northwest into a post-apocalyptic landscape last month. A devastating wind storm knocked out power for hundreds of thousands. Two people were also killed in the storm.

Clean up efforts will continue well into 2016. For KHQ's complete Wind Storm 2015 coverage, click here

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