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Cops Is Returning, but There's a Catch

New episodes won't be shown in the US

(Newser) - Cops is back on the beat. The reality show has resumed production in Washington state some four months after it was pulled from the air amid protests over the death of George Floyd. Two crews have tagged along with deputies from the Spokane County Sheriff's Office as well as... More »

Suspect in 3 Murders Dies Days Before Cops Could Arrest Him

Authorities continue to probe cold cases linked to Duke J. Pierson

(Newser) - The good news is that detectives in Spokane County, Wash., believe they've identified the man who murdered a woman, and possibly two others, 52 years ago. The bad news is that the 85-year-old suspect died three days before detectives obtained an arrest warrant for first-degree murder on Friday. Duke... More »

Guy's 'Ridiculous' Idea: Blow Smoke Back to Canada

All Spokane needs are 2.75M box fans...

(Newser) - Stuck inside as wildfire smoke floated over Spokane, Wash., Caleb Moon turned on his fan, then imagined the city's 550,000 residents doing the same. And "Blow Spokane's Smoke Away to Canada" was born . "Every resident must place at least five box fans on their roof.... More »

Rachel Dolezal Makes Short Trip to Jail

She's booked on welfare fraud charges in Washington

(Newser) - The former NAACP branch president best known as Rachel Dolezal was booked Monday into a jail in Washington state, where she faces welfare fraud charges . Dolezal, who was born white but identifies as "transracial," was photographed and fingerprinted at Spokane County Jail around 3:30pm, then released on... More »

Judge Sues Over Neighbor's Urinating Cat, but With a Twist

The case records ended up sealed, and a law professor is trying to reverse that

(Newser) - It falls under the umbrella of typical neighborly quarrels: Homeowner 1 is angered at Homeowner 2, whose cat is peeing on Homeowner 1's back porch. What elevates the argument occurring in Spokane, Wash., isn't just that a lawsuit was involved—but that it was sealed. The Los Angeles ... More »

Lost Wallet Found— After Nearly 60 Years

The wallet fell out of a drainpipe six stories off the ground

(Newser) - Good news: The wallet lost by Isolde Zitzewitz in a Washington state Bon Marche has been found. Bad news: The wallet appears to have been lost nearly 60 years ago, the Bon Marche is long gone, and Zitzewitz died in 2009. The wallet-turned-time capsule was discovered by a construction crew... More »

Officials Believe Dog Died in House Fire Protecting Toddler

The Washington boy's body was found with his dog and teddy bear at his side

(Newser) - A Washington toddler who died in a house fire was found with his dog and teddy bear next to him, and authorities believe the dog tried to protect the boy, the AP reports. The dog, a terrier mixed breed, also died in the fire that broke out at about 11:... More »

Teen Brothers Charged With Pimping Underage Girls

They allegedly ran the operation out of their mom's house

(Newser) - Teen brothers are facing a litany of charges after being accused of running an underage prostitution ring out of their mother's house in Spokane, Washington, KHQ reports. Police started their investigation after 17-year-old Thaishaun Hunter was arrested in February in connection with a drive-by shooting outside a grocery store,... More »

Bed Sheets Seen Hanging From Jail Cell Window

Felon caught in the act at Spokane County Jail

(Newser) - Staffers at a jail in eastern Washington state foiled an escape attempt by spotting a long trail of knotted bed sheets hanging from the window of a cell housing a suspect in a murder-for-hire plot. They saw the rope of sheets that nearly reached the ground around 4:30am Thursday... More »

Dolezal Booted From Police Oversight Panel

Report identifies workplace harassment, conflict of interest

(Newser) - If Rachel Dolezal gets a reality show, it won't be able to focus on her volunteer position on Spokane’s police oversight commission. Spokane City Council voted 6 to 0 yesterday to remove Dolezal from the Police Ombudsman Commission after a report found evidence of wrongdoing by Dolezal and... More »

Rachel Dolezal Steps Down as NAACP President

'This is not about me. It's about justice,' she writes in Facebook post

(Newser) - This morning it seemed up in the air whether there'd be an NAACP meeting today to address the Rachel Dolezal controversy . Now, however, it appears that the NAACP part of the story is over, as Dolezal is apparently stepping down from her post as president of the Spokane chapter,... More »

What the NAACP Thinks About Rachel Dolezal

Group issues statement in response to the chapter president being outed as white

(Newser) - A white Montana couple say their daughter, the head of the Spokane NAACP in Washington, has been disguising herself as a black woman for years, but it appears the NAACP is still standing by Rachel Dolezal, at least for now. A statement released today by the group notes that "... More »

Parents Say 'Black' NAACP President Is Really White

White couple from Montana says Rachel Dolezal is their biological daughter

(Newser) - In a story that's bizarre on a number of levels, Rachel Dolezal, a professor of African studies and head of the NAACP chapter in Spokane, Wash., is said to have been outed as not being the black woman she's portrayed herself as—by her own supposed mom and... More »

Rape Case DNA Links Ex-Cop to 1986 Murder

There could be several more victims, Spokane police say

(Newser) - DNA that an ex-cop submitted in a rape investigation has linked him to one unsolved murder and possibly several others, police in Spokane, Wash., say. Richard Aguirre, who was accused of sexually assaulting a woman last November, was at a hearing in that case this week when officers arrived to... More »

Teen Claims WWII Vet Killed Over Bad Crack Deal

Alleged murderer Adams-Kinard says victim was a dealer

(Newser) - One of the two Spokane teens charged with beating an 88-year-old WWII vet to death claims they committed the alleged attack after the victim ripped them off in a drug deal. Police say they found a letter written by Kenan Adams-Kinard; in it, the 16-year-old reportedly says he and... More »

Another Teen Nabbed in WWII Vet's Slaying

Outrage over Delbert Belton's death explodes on social media

(Newser) - Another teen has been arrested following the beating death of Delbert Belton , an 88-year-old World War II veteran, in Spokane, Wash. Both Kenan Adams-Kinard and a suspect arrested earlier are 16; Adams-Kinard's name was released despite his age because, according to officials, "he represents ... an actual danger to... More »

Teen Arrested in WWII Vet's Beating Death

Delbert 'Shorty' Belton, 88, was wounded in Battle of Okinawa

(Newser) - An 88-year-old World War II veteran is dead after two teens beat him in a parking lot Wednesday night, police say. One of the two suspects, aged 16, has now been arrested and charged with first-degree robbery and first-degree murder, NBC News reports. The other is still at large. It'... More »

Mom Smashes Window, Grabs Falling Baby

She's 'pretty scraped up' after daring rescue

(Newser) - Talk about reflexes: A mom who saw her baby tumble out a second-story window yesterday went flying after him, smashing through the glass and grabbing his foot, the AP reports. The Spokane, Wash., mom held onto her 14-month-old boy until his shoe fell off—by which time the boy's... More »

Spokane Suspect's Neo-Nazi Ties Run Deep

Mentor had urged followers to strike

(Newser) - Kevin William Harpham, the man accused of plotting to set off a bomb in Spokane during the city's MLK parade, might have been nudged along by one of his white nationalist heroes. As Media Matters notes, Harpham had been a regular poster on the extremist website Vanguard News Network for... More »

White Supremacist Arrested in MLK Parade Bomb Attempt

Suspect allegedly left explosives along route in Spokane

(Newser) - Authorities in Spokane today arrested a 36-year-old man with ties to a white supremacist group in the attempted bombing of the city's MLK parade in January, reports the Spokesman-Review . The suspect is Kevin William Harpham, who served in the Army in 1996 and 1997 and now faces life in prison... More »

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