Spokane Police Major Crimes detectives were investigating the death of a Liberty Lake Police Department member early Friday. According to authorities, the officer's SUV crashed into a couple trees along Francis Ave. before coming to rest in a parking lot. Officers blocked off the area around W. Francis Ave. and N. Madison St. following the crash. Investigators said the officer was found dead inside the vehicle when police arrived at the scene. Spokane Police were determining whether the death was the result of the collision or if something else was involved.

Spokane County deputies swarmed a Spokane Valley neighborhood early Friday to investigate a shooting.Several patrol cars lined the roads near Broadway and Dick. Investigators were combing through a home along Dick Road, according to authorities. Authorities said they received reports of shots fired around 3:30 a.m. Around the same time, two men were dropped off at a hospital with non life-threatening gunshot wounds, according to investigators. It was not confirmed whether the injured men were victims in the reported shooting, or whether they suffered injuries in an unrelated incident. Investigators found bullet holes in the windows of the home along Dick Road when they arrived on scene. Deputies said there were no suspects known but officials did not believe the public was in any immediate danger. The shooting was likely not random, according to investigators.

Dozens of people packed the Shadle Park gazebo Wednesday night in protest of a halfway house filled with felons that is now in their neighborhood. The home is near N. Drumheller Street and W. Decatur Avenue. That is within a mile radius of three elementary schools, including Westview Elementary, which is only two blocks away. City officials said they planned to investigate whether the house is following code, but more than likely there may be nothing that can be done to move the felons out of the neighborhood.

The Shoshone County Jail failed its annual inspection from the Idaho Sheriff’s Association. It is because the jail at times only has one guard on-duty to watch over an average of 30 inmates. The Shoshone County Sheriff and other jail staff said they are not pleased with the situation.  They said they would like to hire more jail staff but their budget does not allow it. This is the third year in a row the jail has failed the inspection by the Idaho Sheriff’s Association. The association requires that jails have at least two qualified staff members on-duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Sheriff said he is going to continue to ask the county for more money to address the issue. 

A man with an extensive criminal history is in custody after being accused of pepper-spraying another man and stealing a Spokane County Sheriff's patrol car.  Authorities allege that 26-year-old Taylor Davis was trying to steal a car yesterday evening at McKenzie River Pizza on North Nevada and pepper-sprayed the owner, who confronted him.  Officials say deputies who arrived at the scene chased Davis as he fled on foot, but he then doubled back and stole one of the deputies' patrol vehicles.  Deputies, with the assistance of Air-1, found the suspect about an hour later and arrested him.     

State education chief Randy Dorn says he'll again urge lawmakers to provide more funding for education in order to comply with the state Supreme Court's mandate.  The remarks were made on the day the federal government said it would revoke Washington state's No Child Left Behind waiver.  The decision means many school districts in Washington will be classified as failing, and will have no say over how they spend part of their share of about 40-million dollars the state receives in federal funding.  Washington is the first state to lose its NCLB waiver.  

Spokane police say a suspect is still at large after an employee was shot at a downtown bar.  Authorities say a man who had been kicked out of the Lion's Lair on West Riverside shortly before 2:00 a.m. yesterday fired a shot through the front window, hitting the employee in the leg.  Police describe the suspect as a black man in his 20s, about five-feet-ten, weighing 160 pounds, and dressed in dark clothing. 

A Benton County jury is deliberating the fate of a Richland man who's accused in the murder of his friend, Joshua Snapp.  Nineteen-year-old John Young is charged with first-degree premeditated murder.  Joshua Hunt was convicted in February of second-degree murder and is serving a 23-year sentence.  Snapp, who was 17-years-old, was shot to death last July in the desert near Horn Rapids.   

Cornerback Marcus Trufant is done with his NFL career after playing ten seasons with the Seattle Seahawks.  Trufant was cut in training camp before the 2013 season by Jacksonville, and was told by coach Pete Carroll and G.M. John Schneider they wanted him to retire as a Seahawk.  Trufant, who played in high school in Tacoma and college ball at Washington State, announced his retirement yesterday at Seahawks headquarters.   

A U.S. Marine accused of killing a Portland woman in Hawaii is awaiting sentencing after being found guilty of murder.  A military jury returned the verdict yesterday against Sergeant Nathaniel Cosby, who could be sentenced to life without parole.  The body of Ivanice "Ivy" Harris was found in a remote area more than 30 miles west of Waikiki last May.  "The Oregonian" reports Harris had been visiting Hawaii with her boyfriend, who was also her pimp. 

Snohomish County officials are expected to announce Monday they plan to end "active search operations" at the site of the Oso mudslide.  Two people are listed as missing and presumed dead following the March 22nd slide that killed at least 41 people.  Officials say Snohomish County Executive John Lovick and others will discuss environmental issues relative to the slide, as well as the county's long-term efforts to support the Oso, Darrington, and Arlington communities. 

The Snohomish County Council is set to vote Monday on whether to impose a homebuilding moratorium in areas deemed prone to landslides.  An estimated 30-thousand people live in those areas.  The Everett "Daily Herald" reports the temporary ban would cover residential construction within a half-mile of areas with landslide risks identified in the county's natural hazards plan.  

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says there's been no agreement on how to implement a plan to raise the city's minimum wage.  Murray says his task force charged with formulating a plan is "stuck at the moment," as business and labor interests haven't been able to come to terms.  The mayor says talks will continue, but he also says he intends to offer his own minimum-wage plan to the City Council if the task force doesn't reach a consensus.  

State education chief Randy Dorn says he'll again urge lawmakers to provide more funding for education in order to comply with the state Supreme Court's mandate.  The remarks were made on the day the federal government said it would revoke Washington state's No Child Left Behind waiver.  The decision means many school districts in Washington will be classified as failing, and will have no say over how they spend part of their share of about 40-million dollars the state receives in federal funding.  Washington is the first state to lose its NCLB waiver.  

 

A man who calls himself an anarchist is facing multiple charges after being accused of vandalizing ATMs around Seattle.  Police allege that Brendan McCormack was caught on surveillance video smashing several automatic teller machines.  He was arrested in January, and KIRO-TV reports he now faces five felony charges and one misdemeanor count.  McCormack is scheduled to appear in court on May 8th.