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  • Sen. Padden won't seek re-election

    Valley News Herald|Updated Apr 4, 2024

    SPOKANE VALLEY - Sen. Mike Padden announced Wednesday, April 3, that he won't seek re-election. Padden has served as the 4th Legislative District senator since 2011. "It has been a tremendous honor and privilege to serve our 4th District in the state Senate these past dozen years," Padden, R-Spokane Valley, said. "After much thought and discussion with my wife, Laura, I have decided it is time to retire from office. "I appreciate the opportunity to work with all of my...

  • Two Mat Dawgs reach finals

    Valley News Herald|Updated Apr 4, 2024

    SPOKANE - Two Freeman Mat Dawgs grapplers reached championship matches at the Jason Crawford Memorial Tournament on Saturday, March 30, in Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. But but came home with silver medals. Wrestling in the girls 9/10 division, Lillian Marchand took second-place at 83-85 pounds. She won her first two match by pinning, topping Kimberly Navarrete of Grandview Popeye in 27 seconds and then Bella Martinez of Quincy Regulator Wrestling in 17 seconds. In the...

  • Man sought in connection with crash, attempted rape

    Valley News Herald|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    SPOKANE VALLEY — Detectives are asking for the public’s help with the investigation of a single-vehicle crash, of a possible kidnapping and attempted rape of a teenage girl. At about 6:30 a.m. Feb. 11, law enforcement officers responded to a report of a crash and an overturned vehicle on North Wood Road, north of West Coulee Hite Road. An injured 17-year-old girl who didn’t speak English was found at the scene, records show. She was transported to an area hospital, where she told staff, through an interpreter, a man had a...

  • Hit-and-run victim identified

    Valley News Herald|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    SPOKANE VALLEY — Spokane County authorities have finally released the name of the victim of a hit-and-run incident on Jan. 24. Maegen Engh, 46, of Spokane Valley, died of her injuries in an area hospital on Feb. 13, according to the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office. She had been in the hospital since being struck by a Jeep. The Medical Examiner’s Office has yet to release the exact cause of her death. The driver of the Jeep, John R. Townshed, 64, of Spokane Valley, was arrested for hit-and-run injury and remai...

  • City receiving $5.3 million in road grants

    Valley News Herald|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    SPOKANE VALLEY – Sullivan Road and Sprague Avenue improvements will move ahead, thanks in part to two grants totaling more than $5.3 million. The two National Highway Performance Program grants include nearly $4 million for the South Sullivan Road Preservation Project and $1.4 million for the Sprague Avenue Preservation Project. The South Sullivan Road Preservation Project will receive $3.96 million, 89% of the total estimated project cost of $4.46 million. Construction is set to start in 2025 between East Eighth Avenue a...

  • Three area wrestlers win state titles

    Valley News Herald|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    TACOMA - Three gold, four silver and one bronze. That's how many Top 3 medals wrestlers from Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake and the surrounding areas brought home Saturday from the state Mat Classic XXXV wrestling tournament in the Tacoma Dome. The local individual champions are Libby Roberts of University, the 105-pound champion in the 3A/4A girls division; Czar Quintanilla of University, the 113-pound champion in the 3A division; and Blaine Beard of Central Valley, the...

  • Boris held on $500,000 bail for rape

    Valley News Herald|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    SPOKANE VALLEY — A man arrested for in a sexual assault case here remains in the Spokane County Jail. Gregory Charles Boris, 42, of Kennewick, is being held on $500,000 bail after being extradited from the Tri-Cities area back to Spokane County on Feb. 13. He is charged with second-degree rape, second-degree assault-strangulation with sexual motivation and felony harassment-threats to kill. The charges stem from an alleged Feb. 5 rape at a hotel here. Records show law enforcement officers were dispatched to a store near t...

  • Second man arrested in 2023 shooting death

    Valley News Herald|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    SPOKANE VALLEY – A second man has been arrested in connection with a shooting death here Feb. 8, 2023. Darrell A. Harris, 38, was arrested last week for second-degree murder in the death of Deshaun R. Crawford. Harris the second man charged in the crime – the first is Duane R. Parks, 48, who is charged with first-degree rendering criminal assistance. Detectives sought warrants for both men in the case. And on Dec. 8, they traveled to Tacoma to interview Parks, who was in the Pierce County Jail, records show. He was ext...

  • Do you have unclaimed property?

    Valley News Herald|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    OLYMPIA –The state Department of Revenue marked Unclaimed Property Day yesterday, Feb. 1, raising awareness of unclaimed property and encouraging people to search for and claim their lost money. “The chance that you or someone you know has unclaimed property is 1 in 7,” state Unclaimed Property Administrator Patti Wilson said. Nearly 33 million people in the United States – 1 in every 7 – has unclaimed property: financial accounts or items of value in which the owner has not initiated any activity for a number of years. When...

  • Colbert man sentenced in drug case

    Valley News Herald|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    SPOKANE – A Colbert man has been sentenced to nearly 13 years in prison for dealing methamphetamine. James Daniel Bacon, 35, of Colbert, was sentenced Jan. 23 to 140 months in prison for possession with intent to distribute 50 grams of actual methamphetamine, records show. He was sentenced to an additional 12 months for violating conditions of parole in a previous conviction. U.S. Senior District Judge Rosanna Malouf Peterson further sentenced him to five years of probation after release. According to court documents, Drug E...

  • Deputies seek info in armed robbery

    Valley News Herald|Updated Jan 18, 2024

    SPOKANE VALLEY – The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is looking for two suspects in an armed robbery Jan. 16. According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to an apartment complex in the 2300 block of North Wilbur Road at 9:45 p.m. for a reported armed robbery. Victims told police they were inside the apartment when two armed people entered their unlocked door, records show. The suspects were wearing face masks, hoodies and gloves, and were allegedly armed. They d...

  • Pilot struggles, but is OK

    Valley News Herald|Updated Dec 28, 2023

    GREENACRES – The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an ultralight aircraft appearing to have mechanical issues over the city on Dec. 23. At about 4:30 p.m. a caller reported the aircraft under control, but descending with apparent engine problems, the Sheriff’s Office reported. Deputies later located the pilot as part of a welfare check; the Sheriff’s Office has yet to release his name even though its public record....

  • Council members honored at final meeting

    Valley News Herald|Updated Dec 28, 2023

    SPOKANE VALLEY – Outgoing City Council members Arne Woodard and Brandi Peetz were recognized for their contributions last week. The recognition came during their final meeting as members. City Manager John Hohman expressed his gratitude and admiration for both members. “Arne has been a strong advocate for our business community and brought passion and vision to many city initiatives, including transportation, parks, land use and comprehensive planning, just to name a few,” Hohman said. “The impact of his work will continu...

  • Fund earmarked for Felts Field apron

    Valley News Herald|Updated Dec 28, 2023

    SPOKANE VALLEY – Felts Field is getting a funding boost to upgrade the local airstrip. Two federal grants will help fund $737,000 in apron improvements. One grant is for $587,000 and the other is for $150,000. The grants were among $190,000-plus in airport funding earmarked for 37 airports in Washington state last week. In addition, the state is receiving a $1 million planning grant to help with airport improvements. The money came from the Federal Aviation Administration’s three primary airport grant programs: Airport Inf...

  • One arrested, one injured in crash

    Valley News Herald|Updated Dec 21, 2023

    SPOKANE VALLEY – One person was hurt and one arrested in a DUI-related crash Dec. 19 on Pines Street, also known as state Highway 27. Oleg A. Dyfort, 46, of Spokane is facing a charge of vehicular assault in a head-on crash that occurred on Pines Avenue at 12:17 p.m. Meanwhile, Connie L. Russell, 65, of Spokane, was injured and transported to Holy Family Hospital. According to the Washington State Patrol, Dyfort was northbound on Pines Street in a 2010 Chevrolet Silverado at the time of the crash. Russell was southbound in a...

  • New rules coming for floating docks

    Valley News Herald|Updated Dec 21, 2023

    LIBERTY LAKE – Floating dock and walkway owners will have a new rule to contend with beginning Jan. 1. According to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, the agency will begin requiring the plastic foam used in floating docks and walkways to be fully encased. The agency will require all such foam to be covered in concrete, steel, aluminum or plastic to prevent pieces from breaking off and floating away, officials said. The state won’t initially mandate replacement of existing foam structures, but will require them to...

  • Lawsuit filed against All Star

    Valley News Herald|Updated Dec 14, 2023

    SPOKANE – A lawsuit has been filed in federal district court against All Star Property Management alleging the company fraudulently claimed hundreds of thousands of dollars in assistance intended to benefit struggling renters during the COVID-19 shutdowns. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress established an Emergency Rent Assistance program to provide funds through local and tribal governments to benefit struggling renters who had fallen behind on rent due to unemployment or other hardship. In Washington, the program was k...

  • Woman arrested on multiple charges

    Valley News Herald|Updated Dec 14, 2023

    SPOKANE VALLEY – A local woman was arrested Dec. 11 on multiple charges following a report of disorderly conduct at a restaurant. Kathleen M. Rice, 34, Rice was booked into the Spokane County Jail for third-degree assault, second-degree malicious mischief and a misdemeanor warrant. Rice was arrested by the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office after deputies were called to Denny’s restaurant at about 6:55 a.m. for a disorderly woman who had passed out on the sidewalk, gotten up and was attempting to enter, records show. The staff...

  • Bears top Blackhawks, 16-4

    Valley News Herald|Updated Sep 28, 2023

    SPOKANE VALLEY – Central Valley girls got on the scoreboard first and stayed ahead of Cheney for a 16-4 win on Monday, Sept. 25. Th e Bears (7-6, 4-3 in league) scored one run in the bottom of the first inning and 4 in the bottom of the second before Cheney could get a runner home in the GSL slow pitch softball matchup. Cheney (2-8, 1-5 in league), scored one run in the top of the 3rd. But Central Valley put the game away in the bottom of the fourth with an 11-run rally to t...

  • Valley Christian runners win boys Can-Am

    Valley News Herald|Updated Sep 28, 2023

    KETTLE FALLS – One of the smallest schools in the annual Can-Am Invitational cross country meet was the biggest winner Sept. 23. The Valley Christian boys won the meet with a team low score of 36 points. Brewster was second with 52, Colville third with 69, Wellpinit fourth with 82 and Deer Park fifth with 105. Valley Christian junior Daniel Hisel paced the field, running the 5,000-meter varsity course in 19:29 to finish first. Teammate sophomore Chase Sturgis finished third in 19:59. And junior Kade Mariner was 9th in 2...

  • Felts Field records 105 degrees Tuesday

    Valley News Herald|Updated Aug 17, 2023

    SPOKANE VALLEY – An excessive heat warning was expected to expire at 11 p.m. Thursday night, Aug. 17, after several days of 100-plus degree temperatures. Meanwhile, a fire weather watch came and went overnight Wednesday and early Thursday. No records were set during this week’s heat wave. A red flag warning was also issued for Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake through 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18. Red flag warnings mean weather is conducive to possible wildfire growth. An air quality alert remains in effect through the weekend. Acc...

  • Man arrested on explosive, other charges

    Valley News Herald|Updated Aug 17, 2023

    SPOKANE VALLEY – A man who allegedly lied to law enforcement officers about his name was arrested Aug. 15 on outstanding warrants and for possession of an explosive. Michael W. Coniconde, 39, was arrested after deputies checking out a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot on North Pines Road learned he had a felony arrest warrant issued for his arrest in Idaho. Coniconde, the driver, initially lied about his identity, a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office report said. But deputies discovered his true name and found he had a val...

  • Bigfoot forum coming to Spokane Valley

    Valley News Herald|Updated May 25, 2023

    SPOKANE VALLEY -- Bigfoot researchers will be here June 17 for the third annual Sasquatch Roundup to share evidence, stories and encounters. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Spokane Valley Event Center, There is a fee to attend the event. Jeff Meldrum will be the keynote speaker. A professor of anatomy and anthropology at Idaho State University, the bigfoot researcher focuses on the evolution of hominin bipedalism. He is the author of several books and publication on the matter including “Sasquatch: L...

  • Spokane Valley Commencement Announcements

    Valley News Herald|Updated May 25, 2023

    Mica Peak High School---Thursday June 8, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Ridgeline High School Theatre. 20150 E Country Vista Drive, Liberty Lake, WA 99019 West Valley High School---Friday June 9, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at The Podium. 511 W Dean Ave, Spokane, WA 99201 Ridgeline High School---Saturday June 10, 8:30 a.m. at McCarthey Athletic Center at Gonzaga University. 801 N. Cincinnati St. Spokane, WA 99258 Freeman High School---Saturday June 10, 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Freeman High School. 14626 South Jackson Rd Rockford, WA 99030 Central Valley...

  • Valley athletes qualify for state 1B/2B/1A track meet

    Valley News Herald|Updated May 25, 2023

    YAKIMA – Several Valley Christian athletes are competing this weekend at the state track and field meet at Zaepfel Field at Eisenhower High School. Seniors Charesa Steinbach and Melanie Alexeyenko will lead the young Valley Christian girls state contingent comprising mostly freshmen and sophomores into the 1B/2B event. Others who qualified for the meet include Aundreya Arnold, Katie Bellus, Charlee Bilbruck, Lilyanna Boomer, Lauren Fields, Aubre Hopson, Laura Hopson, Megan Hopson, Cloie Isley, Paisley Rounsley and Miranda W...

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