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 By Lucas Walsh    News 

Two Cheney officers on leave

CHENEY - Two police officers are on administrative leave pending conclusion of an investigation for violating department policy. Capt. Nathan Conley, 44, and detective Rocky Hanni,... — Updated 6/8/2023

 By Cheney Free Press    News 

Area man sentenced to prison

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – An Airway Heights man was sentenced to 96 months in federal prison on drug charges. The announcement was made in a June 5 press release by Vanessa R. Waldref, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District... — Updated 6/8/2023

 By Matthew Stephens    News 

Head on collision sends four to hospital

CHENEY -Four people were transported to area hospitals June 2 after a two-car crash shortly after 9:30, according to a report from Spokane County Fire District No. 3. The... — Updated 6/8/2023

 By Cheney Free Press    News 

Stephens named Free Press editor

CHENEY – An experienced reporter has been named managing editor of the Cheney Free Press. Matthew O. Stephens, 41, of Spokane –formerly of Cheney – took over the newsroom... — Updated 6/8/2023

 By Matthew Stephens    News 

Airway Heights Council hears superintendent presentation

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – Cheney School District Superintendent Ben Ferney brought a presentation to the floor of the June 5 city council meeting in Airway Heights, and he brought discussion of some surveying and studies that have been... — Updated 6/8/2023


West Plains Police News

The following reports were issued by the Cheney Police Department between May 29 and June 4 May 29  Domestic violence on the 10 block of West Second Street. May 30 Third-degree theft on 700 block of Chestnut. $400.00 in stolen... — Updated 6/8/2023

 By Matthew Stephens    News 

Tyler Daze-All the craze

TYLER – Hungry people of the west plains were able to find a hot meal, tables full of local crafts, and displays from the Tyler Station 312 Volunteer Association set up for Tyler... — Updated 6/8/2023

 By Cheney Free Press    News 

Long term work on Brooks Road

MEDICAL LAKE - Brooks Road will be closed for repairs starting June 8 and it will remain closed through September, 2023, according to Eric Jenkin, Project Manager. Brooks Road will... — Updated 6/8/2023

 By Cheney Free Press    News 

Airport receives expansion funding

Spokane International Airport has been awarded nearly $26 million in grant funding through the Airport Improvement Program by the Federal Aviation Administration. The funding will specifically be used for the West Terminal Ramp... — Updated 6/8/2023

 By Matthew Stephens    News 

Airway Heights getting new street sweeper

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – Keeping the roadways clean and free of debris will now be a little easier and more comfortable for the driver as a new street sweeper was unanimously approved... — Updated 6/8/2023

 By Lucas Walsh    News

Medical Lake Memorial Day event

MEDICAL LAKE — America’s war dead were honored during a solemn observance Monday, May 29, at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery. The Memorial Day observance at 21702 W.... — Updated 6/5/2023


School Board races to be hotly contested

Medical Lake draws 17 school board candidates CHENEY – Controversial decisions relating to COVID-19 shutdowns, transgender policies, critical race theory and other topics have drawn numerous candidates in to School Board... — Updated 6/5/2023

 By Drew Lawson    News

Bergman given 15 years in prison

DAVENPORT—A Moses Lake man has been found guilty of murdering his wife about 11 miles northwest of Sprague in Sept. 2022. 55-year-old Charles R. Bergman entered a guilty plea of second-degree murder and was sentenced to 15 years... — Updated 6/5/2023

 By Paul Delaney    News

Basketball pioneer Krause passes away

When Jerry Krause interviewed for the opening at Eastern Washington State College back in 1967, he was competing for the job with another newcomer to college basketball, Jud... — Updated 6/1/2023


West Plains Police News

The following incidents were reported by the Cheney Police from May 22-28 May 22 Reported theft. 0 hundred block of First Street. Domestic violence report. 700 Block of West First Street. Kacey M. Brantley, 36, arrested for... — Updated 6/1/2023

 By Matthew Stephens    News

Eastern Washington University turning to new safety app

CHENEY – In an effort to improve public safety for the students of Eastern Washington University (EWU), the campus will be using a new safety notification system starting June 1. The new EagleSafe mobile app is already available... — Updated 6/1/2023

 By Matthew Stephens    News

Cheney Crash

One man was a bit shaken up but uninjured after he went over the curb and crashed into the Mitchell’s Harvest Foods sign on May 24. The crash resulted in major damage to his Ford Ranger pickup.... — Updated 6/1/2023

 By Cheney Free Press    News

Judge Price to retire on July 1

SPOKANE – A Spokane County will have a new superior court judge in July. Spokane City Council President Breean Beggs has been appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to replace Spokane County Superior Court Judge Michael Price, who is... — Updated 6/1/2023

 By Lucas Walsh    News

City begins electricity meter replacement

CHENEY— The city has begun the first stage of a multi-year project to replace all the electricity meters with a newer “smart” model. The new meters are the Centron II, which... — Updated 6/1/2023

 By Lucas Walsh    News

Spokane man arrested in Airway Heights

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — Police officers arrested a Spokane man for obstruction of an officer, violation of protection order, and fourth-degree assault on May 18, according to a police... — Updated 5/25/2023


West Plains Police News

The following incidents were reported by the Cheney police department between May 15-21 May 15 Agency assist/welfare Check. 300 Block of B Street. May 16 Protection order violation. 100 Block of Betz. Nico B. Vavra, age 21,... — Updated 5/25/2023

 By Lucas Walsh    News

Eastern bomb threat unfounded

CHENEY — Eastern Washington University investigators have ruled a May 12 bomb threat a hoax. The investigation started after the university Admissions Office receive an email... — Updated 5/25/2023

 By Olivia Harnack    News

Man accused in student slayings stands silent

MOSCOW, Idaho — The man accused of stabbing four University of Idaho students to death stood silent Monday, May 22, during his arraignment. Bryan Kohberger, 28, of Pullman,... — Updated 5/25/2023

 By Lucas Walsh    News

Next phase of Purple Pipe Project

CHENEY — The city Public Works Department has recommended passing Resolution F-149 to award a contract of $7,724,700.00 to Clearwater Construction and Management for the final... — Updated 5/25/2023

 By Teresa Simpson    News

Malden water line project underway

MALDEN - Main Street is reopen after the town's water project main lines were installed. Mayor Dan Harwood explained the work. "We are expanding our fire hydrant number around the... — Updated 5/25/2023


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