Sirens & Gavels

Donation account created for reunited family

Bill Connington, of Spokane, holds a portrait that he has kept hanging  in his house since his ex-wife took his two sons and left the area almost 12 years ago. He received word in late December that law enforcement had located his ex-wife and the boys were  in foster care. (Jesse Tinsley)
Bill Connington, of Spokane, holds a portrait that he has kept hanging in his house since his ex-wife took his two sons and left the area almost 12 years ago. He received word in late December that law enforcement had located his ex-wife and the boys were in foster care. (Jesse Tinsley)

A donation account has been created to help a father who’s reuniting with his sons after more than a decade.

A reader who wishes to remain an anonymous set up the account for Bill Connington. Connington’s ex-wife, Jill D. Haugen, is accused of taking the couple’s sons from Spokane 12 years ago, despite a court order granting Connington custody.

Connington, who works in maintenance at the NorthTown Mall, didn’t hear from them again until police Milton, Pa., located them in December.

The boys are to move to Spokane this summer to live with Connington. Donations could help buy furniture for the teens and help Connington visit them before the move.

To donate, visit any U.S. Bank.

Read more about the case in my Sunday story: Rebuilding a fractured family




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