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FBI data shows drop in hate crimes 13 

Hate crimes in the U.S. fell in 2013, according to FBI data released Monday, even as the agency included several new bias categories. Spokane and Spokane Valley also saw a drop in reported incidents from 2012 to 2013. For the first time, this year's data...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 25, 2014

Trial pushed in Morgenstern abuse case

The trial for a suspended ER physician at the Spokane Veteran's Affairs hospital has been pushed to April. Craig Morgenstern, 45, remains in custody of the Spokane County Jail, facing a nine-count federal criminal indictment that charges him with producing child pornography, aggravated sexual abuse...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 21, 2014

Daiquiri Factory owner: Zags appear frequently in bar ads

Editor's note: A previous version of this blog post incorrectly reported the claims Gonzaga was making against Jamie Pendleton. The post has been updated to correct those reporter errors. The owner of the long-shuttered Downtown Daiquiri Factory is continuing his fight against Gonzaga University, arguing...

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Henrikson trial could be 3 years out

If federal prosecutors seek the death penalty for the man accused of masterminding a plot to murder a South Hill businessman and one of his former oil patch employees, the trial likely wouldn't begin until the tail end of 2017. A report filed in support...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 21, 2014

Baumrucker trial pushed to next year

A federal judge on Tuesday granted a joint request to push the trial of Matthew Baumrucker, the Spokane County Jail inmate tied to former Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor Marriya Wright. Baumrucker, 31, remains in custody at the jail on a federal charge of being a...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 17, 2014


Judge candidate Trageser questions Leland's sign placement 11 

A candidate for Spokane County District Court judge, Tim Trageser, is questioning incumbent Judge Richard Leland’s placement of his campaign signs. Leland's campaign has attached many of his signs to Republican candidates, including Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, using zip ties. Trageser argues that it gives voters...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 26, 2014

Shooting victim's family angered by sentence 

The family of a 24-year-old woman shot by a man sentenced to 31 months in prison earlier this week following a January robbery attempt says they are angered they were not informed of the plea deal before it was approved. But the victim advocate on...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 22, 2014

Ephrata pot shop fights trademark lawsuit

An embattled Ephrata pot shop has fired a lofty salvo in response to a trademark infringement lawsuit filed against it by the marijuana media juggernaut that publishes "High Times" magazine. In its response to a lawsuit filed last month in U.S. District Court for Eastern...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 16, 2014

Spokane Police body cameras demonstrated for media 18 

The Spokane Police Department ran several members of the media through its VirTra virtual training system Friday to demonstrate the fidelity of its chest-mounted cameras currently in use by 17 officers in a pilot program. The video below was captured by a camera worn by...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 15, 2014

Shannon Stiltner responds to Zags tickets complaint 

The girlfriend of convicted Ponzi scheme artist Greg Jeffreys said she's fulfilling court-ordered restitution and denied victimizing anyone in a response filed in federal court over the weekend. The U.S. Attorney's Office for Eastern Washington filed a motion last week after it came to light...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 9, 2014

Felon chucks allegedly stolen firearm in chase

A 26-year-old Spokane man with multiple felony convictions tossed a .45 handgun believed to have been stolen during a chase through a residential neighborhood Friday, according to court documents filed this week. Joshua V. Fowler was booked into Spokane County Jail just after 4:30 p.m....

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 5, 2014

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