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This 17-year-old was arrested for contempt of court on Jan. 30, 2015 after swearing in a Spokane County courtroom. Judge Sam Cozza ordered that he be held in jail for five days.   (Nina Culver)

Teen jailed after swearing in court 105 

Spokane County Superior Court Judge Sam Cozza apparently has a dim view of people swearing in his courtroom. He halted proceedings midway through Friday's first appearance docket after a teenager got up and stormed out of the courtroom, leaving a string of expletives in his wake.

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 31, 2014

TUESDAY, DEC. 9, 2014

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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THURSDAY, NOV. 6, 2014

FRIDAY, OCT. 31, 2014

MONDAY, OCT. 27, 2014

THURSDAY, OCT. 23, 2014

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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