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FRIDAY, AUG. 3, 2012

Hospital denies surgical scars say KKK

By KRISTI EATON,Associated Press SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A lawyer for a Rapid City-area hospital being sued by a blind man who says the letters KKK were carved into his stomach during surgery said the accusations were contrived by other people and that every...

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TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2012

Commenter in lawsuit identifies herself

A woman who claims to have posted a comment on a Spokesman-Review blog that triggered a defamation lawsuit has revealed her identity. Linda Cook said her suggestion to ask Kootenai County Republican Party chairwoman Tina Jacobson about alleged missing money in the Kootenai County GOP...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 11, 2012

Judge orders SR to help ID commenter

The Spokesman-Review must provide information that could identify an anonymous reader who typed a disparaging online comment about the chairwoman of the Kootenai County Republican Party in February, an Idaho judge ruled Tuesday. The attorney for the chairwoman, Tina Jacobson (pictured), subpoenaed information about the...

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SATURDAY, JULY 7, 2012

Investigators from the Spokane Police Department and the Spokane County Sheriff's Department examine the scene and cover the body of a man shot by police Friday, July 10, 2009, in north Spokane.   JESSE TINSLEY jesset@spokesman.com (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Lawsuit filed over '09 police shooting 

Spokane police and sheriff's investigators examine the scene and cover the body of Jason Poss, who was shot on July 10, 2009. (SRphoto/Jesse Tinsley) A federal lawsuit has been filed by the parents of a man shot and killed by Spokane police in 2009 after...

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MONDAY, JULY 2, 2012

TSA settles lawsuit from prosecutor 

The Transportation Security Administration has paid Stevens County Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen $225,000 for medical bills resulting from a fall in 2008 during an airport screening. Rasmussen, who walked with a cane following childhood polio, filed a lawsuit seeking $1 million in 2010 following an incident...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2012

Jury clears deputy of excessive force

A North Idaho jury has cleared a Bonner County Sheriff’s deputy against allegations that he used excessive force during a DUI arrest following a crash with injuries on the road to Schweitzer Mountain Resort. The jury on Friday determined that Deputy Clint Mattingley did not...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2012

Troopers in Chism case not punished

The two Washington State Patrol troopers whose botched child pornography investigation cost taxpayers $2.4 million have been transferred off a sex crimes unit but have not faced any discipline for providing false information to a judge. WSP Sgt. John Sager and Trooper Rachel Gardner are...

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SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 2012

WSP settles Chism lawsuit for $2.4mil 

A botched search for child pornography at the home of a Spokane firefighter will cost Washington taxpayers $2.4 million. The Washington State Patrol and the attorney for Spokane Fire Department Lt. Todd Chism have settled a lawsuit stemming from the January 2008 search of Chism’s...

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FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

Jeff Harvey rehired by Spokane police

The Spokane Police Department has re-hired embattled Detective Jeff Harvey even though his lawsuit against the city remains unresolved. City spokeswoman Marlene Feist said Harvey’s first day back was Monday after he was fired for cause last July by then-Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick. “We have...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2012

Mediation set in Zehm police lawsuit

A federal judge has set a two-day mediation session to settle the $14.5 million civil suit filed against nine Spokane Police officers by the mother and estate of Otto Zehm. U.S. District Court Judge Lonny Suko issued an order directing the Zehm family attorneys, City...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2012

$300k verdict in sheriff's negligence case

A jury awarded an Airway Heights man $300,000 in federal court after he sued a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office deputy over a traffic stop that ended with the man being tackled to the pavement. The jury found that Deputy Dale Moyer was negligent in calling...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012

Lawsuit says circumcision 'robbed' man

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota prison inmate is suing the hospital where he was circumcised as a newborn, saying he only recently became aware that he'd undergone the procedure and that it robbed him of his sexual prowess. Dean Cochrun, 28, is...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2012

$400k to settle open records lawsuit

Spokane County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a $400,000 settlement in a six-year-old case stemming from an open records request. The Neighborhood Alliance of Spokane County won on appeal before the state Supreme Court last September, setting the stage for Tuesday’s action. The alliance in 2005...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2012

Cell tower info may aid murder probe

Detectives are seeking cellphone tower location information for phones belonging to a Spokane murder victim and two men with romantic ties to her. Kimberly Rae Schmidt, 34, was found dead of a gunshot wound to her head Jan. 1 in what the medical examiner's office...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2012

Americo Lopes exits the courtroom on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 in Elizabeth, N.J. A jury found that Lopes had cheated five co-workers out of their share of a $38.5 million lottery jackpot. The men worked at a construction company in Elizabeth and began a lottery pool in 2007. Americo Lopes claimed the winning numbers for the Nov. 10, 2009 jackpot were on a personal ticket and not the ticket that he had bought for the pool. The eight-member jury disagreed. (AP Photo/The Star-Ledger, Frances Micklow, Pool) ((AP Photo/The Star-Ledger, Frances Micklow, Pool))

NJ man to pay millions in lottery lawsuit 

Top: Americo Lopes exits the courtroom on Wednesday in Elizabeth, N.J. A jury found that Lopes had cheated five co-workers out of their share of a $38.5 million lottery jackpot. Below: Plantiffs Carlos Fernandes, right, Candido Silva Jr. shake hands. (AP Photos/The Star-Ledger, Frances Micklow,...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2012

Gregoire signs online impersonation law

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Governor Chris Gregoire has signed into a law a bill to help victims of online impersonation pursue lawsuits in civil court. The bill, signed by the governor Wednesday, passed through both the Washington state House and the Senate unanimously. Under the...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 28, 2012

No witness tampering in Mehring case 

The Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office has declined to charge former Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick and City Attorney Rocky Treppiedi with witness tampering in a wrongful termination case the city eventually lost and is currently on the hook for about $1.5 million in damages and...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2012

Harvey sues for back pay, damages

Former Spokane police Detective Jeff Harvey filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the department that fired him last year, seeking back pay and damages for emotional, physical and mental “injuries” to be determined at trial. Harvey’s attorney, Bob Dunn – who recently won a $722,000 jury...

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MONDAY, JAN. 23, 2012

Murder victim named in 2 scuba lawsuits

Detectives have expanded the criminal investigation into the fatal shooting of a north Spokane mother to include two civil lawsuits naming the victim. Each lawsuit involves separate scuba diving accidents; one left a man dead and another allegedly left a woman with brain damage. Although...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 10, 2012

In this Oct. 19, 2011, photo, Chantell and Mike Sackett talk about their battle with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over their right to build a home on a lot near Priest Lake. The EPA said that the lot included wetlands. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the couple. (Kathy Plonka)

High court hears Priest Lake EPA fight

Chantell and Mike Sackett talk about their battle with the Environmental Protection Agency over their right to build a home on a lot near Priest Lake on Oct. 19.(SRPhoto/Kathy Plonka) Read Becky Kramer's story here. By Sean Cockerham,scockerham@mcclatchydc.com WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court appeared sympathetic...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 13, 2011

Man shot in CdA in '09 sues lawyer 

A Moses Lake man who was shot by a Coeur d'Alene businessman nearly two years ago in what a grand jury ruled was self defense is suing his civil attorney for malpractice. Brandon R. Burgess alleges Spokane lawyer Lloyd Herman directed him to speak with...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 2, 2011

Man sues hostages for breaking promise

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Can there be no trust between a kidnapper and his hostages? A man who held a Kansas couple hostage in their home while fleeing from authorities is suing them, claiming they broke an oral contract made when he promised them money...

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MONDAY, NOV. 21, 2011

'Judge Judy' to feature Spokane case 

Two Spokane County residents will appear on the TV reality show "Judge Judy" tomorrow as part of a landlord-tenant dispute. Shennen Blackburn of Liberty Lake is suing former tenant Samuel Doyle, of Spokane, for allegedly damaging her rental property, according to a press release. Blackburn...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 11, 2011

Man shot by police sues Spokane Valley

A man acquitted of assaulting two police officers who shot him in October 2009 is suing the city of Spokane Valley. David J. Glidden, 29, was paralyzed by the shooting and is seeking compensation for millions of dollars in medical expenses he’s accrued and expects...

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SATURDAY, NOV. 5, 2011

Jury awards police detective $722k

A jury on Friday awarded more than $700,000 to a Spokane police detective they say was wrongly fired and retaliated against by Chief Anne Kirkpatrick. The amount includes $250,000 in punitive damages against Kirkpatrick, who quickly left Superior Court Judge Kathleen O’Connor’s courtroom with Assistant...

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