January 18, 2013 in City

In brief: YWCA of Spokane appoints new head


The YWCA of Spokane has appointed as its new CEO a lawyer who once interned in the White House.

Regina Malveaux was named to lead the nonprofit organization, succeeding Trish McFarland, who retired in December.

Malveaux once served as executive director of a YWCA chapter in Norfolk, Va., and was legal advocate to the chapter in San Diego. She’s also founding director of the Women’s Legal Center in San Diego, according to a news release.

“Regina was the unanimous choice of the search committee, staff and board and an ideal fit for our organization,” Joan Menzies, president of the YWCA board, said in the release.

Malveaux received her law degree from Howard University and interned for Hillary Clinton when she was first lady, as well as for Maxine Waters, then-chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Malveaux has two college-age children.

Cooney is sworn in to Superior Court

Judge John O. Cooney took the oath Thursday to become the newest Spokane County Superior Court judge.

Cooney ran unopposed in the November election. He replaces Judge Jerome Leveque, who retired. Cooney was introduced to a packed courtroom by his father, former Judge John C. Cooney.

“I hope to be fair, efficient and accessible,” said Cooney, who had been a Spokane County District Court Judge since 2006. “It’s not about me. It’s about this job. I hope I’m just a reflection of this community.”

Superior Court Judge Annette Plese joked that Cooney was “possibly stalking” her, as he is making the same leap up to Superior Court.

Cooney has already worked four days handling family law cases “and he is still here,” Judge Ellen Kalama Clark joked.

Shot men arrested as theft suspects

Two men injured in a gang-related shooting Saturday have been arrested on suspicion of first-degree burglary.

Police said Apolonio J.J. Saldana, 27, Tony I. Figueroa, 35, and another man assaulted a man as he entered an apartment at 220 E. Wellesley Ave. around 3 a.m. Saturday. They are also accused of entering a house around 4 a.m. at 311 E. Liberty Ave. and taking belongings, according to a Spokane Police Department news release.

Officers responded to a reported shooting at the home on Liberty at 4:05 a.m. and found Saldana in one of the bedrooms. Figueroa was found on the front porch of a home nearby. Both were suffering from gunshot wounds.

A third victim was found near Liberty and Addison suffering from blunt force trauma to the head.

Both Saldana and Figueroa are under guard at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and will be transported to jail when they are released from medical care, the release said.

Two other men have been arrested as part of the case. Phillip J. Ruiz, 23, appeared in court on Monday on a first-degree assault charge and is being held on a $200,000 bond. Daniel J. Dublin, 33, appeared in court Tuesday on the same charge and is being held on a $350,000 bond.

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