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Video shows Yakima County Jail guards kicking, punching combative prisoner

A Yakima man whose fight with a jail guard was captured on video is scheduled to be arraigned April 7.


Michigan couple sentenced to life in 5-year-old’s death

A Michigan couple has been sentenced to life in prison without parole in the death of 5-year-old Mackenzie Maison who had pneumonia and weighed just 25 pounds when an emergency …


Study links kindergartners’ stumbles with rocky home lives

Very young children who endure neglect, abuse and dysfunctional home lives go on to struggle as kindergartners, leaving them at risk for more difficult years as adolescents and adults, a …


U.K. man gets 50 years for sex abuse of Oregon girl, 10

A man from Wales who pleaded guilty to sex crimes against a 10-year-old Eugene girl has been sentenced to 50 years in prison.


Priest formerly in Yakima ordered to pay $5 million in abuse case

A federal judge in Spokane awarded an Oregon man $5 million in damages stemming from sexual abuse by a Catholic priest in Yakima more than 30 years ago. The priest, …


Lakeland Village provider’s license revoked after abuse

A care provider at Lakeland Village Nursing Facility had his credentials suspended after officials determined he put his foot on a resident’s forehead, pushed him down twice, rubbed hand sanitizer …


SCRAPS seeks tips in suspected dog neglect case

The Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service is asking the public to help identify those responsible for a four-year-old pit bull found Saturday weighing just 31 pounds.


Montana diocese will file for bankruptcy after scandals

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena planned to file for bankruptcy protection Friday in advance of proposed settlements for two lawsuits that claim clergy members sexually abused 362 people over …


Court says gov’t can be sued over guards’ actions

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled unanimously today that the federal government can be sued for abuse claims against prison guards.


Affidavit: Suspect Arteaga formerly dated victim

A former scuba diving instructor accused of murder dated the victim for years and was described by her friends as violent and controlling, according to information released Wednesday. Daniel R. …


Video of bus monitor’s misery strikes a nerve

ALBANY, N.Y. - The pebble was tossed when a middle-school student in upstate New York posted a 10-minute video on his Facebook page.


Survey: 1 in 4 US women victims of sexual assault

It’s a startling number: 1 in 4 women surveyed by the government say they were violently attacked by their husbands or boyfriends. Experts in domestic violence don’t find it too …


Spokane bishop says church’s abuse-prevention policy is sound

The Spokane bishop who heads the child protection committee for U.S. Roman Catholic bishops insisted today that no significant changes were needed in the church’s abuse prevention policy despite recent …


Catholic religious order files for bankruptcy

SEATTLE (AP) — The Christian Brothers, a Catholic religious order that runs schools in Seattle and across the country, has filed for bankruptcy. It is the second Catholic order in …


Woman shot by officer faces charges

An unarmed pregnant woman shot during a drug raid in Spokane nearly two weeks ago faces felony crack cocaine charges under a police recommendation announced Wednesday. Keamia D. Powell, 24, …


Accuser takes the stand again in Morning Star trial

Attorneys defending Morning Star Boys’ Ranch rested their case on Monday after bringing the ranch’s accuser, Kenneth Putnam, to the stand in the civil trial’s last day of testimony.


Putnam often combative, witness says

A former Morning Star Boys’ Ranch employee and close friend of a counselor accused of abusing a former ranch resident testified Thursday that he never saw inappropriate conduct. Ray Roberts, …


Day care owner appeals closure

A large Spokane child care center shut down by the state has appealed what its owner said is an “unfounded” decision. The Academy of Little Bears closed last week after …


North Spokane day care appeals suspension

A large Spokane child care center shut down by the state has appealed what its owner said is an “unfounded” decision.


Abuse victims slow to block addresses

CALDWELL, Idaho— So far a dozen Idaho residents have taken advantage of a new law allowing victims of domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault to keep their addresses out of …


Girl’s abuser gets 10-year sentence

Blackened, dead flesh on toddler Kyra Wine’s hand and feet and black patches of scalp were among the injuries police saw during a welfare check at the child’s home near …


Lawsuit Claims Disabled Abused At State-Run School

Several advocacy groups for the developmentally disabled sued the state-run Rainier School on Monday, claiming clients at the residential rehabilitation center in Pierce County are abused and neglected. The Washington …


A Glaring Loophole In Domestic Violence Law Task Force Wants State To Allow Protection Orders For Abused Dates

Kim was 17 years old when her mother found her beaten and frightened on a street corner. The girl’s blue eyes were ringed with black. Dark imprints lined her arms. …


Battling Bullies

Here are some tips to help parents deal with bullies: Helping victims Begin early: Two-year-olds can learn to say, “I don’t like that, that hurts.” If children reveal they’ve been …


Living In The Shadow Of Fear

We received more than a dozen stories of bullying - past and present - from our readers when we put out a request two months ago for those stories. Some …


Stand Up For Yourself, Your Rights

Lisa Johnson


Tell Parents About Harassment

Guy Thomas


Self-Reliance Grew From Experience

First person I am 69 years old now, but I still remember the suffering I experienced in high school from fellow students who harassed and ridiculed me. I was extravagantly …


A Life Spent Fending Off Bullies

Jacob Stellmon III


Bullies Must Not Be Tolerated

Quick. Name a bully from your elementary school days. Most likely you remember both the first and last name of the bully. The power of bullies is so great we …