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  • Detox director charged with assault

    Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell has charged Community Detox director Jon D. Schlenske with misdemeanor assault, but his attorney said Friday that a plea deal has already been worked out.


  • Attorney says officer cleared of evidence tampering; Sheriff disagrees

    A police officer investigated for laundering clothes that should have been preserved as sexual assault evidence following a party among co-workers at his home will be cleared of suspicion, his …


  • Ex-prosecutor won’t do jail time

    A former prosecutor who helped a criminal evade police will not have to go to jail after pleading guilty, paying a fine and doing community service work. Marriya Wright worked …


  • Spokane County District Court candidates list issues

    For attorney Chris Bugbee, the race for a Spokane County District Court judgeship is all about a 2013 report that suggested dozens of changes needed to be made to bring …


  • Spokane police officer to admit lie in Zehm testimony

    A Spokane police officer will resign and plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of lying during the investigation of the fatal 2006 police confrontation with Otto Zehm, authorities said Wednesday. …


  • Unlicensed bounty hunter now the hunted

    A judge authorized an arrest warrant today for an unlicensed bounty hunter who skipped a hearing where he was expected to plead guilty in a case that charged him with …


  • Prosecutor compiling list of discredited officers

    Spokane law enforcement officials for the first time are compiling a list of officers and deputies who have a record of lying or who have been discredited while doing their …


  • 36 years ordered for killing

    A sentencing Monday brought together two troubled families, one grieving the loss of a beautiful girl who wanted to become a crime scene investigator and the other a family who …


  • Strandberg pleads guilty

    Cole K. Strandberg has pleaded guilty to killing a Spokane woman with a crossbow in 2008. Defense attorney Chris Bugbee has acknowledged in past hearings that Strandberg killed 22-year-old Jennifer …


  • Judge rules Strandberg lawyer will also be defense witness

    A judge ruled Monday that defense attorney Chris Bugbee will continue to represent accused crossbow killer Cole K. Strandberg. But the lawyer now has an added job title: witness. Bugbee …


  • Accused crossbow killer gets new witness

    A judge ruled today that defense attorney Chris Bugbee will continue to represent accused crossbow killer Cole K. Strandberg. But the lawyer now has an added job title: witness.


  • ‘Dangerous’ offender returns to jail on probation violation

    A convicted killer and rapist deemed so dangerous that prosecutors said they wished his 19-year prison term had been longer is back in jail after serving just half of his …


  • Judge says jury should determine murder suspect’s sanity

    A Spokane County jury will now decide whether Cole K. Strandberg should face life imprisonment or indefinite commitment to a mental institution after a judge concluded he was sane in …


  • Jury will decide mentally ill killer’s fate

    A Spokane County jury will now decide whether Cole K. Strandberg should face the prospect of life imprisonment or indefinite commitment to a mental institution after a judge concluded he …


  • Insanity hearing raises questions on Strandberg’s health records

    Testimony on Wednesday in the insanity hearing of accused killer Cole K. Strandberg raised questions about evaluations and conclusions made by mental health professionals at Eastern State Hospital. Dr. Richard …


  • Strandberg testimony questions Eastern State evaluations

    Testimony Wednesday in the insanity hearing of accused killer Cole K. Strandberg raised questions about evaluations and conclusions made by mental health professionals at Eastern State Hospital.


  • Judge withholds judgment on Strandberg’s mental state on day of slaying

    A judge ruled late Tuesday that accused killer Cole K. Strandberg suffers from mental illness, but she withheld judgment whether he should be found not guilty by reason of insanity. …


  • Primary election creates odd bedfellows

    When he announced his candidacy for Spokane County prosecutor, Dave Stevens called the incumbent, Steve Tucker, an “absent administrator.” But after coming in fourth in a six-way primary, Stevens said …


  • Editorial: Bugbee has skills to lead prosecutors

    In 2006, with the Otto Zehm controversy raging, The Spokesman-Review gave Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney Steve Tucker a tepid endorsement because his opponents were so weak. This time the field …


  • Crenshaw sentenced for 2008 killings

    Double-killer Justin W. Crenshaw sat stoically as dozens of his victims’ family members fought through tears to put words to their pain and suffering. The 22-year-old never told investigators why …


  • Crenshaw’s life terms to be served consecutively

    Double killer Justin W. Crenshaw sat stoically as dozens of his victims’ family members fought through tears to put words to their pain and suffering. The 22-year-old never told investigators …


  • Four seek to unseat prosecutor

    When defense attorney Chris Bugbee addressed a room full of Republicans in June, he told them that he not only intends to defeat incumbent Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker, Bugbee …


  • Spokane County prosecutor

    To allow readers to compare and contrast the five candidates for Spokane County prosecutor, The Spokesman-Review asked the candidates the same three questions: • How concerned should the public be …


  • Crenshaw found guilty of first-degree murder

    Justin Crenshaw arrived in Spokane from Las Vegas a recovering heroin addict, excited to reunite with his sister and start a new life. Two murders and nearly two-and-a-half years later, …


  • Crenshaw murder trial heads to jury

    A jury of 12 Spokane County residents is set to begin deliberations this morning in the case of a grisly double homicide that both the prosecution and defense describe as …


  • Grisly double murder case goes to jury

    A jury of 12 Spokane County residents is set to begin deliberations this morning in the case of a grisly double homicide that both the prosecution and defense describe as …


  • Spokane County prosecutor candidates, issues

    To allow readers to compare and contrast the five candidates for Spokane County prosecutor, The Spokesman-Review asked the candidates the same three questions.


  • Four seek to unseat prosecutor

    When defense attorney Chris Bugbee addressed a room full of Republicans in June, he told them that he not only intends to defeat incumbent Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker, Bugbee …


  • Defense rests in Crenshaw murder case

    The number of defense witnesses for murder suspect Justin W. Crenshaw equaled the number of people his attorney said he killed: two. On Wednesday, deputy prosecutor Jack Driscoll rested his …


  • Sheriff’s ‘support’ falls in gray area

    A testament to the popularity of Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich may be the level to which candidates for Spokane County prosecutor are seeking his support. The situation came to …

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