Stories tagged: Eastern State Hospital
UPDATED: Fri., June 9, 2017, 7:32 p.m.
Eastern State Hospital patient captured after brief escape
Spokane police early Friday arrested a man who escaped from Eastern State Hospital. Dustin P. Leeds, 39, was last seen at the mental hospital in Medical Lake about 8 p.m. …
Sun., May 14, 2017
Solve side effect of mental health ruling
Call it unintended consequences or poor planning, but if the state Legislature doesn’t offer counties relief from witless penalties, mental health care services will suffer and nobody will benefit.
Sat., May 13, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Former deputy arrested on murder charge moments after jury acquits him in another murder case
Charles A. Palmer was declared not guilty of murder. However, right after he thanked the jury foreman for a “true verdict,” Palmer was re-arrested for another murder.
UPDATED: Thu., May 11, 2017, 10:43 p.m.
Brother of patient who died in Eastern State Hospital suing for wrongful death
The brother of a patient who broke his neck and died under the care of Eastern State Hospital staff is suing the hospital for wrongful death.
UPDATED: Tue., May 9, 2017, 4:16 p.m.
Spokane County faces millions in penalties for heavy use of Eastern State Hospital
Spokane County may be on the hook to pay more than $3 million to Eastern State Hospital this year for patient care, nearly a quarter of the county’s budget for …
UPDATED: Fri., March 10, 2017, 10:43 p.m.
Inslee praises Eastern State Hospital during visit to Spokane
During a visit Friday to Spokane County, Gov. Jay Inslee praised employees at Eastern State Hospital in Medical Lake for drastically reducing patient wait times, while encouraging health workers at …
Tue., Jan. 3, 2017, 6 p.m.
Spokane’s new psychiatric hospital will help meet soaring demand for care
Eastern Washington is one of the hardest places in the U.S. to find a bed for mental health care. The state has been sanctioned multiple times for violating the constitutional …
Sun., Dec. 25, 2016, 4:28 p.m.
Accused kidnapper referred to state hospital for sixth time
A man accused of kidnapping and assault has been ordered to return to a state hospital for his sixth evaluation by psychologists since his arrest.
Wed., Aug. 17, 2016, 5:40 p.m.
Legal settlement clears way for mental hospital patients to resume field trips
A crackdown on patients leaving the grounds of state mental hospitals put in place after the high-profile escape from an outing to the Spokane County Fair in 2009 will be …
Fri., June 17, 2016
100 years ago in Spokane: Tragic murder mystery claimed another victim
One of Spokane’s tragic murder mysteries was turning even more tragic. Mrs. Charlotte Farquhar had lost her reason ever since her son Clarence was shot by an unknown person while …
Tue., June 14, 2016, 11:53 a.m.
Eastern State Hospital settles patient death lawsuit for $360,000
Eastern State Hospital has paid $360,000 to settle a lawsuit over the 2013 death of a patient who family members said was assaulted by another patient.
Fri., May 20, 2016, 12:51 p.m.
Charges dropped against mentally ill man accused of killing roommate
A man with a mental illness accused of killing his roommate last fall will be committed to a state mental hospital without standing trial.
Thu., April 21, 2016, 3:45 p.m.
Judge to decide where man accused of attempted murder will be locked up
During closing arguments, attorneys for Avery Latham say the 24-year-old should be found not guilty of attempted murder by reason of insanity.
Tue., Feb. 16, 2016
Editorial: Shortage of mental health care providers is concerning
The increased demand for mental health care services is healthy, but the supply of caregivers is holding back progress.
Tue., Feb. 9, 2016, 12:06 p.m.
Judge gives Washington mental hospitals more time to fix programs
A federal judge has extended the deadline for state mental hospitals to fix the system of evaluating and treating criminal defendants with suspected mental illnesses.
Thu., Dec. 24, 2015
Spokane County signs deal with Central Washington counties for mental health beds
Spokane County will get 10 additional beds at Eastern State Hospital for mental health patients as the result of an agreement with Central Washington counties. The deal is necessary after …
Fri., Oct. 23, 2015, 6:17 p.m.
Eastern State Hospital employees allege supervisor assaulted patients
Two Eastern State Hospital employees filed a lawsuit this week alleging that one of their supervisors repeatedly assaulted patients and then retaliated against them when they reported it.
Thu., Oct. 8, 2015
100 years ago in Spokane: Five inmates escape state asylum; city celebrates beloved suffragist
From our archives, 100 years ago Five “insane criminals” made a bloody escape from the state asylum at Medical Lake and two of them −a murderer and burglar − remained …
Tue., Oct. 6, 2015, 8:13 p.m.
Mental evaluation ordered for suspect in Centennial Trail assaults
The man accused of assaulting several women with a rock on the Centennial Trail Sunday did not appear in court again Tuesday after attorneys for both sides agreed that he …
Tue., Sept. 15, 2015
Staff numbers hinder Eastern State’s compliance with mental health evaluations
Eastern State Hospital continues to struggle with a federal judge’s order to evaluate criminal defendants for mental illness promptly. Delayed evaluation means defendants who may have a mental illness wait …
Sat., Aug. 29, 2015
Jim Kershner’s this day in history
From our archives, 100 years ago Two unusual legal questions confronted Judge J. Stanley Webster: Was young M.C. Parsons sane? And was his recent marriage legal?
Sat., Aug. 22, 2015
Pregnant woman’s killer sentenced
Six years after 33-year-old Robin Anderson and her unborn baby were stabbed to death, her former boyfriend Robbie Bishop was sentenced to nearly 35 years in prison for killing them. …
Sat., July 18, 2015
Woman found fit to stand trial in shooting at Value Village
A woman has been charged in connection with a shooting in the Value Village parking lot in November after Eastern State Hospital declared she was fit to stand trial only …
Wed., July 15, 2015
Retired INHS CEO Tom Fritz dies on fishing trip
Tom Fritz, former CEO of Inland Northwest Health Services, died Monday while fishing on Lake Coeur d’Alene, just six months after he retired from the organization he led for 16 …
Fri., May 15, 2015
Accused child rapist’s whereabouts still undisclosed
State officials refuse to disclose the whereabouts of an accused child rapist after psychiatrists persuaded prosecutors to drop charges that the man abducted and raped a 2-year-old boy last year. …
Tue., May 12, 2015
Spokane police officers won’t face charges in 2014 shooting
After an investigation lasting more than 15 months, the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office announced Monday it would not seek charges against two police officers who shot a knife-wielding Aaron D. …
Sun., May 3, 2015
Washington lawmakers work to fix mental health care system
OLYMPIA – Lawmakers have come up with dozens of ways to fix Washington’s failing mental health care system, including better services at county jails and psychiatric hospitals and a housing …
Sun., April 5, 2015
Editorial: Legislature deserves court’s reproof after mental health cuts
Because of shameful neglect, the state of Washington has once again been placed under court supervision to ensure it meets a constitutional obligation. With schools, it was a violation of …
Wed., Feb. 25, 2015
Jim Kershner’s This Day in History
From our archives, 100 years ago The final report of a special state Senate investigative committee harshly criticized a construction decision made at the Medical Lake insane asylum, as Eastern …
Wed., Dec. 31, 2014
Family of Eastern State Hospital patient who died in 2013 files lawsuit
The family of a Tri-Cities man who died after being found bloody and unconscious on the floor of an Eastern State Hospital restroom in 2013 is suing. Misael Rodriguez, 43, …