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  • Eastern state employee: Suspect guided him to body

    A woman accused of killing a fellow patient at Eastern State Hospital Tuesday pleaded not guilty in court today.


  • Eastern patient died from strangulation

    The Spokane County Medical Examiner has confirmed today the identity of the Eastern State Hospital patient killed early Tuesday by strangulation. The victim was 56-year-old Duane E. Charley.


  • Male patient found dead at Eastern State Hospital

    A female patient at Eastern State Hospital is suspected of murder after a male patient was found dead early Tuesday.


  • Ex-Shock player moved from jail to mental hospital

    A former pro football player arrested for arson in June has been moved from jail to Eastern State Hospital to undergo mental health treatment.


  • 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 …


  • Lawyers weigh insanity defense

    COLVILLE – The suspect charged with killing a Colville man last month is exploring the option of pleading not guilty by reason of insanity, a prospect that bothers the dead …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • Evaluation ordered for cold case suspect from Lewiston

    A judge in Washington state has ordered an evaluation of an Idaho man accused of killing his girlfriend 28 years ago to determine if he’s competent to stand trial.


  • Deal cuts hours, pay for state workers

    OLYMPIA – Union leaders for state workers have agreed tentatively to cuts in wages and increases in health premiums for the next two years. Union officials and Gov. Chris Gregoire, …


  • Gunman earlier tried suicide

    A gunman killed in a shootout with police last week had attempted suicide several times, been hospitalized at Eastern State Hospital and was described as “volatile and explosive” in a …


  • Sobriety required for test, judge says

    A murder defendant facing life in prison asked a judge on Tuesday to let him get drunk before being evaluated for violent tendencies. Superior Court Judge Tari Eitzen denied Justin …


  • Escape of Eastern State patient during trip to fair leads to suspensions, demotion

    Seven Eastern State Hospital employees have been disciplined following investigations into the September escape of a criminally committed patient from a field trip to the Spokane County Interstate Fair, state …


  • Eastern State Hospital workers disciplined in Paul escape

    Seven Eastern State Hospital employees have been disciplined following investigations into the September 2009 escape of a criminally committed patient from a field trip to the Spokane County Interstate Fair, …


  • Defense can see Zehm’s mental health file

    A federal judge ruled Thursday in favor of the city of Spokane and granted a motion brought by the attorneys for Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. to obtain Otto Zehm’s …


  • Judge allows access to Zehm’s mental health records

    A federal judge today ruled in favor of the city of Spokane and granted a motion brought by the attorneys for Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. to obtain Otto Zehm’s …


  • Lawyer defends Zehm handling

    A lawyer representing the city of Spokane argued for the first time Friday that Otto Zehm was suffering from “excited delirium” before his 2006 confrontation with police, making it a …


  • Driver accused hitting 2 at WSU to stand trial

    A Moscow man accused of injuring two Washington State University students in a December hit-and-run has been released from a hospital and deemed ready to stand trial.


  • Field trips seen as key to treatment

    Eastern State Hospital staff has been taking criminally committed patients on community outings to such places as Spokane Indians baseball games, Manito Park and the STA Plaza for years, according …


  • State curbs field trips for some mental patients

    A state psychiatric hospital review panel has found that Eastern State Hospital policies and procedures were out of date and its staff was not paying sufficient attention to safety issues …


  • Field trip violated hospital policies, report says

    Eastern State Hospital staff members escorting a field trip to the Spokane County Interstate Fair asked administrators two times to call 911 when Phillip A. Paul escaped from the group …


  • Editorial: Fair escape is no reason to change longtime law

    Legal scholars say the practice of claiming insanity as a defense against criminal charges is as old as ancient Greece. It matured under centuries of English common law, and the …


  • Mental hospital’s CEO quits

    Eastern State Hospital’s top administrator has resigned in the aftermath of last week’s escape during a Spokane County Interstate Fair field trip of a criminally insane patient committed to the …


  • Doug Clark: Knezovich spoke the plain truth

    Not to belabor our ongoing coverage of the homicidal loon who took off while on a mental hospital- approved field trip to the fair, but I have one more thing …


  • Mental hospital CEO steps down

    Eastern State Hospital’s top administrator has resigned in the aftermath of last week’s escape during a Spokane Interstate Fair field trip of a criminally insane patient committed to the hospital …


  • Friend helps officers locate escaped patient

    Three days after he slipped away from a group of mental patients at the Spokane County fair, Phillip A. Paul was caught Sunday afternoon near Goldendale, Wash., after conning a …


  • Field trip for escapee flies in face of ruling

    A judge ruled earlier this month that a paranoid schizophrenic killer who remained at large Friday after walking away from a supervised outing was a threat to public safety because …

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