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  • 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. …


  • 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. …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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, …


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago A Spokane County prosecutor was willing to see if brain surgery might cure the criminal tendencies of M.C. Parsons, 20, charged with various felonies.


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago The newly formed Spokane branch of the Red Cross Society was deluged with offers of help in its first week of existence.


  • Suit argues rights of mentally ill infringed

    Five years ago, Eastern State Hospital patient Phillip Paul – a man who had been acquitted of a violent murder based on “insanity” – walked away from a supervised group …


  • State settles with family of patient strangled at Eastern State Hospital

    Washington state paid $500,000 to settle a lawsuit filed in the strangulation death of an Eastern State Hospital patient. Hospital staff found Duane Charley dead in his room on Nov. …


  • Eastern State Hospital sued over 2012 strangulation

    The estate of an Eastern State Hospital patient who was strangled by another patient is suing the facility, saying its personnel failed to adequately supervise criminally insane patients. In a …


  • Estate of patient strangled at Eastern State Hospital files lawsuit

    The estate of an Eastern State Hospital patient who was strangled by another patient is suing the facility, saying its personnel didn’t adequately supervise criminally insane patients.


  • Suspect in pregnant Spokane woman’s 2009 death faces charges

    Prosecutors will retry a Spokane man deemed incompetent to stand trial in the 2009 stabbing death of his pregnant girlfriend. Robbie Bishop, 23, was in court Monday on the refiled …


  • New CEO coming to Eastern State Hospital next month

    Eastern State Hospital will have a new leader next month after being without a permanent chief executive for five months.


  • Eastern State Hospital chief steps down

    Connie Wilmot is out as the CEO of Eastern State Hospital four months after one patient strangled another patient and the hospital temporarily lost its accreditation. Wilmot accepted another position …


  • Eastern State Hospital passes review

    Eastern State Hospital has passed its latest review and will be recommended for reaccreditation by the The Joint Commission. A final decision on the Medical Lake psychiatric hospital could be …


  • Eastern State Hospital to regain accreditation

    Eastern State Hospital has passed its latest review and will be recommended for reaccreditation, Department of Social and Health Services spokesman John Wiley said Monday.


  • Eastern State Hospital expects reaccreditation

    An unsecured karaoke machine caused Eastern State Hospital to lose its accreditation last month, according to a report released by the Washington Department of Social and Health Services. The suspension …


  • Hospital accreditation at risk

    Eastern State Hospital’s accreditation has been suspended after a patient strangled another patient last month. The nation’s foremost medical accreditation organization, The Joint Commission, determined last week that the hospital …


  • Alleged killer led man to body

    An Eastern State Hospital patient approached an employee making his rounds in the middle of the night. “I murdered someone,” the patient told the employee, according to court documents, “but …


  • UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 21, 2012, 5:50 p.m.

    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.


  • UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2012, 4:39 p.m.

    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 …