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  • Friends, families gather to honor homicide victims on national day

    The friends and families of homicide victims gathered for a vigil Thursday evening, passing a box of tissues around the room as they spoke one by one, choking back tears. …


  • James Rogers’ family questions death investigation

    The shots that ended a standoff two years ago on the lower South Hill continue to create a wide chasm between how a grieving family and law enforcement investigators view …


  • Officer accused of harassment won’t face charges

    Spokane Police Officer Jeff Graves did not commit any law violations stemming from complaints from a former lover who claimed he had stalked and harassed her, prosecutors have concluded.


  • Convicted murderer wins new trial for 2004 killings

    A Cheney man convicted of killing his pregnant girlfriend by pushing her out of a moving car has won a new trial. State appeals court judges ruled Tuesday that attorneys …


  • Spokane officer subject of inquiry resigns from force

    A Spokane police officer under internal investigation resigned Tuesday, the same day the investigation into allegations that he stalked and harassed a woman was turned over to prosecutors to determine …


  • Officials, mum on cop, let felon off

    A gun charge against an outlaw biker – considered so dangerous that Spokane police last year called in a SWAT team to apprehend him on an unrelated assault charge – …


  • Sons criticize investigation of mother’s homicide

    The lives of a Deer Park family are about to be thrust salaciously into the public spotlight. Clay D. Starbuck, a former pipeline worker with no criminal record, is fighting …


  • Legal questions surround shooting of car thief

    Legal experts generally agree Washington state law prohibits opening fire on someone stealing your car. But as the investigation into last week’s fatal shooting of an auto thief in north …


  • Suspect shot dead had back wounds

    A kidnapping suspect shot and killed by Spokane County deputies last summer suffered two gunshot wounds to the back, new documents show. Spokane County prosecutors are still reviewing whether the …


  • Spokane County won’t take legal action on pot cases

    Spokane County prosecutors are following colleagues from King, Pierce and Clark counties in saying they will no longer prosecute adults 21 and older for possession of less than an ounce …


  • Spokane County reverses, pot now legal

    It’s legal. After taking more time to review the new law, Spokane County prosecutors are now following colleagues from King, Pierce and Clark counties in saying they will no longer …


  • Trial begins in 1992 robbery, homicide

    The lengthy trial of a convicted robber began this week after DNA linked the registered sex offender to a fake beard worn during the killing of a Spokane Valley business …


  • 1992 murder trial begins against sex offender

    The lengthy trial of a convicted robber has begun this week after DNA linked the registered sex offender with a fake beard used during the killing of a Spokane Valley …


  • Prosecutors intend to try Brian Moore again

    Spokane County proseuctors have decided to pursue a second trial against a Southern California man charged with first-degree murder by accomplice, setting up what could be the fourth major trial …


  • Jury’s deadlock leads to mistrial

    A judge declared a mistrial Monday in the case of a Southern California man charged with first-degree murder by accomplice in the 2007 shooting death of his girlfriend’s husband. The …


  • Trimble sentenced for 1986 murder

    A life of crime likely ended Friday as a Spokane judge sentenced a man to 17 years in prison for the brutal beating, rape and slaying of a woman on …


  • 1986 cold case murder suspect pleads guilty

    A life of crime likely ended today as a Spokane judge sentenced a man to 17 years in prison for the brutal beating, rape and slaying of a 62-year-old woman …


  • 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 …


  • Feds dispute misconduct allegations in Zehm case

    The U.S. attorney’s office on Friday said allegations of prosecutorial misconduct by a forensic videographer – charges that have indefinitely stalled the sentencing of former Spokane police Officer Karl F. …


  • Beating suspect likely to face murder charges

    Spokane County prosecutors are expected to file murder charges against an 18-year-old man suspected in the beating death of a 65-year-old retired principal who was trying to break up an …


  • Tucker still mum on further action in Zehm case

    Ten days after a jury convicted Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. in federal court, Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker has given no indication that he will move forward in state …


  • Convictions in doubt over juror questioning

    Spokane County prosecutors are eagerly awaiting a ruling that is expected to have statewide implications and may cause the retrial of at least two local murder cases. The Washington Supreme …


  • Shawn Vestal: Shoplifting sentence puts eye on prosecutors

    Justice is blind, they say. And sometimes it’s dumb. Take the case of the $163 shoplifter and the 799-day prosecution. The overworked Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office overcharged a young woman …


  • Deputy won’t face charges in shooting

    A Spokane County Sheriff’s Office deputy won’t face criminal charges in the shooting death of a 74-year-old Spokane Valley pastor, a decision Prosecutor Steve Tucker says came down to this …


  • Deputy won’t be charged in shooting death of pastor

    Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker has decided not to file criminal charges against the deputy who shot 74-year-old pastor Wayne Scott Creach during a confrontation last August in Spokane Valley.


  • Woman can’t shake felony’s impact

    Kristin Bell had what she calls a moment of weakness that has turned into a 2 1/2-year legal nightmare and forced her to give up a dream of ever working …


  • Ruling upholds online sex sting

    The Washington Supreme Court, in a three-way opinion, has upheld the conviction of a man who tried to have sex with a 13-year-old girl he’d met online who really was …


  • Murder suspect fights return from Montana

    A murder suspect who is a person of interest in at least three other Spokane slayings in the mid-1980s is fighting extradition from Montana. Gary L. Trimble, 62, is in …


  • 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 …

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