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  • Valley pot grower gets home detention sentence

    A Spokane Valley grandfather who openly told nearby law enforcement about his marijuana operation received what is believed to be the lowest federal sentence in decades Thursday when he was …


  • DSHS agrees to pay former foster children $5.3 million

    The Department of Social and Health Services agreed Monday to pay $5.3 million to four people who were subjected to years of physical and sexual abuse as children in a …


  • Man pleads guilty to distributing child porn

    A man who once licensed foster care homes for the state pleaded guilty today to two federal counts of distribution of child pornography.


  • Woman embezzled $270,000 from law firm

    A woman who managed the payroll for a Spokane law firm is headed to prison after embezzling $270,000 to feed her prescription painkiller habit. Dawn L. Balzert, 44, cried as …


  • Tribal member pleads guilty to brutal assault

    A member of the Colville Confederated Tribes pleaded guilty today in federal court to brutally beating and kidnapping his wife earlier this year. The beating left his 37-year-old wife seriously …


  • Harpham tries to take back plea deal

    Leaving a bomb laced with rat poison along the planned route of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Unity March was merely a “creative idea” to protest multiculturalism, domestic terrorist …


  • Hells Angel will stay in jail

    A federal judge refused Friday to allow Hells Angels sergeant-at-arms Ricky W. Jenks out of jail so he can help with his girlfriend’s pregnancy. U.S. District Court Judge Justin Quackenbush …


  • Pliers may be allowed as evidence in Harpham trial

    A federal judge said Thursday that he is leaning toward allowing prosecutors to show that marks made on the wires of the bomb planted on Martin Luther King Jr. Day …


  • Judge questions plea deal for Hells Angels member

    Hells Angels sergeant-at-arms Ricky W. Jenks pleaded guilty Wednesday to being a felon possessing a firearm, but the federal judge handling the case said he wants more time before accepting …


  • Judge questions FBI procedures

    An FBI plan to not tell domestic terrorism suspect Kevin W. Harpham why he was arrested has raised the ire of the federal judge presiding over the case of the …


  • Prosecutors: Harpham photographed self at MLK march

    Federal prosecutors revealed today that domestic terrorism suspect Kevin W. Harpham took pictures of himself at the Martin Luther King Jr. Unity March in which he is charged with leaving …


  • Doug Clark: Gag on prejudicial language spiffs up defendant’s image

    I see that a federal judge has banned prosecutors from using terminology like “Hells Angels,” “Mongols” and “gangs” in the upcoming Ricky Jenks trial. Thank God. Nobody wants to see …


  • Serial arsonist gets a fiery rebuke

    A serial arsonist’s prolific criminal past earned him the wrath of a federal judge who on Friday sentenced the man to 10 years in prison. Anthony W. Sotin, 42, previously …

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