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  • Spokane minister not guilty of hate crime

    A local minister was acquitted of a hate crime charge last week by convincing a jury he was acting in defense of his home when he allegedly used a gay …


  • Handling of Spokane transgender attack detailed in report

    The Spokane police officer in charge of the initial response to the assault of a transgender woman in Boots Bakery and Lounge said witnesses didn’t report any sexual slurs or …


  • Shawn Vestal: It took a while, but cruel news spread fast

    All day Saturday, Alison Collins was waiting for something to happen. For the police to stop by with follow-up questions. For the news media to report what had happened. For …


  • Two men deny accusations in assault of transgender woman

    The two men accused of assaulting a transgender woman Friday after she spat in one of their faces outside a downtown bakery and bar are denying they taunted her or …


  • Two men arrested in beating of transgender woman

    Two men suspected of beating a transgender woman in downtown Spokane were arrested Tuesday, eight hours after police sought the public’s help to identify the attackers. The victim of the …


  • Court upholds harassment conviction

    BOISE – A unanimous Idaho Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of Frank Tankovich for malicious harassment and conspiracy after a 2009 incident in which he and his two …


  • Three brothers accused of hate-crime assaults

    A 19-year-old man and his two brothers have been charged with hate crimes for allegedly attacking people because of their race. Deven James-Allen Hood is accused of smashing car windows …


  • Police say threats led to blows, charges

    A self-proclaimed skinhead was knocked unconscious by a black man after threatening to stab him last weekend in Bayview, Idaho, officials said Friday. Daren Christopher Abbey, 28, was booked into …


  • Brothers sentenced to probation, community service for racial harassment

    Two Coeur d’Alene brothers convicted of racially harassing a Puerto Rican man in August 2009 were sentenced Monday to two years supervised probation – including 300 hours of community service …


  • Police: Dispute between teen girls led to hate-crime probe

    Vandalism investigated as a possible religious hate crime was the result of a dispute between two teenage girls, Spokane police say.


  • Motion may delay Tankovich sentencing

    A Kootenai County judge on Friday heard motions for a new trial from two brothers convicted in October in a hate-crime trial. Judge John Luster didn’t rule Friday, but indicated …


  • Juror conduct at issue in CdA hate-crime verdict

    A Kootenai County judge on Friday said he’d never had an inquiry by a juror similar to one made during deliberations in an October hate-crime trial that has caused defense …


  • New trial sought in CdA racism case

    Two Coeur d’Alene brothers convicted in October of a hate crime have requested a new trial, accusing the presiding juror of misconduct. Frank Tankovich and his brother William Tankovich Jr. …


  • Third round of CdA hate crime trial begins

    The third round of a hate crime trial opened today in Coeur d’Alene, with two brothers accused of racially harassing a Latino man in the summer of 2009.


  • Police: Pair admit to malicious harassment

    Spokane police arrested a 22-year-old man Friday night for malicious harassment after police say he and another man threatened two women with a rifle and a yard tool.


  • Coeur d’Alene brothers face third hate crime trial

    Kootenai County Prosecutor Barry McHugh said Thursday that he will re-try two Coeur d’Alene brothers on malicious harassment charges stemming from a racial incident last summer. Frank J. Tankovich, 46, …


  • Hate crime trial ends with one misdemeanor conviction

    Jurors convicted a North Idaho man of conspiracy to commit disturbing the peace, a misdemeanor, in the first hate crime case to go to trial in Coeur d’Alene in recent …


  • Judge: Evidence lacking in hate crime case

    The judge on a Coeur d’Alene hate crime trial said Thursday that if he were ruling on the case instead of a jury, he would find that insufficient evidence existed …


  • Jury won’t hear of gun felonies

    Defense attorneys in the Coeur d’Alene hate crime trial of three brothers lost an attempt Wednesday to challenge the alleged victim’s credibility by introducing his criminal record, which includes felony …


  • Attempted robbery called hate crime

    A man accused of trying to rob a Spokane taco truck owner may have targeted the victim because of his race, new court documents allege. Michael A. Brewer, 22, has …


  • Judge declares mistrial in race harassment case

    A judge declared a mistrial Tuesday in the trial of three Coeur d’Alene brothers accused of racially harassing a Hispanic family in August. Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Art Verharen had just …


  • Mistrial declared in malicious harassment trial

    A mistrial was declared Tuesday in the trial of three Coeur d’Alene brothers accused of racially harassing a Hispanic family in August.


  • Swastika affixed to door of human rights center

    Employees of the Human Rights Education Institute in Coeur d’Alene arrived at work Thursday morning to discover a swastika sticker on the front door. Director of Operations Donna Cork took …


  • Three charged with hate crimes

    Three men were indicted Thursday by a Kootenai County grand jury on charges of malicious harassment under the state’s hate crime law after allegedly threatening a Hispanic family in Coeur …


  • Officials mull hate charge

    The Kootenai County Prosecutor’s Office is considering charging a man with a hate crime in a confrontation with a Hispanic family outside their Coeur d’Alene home. Ira G. Tankovich has …

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