Stories tagged: mental illness
UPDATED: FRIDAY, FEB. 17, 2017, 8:55 P.M.
Federal judge scolds state for treatment of mentally ill
A federal judge has blasted the Washington state agency responsible for providing competency services to mentally ill people in jail, saying the agency doesn’t appear to understand that these individuals …
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017, 3:27 P.M.
Senate votes to block rule on guns and mentally impaired
The Republican-led Senate has voted to block an Obama-era regulation that would prevent an estimated 75,000 people with mental disorders from being able to purchase a firearm.
UPDATED: THURSDAY, JAN. 26, 2017, 9:54 P.M.
Murder charge refiled against psychiatric hospital escapee Anthony Garver
Prosecutors have filed another murder charge against a man who broke out of Washington state’s largest mental hospital last year after an initial murder charge was dropped when doctors determined …
SATURDAY, JAN. 14, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Man claims woman he planned to wed already was married and defrauded him
In a “most unusual” case, a man claimed that a woman who he planned to marry already was married and defrauded him.
MONDAY, JAN. 2, 2017, 9 A.M.
Dr. Zorba Paster: Shining a light on mental illness
Dear Doc: Thank you so much for your article in the paper on being proactive about discussing depression with your doctor. What a critical point. I also have been writing …
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21, 2016, 11:50 A.M.
Washington accrues almost $7.5 million in contempt fines
The state of Washington has accrued fines of about $7.5 million for failing to provide competency services to mentally ill people who must wait in jails for weeks or months.
THURSDAY, NOV. 17, 2016, 11:50 A.M.
‘The Shining’ actress Shelley Duvall reveals mental illness
Actress Shelley Duvall has revealed her struggles with mental illness in an interview with “Dr. Phil.”
THURSDAY, OCT. 20, 2016, 1:42 P.M.
Lawyers concerned about collection of mental health data
Portland police have been collecting information about the mental state of arrestees since spring, but some lawyers say the practice raises privacy concerns.
SATURDAY, OCT. 8, 2016
Initiative 1491: Con: Initiative unfairly targets the mentally ill
In summary, I-1491 targets the mentally ill, ignores existing laws, provides no treatment model, compromises due process.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 14, 2016, 12:22 P.M.
Lax security at Western State Hospital led murder suspect to escape to Spokane
Corrections officials who investigated the April escape of two violent patients from Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital say they discovered a list of mistakes, blunders and deceptions at what should …
MONDAY, AUG. 29, 2016, 7:52 P.M.
Justice Deptartment focuses on police treatment of mentally ill
Justice Department lawyers investigating police agencies for claims of racial discrimination and excessive force are increasingly turning up a different problem: officers’ interactions with the mentally ill.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 17, 2016, 5:40 P.M.
Legal settlement clears way for mental hospital patients to resume field trips
A crackdown on patients leaving the grounds of state mental hospitals put in place after the high-profile escape from an outing to the Spokane County Fair in 2009 will be …
WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2016, 4:58 P.M.
Last federal refuge standoff occupier to remain in custody
A federal court judge has allowed Oregon standoff defendant Kenneth Medenbach to be released from jail while awaiting trial, but he will keep the last holdout in the armed takeover …
SUNDAY, JULY 10, 2016, 9:20 P.M.
Commissioner orders oversight of Western State Hospital admissions
A Pierce County court commissioner has ordered the state to appoint an expert to oversee changes in admissions policies at Western State Hospital.
FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2016
100 years ago in Spokane: Tragic murder mystery claimed another victim
One of Spokane’s tragic murder mysteries was turning even more tragic. Mrs. Charlotte Farquhar had lost her reason ever since her son Clarence was shot by an unknown person while …
THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2016, 1:27 P.M.
Washington Supreme Court upholds civil commitment law
The Washington Supreme Court has upheld a 2013 law that simplifies the process for holding mentally ill people charged with violent felonies after efforts to restore their competency fail.
TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2016, 4:04 P.M.
Man who spent day in downtown Seattle tree sent to psychiatric hospital
A man who spent 25 hours high atop a sequoia tree in downtown Seattle in March has been found incompetent to stand trial on a malicious mischief charge.
FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2016, 12:51 P.M.
Charges dropped against mentally ill man accused of killing roommate
A man with a mental illness accused of killing his roommate last fall will be committed to a state mental hospital without standing trial.
SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2016
Editorial: Strengthen the grip on mental illness
Nobody wins when mentally ill people are not getting treatment. Jails and shelters are stressed. Public safety deteriorates. Downtown businesses must deal with people acting out.
MONDAY, MAY 2, 2016, 5:04 P.M.
Mentally ill man shot by police outside motel was also shot by police in 2014
A man was shot Monday afternoon at the West Wynn Motel in west Spokane. Anthony Altizer, maintence worker at motel, said the man was shot by a police officer.
THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2016, 3:45 P.M.
Judge to decide where man accused of attempted murder will be locked up
During closing arguments, attorneys for Avery Latham say the 24-year-old should be found not guilty of attempted murder by reason of insanity.
TUESDAY, FEB. 9, 2016, 12:06 P.M.
Judge gives Washington mental hospitals more time to fix programs
A federal judge has extended the deadline for state mental hospitals to fix the system of evaluating and treating criminal defendants with suspected mental illnesses.
THURSDAY, FEB. 4, 2016, 2:53 P.M.
Idaho lawmakers told specialty license plate for Orofino “Maniacs” would be offensive
After hearing from advocates for the mentally ill and people who suffer from mental illnesses that an “Orofino Maniacs” specialty license plate would be offensive, Idaho’s House Transportation Committee on …
THURSDAY, SEPT. 17, 2015
Mentally ill Spokane man accused in longtime friend and roommate’s shooting death
A man with a mental illness is accused of shooting and killing his childhood friend and leaving the body for several days in the home where they lived north of …
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 16, 2015, 9:37 P.M.
Man suspected of killing his roommate in North Spokane
The attorney for homicide suspect Michael J. Prows argued in court Wednesday that her client is extremely mentally ill and not competent to assist in his defense. Prows sat next …
TUESDAY, SEPT. 15, 2015
Staff numbers hinder Eastern State’s compliance with mental health evaluations
Eastern State Hospital continues to struggle with a federal judge’s order to evaluate criminal defendants for mental illness promptly. Delayed evaluation means defendants who may have a mental illness wait …
THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2015
Man who assaulted woman with hatchet sentenced, released
A Spokane man who assaulted a woman with a hatchet after dragging her into a garage and demanding sex in 2012 was sentenced Wednesday and will soon be released. Greggory …
WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2015, 8:49 P.M.
Man who assaulted woman with hatchet sentenced to time served
A Spokane man who assaulted a woman with a hatchet after dragging her into a garage and demanding sex in 2012 was sentenced Wednesday and will soon be released.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2015
Shawn Vestal: Gun rights advocates take risk by objecting to bill
They’ve got your number, gun grabbers. The gun lobby has again helped undermine a piece of common-sense public safety legislation. The proposal, Washington House Bill 1857, would have allowed judges …
THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2015
Senate passes bill requiring data on mentally ill patients turned away
OLYMPIA – The state would find out how many people with mental illness are being turned away from treatment facilities under a bill the Senate passed unanimously Wednesday. Under the …