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  • S-R wins PNNA awards for coverage

    The Spokesman-Review brought home six awards from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association convention in Portland this week.


  • Escape of Eastern State patient during trip to fair leads to suspensions, demotion

    Seven Eastern State Hospital employees have been disciplined following investigations into the September escape of a criminally committed patient from a field trip to the Spokane County Interstate Fair, state …


  • Washington House bill limits patients’ outings

    OLYMPIA – A unanimous House on Wednesday restricted outings by patients confined to state mental hospitals if those patients have been found not guilty by reason of insanity. The legislation …


  • Paul must remain at mental hospital

    YAKIMA – A state judge ruled Friday that Phillip A. Paul, the criminally committed Eastern State Hospital patient whose escape during a September field trip to the Spokane County Interstate …


  • Phillip Paul stripped of right to live away from hospital

    YAKIMA — A state judge ruled today that Phillip A. Paul, the criminally committed Eastern State Hospital patient whose escape during a September field trip to the Spokane County Interstate …


  • Advocate for mentally ill discusses reaction to the Paul escape

    A month ago, an Eastern State Hospital patient made headlines across the nation when he walked away from a field trip to the Spokane County Interstate Fair. Some questioned whether …


  • Doug Clark: DSHS report on Paul escape an exercise in lameness

    Friday found me in a downtown office watching state health officials unveil their report on how homicidal maniac Phillip A. Paul managed to escape two weeks ago while on a …


  • ‘Guilty but mentally ill’ might be costly

    OLYMPIA – Changing Washington law to allow criminal defendants to be found guilty but mentally ill probably wouldn’t have much effect on the state mental hospital system, a state official …


  • Field trip violated hospital policies, report says

    Eastern State Hospital staff members escorting a field trip to the Spokane County Interstate Fair asked administrators two times to call 911 when Phillip A. Paul escaped from the group …


  • Editorial: Fair escape is no reason to change longtime law

    Legal scholars say the practice of claiming insanity as a defense against criminal charges is as old as ancient Greece. It matured under centuries of English common law, and the …


  • Paul escape sparks debate

    The escape of a paranoid schizophrenic killer while on a field trip to the Spokane County Interstate Fair has reignited a long-smoldering conflict between advocates of two basic American principles: …


  • Escape call went to Crime Check

    When an insane killer escaped at the county fair, an Eastern State Hospital official didn’t call 911, she called the community crime reporting hot line. The four-minute phone call to …


  • Paul search cost Sheriff’s Office $37,000

    The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office will submit a $37,000 bill to the state for the cost of hunting down escaped Eastern State Hospital patient Phillip Paul.


  • Mental hospital’s CEO quits

    Eastern State Hospital’s top administrator has resigned in the aftermath of last week’s escape during a Spokane County Interstate Fair field trip of a criminally insane patient committed to the …


  • Doug Clark: Knezovich spoke the plain truth

    Not to belabor our ongoing coverage of the homicidal loon who took off while on a mental hospital- approved field trip to the fair, but I have one more thing …


  • Mental hospital CEO steps down

    Eastern State Hospital’s top administrator has resigned in the aftermath of last week’s escape during a Spokane Interstate Fair field trip of a criminally insane patient committed to the hospital …


  • Arresting reunion for detective in Paul case

    Like many people in Spokane County and throughout the nation, Roger Knight was “dumbfounded” when he learned that a schizophrenic killer had escaped while on a field trip to the …


  • Fair escape-ade merits ditty from your crooner in chief

    Phillip A. Paul is back in custody. Nobody got hurt. There’s only one way to commemorate Sunday’s capture of the criminally insane killer who took a powder last week while …


  • Detective and Paul have long history

    The detective whose shoulder was shattered the last time he confronted a fleeing Phillip Paul was among the law enforcement officers who captured the mentally ill killer Sunday, this time …


  • Friend helps officers locate escaped patient

    Three days after he slipped away from a group of mental patients at the Spokane County fair, Phillip A. Paul was caught Sunday afternoon near Goldendale, Wash., after conning a …


  • Key developments in Paul’s legal history

    Key developments in Phillip A. Paul’s legal history:


  • Search for Paul expands

    Local, state and federal authorities were still looking Saturday for Phillip A. Paul, a missing Eastern State Hospital patient committed in 1987 for killing an elderly Yakima-area woman. Paul walked …


  • Doug Clark: Field trip a literal no-brainer

    It’s a coin flip deciding who looks crazier these days. Escaped psycho killer Phillip Arnold Paul?


  • Inmate-tracking team helping search for Paul

    The state penitentiary in Walla Walla has sent a team that specializes in tracking escaped inmates to help in the search for Phillip A. Paul, who slipped away from a …


  • Key developments in Paul’s legal history

    Key developments in Phillip A. Paul’s legal history:


  • Fair officials say they’ll pre-screen future group visits

    A killer escaping a field trip to the Spokane County Interstate Fair has not affected attendance, but it was a wakeup call for fair officials, who say they plan to …


  • State plans to launch investigation

    A judge ruled earlier this month that a paranoid schizophrenic killer who remained at large Friday after walking away from a supervised outing was a threat to public safety because …


  • Patient with violent past escapes at fair

    The day after a mental hospital patient who brutally killed an elderly woman 22 years ago escaped from a group outing to the Spokane County Interstate Fair, local officials still …


  • ‘Criminally insane’ killer escapes

    With a “criminally insane” man who brutally murdered a 78-year-old woman 22 years ago on the loose after escaping from a group outing at the Spokane County Fair, local officials …


  • Schizophrenic won’t be released from hospital soon

    A man diagnosed as schizophrenic and committed to a mental hospital after being found innocent by reason of insanity in a 1987 slaying will not be released for at least …

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