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UPDATED: Fri., May 5, 2017, 9:44 p.m.

Spokane County’s newest judge, Tony Hazel, sworn in with support from Steve Gleason, Adam Morrison

Tony Hazel was sworn in as Spokane County’s newest Superior Court judge.


UPDATED: Tue., April 18, 2017, 11:08 p.m.

Washington Senate honors the late Spokane County Judge Sam Cozza

Senate resolution honors late Judge Sam Cozza.


UPDATED: Tue., April 11, 2017, 11:08 p.m.

Inslee picks Spokane County prosecutor to fill Superior Court judge vacancy

Gov. Jay Inslee appointed Spokane County prosecutor Tony Hazel to the Spokane County Superior Court Tuesday, filling the seat left vacant by the late Sam Cozza.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 23, 2017, 3:04 p.m.

Fennessy gets fast start to new career as Superior Court judge

While it may be difficult to be called a rookie at age 59, Tim Fennessy said his fellow judges have gone overboard make his transition easier to the Spokane County …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 15, 2017, 11:36 p.m.

Superior Court Judge Sam Cozza remembered by those in Spokane legal community

Spokane County Superior Court Judge Sam Cozza, known by courtroom antagonists for his fairness, respectful demeanor and strict adherence to the letter of the law, has died at age 61. …


Judge gives burglar maximum sentence

Testifying as a victim, a federal judge Wednesday explained how a prolific South Hill burglar traumatized his family, forcing him night after night to explain to his young children that …


Marine dishonorably discharged, sentenced in fatal shooting

A U.S. Marine who accidentally shot a woman in the head at a party while he was in Spokane on leave has been dishonorably discharged and will spend more than …


Man gets 13 months in stabbings at party

Dressed in long shorts, sneakers with no socks and a collarless shirt, Cole M. Kendall stood before a judge Wednesday and entered an Alford plea for stabbing two people last …


Deputies tackle wrong man outside court

A suspected child rapist suffered shoulder injuries when Spokane County corrections deputies apparently mistook him for another man who they’d been sent to detain outside a courtroom. “The whole time …


Sheriff’s detective cleared of using excessive force

A jury Wednesday exonerated a Spokane County sheriff’s detective who has been the subject of several excessive force complaints. The jury found unanimously for Spokane County in a case that …


Man pleads guilty to shooting counts

A man pleaded guilty Tuesday to shooting into a Spokane Valley apartment complex last February. One of the bullets hit a metal bedpost and landed near a sleeping toddler.


Motorists block, report DUI suspect

A 49-year-old Spokane man with a history of driving under the influence was arrested in Spokane Valley on Wednesday after concerned motorists blocked his path. James L. Crabtree, a local …


Pair charged with drug trafficking

A Spokane woman who was nine months pregnant and unarmed when she was shot by a Washington State Patrol sergeant during a drug raid has been charged with drug trafficking. …


Custody battle over dog ends in couple’s favor

Harlee has come home. The black Pomeranian who ran away more than three years ago has been reunited with a Spokane County family after a court battle that went all …


Gang member guilty of assault, not attempted murder

A jury convicted a gang member Wednesday of using his car to try to run over a bodybuilder – described by one attorney as a “moose of a man” – …


Man faults brakes for head-on crash

A Spokane man arrested after a head-on collision on Trent Avenue on Wednesday told police he’d drunk two beers but that his brakes may have failed when he crossed into …


Man gets 15 months in prison for robbery

A man previously convicted of shooting a 13-year-old girl between the eyes while he was acting like a gangster pleaded guilty today to second-degree robbery.


In brief: Threats against Cozza investigated

Police are investigating death threats made against a Spokane Superior Court judge. A relative of Judge Sam Cozza who shares his last name received a phone call about 10:55 p.m. …