Stories tagged: spokane county courthouse
UPDATED: Tue., June 20, 2017, 6:28 p.m.
Spokane County Courthouse ‘Dog Father’ relishes his diverse clientele
On any given day lawyers, judges, county commissioners, accused criminals, the destitute and police officers all wait patiently in line for one man.
Sat., June 3, 2017, 6 a.m.
‘Reunification Day’ celebrates parents getting children out of foster care
When the state took away her two youngest sons and sent them to live with a relative, Marsha Valenzuela knew she needed to change.
UPDATED: Fri., May 12, 2017, 10:12 p.m.
Envelope with suspicious substance triggered Spokane County Courthouse evacuation
The Spokane County Courthouse annex was evacuated just before noon Friday due to a suspicious substance found in an envelope.
Fri., Feb. 24, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Judge suspends trial to search for meowing cat
The Mysterious Case of the Caterwauling Courtroom Cat played out in the Spokane County Courthouse. Judge Bruce Blake was holding a civil trial when the sounds of “meow, meow meow,” …
Fri., Nov. 18, 2016, 4:53 p.m.
Families get new members on National Adoption Day in Spokane
About 20 families celebrated National Adoption Day at the Spokane County Courthouse on Friday. Families appeared before a judge to make the new members of their family official, then went …
Thu., July 7, 2016, 11:31 a.m.
Questions linger after courthouse evacuation; letters sent by felon’s wife
Police have evacuated the Spokane County Courthouse. Spokane County Commissioner Shelly O’Quinn said there was “potential hazmat substance in one of the courtrooms.”
UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 27, 2015, 11:51 a.m.
Spokane County property taxes due Oct. 31
The second half of property taxes for 2015 are due to the Spokane County Treasurer’s Office on Oct. 31.
Wed., Sept. 30, 2015
100 years ago in Spokane: Streetcar robber escapes, shot by police
From our archives, 100 years ago Fred Johnson, dangerous desperado, escaped from the Spokane County Courthouse and ran to the Spokane River, where armed officers eventually pulled him, bleeding and …
Mon., Aug. 24, 2015
Courthouse rehab balances historic preservation, modern convenience
Ron Oscarson has an office filled with souvenirs of years spent restoring Spokane County’s historic courthouse, which will turn 120 years old this November. A discarded whiskey bottle that was …
Thu., June 11, 2015
Leak damages Spokane County Courthouse offices
It may have been a hot and dry weekend in Spokane County, but inside, its historic courthouse offices were flooding. A poor pipe fitting dripped unchecked all weekend, said Spokane …
Mon., May 11, 2015
Through the ‘gallows gates’
Two men were ordered hanged at the Spokane County Courthouse following convictions of first-degree murder. A third, Charles Brooks, was hanged in Spokane County in 1892 before the construction of …
Mon., May 11, 2015
Effort underway to restore jail’s ‘gallows gates’ at county courthouse
Sue Walker hopes the gates that once welcomed Spokane criminals to their jail cells – and two to their deaths – will return as a symbol on the county courthouse …
Fri., Feb. 20, 2015
Jim Kershner’s this day in history
From our archives, 100 years ago The designers of the Spokane County Courthouse never imagined that women would serve on juries, so they didn’t include a restroom for women jurors.
Wed., June 25, 2014
Appeals court reinstates lawsuit in death of man, 84, on jury duty
Appellate judges ordered another look at a dismissed civil lawsuit filed against Spokane County and a security company by the family of an 84-year-old man who died in the snow …
Mon., Nov. 4, 2013
Then and Now photos: Spokane County Courthouse
Spokane sprang from the ashes of the great fire of 1889, and many distinctive structures, including the Review Tower, were built in early 1890s. But building came to a screeching …
Tue., Aug. 14, 2012
County tightens rules on smoking
Spokane County commissioners are making good on a plan that was unveiled last spring to turn most of the Courthouse campus into a smoke-free zone with the exception of six …
Tue., Feb. 21, 2012
New steps toward renovation
The front steps leading to the Spokane County Courthouse were torn out a week ago in a project intended to bring new life to the historic French Renaissance building. New …
Tue., Jan. 31, 2012
County dusts off master plan to begin courthouse reorganization
People trying to iron out child custody problems bump into each other in the main-floor corridor of the Spokane County Courthouse almost on a daily basis while everyone else who …
Thu., July 21, 2011
Courthouse remodel sets off alarms
Two visions for the Spokane County Courthouse collided this week at a security scanner. County commissioners learned Tuesday that a half-million-dollar remodeling project placed a door on the wrong side …
Mon., June 6, 2011
Face Time: Judge has relished chance to help change lives
For 36 years, Richard “Rick” White has reported to his job at the Spokane County Courthouse, mostly on foot. White started in 1975 working as a juvenile probation officer, a …
Thu., Sept. 23, 2010
Parking garage planned near courthouse
The Spokane County courthouse’s lack of parking is legendary, but help may be on the way. Except for jurors, anyone with business in the courthouse and surrounding public buildings is …
Wed., May 26, 2010
Spokane County OKs thousands in courthouse repairs
A decorative metal finial – sort of a giant hood ornament – was blown off the roof of the Spokane County courthouse last Wednesday night. A nearly 5-foot chunk of …
Wed., March 3, 2010, 1:30 p.m.
Loaded gun seized at Spokane County Courthouse
A Spokane woman was arrested today after she tried to bring a loaded gun to a court hearing on a domestic violence charge.
Tue., Feb. 9, 2010
The high cost of free
Local governments often turn to grants to supplement tight budgets, but Spokane County is so broke it can’t even afford “free” money. Facilities Director Ron Oscarson recently had to give …
Fri., Jan. 15, 2010
Prosecutor drops case against bail bondsman
A bail bondsman once called “a threat to the administration of justice” by a prosecutor has been cleared of wrongdoing in a case his lawyer said amounted to little more …
Fri., Nov. 6, 2009
County shows off courthouse, before and after restoration
When the flagpole on top of the Spokane County Courthouse began to tilt nearly three years ago, county commissioners knew they had a remodeling project. But in a process that …
Tue., Oct. 27, 2009, 7:40 a.m.
‘WarrantFest’ allows residents to resolve legal problems
Spokane residents sick of having outstanding misdemeanor warrants can to go court later this week and get those legal problems fixed. However, Spokane Municipal Court officials are not offering amnesty …
Thu., March 29, 2007
Holy Family seeks more parking space
Holy Family Hospital is holding a public meeting tonight on a proposal to convert the land-use designation for a block of property near the hospital from multifamily to a mixed-use …