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  • 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.”


  • 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.


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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.


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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.


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • ‘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 …


  • 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 …


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