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Jail inmate claims he was tortured

A Spokane County Jail inmate claims in a federal lawsuit that he was beaten without warning by a cell extraction team and later tortured with blows to his genitals. One …


‘Graphic’ attack likely leaves inmate blind

A violent inmate who tortured and killed his cellmate at the Spokane County Jail six years ago, resulting in a $180,000 settlement by the county, is accused of gouging out …


Killer found dead in Spokane County Jail cell

A man sentenced to life in prison last week for murdering one of his accusers in a 2007 assault case was found dead in the Spokane County Jail early Monday. …


Cyndi Steele alleges conspiracy

The wife of a North Idaho lawyer accused of plotting her murder said federal agents knew a pipe bomb was attached to her car before it was discovered at a …


Convicted killer found dead in Spokane County Jail

A man sentenced to life in prison last week for murdering one of his accusers in a 2007 assault case was found dead in the Spokane County Jail early Monday.


Plea in North Idaho pipe bomb case postponed

A plea hearing for the hit-man-turned-informant in an alleged North Idaho murder plot was postponed Tuesday because the suspect was reluctant to acknowledge that the pipe bomb he’s accused of …


Trial set for accused crossbow killer Strandberg

A mentally ill Spokane man accused of murdering a woman with a crossbow more than two years ago is set for trial in January 2011 after a judge ruled he’s …


Informant to plead guilty in Steele case

A Sagle man who investigators say was hired by Edgar Steele to kill Steele’s wife and mother-in-law is expected to plead guilty to federal weapons charges next week. Larry A. …


Steele sent wife card, prosecutors claim

A federal prosecutor alleges in court documents that former Aryan Nations lawyer Edgar Steele appears to have violated a no-contact order against his wife, whom he is accused of trying …


Jail captain says inmates clogged, flushed toilets

Spokane County Jail inmates will start returning today to cells they flooded with toilet water Saturday evening. Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich plans to seek felony charges against those who were responsible …


Discipline dispensed after jail death

Penalties against four Spokane County Jail deputies who allowed an inmate’s death to go undetected for eight hours range from dismissal to a reprimand. Workplace charges in the Nov. 11 …


Border agents find pot, arrest driver

A Canadian truck driver was arrested at an Avista Utilities power plant in Ferry County with 300 pounds of marijuana on Friday.


Extortion suspects deny charges

Two federal convicts accused of trying to extort a Spokane County jailer told police they’d heard of the plan and were checking to see if the jailer was OK when …


Two arrested, accused of trying to extort jail deputy

Two people are in custody and a Spokane County Jail deputy is on paid administrative leave as authorities investigate his connections to an extortion plan allegedly hatched by a former …


Group honors injured deputy

A Spokane County sheriff’s deputy who fractured his neck in an encounter with an accused killer at the jail was honored Thursday by a local civic group. Dan Leonetti received …


Spokane County Jail deputy disputes termination

A Spokane County Jail corrections deputy is challenging his dismissal in March for alleged failure to discover an inmate’s death and then lying about it. The deputy, Kenneth Downey, is …


Jailer who failed to discover inmate death fights firing

A Spokane County Jail corrections deputy is challenging his dismissal in March for alleged failure to discover an inmate’s death and then lying about it.


Spokane County picks jail site near Medical Lake

Divided Spokane County commissioners Tuesday chose a site near Medical Lake for a second jail and the courthouse campus as a place to rehabilitate criminals. The vote was unanimous to …


Geiger’s mission changing

The Geiger Corrections Center will soon become an interim version of the treatment-focused “community corrections center” that is to be part of a jail-construction bond measure next April. Although Geiger …


Fired deputy faces charge

A former Spokane County Jail deputy fighting his dismissal over use of force has been charged with misdemeanor assault in the same incident. Wayne S. Green is accused of grabbing …


Ex-deputy charged in jail assault

A former Spokane County Jail deputy fighting his dismissal over use of force has been charged with misdemeanor assault. Wayne S. Green is accused of grabbing an inmate by the …


County jail announces 10 more layoffs

Spokane County officials say they will lay off an additional 10 jail employees to offset budget shortfalls they attribute to a drop in the number of inmates.


Fired Spokane County deputy gets arbitration

An arbitrator is reviewing the case of a Spokane County corrections deputy fired after sheriff’s officials determined he used excessive force on an inmate. Wayne Green was fired last summer …


Driver of carload of cash detained

A Canadian man caught crossing the U.S. border with $520,000 in undeclared cash is being held at Spokane County Jail after being taken into custody by federal agents. Richard Paul …


Spokane County jail unions still weighing merger

Local unions for two groups of Spokane County corrections deputies will go ahead with county-requested merger discussions despite layoffs, a spokesman said Wednesday. Tuesday’s announcement that 57 of their members …


Spokane County lays off jail workers

Spokane County will lay off 57 jail employees next month to offset a big drop in the number of inmates. The employees were notified Tuesday evening, and formal layoff notices …


Not guilty plea in beating death

A man accused of beating a man to death in the Dishman Hills Natural Area pleaded not guilty Tuesday to one count of first-degree murder with robbery.


Man charged with counterfeiting

A Spokane man is accused of manufacturing counterfeit money, then spending the bills last summer.


Former sheriff says he won’t challenge Knezovich for job

Former Spokane County Sheriff Mark Sterk announced Friday that he won’t challenge incumbent Ozzie Knezovich. Sterk declared earlier this month that he was considering a run, but he concluded there …


Former Sheriff Sterk won’t challenge Knezovich

Former Spokane County Sheriff Mark Sterk announced today that he won’t challenge incumbent Ozzie Knezovich.