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Spokane County prosecutors demand raises, complain of unfair bargaining practices

The union representing Spokane County’s deputy prosecutors has launched a public pressure campaign in hopes of rebooting contract negotiations and obtaining wage increases. Mediated negotiations stalled in August when the …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 10, 2018, 12:49 p.m.

Prosecutor deems officers justified in March shooting at Hillyard apartment building

The Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office has determined two law enforcement officers were justified when they shot a man who was wielding a bolt-action rifle in a Hillyard neighborhood apartment in …


UPDATED: Mon., March 26, 2018, 10:48 p.m.

Police officer cleared in December shooting of armed robbery suspect

A Spokane police officer who killed a robbery suspect last December was justified in using deadly force, the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office said Monday.


Carjacking victim shot five times is not actually dead; prosecutor apologizes for error

“Hey man, I saw you’re dead. I read it in the newspaper.” So began the first of many frustrating phone calls that Kerry Arnold received on Tuesday.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 30, 2018, 10:38 a.m.

Prosecutor says officers were justified in fatal shooting at Shadle Center Walmart

The Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office says two police officers acted appropriately when they shot and killed an armed carjacking suspect in the Shadle Center parking lot in early October.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 24, 2018, 10:08 p.m.

Police release body cam footage of September nonfatal shooting

The Spokane Police Department has released body camera footage that shows the non-fatal shooting of Nevada felony suspect Antonio Davis.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 14, 2017, 11:04 p.m.

Prosecutors won’t file charges against Spokane police officer suspected of domestic violence

The Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office has elected not to file charges against a Spokane police officer suspected of assaulting his wife.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 10:40 p.m.

Deputies cleared in shooting of man armed with knife who allegedly set motel on fire

No criminal charges will be filed against three Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies who in June shot a man accused of setting his Spokane Valley hotel room on fire.


UPDATED: Thu., July 27, 2017, 10:08 p.m.

Police release body cam footage of downtown shooting

The Spokane Police Department has released body camera footage showing the shooting of Charlston Harper outside of a downtown Spokane bar last year.


UPDATED: Wed., July 5, 2017, 7:09 p.m.

Charges dropped against west Spokane shooting suspect

The suspect in a west Spokane shooting that left one person dead has been released from jail after the second-degree murder charges filed against him were dropped.


UPDATED: Mon., May 8, 2017, 11:29 p.m.

Prosecutor says deputies acted legally in fatal Colbert shootout

The Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office said Monday that sheriff’s deputies acted legally in the shooting death of Dean Bellamy, who reportedly opened fire on them after a four-hour standoff at …


UPDATED: Fri., April 28, 2017, 9:52 a.m.

Spokane police officer who shot machete-wielding man outside downtown bar cleared of wrongdoing

Charlston Harper says he doesn’t remember much from the night, almost a year ago, when a Spokane police officer shot him with a rifle outside a downtown bar.


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.


Courtroom flub frees man accused of indecent exposure in Spokane County

A man on trial for exposing his genitals to children and adult women several times will be set free from jail after prosecutors failed to prove a simple point: that …


Prosecutor rules police officer justified in shooting at West Wynn Motel

A Spokane police officer was justified in shooting a man who was pointing a realistic-looking BB gun at him, the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office said Tuesday.


Trial of Spokane attorney accused of rape moved to August due to illness

Robert E. Caruso, 78, had been scheduled to stand trial on a rape charge earlier this month. The pain medication he takes following surgeries to treat cancer would have made …


Friends, families gather to honor homicide victims on national day

The friends and families of homicide victims gathered for a vigil Thursday evening, passing a box of tissues around the room as they spoke one by one, choking back tears. …


Spokane minister not guilty of hate crime

A local minister was acquitted of a hate crime charge last week by convincing a jury he was acting in defense of his home when he allegedly used a gay …


Spokane police officers won’t face charges in 2014 shooting

After an investigation lasting more than 15 months, the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office announced Monday it would not seek charges against two police officers who shot a knife-wielding Aaron D. …


Police shooting of suspect justified, investigation finds

The Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office announced late Friday afternoon that four Spokane Police officers were justified in shooting robbery suspect Stephen C. Corkery outside a north Spokane home last March. …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 27, 2015, 9:19 p.m.

Police shooting of robbery suspect justified, prosecutor says

The Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office announced late Friday afternoon that four Spokane Police officers were justified in shooting robbery suspect Stephen C. Corkery outside a home at 1527 W. Grace …


Ex-prosecutor won’t do jail time

A former prosecutor who helped a criminal evade police will not have to go to jail after pleading guilty, paying a fine and doing community service work. Marriya Wright worked …


Prosecutor: No charges for officers in shooting captured on camera

No criminal charges will be filed against the three Spokane police officers who shot and killed a homicide suspect who returned to his home armed with a replica firearm in …


Embattled Spokane deputy prosecutor resigns

Marriya Wright resigned Wednesday in the wake of allegations she aided a wanted felon elude capture.


Shawn Vestal: In the sordid wake of the bikini-clad prosecutor

So, just to be clear: The prosecutor who was buddying up to a criminal – a criminal with the word “Criminal” tattooed on his forehead – turns out to be …


Spokane County prosecutor linked to felon by texts, video, bikini photo

More than a thousand texts, surveillance video and a bikini photograph have linked a convicted felon to a suspended Spokane County deputy prosecutor, who now faces potential charges of rendering …


County prosecutor allegedly aided wanted felon

A Spokane County deputy prosecutor who has been on leave since April is suspected of aiding a wanted felon in eluding capture earlier this year, according to court documents recently …


Judge authorizes $221,574 payment to Gerlach attorneys, witnesses

Taxpayers will have to dole out more than $220,000 to defense attorneys and expert witnesses who helped Gail Gerlach beat a manslaughter charge in an April trial. A jury acquitted …


STA stabbing suspect released on earlier charges

The homicide suspect in a fatal downtown stabbing on Saturday left jail last month after Spokane police did not file paperwork needed to hold him on a separate incident. Donald …


Breean Beggs, Larry Haskell tout skills at prosecutor debate

The two men vying to replace longtime Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney Steve Tucker touted competing advantages at a debate downtown Wednesday night. Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Larry Haskell, running for the …