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UPDATED: Fri., March 31, 2017, 10:09 p.m.

Court ruling hands Spokane Valley woman another chance to seek damages from Allstate

Ana Fortson-Kemmerer learned the hard way after her 2006 crash that she was not in “good hands.” The Spokane Valley woman, who had for years paid her monthly insurance premiums …


Family sues driver, employer over fatal crash in northeast Spokane

A jury found a driver not guilty of vehicular homicide after he crashed a pickup truck into a bicyclist on East Mission Avenue. Now the victim’s family is suing the …


UPDATED: Thu., March 2, 2017, 10:32 p.m.

Former Spokane NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal legally changes name

Rachel Dolezal did in fact change her name.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 9:46 p.m.

Chattaroy man impaled by tree branch sues Spokane County

A Chattaroy man who was impaled by a fallen tree branch while driving in an intense windstorm in 2014 now is suing Spokane County, claiming county workers allowed the tree …


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. …


Man accused of killing father in Spokane Valley is mentally ill, mother says

The man accused of killing his father last month in Spokane Valley is mentally ill and had been seeing counselors before the killing, his mother said Thursday.


Suspect in toddler’s death extradited from Idaho, held for $1.25 million in Spokane

A man accused of killing a toddler made his first appearance in Spokane County Superior Court on Monday, more than a month after he was arrested in a cabin on …


In race for Spokane County judge, Linda Tompkins cites experience, challenger Ward Andrews points to obscure report

An attorney challenging an incumbent judge in the November election is highlighting an obscure 2015 report showing how often attorneys request different judges to hear their cases. Civil attorney Ward …


Hit-and-run charge filed in north Spokane crash

Nearly a week after a dramatic crash that flipped an SUV and sent a woman to the hospital, prosecutors have filed a hit-and-run charge in the case against David R. …


STCU robbery suspect released from hospital; booked into jail

A man who was shot multiple times while allegedly trying to rob a Spokane Valley credit union was released from the hospital and booked into jail over the weekend.


Man, already charged with indecent exposure, faces 26 new child-porn charges

A 21-year-old man faces 26 charges of possessing child pornography after a lengthy investigation by the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.


Judge sets bond at over $1 million for suspected identity thief

Spokane County Superior Court Judge Greg Sypolt set Reuteler’s unusually high bond amount last week. On Tuesday, however, the Sheriff’s Office


No jail time for Cheney couple accused of animal cruelty

A Cheney couple accused of mistreating some 20 animals, including horses and a llama, won’t go to prison unless authorities find more evidence of animal cruelty on their property.


First female judge in Spokane County Superior Court retiring this week

After 37 years on the bench Spokane Judge Kathleen O’Connor will hang up her robe Friday.


Spokane County’s $8 million ‘mistake’ in jail death given reprieve by judge

Judge Annette Plese granted a repreive to Spokane County staff who failed to respond to an $8 million lawsuit stemming from an August 2012 death in the Spokane County Jail.


Supreme Court will decide if Envision Spokane’s 2013 initiative will be placed on ballot

More than two years after the Community Bill of Rights was blocked from the ballot by a Superior Court judge, the Washington state Supreme Court agreed to hear the case …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 13, 2015, 5:44 p.m.

Judge rules against mayor, allows Envision to appear on November ballot

A Superior Court judge denied Spokane Mayor David Condon’s request to block Envision Spokane’s Worker Bill of Rights from appearing on the Nov. 3 ballot this afternoon, saying that the …


Tax exemption puts Spokane and county at odds

When city leaders encouraged Spokane voters to pass last year’s street levy, they promised that existing property tax rates wouldn’t change. Now that promise is in jeopardy.


Wrongful imprisonment claims fail before Spokane judge

Three men who say they were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for a drug-related robbery from April 2008 they did not commit lost a bid for compensation under a state law …


CPS releases to mother 2-year-old left in cold car; Father posts bond

A laughing, tumbling 2-year-old Jesse Dillon proudly displayed his Batman toys at his grandmother’s house on the West Plains on Friday, three days after doctors say he nearly died after …


Jury acquits sheriff’s deputy of insurance fraud

Jurors threw out two counts of criminal insurance fraud against Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremy Jeske this afternoon.


Jury denies release of repeat sex offender

A 54-year-old with a history of sexual violence was ordered by a jury to remain in state custody following his latest stint in prison on rape charges.


Spokane man convicted of murder in ex-girlfriend’s stabbing death

A Spokane man likely will spend the rest of his life behind bars after a jury convicted him of murder in the stabbing death of his ex-girlfriend, whose body was …


Stabbing defendant pleads not guilty by reason of insanity

An 18-year-old who stabbed another man in the head repeatedly outside a downtown homeless shelter in August pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity on Thursday. David N. Vincent, who …


Judge denies Daiquiri Factory owner’s latest appeal

A controversial downtown bar will remain closed pending further legal action, Spokane Superior Court Judge Linda Tompkins ruled Thursday.


No bail required for suspect in child sex case

A 53-year-old Spokane machine shop owner who investigators say had a 10-month email exchange soliciting sex with an undercover Seattle detective posing as a 15-year-old prostitute was released from jail …


Suspect pleads guilty to role in killing

The first of seven suspects tied to the gruesome death of an alleged drug dealer and the kidnapping of his girlfriend pleaded guilty Friday. Joseph Gillespie, 34, will spend the …


First of 7 pleads guilty in connection to gruesome homicide

The first of seven suspects tied to the gruesome death of an alleged drug dealer and the kidnapping of his girlfriend pleaded guilty Friday.


Spokane County Superior Court Judge Price among finalists for high court position

On Friday afternoon in the courtroom once presided over by his uncle, Ralph Foley, Spokane County Superior Court Judge Michael Price was deciding whether to reinstate a man’s driver’s license …