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Stories tagged: Spokane County Superior Court


UPDATED: Fri., March 30, 2018, 9:37 p.m.

Condon picks Matthew Antush as next Spokane Municipal Court judge

Matthew Antush was attending a Drug Court graduation Thursday when he received an important phone call. Antush walked out into the hallway and was instructed to call human resources to …


UPDATED: Fri., March 23, 2018, 7:26 p.m.

Spokane County jury finds woman guilty in murder-for-hire case

A jury on Friday convicted a Spokane Valley woman of first-degree attempted murder and solicitation of murder for trying to recruit a man to kill her husband.


Couple sue Spokane Arena over fall at a concert in 2013

Carleen Kenfield went to the Spokane Arena in 2013 hoping to see the Tran-Siberian Orchestra. What she got instead was four years of surgeries, physical therapy and constant pain.


High-speed crash that killed teens last year spurs lawsuit

More than a year after a high-speed crash killed two teenage boys in Kootenai County, the family of one of the slain teens is suing the other alleging wrongful death.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 24, 2017, 9:17 p.m.

Man accused of killing Cheney marijuana store employee walks back guilty plea, for now

Calm and collected, Donovan Culps told Superior Court Judge Annette Plese in court Tuesday that he was guilty of murdering Cameron Smith. “Guilty,” he said quickly from a TV monitor …


Primary races still close for some positions

Some primary races remain in doubt in Wednesday’s ballot count.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017, 10:07 p.m.

Tony Hazel finishes first in primary for Spokane County Superior Court judge

Tony Hazel finished first in the primary to hold his Spokane County Superior Court seat, but he’ll likely have to face Jocelyn Cook to keep it.


UPDATED: Wed., June 14, 2017, 12:05 a.m.

Mother of 2-year-old beaten to death testifies she doesn’t remember initial statements to police

Lovina Rainey told a jury in the murder trial of her ex-boyfriend Jason Obermiller she doesn’t remember her statements to police the afternoon her 2-year-old daughter was discovered dead, and …


Workers wrap up restoration of illegal bluff road as legal battle continues

A crew from Land Expressions, the Mead-based firm responsible for restoring soil and plant life along a 1.3-mile stretch of an access road carved through conservation land earlier this year, …


UPDATED: Fri., May 5, 2017, 9:44 p.m.

Spokane County’s newest judge, Tony Hazel, sworn in with support from Steve Gleason, Adam Morrison

Tony Hazel was sworn in as Spokane County’s newest Superior Court judge.


UPDATED: Tue., April 18, 2017, 11:08 p.m.

Washington Senate honors the late Spokane County Judge Sam Cozza

Senate resolution honors late Judge Sam Cozza.


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.


UPDATED: Mon., April 10, 2017, 11:01 p.m.

After weekend arrest in Spokane, murder suspect Nathan Utt waives extradition to Idaho

Murder suspect Nathan Utt appeared in Spokane County Superior Court on Monday afternoon and waived his extradition to Idaho.


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 …