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Gail Gerlach says police violated his Miranda rights

The Spokane man who shot a car thief outside his home in March will take the witness stand next week to argue statements he made to police directly following the …


Spokane man gets 13 years in prison for May shooting

Joshua J. Tillery, 34, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter Tuesday morning in the May shooting death of Devon Mack at a north Spokane home. Tillery reportedly shot Mack in the …


Abuse victim sues Spokane and Yakima Dioceses

A man filed a lawsuit in Spokane County Superior Court on Tuesday against the Catholic Diocese of Yakima and the Diocese of Spokane. The suit claims child abuse by a …


Judge finds Douglass in breach of contract

Spokane developer Harley Douglass was found in breach of contract Friday for not paying $800,000 owed in a land deal. Spokane Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno ordered Douglass to pay …


Authorities probe Craigslist rant: ‘Goodbye cruel world’

A man killed by Spokane police Tuesday may have authored a chilling farewell on Craigslist that outlined his plans to begin randomly shooting people just hours before the fatal confrontation. …


Jail ordered in assault case

A Spokane man accused of threatening to kill a woman and her baby pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree assault Thursday. A Spokane County Superior Court Judge sentenced 38-year-old …


Records detail possible felony hit-run

The Washington State Patrol is investigating a December incident involving a vehicle and pedestrian north of Spokane that left a piece of metal embedded in the victim’s head. A search …


Alleged killer led man to body

An Eastern State Hospital patient approached an employee making his rounds in the middle of the night. “I murdered someone,” the patient told the employee, according to court documents, “but …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 21, 2012, 5:50 p.m.

Eastern state employee: Suspect guided him to body

A woman accused of killing a fellow patient at Eastern State Hospital Tuesday pleaded not guilty in court today.


Retired judge Robert Austin dies

Longtime local judge Robert Austin, who retired from Spokane Superior Court at the end of 2008, died Monday following an aortic aneurysm on Saturday. He was 68. Austin’s wife, Robin, …


Alleged shooter charged with attempted murder

A Spokane man faces a first-degree attempted murder charge for what detectives call a retaliatory shooting. Eugene “Low Key” McVay, 30, appeared in Spokane County Superior Court this week. McVay …


Documents: McGill’s daughter described as uncooperative

Before a troubled teenager emerged as the prime suspect in a Spokane woman’s brutal riverbank slaying earlier this year, detectives had begun to suspect that the victim’s own daughter might …


Accused killer pleads not guilty

Accused killer Avondre Graham pleaded not guilty today in Spokane County Superior Court to four charges stemming from attacks against three women. Graham is charged with second-degree murder, first-degree attempted …


Teen admitted killing woman on trail, police say

A teenager Spokane police had long suspected in the May stabbing death of Sharlotte McGill admitted to killing her, court documents filed Wednesday revealed. While police suspected Avondre C. Graham, …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 17, 2012, 7:44 p.m.

Assault suspect appears in court

A teenager accused of attacking a woman walking on the Centennial trail near Mission Park was charged in Spokane County Superior Court today.


Murder case goes to judge

Patrick Kevin Gibson made big money robbing banks. A dozen gunpoint heists in the 1990s netted him $850,000. He was a professional robber who didn’t need to bother with a …


Son, 67, accused in mother’s death

A Spokane man has been charged with manslaughter after investigators say he neglected his elderly mother while in a drunken stupor last year. Glen Douglas Rosier, 67, left jail on …


TV host’s DNA sample delays Spokane murder trial

The last-minute discovery that a famous TV host and an actor handled a hat worn by a killer sought in Spokane since 1992 has temporary halted the trial of a …


Bail-jumping charge sends thief to prison

A Spokane man convicted of stealing money from a homeless woman who gave him her savings to rent a home is headed to prison. But it wasn’t the theft that …


SPD officer questioned in court about support for Thompson

A Spokane police officer who says he feared for his life after being threatened by a felon was asked in court Wednesday about supportive comments he posted on a Facebook …


Spokane man eschews plea deal, gets 184 years

A man sentenced to 184 1/2 years in prison for a shooting that injured one person declined a plea deal that would have given him 10 to 12 years in …


Detective gets $700,000

A jury on Friday awarded more than $700,000 to a Spokane police detective after finding he was wrongfully fired and then retaliated against by Spokane police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick. The …


Jurors get case against city, chief

Jurors will continue deliberations today to decide whether Spokane police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick “callously manipulated” her power to attack a 16-year department veteran, or showed strong leadership skills with a …


Judge orders evidence in ‘dysfunctional’ case

The city of Spokane must produce emails regarding its contract with a police department psychologist as part of preparation for a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by a detective, a judge …


Pair’s trial weighs link to fatal Halloween blast

Trial began Tuesday in the case of two men charged with manslaughter after a homemade bomb killed a 28-year-old man outside a party north of Chattaroy last fall. Christapher A. …


Trial begins in Chattaroy bomb fatality

Trial began today in the case of two men charged with manslaughter after a homemade bomb killed a 28-year-old man outside a party north of Chattaroy last fall. Christapher A. …


Town’s legal battle against man living in shed may be no-winner

Springdale, Wash., population 280, is spending more than 10 percent of its general fund to keep a man from living in a shed. The money might go a long way …


Church burglaries lead to felony charges

A series of church burglaries last year has led to 23 felony charges against four suspects. The burglaries, which police say began when the main suspect and his mother stole …


Suspect in bookstore owner’s slaying pleads not guilty

A Spokane man recently arrested for a 2007 slaying that authorities previously considered solved pleaded innocent Thursday to murder charges. The homicide case against Julio J. Davila comes as Jeramie …


DNA evidence reveals new suspect in 2007 slaying

Authorities in Spokane are questioning whether the wrong man was sent to prison for the murder of a porn-shop owner in 2007. A recent DNA match in the case has …