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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 …


Gerlach’s acquittal reflects society’s shifting attitudes

The seeds were sown for Gail Gerlach’s manslaughter acquittal in part by a Spokane murder conviction overturned more than 30 years ago. In August 1972, Yvonne Wanrow shot and killed …


Gerlach tells jurors he feared for his life

A year after fatally shooting Brendon Kaluza-Graham, who was speeding away in his SUV, Gail Gerlach told jurors the only thing he did wrong that day was mistake keys for …


Spokane Valley man arrested for pointing gun at woman, son

Robert Weathermon, 24, was arrested on suspicions of attempted first-degree assault with a firearm Friday. Investigators say he pointed a shotgun at a woman he thought was a friend attempting …


Henrikson employee details alleged murder deal to police

A former employee of James Henrikson acted as a go-between in a deal that led to the death of Spokane businessman Doug Carlile in December, court documents show.


Mistrial declared in rehearing of 2004 double-homicide case

A jury deadlocked in the case of a man being retried on murder and manslaughter charges in the 2004 death of his pregnant girlfriend and unborn child. Spokane Superior Court …


Sacred Heart pharmacy tech pleads guilty in pill theft

Pending a judge’s approval, Paul Martsin will spend five years in prison for stealing thousands of high-powered prescription medications and pay more than $11,000 to Sacred Heart Medical Center, where …


Court dismisses charges for one suspect in shooting outside The Hop! nightclub

Spokane County Superior Court will dismiss charges against one of the suspects involved in September’s deadly shooting outside The Hop! nightclub.


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 …