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Tuesday, January 22, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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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 …


Shooting that left man paralyzed draws maximum sentence

For the first three months after he was shot through the head, Shane Reilly would wake up in horror not understanding why his body didn’t move below his nose or …


Camera ruling limited, city says

Red-light runners caught on camera in Spokane shouldn’t automatically expect a break from a recent court ruling rejecting the city’s method for issuing tickets. A city official says they’d have …


Mother cleared in crash fatal to baby

A vehicular homicide charge was dismissed Thursday against a Post Falls mother whose daughter was fatally injured five years ago while riding in an improperly installed car seat. Spokane County …


Judge dismisses homicide charge in car seat case

A vehicular homicide charge was dismissed Thursday against a Post Falls mother whose daughter was fatally injured while riding in an improperly installed car seat five years ago. Spokane County …


Aggravated murder charges filed in Forker Road homicide

Three suspects in the homicide of a Cheney man whose body was found in the trunk of his burning Thunderbird last month face life in prison without the possibility of …


Man gets six months in friend’s suicide

A Spokane man was sentenced Monday to six months in jail for his role in the suicide of a longtime friend who jumped off the Sunset Bridge. Melvin Alephus Gillespie, …


Murder conviction in road-rage case tossed out

A man who shot a retired teacher to death in a 2002 road-rage case had his first-degree murder conviction overturned. Christopher W. Conklin was improperly denied an opportunity to withdraw …


Husband recounts fatal crash

Gary Keller remembers the crash that killed his wife and left him paralyzed: He said it started with a silver flash. “I remember a big crash, and I remember flying …


Bail set for suspect in 1986 murder

A suspect in the 1986 murder of a Spokane woman remains in jail on $1 million bond after making his first appearance before a Spokane County judge Thursday. Police obtained …


Cold case suspect ordered held on $1 million bond

A suspect in the 1986 murder of a Spokane woman remains in jail on $1 million bond after making his first appearance before a Spokane County judge Thursday. Police obtained …


Collection method triggers lawsuit

After crashing into another car during a police chase in 2001, Spokane resident Lisa Orvis served eight months in jail and was ordered to pay $24,000 restitution. A decade of …


Woman convicted in crash that injured Spokane detectives

A jury today convicted a Spokane woman of three counts of vehicular assault for a crash that injured three police detectives last summer.


Teen stole from grandfather after finding him dead, police say

Police say a Spokane man had an unusual reaction to his grandfather’s death: grand theft. Anthony S. Jungen, 19, was ordered held Tuesday at the Spokane County Jail in lieu …


New Superior Court commissioner named

The Spokane County Superior Court has appointed Rachelle E. Anderson to the position of court commissioner. Her appointment will start Friday.


Lawyer appointed court commissioner

Spokane attorney Rachelle E. Anderson has been appointed as Court Commissioner for Spokane County Superior Court. She replaces James Triplet, who was appointed in November as a Superior Court judge …


Boyfriend in murder case faces charges in ’07 death

A 2007 murder case in which a jury rejected the killer’s claims of forced prostitution continued in Superior Court on Friday as the convict’s boyfriend appeared on murder charges. Brian …


Woman shot by trooper charged with drug trafficking

A Spokane woman who was nine months pregnant and unarmed when she was shot by a Washington State Patrol sergeant during a drug raid has been charged with drug trafficking. …


Candidate sues another over contract

Spokane County assessor candidate Sadie Charlene Cooney is suing prosecutor candidate Frank Malone for alleged failure to pay an $81,077 debt. The dispute springs from a contract in which Malone …


Superior Court judge talks about life on, beyond the bench

Spokane County Superior Court Judge Neal Rielly is only three weeks away from hanging up the black robe for good. The 66-year-old court official said he will officially step down …


Ex-West aide pleads innocent to check fraud allegations

A former state legislative candidate convicted in a federal fraud case four years ago is back in trouble, this time related to a proposed condo development in North Idaho and …


Jury acquits former survival instructor of rape

A former survival instructor smiled Wednesday as a Spokane jury read its decision to exonerate him of three counts of first-degree rape. Michael W. Fassbender, 32, asked his attorney, Christian …