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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 …


Not guilty plea in beating death

A man accused of beating a man to death in the Dishman Hills Natural Area pleaded not guilty Tuesday to one count of first-degree murder with robbery.


Suspect charged in Spokane home invasion

A home-invasion robber held a toddler at knife-point to coerce a woman who later used a MySpace photo to identify him, according to police. The suspect, Pierre J. Davis, 21, …


Judge imposes stricter punishment

A Spokane County Superior Court judge rejected a sentencing proposal for a man who returned to jail just weeks after promising to “make better decisions.”


Girl’s killer faces 12- to 20-year prison sentence

A Spokane man who murdered a 7-month-old girl and then assaulted her older brother faces 12 to 20 years in prison when he’s sentenced next month. Jereme J. Bassett, 24, …


Attempted robbery called hate crime

A man accused of trying to rob a Spokane taco truck owner may have targeted the victim because of his race, new court documents allege. Michael A. Brewer, 22, has …


Man guilty in park shooting

A Spokane man who shot another man at a park nearly two years ago acted maliciously, but he didn’t try to kill his victim, a jury ruled Friday. Aleksandr V. …


Jury: Shooting was assault, not attempted murder

A Spokane man who shot another man at a park nearly two years acted maliciously, but he didn’t try to kill his victim, a jury ruled Friday.


Suspect denies leading fraud ring

A convicted methamphetamine maker accused of masterminding a multistate check fraud ring that bilked Spokane businesses out of thousands of dollars strongly denies the allegations. “I understand what they’re accusing …


Massive check fraud ring uncovered in Valley

A multi-state check fraud ring police say was masterminded by a convicted methamphetamine maker led to the SWAT-team arrest of the suspect Thursday night.


Sex predator ordered locked up indefinitely

A jury has decided child molester Ronald Reo Timm should be locked up indefinitely because he’s a predator who poses a danger to society.


Jury deciding whether child molester should be released

A jury is now deciding whether convicted child molester Ronald Reo Timm is immediately released or sent to a secure state facility for the rest of his life.


Baby’s broken leg prompts dad’s arrest

A Spokane man is accused of abusing his 2-month-old daughter. Daniel S. O’Brien, 23, appeared in Spokane County Superior Court on Monday on one count of first-degree assault of a …