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Tuesday, February 19, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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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 …


Lawyer who fled country held on $750,000 bond

A disbarred lawyer on the run for more than a decade returned to Spokane this week to face an accusation that he stole money from a dead client’s estate. Claude …


On-the-run lawyer back in Spokane

A disbarred lawyer on the run for more than a decade returned to Spokane this week to face an accusation that he stole money from a dead client’s estate.


Serial robber gets 10 years

A 20-year-old man who as a teenager terrorized Spokane payday loan stores in a drug-fueled armed robbery spree was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday. Before Zachary T. Allen …


Serial robber sentenced to 10 years

A 20-year-old man who as a teenager terrorized Spokane payday loan stores in a drug-fueled armed robbery spree was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday.


Dead man’s name forged on checks

The story of a woman who worked as a prostitute before murdering her husband has reemerged in an otherwise low-level theft case in Spokane County Superior Court. Curtis A. Johnson, …


Death penalty avoided

A Deer Park man accused of murdering a witness in an assault case against him will avoid the death penalty if convicted because prosecutors mismanaged the case, a judge ruled …


Prosecutors’ mixup takes death penalty off the table

A Deer Park man accused of murdering a witness in an assault case against him will avoid the death penalty because prosecutors mismanaged the case, a judge ruled Wednesday.


Man convicted in assaults

A child rapist faces life in prison after a Spokane County jury convicted him Friday of three crimes involving sexual assaults against prostitutes. Pierre D. West, 49, clenched his jaw …


Wife-killer receives 18-year sentence

Theirs was a marriage rife with arguments and abuse. She broke free and sought help, undergoing therapy and getting legal assistance to contest a child custody agreement she thought was …


Elk couple accused of fraud

A couple who helped oversee the expansion of a medical clinic in Deer Park now stand accused of a million-dollar financial fraud officials say went undetected for years. Kelly and …


Explosive was for July Fourth, man says

A man accused of making explosives in his Spokane Valley apartment told police he planned to use them for a cannon on the Fourth of July. But detectives say John …


Explosives suspect makes court appearance

A man accused of making explosives in his Spokane Valley apartment told police he planned to use them for a cannon on the Fourth of July.


Explosives removed from Spokane Valley apartment

Explosives popular among suicide bombers were removed Monday from a Spokane Valley apartment belonging to a man upset about his divorce, authorities said.


Man gets 6 years in fatal stabbing

A man involved in a fatal stabbing will spend six years in prison. Joseph T. Harper, 25, pleaded guilty Wednesday to first-degree manslaughter in connection with the March death of …


Man pleads guilty in fatal March stabbing

A man involved in a fatal stabbing will spend six years in prison. Joseph T. Harper, 25, pleaded guilty Wednesday to first-degree manslaughter in connection with the March death of …


Brosnan pleads guilty in beating death of wife

A Spokane man who killed his estranged wife, then impersonated her on MySpace to dupe family members into thinking she was still alive, faces about 18 years in prison when …