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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 …


Man sentenced for beating dog outside City Hall

A man who beat a dog outside City Hall last summer will be released next week after about four months in jail.


Rape suspect faces more charges

A man accused of raping a woman in a Fairchild Air Force Base interrogation room faces additional charges in an attack prosecutors say began after he showed the alleged victim …


Additional charges filed in Fairchild rape case

A man accused of raping a woman in a Fairchild Air Force Base interrogation room faces additional charges in an attack prosecutors say began after he showed the alleged victim …


Teen suspects in beating may face adult trials

Prosecutors will seek adult charges against two teenagers accused of beating a man so badly his dentures broke. The suspects, Nicholas X. Parrish and Justin A. Summa, appeared in Spokane …


Sentences differ in pharmacy robberies

Two Spokane pharmacy robbers who faced a judge Tuesday likely will get starkly different sentences. The reason? One was armed, and the other wasn’t.


Two brothers arrested in road rage incident

One man grabbed her phone before she could call 911, breaking her hand in front of her husband and grandchildren as he screamed at the family for driving too slowly. …


PTO theft charges filed

A former north Spokane elementary school PTO treasurer pleaded innocent Monday to stealing nearly $20,000, more than a year after police say she sat in the principal’s office as the …


In brief: Woman reports rape at survival center

An employee at Fairchild Air Force Base’s Survival Training Center is accused of raping a woman in an interrogation room. Michael W. Fassbender, 32, was in Spokane County Jail on …


Girls’ rapist receives 18-year prison term

After listening to descriptions of the years of pain he inflicted on his victims, Robert J. Robel stood to face the judge who would send him to prison for what …


Ex-security chief gets 18 years for raping girls

After listening to descriptions of the years of pain he inflicted on his victims, Robert J. Robel stood to face the judge who would send him to prison for what …


Crime suspect held – again

A career criminal released from jail in August because charges weren’t filed in a burglary case is accused of a Wednesday night burglary that cleaned out a Spokane car stereo …


Police say man’s cellmate penned anonymous notes

A man charged with witness-tampering in his attempted murder case enlisted the help of a teen murder suspect with neat handwriting, court documents allege. David E. Epley, 36, pleaded not …


Dealer must pay workers’ lost wages

On April 1, 2005, AutoNation Inc. changed the vacation policy for its Spokane and Washington workers. The result was that more than 500 workers statewide were denied at least one …


Auto dealer paying employees lost wages

On April 1, 2005, AutoNation Inc. changed the vacation policy for its Spokane and Washington workers. The result was that more than 500 workers statewide were denied at least one …