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Sex offender’s fate rests with jury

Shawn Dale Botner’s adult life has been one of continual clashes with law enforcement. The convicted sex offender, who twice attacked victims in women’s bathrooms, now awaits a jury’s decision …


$1 million bond for teen in pregnant girlfriend’s death

The teenager charged with stabbing his pregnant girlfriend to death was released from jail in the spring because there was no room in mental health services, court documents show.


Sentenced to 4 years, robber cites addiction

A 24-year-old convicted robber told a judge Thursday how he went from living with his girlfriend and their 7-year-old daughter to putting a knife to a man’s throat to get …


Pair remain jailed in drive-by shooting

A Spokane County Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday there was no probable cause to charge a man arrested in connection with a shooting in a Spokane fast-food parking lot last …


Insanity plea could get killer life in mental hospital

In a rare court proceeding, a Spokane man was acquitted Tuesday of stabbing his cousin to death last year. But that acquittal may require Adrian Wayne Ellenwood to remain in …


Bail bondsman faces theft charges

The prosecution calls him “a threat to the administration of justice.” His lawyer says he’s the victim of a civil dispute turned media circus.


Lawsuit alleges sexism at Spokane Country Club

When a Spokane businesswoman joined the Spokane Country Club nine years ago, she drew curious looks when she played in a members-only tournament dominated by men. The next year, she …


Man gets 6 months for kiting checks

A man who convinced his girl-friend he was a covert military agent and swindled thousands of dollars to fund his gambling habit will spend the next six months in jail. …


Phony covert military agent gets six months for swindle

A man who convinced his girlfriend he was a covert military agent and swindled thousands of dollars to fund his gambling habit will spend the next six months in jail. …


Teen burned man in anger over beer money, police say

Police say a teenage boy accused of setting a homeless man on fire was upset because the man had taken his money without buying him beer as promised. John C. …


Career burglar sentenced to eight years

A burglar who targeted several homes after being released from jail because of a filing error last year was recently sentenced to eight years in prison.


Sentencing in shooting death delayed

A woman whose claims of self-defense in the shooting death of her husband were rejected by a Spokane jury told a judge Thursday she was hallucinating during last month’s trial …


Stark fires attorneys; sentencing delayed

A woman whose claims of self defense in the shooting death of her husband were rejected by a Spokane jury told a judge Thursday she was hallucinating during last month’s …


Suspect claims self-defense in fatal fight over tossed can

A dispute that began with a beer can tossed from a car window ended the next day with the death of a Spokane man from two bullets to the chest. …


Stark juror cut for discussing trial

A juror was dismissed Monday from the first-degree murder trial of Shellye L. Stark after disclosures that he had improperly discussed the case during a social gathering last week, including …


Florida firm settles with state A.G.

Another company that claimed to help save Washington homeowners from foreclosure – but purportedly did little or nothing in return for its fees – has agreed to a settlement with …


Judge ready to give up gavel

A veteran Spokane County Superior Court judge won’t seek re-election and will leave his courtroom at the end of the year. In an interview, 63-year-old Robert D. Austin said his …