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UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 9:43 p.m.

Shelley Szambelan keeps seat on Spokane County Superior Court; Patrick Johnson elected District Court judge

Shelley Szambelan will remain a judge on the Spokane County Superior Court, having won nearly 60 percent of votes in her race against attorney Dennis Cronin, early ballot returns show. …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 24, 2018, 9:54 p.m.

Spokane County Superior Court Judge James Triplet dies; he was 55

Spokane County Superior Court Judge James Triplet died Tuesday.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 15, 2018, 10:44 p.m.

Judge orders Spokane killing suspect to undergo more psychological treatment

A judge ordered a man investigators say killed his ex-girlfriend outside of her Spokane Valley home late last year to undergo a third round of competency restoration treatment at Eastern …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 12, 2018, 2:29 p.m.

Recently appointed Superior Court Judge Shelley Szambelan faces challenge from attorney Dennis Cronin

Dennis Cronin thinks there’s reason to worry about Spokane County Superior Court. And it all starts with the image it presents to the public. Like a castle up high, overlooking …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 7, 2018, 9:39 p.m.

Johnson, Brandt advance in race for Spokane County District Court Judge

Patrick Johnson emerged as front-runner in the race for Spokane County District Court Judge, securing 39.5 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s primary election. Johnson was one of three challengers …


UPDATED: Tue., July 3, 2018, 7:15 p.m.

County commissioners authorize hiring two additional public defenders days after office suspends new cases

Spokane county commissioners have approved the hiring of two additional public defenders – a move that will help relieve an office that was forced to leave defendants sitting in jail …


UPDATED: Fri., June 29, 2018, 8:06 p.m.

Spokane County delays providing public defenders to defendants who can’t afford to hire attorneys

In an unprecedented move, the director of the county’s public defender’s office has suspended all incoming felony cases to his office until the end of the month, citing a staff …


UPDATED: Fri., May 4, 2018, 10:03 p.m.

Judge bows out of cat pee case involving Spokane County judge, citing conflict of interest

A case that began with cat pee on a judge’s porch took another unusual turn Friday when the judge hearing the case recused himself due to a potential conflict of …


UPDATED: Tue., May 8, 2018, 6:54 p.m.

Cat pee on Spokane County judge’s porch prompts suit; court seals case

A Spokane County Superior Court judge sued his neighbor over cat pee, then successfully argued to have the case records sealed from public view. A hearing on Friday could determine …


Judge permanently blocks release of unredacted records on SFCC’s Darren Pitcher

A judge signed an order Friday permanently barring the Community Colleges of Spokane from releasing unredacted records of the sexual harassment investigation that led Darren Pitcher to resign as acting …


UPDATED: Fri., March 30, 2018, 9:37 p.m.

Condon picks Matthew Antush as next Spokane Municipal Court judge

Matthew Antush was attending a Drug Court graduation Thursday when he received an important phone call. Antush walked out into the hallway and was instructed to call human resources to …


UPDATED: Fri., March 23, 2018, 7:26 p.m.

Spokane County jury finds woman guilty in murder-for-hire case

A jury on Friday convicted a Spokane Valley woman of first-degree attempted murder and solicitation of murder for trying to recruit a man to kill her husband.


Couple sue Spokane Arena over fall at a concert in 2013

Carleen Kenfield went to the Spokane Arena in 2013 hoping to see the Tran-Siberian Orchestra. What she got instead was four years of surgeries, physical therapy and constant pain.


High-speed crash that killed teens last year spurs lawsuit

More than a year after a high-speed crash killed two teenage boys in Kootenai County, the family of one of the slain teens is suing the other alleging wrongful death.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 24, 2017, 9:17 p.m.

Man accused of killing Cheney marijuana store employee walks back guilty plea, for now

Calm and collected, Donovan Culps told Superior Court Judge Annette Plese in court Tuesday that he was guilty of murdering Cameron Smith. “Guilty,” he said quickly from a TV monitor …


Primary races still close for some positions

Some primary races remain in doubt in Wednesday’s ballot count.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017, 10:07 p.m.

Tony Hazel finishes first in primary for Spokane County Superior Court judge

Tony Hazel finished first in the primary to hold his Spokane County Superior Court seat, but he’ll likely have to face Jocelyn Cook to keep it.


UPDATED: Wed., June 14, 2017, 12:05 a.m.

Mother of 2-year-old beaten to death testifies she doesn’t remember initial statements to police

Lovina Rainey told a jury in the murder trial of her ex-boyfriend Jason Obermiller she doesn’t remember her statements to police the afternoon her 2-year-old daughter was discovered dead, and …


Workers wrap up restoration of illegal bluff road as legal battle continues

A crew from Land Expressions, the Mead-based firm responsible for restoring soil and plant life along a 1.3-mile stretch of an access road carved through conservation land earlier this year, …


UPDATED: Fri., May 5, 2017, 9:44 p.m.

Spokane County’s newest judge, Tony Hazel, sworn in with support from Steve Gleason, Adam Morrison

Tony Hazel was sworn in as Spokane County’s newest Superior Court judge.


UPDATED: Tue., April 18, 2017, 11:08 p.m.

Washington Senate honors the late Spokane County Judge Sam Cozza

Senate resolution honors late Judge Sam Cozza.


UPDATED: Tue., April 11, 2017, 11:08 p.m.

Inslee picks Spokane County prosecutor to fill Superior Court judge vacancy

Gov. Jay Inslee appointed Spokane County prosecutor Tony Hazel to the Spokane County Superior Court Tuesday, filling the seat left vacant by the late Sam Cozza.


UPDATED: Mon., April 10, 2017, 11:01 p.m.

After weekend arrest in Spokane, murder suspect Nathan Utt waives extradition to Idaho

Murder suspect Nathan Utt appeared in Spokane County Superior Court on Monday afternoon and waived his extradition to Idaho.


UPDATED: Fri., March 31, 2017, 10:09 p.m.

Court ruling hands Spokane Valley woman another chance to seek damages from Allstate

Ana Fortson-Kemmerer learned the hard way after her 2006 crash that she was not in “good hands.” The Spokane Valley woman, who had for years paid her monthly insurance premiums …


Family sues driver, employer over fatal crash in northeast Spokane

A jury found a driver not guilty of vehicular homicide after he crashed a pickup truck into a bicyclist on East Mission Avenue. Now the victim’s family is suing the …


UPDATED: Thu., March 2, 2017, 10:32 p.m.

Former Spokane NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal legally changes name

Rachel Dolezal did in fact change her name.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 9:46 p.m.

Chattaroy man impaled by tree branch sues Spokane County

A Chattaroy man who was impaled by a fallen tree branch while driving in an intense windstorm in 2014 now is suing Spokane County, claiming county workers allowed the tree …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 23, 2017, 3:04 p.m.

Fennessy gets fast start to new career as Superior Court judge

While it may be difficult to be called a rookie at age 59, Tim Fennessy said his fellow judges have gone overboard make his transition easier to the Spokane County …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 15, 2017, 11:36 p.m.

Superior Court Judge Sam Cozza remembered by those in Spokane legal community

Spokane County Superior Court Judge Sam Cozza, known by courtroom antagonists for his fairness, respectful demeanor and strict adherence to the letter of the law, has died at age 61. …


Man accused of killing father in Spokane Valley is mentally ill, mother says

The man accused of killing his father last month in Spokane Valley is mentally ill and had been seeing counselors before the killing, his mother said Thursday.