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Stories tagged: Spokane County Superior Court


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 8, 2019, 10:49 p.m.

New DNA evidence tied to Bret Snow disappearance delays Spokane murder trial

New DNA evidence has emerged in the 2015 disappearance of Bret Snow, a 32-year-old drug courier believed to be murdered by at least four people at a Newman Lake drug …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 9:53 p.m.

Man found guilty of vehicular homicide, possession of meth in 2016 crash that killed bicyclist

A jury convicted a man of vehicular homicide and possession of methamphetamine stemming from a 2016 crash that killed a bicyclist in downtown Spokane.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 6:53 a.m.

Man sentenced 14 years to life in prison or 2017 rape in Spokane Valley’s Mission Park

A man convicted of first-degree rape has been sentenced to at least 14 years in prison almost a year and a half after he was arrested for forcing a prostitute …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019, 5:46 p.m.

Judge denies Cip Paulsen request to take back marijuana company amid debts, legal concerns

Cip Paulsen, the former federal inmate who obtained one of the county’s first licenses to legally grow marijuana, had his business stripped by the courts in November. A bid to …


After setbacks, Spokane County abandons custom criminal justice algorithm in favor of simpler tool

The Spokane Assessment for Evaluation of Risk, known as the SAFER tool, was touted as a cornerstone of local efforts to reduce jail overcrowding and eliminate racial disparities in the …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019, 10:51 p.m.

Suspected murderer of grandfather has bond reduced

A man suspected of shooting and killing his grandfather in December appeared in Spokane County Superior Court on Thursday and received a reduction in his bond.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019, 10:31 p.m.

Freeman shooting suspect has court hearing delayed again as judge declares: ‘This will be the last’

Caleb Sharpe turns 18 in October. But in July – 22 months after the then 15-year-old sophomore allegedly opened fire at Freeman High School – a court will decide whether …


Ready for Grandma duty: Superior Court Judge Clark retires after 25-year run on the bench

All 4 feet 11 inches of Superior Court Judge Ellen Kalama Clark, including her thick-soled tennis shoes, walked around the corner one early morning at the Spokane County Courthouse and …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 11, 2018, 10:15 p.m.

Second judge recuses himself from Spokane County cat pee case as scholar argues sealed records violate First Amendment

Judge Gary Libey had been expected to decide whether to unseal records in the case, in which Michael Price, the presiding judge in Spokane County Superior Court, sued a cat …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 5, 2018, 9:34 p.m.

Lincoln County marijuana growers sues Avista alleging breach of contract

The lawsuit, filed last month in Spokane County Superior Court, alleges Avista provided inadequate equipment to power a planned expansion of Buddy Boy Farms, a large-scale cannabis operation based south …


Cellphone data, DNA match result in Spokane man’s rape conviction

A Spokane County jury convicted a man of first-degree rape on Tuesday, more than a year after he was arrested for soliciting a prostitute and forcing her to perform oral …


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, …