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  • Haskell, Beggs share mixed view of Tucker

    Candidates for Spokane County prosecutor in a debate this week gave current prosecutor Steve Tucker a mixed report card on his charging decisions and professional conduct in several recent, high-profile …


  • Prosecutor candidates Haskell, Beggs support reforms to criminal justice system

    A lengthy list of prescribed criminal justice reforms and the promise of the first new Spokane County prosecuting attorney since 1998 have conspired to attract intense interest – and dollars …


  • Prosecutor candidates promise fresh approach to criminal justice

    Both candidates for Spokane County prosecutor promised change as they debated Thursday at a downtown candidate forum. The extent of those changes, and the person most qualified to make them, …


  • At debate, prosecutor candidates promise to be different than Tucker

    Both candidates for Spokane County Prosecutor promised change as they debated Thursday at a downtown candidate forum. The extent of those changes, and the person most qualified to make them, …


  • Doug Clark: ALS Ice Bucket Challenge a worthy fad

    The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge caught up with me at high noon Friday next to the big red wagon in Riverfront Park. I took a seat on one of the …


  • Shawn Vestal: Coroner would help clear air about police shootings

    Seven years ago, Prosecutor Steve Tucker had an interesting idea. Tucker was coming under criticism at the time for his office’s slow handling of its review of the Otto Zehm …


  • Serial killer Yates firmly on death row despite sentencing error

    OLYMPIA – Serial killer Robert Yates is technically correct that the sentences he received for two murders were calculated improperly, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday. But that doesn’t mean …


  • Gerlach pleads not guilty to manslaughter

    Gail Gerlach stood before a judge Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to first-degree manslaughter for fatally shooting a man who was stealing his SUV. Afterward, Gerlach, 56, appeared shell-shocked as …


  • Officials, mum on cop, let felon off

    A gun charge against an outlaw biker – considered so dangerous that Spokane police last year called in a SWAT team to apprehend him on an unrelated assault charge – …


  • Man who shot car thief could face prison time

    Even Gail Gerlach wasn’t sure if he had made the right decision. Minutes after shooting fleeing car thief Brendon Kaluza-Graham, Gerlach told police officers he “was scared and that he …


  • Legal questions surround shooting of car thief

    Legal experts generally agree Washington state law prohibits opening fire on someone stealing your car. But as the investigation into last week’s fatal shooting of an auto thief in north …


  • Zehm detective feared reaction to video

    Previously sealed records show that the lead Spokane Police detective investigating an officer’s confrontation with Otto Zehm believed the convenience store security video of the incident would be “inflammatory” if …


  • Otto Zehm family reaches settlement with Spokane

    The family of Otto Zehm will get the apology they sought for more than six years as Spokane city officials agreed Tuesday to settle a civil lawsuit against nine police …


  • Property crimes frustrate sheriff

    Flanked by a woman whose three daughters hid in the basement last week as a burglar ransacked their home, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich announced he’s fed up with prolific …


  • Reworked plea nets 60 days for shooter who missed kids

    A man who fired several gunshots into a house, narrowly missing two toddlers, after a 2009 dispute over a dog accepted a plea bargain Monday that called for 60 days …


  • Sullivan should just bask in her one-hit glory

    So the big recall petition against Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney Steve Tucker was booted out of court like an unwelcome party crasher. Boy, who could’ve seen that one coming?


  • Tucker recall effort tossed

    A recall petition against Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney Steve Tucker was dismissed on Friday by a visiting Superior Court judge. Judge Craig Matheson, of Benton and Franklin counties, said four …


  • Judge dismisses recall against Tucker

    A recall petition against Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney Steve Tucker was dismissed this afternoon by a visiting Superior Court judge.


  • Judge appointed to Tucker recall effort

    The same judge who approved the ballot language for the recall that unseated Spokane Mayor Jim West has been appointed to hear a similar effort to remove Spokane County Prosecutor …


  • Effort to recall Tucker is official

    Recall charges were filed Friday against Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney Steve Tucker alleging that he has failed to perform his duties and has violated his oath of office. Shannon Sullivan, …


  • Sullivan plans to file recall charges against Tucker

    Shannon Sullivan, who led a successful recall of the late Spokane Mayor Jim West in 2005, has a new target: Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney Steve Tucker. Sullivan said Thursday she …


  • Recall effort will target Tucker

    Shannon Sullivan, who led a successful recall of the late Mayor Jim West in 2005, said today she has a new target: Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney Steve Tucker.


  • Prosecutor rankles judge

    A judge refused this week to honor a plea agreement brokered by Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker after Tucker brushed off her demand to appear in court and explain his …


  • An open door requires not coming unhinged

    In politics, everyone’s for openness – for accountability, for transparency – until they get a good dose of it. Then, more often than not, they climb into a bunker, start …


  • Tucker mum on charges

    Ten days after a jury convicted Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. in federal court, Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker has given no indication that he will move forward in state …


  • Tucker still mum on further action in Zehm case

    Ten days after a jury convicted Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. in federal court, Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker has given no indication that he will move forward in state …


  • Clark: Tucker made right call in a sad case

    So the verdict is finally in. Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker will NOT charge the sheriff’s deputy who shot and killed an elderly Spokane Valley pastor last August.


  • Creach case hinges on self-defense claim

    In principle, it seems clear that a 74-year-old pastor on his own property should not die as a result of an encounter with law enforcement, as Wayne Scott Creach did …


  • Woman can’t shake felony’s impact

    Kristin Bell had what she calls a moment of weakness that has turned into a 2 1/2-year legal nightmare and forced her to give up a dream of ever working …


  • Example guides new head pastor after fatal shooting

    The Rev. Eric Walsh was living in McKenzie, Tenn., when he heard in late 2009 about an opening at Greenacres Baptist Church in Spokane Valley. Walsh got the job, and …

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