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Joe Harrington tapped to lead U.S. attorney’s office in Spokane for third time in a row

Joseph Harrington has led the federal prosecutor’s office in Spokane for more than a year, even though no president appointed him and no Senate committee has confirmed him.


UPDATED: Thu., March 15, 2018, 5:34 p.m.

Pasco man gets life in prison for drug convictions

A federal judge in Spokane has sentenced a Pasco, Washington, man to life in prison plus 49 years after he was convicted in separate trials last fall of distribution of …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 3, 2018, 9:27 p.m.

With no permanent picks from Trump, Sessions appoints U.S. attorneys in Eastern Washington, 16 other districts

Joseph Harrington will continue leading the federal prosecutor’s office in Spokane with a slight change to his job title – from “acting” to “interim” U.S. attorney.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 22, 2017, 5:10 p.m.

Federal prosecutor arrested Friday on DUI charge

An Assistant U.S. Attorney, who was part of the prosecution team that won a conviction against former Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr., was arrested early Friday and charged …


Grand jury likely investigated but did not charge Pacific Steel in 2015 chlorine gas leak that killed employee

The U.S. Attorney’s Office likely impaneled a grand jury to investigate a 2015 chlorine gas leak at Pacific Steel and Recycling that killed one worker and seriously injured four others, …


St. Louis police investigation request goes to Washington

The request by St. Louis leaders to have the U.S. attorney’s office investigate police conduct at protests has been referred to the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 10, 2017, 10:21 p.m.

Spray-painting gang member gets five years in federal prison for gun possession

A federal judge on Thursday sentenced an admitted gang member from Spokane to five years in prison after he was caught with a gun.


Convicted child rapist gets 10 years for pornography possession conviction

A registered sex offender from Spokane received a 10-year sentence in federal prison Friday after he previously pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography.


Founder of disastrous Fyre Festival arrested, charged with fraud

One of the organizers of the disastrous Fyre Festival has been arrested and charged with wire fraud, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.


UPDATED: Fri., June 9, 2017, 5:51 p.m.

Spokane Valley man gets five years for possession of child pornography

65-year-old Spokane Valley man was sentenced Friday to five years in federal prison after previously pleading guilty to distribution of child pornography.


UPDATED: Fri., May 12, 2017, 6:28 p.m.

Hauser, Idaho, man sentenced to 10 years in prison for sex crime

A Hauser, Idaho, man has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for attempting to meet who he thought was a 13-year-old girl for sex.


UPDATED: Wed., May 3, 2017, 10:50 p.m.

Former U.S. attorney Mike Ormsby appointed city attorney by Spokane Mayor David Condon

The former U.S. attorney for Eastern Washington could soon become the city of Spokane’s top lawyer.


Feds on alert for voter fraud in Eastern Washington

Eastern Washington residents with actual information about voter fraud are encouraged to report it.


Plummer, Idaho, man sentenced to prison for shooting on Coeur d’Alene Reservation

A Plummer, Idaho, man was sentenced to 15 years in prison Tuesday for shooting a man on the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation in November.


Spokane man sentenced to 25 years in prison for child porn

Spokane resident Steven C. Harris was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison Tuesday after he previously pleaded guilty to attempted production of child pornography.


Investigators say former federal prosecutor claiming gender discrimination committed misconduct

Jill Bolton, the former assistant U.S. attorney suing the Justice Department for gender discrimination, committed professional misconduct in obtaining salary information about her coworkers in July 2014, federal investigators ruled.


FIFA acknowledges World Cup hosting bribes, asks U.S. for cash

GENEVA – FIFA acknowledged Wednesday that past World Cups were awarded based on bribes, and the organization wants U.S. prosecutors to give it “tens of millions of dollars” seized from …


Ormsby names new top assistant in U.S. Attorney’s Office

The decision to promote Pamela DeRusha to first assistant U.S. attorney was made after criminal chief Aine Ahmed chose to step down from a management job, U.S. Attorney Mike Ormsby …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 21, 2015, 2:38 p.m.

Female ex-federal prosecutor files gender discrimination lawsuit

Katherine J. Bolton, a former federal prosecutor in Spokane, has filed a lawsuit alleging gender discrimination in pay and treatment by U.S. Attorney Mike Ormsby.


Spokane man charged with sending ricin-laced letters

Federal prosecutors Wednesday charged a 38-year-old Spokane man with developing and sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and a federal judge in Spokane. The court documents say Matthew Ryan …


Seattle pot parlors laundered illicit drug cash

Two people charged as part of the biggest crackdown on marijuana dispensaries in Washington state pleaded guilty to federal charges Monday, acknowledging their business was a front for an illicit …


Judicial appointee helps track suspect

An assistant U.S. attorney and appointee for a federal judgeship helped identify a suspect in a string of South Hill burglaries by tracking his wife’s stolen coffee shop card. Tom …


Grizzly shooter pays $1,000; misdemeanor dropped

The U.S. Attorney’s Office has dropped a misdemeanor charge against a Porthill, Idaho, man who shot and killed a grizzly bear in his yard. Instead, Jeremy M. Hill was issued …


Spokane medical marijuana dispensaries on federal notice

Medical marijuana dispensaries in Spokane face federal prosecution if they do not end their operations immediately, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday. Federal authorities hope for voluntary compliance but are …


Feds: Murder plot uncovered in marijuana case

A Las Vegas developer acquitted by a federal jury in a North Idaho marijuana distribution case remains jailed without bail, now accused of conspiring to kill the prosecution’s key witnesses, …


Bomb found at U.S. Courthouse

At a time of heightened concerns over threats to government officials, federal authorities in Spokane kept quiet about the discovery of a bomb found alongside the Thomas S. Foley U.S. …


Feds investigating IED found at downtown courthouse

At a time of heightened concerns over threats to government officials, federal authorities in Spokane kept quiet about the discovery of a bomb found alongside the Thomas S. Foley U.S. …


U.S. attorney nominee has long felt called to the law

Mike Ormsby can blame his godfather if the U.S. Senate confirms him as the next U.S. attorney for Eastern Washington. At age 11, Ormsby got worked up over something he …


Businessman was leader of drug ring

Several Spokane businesses were fronts for a multimillion-dollar marijuana distribution ring busted after a four-year investigation that involved tens of thousands of taped phone calls and a car crash that …


Ex-U.S. attorney Gray, 83, dies

He spent his career prosecuting tax evasion, fraud and other swindles before enjoying a quieter retirement of volunteer work and life with his wife in their South Hill home. But …