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Sirens & Gavels lawsuits archive

FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2010

City dropped from Shonto Pete's lawsuit

A federal judge ruled this morning that the city of Spokane will not be on the hook if a civil suit proceeds against former Spokane Police Officer James “Jay” Olsen, who shot Shonto Pete in the head during a drunken chase in February 2007. Federal...

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Boys' ranch accuser already had settlement

Although a jury last month rejected Kenneth Putnam’s sex abuse allegations against Morning Star Boys’ Ranch, the Catholic Diocese of Spokane had already paid Putnam a settlement worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.The award to Putman is among 10 such settlements totaling more than $3...

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MONDAY, FEB. 8, 2010

9th Circuit rejects Spokane man's appeal

A Spokane sex offender with a long list of lawsuits against various entities recently lost an appeal to one of the country's highest courts.Robert M. Waggy argued to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that his arrest in 2004 on a bench warrant was...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 8, 2010

2 bars named in DUI complaint 

The family of a Canadian woman killed in a hit-and-run crash in downtown Spokane wants two bars that reportedly served the suspected driver alcohol that night held responsible for her death. Elaine Price-Cornell, 63, died after she was hit by a car while crossing Browne...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 7, 2010

Men shot in CdA seek payment 

A Moses Lake man shot in downtown Coeur d'Alene has filed a complaint against the accused shooter, seeking at least $10,000 to cover medical costs and other damages. Bradley J. Phillips, 25, was shot in the leg Dec. 27 in downtown Coeur d'Alene. A complaint...

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MONDAY, JAN. 4, 2010

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 23, 2009

Thoma files $4 million claim 

A Spokane police sergeant fired after a drunken hit and run crash filed a $4 million claim against the city of Spokane Wednesday, claiming he was wrongfully fired because he’s an alcoholic. Bradley N. Thoma, 44, was fired Monday after refusing an offer from Chief...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 19, 2009

Joe Pickert, right, was executive director of both organizations when the Morning Star Boys’ Ranch deeded real estate to the Morning Star Foundation. Ranch executive director Richard I. Petersen, left, said charitable organizations often form foundations. “There was no attempt to defraud anybody,” he (Dan Pelle)

Ranch moves assets before abuse trial

Morning Star Boys’ Ranch has moved the bulk of its assets, including securities and real estate worth millions of dollars, to a nonprofit foundation in advance of the first trial over sexual abuse lawsuits against it. In 2007, the ranch transferred more than $12 million...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 8, 2009

County OKs settlement in Taser case

A Spokane County reserve fund will pay some $112,000 to a man who was shocked three times with a Taser by a deputy during a traffic stop in 2004. County commissioners approved a settlement this week with Spirit Creager, (right) a painter who had sued...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 1, 2009

Nick Rook, center, is the new baseball coach for Coeur d'Alene High School. 3/11/09. KATHY PLONKA The Spokesman-Review (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

AG says coach owes for canceled camp

The baseball coach at Coeur d’Alene High School is accused of canceling a sports camp and keeping the money of four people who’d signed up. The Idaho Attorney General’s Office filed a lawsuit against Nicholas Rook Wednesday, asking that he pay a $20,000 fine over...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 7, 2009

Courthouse watch: 8.7.09

A landlord shot to death by a tenant in Coeur d'Alene two years ago should have been trained on how to deal with dangerous renters, a lawsuit filed this week claims. Bette Fears, 67, died Aug. 8, 2007, when Evelyn Botto (right), 44, shot her...

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MONDAY, AUG. 3, 2009

Alleged groping incident caught on tape

A woman who claims a Coeur d’Alene police officer groped her during a drunken driving arrest last summer has video of the interaction from a police cruiser’s dash camera.But what the 45-minute video (a segment is posted above) means for the lawsuit filed by Coeur...

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TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2009

Settlement approved for 'donkey kick' jail death

The Spokane County Commission unanimously approved a $425,000 settlement today for the children of a man who died following a struggle with jailers. Benites S. Sichiro suffered multiple Taser shocks, was beaten unconscious and struck with jailer’s “donkey kick” before the 39-year-old died of a...

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MONDAY, JULY 20, 2009

Rental managers accused of big scandal 

When a Western Washington real estate owner died in a freak skydiving accident in Texas last year, his children felt his Spokane assets were in good hands.The couple in charge had worked for Rex Williams for eight years, and his family needed someone trustworthy to...

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FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2009

Courthouse watch: 7.17.09 

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 claims, the pricey private club changed the tournament to a men’s-only tournament, previewing years of...

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Courthouse watch: 6.11.09

The Spokane County Superior Court docket was dry today, and even if there was something worth looking into, a civil case that wrapped up in Judge Greg Sypolt's courtroom would have surely stolen its thunder. Closing arguments were this morning in a bizarre lawsuit in...

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