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Jan. 22, 2009, midnight
The names of three finalists for a vacancy on the federal bench in Eastern Washington were released Wednesday by the office of Sen. Patty Murray. The finalists are private attorneys Stan Bastian, 50, of Wenatchee, and William Etter, 58, of Spokane, and Rosanna Peterson, 57, an assistant professor at Gonzaga Law School.
Jan. 21, 2009, 2:20 p.m.
The names of three finalists for a vacancy on the federal bench in Eastern Washington were released today by the office of Sen. Patty Murray.
Jan. 16, 2009, midnight
FBI agents arrested a 20-year-old Nespelem, Wash., man at his home Thursday and charged him with the knife-murder of Lillian Jolene Lee in March 2006 on the Colville Indian Reservation. Ryan Seideman was ordered held without bond on a federal charge of first-degree murder after an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cynthia Imbrogno.
Jan. 14, 2009, midnight
Property owners who live or own land near Marshall, southwest of Spokane, have filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co. for causing a 365-acre wildfire in summer 2007. The suit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court, cites a state Department of Natural Resources investigation that concluded a carbon buildup in the stack of a BNSF locomotive spewed hot cinders, which started a series of fires along the railroad right of way.
Jan. 11, 2009, midnight
The process to appoint a new federal judge for Eastern Washington is well under way, and three finalists for the lifetime post could be named as early as this week. The new judge, who will be appointed by Barack Obama after he becomes president on Jan. 20, likely will be a woman, according to a host of sources tracking the process.
Jan. 10, 2009, 5:21 p.m.
The process to appoint a new federal judge for Eastern Washington is well under way, and three finalists for the lifetime post could be named as early as this week.
Dec. 19, 2008, midnight
The wife of a Spokane stockbroker who drowned in a scuba diving accident in March is suing Scuba Center of Spokane and its owner-instructor, Daniel Arteaga. Maureen Maher-Gray, the widow of John W. Gray, filed the damage suit Tuesday in Spokane County Superior Court. Maher-Gray is the personal representative for her late husband’s estate, according to court documents.
Dec. 18, 2008, midnight
A former reserve sheriff’s deputy – a fugitive twice featured on “America’s Most Wanted” – agreed Wednesday to serve 50 years in prison for raping his 10-year-old daughter and posting a video of the attack on the Internet. Kenneth John Freeman pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Spokane to two counts of production of child pornography and a third count of interstate transportation of a minor for the purpose of engaging in unlawful sexual activity.
Dec. 12, 2008, midnight
People touched by the life of John Kuapahi Yoshikawa remembered his selfless, humble, caring and intellectual characteristics Thursday at a fog-shrouded church in northwest Spokane. They gathered from every corner of the city – a businessman, an attorney, a restaurant owner, a retired submariner, bus drivers and many others – at Community Bible Chapel for a memorial service for the 76-year-old recluse and Navy hero who died in November in the Hillyard storage unit he called home.
Dec. 10, 2008, midnight
The region’s fired Homeland Security coordinator – arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in October – was given a deferred prosecution, approved last week by Stevens County District Court Judge Pamela Payne. The deal puts David L. Byrnes on probation for five years. If he violates his probation, he’d face a fine and a sentencing from the judge, likely of at least 30 days in jail.
Dec. 9, 2008, 7 p.m.
The region’s fired Homeland Security czar — arrested for drunken driving in October — was given a deferred prosecution, approved last week by Stevens County District Court Judge Pamela Payne.
Dec. 8, 2008, 12:17 p.m.
A 29-year-old Spokane woman and her mother were convicted today by a U.S. District Court jury of federal charges related to smuggling a monkey into the United States.
Dec. 7, 2008, midnight
The intellectual recluse fatally overcome by smoke last month in his book-and-cardboard-stuffed rental garage in Hillyard was an American hero, but few knew it. John Yoshikawa Kuapahi, believed to be the first Asian-American assigned duty aboard a nuclear submarine, was awarded a U.S. Navy commendation for averting a “major disaster” when fire struck the USS Sargo on June 14, 1960, while it was docked in Hawaii.
Nov. 28, 2008, midnight
FBI Special Agent Norm Brown traveled a long, exciting and sometimes dangerous series of assignments before returning to his hometown of Spokane, where he graduated from Ferris High School in 1975. There weren’t many boring days along the way, he said.
Nov. 20, 2008, midnight
A woman and her boyfriend are accused of embezzling $814,000 from two Spokane advertising agencies and using the money for down payments on houses, luxury vehicles and airline tickets for a youth football team’s trip to California. Michelle A. Wing and Kenneth Marsh are each accused in a federal indictment of conspiracy and multiple counts of bank fraud in a white-collar crime investigation handled by the FBI.
Nov. 15, 2008, midnight
Idaho and Sandpoint police were called out Thursday when preparation for dredging to build the Sand Creek Byway sparked a confrontation between a North Idaho businessman and construction workers. Ralph Sletager, owner of the Sandpoint Marina, said he confronted four construction workers on his docks who told him they were preparing to remove the “C dock” unit, which has 25 boat slips.
Nov. 14, 2008, midnight
A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of animal control laws used by Spokane and Spokane County – including provisions allowing for the immediate euthanasia of cats – was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Spokane. The suit was filed by Adam Karp, a Bellingham animal-law attorney, who represents Spokane pet owner Patty Schoendorf, the only plaintiff in the suit.
Nov. 14, 2008, midnight
Deputies and game wardens found two deer living in a North Idaho double-wide last year when they seized 30 other animals, including a 28-year-old horse, in what authorities described at the time as an animal abuse case. After the deer were “released into the wild” and the other animals euthanized, a battery of animal cruelty charges were dismissed against the homeowner, Darlene Gardner.
Nov. 12, 2008, midnight
A father and son were convicted Tuesday in Spokane of multiple counts of money laundering and fraud for taking money from customers around the world but not delivering promised industrial parts. After a three-week trial, Frederick M. Simon, 44, and his father, Manfred O. Simon, 81, were found guilty by a U.S. District Court jury that returned its Veterans Day verdict in the downtown federal courthouse, which was otherwise closed in observance of the holiday.