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John Stucke
METRO EDITOR
John Stucke johnst@spokesman.com (509) 459-5419

John Stucke joined The Spokesman-Review in 2000. As Metro Editor, he directs local news coverage and oversees newsroom reporters. He has reported on business, health care, bankruptcy and agriculture for the paper.


Most Recent Stories

News >  Spokane
May 15, 2020, 6:26 p.m.
Ronald Shurer II, who graduated from Washington State University in 2001 and joined the Army a year later and served with such extraordinary valor in Afghanistan that he earned the nation’s highest military honor, died Thursday of cancer. He was 41.

News >  Spokane
Oct. 26, 2019, 10 p.m.
Unsettled by his mother’s deathbed words about her long-held beliefs, Timothy Egan, a New York Times winner of the Pulitzer Prize and bestselling author, packed his own lapsed faith, curiosity and Pacific Northwest travel wear and set out to explore his own spirituality in his new book, “A Pilgrimage to Eternity.”

News >  Spokane
Sept. 1, 2017, 4:22 p.m.
After wildfire burned Glacier National Park’s historic

News >  Spokane
March 2, 2017, 5:52 p.m.
Crista Calderon didn’t win her match on the long-running trivia mega hit Jeopardy!, but she had a lot fun trying.

News >  Spokane
Jan. 29, 2017, 2:44 p.m.
Spokane protesters joined an eruption of anger and exasperation across the country as President Donald Trump’s campaign promise to stop the flow of immigrants from Muslim nations became reality with a sweeping executive order this weekend.

News >  Business
Dec. 2, 2016, 5:20 p.m.
Two restaurants have closed within three days of each other in the new Regal Plaza south of Ferris High School where where Target now anchors a busy shopping center.

News >  Spokane
Nov. 17, 2016, 4:45 p.m.
Triumph Group intends to sell its aircraft parts factory on the West Plains amid a companywide retrenching that has resulted in plant closures and consolidations across the country.

News >  Business
Oct. 6, 2016, 5:50 p.m.
The federal government will pay about $95 million to 26,500 Washington farms to help offset the lowest crop prices in 10 years.

News >  Business
Aug. 24, 2016, 4:52 p.m.
The largest credit union in Washington state is moving into the Spokane market next month. Boeing Employees Credit Union is a million-member heavyweight with $15 billion in assets. It began in 1935 when a group of Boeing employees pooled money with the aim of making loans in the thick of the Great Depression to new workers who needed to buy tools for the job.

News >  Spokane
Aug. 21, 2016, 9:25 p.m.
A downed powerline sparked a wildfire about six miles northeast of Spangle that raced east Sunday evening through farm fields, brush and forest. Multiple homes, farm buildings and power poles burned but no one was reported hurt.

News >  Spokane
May 10, 2016, 5:19 p.m.
Workers at Spokane airplane parts plant Triumph Composite Systems go out on strike amid plans by the parent company to cut expenses by closing facilities.

News >  Spokane
April 1, 2016, 4:46 p.m.
A Spokane Valley doctor accused of recklessly writing prescriptions for painkillers said the state investigation is a vengeful effort to discredit his practice.

News >  Spokane
March 1, 2016, 11:08 a.m.
Dr. Craig Morgenstern’s secret life as a serial child molester unspooled in front of a federal jury that convicted him Tuesday.

News >  Spokane
Feb. 29, 2016, 9:49 p.m.
Dr. Craig Morgenstern led a secret life as a reckless child molester who made sex videos of himself with young boys he had drugged with prescription sedatives, federal prosecutors told jurors Monday. But the children weren’t his only victims. He betrayed neighbors. He betrayed his professional oath. And he betrayed those closest to him – assaulting the three sons of a man who years ago had Morgenstern stand beside him as his best man, witnesses told jurors Monday, the fifth day of trial.

News >  Spokane
Feb. 25, 2016, 8:50 p.m.
Federal prosecutors continued Thursday to make their case against former VA emergency room doctor Craig Morgenstern, saying investigators found about 1 million pornographic images and items on electronic gear belonging to him.

News >  Spokane
Feb. 24, 2016, 9:19 p.m.
A homeless drug user rummaging through apartment dumpsters in October 2014 found a trove of computer hard drives and DVDs that helped turn a child-rape investigation into the multi-state child pornography prosecution of former Veterans Affairs emergency doctor Craig Morgenstern. Michael Crowe, clad in lemon-yellow jail scrubs, told jurors during the third day of Morgenstern’s trial how he came upon two U-Haul moving boxes taped shut and discarded with other trash at an apartment complex just north of Francis Avenue.

News >  Spokane
Feb. 23, 2016, 8:49 p.m.
Jurors in the federal criminal trial of Dr. Craig Morgenstern were shown videos Morgenstern allegedly made of him sexually assaulting boys in the second day of his trial.

News >  Spokane
Feb. 22, 2016, 9:16 p.m.
A jury of nine women and six men were chosed Monday to hear the criminal case against Dr. Craig Morgenstern, the former Veteran Affairs physician accused of filming sexual assaults on half a dozen children.

News >  Spokane
Dec. 10, 2015, 10:41 p.m.
The Kalispel Tribe took ownership of the venerable Spokane Country Club this week with plans to preserve the course for private-member play with just a few tee times each day open to the public. Greens fees will be $115 when the course reopens for play next year.

News >  Spokane
Sept. 11, 2015, midnight
The Kalispel Tribe is poised to buy the Spokane Country Club for more than $3 million, according to a last-minute deal reached Thursday. At least two bidders were prepared to compete for the venerable club’s course and other holdings during a scheduled bankruptcy auction.

News >  Spokane
Sept. 10, 2015, 2:16 p.m.
The Kalispel Tribe is poised to buy the Spokane Country Club for $3 million according to a last-minute deal reached Thursday.

News >  Spokane
Aug. 1, 2015, midnight
The Kalispel Tribe has bid $3 million to buy the members-only Spokane Country Club and would fold the golf course and amenities into its Northern Quest Resort and Casino operations. The tribe is among four businesses that offered bids as the club members seek to settle bankruptcy and preserve a semblance of its 117-year history as an exclusive social club.

News >  Spokane
May 17, 2015, midnight
A trustee wants to recoup more than $2 million that bankrupted real estate developer Marshall Chesrown gave to family and friends as his fortunes were collapsing. The legal efforts, for example, target at least $1.3 million Chesrown transferred to his son, Scott Chesrown, in the years leading up to his $72 million personal bankruptcy filing.

News >  Spokane
April 26, 2015, midnight
The Spokane Country Club could be sold to settle its multimillion bankruptcy case as dozens of members quit and business slows in the aftermath of a gender discrimination verdict. The club sought bankruptcy protection two years ago to prevent collection on the $1.4 million verdict and related legal costs, and the members have not coalesced around a strategy to keep their private golf club.

News >  Spokane
April 22, 2015, midnight
Spokane County’s unemployment rate fell to 6.8 percent in March as hiring grew across a variety of business sectors. There were 6,000 new jobs added in Spokane from March 2014 to March 2015, driving down the jobless rate from 7.9 percent to 6.8 percent, said state labor economist Doug Tweedy. It’s the best jobless report for the month of March since before the economy collapsed in 2008; in March 2010 the jobless rate in Spokane County was 11.3 percent.