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Dec. 29, 2013, midnight
A life in prison has not silenced Christopher Jack Reid. The former porn star and convicted Pullman rapist continues to share his thoughts with friends and others through an edgy Twitter account and has relied on YouTube to publish a lengthy series of videos that proclaim his innocence by arguing that the victim was manipulated by authorities into giving testimony filled with lies.
Dec. 26, 2013, 6:20 p.m.
Marjory Halvorson, a longtime fixture in Spokane’s musical world, died Christmas Day after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 73 years old.
Dec. 21, 2013, midnight
A Spokane man won’t have to register as a sex offender or serve any time behind bars under a plea deal after being charged with molesting a disabled 14-year-old boy. Anthony Ray Bumgardner, 54, lived next door to the boy, who has multiple disabilities including cerebral palsy. On Aug. 29, 2012, the victim went to his house, where Bumgardner touched the boy inappropriately and without his permission, according to the boy’s testimony.
Dec. 19, 2013, midnight
Sheriff’s dog Deacon lays close to the ground, ready to pounce. His eyes train on the “bad guy,” who stands several yards away. It only takes a few words from Deacon’s handler, Deputy Tyler Kullman, before the German shepherd is on Officer Paul Buchmann. His teeth sink into a tube of armor Buchmann wears on his arm to protect himself.
Dec. 19, 2013, midnight
Hoping his dog’s death will mean new life for other shelter dogs, a Spokane man whose family dog was mortally wounded by two pit bulls last week has established a memorial fund for SpokAnimal. Spokesman-Review photographer Dan Pelle and his family are working with SpokAnimal to establish the Koko Lifesaver Fund. Money raised through the fund will benefit injured or sick dogs that are brought to the shelter that may otherwise not receive the medical care they need.
Dec. 18, 2013, midnight
The fading black letters spelling “LOBO” on the top of Ben Stark’s knuckles are from a different time in the ex-convict’s life. The letters mean “lone wolf,” said 40-year-old Stark. He points to two women’s faces on the back of his neck, and a sleeve of tattoos up his arm, all of them etched into his skin during his time in prison.
Dec. 14, 2013, midnight
The Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service is investigating a deadly attack by two pit bulls on another dog near Chase Middle School. Spokesman-Review photographer Dan Pelle was walking Koko, his 11-year-old Australian Kelpie-spaniel mix, in an open field near his South Hill home on Thursday. The field is near 32nd Avenue and Havana Street, just a couple of blocks northwest of Chase Middle School.
Dec. 13, 2013, 4:56 p.m.
The Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service is investigating a deadly attack by two pit bulls on another dog near Chase Middle School.
Dec. 13, 2013, midnight
At a crowded town hall meeting Thursday night, citizen after citizen took the microphone to criticize the Spokane Police Department and mayor’s proposed independent police oversight ordinance. More than 80 people attended Tuesday’s meeting at the West Central Community Center, and many raised their hands to speak.
Dec. 11, 2013, midnight
Frustration and support for a proposed pedestrian bridge in the University District area came to a head Tuesday night at a public forum hosted by city officials and contractors. The 120-foot-tall bridge, which would dominate the skyline east of downtown, would connect the Washington State University Spokane campus to the East Central neighborhood over the railroad tracks. The total cost is estimated to be as high as $16 million.
Dec. 8, 2013, midnight
Ray Garland knew only one thing on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941: He had a job to do. Garland watched for a moment as the bombs from Japanese forces fell on Pearl Harbor, destroying the nearby USS Arizona. Then, with an enemy to battle and a country to protect, 19-year-old Garland and the other Marines aboard the USS Tennessee leapt into action.
Dec. 4, 2013, 4:47 p.m.
A Spokane police officer previously suspended three times for misconduct has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation.
Dec. 4, 2013, midnight
Spokane County commissioners approved an extra $25,000 for the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service to help cover costs of last month’s seizure of malnourished horses from a West Plains ranch. SCRAPS Director Nancy Hill estimates the November seizure of 63 horses from the ranch on the 6800 block of East Deno Road could cost SCRAPS as much as $60,000. That’s on top of an estimated $30,000 to pay for July’s seizure of 26 horses from the same ranch.
Dec. 1, 2013, midnight
Travelers be warned: The National Weather Service predicts a strong storm system will bring heavy mountain snow to Eastern Washington and the Idaho Panhandle early this week, along with frigid temperatures and freezing rain. A low-pressure storm system will roll in from northwestern Canada beginning early today, bringing with it heavy snowfall in the mountains. The National Weather Service predicts as much as 2 feet of snow in the Cascade Mountains beginning today and into Monday, snarling the drive for holiday travelers heading over the passes. Forecasters also predict a foot and a half of snow in the Idaho Panhandle National Forests.
Nov. 30, 2013, 4:08 p.m.
Travelers be warned: The National Weather Service predicts a strong storm system will bring heavy mountain snow to Eastern Washington and the Idaho Panhandle early this week, along with frigid temperatures and freezing rain.
Nov. 27, 2013, midnight
Charges against one man in September’s deadly shooting outside The Hop! nightclub will be dismissed, Spokane police said Tuesday. Kalen Bedford, 23, will no longer face charges in the shooting of Julian Morrison, 26, outside the Monroe Street music venue, despite witness accounts that claimed he was the only shooter. He is still a person of interest in the case.
Nov. 27, 2013, midnight
Just a few hours after Steve Samcoff had a tooth extraction he couldn’t afford, he carried a frozen turkey on one hip and a paper bag holding all the fixings for a Thanksgiving dinner on the other. Samcoff, whose face was still numb, and his girlfriend Crystal Labute were among 7,000 families who attended Tom’s Turkey Tuesday at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. Their young daughter, Savannah, bounced on Labute’s shoulders.
Nov. 26, 2013, 1:21 p.m.
Spokane County Superior Court will dismiss charges against one of the suspects involved in September's deadly shooting outside The Hop! nightclub.
Nov. 22, 2013, midnight
Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Jerad Kiehn was justified in shooting a Spokane Valley man wielding a knife in June, prosecutors announced Thursday. Kiehn fired twice on Roy Jacobs Jr., 48, after he and two other deputies responded to a call of a domestic dispute in the early morning hours of June 1. Jacobs called 911 twice earlier that night from the apartment near the 4100 block of North McDonald Road to report he needed to be arrested on an outstanding warrant. Family said Jacobs was heavily intoxicated.
Nov. 21, 2013, midnight
The disaster response director for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will arrive in Spokane today to help care for 63 horses seized from a West Plains ranch Friday. The Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service seized the horses from a ranch at the 6800 block of East Deno Road, the same ranch where they seized 26 horses in July.
Nov. 20, 2013, 1:10 p.m.
Spokane County sheriff's deputies took a suicidal man wanted for arson into custody Wednesday when his car caught fire following a high speed chase.
Nov. 20, 2013, midnight
Spokane police on Monday arrested a man suspected of robbing a north Spokane Walgreens pharmacy at knifepoint twice last week. Steven R. Prigan, 22, faces charges of first-degree robbery, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance after he was arrested Monday night in a West Central apartment on the 700 block of North Oak Street, according to a news release. Police executed a search warrant at the apartment, finding several empty bottles of prescription drugs and a Chinese assault rifle similar to an AK-47, police said.
Nov. 19, 2013, 8:25 p.m.
Spokane firefighters responded to a blaze that destroyed much of a second floor apartment unit in a West Central house Tuesday night. No one was injured.
Nov. 17, 2013, midnight
Isaac Kimball, 2, focuses as he pours sand into a heart-shaped jar at Life Center Foursquare Church in Spokane. His father, Paul Kimball, holds his oldest boy, a huge grin on his face. A little over a year ago, Isaac was the Kimballs’ only child. Now, thanks to the state’s foster care system and Washington-based Antioch Adoptions, the Kimballs have gone from a family of three to a family of five with one on the way.