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Lakeside’s Clark wins fourth pole vault, sets state mark

Technically, you’re a record-breaker even if it’s your record you shatter. Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls) pole vaulter Anandae Clark did just that at the State 1A/2B/1B track and field championships at Eastern Washington University’s Roos Field.

Shadle Park, University advance to State 3A softball

Just because two teams are guaranteed a trip to the state playoffs doesn’t mean that emotions won’t run high – especially among the fans. That was the case when the Shadle Park Highlanders faced the Kamiakin Braves Saturday at University High in the 3A regional softball tournament. The undefeated Braves won the game 8-2 to get the No. 1 seed to state. The Highlanders get the second seed.

Blew scores 31 as Valley Christian heads to state

Valley Christian guard Kolby Blew finally listened to his coach Chad Kimberley. He shot the ball more, and more and more. In heeding Kimberley’s advice, Blew lit up the scoreboard for a career-high 31 points Saturday, leading the Panthers past the Cascade Christian Academy Wolverines 69-47 at Shadle Park High.


EWU loses critical game to Montana State

The door to a berth in the Big Sky Conference basketball tournament for Eastern Washington isn’t shut, but with Thursday night’s 60-56 loss to Montana State the port of entry has become a little thinner. The Bobcats broke a tie in the conference standings with Eastern and moved a game up with a 6-8 record (12-16 overall). The Eagles fell to 8-19, 5-9.
News >  Spokane

Whits wave goodbye

It felt like trouble for Whitworth. The Pirates trailed Pacific University 8-3 with 17:58 left in the first half. That’s dire straits by Pirates standards these days. The slow start forced head coach Jim Hayford to call a timeout, and that wasn’t even a full one.

Eastern hangs in to top NAU

The double-digit lead the Eastern Washington men’s basketball team held for most of the second half Thursday never felt entirely secure. But despite making just 64 percent of their free-throw attempts for the game, the Eagles sank their last 10 attempts from the line and snapped a five-game losing streak by defeating Northern Arizona University 72-59.

Whits whack missionaries

Let Whitman Missionaries basketball coach Eric Bridgeland describe Whitworth’s dominating 104-71 win over his team Tuesday night. “It was an absolute clinic,” he said after the No. 3-ranked Pirates battered his team.

No suspense as Whitworth routs Lutes

If you’re looking for a nail-biting, suspenseful basketball experience, it may not be found at the Whitworth Pirates Fieldhouse anytime soon. However, if you want to see a nationally ranked team utterly dominate its opponent, shoot the ball well, play smothering defense and have the opposing coach pounding the scoring table screaming at referees as if they have some semblance of control over the outcome of the contest, then feel free to watch the No. 4-ranked Pirates leave their opponents behind.
News >  Spokane

Eugster seeks judge’s notes

Spokane attorney Steve Eugster said he will file a petition with the state Supreme Court claiming a Spokane Superior Court judge is not following the state's public disclosure act. On Thursday, a member of Eugster's staff attempted to present the petitions to several of the 12 Superior Court judges notifying them of his intent to serve one of their peers. Presiding judge Linda Tompkins said she was not served with a petition.
News >  Spokane

Wife of former WSP official pleads guilty to theft

The wife of a former high-ranking Washington State Patrol official pleaded guilty Thursday to nine counts of theft and was sentenced to three months of home confinement. Sally D. Dubee, 52, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree theft and eight counts of second-degree theft before Spokane Superior Court Judge Linda Tompkins.
News >  Spokane

Injured girl, woman remain hospitalized

A Spokane woman and her daughter remained hospitalized Wednesday after being hit by an unidentified driver in her 80s who told police that she never saw the family when she drove through a crosswalk Tuesday morning on the South Hill. Hanna Franchino was still listed in satisfactory condition Wednesday at Deaconess Medical Center, while Maria Franchino, 7, was in serious condition at the hospital, said police spokesman Dick Cottam.
News >  Spokane

Wrong body buried in mom’s grave

Though a funeral ad pledged a "personal promise to honor your loved one and help create a healing experience for your family," Morris Coyle and Pam Deleon say they experienced the opposite when their mother died last August. In a lawsuit against Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home & Crematory and Holy Cross Cemetery, the siblings say they often have trouble sleeping and have experienced anxiety. The two are seeking undisclosed damages for emotional distress after a cemetery employee buried the wrong casket – containing the wrong body – in a plot reserved for their mother in August.
News >  Spokane

Another candidate joins race for bench

Attorney Steve Eugster has been encouraging other attorneys to challenge all 12 Spokane Superior Court judges, each of whom is up for re-election in September. One of those attorneys is Superior Court Commissioner Joseph Valente, who has decided to run against the same judge Eugster is challenging, Sam Cozza. Valente formally filed paperwork with the Public Disclosure Commission announcing he would seek Cozza's seat.
News >  Spokane

Appeals court reinstates man’s claim against paper

The state Court of Appeals has reinstated a termination claim filed by a man who has since returned to the company he says fired him. Spokesman-Review employee Donald D. Reichert claims the company fired him. The lawsuit was originally dismissed by a judge. However, the appellate court concluded Reichert did not have an opportunity to properly defend himself when the company requested the case be dismissed.
News >  Spokane

Jehovah’s Witnesses, ex-elder sued

The family of a girl who was molested by a former Jehovah's Witnesses church elder has filed a civil lawsuit against the former leader and the church. Last October, Edward N. Davis, 40, was sentenced to 90 days in jail for molesting Aimey M. Vigue, 19. The abuse began when Vigue was 10, according to Superior Court records. Davis was an elder at the Jehovah's Witness Opportunity Kingdom Hall when the abuse occurred. Vigue's parents were close friends with Davis, according to the lawsuit.
News >  Spokane

Charges against dad upgraded after boy dies

A Spokane Valley man made his first appearance Monday for upgraded charges for the alleged murder of his 3-month-old son. Prosecutors have now charged James V. Adams, 20, with homicide by abuse in the death of Cadyn Scott Adams. The charge carries the same sentencing range as first-degree murder – a minimum of 20 to 26 years in prison upon conviction.
News >  Spokane

Storm whips through region

Spokane County Fire District Chief Bob Anderson couldn't confirm that lightning started a fire at the Beau Rivage apartment complex on Upriver Drive on Friday. But Joe LaPorte is willing to wager that it did. "I was on my computer doing my homework," LaPorte said. "I saw that it started raining real hard, and I went to the window to watch. That's when I saw a flash, heard a loud snap, the building shook, then I saw smoke coming from my bedroom," he said.

Ex-GU player Skinner jailed after dorm assault

A former Gonzaga University basketball player is being held on $30,000 bond and faces charges of burglary and assault in connection with an April 23 incident in a GU dorm room. Prosecutors have charged Tony L. Skinner, 22, with one count of first-degree burglary and a count each of second-degree assault and fourth-degree assault. Skinner's co-defendant, DeJuan Ashley, 21, faces the same charges as Skinner and is being held on $25,000 bond.
News >  Spokane

Infant Adams dies in hospital

A 3-month-old infant who police say suffered a fractured skull at the hands of his father has died. Cayden S. Adams died at Deaconess Medical Center at 3 a.m. Thursday, according to a hospital spokesman. Court papers released Wednesday incorrectly spelled Cayden's name, and the misspelling was included in a story in Thursday's Spokesman-Review.
News >  Spokane

Man pleads not guilty to running over wife

A Spokane man pleaded not guilty Thursday to murdering his wife, who authorities say was repeatedly run over by a van. Richard A. Atkinson, 32, said "not guilty" to one count of first-degree murder, three counts of second-degree assault and one count of reckless endangerment.
News >  Spokane

Man pleads guilty to assault in stabbing death

A Spokane man on Wednesday pleaded guilty to third-degree assault for the July 2003 stabbing death of a woman. Originally charged with first-degree murder, Steven M. Sigur pleaded guilty to third-degree assault for his role in the stabbing of Teisha McIntyre. A first-degree murder conviction carries a minimum sentencing range of 20 to 26 years. Third-degree assault has a sentencing range of 26 to 29 months.
News >  Spokane

Records show history of abuse

James V. Adams has a history of assaulting his family. Spokane juvenile court records show Adams often threatened to kill his stepfather. He pleaded guilty to assaulting an ex-girlfriend. Now, the 20-year-old Adams is accused of assaulting his 3-month-old son, who is in "very critical condition," according to one law officer.
News >  Spokane

Touched by Cmos

Mike Cmos Jr. always had a smile. He left his door open for others and gave unconditional love and friendship. And, reiterated once again: He caught some great fish.