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Thomas Clouse joined The Spokesman-Review in 1999. He currently is an investigative reporter for the City Desk and covers federal, state and local courts.


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News >  Spokane
Oct. 11, 2019, 6:22 p.m.
In the multimillion-dollar civil case of the bulldog versus Gonzaga University, the school prevailed Friday.

News >  Spokane
Oct. 10, 2019, 6:28 p.m.
An attorney representing Shonto Pete filed a $5 million tort claim against Airway Heights and a $15 million tort claim against Cheney Thursday because both municipalities hired the same court commissioner to serve as

News >  Spokane
Oct. 10, 2019, 5 a.m.
The surprise snowstorm that hit the region Wednesday may be just the beginning of a worrisome stretch for what was shaping up to be the second-largest apple harvest in Washington history. The cold weather could also cause issues for homeowners and gardeners.

News >  Spokane
Oct. 3, 2019, 3:17 p.m.
Ernest “Mac” McCauley, 75, of Long Beach, California, had been flying the “Nine-o-Nine” B-17 for the Collings Foundation on several visits to Spokane of the Wings of Freedom Tour. The last tour stop occurred July 1 at Spokane International Airport.

News >  Spokane
Oct. 3, 2019, 5 a.m.
Mary Donovan didn’t come here to climb. But there she was Tuesday finding the next hand hold as she reached out her shaking hand on the climbing wall at Wild Walls in downtown Spokane.

Oct. 2, 2019, 4:14 p.m.
Grain barges are again flowing on the Columbia River after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers fixed a broken lock on the Bonneville Dam sooner than expected.

News >  Spokane
Oct. 2, 2019, 11:06 a.m.
The vintage B-17 Flying Fortress visited Spokane in July as part of the Wings of Freedom Tour crashed Wednesday during an emergency landing at an airport outside Hartford, Connecticut, killing seven of the 13 people on board and injured one person in a maintenance building that was hit by the aircraft.

News >  Business
Sept. 30, 2019, 6:10 p.m.
Blue Cross of Idaho announced Monday the opening of a new office in Coeur d’Alene that will employ about 40 people when fully staffed.

News >  Business
Sept. 30, 2019, 3:43 p.m.
The Better Business Bureau of Spokane closed its doors Monday and laid off most of its sales staff, a company spokesman said.

News >  Spokane
Sept. 26, 2019, 5:42 p.m.
After the first beating, Diane Leach walked into the night. She marched more than 8 miles on the Colville Indian Reservation before her boyfriend, a convicted serial abuser, tracked her down and the attack intensified.

News >  Business
Sept. 25, 2019, 3:57 p.m.
The Washington wheat industry got its first good news in more than two years Wednesday when President Donald Trump announced a new bilateral trade deal with Japan, which traditionally has been among the biggest importers of the region’s wheat.

News >  Business
Sept. 25, 2019, 3:10 p.m.
As part of its ongoing effort to refurbish hundreds of 737 Max jetliners in Moses Lake, Boeing on Wednesday announced $125,000 in local grants to support that effort.

News >  Spokane
Sept. 23, 2019, 3:01 p.m.
An already cool month of September could give way to actual snow in Spokane this weekend with wind chills down into the 20s. It would be the first time Spokane has seen snow in September since flakes fell in 1926, according to the National Weather Service.

News >  Spokane
Sept. 21, 2019, 5 a.m.
Theresa Hart’s grief still shuts her down some eight years since her son was killed in Iraq. Her outlet for all that pain is to make sure other veterans get anything they need, for free, to ease their transition back to what most people know as normal.

Sept. 20, 2019, 10:17 a.m.
Just a week after Freeman High School observed a moment of silence to remember Sam Strahan, a Spokane County judge rescheduled the first-degree murder trial of Caleb Sharpe to Oct. 5, 2020, just more than three years after the school shooting that killed Sam and injured three girls.

News >  Spokane
Sept. 19, 2019, 3:51 p.m.
A judge on Thursday threw out the confession of former Lewis and Clark High School student Ryan B. Lee, who had been charged with harassing other students and threatening to shoot up the school.

News >  Nation
Sept. 19, 2019, 3:43 p.m.
In a split decision, federal appellate judges have ruled that a federal judge in Spokane must reconsider his dismissal of a lawsuit seeking to interview former Spokane psychologists James Mitchell and John “Bruce” Jessen about the “torture” of a detainee who was being held in a CIA “black site” in Poland.

News >  Spokane
Sept. 12, 2019, 5:40 p.m.
A federal judge on Thursday sentenced a former Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels bookkeeper to three years in federal prison, which was more prison time than prosecutors had sought.

News >  Spokane
Sept. 11, 2019, 9:31 p.m.
Classic rock filled the night Wednesday. But the only remaining original member of Foreigner sat out the Spokane County Interstate Fair.

News >  Spokane
Sept. 11, 2019, 5 a.m.
Standing above the point where Chief Joseph Dam prevents thousands of chinook salmon each year from migrating upstream in the Columbia River, Darnell Sam praised new technology that could restore salmon runs all the way to Canada and beyond.

Sept. 9, 2019, 4:13 p.m.
One of two ways that Pacific Northwest farmers get their wheat to export in Portland has been shut down after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stopped barge traffic on the Columbia River around the Bonneville Dam after a crack was found on a critical part of one of its massive locks.

News >  Spokane
Sept. 8, 2019, 5 a.m.
The U.S. Department of Labor has settled a claim against a Spokane-based business organization over allegations that its leaders secretly transferred $3 million from a trust fund set up to lower health insurance costs for 800 local businesses to instead enrich their own for-profit company.

News >  Spokane
Sept. 8, 2019, 4 a.m.
Spokane County appears poised to overturn decades of precedent and hand the responsibility of representing indigent suspects to lawyers who work for a nonprofit rather than the county. The move comes as turnover in the Public Defender's Office has meant more time in jail for some clients as they await progress on their cases.

Sept. 4, 2019, 11:31 a.m.
Accused Freeman shooter Caleb Sharpe will be represented by the Spokane County Public Defender’s Office.

News >  Spokane
Sept. 3, 2019, 5 a.m.
A Spokane nurse has won a $260,000 judgment against the former owners of Deaconess Hospital after she lost her job in 2015 following her request for paid leave because she had become the victim of domestic violence.