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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
Feb. 11, 2020, 6:28 p.m.
The power of social media broadsided a North Spokane sushi restaurant this week after a volunteer dishwasher posted videos of cooks preparing meals on a dirty floor, leaving raw food out at room temperature and using the same cutting board for everything from fish to vegetables.

News >  Spokane
Feb. 6, 2020, 5:36 p.m.
Two young boys wearing matching cowboy hats climbed up the ladder into the Case/IH Steiger quadtrac that was as big as a barn. The farm boys sat in the plush seat and pretended to drive the 580-horsepower machine that costs about $600,000.

Feb. 5, 2020, 6:29 p.m.
Eastern Washington wheat growers face an uncertain future even with returning market stability following recent trade agreements with China, Mexico and Canada, an agriculture economist said Wednesday.

News >  Spokane
Feb. 2, 2020, midnight
Hundreds of farmers will plow into downtown Spokane this week to look at the latest equipment and get forecasts for everything from rainfall to economic markets at the Spokane Ag Expo and Farm Forum.

News >  Business
Jan. 29, 2020, 4 a.m.
Almost without notice earlier this month, decades of collective on-air experience ended as a half dozen radio professionals in Spokane lost their jobs as part of industry layoffs that continue to erode local connections.

News >  Business
Jan. 24, 2020, 5:04 p.m.
The bikini-clad baristas have left the building, but commuters can still pick up their caffeine fix at the drive-thru that recently changed owners and names from Whip It A-Latte to the new TacoVado on North Ash Street in Spokane.

News >  Spokane
Jan. 23, 2020, 6:28 p.m.
A federal judge on Thursday told Shane J. Pariseau that he is running out of chances after he successfully escaped a high-speed police chase in 2018 only to be discovered days later in a Spokane hotel room with what one prosecutor described as a “mountain” of drugs.

Jan. 22, 2020, 5:59 p.m.
Trade wars and high global supplies decimated prices for Washington dairies over the past two years, but demand remains high and prices recently have begun to surge along with hopes for the state’s third most valuable farm product.

News >  Spokane
Jan. 22, 2020, 11 a.m.
Two defendants tied to an insurance-fraud scheme that included Spokane developer Ron Wells were sentenced to federal prison on Tuesday.

News >  Spokane
Jan. 21, 2020, midnight
Trade wars and high global supplies decimated prices for Washington dairies over the past two years, but demand remains high and prices recently have begun to surge along with hopes for state’s third-most valuable farm product.

Jan. 17, 2020, 4:44 p.m.
While the trade agreements President Donald Trump signed earlier this week with China, Mexico and Canada may not be everything Washington farmers hoped for, most analysts believe the deals will at least provide a level of certainty moving forward.

News >  Spokane
Jan. 17, 2020, 4 a.m.
On this day 100 years ago, the nation officially went dry.

News >  Idaho
Jan. 15, 2020, 3:04 p.m.
Idaho state Rep. John O. Green said Wednesday that he has no immediate plans to step down after a Texas jury convicted him of the felony charge of conspiracy to defraud the federal government.

Jan. 15, 2020, 1:13 p.m.
The day before a former assistant football coach at Ferris High School was arrested in 2018 for convincing a 15-year-old Moses Lake girl to meet him at Northern Quest Resort & Casino, federal documents allege he enticed a 14-year-old Spokane girl to engage in a “commercial sex act.”

Jan. 15, 2020, midnight
A Nespelem man was sentenced to two years in federal prison Wednesday after he previously pleaded guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily harm.

News >  Business
Jan. 14, 2020, 4:18 p.m.
The pool table has fallen silent. The liquor bottles, many half full, remain at attention. But, the padlock on the door and the massive “For Sale” sign at one of Spokane’s iconic watering holes foretells a different future.

News >  Idaho
Jan. 13, 2020, 6:43 p.m.
The federal criminal trial of Idaho state Rep. John O. Green, R-Post Falls, appears to be nearing an end in Texas, as the defense has begun presenting witnesses in the case in which Green is charged with helping a wealthy Texas couple hide assets to avoid paying income taxes.

News >  Spokane
Jan. 10, 2020, 1:13 p.m.
The first major snowstorm of the season brought more than half a foot of powder to the Spokane area on Friday, creating hazardous driving conditions, prompting colleges to cancel afternoon classes and forcing Spokane Public Schools to call off after-school activities.

Jan. 10, 2020, 10:46 a.m.
A man was shot and killed Friday morning by a Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy following a pursuit that ended in the backyard of a North Spokane home.

News >  Spokane
Jan. 10, 2020, 4 a.m.
The shifting landscape of the funeral industry has led to a business opportunity for someone seeking to purchase a very large, iconic building in Spokane that has two chapels, three apartments and its own crematorium.

News >  Spokane
Jan. 9, 2020, 4 a.m.
Steep slopes, views and a “high potential” for disturbing Spokane Tribe burial remains tend to attract attention when a developer proposes building four new homes in a forested area just above Peaceful Valley and just below the rim of Browne’s Addition in Spokane.

Jan. 8, 2020, 3:02 p.m.
Two defendants, who were tied to an insurance-fraud scheme that included Spokane developer Ron Wells, were sentenced to federal prison Wednesday and ordered to pay restitution to help cover the cost of the insurance payouts.

Jan. 4, 2020, 2 p.m.
A business pitchman who claimed to have deals with the father of Michael Jackson and came to Spokane in 2007 with promises of turning the Lilac City into a DVD-making giant has died in federal prison. Erick H. Hansen was 62.

News >  Spokane
Jan. 3, 2020, 4 a.m.
Donald “Don” James Larsen, an imperfect pitcher whose perfect game in the 1956 World Series cemented his legacy, spent the last 25 years of his life at Hayden Lake pursuing fish rather than fame.

Dec. 24, 2019, 12:02 p.m.
An 85-year-old Kalispell man has died following a Thursday collision on U.S. Highway 95 between Coeur d’Alene and Worley, Idaho.