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Thomas Clouse tomc@spokesman.com (509) 459-5495

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
Aug. 25, 2009, midnight
Friends of Otto Zehm wore small blue buttons that read “Otto” in support of the mentally ill janitor, after he died in 2006 following a struggle with Spokane police. Now friends of Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. are rallying with $10 blue wristbands to raise money for Thompson’s “out-of- pocket” expenses as he awaits trial in federal court on charges of using unreasonable force against Zehm and lying to detectives who investigated the incident. Thompson has been transferred to desk duty and is still collecting his salary of about $73,000 a year, not including overtime. The city of Spokane and the federal government are paying his defense costs in the civil and criminal cases against him.

News >  Spokane
Aug. 22, 2009, midnight
A college student charged with felony theft recently stood before Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno and asked to be enrolled into a diversion program. She was accused of shoplifting in July. By mid-August, the 21-year-old student got another chance at a clean record.

News >  Spokane
Aug. 21, 2009, midnight
A 24-year-old man told a judge Thursday that his life changed quickly and dramatically: He went from living with his girlfriend and their 7-year-old daughter to putting a knife to a man’s throat to get a pharmacist to hand over a bag of OxyContin pills. “How did you get to this point?” Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno asked Michael A. Miller.

News >  Spokane
Aug. 20, 2009, 6:06 p.m.
A 24-year-old convicted robber told a judge Thursday how he went from living with his girlfriend and their 7-year-old daughter to putting a knife to a man’s throat to get a pharmacist to hand over a bag of OxyContin pills.

News >  Spokane
Aug. 13, 2009, midnight
A Spokane jury got its first glimpse Wednesday of the past sex crimes and current violent sexual fantasies that persuaded state officials to try to keep Shawn Dale Botner in custody for the rest of his life. The state wants to civilly commit Botner, 36, as a sexually violent predator, just as it did last year with rapist Kevin Coe. In a civil commitment trial, the jurors must find that Botner has a mental abnormality that makes him likely to commit sexually violent acts.

News >  Spokane
Aug. 12, 2009, 6:41 p.m.
A Spokane jury got its first glimpse Wednesday of the past sex crimes and current violent sexual fantasies that persuaded state officials to try to keep Shawn Dale Botner in custody for the rest of his life.

News >  Spokane
Aug. 12, 2009, midnight
In a rare court proceeding, a Spokane man was acquitted Tuesday of stabbing his cousin to death last year. But that acquittal may require Adrian Wayne Ellenwood to remain in a mental hospital for life. Spokane County Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno approved 35-year-old Ellenwood’s not-guilty plea by reason of insanity. Ellenwood must remain at Eastern State Hospital until doctors determine he no longer poses a threat to himself or the public.

News >  Spokane
Aug. 11, 2009, 6:44 p.m.
In a rare court proceeding, a Spokane man was acquitted Tuesday of stabbing his cousin to death last year. But that acquittal may require Adrian Wayne Ellenwood to remain in a mental hospital for the rest of his life.

News >  Spokane
Aug. 11, 2009, midnight
A Cheney man pleaded not guilty Monday to a charge of animal cruelty after a witness reported seeing him throw a beagle into a kennel. According to a police report, a witness also saw 27-year-old Casey J. Price holding the female beagle, named Roxy, by her throat and holding the dog’s mouth to keep her from crying out.

News >  Spokane
Aug. 8, 2009, midnight
Two more of Spokane’s six public swimming pools are scheduled to open Wednesday, giving kids 15 days to splash and dunk their friends before the school year starts. City officials gathered Friday to celebrate the opening of the Hillyard Pool, 5718 N. Haven St., and Comstock Pool, 800 W. 29th Ave. Construction is not yet complete on the Witter Pool, at 1400 E. Mission Ave., and the Liberty Pool, 1300 E. Fifth Ave., said Carl Strong, a recreation supervisor for the city.

Aug. 7, 2009, 10 a.m.
The Washington State Patrol reports that crews have now cleared a two-car collision that had been blocking both directions of State Route 395 nine miles north of Spokane. The crash occurred at 9:16 a.m. and caused minor injuries.

News >  Spokane
Aug. 7, 2009, midnight
The former security supervisor for The Spokesman-Review pleaded guilty Thursday to three sexual assault charges that could keep him in prison for life. Robert J. Robel, 61, pleaded guilty to first-degree rape of a child, second-degree rape of a child and first-degree child molestation. Robel agreed to the plea after a second victim came forward, which could have produced more charges, Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor Edward Hay said in court.

News >  Spokane
Aug. 6, 2009, 4:22 p.m.
The former security supervisor for The Spokesman-Review pleaded guilty Thursday to three sexual assault charges that could keep him in prison for life.

News >  Spokane
Aug. 6, 2009, midnight
Emergency personnel responded in force Wednesday morning onto and under the Monroe Street Bridge after someone riding the Riverfront Park Skyride reported seeing a bicycle next to the Spokane River. The woman also thought an object in the water resembled a child wearing a helmet, Spokane Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer DeRuwe said.

News >  Spokane
Aug. 5, 2009, 11:24 a.m.
Emergency personnel responded in force this morning onto and under the Monroe Street Bridge after someone riding one of the gondolas reported seeing a bicycle next to one of the pools in the Spokane River. But emergency crews found nothing but floating trash.

Aug. 5, 2009, 7:40 a.m.
The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for everywhere from Central Washington to North Idaho for today. The changing weather pattern, which will bring cooler temperatures, is also bringing the chance of thunderstorms that could include heavy rain, gusty winds and hail.

News >  Spokane
Aug. 5, 2009, midnight
The federal government’s “cash for clunkers” program could end up hurting some local small businesses by driving down the price of scrap and parts and making it harder for low-income people to find an affordable used car, several business owners said Tuesday. The idea of giving between $3,500 and $4,500 off the purchase price of a new vehicle has been a boon for Detroit’s automakers. But many of the so-called clunkers – which must have their engines destroyed as part of the transaction – are nicer vehicles than those driven by Steve Spaulding’s employees at Bill’s Auto Parts, Spaulding said. “This is a bad program,” he said. “It’s going to hurt so many people. It’s going to kill the scrap market … and the guy who wants to buy a $4,500 vehicle, because they are going to be gone.”

News >  Spokane
Aug. 4, 2009, 11 p.m.
The federal government’s “cash for clunkers” program could end up hurting some local small businesses by driving down the price of scrap and parts and making it harder for low-income people to find an affordable used car, several business owners said Tuesday.

Aug. 4, 2009, 7:28 a.m.
A Ford man has been charged with DUI and vehicular homicide after he lost control of the pickup he was driving, left the roadway and rolled several times. The crash killed 22-year-old Zachary J. White of Medical Lake, who was a passenger in the 2007 GMC pickup, according to the Washington State Patrol.

News >  Spokane
Aug. 4, 2009, midnight
After a run of hot temperatures, cool weather and thunderstorms are expected to reach Spokane and Coeur d’Alene by Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. While the weather outlook is improving, however, smoke from wildfires and high temperatures have combined to worsen air quality throughout Central and Eastern Washington.

News >  Weather
Aug. 3, 2009, 3:53 p.m.
After a run of hot temperatures, cool weather and thunderstorms are expected to reach Spokane and Coeur d’Alene by Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. While the weather outlook is improving, however, smoke from wildfires and high temperatures have combined to worsen air quality throughout Central and Eastern Washington.

Aug. 3, 2009, 7:54 a.m.
The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department has identified the man killed Sunday night in a crash near Hayden. Bernie “Jack” Barnes, 74, of Hayden, was pronounced dead at the scene of a crash reported at about 8:28 p.m. in the area of North Ramsey Road and West Boekel Road, sheriff’s spokesman Capt. Ben Wolfinger said in a news release.

Aug. 3, 2009, 7:13 a.m.
The Spokane Valley Fire Department responded just before 6 a.m. this morning to a house fire at 13302 E. Broadway. The cause of the fire remains under investigation and no injuries have been reported. Firefighters were still at the scene just after 7 a.m.

News >  Spokane
Aug. 1, 2009, midnight
Despite apologizing for the drunken crash that killed three Washington State University students and seriously injured three others, Fred Russell has appealed his conviction and 14-year prison sentence. Russell’s appeal is pending before the state Court of Appeals, Division III. Russell’s attorney, Dennis Morgan, filed a 116-page brief July 15; a response from the state attorney general’s office is due by Sept. 17, clerk Renee Townsley said. After the response by the state, the case will be scheduled for a hearing.

News >  Spokane
July 31, 2009, 5:39 p.m.
Despite apologizing for the drunken crash that killed three Washington State University students and seriously injured three others, Fred Russell has appealed his conviction and 14-year prison sentence.