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May 7, 2009, 11:29 a.m.
A federal judge has ruled in favor of Spokane County in a suit brought by a man who claimed that sheriff’s deputies beat him inside a Spokane Valley bar in 2003. U.S. District Judge Fred Van Sickle dismissed all of the claims made by Douglas L. Myser, essentially saying the case had no merit.
April 22, 2009, 7:29 a.m.
The region’s balmy weather has created enough snowmelt that the National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for the Coeur d’Alene River near Cataldo.
April 22, 2009, midnight
For the first time in the protracted Hanford downwinders lawsuit, the lead lawyer for government contractors said Tuesday his companies are ready to offer cash settlements to a few of the thousands of people who believe their illnesses were caused by radiation releases. U.S. District Judge William F. Nielsen hosted more than a dozen attorneys in Spokane for a status conference on the 18-year-old downwinders lawsuit, which has cost taxpayers more than $57 million to defend.
April 21, 2009, 9:24 p.m.
For the first time in the protracted Hanford downwinders lawsuit, the lead lawyer for government contractors said Tuesday his companies are ready to offer cash settlements to a few of the thousands of people who believe their illnesses were caused by radiation releases.
April 16, 2009, 6:14 p.m.
Jurors will continue this morning deliberating whether a Spokane man was justified for twice shooting another man during a heated dispute in 2007 or whether he should go to prison for murder.
April 16, 2009, 3:56 p.m.
The assault conviction of an armed man shot in the face by Spokane police during a May 1, 2007 shootout has been upheld by the state Appeals Court. But the court, in a ruling issued today, reversed on technical grounds a conviction on a companion charge of unlawfully possessing a firearm.
April 15, 2009, 10:03 a.m.
After taking a second look at possible criminal charges against former Spokane County Sheriff’s Sgt. Pete Bunch, city officials re-affirmed their decision today not to charge him for a confrontation he had with officers on Feb. 6 near Ferris High School.
April 14, 2009, 8:39 p.m.
The Spokane Police Department’s internal investigation into former Officer Jay Olsen shows that officials could have charged him with a crime a year before his trial, because he tried to discuss his case with the judge assigned to preside over his trial.
April 9, 2009, 10:40 a.m.
A jury was scheduled to be seated today in the first-degree murder trial of Brady Joe Lewis, who was charged in connection with the Dec. 10, 2006, burglary and shooting death of Douglas A. Penfield Jr. But the jury selection never happened because Lewis chose Wednesday to plead guilty to second-degree murder. A sentencing has been scheduled for May 15 before Superior Court Judge Jerome Leveque.
April 7, 2009, 9:51 p.m.
An internal affairs investigation into Spokane County sheriff’s Sgt. Pete Bunch indicates prosecutors felt they had enough evidence to charge him with at least two crimes but decided against pursing the case because he was a veteran law enforcement officer.
April 7, 2009, 12:49 p.m.
The federal bench trial started today involving a former Spokane man who claims that Spokane County deputies roughed him up and later beat him unconscious in 2003 after he disputed a bar tab at a Spokane Valley restaurant.
April 6, 2009, 10:01 p.m.
A criminal investigation into the suspicious behavior of a sheriff’s sergeant who quit last week, just before he was to be fired, is being reopened amid growing concerns from a Spokane city councilman and others over how prosecutors could simply dismiss the case.
March 30, 2009, 8:19 p.m.
Mahalia Thompson starts shaking when she describes watching a prowler peek around a neighbor’s fence, enter her yard and approach her teenage daughter’s window.
March 29, 2009, 5:45 p.m.
Spokane County will begin a series of public hearings this week for residents to comment on rules designed to give landowners more flexibility in developing rural land while preserving open space. The planning rules designate areas called rural clusters, and Spokane County was one of the first in the state to offer the idea.
March 24, 2009, 4:06 p.m.
The Spokane County Commission earned a million thanks today from city officials by agreeing in a split vote to use Conservation Futures funds to buy the YMCA building as part of a plan to demolish the building and convert it to open space in Riverfront Park.
Feb. 18, 2009, 5:01 p.m.
First came really bad news about the budget. Then Spokane County officials on Wednesday brought up a word that historically has sparked the equivalent of a jurisdictional cage match: consolidation.