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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.


Most Recent Stories

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.

News >  Spokane
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.

News >  Spokane
Feb. 2, 2009, 9:09 p.m.
Spokane County’s purchase of a racetrack near Airway Heights may cost taxpayers much more than expected.

News >  Spokane
Jan. 30, 2009, 6:16 p.m.
Reforming the criminal justice system is daunting enough with plenty of money. Yet local court, law enforcement and elected officials are pushing forward with their plans despite the worst budget crisis in decades.

News >  Spokane
Jan. 27, 2009, 4:50 p.m.
The Spokane County Commission voted Tuesday to waive normal bidding procedures and contract with the former Republican chairman of Spokane County to provide guidance in helping the county secure a tax rebate from the state.

News >  Spokane
Jan. 25, 2009, 5:23 p.m.
Dementia has stolen most of her cognitive powers. If left alone in a doctor’s office, she would forget where she is and begin to wander. She no longer understands the concept of time, making a drop at a bus stop a dangerous prospect. Yet, the woman – whose identity was withheld to protect her dignity – retains the freedom of living alone.

News >  Spokane
Jan. 13, 2009, 7:59 p.m.
The Spokane County Commission decided in a split vote Tuesday to sign one of its biggest-ever contracts, hiring CH2M Hill Constructors Inc. to design, build and operate a new sewage treatment facility. And because the question remains whether state regulators will ever allow the county to discharge treated water into the Spokane River, the commission also voted to direct staff to pursue three alternatives for discharging water once the plant is completed.

News >  Spokane
Dec. 30, 2008, 8:12 p.m.
A Rockford woman found dead under snow that fell from her roof suffocated to death, a sheriff’s spokesman said.

News >  Spokane
Dec. 29, 2008, 11:40 a.m.
Part of the roof of a building at the Spokane County Interstate Fair and Ag Expo Center collapsed over the weekend, and employees in another county building were ordered to evacuate late Monday morning as the wet snow continues to cause problems.

News >  Spokane
Dec. 26, 2008, 5:55 p.m.
A day before, kids ripped off the wrapping paper and scrambled through the boxes to see what Santa Claus (or others) brought them for Christmas. After the magic of the moment leaves, all that joy usually becomes one of the biggest messes of the year left in alleys for garbage pickup crews in Coeur d’Alene and Spokane. Not this year.

News >  Spokane
Dec. 24, 2008, 3:44 p.m.
The City of Spokane declared an emergency Wednesday in hopes of tapping state and federal money to help with plowing efforts.

News >  Spokane
Dec. 24, 2008, 1:50 p.m.
Spokane County Commissioners met in a special meeting Wednesday, but decided not to declare a disaster emergency that could tap any available state funds to help dig out from last week’s record snowfall and anticipated storms this weekend.

News >  Spokane
Dec. 23, 2008, 8:17 p.m.
Spokane Police arrested a man Tuesday on the charges of felony harassment after he reportedly used a handgun to confront two plow-truck drivers who were clearing residential streets in front of his mother’s home.

News >  Spokane
Dec. 23, 2008, 5:37 p.m.
The Washington State Patrol responded to a train-car collision at Pines Road and Montgomery Avenue in Spokane Valley this afternoon.

News >  Spokane
Dec. 22, 2008, 10:09 p.m.
A fire in Spokane’s West Central neighborhood Monday evening left two people homeless, but no one was injured.

Dec. 22, 2008, 5:53 p.m.
Spokane Valley Mayor Richard Munson declared a state of emergency today in an effort to tap state and federal funding to help efforts to plow his city.

News >  Idaho
Dec. 22, 2008, 12:41 p.m.
Holiday travelers in the Inland Northwest had better get where they are going by noon on Wednesday. Otherwise, they may be in for another wintry nightmare.

Dec. 20, 2008, 5:29 p.m.
Don't put away those snow shovels just yet. More snow is on the way.

News >  Idaho
Dec. 19, 2008, 4:54 p.m.
Just as Spokane and Coeur d’Alene residents come to grips with this week’s record snowfall, the forecast calls for possibly three more storms that could add to the snow already on the ground before the calendar starts a new year.

News >  Spokane
Dec. 19, 2008, 7:47 a.m.
Even before most residents will have a chance to dig out from the record snowfall on Wednesday and Thursday, another system is heading this way that could dump another 4 to 6 inches on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

News >  Spokane
Dec. 19, 2008, 7:19 a.m.
While conditions have improved somewhat this morning, officials continue to urge Spokane area residents to stay home rather than chance the still-unplowed side streets.

News >  Spokane
July 6, 2007, midnight
Anne Price and Joe St. John were in Riverfront Park applauding members of the U.S. armed forces Wednesday evening when their son called to tell them he had been arrested on the other end of the park on suspicion of felony assault on a police officer.

News >  Spokane
Aug. 4, 2006, midnight
The pop bottle has appeared. A video released Thursday shows Otto Zehm had a 2-liter plastic bottle in his hands as he lay on his back in the initial stages of the fatal March 18 confrontation with Spokane police.