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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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Nov. 12, 2019, 5:08 p.m.
Both U.S. senators from Washington signed an analysis by congressional staffers that shows the Trump Administration’s $16 billion bailout of U.S. farmers has mostly benefited those growers in the South and large companies over small operations.

News >  Spokane
Nov. 8, 2019, 5 a.m.
Most of the veterans who need a lift to Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center don’t talk about what they did in the military, but they often talk about the far away places they ended up during their service. Deb Mallion, 61, has worked as a volunteer driver for the past six years. After having served 24 years in the U.S. Air Force, Mallion helps other veterans with a free van ride to the hospital through Disabled American Veterans, a non-profit organization that purchases the vans.

Nov. 6, 2019, 5:36 p.m.
A Spokane judge on Wednesday clarified how much more time former Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy and convicted killer Thomas A. DiBartolo must serve in community custody once he’s released from prison next February.

Nov. 5, 2019, 5:12 p.m.
Returning to the same courthouse where he was convicted in 1997 of killing his wife and blaming it on two robbers, former Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Thomas A. DiBartolo, 64, asked a judge to allow him to go back to work-release as part of the process of releasing him from custody.

News >  Spokane
Nov. 4, 2019, 5:16 p.m.
A man shot 10 times by Coeur d’Alene police officers last July 4 has filed a tort claim seeking more than $9 million in damages and it alleges that Lake City officials failed to adequately train or supervise the officers who fired the shots.

News >  Spokane
Nov. 1, 2019, 6:43 p.m.
A Spokane police officer under investigation for a reported sexual assault by a domestic violence victim issued a statement Friday through his attorney, Rocky Treppiedi, denying the allegation.

News >  Spokane
Nov. 1, 2019, 5:22 p.m.
A Spokane man, who shot a woman in the knee after she punched him and cracked his tooth, was sentenced Friday to three months in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of felony assault.

News >  Spokane
Oct. 31, 2019, 4:54 p.m.
A convicted Spokane rapist, who told an FBI agent in 2017 that the investigator would apologize after searching the rapist’s computer, was sentenced to 17

Oct. 30, 2019, 6:15 p.m.
A Spokane County man who set his ex-girlfriend’s home on fire as she slept inside last May was sentenced Wednesday to serve 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to the attack.

Oct. 29, 2019, 1:42 p.m.
A reported cougar sighting prompted Riverside School District officials to “lock out” Chattaroy Elementary School. It ended after wildlife officers used dogs to chase the mountain lion up a tree where it was euthanized.

News >  Spokane
Oct. 29, 2019, 5 a.m.
Spokane County officials continue to explore the idea of contracting with a nonprofit agency to provide public defense attorneys even though more counties are choosing to make that a function of county government.

News >  Spokane
Oct. 24, 2019, 5:55 p.m.
Ryan B. Lee, 19, originally faced seven felony counts for a string of messages that began in May 2018 and forced school officials to beef up security and made some parents too afraid to send their children to school.

News >  Spokane
Oct. 24, 2019, 5 a.m.
A team of attorneys representing Lockheed Martin Corp. asked a federal judge in Spokane this week to dismiss civil allegations that company officials misled the U.S. Department of Energy into a contract at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation that improperly netted the private contractor tens of millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded profit.

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.