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Idaho Supreme Court overturns Ellington murder conviction

BOISE — State Supreme Court justices have thrown out the second-degree murder conviction of a North Idaho man, citing prosecutorial misconduct and the likelihood that an Idaho State Police officer committed perjury during the 2006 trial. Jonathan Wade Ellington of Hayden was sentenced to 25 years for second-degree murder and 15 years each on two counts of aggravated battery charges for running over a woman during what was described as a road-rage encounter on New Year’s Day 2006.

Topik acquitted in road rage trial

When news circulated of Yakov Topik’s arrest in 2009 for robbery, assault and unlawful imprisonment, his mother received calls from friends and relatives from Ukraine questioning whether he and his brother were criminals. But Topik got his day in court last week and a jury exonerated him on all charges stemming from a road rage incident on Halloween 2009 that resulted in a Spokane County Jail employee suffering a broken hand.

Murder conviction in road-rage case tossed out

A man who shot a retired teacher to death in a 2002 road-rage case had his first-degree murder conviction overturned. Christopher W. Conklin was improperly denied an opportunity to withdraw his guilty plea, the Washington Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.

Teacher guilty of road rage

Central Valley High School science teacher Scott Winslow pleaded guilty to felony second-degree malicious mischief and misdemeanor harassment this week on the day his trial was set to begin. He was originally charged with second-degree malicious mischief and harassment with a threat to kill, both felonies. The charges date back to a road rage incident on June 9, 2009. Court documents state that a woman with two small children in the car said Winslow was tailgating her as she drove north on Nevada Street. When she pulled off the road and stopped, Winslow got out of his car and confronted her.

Court upholds terms of driver’s probation

The state Court of Appeals let stand the sentencing condition imposed on a Spokane motorist who assaulted a bicyclist during a road rage incident two years ago – that he keep his anger in check. When a jury convicted Dylan Anstrom of second-degree malicious mischief and fourth-degree assault last year, Spokane County Superior Court Judge Tari Eitzen gave him two years probation, provided that he had no further road rage incidents.

Court upholds Spokane man’s road rage sentencing

The state Court of Appeals let stand the sentencing condition imposed on a Spokane motorist who assaulted a bicyclist during a road rage incident two years ago – that he keep his anger in check.

Two brothers arrested in road rage incident

One man grabbed her phone before she could call 911, breaking her hand in front of her husband and grandchildren as he screamed at the family for driving too slowly. The other ripped the license plate off his own car in an apparent attempt to conceal his and the other attacker’s identities after cutting short the family’s leisurely drive to look at neighborhood Halloween decorations.

CV teacher faces road rage trial

Central Valley High School science teacher Scott Winslow is facing felony criminal charges over an alleged road rage incident June 9. The school district placed Winslow on paid administrative leave Monday, said district spokeswoman Melanie Rose. The district was unaware of the charges until receiving a packet of court documents in the mail that morning, she said. The same documents were mailed anonymously to The Spokesman-Review.

Van in road rage incident linked to Cheney man

A van involved in a road rage incident in north Spokane Friday has been connected to a man in the Cheney area, and the Spokane County Sheriff's Office is asking for helping finding him.