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Lawsuit filed over scuba-diving death

The wife of a Spokane stockbroker who drowned in a scuba diving accident in March has filed a damage suit in Spokane County Superior Court against Scuba Center of Spokane and its owner-instructor, Daniel Arteaga.

Bigelow Gulch project begins

Spokane County commissioners are plowing ahead with a plan to widen Bigelow Gulch Road despite a federal lawsuit that could block or delay federal funding for the project. Earth work began recently on a 3,000-foot section at the west end of Bigelow Gulch Road from Havana Street to just west of Palmer Road. The $2 million contract with Scarsella Bros. Inc., of Seattle, involves widening the two-lane road into a four-lane arterial with a continuous median strip and paved left-turn lanes. Paving is scheduled to occur next spring.

Man sues Liberty Lake, officers

A Vietnamese-American who fought at the side of U.S. forces in the Vietnam War says his civil rights were violated by Liberty Lake police who detained him in 2007 while searching for a suspect in a hit-and-run accident. Hong Ha, of Spokane, has filed a lawsuit in Spokane County Superior Court against Liberty Lake, the city’s Chief of Police Brian Asmus, police Sergeant Clint Gibson and Detective Ray Bourgeois, accusing the defendants of false imprisonment, wrongful arrest and discrimination.

Father files suit in son’s boating death

Danial Newlon struggled to learn whether his 13-year-old son was dead or alive after getting a brief phone call and seeing a blip on the news about a boating accident last July on Lake Coeur d’Alene’s Carlin Bay. After Newlon found out his son had died, he discovered he had no rights to the boy’s body.

Orchard Prairie fights road project

From their front deck at Orchard Prairie in north Spokane County, Don Hamilton and Lorna St. John look out over the small farms, hills and mountains that give breadth to their country lifestyle. To protect that lifestyle, they are mounting a legal fight to stop a big Spokane County road project.

Lawsuit against Extendicare transferred to federal court

A lawsuit filed this summer in King County against Extendicare Homes Inc. has been moved to federal court with new allegations of illegal activity by the company. Extendicare operates 16 nursing homes in Washington, including one in Spokane that has the county’s worst record of care.

Judge hears school funding suit

BOISE – Idaho's highest court can't declare the state's school funding system unconstitutional and then let it continue that way, the attorney for a group of school districts told a federal judge Thursday. "How can anybody look at this record and say we have had due process?" asked attorney Robert Huntley.

BlueRay selling top two floors

Less than a year after BlueRay Technologies Inc. displaced nearly 50 poor tenants from apartments on the top two floors of the downtown Commercial Building – sparking a lawsuit by former residents – the head of the company wants to sell that part of the structure. Lawsuit-embattled BlueRay purchased the three-story building at 1119 W. First Ave. out of foreclosure last year through a related company, Pacific First West LLC. Citing security concerns about its basement-level clean room for manufacturing Blu-ray discs, it ousted formerly homeless tenants and a nonprofit mental health agency.

BlueRay files counterclaim over records suit

BlueRay Technologies Inc. claims a shareholder suing the company to make it disclose financial records is a former chief financial officer fired for allegedly not maintaining corporate records and for concealing she was convicted of a federal crime. In court papers filed this week, the Spokane company accuses Yelena Simonyan of seeking the corporate records and suing to influence BlueRay's buyout of her stock.

BlueRay sued for financial data

A shareholder in BlueRay Technologies Inc. accuses the Spokane company of not maintaining or turning over records such as financial statements and lists of assets, and says a partial balance sheet provided was off by $4 million. Yelena Simonyan claims in a lawsuit filed in Spokane County Superior Court that she invested $100,000 in the privately held company, but that BlueRay has not provided full financial records upon request as mandated by state law. Simonyan is asking the court to force BlueRay to offer up the records and pay her costs.

Itron accused of infringing wireless patent

A Georgia company has filed a lawsuit against Itron Inc., accusing the Spokane company of infringing on a wireless technology patent. The lawsuit was filed by IP Co. LLC, which has an office in Atlanta. The suit names Itron, Centerpoint Energy and Eaton Corp. as three co-defendants.

Exhibit photos in Ford Bronco lawsuit

A young woman who used to be able to do a hands-stand walk the length of her high school gymnasium is suing Ford Motor Co. in Spokane, contending she became a quadriplegic with after a Bronco II rollover accident in Stevens County in 1999.

‘Day in the life’ of Crystal Bear

This video clip comes from the 17 minute court exhibit showing a "day in the life of" Crystal Bear, who has sued Ford Motor Co. in Spokane, contending she became a quadriplegic after a Bronco II rollover accident in Stevens County in 1999.

Developer sues Hayden property owners

A Delaware partnership wanting to buy 618 acres for a controversial development that could increase Hayden's population by a third is suing the property's owners for breach of contract. ALF Hayden Canyon is trying to buy the Hayden Canyon property off Lancaster Road and continue plans for the mixed-used development with 1,800 homes. The partnership filed the lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court, alleging that one of the owners wants to "undermine" and "interfere" with the $15 million sale, scheduled to close Thursday.

Animal-Welfare Group’s Suit Targets Testosterone Trade

An environmental group said Thursday it is suing the Canadian government to block its involvement in the export of seal penises. The suit against Fisheries Minister David Anderson was filed by the International Fund for Animal Welfare, which has been campaigning for years to halt Canada's commercial seal hunt.

Developers Seek Cougar Bay Extension Will Ask Kootenai County For More Time To Begin Work On $2.2 Million Subdivision Opposed By Rural Group

Developers want more time to build the controversial Cougar Bay subdivision south of Coeur d'Alene. McCormack Properties will appear before Kootenai County commissioners Wednesday to argue that it has been unable to start work on the $2.2 million, 92-home subdivision because of litigation. McCormack's two-year development permit expired Jan. 5.

Company Must Pay Millions To Parents

The world's largest maker of smoke detectors has been ordered to pay nearly $17 million to a couple who blamed a faulty detector for their son's death in a house fire. Jennifer and Nathan Mercer claimed that a $10 First Alert smoke detector malfunctioned in their home Jan. 18, 1993, leading to the death of their 3-year-old son, Bradley, and the disfigurement of their son Travis, then 18 months.

Deja Vu Challenges Ordinance Arcade Wants To Continue Offering Lap Dances

An adult arcade has filed suit against Spokane County to pre serve the right of exotic dancers to perform on customers' laps. The suit filed Monday by Deja Vu Inc. alleges that the county's new adult entertainment ordinance violates First Amendment rights to offer "non-obscene dance entertainment and motion picture films." In November, county commissioners approved the ordinance, which requires a distance of 4 feet between dancers and their customers. If the ordinance stands, it will prohibit scantily clad entertainers from squatting, grinding and gyrating in their customers' laps.