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Therapy helps people who have lost loved one to violence

Her stepdaughter’s children were her top priority, and Tina Crone devoted herself to their care. She took them in, eventually won custody and sought counseling to help the two accept the traumatic loss of their mother, Becky Brosnan, who was beaten to death by her estranged husband – the children’s father – in February 2009.

StageWest to present ‘Murder at the Willow’

StageWest Community Theatre will perform “Murder at the Willow,” a murder mystery dinner, on Saturday at the Willow Springs Restaurant, 809 First St. at 6:30 p.m. The evening will include an audience as a victim or to solve the crime.

Traces of hope

Laurie Partridge’s disappearance not only stumped detectives, it pushed her parents apart and prompted her family to move far from Spokane County. “It determined the whole way my family lived,” said Partridge’s sister, Taryn Chambers, who lives in Florida.

Baby sitter faces manslaughter charge

A baby sitter accused of killing a 3-year-old Post Falls boy will be charged with involuntary manslaughter, a judge ruled this week.

Trial begins in love triangle case

Breaking up may be hard to do, but a Deer Park man is facing substantial time in prison for the way investigators say he ended the relationship with his wife: by trying to throw her new lover off the Wandermere Bridge. The trial started Wednesday for David E. Epley, 37, who faces two counts of attempted first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping in connection with a confrontation on May 12, 2009. Attorneys presented opening arguments that offered very different views of what happened on the darkened bridge that night.

Confessed killer sentenced to 26 years

OKANOGAN, Wash. – A Spokane man who told two juries that he beat and stabbed a pregnant Tonasket woman after he was told she was the snitch he was hired to hurt was sentenced to 26 years in prison Tuesday. Brent L. Phillips, 39, pleaded guilty in Okanogan County Superior Court in March to first-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter, first-degree kidnapping and tampering with physical evidence.

Boyfriend in murder case faces charges in ’07 death

A 2007 murder case in which a jury rejected the killer’s claims of forced prostitution continued in Superior Court on Friday as the convict’s boyfriend appeared on murder charges. Brian L. Moore, 44, remains in Spokane County Jail on $2 million bail after appearing on charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder for the Dec. 9, 2007, shooting death of Dale R. Stark.