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Verdict is in: Spokane judges enjoy Barbie likeness

Spokane County Superior Court Judge Annette Plese plans on purchasing a Judge Barbie for her office – but don’t expect her to start sporting the heels like the doll wears. Mattel revealed Tuesday the “Barbie Judge Doll,” its 2019 Barbie Career of the Year doll, and female judges in Spokane have been sharing articles about the doll on one another’s social media accounts.

Judge dismisses felony cruelty charges in squirrel deaths

A Greenacres woman is no longer facing nine felony charges for her efforts to prevent squirrels from raiding her beloved walnut tree. But for the nine squirrels, the death penalty could not be reversed on appeal.

Second teenager sentenced to 16 years for role in veteran’s death

The second teenager accused of killing World War II veteran Delbert “Shorty” Belton in the summer of 2013 received a 16-year prison sentence that draws to a close a case that sparked community outrage and garnered national attention. Demetruis Glenn, 17, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder earlier this month.

Adams-Kinard gets 20 years in death of WWII veteran

The families of a victim and his killer displayed grief, forgiveness and redemption Thursday as a Spokane judge sent 17-year-old Kenan Adams-Kinard to prison for 20 years in the beating death of World War II veteran Delbert “Shorty” Belton. The 2013 murder garnered national media attention as much for Belton’s status as a war veteran as for the racial overtones: The two teens suspected of attacking and robbing him as he sat in his parked car outside the Eagles Lodge in north Spokane are black; Belton, who later died from the beating, is white. Demetruis Glenn, the other teen accused in Belton’s death, is scheduled to stand trial in March.

Plea expected today in WWII veteran’s beating death

The news that murder suspect Kenan Adams-Kinard planned to plead guilty came as a relief to Bobbie Belton, the daughter-in-law of slain World War II veteran Delbert Belton. Adams-Kinard is expected to enter his plea this afternoon in exchange for having other charges against him dropped, court officials said Monday. He and Demetruis Glenn, both 17, are accused of beating Belton in his car on Aug. 21, 2013, leaving the veteran to die of his injuries the next day.

Man pleads guilty in drug deal shooting

A former nightclub manager from Seattle pleaded guilty Wednesday to shooting a Spokane man in the buttocks to retrieve the $300 he previously gave the victim to purchase drugs in a deal that turned into a chase in Spokane Valley. Terrance R. Jones, 26, pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree assault, and Superior Court Judge Annette Plese sentenced him to just over four years in prison.

Spokane County ordered to pay $15,000 to judge

Spokane County must pay Judge Annette Plese more than $15,000 for unused vacation after she left her District Court position when elected to Superior Court, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Court Judge Lonny Suko has ordered that the county pay Plese for the unused vacation time from 2009 when she ended her service at Spokane County District Court.

County will pay for judge’s unused vacation

Spokane County must pay Judge Annette Plese more than $15,000 for unused vacation after she left her District Court position when elected to Superior Court, a federal judge has ruled.

Judges toss Orville Moe’s harassment claim

The long string of legal defeats for Orville Moe, the defiant former owner of the Spokane Raceway Park, continued today with appellate judges ruling against Moe’s friend who had tried to protect Moe by filing paperwork suggesting that the 76-year-old is a vulnerable adult being harassed by legal action.

Driver in deadly I-90 incident charged

A Hayden man charged with killing a man who had stopped to assist another motorist on Interstate 90 west of Spokane was ordered Monday to remain in the Spokane County Jail. Robert J. Dyer, 24, was driving with a suspended driver’s license Friday evening when he struck another vehicle in the westbound lanes of Interstate 90 near the Thor/Freya exit, Washington State Patrol Trooper Troy Briggs said.

Judge, county argue pay

A Spokane County Superior Court judge believes she’s being treated unfairly by the county when it comes to cashing out unused vacation time, saying many of her colleagues were allowed to collect tens of thousands of dollars in such compensation while she’s being denied. Superior Court Judge Annette Plese sued the county over $15,800 worth of paid vacation hours she believes she’s due from 2009, when she ended her service as a Spokane County District Court judge and was elected to her current position on the Spokane County Superior Court bench.

Judge orders suspect held on bond

The mother of the man charged with shooting his girlfriend in the face said the alleged victim now claims that the gun dropped, fired and shot her accidentally. Superior Court Judge Annette Plese, however, said that regardless of how the injury occurred, she believed 30-year-old Joshua Graham is a flight risk and a danger to the community and ordered him held in the Spokane County Jail on a $250,000 bond.