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The court recently hit the brakes on jury trials a second time due to concerns about the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Spokane County and the potential for the coronavirus to spread in crowded courtrooms.
The $2.2 million project at the corner of 37th Avenue and Glenrose Road has been challenged by neighbors, who argue the county's planning director has incorrectly classified the project and allowed it to proceed in an area that is unsuitable for the development.
All civil and criminal jury trials in Spokane County have been postponed until after July 6.
Prosecutors last week permanently dropped a first-degree assault charge against Joseph Riley, who was accused of beating Daniel Jarman outside a bar in late December, leaving him with fatal head wounds.
Only 620 people were held in the Spokane County Jail and the Geiger Corrections Center on Friday evening, according to the county’s online jail roster. That’s roughly two-thirds of the usual inmate population.
Spokane County officials are barring friends and relatives from visiting inmates in the downtown jail and at the Geiger Corrections Center to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Officials also are suspending all educational and therapeutic programs for inmates at Geiger, as well as the inmate work crew.
The fires were small but diverted firefighters and resources from two much larger blazes that erupted on the same day in Spokane and Valleyford, destroying homes, crops and other property.
In lawsuits brought by the county prosecutor, the commissioners – Wes McCart, Don Dashiell and Steve Parker – are accused of misspending more than $121,000 from a public fund dedicated to fighting homelessness.
Kyle Treece, who worked in the prosecutor’s office for 13 years, was fired on Oct. 18. Earlier this month, Superior Court Judge Tony Hazel found Treece in contempt and fined him $500 for “disrespect, rude interruption, insolence towards the tribunal and a refusal to follow (the) court’s lawful instructions.”
A defamation claim brought by a former Spokane County sheriff’s sergeant is now in court. Jeff Thurman, who was fired from the sheriff’s office in June, denies allegations that he spoke of killing black people and claims Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich publicly misrepresented the findings of an internal investigation.
A man suspected of killing his wife last year at their Cheney home with poisoned ice cream pleaded not guilty to a new murder charge in Spokane County Superior Court on Wednesday.
A 28-year-old man was arrested Thursday night after he allegedly led sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed car chase and then fled on foot near Cheney.
“The people do not give public servants the right to decide what is good and what is not good for the people to know,” the judges ruled. “Free and open examination of public records serves the public interest, even though such examination causes inconvenience or embarrassment to public officials or others.”
A second suspect in the 2015 disappearance and killing of Bret Snow was found guilty Monday afternoon.
A man is facing accusations that he raped a woman as she slept outside near the parking lot of a Division Street strip mall.
Bryan J. Reilly is expected to check himself into the Spokane County Jail on Wednesday as punishment for stealing jewelry, watches and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash from his former boss – real estate developer Harlan Douglass.
One of Spokane County’s richest men is asking a judge to throw out a plea deal and order stiffer punishment for a former assistant accused of stealing jewelry, watches and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash.
Dolezal, who changed her name to Nkechi Diallo in 2016, entered the diversion agreement March 25 in Spokane County Superior Court. She could still face a trial on the original charges if she fails to complete any part of the program, including the mandated community service hours and drug and alcohol tests.
Christopher N. Luman, 56, lost consciousness and died shortly after a fistfight with one of his cellmates, Anthony J. Weber, in the early hours of Aug. 9.
The state auditor’s office found roughly one-third of Washington’s jail inmates are candidates for pretrial services such as electronic monitoring, mental health and substance abuse treatment, and texts and phone calls that remind people of court dates.