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Washington appeals court overturns child rape conviction

An Airway Heights Correction Center inmate has been granted a new trial by the Washington Appeals Court, who said his 2006 conviction on a child rape charge violated his constitutional right to an open trial.

Spokane judge rules property tax exemptions legal

The City of Spokane legally extended a property tax exemption to about 4,700 residents in the wake of rising bills following the passage of a road levy by voters in November, a Spokane judge has ruled.

Guilty plea in Nine Mile Falls murder case

The 28-year-old man who killed his girlfriend and then attempted to dispose of her body using a weak acid will spend 14 years in prison if a judge accepts the plea deal agreed to Monday. Jason Hart pleaded guilty to strangling Regan Jolley in June 2013.

Scuba diver Arteaga found guilty in girlfriend’s murder

A Spokane jury took less than a full afternoon to convict scuba instructor Daniel Arteaga of murdering his girlfriend, Kimberly Schmidt, on New Year’s Day 2012. “There is no closure, because she is gone,” said Schmidt’s mother, Toni Schmidt, surrounded by tearful friends and family members after Wednesday’s verdict. Toni Schmidt discovered her daughter’s body in a Spokane Valley home while on the phone with Arteaga.

Gail Gerlach manslaughter trial begins this week

Gail Gerlach will go before a jury this week, facing up to a decade in prison on a manslaughter charge accusing him of shooting dead a man who had stolen his car out of his driveway. Gerlach, 57, fired a single round from his handgun through the back window of his 1997 Chevrolet Suburban on the morning of March 25, 2013. The bullet struck the driver, 25-year-old Brendon Kaluza-Graham, in the back of his head just above the hairline, severing his spine and killing him “almost instantly,” according to a medical examiner’s report.

Convicted felon back in Spokane court for firearms charges

A convicted felon who police said has twice attempted to conceal firearms he carried from law enforcement will be back in Spokane Superior Court this afternoon. Jacob Peckham, 26, has already been sentenced to 5 years in federal prison.

Donna Perry denies her role in 1990 slayings

A woman suspected of killing three prostitutes in 1990 when she lived as a man in Spokane denies she committed the homicides as a woman, but hedged during an interrogation about the guilt of the man she had been before a sex-change operation. Donna Perry, 63, declined a first appearance in a Spokane courtroom Monday after being extradited from Texas, where she was being held on federal firearms charges. Perry, who was once known as Douglas Perry, has been connected by police to a string of slain prostitutes shot and left by the Spokane River in various degrees of undress between February and May 1990.

Stolen car stop leads to arrest

A 51-year-old man who pleaded guilty to stealing scrap metal from the Lower Monumental Dam in south-central Washington last year was arrested in Spokane last week towing a stolen vehicle. Kurt Goe had been ordered to self-report to federal prison following a sentencing hearing held Feb. 6, during which he pleaded guilty to taking more than $60,000 worth of metal belonging to the Army Corps of Engineers in March 2013. At that hearing, Goe requested more time before his imprisonment to care for an acquaintance diagnosed with cancer.