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Stevens County prosecutor asks judge for restraining order against commissioners

Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen last week said the commissioners – Steve Parker, Wes McCart and Don Dashiell – would be committing a gross misdemeanor if they continue conducting county business. On Monday, Rasmussen sent a letter to all county employees declaring "the board of county commissioners no longer has legal authority." The commissioners and their attorneys have disputed that.

Stevens County commissioner candidates wonder how lawsuit might influence November election

Two candidates expressed uncertainty about the path to the November general election, only 10 weeks away. While the county prosecutor asserts that all three commissioners have been legally ejected from office after a judge's ruling, county and state officials are mulling whether the local Republican Party and the governor must start a process to appoint short-term replacements.

Washington Supreme Court ends legal turf battle in Stevens County

In a unanimous opinion issued last week, the high court’s nine justices sided with Stevens County Superior Court judges who sought to preside over preliminary hearings in cases that were originally filed in District Court. Such hearings often determine whether a defendant will be let out of jail while awaiting trial.

Stevens County prosecutor wants guilty verdicts reviewed

The Stevens County prosecuting attorney is taking the unusual step of asking a court to review five guilty verdicts amid concerns that defendants’ constitutional rights may have been violated. Tim Rasmussen submitted a request Monday for the District Court to take another look at five guilty jury verdicts entered between August 2013 and last month. During that time, District Court Administrator Nadine Borders ceased sending prosecuting and defense attorneys copies of responses to generic questionnaires mailed to those summoned for jury duty, asking for information including job history, previous interaction with the courts and education level, according to court documents.

Colville boy gets four years for intent to murder

COLVILLE – A Stevens County judge was asked Wednesday to decide whether the shackled 11-year-old boy seated before him, convicted of conspiring to murder a female classmate, posed a threat to society or was a victim of its failures. Ordering a sentence of more than four years, Judge Allen Nielson said releasing him would be a disservice to the community, rocked by the revelation in February that two Fort Colville Elementary students had smuggled weapons into the school with what police said was an intent to kill.

Rehabilitative veterans court to open in Stevens County

Next month, veterans in Stevens County will have access to a rehabilitative criminal court similar to one that has operated in Spokane County since 2010. Multiple agencies within the Stevens County criminal justice system have collaborated on the project, which has been in development for several years. Superior Court Judge Gina Tveit will oversee a docket beginning Dec. 1 catering exclusively to veterans with problems “making adjustments to civilian life,” according to Stevens County Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen.

Colville boy found guilty in murder plot

COLVILLE — Calling the trial “the most serious of my career,” a Stevens County Superior Judge found the 11-year-old Fort Colville Elementary student who plotted to kill a female classmate earlier this year guilty of conspiring to commit first-degree murder.

Trial begins for Colville boy accused of murder plot

An 11-year-old boy sat in a Stevens County courtroom Thursday, plying a rubber band between his hands as lawyers tangled over admitting a handgun and knife as evidence the gradeschooler conspired to rape and murder a female classmate in February "because she was annoying."

Misconduct investigation of Colville officer ends

The Stevens County Sheriff’s Office has completed its sexual misconduct investigation of Colville police Officer Rex Newport and has turned the case over to prosecutors. Stevens County Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen said he has formally requested that the state Office of Attorney General handle charging decisions and any potential prosecution of the longtime officer.