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Troopers in Chism case not punished

The two Washington State Patrol troopers whose botched child pornography investigation cost taxpayers $2.4 million have been transferred off a sex crimes unit but have not faced any discipline for providing false information to a judge. WSP Sgt. John Sager and Trooper Rachel Gardner are back on patrol and will not be placed on what’s known as a “Brady” list for officers known to have lied on the job, WSP spokesman Bob Calkins said.

Chism settles suit against WSP for $2.4 million

A botched search for child pornography at the home of a Spokane firefighter will cost Washington taxpayers $2.4 million. The Washington State Patrol and the attorney for Spokane Fire Department Lt. Todd Chism have settled a lawsuit stemming from the January 2008 search of Chism’s home that found nothing.

Chism’s wrongful arrest lawsuit headed to trial

A suspended Spokane firefighter’s wrongful arrest lawsuit against the Washington State Patrol over a botched child pornography investigation is headed to trial after an appellate court ruling Wednesday. A three-person panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals says false statements made by WSP investigators amounted to intentional and reckless conduct that infringed on Spokane fire Lt. Todd Chism’s civil rights. The two WSP employees named in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit, Detective Rachel Gardner and Sgt. John Sager, shouldn’t be granted immunity because of their actions, the court ruled.

Appeals court orders WSP trial as Chism files $10M claim

A federal appeals court has reversed a decision granting immunity to State Patrol investigators who wrongly accused a Spokane firefighter of possessing child pornography, and ordered a trial to determine if investigators lied in obtaining search and arrest warrants.

Jury clears firefighter Chism of all charges

COLVILLE – Embattled Spokane firefighter Todd Chism won his latest legal battle with the Washington State Patrol on Thursday when a jury cleared him of all charges stemming from a violent 2010 confrontation that injured him and two Washington State Patrol troopers. A Stevens County jury exonerated the suspended Chism of four felony counts and a misdemeanor resisting arrest, stemming from an early-morning melee outside his Nine Mile Falls home on April 6, 2010.

Jury clears firefighter Chism of all charges

COLVILLE – A Stevens County jury exonerated suspended Spokane Firefighter Todd Chism tonight of four felony counts and a misdemeanor stemming from a confrontation in 2010 that injured two Washington State Patrol troopers.

Chism, an ex-firefighter, pleads not guilty to DUI

Former Spokane firefighter Todd Chism pleaded not guilty Monday to driving while intoxicated, just four months after he was charged with assaulting two Washington State Patrol troopers who were investigating another possible drunken driving offense. Chism appeared before Municipal Court Judge Michelle Szambelan with his attorney Ronald Van Wert. Both Van Wert and Chism declined to be interviewed following the hearing.

Suspended firefighter pleads innocent in second DUI arrest

Former Spokane firefighter Todd Chism pleaded not guilty today to driving while intoxicated just four months after he was charged with assaulting two Washington State Patrol troopers who were investigating another possible drunken driving offense.

Former Spokane firefighter Chism arrested

Former Spokane firefighter Todd Chism was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Chism was stopped about 2 a.m. Saturday after he allegedly drove the wrong way on Ash Street near Euclid Avenue, according to Spokane police. Chism was cited and released.

Chism arrested on suspicion of DUI

Firefighter Todd Chism was arrested early today on a suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Chism was stopped about 2 a.m. after he allegedly drove the wrong way on Ash Street near Euclid Avenue, according to the Spokane Police Department. Chism was cited and released.

New prosecutor named in Todd Chism trooper case

COLVILLE – A new prosecutor was named Tuesday to handle the felony charges against Spokane fire Lt. Todd Chism, who is accused of assaulting two Washington State Patrol troopers during a confrontation last month where witnesses allege Chism threatened to beat one trooper to death. Chism, who was exonerated two years ago during a WSP investigation into possession of child pornography, is on unpaid layoff status from his job that pays $93,535 per year. He pleaded not guilty to the new charges Tuesday and his attorney, Carl Oreskovich, successfully sought to replace Stevens County Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen.

Firefighter pleads not guilty; new prosecutor appointed

A new prosecutor was named Tuesday to handle the felony charges against Spokane fire Lt. Todd Chism, who is accused of assaulting two Washington State Patrol troopers during a confrontation last month where witnesses allege Chism threatened to beat one trooper to death.