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UPDATED: Fri., May 1, 2020

Red Lion sues Florida financier for $12 million amid legal turf war with Radisson

An ongoing turf war between two major hotel chains is playing out in Eastern Washington’s federal courts with former Spokane-based company Red Lion suing a Florida financier for $12 million …


UPDATED: Fri., March 20, 2020

Federal, state courts ordered to halt in-person hearings through at least mid-April

The order from U.S. District Court Chief Judge Thomas O. Rice affects grand jury proceedings, civil and criminal cases, as well as naturalization ceremonies. At least one federal public defender …


UPDATED: Tue., March 3, 2020

White supremacists who bombed S-R offices, Planned Parenthood in 1996 seek early prison release

Charles Barbee, Robert Berry, Jay Merrell and Brian Ratigan have all had requests for their cases to be resentenced granted by a federal judge in Spokane. The four men had …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 25, 2020

Post Falls adult film actress who sought ‘hitman’ sentenced to 10 years in federal prison

Katrina Danforth, 32, was sentenced to a decade in federal prison on Tuesday after soliciting the services of someone whom she thought was a hitman, but was actually an undercover …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 12, 2020

Federal judge sentences man who sought sex with 13-year-old to five years in prison

Prosecutors argued that Juan Vazquez Gonzalez deserved at least a 10-year sentence, but U.S. District Court Judge Salvador Mendoza disagreed.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 12, 2020

Former Ferris High School assistant football coach pleads guilty to two federal sex crimes

Charles J. Eglet, 30, faces a potential prison sentence of about 22 years after pleading guilty to production of child pornography and online enticement of a minor on Wednesday. A …


Ties to marijuana businesses are disqualifying bankruptcy filers, including City Councilwoman Karen Stratton

The U.S. Trustee Program, responsible for policing the federal courts’ bankruptcy proceedings, is weeding out cases involving people or firms with ties to state-sanctioned marijuana businesses. Earlier this summer, that …


Doris Nelson, Little Loan Shoppe owner convicted of fraud, dies in federal prison

A cause of death for the 60-year-old Nelson was not available Tuesday, and federal prison officials referred questions in writing to the warden of the medium-security facility where she was …


Arizona man says he’s trapped in Coeur d’Alene fighting an illegal search that landed him in prison for marijuana trafficking

Wylie Hunter was stopped with a drug smuggling partner outside of Coeur d’Alene with 75 pounds of marijuana in his trunk. Now out on parole, Hunter is bringing a legal …


Hugh Hewitt: Our bureaucrats may soon be flexing much weaker muscles

When Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings begin next week, progressives should hope Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee do not waste their time trying to trip him up …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 7, 2018

Spokane settles federal lawsuit with family of man killed by police in 2013

The family of Danny Jones, a 40-year-old man shot and killed inside his truck outside the Salvation Army housing complex on Indiana Avenue following a road rage incident in August …


UPDATED: Fri., June 2, 2017

Spokane businessman tied to lottery winnings theft wants out of wire fraud guilty plea

Scott Brett, 56, has been appointed a new attorney and will argue in Richland later this month that his deal for more than three years in federal prison should be …


City Council votes to retain additional lawyer in Frank Straub investigation

The proposal by Councilman Breean Beggs would allow investigator Kris Cappel to review documents and testimony from city attorneys wary about violating ethical codes. It requires a signature from Mayor …


Widow in Carlile murder-for-hire slaying forgives killer during sentencing

Tim Suckow, 52, will serve 30 years in federal prison for killing Doug Carlile and Kristopher Clarke at the direction of James Henrikson. U.S. District Court Judge did not accept …


California man sentenced to 2 years in federal prison for distributing OxyContin in Spokane

Jamil Jones, AKA Batman, will spend two years in federal prison and receive drug treatment after pleading guilty to dealing OxyContin for an illegal arms dealer in Spokane.


Plea deal for Pasco alternative energy CEO calls for cooperation, uncertain jail time

Scott C. Johnson, owner and founder of Gen-X Energy Group, may avoid jail time by offering substantial assistance to federal prosecutors probing an alternative energy tax credit scam.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 3, 2015

Henrikson withdraws guilty plea in oil business murder-for-hire case

The mastermind in the murder-for-hire plot that left two men dead, including a South Hill businessman, has withdrawn his guilty plea in the wake of a certain life sentence. But …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 12, 2015

Ex-Veterans Affairs doctor seeks change of venue in child sex case

Craig Morgenstern, the former VA medical doctor indicted on 36 federal counts of child sex crimes, is seeking a change of venue for his February trial because of extensive media …


Sackett, who took on EPA, gets prison in sex case

A Priest Lake man who beat the Environmental Protection Agency in a wetlands dispute decided by the nation’s highest court will spend more than a year in prison for a …


Three arrested in Idaho, Washington on federal drug charges

Three men from Idaho and Washington face federal drug charges after a federal grand jury indicted them on Aug. 18 for allegedly possessing and distributing large quantities of heroin and …


Spokane County settles over jail medication dispute

The failure to disclose a one-page memo governing how outside medicine may be received at Spokane County Jail has put taxpayers on the hook for nearly $28,000 in penalties. Bigger …


Man facing lawsuit and child sex trafficking charge works for developer Harley Douglass

Mike Sackett, the Priest Lake man who beat the Environmental Protection Agency in the nation’s highest court and plans to plead guilty to attempted child sex trafficking, remains employed by …


Three plead guilty in gun, drug, prostitution ring

Three men have pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges after investigators uncovered a drug, gun and prostitution ring running between Spokane and Missoula. Frederick G. Johnson on Tuesday joined Yusuf …


Kettle Falls Five dispute potential drug sentence

Federal prosecutors want three members of a family that grew medical marijuana on their property near Kettle Falls, Washington, to spend more than five years in prison. But the defendants, …


Convicted felon with ties to ex-prosecutor sentenced to 7 years

Matthew Baumrucker, 32, pleaded guilty to illegal possession of a firearm and will spend the next 7 years in federal prison. Marriya Wright, the deputy prosecutor who pleaded guilty to …


UPDATED: Wed., April 8, 2015

Former VA doctor Morgenstern pleads not guilty to additional sex crime charges

A federal grand jury has returned additional charges against Craig Morgenstern, the former Spokane VA Medical Center doctor accused of drugging and raping a 13-year-old boy at his Nine Mile …


Tekoa man accused of stealing deceased mother’s benefits

A 74-year-old Tekoa man suspected of stealing his dead mother’s military widow benefits for years is facing a federal theft charge. Robert E. Lee Jr. was booked into Spokane County …


Tekoa man, 74, accused of stealing mother’s widow benefits

Robert E. Lee Jr. faces a criminal charge of stealing government property over $1,000 after investigators suspect he illegally claimed military veteran’s widow benefits intended for his dead mother.


At Kettle Falls Five trial, man says he smoked most of 30 pounds of pot he earned

The 39-year-old Seattle resident who was once part of the shrinking group of defendants in a federal trial targeting a marijuana grow near Colville said Friday he took an eleventh-hour …


Judge rejects ‘Kettle Falls Five’ marijuana defendants’ requests

A federal judge declined Thursday to throw out the criminal case against the marijuana farmers dubbed the “Kettle Falls Five,” setting up the likelihood of another trial delay two years …