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UPDATED: Sat., March 2, 2019, 5:56 p.m.

Mother of Otto Zehm leaves legacy of police reform after her death

Anna A. Zehm never sought exposure. But her fierce crusade for justice following the unlawful arrest, beating and death of her son, Otto, became a yearslong public campaign for better …


Judge’s decision on appeal for new trial in Gordon Ennis rape case delayed a week

A ruling on whether former police sergeant and convicted rapist Gordon Ennis will get a new trial was delayed a week after the trial judge unexpectedly requested more time to …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 8, 2018, 10:58 p.m.

Gordon Ennis to argue for new trial Friday

A former Spokane police sergeant accused of raping a fellow officer at a house party in 2015 will argue Friday in court that his trial attorney Rob Cossey withheld evidence …


UPDATED: Mon., June 4, 2018, 9:21 p.m.

Ex-Spokane police officer convicted of rape claims another officer had sex with victim

As part of his request for a new trial, former police Sgt. Gordon Ennis alleges another officer had sexual contact with the victim the same night he was convicted of …


UPDATED: Tue., May 8, 2018, 6:54 p.m.

Cat pee on Spokane County judge’s porch prompts suit; court seals case

A Spokane County Superior Court judge sued his neighbor over cat pee, then successfully argued to have the case records sealed from public view. A hearing on Friday could determine …


Spokane County settles jail medication lawsuit for $50,000

A Spokane family has won a $50,000 settlement from the county after mental health medications were withheld from their son for more than a week in May 2013.


Lawsuit against city alleges police K-9 bite

A woman claims a police dog owned by the Spokane Police Department bit her without provocation and wouldn’t release despite being ordered to do so by Officer Dan Lesser, according …


Doris Nelson sentenced to nine years in prison for Little Loan Shoppe fraud

A sobbing Doris Nelson apologized Monday to hundreds of people who lost money to an investment scheme she ran for years to support her Little Loan Shoppe online lending business …


Liberty Lake ordinance targets minor pot users

A new Liberty Lake ordinance allows police to ticket minors for being high in public – even if they don’t possess marijuana. Police say the law is intended to close …


Ponzi scheme artist denied plea withdrawal

Admitted Ponzi scheme artist Doris Nelson has lost her shot at a redo in federal court. Facing a potential prison sentence that would keep her in prison for life, the …


Muslim family fights small town in court for religious exemption

SPRINGDALE, Wash. – From the cluttered back stoop of Raqeebah Amatallah’s one-story farmhouse in rural Stevens County, it’s hard to see how the snow-covered wooden structure about 50 yards away …


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 …


Investigation finished into Colville police officer

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.


FBI joins investigation of sex allegations against Colville officer

Federal agents have joined the investigation into a Colville police officer who has been placed on administrative leave after women came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct. The investigation of …


FBI joins investigation into Colville police officer

Federal agents have joined the investigation into a Colville police officer who has been placed on administrative leave after women came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct.


Legal questions surround shooting of car thief

Legal experts generally agree Washington state law prohibits opening fire on someone stealing your car. But as the investigation into last week’s fatal shooting of an auto thief in north …


Spokane attorney to argue before U.S. Supreme Court

The day in 1978 when Matthew R. Descamps broke into the CentroMart in Stockton, Calif., the man who would later argue for his freedom was settling into his second year …


Documents: McGill’s daughter described as uncooperative

Before a troubled teenager emerged as the prime suspect in a Spokane woman’s brutal riverbank slaying earlier this year, detectives had begun to suspect that the victim’s own daughter might …


Homicide victim’s daughter was suspected

Before a troubled teenager emerged as the prime suspect in a Spokane woman’s brutal riverbank slaying earlier this year, detectives had begun to suspect that the victim’s own daughter might …


Jury that convicted Thompson queried

The same week Spokane city officials and the family of Otto Zehm celebrated the settlement of a civil suit stemming from his death, a federal judge held a rare private …


Mayor delivers apology in person

Last week, Spokane Mayor David Condon hand-delivered to Ann Zehm what she has wanted for more than six years: an apology. Zehm, 84, is the mother of Otto Zehm, who …


Otto Zehm family reaches settlement with Spokane

The family of Otto Zehm will get the apology they sought for more than six years as Spokane city officials agreed Tuesday to settle a civil lawsuit against nine police …


Mediation set in Zehm case against Spokane Police

A federal judge has set a two-day mediation session to settle the $14.5 million civil suit filed against nine Spokane Police officers by the mother and estate of Otto Zehm.


Condon fires city attorney

In the biggest shakeup of his administration yet, Spokane Mayor David Condon on Thursday fired City Attorney Howard Delaney following worsening criticism of the legal office’s handling of a series …


City, Zehm family will enter mediation regarding lawsuit

In the first significant step toward a possible settlement, Spokane city leaders and attorneys representing the mother and estate of Otto Zehm announced late Thursday that they will enter mediation …


City wins civil suit over man’s suicide

A federal judge Wednesday ruled for the city of Spokane in a $4.7 million civil lawsuit brought by the family of a suicidal man who jumped off the Monroe Street …


Federal Defenders office gets new director

Andrea K. George has just begun as the new executive director of the team of attorneys representing indigent crime suspects in Spokane and North Idaho. But the Wisconsin native is …


Zehm settlement elusive

Despite calling for “all courses of action” four months ago to settle the civil suit brought by the mother and estate of Otto Zehm, it appears Mary Verner will step …


U.S. marshals take convicted Thompson into custody

Nearly 50 Spokane police officers saluted convicted Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. in federal court as U.S. marshals led him away Friday, prompting Mayor Mary Verner and police Chief Anne …


Conviction likely to bring changes at department

The conviction of Officer Karl Thompson could mean a significant shift in the running and politics of the Spokane Police Department, some city officials and police accountability advocates said after …