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Shawn Vestal: Justice reform moves forward, despite resistance from some in Spokane justice system

Spokane has gone to great lengths to get good information and develop good ideas about how to dispense justice more smartly. But all the good ideas and hopeful recommendations will …

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 25, 2019

Spokane County prosecutor fired after quarreling with judge

Kyle Treece, who worked in the prosecutor’s office for 13 years, was fired on Oct. 18. Earlier this month, Superior Court Judge Tony Hazel found Treece in contempt and fined …

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 7, 2019

Prosecutor: Spokane officer justified in South Hill shooting

Spokane police Officer Daniel Lesser was placed on administrative leave after he fired two rounds at Charles E. Jackson Jr. on the afternoon of July 6. Jackson had allegedly pointed …

Shawn Vestal: Absence of body-cam footage leaves questions about January police shooting

An important question looms following last week’s decision by Prosecutor Larry Haskell that the shooting of David Novak by Spokane police was justified: Where is the body-cam support?

UPDATED: Mon., July 22, 2019

Judge to decide Tuesday whether Caleb Sharpe stands trial as adult for Freeman school shooting

The biggest legal question stemming from the Freeman High School shooting was not necessarily who pulled the trigger: It was whether the young man who was caught at the scene, …

UPDATED: Mon., July 15, 2019

Attorneys battle over whether accused Freeman High School shooter should be tried as adult

Nearly two years in the waiting, attorneys finally began on Monday presenting evidence to determine whether accused Freeman High School shooter Caleb Sharpe will be tried for murder as a …

Secretary in Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office resigns amid accusations that she illegally recorded co-workers

A secretary with the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office resigned this month amid a criminal investigation that alleges she illegally recorded her co-workers discussing sensitive information multiple times.

Councilman Mike Fagan, Prosecutor Larry Haskell downplay attendance at Liberty State fundraiser

Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan pumped his fist while leading his audience in an enthusiastic chant Thursday evening, seemingly offering full-throated support to a conservative secessionist movement that would turn …

UPDATED: Fri., May 24, 2019

Liberty State supporters raise funds at event after tense ‘silent protest’ by ex-Matt Shea backers

A fundraising event for the proposed creation of a 51st state called Liberty started on a tense note Thursday evening as onetime loyalists of state Rep. Matt Shea held what …

UPDATED: Tue., April 2, 2019

Spokane prosecutors decline to file charges in ‘child torture’ case

A man suspected of breaking his 3-year-old son’s leg and splinting it with a Pringles potato chip can, which was among a list of injuries discovered on three children that …

UPDATED: Fri., March 1, 2019

Sex offender pleads guilty to assault and rape of Spokane Valley gas station clerk

A convicted sex offender pleaded guilty Friday to a vicious rape of a Spokane Valley gas station clerk who said she was abducted and choked to near unconsciousness several times …

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 28, 2018

Hearing to decide if alleged Freeman High School shooter will be tried as adult pushed to November

Prosecutors have again delayed a hearing to determine whether suspected Freeman High School shooter Caleb Sharpe will be tried as a juvenile or adult.

McMorris Rodgers tells local officials House-passed prison reform bill ‘a step’ to address overcrowding

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers told a roundtable of local officials Wednesday that a federal prison reform bill passed by Congress last week was “an idea whose time has come.”

UPDATED: Mon., May 21, 2018

Judge rules prosecutors can use Caleb Sharpe’s statements following Freeman High School shooting

A judge ruled Monday that all the statements that Caleb Sharpe gave Spokane County sheriff’s detectives just minutes after the Freeman High School shooting can be used in the hearing …

Shawn Vestal: Groups say prosecutor’s policy punishes refugees, legal immigrants

A group of local leaders has asked Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell to reconsider a provision in some case-resolution agreements that could inadvertently impose life-wrecking consequences on refugees and legal …

Spokane could be site of special program to reduce vehicle crimes

Spokane officials ask House committee to back a special program to have special supervision of car thieves after they’re released from prison.

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 29, 2018

Daughter of deputy prosecutor charged with making bomb, death threats

The daughter of a prominent Spokane County prosecutor was charged Monday with threatening to bomb and kill co-workers at a Spokane day care.

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017

Sheriff, prosecutor say budget cuts would undermine public safety in Spokane County

Spokane County’s top law enforcement officials say proposed budget cuts would force them to lay off deputies and prosecute fewer cases.

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017

Spokane County leaders may abandon tax hike proposal, cut jail funds instead

The Spokane County commissioners may walk away from a proposal to raise property taxes to fix an estimated $10 million budget shortfall.

UPDATED: Thu., July 27, 2017

Police release body cam footage of downtown shooting

The Spokane Police Department has released body camera footage showing the shooting of Charlston Harper outside of a downtown Spokane bar last year.

Shawn Vestal: Spokane Prosecutor Larry Haskell’s ‘get tough’ policies hinder successful Drug Court

Drug court is a proven alternative to jailing offenders, however Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell is reluctant to use the program for those with lengthy criminal records.

UPDATED: Sun., April 30, 2017

State opens investigation into Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office

The Washington Department of Heath has launched an investigation into the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office following a complaint filed earlier this month by someone seeking a review of a …

UPDATED: Fri., April 28, 2017

Spokane police officer who shot machete-wielding man outside downtown bar cleared of wrongdoing

Charlston Harper says he doesn’t remember much from the night, almost a year ago, when a Spokane police officer shot him with a rifle outside a downtown bar.

UPDATED: Mon., April 24, 2017

Gun that killed Brenda Thurman to get tested, 16 months after Spokane Valley shooting

The Washington State Patrol Crime Laboratory is expected to run tests next week on the gun that killed Brenda Thurman in Spokane Valley.

UPDATED: Wed., April 19, 2017

Ozzie Knezovich, Mike Fagan explain comments on Obama, transgender rights at NAACP forum

Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan tried to explain his view of transgender rights and restroom use during a forum sponsored by the Spokane chapter of the NAACP on Tuesday night.

UPDATED: Wed., March 22, 2017

Political infighting between Spokane police, prosecutors, medical examiner leaves death investigations unsolved

A unusual dispute between investigators, prosecutors and the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s office regarding the findings of a 2012 autopsy has allowed a man linked to two Spokane killings to …

Deputy Spokane County prosecutor resigns with no explanation

Thursday was the last day on the job for Deputy Spokane County Prosecutor Joe Kuhlman, who resigned. But nobody is saying why.

UPDATED: Sat., March 4, 2017

Knezovich, Haskell and Fagan praise Trump at rally in Spokane Valley

A standing room only crowd in Spokane Valley Saturday cheered and chanted “USA” in response to several speakers, including Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell, …

No death penalty, but life in prison awaits Murry

Convicted killer Roy H. Murry will not face the death penalty. But barring a successful appeal, the gun-loving Iraq War veteran will never again walk free.

Jury convicts Roy Murry of triple murder in grisly slaying of estranged wife’s family

A jury convicted Roy H. Murry of murdering three members of his ex-wife’s family in a grisly ambush that ended when he torched the family’s Colbert-area home to try to …