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UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019, 9:54 p.m.

5 commissioner bill constitutional, judge rules

A law that requires Spokane County to split into five county commissioner districts doesn’t violate the state constitution, a Superior Court judge ruled Friday.


UPDATED: Tue., July 2, 2019, 10:14 a.m.

Stevens County prosecutor sues county commissioners for allegedly misspending $121,000 in homelessness funds

Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen started two lawsuits against the commissioners following a February report by the state auditor’s office, which found they had made an “unallowable gift of public funds.”


UPDATED: Mon., May 13, 2019, 10:12 p.m.

Former Mead High School teacher pleads guilty to sexual misconduct with student

Wesley Perez, a former Mead High School teacher who had a sexual relationship with one of his students, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of sexual misconduct with a minor.


UPDATED: Fri., March 1, 2019, 5:42 p.m.

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: Sat., March 3, 2018, 8:13 p.m.

Criminal charge dismissed in case involving forged judge’s signature

A felony forgery charge has been dismissed against the former spokesman of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe in a case in which someone forged the signature of Spokane County Superior Court …


Judge to decide where man accused of attempted murder will be locked up

During closing arguments, attorneys for Avery Latham say the 24-year-old should be found not guilty of attempted murder by reason of insanity.


Supreme Court will decide if Envision Spokane’s 2013 initiative will be placed on ballot

More than two years after the Community Bill of Rights was blocked from the ballot by a Superior Court judge, the Washington state Supreme Court agreed to hear the case …


Court orders initiative vote

Envision Spokane, the twice-failed initiative seeking to bolster environmental protection and neighborhood and labor rights, will be before voters again, after a decision Thursday by a state appellate court. The …


Woman wins public records lawsuit against Spokane County

A Spokane woman unhappy with an increase in her property taxes has won a $26,325 judgment against Spokane County, which failed to provide a public record she sought as part …


Graham found competent to stand trial in slaying

A young man accused of killing a woman as she walked her dog along the Spokane River last year will stand trial for second-degree murder. Spokane County Superior Court Judge …


Judge orders 2 initiatives to be blocked from ballot

A Spokane County judge stopped two controversial ballot measures from appearing on November’s ballot Friday, saying they fell outside the scope of the initiative power. Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno …


Controversial initiatives will not be on ballot

A judge ordered Friday that two controversial initiatives will not appear on November’s ballot.


Symposium will discuss future of criminal justice system

Faced with the prospect next year of going to voters to fund a new $200 million jail, Spokane County leaders are teaming up with community activists for a discussion about …


Thompson kudos cited in court

A Spokane police officer who says he feared for his life after being threatened by a felon was asked in court Wednesday about supportive comments he posted on a Facebook …


Town’s legal battle against man living in shed may be no-winner

Springdale, Wash., population 280, is spending more than 10 percent of its general fund to keep a man from living in a shed. The money might go a long way …


Courthouse remodel sets off alarms

Two visions for the Spokane County Courthouse collided this week at a security scanner. County commissioners learned Tuesday that a half-million-dollar remodeling project placed a door on the wrong side …


Shooting that left man paralyzed draws maximum sentence

For the first three months after he was shot through the head, Shane Reilly would wake up in horror not understanding why his body didn’t move below his nose or …


Collection method triggers lawsuit

After crashing into another car during a police chase in 2001, Spokane resident Lisa Orvis served eight months in jail and was ordered to pay $24,000 restitution. A decade of …


Students, volunteers fill fraction of need for free legal aid

The sagging local economy has flooded local courts with people in financial trouble who can’t pay for what could help them most: an attorney to guide them. Only a few …


Candidate will undergo mental evaluation

The mental state of a Spokane County commission candidate is in question. A week before filing for office Friday, civic gadfly David H. Elton was ordered by Spokane County Superior …


Guilty plea in murder gets man 11-year term

A man who helped restrain a woman before his accomplice killed her was sentenced Tuesday to 11 years in prison. Matthew T. Shope, 19, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for …


Man gets prison for waving gun at teens

A man facing a lengthy prison term instead pleaded guilty Monday to a list of lesser charges that resulted from him waving a gun at a group of mostly teenagers.


Plea gets murderer 25-year term

Michael A. Quinones was drifting across the country in October 2008 when he broke down in Spokane. Before he left for Missoula, he left a bludgeoned young mother in his …