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UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019, 9:54 a.m.

Spokane County mental health court to offer weekly resource fairs

District Court Judge Aimee Maurer said the goal is “to reduce or eliminate barriers to participants’ success with their court-ordered requirements, and encourage a healthy and productive reintegration into the …

UPDATED: Thu., March 7, 2019, 10:20 a.m.

Auditors: Washington jails could release 4,700 inmates, save millions through pretrial services

The state auditor’s office found roughly one-third of Washington’s jail inmates are candidates for pretrial services such as electronic monitoring, mental health and substance abuse treatment, and texts and phone …

UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 26, 2018, 10:30 p.m.

Attorney requests mental evaluation for man accused of shooting two in northeast Spokane

In response to questions from a judge, Donavan L. Gibson sounded brusk, almost annoyed, as he confirmed that he understood his rights. The 35-year-old murder suspect made his first appearance …

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 9:43 p.m.

Shelley Szambelan keeps seat on Spokane County Superior Court; Patrick Johnson elected District Court judge

Shelley Szambelan will remain a judge on the Spokane County Superior Court, having won nearly 60 percent of votes in her race against attorney Dennis Cronin, early ballot returns show. …

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 28, 2018, 2:21 p.m.

Randy Brandt, Patrick Johnson face off for district court judge seat

Two candidates vying to become Spokane County District Court’s newest judge are on their way to the general election after escaping a close race in the primary.

Randy Brandt, Patrick Johnson, Lynden Smithson vie for open district court seat

Judge Vance Peterson’s planned retirement at the end of the year has drawn three challengers vying to become Spokane County’s newest district court judge. All three have lived in Spokane …

Questions of rule violations trail Spokane County District Court judge candidate signs

A candidate running for district court judge may be in violation of state judicial conduct rules by advertising possibly misleading information to voters.

UPDATED: Tue., June 12, 2018, 9:11 p.m.

Newman Lake man sentenced 16 years in killing of girlfriend

A Newman Lake man accused of beating his girlfriend to death in November was sentenced to 16 years in prison earlier this month.

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 8, 2018, 9:54 a.m.

Down one colleague because of budget cuts, Spokane County District Court judges are picking up the slack

After Judge Gregory Tripp retired, the Spokane County District Court effectively gave up most of the money that would have gone toward his 2018 salary and benefits.

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 22, 2017, 5:10 p.m.

Federal prosecutor arrested Friday on DUI charge

An Assistant U.S. Attorney, who was part of the prosecution team that won a conviction against former Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr., was arrested early Friday and charged …

UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 27, 2017, 7:50 p.m.

Domestic violence, death at Newman Lake home on Thanksgiving leave family devastated

Clutching a framed photograph of Tina Stewart to his chest, Don Estus struggled to put into words just how much she meant to him.

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 5, 2017, 6:27 p.m.

Longtime District Court Judge Gregory Tripp to retire

Spokane County District Court Judge Gregory Tripp has announced his plans to retire at the end of September.

County will fill vacant District Court judge seat

Spokane County Commissioners will move forward to fill a vacant district court judge seat, reversing course after asking the state to reduce the number of judges on the county payroll …

Triple homicide suspect appears in court; $3 million bail set

The man accused of killing his in-laws and setting their rural Spokane County home on fire after his wife spoke with him about divorce will remain in custody of the …

Incumbent Judge Randy Brandt looks likely to lose race

A District Court judge is on the verge of being the first Spokane County judge rejected for re-election in nearly 25 years. After Wednesday’s counting of ballots, Judge Randy Brandt …

Brandt, Maurer stress experience in district judge race

The most expensive race for judge in Washington this year pits incumbent Spokane County District Court Judge Randy Brandt against local attorney Aimee Maurer. Although incumbent judges usually fare well …

Challenger puts limits on Spokane County District Court race

Spokane County District Court Judge Gregory Tripp has many advantages in his race for re-election. Not only is he the incumbent – running for his fifth full term – he …

Spokane County District Court candidates list issues

For attorney Chris Bugbee, the race for a Spokane County District Court judgeship is all about a 2013 report that suggested dozens of changes needed to be made to bring …

Yard-sale boat deal an expensive lesson

A $950 yard-sale deal for a nearly 50-year-old boat left a Spokane Valley man with thousands of dollars owed in fees – and anger over the role of zealous law …

Crocker accepts DUI plea deal

Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker pleaded guilty Wednesday to a reduced charge of reckless driving in connection with a hit-and-run drunken-driving crash in Spokane Valley this summer. The …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 21, 2012, 5:50 p.m.

Eastern state employee: Suspect guided him to body

A woman accused of killing a fellow patient at Eastern State Hospital Tuesday pleaded not guilty in court today.

Drunken-driving charges under many influences

Extra law enforcement patrols are often on the road to crack down on drunken driving, but frequently the charge of driving under the influence is reduced as cases play out …

Judge says ‘we’re comfortable’ with collections arrangement

Some local attorneys are questioning the legality of a decision by Spokane County District Court to impose new fees on defendants who already worked out arrangements with judges. Tim Durkop, …

District judges’ schedules difficult to track

An effort to prevent political use of information about their daily duties seems to have backfired on Spokane County District Court judges. Instead, they handed critics an opportunity to accuse …

Spokane County sheriff’s deputy pleads not guilty to DUI charge

A Spokane County sheriff’s deputy who refused an alcohol breath test after being stopped by Spokane Valley police pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a drunken driving charge. Darin M. Schaum, …

Felon arrested after fleeing courtroom

A felon returned to jail Wednesday after fleeing a courtroom and falling in front of the Spokane County Elections Office.

Court’s Web site among the best

Spokane County District Court’s Web site is one of the 10 best judicial sites in the world, according to the Justice Served organization.

Court contract sustained

Spokane Valley will continue to contract with the Spokane County District Court for judicial service. City Council members asked court officials some pointed questions Tuesday, then voted unanimously to rescind …

High court: County judges had authority to try city cases

Spokane County district court judges had the authority to try cases for the city of Spokane under an agreement between the city and county governments, the state Supreme Court ruled …

‘I’m just thankful that I got caught’

More than three years in the making, Spokane County’s first DUI Court “graduation” ceremony conferred new leases on life instead of diplomas to a half-dozen former drunken drivers. “I’m just …