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UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019, 9:40 p.m.

72-year-old man takes plea deal after 33 months awaiting trial, plans to sue Spokane County

William Mitchell was first booked into Spokane County jail on Jan. 25, 2017, on charges of first-degree robbery and second-degree assault. He pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree …


Spokane County aims to prevent overdoses, drugs in jail with new scanners

After a string of deaths and overdoses in the Spokane County jail, officials will soon scan almost all inmates and their mail for drugs and other contraband.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 6, 2019, 1:01 p.m.

Phone vendor sues after Spokane County picks different provider for jail inmate calls

The company that provides phone service for inmates in the Spokane County Jail is suing the county after it chose a new provider, accusing the county of bias and not …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 30, 2019, 7:06 p.m.

Spokane judge dismisses domestic violence charge against football legend Mark Rypien

A judge on Friday dismissed the misdemeanor domestic violence charges against former NFL and Washington State quarterback Mark Rypien, his attorney said


UPDATED: Tue., July 30, 2019, 8:45 p.m.

Medical examiner says woman died after taking fentanyl in Spokane County Jail

Sharona Carroll was the 13th person to die in the county’s custody since 2015, and at least the second inmate whose death was linked to contraband drugs.


UPDATED: Thu., July 18, 2019, 7:37 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: Building a bigger, better Spokane County Jail won’t necessarily solve overcrowding issue

Every release from the Spokane County Jail, from the least serious to the most, from allegation to conviction to dismissal, tells a different story. But we apply the same blunt …


UPDATED: Wed., July 17, 2019, 9:20 p.m.

Spokane County hosting two more public forums on jail facilities

Spokane County officials plan to host two additional public forums to gather feedback as talks continue about the size of the county’s jail facilities.


UPDATED: Tue., July 9, 2019, 9:45 p.m.

Commissioners pick Mike Sparber to continue running Spokane County’s jail facilities

Sparber has served as interim director of Spokane County Detention Services since February, when


UPDATED: Wed., June 26, 2019, 9:11 p.m.

Woman just released from Spokane County Jail crashes into truck and flees scene, police say

After police booked a woman into jail on suspicion of driving with a suspended license Wednesday, she was released, but shortly after she crashed her car into a truck and …


UPDATED: Sat., June 22, 2019, 11:36 a.m.

Contraband drugs may have claimed second life in Spokane County Jail

The county medical examiner’s office won’t officially determine how Sharona Carroll died until it receives toxicology results from a state forensic lab.


UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019, 8:48 p.m.

Unitarian Universalists, local activists denounce talk of new Spokane County Jail

“Jails have become a way of criminalizing poverty, mental illness and addiction,” said the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association. “And, in the absence of investing in …


UPDATED: Fri., June 14, 2019, 5:56 p.m.

Medical examiner names woman who died in Spokane County Jail

The woman who died in the Spokane County Jail early Tuesday was Sharona Marie Carroll-Camps, 39, according to the county medical examiner’s office. She was the ninth person to die …


UPDATED: Tue., June 11, 2019, 9:41 p.m.

Emergency crews respond to Spokane County Jail death

Spokane County Sheriff’s detectives are trying to determine how an inmate in the Spokane County Jail died. The inmate was found at about 2:20 a.m. Tuesday morning.


Behind the divide on bail reform, frustration over ‘revolving door’

Some activists say cash bail creates a two-tiered justice system in which poor defendants remain locked up before trial, while rich ones can pay to get out. Spokane County Sheriff …


Law firm counts 210 deaths in Washington jails; Spokane County has fourth-highest death toll

A nonprofit law firm has identified more than 200 people who died in Washington jails over the course of nearly 12 years, finding lapses in supervision, medical and mental health …


UPDATED: Mon., May 13, 2019, 9:54 p.m.

Two public forums planned to discuss Spokane County Jail

Some local officials have mulled whether the county needs additional jail space, while some argue jail crowding should be alleviated by curbing or eliminating the use of cash bail to …


‘They should have taken him to the hospital’: Records detail Spokane County inmate’s overdose death

Shane Carson, 31, overdosed on methamphetamine and some type of opioid. But at the time, corrections officers believed he was “detoxing” or experiencing withdrawal symptoms, and they dismissed the concerns …


UPDATED: Fri., May 3, 2019, 6:47 p.m.

Three Spokane County Jail inmates found unconscious in dormitory, treated for overdoses

Three women in Spokane County Jail were treated for drug overdoses on Thursday and Friday after they had taken an “unknown powdery substance” that was smuggled into the jail.


UPDATED: Wed., May 1, 2019, 10:15 p.m.

Spokane’s May Day March takes stand against local agencies working with border patrol

A group of protesters gathered Wednesday in Riverfront Park is calling on Spokane County officials to stop working with border patrol agents.


‘Build it and they will come’: A history of the Spokane County Jail

Local leaders have set out again to determine whether Spokane County needs a new jail. This time, vocal community members and reform-minded criminal justice experts are pushing back against the …


UPDATED: Mon., March 25, 2019, 7:11 p.m.

Seven months after Spokane County Jail death, manslaughter case ends in plea deal

Christopher N. Luman, 56, lost consciousness and died shortly after a fistfight with one of his cellmates, Anthony J. Weber, in the early hours of Aug. 9.


Community meeting Monday to oppose new Spokane County jail

The meeting, organized by the Spokane Community Against Racism, will take place Monday evening at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church.


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019, 10:48 p.m.

Man charged with stabbing girlfriend near Colbert

A 40-year-old man was arrested Monday night after allegedly admitting to detectives he had stabbed his girlfriend in the leg during an argument at a home near Colbert. Aaron J. …


UPDATED: Mon., March 18, 2019, 9:56 p.m.

Spokane man charged with abusing infant, causing potentially life-threatening injuries

A 24-year-old man was jailed early Monday on suspicion of abusing his 2-month-old baby and causing potentially life-threatening injuries, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.


UPDATED: Tue., March 12, 2019, 10:30 p.m.

Police suspect man awaiting trial on child rape charges has impregnated another girl

A 45-year-old man is under investigation for raping and impregnating his girlfriend’s 13-year-old daughter while he was out of jail on a charge of raping a 7-year-old.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 22, 2019, 8:34 p.m.

Man with flare gun caught by helicopter after allegedly trying to steal from Walmart

A man who allegedly tried to steal items from a Walmart in Spokane Valley was caught with help from a helicopter after he fled the store.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 1, 2019, 9:39 p.m.

Spokane County Jail staff locate drugs, cellphone in cell of inmates with extensive criminal record

Drugs and a cellphone were found Thursday in the jail cell of two inmates with extensive criminal history – one an admitted gang member with a recent conviction of attempted …


MacArthur Foundation grants another $1.9 million for criminal justice reform in Spokane County

The funding comes in addition to another $1.9 million that the foundation awarded to the county in 2015 and 2016 as part of its Safety and Justice Challenge.


Annemarie Frohnoefer: New jail won’t solve societal problems

County Commissioner Al French has proposed building a new jail, saying, “this can has been kicked down the road for too many years,” before adding that he needs to know …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 8:24 p.m.

Spokane County Jail director John McGrath will step down; officials may launch nationwide search for replacement

McGrath wrote that he informed the county commissioners of his decision last week, and his last day on the job will be Feb. 18. The commissioners will be tasked with …