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UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 5, 2019, 9:17 p.m.

Former sheriff’s sergeant accused of racist remark brings defamation claim to court

A defamation claim brought by a former Spokane County sheriff’s sergeant is now in court. Jeff Thurman, who was fired from the sheriff’s office in June, denies allegations that he …


UPDATED: Thu., July 4, 2019, 3:26 p.m.

Cheney man who allegedly killed wife with ice cream moves to Oklahoma, pleads not guilty to new murder charge

A man suspected of killing his wife last year at their Cheney home with poisoned ice cream pleaded not guilty to a new murder charge in Spokane County Superior Court …


Man arrested after high-speed chase near Cheney

A 28-year-old man was arrested Thursday night after he allegedly led sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed car chase and then fled on foot near Cheney.


UPDATED: Tue., June 18, 2019, 7:05 p.m.

Appellate judges require full disclosure of records from SFCC sexual harassment probe

“The people do not give public servants the right to decide what is good and what is not good for the people to know,” the judges ruled. “Free and open …


UPDATED: Mon., June 10, 2019, 6:37 p.m.

Vodder guilty of murder in case of Bret Snow killing

A second suspect in the 2015 disappearance and killing of Bret Snow was found guilty Monday afternoon.


Man charged with raping woman as she slept outside near Division and Mission

A man is facing accusations that he raped a woman as she slept outside near the parking lot of a Division Street strip mall.


UPDATED: Tue., May 28, 2019, 9:27 p.m.

Former assistant to developer Harlan Douglass gets two days in jail for theft

Bryan J. Reilly is expected to check himself into the Spokane County Jail on Wednesday as punishment for stealing jewelry, watches and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash from …


UPDATED: Wed., May 22, 2019, 1:08 p.m.

Developer Harlan Douglass seeks to nullify plea deal for former assistant who stole jewelry, cash

One of Spokane County’s richest men is asking a judge to throw out a plea deal and order stiffer punishment for a former assistant accused of stealing jewelry, watches and …


UPDATED: Thu., April 4, 2019, 9:31 p.m.

Rachel Dolezal agrees to pay back $8,847, complete community service to avoid trial on welfare fraud charges

Dolezal, who changed her name to Nkechi Diallo in 2016, entered the diversion agreement March 25 in Spokane County Superior Court. She could still face a trial on the original …


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.


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 …


Man accused of randomly stabbing 7-year-old boy has history of undiagnosed mental health issues

A doctor at Eastern State Hospital says a man accused of randomly stabbing a young child understands the charges against him, but cannot assist in his own defense.


UPDATED: Wed., March 6, 2019, 11:05 p.m.

Woman guilty of Deer Park killing receives six-year prison sentence

Gloria Redmann will spend six and a half years in prison for killing her boyfriend and leaving his body wrapped in a tarp outside their Deer Park home in late …


UPDATED: Fri., March 1, 2019, 9:08 p.m.

Spokane jury makes first conviction in 2015 disappearance of Bret Snow

A Spokane County Jury delivered a guilty verdict on Friday in the presumed murder of Bret Snow – the first official decision since he first went missing in late 2015.



UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 28, 2019, 8:51 a.m.

Dog poop sparks fight between neighbors

When a woman opened her the door of her Spokane apartment on Tuesday, she looked down and saw dog poop smeared on the ground.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 25, 2019, 10:09 p.m.

Second trial in 2015 disappearance of Bret Snow opens in Spokane

The 2015 disappearance of then-32-year-old Bret Snow is back in front of a Spokane County jury this week – four months after a panel couldn’t decide whether the first of …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 8, 2019, 10:49 p.m.

New DNA evidence tied to Bret Snow disappearance delays Spokane murder trial

New DNA evidence has emerged in the 2015 disappearance of Bret Snow, a 32-year-old drug courier believed to be murdered by at least four people at a Newman Lake drug …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 9:53 p.m.

Man found guilty of vehicular homicide, possession of meth in 2016 crash that killed bicyclist

A jury convicted a man of vehicular homicide and possession of methamphetamine stemming from a 2016 crash that killed a bicyclist in downtown Spokane.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 6:53 a.m.

Man sentenced 14 years to life in prison or 2017 rape in Spokane Valley’s Mission Park

A man convicted of first-degree rape has been sentenced to at least 14 years in prison almost a year and a half after he was arrested for forcing a prostitute …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019, 5:46 p.m.

Judge denies Cip Paulsen request to take back marijuana company amid debts, legal concerns

Cip Paulsen, the former federal inmate who obtained one of the county’s first licenses to legally grow marijuana, had his business stripped by the courts in November. A bid to …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 9:12 a.m.

After setbacks, Spokane County abandons custom criminal justice algorithm in favor of simpler tool

The Spokane Assessment for Evaluation of Risk, known as the SAFER tool, was touted as a cornerstone of local efforts to reduce jail overcrowding and eliminate racial disparities in the …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019, 10:51 p.m.

Suspected murderer of grandfather has bond reduced

A man suspected of shooting and killing his grandfather in December appeared in Spokane County Superior Court on Thursday and received a reduction in his bond.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019, 10:31 p.m.

Freeman shooting suspect has court hearing delayed again as judge declares: ‘This will be the last’

Caleb Sharpe turns 18 in October. But in July – 22 months after the then 15-year-old sophomore allegedly opened fire at Freeman High School – a court will decide whether …


Ready for Grandma duty: Superior Court Judge Clark retires after 25-year run on the bench

All 4 feet 11 inches of Superior Court Judge Ellen Kalama Clark, including her thick-soled tennis shoes, walked around the corner one early morning at the Spokane County Courthouse and …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 11, 2018, 10:15 p.m.

Second judge recuses himself from Spokane County cat pee case as scholar argues sealed records violate First Amendment

Judge Gary Libey had been expected to decide whether to unseal records in the case, in which Michael Price, the presiding judge in Spokane County Superior Court, sued a cat …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 5, 2018, 9:34 p.m.

Lincoln County marijuana growers sues Avista alleging breach of contract

The lawsuit, filed last month in Spokane County Superior Court, alleges Avista provided inadequate equipment to power a planned expansion of Buddy Boy Farms, a large-scale cannabis operation based south …


Cellphone data, DNA match result in Spokane man’s rape conviction

A Spokane County jury convicted a man of first-degree rape on Tuesday, more than a year after he was arrested for soliciting a prostitute and forcing her to perform oral …


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: Wed., Oct. 24, 2018, 9:54 p.m.

Spokane County Superior Court Judge James Triplet dies; he was 55

Spokane County Superior Court Judge James Triplet died Tuesday.