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UPDATED: Mon., July 8, 2019, 9:32 p.m.

Man shot at by Spokane Police on South Hill on Saturday denied release, will face charges in Montana

Law enforcement has not yet identified which Spokane Police officer shot at 46-year-old Charles Edward Jackson Jr. during a foot chase Saturday on the lower South Hill. Jackson asked to …

UPDATED: Tue., June 25, 2019, 7:09 p.m.

Mexican national files federal lawsuit against Border Patrol following detention at downtown Spokane bus station

Andres Sosa Segura, 37, has filed a federal lawsuit in Spokane alleging false arrest and imprisonment during an incident at the Spokane Intermodal Center in July 2017. Sosa alleges he …

UPDATED: Tue., April 30, 2019, 8:28 p.m.

Woman who successfully overturned vehicular homicide charge sues WSP, alleging false arrest and imprisonment

A woman who fought off felony vehicular homicide charges after successfully arguing that Washington State Patrol troopers made false statements to obtain search warrants is now suing the state agency …

Judge reverses jury’s decision regarding massive Christmas display in Hayden

A court decision that should have netted North Idaho couple Jeremy and Kristy Morris $75,000 after a jury found a Hayden homeowner’s association engaged in religious discrimination is looking a …

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 8:54 a.m.

Jury awards $75,000 to Hayden couple in ‘war on Christmas’ lawsuit

A North Idaho jury awarded a Hayden-area couple $75,000 last week, ruling a homeowners association was guilty of religious discrimination in a story billed as a “war on Christmas” by …

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 17, 2018, 10:43 p.m.

Former Spokane chef admits to enticing teens for sexual images; likely to receive 20 year sentence

A former Spokane chef is likely to spend the next two decades in prison after admitting last week that he enticed underage girls from Houston to Las Vegas into sending …

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 27, 2018, 10:44 p.m.

Judge continues ban on posting plans for 3D plastic guns

Federal judge continues ban on posting plans on the internet to print plastic guns on 3D printers.

Girlfriend of man convicted of triple murder gets 1 year

The girlfriend of a man convicted of killing three people has been sentenced to one year in prison for purchasing guns for him.

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 …

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 7, 2018, 4:48 p.m.

Spokane settles federal lawsuit with family of man killed by police in 2013

The family of Danny Jones, a 40-year-old man shot and killed inside his truck outside the Salvation Army housing complex on Indiana Avenue following a road rage incident in August …

Dueling statistics used at hearing on racial bias in stings

Dueling experts deployed statistics to make their case Thursday in U.S. District Court in Chicago in a first-of-its-kind hearing to determine if phony drug stash-house stings run by federal agents …

UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 19, 2017, 9:39 a.m.

He brought Skittles and condoms. The ‘teen girl’ brought a badge.

An Idaho man has been indicted for allegedly traveling to the Tri-Cities to have sex with a 13-year-old girl.

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017, 5:09 p.m.

Nancy Goodspeed settles discrimination lawsuit prompted by City Hall shuffling during Frank Straub scandal

The city of Spokane will pay $165,000 to former parks employee Nancy Goodspeed as the city attempted to manage a sexual harassment scandal involving former police chief Frank Straub.

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 2:57 p.m.

Police detention of immigrant leads to civil rights lawsuit against Spokane

A man who claims he was the victim of civil immigration enforcement at the hands of a Spokane police officer is suing the officer and the city of Spokane alleging …

Months needed for additional study of Dakota Access pipeline, feds say

Additional environmental review of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline is likely to take the rest of the year to complete, U.S. officials said in court documents in which they …

UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017, 10:38 p.m.

Lawsuit seeking coal and oil train ban in downtown Spokane gets hearing

U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Rice expressed skepticism Wednesday about the legal argument used by climate activists seeking to push a ban on coal and oil trains through downtown.

UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017, 10:08 p.m.

Senate confirms Nye; Idaho finally back up to two federal district judges

The U.S. Senate voted 100-0 on Wednesday to confirm the nomination of Judge David Nye to be Idaho’s next U.S. District Court judge, bringing to a close a more than …

UPDATED: Mon., May 8, 2017, 11:30 p.m.

Trump renominates Idaho Judge Nye for long-vacant federal judgeship

President Trump on Monday re-nominated Judge David Nye to fill Idaho’s long-vacant second U.S. District judge position.

UPDATED: Thu., April 27, 2017, 10:55 p.m.

White House agrees to renominate Nye for long-vacant Idaho judgeship

The White House has signed off on the renomination of Idaho Judge David Nye to fill Idaho’s long-vacant federal district judgeship, Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch said Thursday.

UPDATED: Wed., April 12, 2017, 10:57 p.m.

Judge exonerates veteran taken down for bringing service dog into VA

Shadow, the service dog, got her day in court. Her handler, 60-year-old veteran Danny Ralph, was found not guilty Wednesday on a charge of disorderly conduct stemming from his takedown …

UPDATED: Tue., April 11, 2017, 10:52 p.m.

Service dog dispute with VA police leaves veteran with injured shoulder, a bleeding dog and federal charge

Former Marine Danny Ralph didn’t get an apology from Veterans Affairs after a federal officer slammed him and his 8-pound service dog to the ground last summer during a visit …

UPDATED: Sun., April 2, 2017, 12:09 a.m.

Spokane police move away from assigning investigators exclusively to fraud cases

Fraud cases are now being assigned at the precinct level, rather than to a dedicated fraud unit of detectives, in the Spokane Police Department, a gradual shift that began five …

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 20, 2017, 7:06 p.m.

Federal judge sets records deadline in torture suit against Spokane psychologists Mitchell and Jessen

A federal judge gave a hard deadline Monday for U.S. government attorneys to decide whether they will keep some records secret about the relationship between the CIA and two psychologists …

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, 3:13 p.m.

Oil, coal train protesters in Spokane file federal lawsuit claiming climate change protections

Citing the climate-damaging effects of coal and oil, a group of protesters who were arrested protesting in Spokane last year have filed a federal lawsuit declaring federal control of rail …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 12, 2017, 5:22 p.m.

Spokane businessman pleads guilty to stealing $1 million in lottery winnings from Oregon woman

Scott K. Brett, 55, pleaded guilty on Friday in Richland to a single count of wire fraud after soliciting $1 million in lottery winnings from an Oregon woman. He faces …

Carl Tobias: Senate must vote on Idaho judge

Because David Nye is an experienced, consensus nominee and the district desperately needs this judicial vacancy filled, the Senate must promptly conduct his final debate and vote.

Idaho could be down to just one federal judge for another six months

Despite the best efforts of Idaho’s two senators, the lame-duck session of Congress is wrapping up without any confirmation votes on judges – including U.S. District judge nominee David Nye …

Feds get first guilty plea in Idaho drug trafficking ring

Federal prosecutors have their first guilty plea in a multi-state drug trafficking ring involving at least 20 people, including a Coeur d’Alene gastroenterologist, his wife and her children.

Blu-ray pitchman Erick Hansen receives 5-year prison sentence for wire fraud

Erick Hansen came to Spokane in 2007 with promises of building a digital media manufacturing plant in the downtown core. He left a federal courtroom Wednesday saying he had no …

Federal ‘sextortion’ case sends child abuser to prison

A man has been sentenced to 27 years in federal prison for blackmailing a 9-year-old girl into sending him naked pictures.