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MULTI-BILLIONAIRE AWARDED $1.5 MILLION

February 3, 2004
An Irish multi-billionaire is a little richer today after a federal jury in Spokane awarded him $1.5 million he lost four years ago. Dermott Desmond, one of the world's richest men, who lives in Dubli...
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Law firm's location a classic gender bender

June 16, 2003
Prior to 1979, the only women allowed into the Empire Club on the eighth floor of the Lincoln Building were the two oil paintings of curvaceous nudes. The civic leaders and business executives who fre...
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SUIT NETS 4 MILLION FROM FIRM

May 21, 2003
A jury has awarded $4 million to a woman who said she was the victim of gender discrimination when she worked for a billion-dollar company operating in Spokane. The verdict is one of the state's large...
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Loophole put abuse victim in aunt's home

June 9, 2002
Shirley L. Anderson had to disclose nothing about her background when she requested custody of her nephews, Alexander and Nathaniel Wallace, in February. She did not have to disclose her five misdemea...
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CdA mother fights for son

February 8, 2002
The doorbell rang. A loud knocking followed. Karen von Krenner answered the door while Wednesday's dinner was cooking. A U.S. marshal backed by two Kootenai County sheriff's deputies entered her two-s...
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Mother wins international custody fight

November 8, 2001
Ending an international child-custody fight, a federal judge said Wednesday he will let a Spokane-area woman retain legal custody of her three children. The pending ruling by U.S. District Court Judge...
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Ziegler to drop domestic abuse complaint Lawsuit based on unconstitutional law

June 29, 2001
A Spokane woman intends to drop her claim of domestic abuse against a Ziggy's hardware and lumber company executive, her attorney says. John Allison, attorney for Michele Ziegler, said he plans to fil...
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Screaming Mouse sues ex-worker

April 14, 2001
A Spokane software company has filed a lawsuit against a former executive who allegedly stole company information, then set out to sabotage the firm that hired him. Screaming Mouse, a startup tech bus...
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COURT DROPS ZIEGLER DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUIT AFTER FEDERAL DISMISSAL, STATE CLAIMS REMAIN AGAINST SPOKANE LUMBER EXEC

February 7, 2001
A federal judge has dismissed a domestic violence lawsuit brought in 1997 against a Spokane lumber company executive by his former wife. The suit against Reid Ziegler began falling apart when the U.S....
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DECISION BLOCKS ACCESS TO E-MAIL MESSAGES CALLED EXEMPT FROM DISCLOSURE TO MEDIA

December 15, 2000
The state Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that e-mail generated by a former secretary for the Spokane County Prosecutor's Office are exempt from disclosure to the media because they are personal infor...
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CUSTODY DISPUTE GETS NEW HEARING APPEALS COURT BLOCKS RETURN OF CHILDREN TO FATHER IN GREECE

December 1, 2000
A federal appeals court has blocked the return of three Spokane children to their father in Greece. The appeals court said U.S. District Court Judge Alan McDonald erred when he ordered the U.S.-born c...
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FEDERAL PORTION OF ZIEGLER LAWSUIT DISMISSED LAW USED BY LUMBER FIRM EXECUTIVE'S EX-WIFE WAS STRUCK DOWN IN MAY

Article 22 of 51, Article ID: 0007220041

July 22, 2000
U.S. District Court Judge Frem Nielsen has dismissed the federal-claims portion of a lawsuit brought against a Spokane lumber company executive by his former wife. The judge dismissed the claims in la...
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FEDERAL COURT OVERRULES ORDER TO SEND KIDS TO DAD IN GREECE

Article 23 of 51, Article ID: 0005050042

May 5, 2000
A federal appeals court issued an order Thursday temporarily blocking the return of three Spokane children to their father in Greece. The children of Kristi Tsarbopolous, of Colbert, were scheduled to...
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JUDGE ORDERS U.S. KIDS BACK TO GREEK DAD MOTHER SAYS SHE AND HER CHILDREN WERE ABUSED

Article 24 of 51, Article ID: 0004290041

April 29, 2000
U.S. District Judge Alan McDonald has ordered a Spokane woman to take her children, all American citizens, back to Greece next Friday to face the allegedly abusive husband and father they fled three m...
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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CASE CLEARS LEGAL ROADBLOCK; LUMBER HEIR'S BANKRUPTCY CLAIM HALTED CASE BEFORE IT REACHED STATE SUPREME COURT

Article 25 of 51, Article ID: 9912040027

December 4, 1999
A landmark domestic violence case before the Washington State Supreme Court will proceed now because of an order signed by a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge in Spokane. Judge Patricia Williams issued the ...
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LAWYER'S OFFICE WILL HAVE CARIBBEAN TOUCH PAT STILEY WILL OPERATE PRACTICE VIA INTERNET

Article 26 of 51, Article ID: 9908150080

August 15, 1999
Pat Stiley, Spokane's flamboyant, freewheeling lawyer, will leave for the Caribbean this month to practice law to a calypso beat. At 55, Stiley is relocating to Belize, where he plans to maintain his ...
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CLARK NAMED TO SUPERIOR COURT BENCH WILL BEGIN TERM IN JULY AND STAND FOR ELECTION IN NOVEMBER

May 4, 1999
Court Commissioner Ellen Kalama Clark will fill the new spot on the Spokane County Superior Court bench. Gov. Gary Locke made the announcement Monday morning during a ceremony at the Spokane County Co...
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JUDGE ASKS HIGH COURT FOR SPOUSE ABUSE RULINGS WOMAN'S FEDERAL SUIT PROMPTS QUESTIONS ABOUT STATE LAW

Article 29 of 51, Article ID: 9902090295

February 6, 1999
A federal judge in Spokane is asking the state Supreme Court to decide if civil damages can be sought for ongoing domestic violence. In a rarely used legal procedure, the state's highest court also is...
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PROSECUTORS FIRE SECRETARY ONE MONTH AFTER SHE WAS RAPED COUNTY SAYS DISMISSAL OF WORKER WAS NOT RELATED TO HER ATTACK

Article 30 of 51, Article ID: 9812140193

December 11, 1998
Gina Tiberino joined Spokane County's sexual assault prosecution team in August, working as a legal secretary in an office where justice for sex-crime victims is the ultimate goal. Two months later, t...
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ZIEGLER CLAIMS HE WAS VICTIM OF ABUSE EX-LUMBER BOSS COUNTERS THAT HIS EX-WIFE WAS PERPETRATOR

October 10, 1998
Domestic violence allegations against the former president of a Spokane lumber company are fabricated or grossly exaggerated, a counterclaim filed in federal court says. Reid Ziegler claims he was not...
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JUDGE UPHOLDS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LAW RULING SAYS REID ZIEGLER'S EX-WIFE CAN USE FEDERAL LAW IN PURSUIT OF DAMAGE CLAIMS

Article 33 of 51, Article ID: 9810050219

October 3, 1998
Days after a severed horse head landed on businessman Reid Ziegler's doorstep, a judge ruled against him in a domestic violence suit that sets a major legal precedent. U.S. District Judge Frem Nielsen...
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NOW WANTS A STAKE IN LOCAL SUIT GROUP DEFENDS LAW ON WHICH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CASE IS BASED

April 1, 1998
The National Organization for Women wants to intervene in a domestic violence lawsuit filed against a prominent Spokane businessman by his former wife. NOW filed legal papers this week in Spokane afte...
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EX-BUILDING SUPPLY PRESIDENT SUED FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE UNUSUAL FEDERAL SUIT SEEKS CIVIL DAMAGES

Article 36 of 51, Article ID: 9712030060

December 3, 1997
The former president of a Spokane-area building supply business is being sued for domestic violence in a unique federal lawsuit. The suit filed Tuesday seeks recognition of domestic violence as ground...
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A LION'S SHARE OF ATTENTION CAT TALES ZOO WILDLY POPULAR AFTER RECOVERY FROM SETBACKS

Article 37 of 51, Article ID: 9707280187

July 24, 1997
A group of youngsters from Grant Elementary mashed their faces against an outer fence to watch Jambo the lion slide his 500-pound body off the top of his shelter. Brandy Martin, a volunteer zookeeper ...
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ROVING CON MUST SERVE LONGER TERM SENTENCED TO PRISON IN 1994, HE DIDN'T REPORT AS PROMISED

Article 38 of 51, Article ID: 9601090037

January 9, 1996
A Spokane espresso shop owner who failed to report to prison in 1994 got an extra jolt Monday. Darryl Hronek, 31, who owns Capone's Espresso, 6740 N. Division, now must serve 11 years and five months ...
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FAMILY FRIEND FOUND INNOCENT ON CHARGE OF RAPING 14-YEAR-OLD

Article 39 of 51, Article ID: 9512210464

December 20, 1995
A DNA expert said there was little doubt Phillip Kramer is the father of a child born to a 14-year-old Spokane girl. But a Spokane County jury on Tuesday said that wasn't enough proof to convict Krame...
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DNA TESTS AT CORE OF RAPE EVIDENCE

Article 40 of 51, Article ID: 9512080408

December 7, 1995
The teenager says she's had sexual intercourse twice in her life. Both were rapes that resulted in pregnancies, she says. The girl gave the first baby - a boy born when she was 11 - up for adoption. N...
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$100,000 AWARDED EX-STUDENT \ INSURER REVEALS '93 SETTLEMENT IN SEX CASE INVOLVING TEACHER

September 1, 1995
A former student who claimed she had sexual relations with the former Lewis and Clark High School choir director has received $100,000 from Spokane School District 81's insurance company. The amount p...
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CHILD RAPE CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST WOMAN \ CASE THAT WAS HOPED WOULD TEST POLYGRAPH \ ADMISSIBILITY THROWN OUT FOR LACK OF EVIDENCE

Article 42 of 51, Article ID: 9506230042

June 23, 1995
The second of two first-degree child rape charges against a 51-year-old Wilbur, Wash., grandmother disintegrated in court Thursday and was dismissed. The voluntary dismissal undercut a potentially pre...
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WOMEN WORKERS POSED NUDE, SUIT SAYS \ SOME SERVED AS TOPLESS BARMAIDS AT VALLEY FIRM, EX-EMPLOYEE CHARGES

Article 43 of 51, Article ID: 9506130043

June 13, 1995
A construction company president used some of the women on his payroll to pose nude for pictures or serve as topless barmaids, a former employee claims in a lawsuit. Matthew Failing claims those women...
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MAN WINS DEFAULT JUDGMENT AGAINST RUSSIAN

Article 44 of 51, Article ID: 9503180040

March 18, 1995
A Spokane man won a default judgment in Superior Court against a Russian woman who sued him after their relationship went sour. The judgment Doug Richardson got against Larissa Sergievou may be of no ...
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DEFENSE ATTORNEY ORDERED TO TESTIFY AGAINST CLIENT FEDERAL JUDGE'S RULING WORRIES NORTHWEST LAWYERS

Article 45 of 51, Article ID: 9501210057

January 21, 1995
A federal judge, questioning a last-minute legal maneuver by the Justice Department, is dismissing a bail-jumping charge against an accused drug dealer. The ruling Friday by U.S. District Judge Frem N...
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DEFENSE ATTORNEY ORDERED TO TESTIFY AGAINST CLIENT FEDERAL JUDGE'S RULING WORRIES NORTHWEST LAWYERS

Article 46 of 51, Article ID: 9501200384

January 20, 1995
A Spokane defense attorney must testify as a prosecution witness against her client, a federal judge ruled Thursday. If attorney Mary Schultz refuses to testify, she could be found in contempt of cour...
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WOMAN ACCUSED OF ABUSING GIRLS AT HER DAY-CARE CENTER

Article 47 of 51, Article ID: 9501140063

January 14, 1995
A 50-year-old woman is accused of raping and sexually molesting two preschool girls in a day-care center she operated. Peggy Jannot pleaded innocent this week in Lincoln County Superior Court to charg...
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EX-PEN PAL'S PAYMENT RELEASED


Article 48 of 51, Article ID: 9411300059...
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