Spokane volleyball coach at center of Sheriff's Office controversy sentenced in child porn case

<p><p>A 50-year-old Spokane volleyball coach whose child pornography prosecution factored into the firing of a Spokane County sheriff’s deputy was sentenced to five years in federal prison Wednesday.</p></p><p><p>Richard D. Wright Jr. pleaded guilty in February to receipt of child pornography after FBI investigators discovered more than 600 explicit images at his home in Spokane Valley.…Continue Reading

19-year-old gang member arrested for drive-by shooting in Emerson-Garfield Neighborhood

<p><p>Law enforcement arrested a 19-year-old man on several serious charges related to a drive-by shooting last weekend in Spokane’s Emerson-Garfield Neighborhood. </p></p><p><p>Duane G. Delaney was booked into the Spokane County Jail on suspicion of first-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, drive-by shooting and unlawful possession of a firearm, according to a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office news…Continue Reading

Joya to host ribbon cutting at new facility on Friday

<p><p>Joya Child &amp; Family Development is holding a ribbon cutting Friday for its new 40,490-square-foot, two-story structure that will include individual treatment and therapy rooms, pediatric clinic space, offices and rooms for group sessions.</p></p><p><p>The new building, at 1016 N. Superior St., will more than double the size of Joya’s current center at 2118 W. Garland…Continue Reading

Toddler drowns in unused swimming pool in Whitman County

<p><p>A 2-year-old girl drowned in a backyard swimming pool Tuesday in Whitman County.</p></p><p><p>Deputies and emergency crews from the Colfax and Endicott fire departments responded early Tuesday evening to the report of a possible drowning at a home just outside Endicott, according to a Whitman County Sheriff’s Office news release.</p></p><p><p>Preliminary reports indicated the girl was outside…Continue Reading

Second trial starts for man accused of murder in northeast Spokane

<p><p>A second jury is tasked with determining whether a man acted in self-defense when he shot and killed 21-year-old Christian Salazar in February 2020.</p></p><p><p>A jury could not reach a verdict in November for Christian Robinson, who is charged with second-degree murder.</p></p><p><p>Robinson, now 29, is accused of shooting Salazar in the head in the early morning…Continue Reading

'Pharma Bro' Shkreli freed from prison for halfway house

<p><p>NEW YORK – Convicted pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli was freed Wednesday from prison after serving much of a seven-year prison sentence for lying to hedge fund investors and cheating investors in a drug company.</p></p><p><p>His attorney, Ben Brafman, said Shkreli, 39, was released early from a prison in Allenwood, Pennsylvania. The move was confirmed by the…Continue Reading

McDonald's, Wendy's accused of beefing up burgers in ads

<p><p>The bacon is sizzling and the onions crispy. Slices of American cheese – melted and gooey – peek through the toppings, blanketing what looks like a juicy and thick burger patty. Like a sommelier assessing a fine wine, a man grabs the burger, pulls it close to his nose and takes in the aroma.</p></p><p><p>“Hand crafted…Continue Reading

Two suspects plead guilty in scheme to manipulate Amazon Marketplace

<p><p>SEATTLE — Two more defendants have pleaded guilty for their role in a multimillion-dollar scheme to manipulate the Amazon Marketplace e-commerce platform.</p></p><p><p>Six people have been charged in the conspiracy, which federal prosecutors say involved paying bribes to get Amazon employees and contractors to leak confidential data and to use that data to grant certain sellers…Continue Reading