Killer vows to 'do whatever I can to make it hurt less' after mother of man shot in Airway Heights forgives him during emotional speech at sentencing

<p><p>The family of Jeffrey T. Hayes expressed being haunted by thoughts of his killing, but offered forgiveness to Shawn Cottingham, who pleaded guilty Friday to manslaughter and robbery in the first-degree in connection to Hayes’ death.</p></p><p><p>Judge Rachelle Anderson sentenced Cottingham, 32, to 23 years in prison.</p></p><p><p>Hayes, 48, <a href=”https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2021/dec/21/court-documents-two-people-involved-in-the-fatal-s” target=”_blank”>was found dead</a> in a vacant…Continue Reading

Man gets 20 years for killing 21-year-old at Hillyard McDonald's parking lot

<p><p>The man who shot and killed 21-year-old Christian Salazar in 2020 at a Hillyard McDonald’s parking lot will spend 20 years in prison.</p></p><p><p>A jury found Christian Robinson, who will turn 30 in August, guilty of second-degree murder last month. The first trial was declared a mistrial after the jury could not reach a verdict.</p></p><p><p>Spokane County…Continue Reading

'It's a war against women': Hundreds gather in downtown Spokane to protest overturning of Roe v. Wade

<p><p>Hundreds of people gathered to protest the Supreme Court opinion restricting abortions by overturning Roe v. Wade Friday, chanting “not the church, not the state, people must decide their fate” in downtown Spokane. </p></p><p><p>Deborah Hale, 71, grabbed a sign from organizers with Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho.</p></p><p><p>As people began to gather, Hale…Continue Reading

Driver sentenced to 5 years in connection to fatal drive-by shooting near NorthTown Mall

<p><p>Thurston Scanlon, 20, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Friday in connection to a May 2021 drive-by shooting near NorthTown Mall that left 19-year-old Kash Amos dead.</p></p><p><p>Scanlon was the driver of the vehicle during the shooting that killed Amos.</p></p><p><p>Judge Annette Plese sentenced Scanlon to 60 months, with about 14 months already served, plus an additional…Continue Reading

Local analysis: Supreme Court abortion decision shows conservative bent of justices likely to have widespread legislative effects

<p><p>The decision by the conservative bloc of the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to strike down the constitutional right to an abortion will have ramifications well beyond the walls of the courtroom, local legal and political experts said. </p></p><p><p>By reversing decades of precedent, the court has effectively plotted an aggressively conservative course that, in addition…Continue Reading

Dow soars more than 800 points as Wall Street ends week on high note

<p><p>Stocks swelled Friday, lifting the Dow more than 800 points and giving Wall Street a badly needed win after weeks of tumult.</p></p><p><p>The S&amp;P 500 soared 3.1% to snap a three-week losing streak, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq surged 3.3%.</p></p><p><p>The Dow Jones industrial average spiked 826 points, or 2.7%.</p></p><p><p>The turnaround comes after the Federal Reserve has moved…Continue Reading

Remote work could save firms $206 billion

<p><p>The rise of remote work could make the Federal Reserve’s task of taming inflation a bit easier, while saving employers more than $200 billion, according to new research.</p></p><p><p>That’s because workers are willing to accept smaller pay increases for the convenience of working from home.</p></p><p><p>In turn, that helps moderate business costs and slow what economists call…Continue Reading

More than 8 million Americans are late on rent as prices increase

<p><p>About 15% of U.S. renters aren’t caught up with their payments, according to Census Bureau data, and it’s about to get worse this summer as many leases come due and landlords boost prices.</p></p><p><p>That represents 8.4 million Americans who were struggling to pay their monthly rents during the June 1 to June 13 period of the…Continue Reading