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Chad Sokol


Spokane, WA, United States

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Past articles by Chad:

Jury trials may resume again in Spokane County Superior Court

The court recently hit the brakes on jury trials a second time due to concerns about the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Spokane County and the potential for the coronavirus to spread in crowded courtrooms. → Read More

Mary Cullinan to join EWU faculty after resigning as university president

After stepping down as president of Eastern Washington University, Mary Cullinan will continue receiving a president’s salary and living in the president’s house on the Cheney campus for six weeks while helping the school transition to new leadership. → Read More

Spokane County faces $5.25 million claim over 2018 jail death

Attorneys for Chris Rogers' family say he was clearly at risk of suicide, and they point to several problems beyond overcrowding and short-staffing at the downtown jail. → Read More

Spokane County restaurants, retailers and salons gear up to reopen next week

Spokane County has applied for permission to reopen some segments of its economy earlier than originally planned, based on criteria from Gov. Jay Inslee’s office. When those businesses come back, part of a phased approach emphasizing good hygiene, services will look different, owners say. → Read More

Whitworth University postpones graduation ceremony until October

Graduation events previously scheduled for May now will take place during Whitworth’s Homecoming Weekend, which begins Oct. 9. Graduating students still will receive their degrees next month, the university said in a news release Wednesday. → Read More

Spokane Veterans Home employee tests positive for COVID-19

The employee was tested on March 23 and returned to work on Friday and Monday – when the test result came back positive. → Read More

Sweet Frostings becomes third Spokane business hit by a car in two weeks

A car slammed into the cupcake shop at First Avenue and Washington Street on Saturday morning. No serious injuries were reported. → Read More

Semitruck hits sagging power line in Spokane Valley, knocks out electricity

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said deputies and a crew from Avista Utilities responded after the incident occurred on Montgomery Drive near University Road. No injuries were reported. → Read More

Report: Leader of neo-Nazi terrorist group owns land in Ferry County

According to an investigation published Thursday by the Guardian, the leader of the Base is Rinaldo Nazzaro, a 46-year-old who was born in the United States – and who owns 30 acres of land in rural northeast Washington. → Read More

Stormy Daniels to perform stand-up comedy in Spokane on Presidents Day

“Spokane! Are you ready to get weird?” the adult film star, who received hush money to hide an alleged affair with President Donald Trump, said on Twitter. → Read More

Troopers respond to fatal crash on I-90 near Coeur d’Alene

At least one person died after a crash on Interstate 90 near the Huetter rest area outside Coeur d’Alene. The Idaho State Police said troopers were responding to the crash in the westbound lanes of I-90 at about 12:20 p.m. → Read More

Medical care tops list of concerns in watchdog report on Washington prison system

The Office of Corrections Ombuds, which opened last year to provide independent oversight of the DOC, recently released its first comprehensive annual report urging the agency to improve medical and mental health care, food quality, family visitation and programs that rehabilitate prisoners and prepare them to reenter society. → Read More

Man accused of repeatedly stealing cars from dealership in north Spokane

Wayne R. Mellgren was arrested early Thursday for allegedly trying to steal a Mercedes-Benz from Northtown Auto Liquidators. Earlier this month, he was arrested for stealing a Jeep from the same dealership, police said. → Read More

Spokane County hosting three public budget meetings

The first meeting, on Oct. 1, will focus on the county’s general fund, property valuation and taxation. The second meeting, on Oct. 8, will focus on law and justice. The third meeting, on Oct. 22, will focus on roads and environmental services. → Read More

Care provider for Spokane adults with disabilities accused of neglect, abuse one year after sister company shut down

A year after shutting down a troubled provider of in-home care for people with developmental disabilities, the Washington Department of Social and Health Services is cutting ties with the provider’s sister company, citing similar problems of neglect, abuse and mismanagement that allegedly resulted in one woman’s death. → Read More

City of Spokane faces second lawsuit over handling of homeless camp, demonstration

An attorney with the nonprofit Center for Justice filed the lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of Richard Dahl, a homeless man who lived in the tent city dubbed “Camp Hope” until police cleared it out in early December. → Read More

Fire destroys Coeur d’Alene motel long slated for redevelopment

Firefighters responded around 8:30 a.m. to the old Garden Motel at 1808 Northwest Blvd. to find flames climbing through the roof of the building. The blaze was extinguished later Sunday, and investigation into the cause began Monday. → Read More

Flood watch in effect ahead of heavy rain, thunderstorms in Eastern Washington, North Idaho

A flood watch was in effect across Eastern Washington and North Idaho as heavy rain and thunderstorms began Thursday afternoon. → Read More

Two public forums planned to discuss Spokane County Jail

Some local officials have mulled whether the county needs additional jail space, while some argue jail crowding should be alleviated by curbing or eliminating the use of cash bail to keep people incarcerated before trial. → Read More

Central Valley High School grad among three Navy corpsmen dead after Virginia shooting

A 19-year-old woman who graduated from Central Valley High School and enlisted in the U.S. Navy last year was shot and killed over the weekend in Portsmouth, Virginia. → Read More