Thursday, January 5, 2017

Botched sexual assault investigation, pesky busker moves indoors and morning headlines

Posted By on Thu, Jan 5, 2017 at 9:19 AM


NEWS: How North Idaho College officials failed to investigate an alleged gang rape, and instead turned on the 17-year-old accuser.

MUSIC: Music writers Laura Johnson and Dan Nailen break down who is scheduled to play in Spokane, and who might come through the Lilac City's music scene this year.

RIP: Local arts icon Steve Gibbs died New Years Eve. He was 64.


• A notorious busker moves inside to escape freezing cold temperatures and draws ire from local businesses and security guards. (KXLY)

• A third bank robbery in past two weeks in Spokane has police scrambling to find the thief(s) and draw any possible connections. (KREM)

• A federal judge in Seattle declined yesterday to get involved in a labor conflict over police reform between the city of Seattle and its captains and lieutenants union. U.S. District Judge James Robart said he would not allow constitutional policing to be "held hostage" to collective bargaining. (Seattle Times)

• Julian Assange and Donald Trump don't think the Russians hacked emails to influence the U.S. presidential election. (New York Times)

• Unapologetic about killing nine black worshipers in South Carolina, convicted killer Dylann Roof told jurors during his sentencing hearing that he is not mentally ill and feels no remorse.

"I would like to make crystal clear I do not regret what I did," he wrote in a white supremacist manifesto while in Charleston County jail after his arrest. "I am not sorry. I have not shed a tear for the innocent people I killed." (New York Times)

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Mitch Ryals

Mitch covers cops, crime and courts for the Inlander. He moved to Spokane in 2015 from his hometown of St. Louis, and is a graduate of the University of Missouri. He likes bikes, beer and baseball. And coffee. He dislikes lemon candy, close-mindedness and liars. And temperatures below 40 degrees.