Monday, March 19, 2018

Former SFCC president accused of coercing sex from subordinates, former deputies allege cover up and other headlines

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Former SFCC president accused of coercing subordinates

According to court records filed by an attorney for the victims on Friday, multiple women who worked under former Spokane Falls Community College President Darren Pitcher have accused him of inappropriate advances, showing his genitals and coercing sex.

SPD cop who tipped off fellow officer accused of rape got punished... but then got paid back
Spokane Police Department Sgt. John Gately kept his job after he was accused of tipping off now former Sgt. Gordon Ennis that deputies were on their way to serve a warrant and would likely collect DNA after Ennis had been accused of sexually assaulting a fellow officer. A jury found Ennis guilty, but Gately hasn't been convicted of obstruction of justice. After Gately received four weeks of unpaid leave, the police guild stepped in and got the department to reduce it to one, meaning the city had to pay him back.

Keyboard cat 2.0 moves on to the litter box in the sky
Two cats, one owner, one massively viral title: Spokane's Keyboard Cat has crossed the rainbow bridge, but his legacy will live on.


Fourth explosion rocks Austin - possibly by tripwire this time
Two people were injured in a bombing in Austin, Texas, on Sunday, making it the fourth explosion to injure or kill people in the city in a little more than two weeks. Police were still clearing the area Monday morning, and warned residents not to even approach packages or backpacks that might be suspicious. (Austin Statesman)

Lies, cover up and a lawsuit
Claiming that they were targeted for trying to tell the truth, two former Pierce County sheriff's deputies are suing their old department, which they allege covered up its failure to confiscate a gun from a man who then used it to kill his wife and himself. (The Tacoma News Tribune)

Pitbull or pit-no?
This week, the Yakima City Council might vote to repeal a nearly 30-year-old ordinance banning pitbulls in the city. (Yakima Herald)

'Beginning of the end'
After President Trump lashed out at special counsel Robert Mueller on Twitter this weekend, Republicans warned that if Trump fires him, it'd spark bipartisan backlash.
"'If he tried to do that, that would be the beginning of the end of his presidency, because we’re a rule-of-law nation,' Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, an ally of the president, said on 'State of the Union' on CNN." (New York Times)

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