Sirens & Gavels archive for Nov. 2009

MONDAY, NOV. 30, 2009

Gunpoint Zip Trip robbery netted $66 

A holdup at a convenience store netted the gunman and two accomplices $22 each, according to court documents. Joseph R. Giordanella, 24, appeared in Spokane County Superior Court Monday after being arrested last week for the Sept. 29 robbery of the Zip Trip, 3030 E....

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Feds call for 17+ years in coke bust 

A man caught with cocaine in Utah as part of a major drug bust that led to a helicopter pilot's suicide in the Spokane County Jail faces at least 17 years in prison under a recommendation from federal prosecutors. Leonard J. Ferris, 50, is scheduled...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 24, 2009

On Wednesday, 11/18/2009 around 10 P.M. at the Walmart located at 2301 W. Wellesley, the pictured woman stole a wallet out of a customer’s purse while she was being helped at the customer service desk.  (Spokane Police Department)

Wal-Mart wallet snatcher sought

Police are searching for a woman caught on video surveillance stealing another woman’s wallet at a northwest Spokane Wal-Mart store. The victim was being helped at the customer service desk at Wal-Mart, 2301 W. Wellesley, about 10 p.m. Nov. 18, when the thief took the...

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Furloughed inmate's brother arrested

The brother of a man granted a five-hour furlough from jail for Thanksgiving was arrested today on drug charges. Steven Kinard, 50, was booked just before 4:30 p.m. today, according to Spokane County Jail records. Kinard is the younger brother of Terrence A. "T-Baby" Kinard...

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MONDAY, NOV. 23, 2009

'I lost it,' accused mother says

A woman accused of assaulting her child at the downtown bus plaza told a social worker she was under stress and “lost it” but loves her kids. Keyana L. Key, 28, is in jail on $20,000 bond after her first appearance Monday in Spokane County...

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Driver in crash has prior DUI arrests

A driver accused of a hit-and-run crash in downtown Spokane was cited for drunken driving two months before police say he struck a woman after drinking at several bars Friday night. Cameron B. Olsness, 24, had “at least five shots of Tequila and multiple mixed...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 20, 2009

THURSDAY, NOV. 19, 2009

Gerrin LaFleur, 3, picks up his feet and lets his father, Les LaFleur, carry him by his child restraint up Government Way during Bloomsday 2008 on Sunday, May 4, 2008. At right is his sister, Alzera, 6. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Father charged in death of boy, 4 

A vehicular homicide charge was filed Thursday against the father of a 4-year-old who died near Mount Spokane in August. Lester C. LaFleur, 35, will be arraigned Dec. 2. Gerrin P.R. LaFleur died Aug. 19 during a family firewood-gathering trip in the foothills near North...

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Joe Pickert, right, was executive director of both organizations when the Morning Star Boys’ Ranch deeded real estate to the Morning Star Foundation. Ranch executive director Richard I. Petersen, left, said charitable organizations often form foundations. “There was no attempt to defraud anybody,” he (Dan Pelle)

Ranch moves assets before abuse trial

Morning Star Boys’ Ranch has moved the bulk of its assets, including securities and real estate worth millions of dollars, to a nonprofit foundation in advance of the first trial over sexual abuse lawsuits against it. In 2007, the ranch transferred more than $12 million...

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Poison maker contests prison sentence

A Spokane Valley man serving 10 years in federal prison for making a deadly poison is asking to have his sentence and conviction overturned because one of the government’s expert witnesses was later fired for misconduct in other criminal cases. Kenneth Olsen, a former computer...

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Pharmacy employee tackles armed robber 

A Coeur d'Alene pharmacy employee tackled a masked armed robber and held him for police Wednesday night. Jason Anthony Wahl, 28, will appear in Kootenai County District Court this afternoon after police arrested him at the Shopko pharmacy, 217 W. Ironwood Drive. Wahl is accused...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 18, 2009

TUESDAY, NOV. 17, 2009

Molestation charges dropped in plea deal

A bookstore owner police arrested for third-degree child molestation in March had the accusation dismissed in a plea deal today. A 15-year-old girl told police that Harold "Hal" N. Moos, 76 ,offered her $50 in December to massage her, then touched her inappropriately. The girl...

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MONDAY, NOV. 16, 2009

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