Sirens & Gavels archive for Oct. 2009

FRIDAY, OCT. 30, 2009

The Devlin is in the details 

The death penalty case against Christopher H. Devlin has turned into a legal mess in which prosecutors from two counties are squabbling over who should pay for the costly trial. Spokane County Superior Court Judge Jerome Leveque has twice ruled on where the case should...

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Robberies in region continue 

The robberies in the Inland Northwest continued Thursday as three women foiled two attempts within minutes of each other by challenging the masked gunmen. Police don't know if the cases are connected. They occurred more than two miles apart within 12 minutes of each other,...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 29, 2009

Accused robber shot teen girl in 2004

Three men arrested for an armed robbery Wednesday night are being questioned about a string of robberies in Spokane County in the last month. Nedzad Mesanovic, 20, (right) of Spokane; Miroslav Veselinovic, 22, of Spokane; and Reza Abghari, 26, of Colbert, were driving a dark...

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A photo released Oct. 29 shows a man Spokane police think may be responsible for a series of ATM thefts. (Spokane Police Department)

Photo of ATM burglar released

Brazen thieves are targeting cash machines at Spokane-area convenience stores, using stolen vehicles to bash through locked doors and storefronts to grab and loot the secured ATMs.Spokane police hope someone recognizes the man pictured above outside the Conoco Station at 3125 E. Mission on Oct....

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Biker in fatal crash was convicted killer

The biker killed in a crash Wednesday had been a member of the Ghost Riders motorcycle gang and served time in prison for killing two people, news archives show.Michael W. Fraser, 51, died when his bike slid more than 200 feet into an oncoming car...

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Bar stabbing may be gang related

Here's Sara Leaming's report: The owner of a downtown Spokane night club says his employees stopped a gang “hit” outside of his business early Wednesday night, during which two men were sent to the hospital with minor stab wounds. Jordan Troutt, the owner of Uno...

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Suspect identified in pizza place robbery

A 24-year-old man has been identified as a suspect in a Spokane pizza place robbery last month. Justin J. Ellery is accused of handing a note demanding cash and stating he had a gun to a woman working at Papa John's Pizza, 920 W. Indiana,...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 28, 2009

Edmund Washington, age 16, camped out November 15, 2006, to buy a Playstation 3 at the Circuit City at the Spokane Valley Mall. DAN PELLE The Spokesman-Review (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Teen gets 22 years for killing girlfriend's dad

A teenager will serve 22 years in prison for helping his girlfriend kill her father with a sword and baseball bat. Edmund D. Washington, 19, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced today by Superior Court Judge Michael Price. It's the same sentence given...

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Jail guards in drug bust released

Two Franklin County corrections officers were released from the Spokane County Jail today after a bail hearing on federal drug charges. Kevin J. Still, 44, (left) and Sonya K. Symons, 31, (right) were arrested last week by members of the federal Drug Enforcement Agency and...

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Officials warn of cuts to courts, jail 

Spokane County’s top law enforcement officials made an impassioned plea Tuesday to spare their budgets from spending cuts next year, suggesting commissioners tap the “rainy-day” fund to help prop up public safety services during tough economic times. County commissioners said no and suggested county staff...

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Pregnant woman imprisoned for Oxy robbery

A pregnant woman due in June will spend more than 2 1/2 years in prison for robbing a pharmacy of OxyContin last year. Sunshine L. "Sunny" VanCleave, 35, pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery Wednesday for using a BB gun to rob the Bi Mart in...

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$25,000 bond for murder victim's roomie

The roommate of a man found dead near Green Bluff remains in Spokane County Jail on a $25,000 bond after a court appearance Wednesday. The Spokane County Sheriff's Office issued a $250,000 warrant for Miguel A. Rodriguez Barbosa, 18, on a felony marijuana charge, but...

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The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department has obtained surveillance photos from the attempted robbery at Walgreens Pharmacy in Hayden Oct. 27.  Anyone having information as to the identity of location of the person depicted in the photographs is asked to contact the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department at 446-1300 or their local law enforcement agency. (Kootenai County Sheriff's Department)

Idaho Oxy robber strikes again?

Surveillance photos of an attempted robbery at Walgreens in Hayden Tuesday evening show the would-be robber wore a billed beanie hat that appears to match the hat worn by a robber at the Post Falls Walgreens Sept. 30. The man walked out the Walgreens at...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 27, 2009

Car in ATM theft was stolen from airport

The SUV used in an attempted ATM theft last week was stolen from the Hertz car rental company at Spokane International Airport, according to a search warrant. A Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy found the 2009 white Infiniti Q56 SUV on Oct. 21 near North Juanita...

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The love seat missing from the home of homicide victim Jesus Torres Valdovinos matches the pictured sofa, but the love seat has only two seats and back cushions. (Spokane County Sheriff's Office)

Homicide victim's roommate arrested

The roommate of a man found dead near Green Bluff last week has been arrested on a felony drug charge. Miguel A. Rodriguez-Barbosa, 18, was booked into Spokane County Jail today about 3 p.m. on suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. Detectives...

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Oxy robbery suspect pleads not guilty

A 20-year-old woman accused of robbing a pharmacy of OxyContin pleaded innocent to the charge today. Ariel A. Arrieta is charged with first-degree robbery in connection with a pill heist at the Rite Aid at 5520 N. Division St. on Sept. 27. She appeared in...

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Jail guards due in federal court tomorrow

Two Franklin County corrections officers are due in federal court in Spokane Wednesday for a bail hearing on drug charges. Kevin J. Still, 44, (left) and Sonya K. Symons, 31, (right) were arrested Thursday by members of the federal Drug Enforcement Agency and the Tri-City...

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MONDAY, OCT. 26, 2009

Rathdrum woman accused of $450,000 fraud 

A Rathdrum woman was arrested Monday on suspicion of embezzling more than $450,000 from a Post Falls doctor’s office. Yolanda M. Williams, 36, is charged with grand theft and forgery for allegedly making fraudulent online transfers from the bank account of Post Falls Family Medicine...

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Spokane policemen honored for saving lives 

Two Spokane policemen were honored by the City Council tonight for saving lives. Officer Tim Moses (left) saved a man who was threatening suicide on the Monroe Street Bridge last month, and Cpl. Robbie Dashiell (right) saved a man who'd been shot in an apparent...

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Man linked to sex with horses, again 

A man who helped trigger the passage of a law banning bestiality in Washington has once again been linked to sex with horses, this time in Tennessee. Sheriff's investigators said Tuesday that 58-year-old James Michael Tait (right) was having sex with horses on a Maury...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 22, 2009

Craigslist sale leads to stolen police gear 

A suspicious camera sale brokered through Craigslist has led the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office to a cache of stolen police gear taken from one of its undercover vehicles more than five months ago. The case began taking shape after a Sandpoint woman called detectives in...

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Teen faces 39+ years after jury verdict 

A Spokane teenager faces a a minimum of about 39 years in prison after a jury convicted him Friday of shooting at two men in a motel parking lot. Anthony R. Covert, 19, was found guilty of attempted murder, first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree...

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Tips sought in CdA church burglaries

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that solve two recent Coeur d'Alene church burglaries. Cash, keys, food, guitars and tools were stolen from the First Christian Church, 610 N. 4th St., and the St. Thomas Catholic Church, 919 E. Indiana Ave., between Wednesday...

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