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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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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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 28, 2009

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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$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

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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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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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

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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