Sirens & Gavels archive for Aug. 2010

TUESDAY, AUG. 31, 2010

Girlfriend's mom turns in robbery suspect

A man suspected of robbing a north Spokane credit union was turned in to police by his girlfriend's mother. Eric C. Mason, 41, pleaded not guilty this morning to first-degree robbery, more than four months after police say he handed a threatening note to a...

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Sex offender indicted on child porn charges

A child molester considered likely to reoffend was arraigned on child pornography charges in federal court Monday. Donald D. Holloway, 50, has been in Spokane County Jail since December after federal authorities said he'd uploaded child pornography to the Internet. Holloway was on probation for...

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Mourners gather outside the Greenacres Baptist Church Monday after the memorial for Pastor Wayne Scott  Creach, 74, who was shot and killed last Wednesday night by Spokane Valley police officer Brian Hirzel. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Valley officer who shot pastor identified

The deputy who fatally shot a Spokane Valley pastor and business owner last week was identified Monday as Brian Hirzel, a two-year veteran of the Spokane County Sheriff's Office who also has held law enforcement positions in Kootenai County and in Southern California. Hirzel, 41,...

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Reward offered for tips on 'top 10' criminal 

A man considered one of Spokane County's top 10 repeat offenders is wanted by Crime Stoppers. Daniel J. Maddock, 22, is accused of violating his probation on a Bellevue criminal conviction by attempting to elude Spokane police, according to Crime Stoppers. The Washington Department of...

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MONDAY, AUG. 30, 2010

Suspects in gang murder headed to prison

Two cousins charged in a gang-related mucrder are headed to prison on unrelated convictions. Cedric E. "Dirty" Burton, 23, was sentenced to 63 months in prison on Friday for second-degree assault. Eric "Smalls" Burton, Jr., 25, also was sentenced recently to 20 months in prison...

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A gunman robbed the Wells Fargo Bank at 114 E. Appleway in Coeur d'Alene Friday about 6 p.m., then escaped on a bicycle. Anyone with information is asked to call Coeur d'Alene police at (208) 769-2320 or the FBI at (208) 664-5128.
Investigators do not believe the robbery is related to a series of bank robberies in Spokane that have been attributed to a man who typically escapes on a bike.
 (Coeur d'Alene Police Department)

Photos show bike-riding CdA bank robber

Surveillance photos show a masked gunman who police say robbed a Coeur d'Alene bank on Friday, then escaped on a bicycle. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that identify the man, who police say threw a cloth grocery bag at employees at Wells...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 24, 2010

MONDAY, AUG. 16, 2010

FRIDAY, AUG. 13, 2010

Prison-bound federal felon adds to record

A Spokane career criminal already headed to federal prison for 15 years pleaded guilty to a slew of felonies in Spokane County this week. Casey D. Beckham, 34, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, but that sentence will run the same time as his...

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Fugitive was drug mule for racist group

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona fugitive's accomplice was acting as a drug mule for a white supremacy group and agreed to become a police informant weeks before she helped him escape from prison, authorities said today. Casslyn Welch, and her fiance and cousin John...

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Edgar, Cyndi Steele allowed to meet at jail 

The alleged victim in a North Idaho murder-for-hire plot will be allowed to visit the man suspected of hiring someone to kill her.Cyndi Steele is allowed to meet with Edgar J. Steele once at the Spokane County Jail to discuss "their common property and interests,...

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Valley synagogue vandalized with swastika

A swastika was painted on a sign outside a Spokane Valley synagogue last weekend. The congregational leader at the Kehilat HaMashiach, David D'Auria, discovered the swastika painted in red on a white sign Sunday morning outside the building at 13506 E. Broadway Ave. The vandal,...

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Arizona prison escapee could be 'anywhere'

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The trail has gone cold in the search for an escaped Arizona inmate and his suspected accomplice, with baffled federal authorities saying they have no idea where the couple is and warning travelers stopping at campgrounds and truck stops to be...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 12, 2010

Fugitive 'jackrabbits' police; tips sought

A Coeur d'Alene man wanted since January on an assault charge is being targeted by Crime Stoppers after eluding police at least twice recently. Adam Sabastian HIll, 38, "jackrabbits from us every time we get near him," said Sgt. Christie Wood, spokeswoman for the Coeur...

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Despite deal, murder witness doesn't testify

COLVILLE – Spokane County prosecutors ended their first-degree murder case against Christopher H. Devlin without calling the only person they believe witnessed the killing. Defense attorneys Mark Vovos and Roger Hunko implored Superior Court Judge Jerome Leveque to allow them to tell jurors that prosecutors...

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CdA police chief chases down fleeing man 

Coeur d’Alene’s police chief chased down a man suspected of stealing a motorcycle and arrested him at gunpoint this week. Chief Wayne Longo (left) was backing up Officer Hank Dunham on a stolen vehicle stop when Daniel W. Bisher, 35, took off on foot through...

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Father, daughter wanted for theft, burglary 

A father and daughter suspected in a series of burglaries late last year is wanted by Crime Stoppers after failing to show up for court. The burglary spree included thefts at a barn, several units at Valleyway Self Storage and a Spokane Valley landscaping company.Sara...

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2 men sentenced for home-invasion robbery

A Spokane man arrested in Las Vegas after a home-invasion robbery last spring was credited for time served in the jail after pleading guilty to riot this week. Taveus M. Brown, 30, took a plea deal that greatly reduced his charges and saved him from...

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Idaho farmer unwittingly tends to pot crop

JEROME, Idaho (AP) — Authorities say a southern Idaho farmer unknowingly watered and fertilized more than 300 marijuana plants while tending to his corn field. The Jerome County sheriff's office says the farmer found the plot of pot growing between his tall, green stalks of...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 11, 2010

Hunt for escapees turns cold in Arkansas

GENTRY, Ark. (AP) — They fancy themselves a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde who pulled off a brazen prison escape in Arizona and allegedly went on a bloody, multistate crime spree. They have dyed their hair and stuck to out-of-the-way places to avoid drawing attention to...

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Suspect's non-violent history kept him free

A felon suspected of a robbery that led to a police officer fracturing his neck in a car crash already was out of jail when his sentencing was postponed in June. Christopher W. Hardwick, 30, was required to post additional $1,000 bond on each of...

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Flight attendant's exit draws charges, fans

NEW YORK (AP) — No fed-up worker has ever said "I've had it" quite like Steven Slater. Prosecutors say the JetBlue flight attendant flipped out over a fight with an agitated traveler Monday, cursing over the intercom before grabbing some beer from the plane's galley...

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Cops report stolen elk horns, other oddities

Here's the latest dispatch from Sgt. Dave Reagan, spokesman for the Spokane Valley Police Department:"Sometime overnight Monday, someone stole a set of unmounted elk horns from behind Moffat’s Taxidermy in the 8900 block of E. Euclid. The medium set of 6x6 horns was valued at...

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This nylon rope was used to restrain William Pickard, who was thrown to his death from the Sunset Bridge on June 30. (Spokane Police Department)

Pic shows rope used to bind murder victim 

A Spokane man was bound with a rope before being thrown to his death off the Sunset Bridge in June. Police on Monday released a photo of that rope, which was used to bind William P. “Bill” Pickard’s hands and neck, to bring attention to...

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