Sirens & Gavels archive for Feb. 2010

FRIDAY, FEB. 26, 2010

Wedding crasher now has jail date

She showed up at weddings uninvited, mingled with guests and never left empty-handed. But a Spokane woman’s wedding-crashing scheme unraveled last summer when an old high school classmate – and off-duty police officer – recognized her at a wedding where she wasn’t an invited guest....

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Ronald Reo Timm is led into court Thursday in the Spokane County Courthouse for his civil commitment trial. Timm is a sex offender who has admitted to molesting 24 victims. (Jesse Tinsley)

A child molester with a method

A jury will decide next week whether Ronald Reo Timm will ever get out of state custody. But the question remains: How does someone molest 24 children in Spokane over a period of two decades and essentially remain out of public view?The answer, according to...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 25, 2010

3 teens charged as adults in shooting

Three juveniles arrested in a shooting in downtown Cheney early Sunday will be charged as adults.Trevien M. Mims, 17; Damon M. Morris, 17; and Clovy Jaramillo, 16, appeared in Spokane County Superior Court Thursday on charges of drive-by shooting, first-degree assault and riot.The boys, along...

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This surveillance photo is from a robbery on Tuesday in Coeur d'Alene at the Washington Trust Bank. (Coeur d'Alene Police Department)

Another bank robbery suspect nabbed

A man suspected of bank robbery in Coeur d'Alene has been accused of robbing two Spokane financial institutions. Michael R. Kent, 38, appeared in Spokane County Superior Court Thursday on one count of first-degree bank robbery in connection with a Dec. 16 heist at Chase...

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No poison found in latest meatballs

No poison was detected in meat found in a Spokane woman's yard in the 900 block of East 36th Ave. on Monday, the Spokane Regional Animal Protection Service announced today. But strychnine, most likely from a gopher control pesticide, was found in meatballs picked up...

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Spokane sex offender captured in Indiana

Spokane County Sheriff's investigators will fly to the Indiana next week to bring a sex offender back to Spokane County. Michael Lee Williams, 30, (left) was convicted of first-degree child molestation in 1991 and 1992, then arrested Feb. 17 in Lawrence County, In., on a...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 24, 2010

Disbarred lawyer arraigned in Spokane

A disbarred Spokane lawyer on the run for more than a decade pleaded not guilty Wednesday to an accusation that he stole money from a dead client’s estate. Claude K. Irwin, Jr. appeared in Spokane County Superior Court on Wednesday through a video feed from...

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Imprisoned physician's aide gets probation

An assistant to a physician serving time in federal prison for overprescribing drugs to patients will be on probation for the next three years. Steven M. Featherkile, of Deer Park, pleaded guilty to three counts of making fraudulent reimbursement claims to Medicaid in an agreement...

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'Person of interest' named in '84 murder

An elderly woman beaten to death her in home. Her apartment ransacked and several silver coins missing, but few clues left behind to identify her killer. The 1984 murder of 87-year-old Ruby M. Miller stumped Spokane police detectives and frightened neighbors near her East Riverside...

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Cheney’s  dogs Snoopy, left, and Abby died after eating poisoned meatballs.

Strychnine may have killed Spokane dogs 

Washington State University veterinarians say a meatball found on a Spokane woman’s property contained strychnine - the same poison thought to have killed dogs in North Idaho last spring. The Spokane woman’s dog died near Regal Street and the Palouse Highway last week after eating...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 23, 2010

MONDAY, FEB. 22, 2010

David Cheney has buried his two dogs in his backyard on the 3300 block of east 55th Ave in Spokane, Wa. The dogs, Abby and Snoopy, died after someone feed them poisoned meatballs. DAN PELLE 2/22/2010 (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Is someone targeting Spokane dogs? 

Abby collapsed near the back steps, convulsing before her owner took her inside, where she died. Her companion, Snoopy, died shortly after, both victims of what animal control officials suspect is a targeted assault using poisoned meatballs to kill Spokane’s best friends. The attack on...

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Adult suspect in Cheney shooting ID'd

A shooting in downtown Cheney early Sunday led to the arrest of four suspects, only one of whom is over the age of 18.Abran L. Gibson, 19, was arrested with two 17-year-old boys and a 16-year-old boy after an Eastern Washington University student, Sharanbir S....

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A man robbed a bank inside an east Spokane grocery store on Monday, Feb. 22, 2010.
The robber entered the Banner Bank at Safeway, 933 E. Mission, about 5:26 p.m. and left with cash. 
He's described as 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-8 and wore a dark, puffy Carhart jacket. (Spokane Police Department)

Do you recognize this bank robber?

A man robbed a bank inside an east Spokane grocery store today.The robber pictured above entered the Banner Bank at Safeway, 933 E. Mission, about 5:26 p.m. and left with cash. He's described as 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-8 and wore a dark, puffy Carhart jacket.Anyone with...

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