Sirens & Gavels archive for Feb. 2010

FRIDAY, FEB. 26, 2010

Cole Strandberg is escorted from the Spokane County Jail to his hearing in Superior Court Judge Tari Eitzen's courtroom Thursday Feb. 4, 2010. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Spokane jail on cable TV: 'The horror is real'

It was the Spokane County Jail's time to shine last night on the cable TV show "Behind Bars."The hour-long episode on the Discovery Channel featured a belligerent Army sergeant arrested for suspected drunken driving, an accused armed robber trying to overdose, a man arrested in...

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Witness in next month's murder trial jailed

A key witness in an upcoming murder trial is in jail after investigators say she broke contact with them.Colleen Sue Janson, 49, was booked just after midnight Friday on a $100,000 material witness warrant out of Spokane County Superior Court, and a misdemeanor warrant for...

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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

Police: Hit-and-run driver targeted victim

A pedestrian struck on by a car on the lower South Hill this week was targeted, Spokane police said Thursday.The 32-year-old pedestrian, whose identity has not been released by police, was struck at 12:22 p.m. on Monday at South Oak Street and West 10th Avenue.Detectives...

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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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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)

Robbery suspect arrested outside bank 

A man suspected of robbing an east Spokane bank this week was arrested Thursday after police said he appeared to be staking out a different bank.Douglas E. Labish, 34, is accused of robbing Banner Bank inside the Safeway grocery store at 933 E. Mission on...

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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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3 arrested in Pullman-Spokane crime spree

A drug and stolen property crime spree was uncovered early Tuesday when a Spokane County sheriff's deputy stopped to check on a stranded SUV.Investigators think 24-year-old Yan Yefremov - who had been out of jail on bail in another case - and James W. Peterschick,...

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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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2 bars cited for over-serving in triple fatal

Two downtown bars were cited by the state Liquor Control Board for over-serving a man who, while drunken driving, allegedly caused a fatal accident on Interstate 90 in December. The driver, Sterling N. Kruger, 22, of Davenport, Wash., died after entering the eastbound highway going...

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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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Wild courtroom brawl leads to jail time

A man who sparked a wild courtroom brawl last summer after he tried to flee when a judge order him jailed was sentenced to credit for time served Tuesday. Micah W. Hasselstrom, 34, was credited for 111 days served in Spokane County Jail after pleading...

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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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Inmate Casey Beckham (left) plays chess through a locked cell door with Jay Merrill. Crowding has forced a cutback in free time for some areas allowing only 3 hours a day out of the cell. Dan Pelle Photo (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Felon gets 15 years in federal prison

A Spokane felon long considered a threat to the community but never locked up for more than a few years is facing 15 years in federal prison because of stiff drug and firearm sentencing laws. Casey D. Beckham, 34, (right, and above, playing chess at...

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3 charged with early '09 ATM thefts

A rash of burglaries last fall in which stolen vehicles were used to smash through storefronts to take ATMs came about at the same time Spokane saw a rise in car thefts. The crime spree was carried out in a manner similar to a string...

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Vehicle thefts part of wide Spokane web

The truck engine began rumbling at about 5 a.m., and Carlyne Tabler ran outside her Spokane home to find a thief inside her truck. It had been stolen just weeks earlier, but had been recovered. Now it was about to be stolen again.He sped away...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 23, 2010

Child molester to serve at least 3 years

A Coeur d'Alene man will spend at least three years in prison for lewd conduct with a minor under 16, a judge ruled this week. John A. Shepherd, 56, was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Monday with eligibility for parole after three years,...

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Not guilty plea in church rape case

A church worker pleaded not guilty today to a rape charge in which police allege he tied wire around a woman’s face, fastened her to a metal pipe in the basement of a Spokane church and then sexually assaulted her. Michael J. Bosch, 47, appeared...

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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 danp@spokesman.com 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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