Sirens & Gavels archive for July 2010

FRIDAY, JULY 30, 2010

Extortion claim leads to $2,500, SWAT team

A 28-year-old Spokane man suspected of kidnapping and extortion remains in Kootenai County Jail after escaping a friend's home during a SWAT standoff Thursday in Post Falls, only to be caught later. Post Falls police responded to a house at 204 W. 17th Ave. just...

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Drug-swallowing car theft suspect jailed

After leading a police on a chase in a stolen car Wednesday, and then spending 36 hours in a hospital for swallowing drugs, Kurt C. Lamarr, of Spokane, landed in jail Thursday evening.Early Wednesday, a Spokane police officer spotted a stolen silver Nissan sedan driven...

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Donations to prosecutor's charity probed 

What do David Miller, John C. Cooney, Dallas Cooney; Christian Phelps, Ronnie Rae, Frank Cikutovich, Paul Mack, Frank Bartoletta, John Clark, Rob Cossey, Tony Hazel, Jared Cordts and Larry Steinmetz have in common, other than law degrees? All apparently donated to a Guatemalan orphanage supported...

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Cops arrest 'Megazord' tag suspect, again

Police rearrested an alleged graffiti artist this week on felony charges after a judge allowed him to leave jail on misdemeanor counts of malicious mischief.Zakk M. Holder, 21, was ordered held in Spokane County Jail on $5,000 bail after appearing before Superior Court Judge Michael...

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Liberty Lake man accused of voyeurism

A 26-year-old man is accused of peeping into windows in Liberty Lake over the last six weeks in search of undressed women and sexual activity. Samuel J. Hall appeared in Spokane County Superior Court Thursday on a voyeurism charge after a man said he’d spotted...

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Police: Woman broadcasted child sex abuse 

A Grant County woman is accused of sexually abusing children over an Internet camera that was viewed by people across the county.Pamela K. Ortega, 29, pleaded not guilty this week to four counts of first-degree rape for alleged incidents in March and April. The investigation...

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THURSDAY, JULY 29, 2010

2 sex offenders wanted since summer '09

UPDATE: Cheney pleaded guilty in March 2011 and is no longer wanted by authorities. Crime Stoppers is offering rewards for tips that help arrest two unregistered sex offenders wanted since last summer. Gregory D. Cheney, 32 (left), was convicted of two counts of first-degree child...

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CdA seeks legal costs in dismissed lawsuit

The city of Coeur d'Alene is seeking recovery of legal fees after a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by a woman who claimed police assaulted her.Shannon Kanda had a blood alcohol level of .28 when she had a neighbor call police to report she'd...

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Hoopfest shooting brings 50+ felony charges

Four men arrested after a shooting at Hoopfest each have been charged with 12 murder-related felonies. Miguel C. Garcia, 19; Adam Doe, 19; Marquis D. Johnson, 21 (right); and Rashjel C. “Reggie” Cage, 23, (left) all are in custody. Garcia, Doe and Cage appeared in...

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Spokane woman admits to bilking Medicaid

A 55-year-old Spokane woman avoided jail but was ordered to repay $16,575 after admitting this week to bilking Medicaid.Dea Ann Wagner's 30-day jail sentence was converted to 240 hours of community service. She'll be probation for a year, according to the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud...

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Abortionist threat may bring home detention

A Spokane man could serve his sentence on home dention after pelading guilty Wednesday to threatening a Colorado doctor who offers late-term abortions three weeks after the killing of a Kansas doctor who also provided the procedure, according to a plea agreement.Donald Hertz, 70, pleaded...

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Steele's friends call him a 'political prisoner'

The reported victim in an alleged murder-for-hire plot appears to be supporting the main suspect in the case – her husband, former Aryan Nations lawyer Edgar J. Steele. Cyndi Steele joined her husband’s supporters in U.S. District Court in Coeur d’Alene Wednesday as Edgar Steele,...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 2010

This surveillance image shows a man police believe to be Nicholas "Niko" Burden, 31, pulling a gun at the Albertsons pharmacy at 57th and Regal, which was robbed of OxyContin on July 23. Police say Burden shot himself during a police chase following a robbery at Rite Aid on 29th Avenue on Aug. 3. (Courtesy of Spokane County Sheriff's Office)

1 man sought in 2 OxyContin robberies

,One "very dangerous" man is responsible for two gunpoint OxyContin robberies at different Albertsons pharmacies in Spokane County this month, police announced today. Detectives released photos of the robber pulling a gun near a young girl July 23 at the store at 57th and Regal...

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Sex offender gets 8 years in 2nd rape case

A man cleared of rape charges in 2008 after a Spokane County jury couldn't reach a verdict was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in prison for a string of sexual assaults last year. Justin L. Dehn, 23, was arrested last August after three women said...

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Congress eases crack cocaine penalties

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress on Wednesday changed a quarter-century-old law that has subjected tens of thousands of blacks to long prison terms for crack cocaine convictions while giving far more lenient treatment to those, mainly whites, caught with the powder form of the drug.The House,...

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Man accused of 'Megazord' graffiti spree

A 21-year-old man police say prides himself on tagging "Megazord" on downtown buildings is suspected of a string of graffiti tags, Spokane police announced Tuesday. Officer Shaney Redmon is looking for people who think they have been victimized by alleged graffiti artist Zakk M. Holder....

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Justin W.  Crenshaw is led from a courtroom at the Spokane County Courthouse Tuesday, July 27, 2010, after he was found guilty of two aggravated first degree murder charges. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Justin Crenshaw in 2008: 'I didn't do it' 

"Right now, everyone's looking at me like I'm guilty." Justin Crenshaw told a reporter that in July 2008, nearly five months after the brutal slayings of 20-year-old Tanner E. Pehl and 18-year-old Sarah Clark. "It’s hard to look at people with them thinking I’m guilty...

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TUESDAY, JULY 27, 2010

$1,000 reward for tips on OxyContin robbery

The company that makes OxyContin is offering a $1,000 reward for tips that solve a robbery at an Albertsons pharmacy in Millwood July 9.Detectives last week released photos of the jacket and a knit hat used as a mask, which were in a dumpster behind...

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Defense calls murder case 'classic cover-up'

COLVILLE – Defense attorney Mark Vovos on Monday told a jury of Stevens County residents that the murder trial they are about to decide amounts to a “classic cover-up” by detectives who willingly bought the shaky story of a co-defendant. But Deputy Spokane County Prosecutor...

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Prosecutor: Crenshaw is a sociopathic killer

Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker once told a reporter that questions about motive contributed to his decision not to seek the death penalty against Justin W. Crenshaw. Investigators initially suspected Sarah Clark's growing interest in Tanner Pehl may have motivated Crenshaw to kill, but testimony...

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Josh Levy died after jumping off the Monroe Street Bridge on July 27, 2007. Family photo (Family photo / The Spokesman-Review)

Parents of Tasered bridge jumper file suit

The parents of a mentally ill man who died after jumping from the Monroe Street Bridge three years ago are suing the Spokane Police Department and the Spokane County Sheriff's Office for $4.7 million. Joshua Levy, a 28-year-old with paranoid schizophrenia, jumped after a standoff...

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MONDAY, JULY 26, 2010

Crenshaw murder case to go to jury today

A Spokane County jury is expected to begin deliberating this afternoon in the case of confessed killer Justin Crenshaw. Crenshaw faces life in prison without parole if convicted of two counts of aggravated first-degree murder for the Feb. 28, 2008 s tabbing deaths of 20-year-old...

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2 recent Spokane homicides, few clues

Police continue to hunt for clues in the recent murders of two Spokane men - one a gang member and the other an aspiring drug counselor with a methadone prescription. Longtime friend Bobby Caruso said William P. "Bill" Pickard (left), who was found dead under...

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Accused witness killer on trial in Colville

Opening statements are expected today in the case of a Deer Park man accused of murdering a witness in an assault case against him. Christopher H. Devlin had faced the death penalty for the May 2008 shooting death of Daniel D. Heily, 52, of Chattatory,...

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