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Sirens & Gavels archive for June 2010


Wed., June 30, 2010, 4:45 p.m.

More bail imposed on Hoopfest suspect

A teenager arrested in connection with a shooting at Hoopfest on Saturday will need to pay an additional $50,000 bond to get out of jail, and if he does get out, he'll be on home detention. Prosecutors requested the additional bond for Adam Doe for...

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Wed., June 30, 2010, 3:30 p.m.

Murder for $7.25 gets man 31 years in prison

A convicted killer's lawyer called a judge's comments to the victim's family "one of the most moving statements I've ever heard a judge give" in a sentencing Tuesday in Spokane County Superior Court. Judge Jerome Leveque urged the family of Timothy Eby, who was stabbed...

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Wed., June 30, 2010, 3 p.m.

Vote gives SPD ombudsman more power

Almost a year after he was hired, Spokane’s police ombudsman on Monday was granted the power to investigate cases of officer misconduct. The Spokane City Council voted unanimously to increase the ombudsman’s authority after the third hearing on the topic in two months. Kiondra Bullock,...

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Wed., June 30, 2010, 12:49 p.m.

Kid's football league thief to repay $13,000

A woman who stole money from a children's football league will repay nearly $13,000 and perform community service, a judge ruled this week. Diann L. Brown, 50, was sentenced Tuesday to 30 days in jail with credit for one day served, but the sentence was...

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Wed., June 30, 2010, 11 a.m.

Nebraska warrant issued for Barefoot Bandit

NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) — Police have issued an arrest warrant for a teen burglar known as "The Barefoot Bandit" after surveillance cameras apparently captured images of him at a northeast Nebraska airport the same day that an SUV was stolen from there. Police have also...

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Wed., June 30, 2010, 10 a.m.

Convicts deny extortion plot against jailer

Two federal convicts accused of trying to extort a Spokane County jailer told police they'd heard of the plan and were checking to see if the jailer was OK when they were arrested in a sting Monday. But investigators didn't believe Stephanie A. Strong, 28,...

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Wed., June 30, 2010, 8 a.m.

Hunt still on for alleged bank robber's driver

A bank robbery suspect who used a carjacked vehicle as his transportation was arraigned on two felonies Tuesday as police continue to search for his getaway driver. Police still haven't determined who was driving the stolen Buick Lucerene when Gorder got into the car as...

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Wed., June 30, 2010, 6 a.m.

Mont. man arraigned in Grant Co. murder

(AP) A 29-year-old Montana man accused of fatally shooting a Grant County man has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. David Emerson Nickels appeared in Grant County Superior Court on Tuesday and remains jailed on $5 million bail. He was arrested in Helena last week...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 2010

Tue., June 29, 2010, 6:44 p.m.

Felon admits to bilking DSHS of $96,000

A man admitted today to defrauding the state Department of Health and Social Services of nearly $100,000. Robert J. Childress, 34, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree theft and one count of second-degree theft. Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno approved a plea deal that...

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Tue., June 29, 2010, 3:57 p.m.

Judge defends his Amanda Knox support

SEATTLE (AP) -- A King County judge accused of using the power of his office to lobby for convicted killer Amanda Knox says his statements to Italian authorities on her behalf were appropriate.Judge Michael Heavey filed his response with the Judicial Conduct Commission, which posted...

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Tue., June 29, 2010, 1:10 p.m.

Molester jailed after police find child porn

A child molester released from prison last year and once called "a real danger to little girls" is back in jail after Spokane police found suspected child pornography on his cell phone. Charles E. Smith, 39, was jailed on a probation violation June 24, two...

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Tue., June 29, 2010, noon

Off-duty cop helped catch Hoopfest suspects

An off-duty Spokane police detective witnessed the Hoopfest shooting Saturday and helped investigators identify the suspects. Suspected gunman Miguel C. Garcia, 19, is to appear in Spokane County District Court today on assault charges. He remains in jail with 19-year-old Adam Doe, who’s accused of...

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Tue., June 29, 2010, 10 a.m.

Men admit to kidnapping, assaulting burglar

Two men who kidnapped and assaulted a burglary suspect will serve time for the crime. Jesse T.R. Bushnell, 19, (right) was sentenced to 15 months in prison after pleading guilty Friday to second-degree kidnapping and second-degree attempted assault. Chaz P. Crow , 21, was sentenced...

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Tue., June 29, 2010, 8:30 a.m.

Tips sought on alleged Idaho child molester

A Bonner County, Idaho, man is wanted on child sex abuse charges. Ted Norman "Bear" Engelbrecht, 50, is wanted on felony charges of lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor under 16 and sexual abuse of a child under 16, the Priest River Police Department...

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MONDAY, JUNE 28, 2010

Mon., June 28, 2010, 8:04 p.m.

Jailer on leave after extortion plot emerges

Two people are in custody and a Spokane County Jail deputy is on paid administrative leave as authorities investigate his connections to an extortion plan allegedly hatched by a former inmate. The deputy, Velven York, alerted authorities to the extortion attempt Sunday after he was...

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Mon., June 28, 2010, 1:40 p.m.

Suspects in gang murder: 1 jailed, 3 to go

A man charged in connection with a fatal shooting in January was arrested on Sunday. Christopher J. "Baby Boy" Route, 24, (left) is in jail on a probation hold and a felony charge of first-degree rendering criminal assistance after being booked into jail about noon....

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Mon., June 28, 2010, 12:19 p.m.

Shooting suspect charged in Oct. stabbing 

UPDATE: Court appearances were moved to Tuesday in District Court. A suspect arrested in shooting at Hoopfest on Saturday already is charged in a gang-related stabbing outside a downtown Spokane night club last fall. Adam Doe, 19, is due in Superior Court this afternoon on...

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Mon., June 28, 2010, 11:30 a.m.

DUI inmate who fled Hoopfest still missing

An inmate serving time for a drunken driving conviction still is at large after walking away from a Hoopfest work crew Friday night.Gary J. Todd, 29, hasn't been seen since he asked to use a portable toilet near the INB Performing Arts Cente after his...

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Travis Melcher stands with portraits of his mother, Bev Saruwatari, and his brother Jerud Melcher on June 17, 2010, at his home. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Mon., June 28, 2010, 10:54 a.m.

Encounter w/ police preludes 2 tragedies

Her friends remember Beverly Saruwatari as a model citizen – an honored public school teacher, a goodwill ambassador on Spokane’s Nishinomiya Sister City Committee and a devoted single mother. She died suddenly one year ago today of a brain hemorrhage – 20 days after a...

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Mon., June 28, 2010, 6 a.m.

Love triangle alleged in Grant Co. murder

The suspect in the shooting death of a Grant County man in December was secretly dating the victim’s girlfriend, court documents allege. David E. Nickels, 29, is in jail on $5 million bond for a first-degree murder in connection with the Dec. 29 slaying of...

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Sat., June 26, 2010, noon

Deputies get quota for Hoopfest DUI patrols 

Spokane County sheriff's deputies have been asked to contact at least three motorists per hour this weekend as part of extra impaired driving patrols.The emphasis is part of a Hoopfest patrol effort that began Friday and includes aircraft.A Washington State Patrol Cessna plane will be...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 25, 2010

Fri., June 25, 2010, 5:30 p.m.

Officials: Knife-wielding man a public drunk

A transient suspected of threatening three people with a hunting knife in downtown Spokane late Thursday has been cited for consuming alcohol in public twice in the last eight days.Now Wilfred Dale Corse, 48, is in jail on new misdemeanor charges after police say he...

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Fri., June 25, 2010, 3:33 p.m.

Tips sought on court skipper in wild crash

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help arrest a man who skipped a scheduled plea in a drive-by shooting, then allegedly crashed a car into a northwest Spokane home early the next morning. Abran L. Gibson, 19, was to plead guilty June...

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