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FRIDAY, MAY 28, 2010

Man accused of pepper spraying girl, 3

A 31-year-old Medical Lake man is accused of assaulting a family with pepper spray in a dispute over a tricycle.Andrew Nelson Evans was arrested after sheriff’s deputies found a couple and their 3-year-old daughter with orange stains on their faces and arms from the spray...

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THURSDAY, MAY 27, 2010

Serial robber suspected in latest holdup

Federal investigators believe a serial robber is responsible for a bank hold-up on the South Hill Tuesday that locked down two schools.“It’s almost certainly going to be the same individual,” said FBI supervisory senior resident agent Frank Harrill. The gunman robbed U.S. Bank, 621 E....

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Repeat offender busted at pawn shop 

A burglary suspect arrested after reaching 100 mph during a freeway chase two weeks ago but later released from jail is back behind bars after police say he tried pawning stolen guns. Allen S. Easley (right), 23 and considered one of Spokane top 10 repeat...

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From left, James O'Neill, Lecia O'Neill and Christopher McFarland (Courtesy of Kootenai County Sheriff's Department)

CdA bar raided, 6 arrested in cocaine bust

For 20 years, federal agents allege, a Coeur d’Alene cocaine dealer went undetected by law enforcement, thanks in part to a tight-knit group of traffickers that included his friends and family. But James Roy “Slim” O’Neill’s alleged criminal enterprise imploded Tuesday when he and six...

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Cops: Woman ran over husband with SUV

A Rathdrum woman is accused of running over her husband in an SUV. Joyce Wilhite, 45, remains in Kootenai County Jail on a hit-and-run charge. Her husband, Timothy Wilhite, 51, is in satisfactory condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Police say Joyce Wilhite dragged...

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Jail deputy fights firing over use of force 

An arbitrator is reviewing the case of a Spokane County corrections deputy fired after sheriff's officials determined the used excessive force on an inmate. Wayne Green (right) was fired last summer after an investigation into claims that he beat an inmate inside the Spokane County...

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Memo delays council's ombudsman vote

Two dozen people urged the Spokane City Council to let the city police ombudsman listen to someone other than police about police misconduct, but a confidential legal memo stood in the way Monday. Councilman Bob Apple was the lone opponent of an effort to delay...

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TUESDAY, MAY 25, 2010

Tips sought on downtown bar assailants

Spokane police are looking for tips identifying two assailants who attacked a man early Saturday outside the Blue Spark, 15 S. Howard Ave. The assault occurred between midnight and 1 a.m. and sent the victim to a hospital with head trauma. One man was described...

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Oreskovich defends city's legal strategy

The attorney defending Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. spent a good portion of a hearing Monday defending the city of Spokane’s legal strategy. The attorney, Carl Oreskovich, told a federal judge that no conflict exists between his roles defending Thompson on criminal charges...

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