Sirens & Gavels archive for May 2010

FRIDAY, MAY 28, 2010

26 felonies against trio of burglary suspects

What a difference an arrest makes. Hours after a man already suspected in a string of burglaries last fall was arrested in a new break-in, prosecutors filed felony charges recommended by detectives in April. Michael L. Yamaguchi, 29, and Stephen Victor, 19, appeared in Superiro...

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Teens in crash were drinking, charges filed 

Two teenagers had alcohol in their systems when the crashed their cars last winter, killing a 19-year-old Spokane woman. Brooke A. Reese's blood-alcohol level was .06 and Taylor D. Marean's was .12 after the Feb. 14 crash on Hatch Road near 54th Avenue that killed...

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Crime Stoppers fugitive already behind bars

A stabbing suspect wanted by Crime Stoppers has been in state prison since February. Jacob M. Maravilla, 20, has been in Department of Corrections custody since Feb. 22, according to the DOC. He was given a drug offender sentencing alternative for possession of a motor...

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Man arrested with 140 grams of heroin

A suspected heroin dealer was arrested Thursday with more than 140 grams of the drug. Douglas A. Jones, 42, is in jail on two felony drug charges. Police believe he gets the heroin outside Spokane, then sells it for $70 a gram locally. Jones had...

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Killer's Spokane family to testify in Reno

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Convicted murderer and rapist James Biela grew up in a poor and abusive household where his father routinely beat his mother and the children cowered in fear, sometimes using a bucket in their bedroom as a toilet.A jury in Reno trying...

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'Judge Judy' spot helps ID fraud suspect

An appearance on the TV reality show “Judge Judy” has brought a Spokane man more than just 15 minutes of syndicated fame. Joshua J. Mulvey, 26, now faces new criminal charges in an Internet fraud scheme after a Snohomish County man who saw the episode...

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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

Ex-Spokane man convicted of murder, rape

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A former Spokane man was convicted today of raping and strangling a 19-year-old college coed during a string of attacks that had the city of Reno on edge two years ago. A Washoe County District Court jury found James Michael Biela...

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Reward offered for tips on stabbing suspect 

A man accused of stabbing another man in what police believe may have been retaliation for an earlier fight is wanted by Crime Stoppers. The organization is offering a reward for tips that help arrest Jacob M. Maravilla, 20. Maravilla (right) is wanted on several...

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Child molester registers as local transient

A child molester considered likely to reoffend will be living as a transient in Spokane County. Elijah P. Stanford, 47, was convicted in 1998 and served 68 months in prison for first-degree child molestation in Walla Walla County. His victim was an 11-year-old girl. Stanford...

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Felony warrant issued for missing gangster

A man named in an ongoing homicide investigation is wanted on an escape from community custody charge. Edward L. "TD" Thomas, 24, hasn't been located by his Department of Corrections supervisor since on or about Jan. 19, according to Superior Court documents filed last month....

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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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WEDNESDAY, MAY 26, 2010

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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Lawyer: Court mishap led to fugitive status

A man wanted by Crime Stoppers since December was released from jail on his own recognizance after a judge said notification of his arraignment had been mailed to California instead of his Spokane address. Charles Willy Jackson, 24, is accused of shooting out the back...

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Suspect in burglary ring arrested for burglary

A man suspected in a string of burglaries in February is back in jail after police say he broke into a convenience store then fled officers early today. Michael L. Yamaguchi, 29, and Cullen J. Snodgrass-Gibson, 30, were arrested after a chase with Spokane Valley...

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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


Washoe County deputy district attorney Elliott Sattler talks with Bridgette Denison, mother of murder victim Brianna Denispon before the start of James Biela's murder trial, Wednesday, May 19, 2010 in Reno, Nev. James Biela, 28, is charged with raping and killing Denison in early 2008 and sexually assaulting two other women in 2007 near the University of Nevada, Reno campus. Prosecutors intend to seek the death penalty if he is convicted of murder. (AP Photo/Marilyn Newton, Pool) (Marilyn Newton / Associated Press)

Defense rests in ex-Spokanite's murder trial

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The jury is expected to begin deliberations in James Biela's rape and murder trial on Wednesday after his public defenders abruptly ended presentation of their case with the calling of only one expert witness about DNA evidence. The judge said he...

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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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