Sirens & Gavels archive for Oct. 2010

SATURDAY, OCT. 30, 2010

2 dead in Post Falls murder-suicide

Police have identified two people who were found dead inside a Post Falls home Thursday evening. Christina K. Mandriguez, 38, and Jeffrey A. Hayes, 54, each died of a single gunshot wound to the forehead in a homicide/suicide, said Post Falls Police Chief Scot Haug....

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FRIDAY, OCT. 29, 2010

Brothers guilty in CdA hate-crime case

Following the third trial in eight months, two Coeur d’Alene brothers were found guilty Thursday of racially harassing and threatening a Hispanic man in August 2009. Sentencing was set for Jan. 13 for Frank James Tankovich, 47, (right) and William Michael Tankovich Jr., 50, (left)...

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Police: Burglary foils fleeing felon

A Spokane felon wanted on a Department of Corrections warrant ran from police in the South Perry Neighborhood Thursday night but was captured after he tried breaking into a nearby home, police said.Members of the Spokane gang unit saw Brian J. King, 39, while patrolling...

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Jury convicts felon in Blockbuster caper

A career criminal already on probation was convicted this week of robbing a Spokane Valley video store in April. Shaun L. Rockstrom, 38, faces 10 years in prison for second-degree robbery when he's sentenced Nov. 19, a court clerk confirmed. Rockstrom was arrested on April...

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This Sept. 26, 2010 photo provided by Bob Riley shows a horse, Sam, whose tail has been cut, on the Riley farm near Dillon, Mont. At least two southwest Montana horse owners are reporting thieves trotted off with tail hair from their horses. Such hair can be valuable to makers of handcrafted horse bridles or other items or used as tail extensions for show horses. (.(AP Photo/Bob Riley))

Thieves trim tail hair from Mont. horses

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — At least two southwest Montana horse owners are reporting thieves trotted off with tail hair from their horses.Such hair can be valuable to makers of handcrafted horse bridles or other items or used as tail extensions for show horses.Sandy O'Rourke tells...

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Unmanned fire engine rolls into home  

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A parked Spokane Fire Department engine with nobody at the wheel rolled into a home where firefighters were making an aid call. Fire Chief Bobby Williams said the truck had been parked about 100 yards from the home Wednesday night. Shortly...

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ISP trooper passes counterfeit $20 

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Police say an Idaho State Police trooper used a counterfeit $20 bill to buy a meal at an Idaho Falls restaurant.Officer Jessica Hunt says the bill felt real, but it was missing a watermark. She also says there were marks...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 28, 2010



Spokane police have released this photo of an obsidian knife they say Quentin D. Dodd, 50, carried Sunday night, Oct. 24, 2010. Deputy Rustin Olson, who shot and killed Dodd, said the Spokane Valley man held the weapon over his head and made a stabbing motion toward Olson after refusing commands to drop the knife. (Spokane Police Department)

Pic shows weapon in Sunday shooting 

Police on Wednesday released a photo of the weapon deputies say Quentin D. Dodd was carrying when he was shot and killed Sunday night. Spokane County sheriff's Deputy Rustin Olson said Dodd charged at him with the weapon after repeatedly yelling "shoot me," Spokane police...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 27, 2010



2 rapists register in Spokane County

Two rapists considered likely to reoffend have registered at new addresses in Spokane County, the Sheriff's Office announced today. Christopher Michael Labertew, 37, (left) will be living in the 1400 block of West Smythe Road. He was convicted in 2000 of second-degree rape of a...

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Man shot by deputy had been suicidal

A man shot and killed by a Spokane County sheriff’s deputy on Sunday underwent a mental evaluation after trying to commit suicide last summer. A police report obtained Tuesday said Quentin Donald Dodd, 50, told officers “he was upset with his life and didn’t want...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 26, 2010


These Ecstasy pills were seized Oct. 18 near Curlew, Wash. No arrests have been made. (U.S. Border Patrol)

Wanted: Owner of 310 lbs of Ecstasy

Federal drug agents are trying to find the owner of more than 310 pounds of Ecstasy seized near Curlew this month. A resident tipped the U.S. Border Patrol to several backpacks filled with pills hidden under brush along a trail near the Canadian border Oct....

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Man shot by deputy 'not a happy person'

Before Quentin Donald Dodd’s fatal confrontation with a Spokane County sheriff’s deputy on Sunday, his landlord said she’d had enough. “He was very aggressive and threatening, so I said, ‘You need to go,’“ said Melinda Seymour. “By that time, the police had already been called.”...

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Elevator malfunction injures jail deputy

A corrections deputy received minor injuries when an elevator at the Spokane County Jail malfunctioned. Janice A. Bauer was treated and released at Spokane hospital after the elevator suddenly dropped, then abruptly stopped, throwing her to the floor on Sunday. The elevator operator saw Bauer...

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DNA links man to '86 Spokane murder

DNA has linked a Montana man to a Spokane woman’s 1986 murder, and police are checking to see if his biological profile is a match in at least three other unsolved murders in Spokane that bear striking similarities. Gary L. Trimble, 62, of Lincoln, Mont.,...

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Spokane man busted with 20 lbs of pot 

A Spokane man recently was arrested in Oregon with 20 pounds of marijuana. Ryan Michael Buley, 25, was driving a 2002 Mercury Cougar when an Oregon State Police trooper stopped him on Friday about 2:16 p.m. for failing to maintain a lane of travel, according...

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MONDAY, OCT. 25, 2010

Triplet named new Superior Court judge

Spokane County Court Commissioner James Triplet had to keep the secret all of Sunday night: He’d been chosen by Gov. Chris Gregoire to replace Neal Rielly as Superior Court Judge. “She swore me to secrecy until she could make the announcement today,” Triplet said of...

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Lawsuit claims jail inmate was tortured 

A Spokane County Jail inmate claims in a federal lawsuit that he was beaten without warning by a cell extraction team and later tortured with blows to his genitals. One problem: As Nicolas Garcia’s recent lawsuit notes, the Sept. 21, 2009, incident was filmed by...

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