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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Kick fends off pumpkin-masked intruder

MAYFIELD, Ky. (AP) — An feisty 88-year-old Kentucky woman says she must have had perfect aim when she fought off an intruder by kicking him.Kathryn Byassee says she came upon the intruder, who was wearing a pumpkin mask, at 5 a.m. Tuesday in her kitchen....

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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

Convicted burglar convicted of burglary

A convicted burglar accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of rare coins in August was convicted today of a separate home burglary. Gary D. McCabe, 45, faces up to seven years in prison when he is sentenced in connection to the conviction Thursday. In...

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Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help solve three graffiti cases in Coeur d'Alene.
Surveillance photos from the Pita Pit, 320 E. Sherman Ave., show three men spray painting the back door area of the store on Oct. 14 at 2:36 a.m.
Then sometime between Oct. 20 and Oct. 21, someone spray painted the brick walls and basalt columns at the Fallen Heroes Plaza in Cherry Hill Park.
Also, the water tower on Tubbs Hill was spray painted between Oct. 14 and Oct. 21.
Police don't know if the cases are connected. Anyone with information on the culprits is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (208) 667-2111 or toll free at (888) 667-2111. (Crime Stoppers)

Tips sought on graffiti vandals in CdA

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help solve three graffiti cases in Coeur d'Alene. Surveillance photos from the Pita Pit, 320 E. Sherman Ave., show three men spray painting the back door area of the store on Oct. 14 at 2:36 a.m....

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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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Spokane police are looking for a gunman suspected of three armed robberies in two days.
Surveillance photos from Conoco, 3501 E. Francis Ave., show a man in a blue hooded sweatshirt pointing a gun at a clerk and demanding cash on Sunday about 7:45 p.m.
He left with an undisclosed amount of money.
Police believe the same man may have robbed a store at Kwik Stop & Go, 4713 N. Crestline, about 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, then again on Sunday about 9:30 a.m.
Police describe the robber as a light-skinned, Hispanic or Native American man.
Anyone with information on a suspect is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233. 
 (Spokane Police Department)

Cops: Man robbed 3 stores in 2 days

Spokane police are looking for a gunman suspected of three armed robberies in two days. Surveillance photos from Conoco, 3501 E. Francis Ave., show a man in a blue hooded sweatshirt pointing a gun at a clerk and demanding cash on Sunday about 7:45 p.m....

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 27, 2010

Elton gets credit for time served in jail

A man convicted of harassing the Spokane city council president and the chairwoman of the company that owns The Spokesman-Review was sentenced today to credit for time already served in jail. David H. Elton, 44, will be on unsupervised probation for two years. He was...

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Hate-crime trial begins in Coeur d'Alene 

The third round of a hate crime trial opened Tuesday in Coeur d’Alene, with two brothers accused of racially harassing a Hispanic man in the summer of 2009.The first trial ended in mistrial in March after the first witness took the stand and referred to...

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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

Bones belong to man missing since '98

The family of a Spokane man missing since 1998 may finally have closure.Arrangements have been made to transfer the remains of Carl D. Woracker to his mother in England. Woracker, who was born in 1971, was reported missing in June 1998. His car was found...

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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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Tips sought on off-the-grid sex offender

A convicted rapist with a history of not checking in with authorities is wanted for failing to register as a sex offender. Jason N. Geske, 25, was sentenced to 45 days in jail and three years probation in March for failing to register in March....

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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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