Sirens & Gavels archive for Aug. 2011

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 31, 2011

Man sought in Rainbow disappearance

STEVENSON, Wash. (AP) — The Skamania County sheriff's office has released a sketch of a person of interest in the search for a California woman missing after this year's Rainbow Family gathering. Fifty-four-year-old Marie C. Hanson of South Lake Tahoe was last seen on the...

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New gun charge for white supremacist

A white supremacist arrested on gun charges last year has been indicted on a new charge related to additional firearms. Wayde Lynn Kurt, 53, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to being a felon in possession of a firearm for allegedly possessing five firearms on Aug. 21,...

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Cop on paid leave in bounty hunter probe

A senior Spokane police officer has been on paid leave for seven months as detectives probe his ties to a self-styled bounty hunter and convicted felon who’s facing kidnapping and burglary charges related to his apprehension techniques. Senior Officer Alan D. Edwards is not facing...

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Aryan in hate crime faces 5 years to life 

A Coeur d'Alene man and reputed racist faces five years to life in prison if convicted of a hate crime under Idaho's repeat offender law. Joel Townsend Diekhoff, 29, an associate of local Aryan Nations member Jerald O'Brien, remains in the Kootenai County Jail on...

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Cops: Truck not involved in homicide

Police believe a pickup truck caught on camera near where a woman was found dead earlier this month was not involved in the homicide. Detectives identified the truck and driver after releasing two surveillance photos of the vehicle to the public on Monday, Officer Teresa...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 30, 2011

Man escapes work release amid probe

A 21-year-old man escaped a work release program recently after police interviewed him about a series of vehicle thefts in North Idaho. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead to the arrest of William V. Woods, who left the Brownstone Work Release...

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Helen Widener, wife of the bicyclist who died following a hit-and-run crash in June, says she is taking it day by day. A suspect has been identified but not charged. (Colin Mulvany)

Questions linger in fatal hit-and-run

Helen Widener, wife of the bicyclist who died following a hit-and-run crash in June, says she is taking it day by day. (SRPhoto/Colin Mulvany) For Helen Widener, the days haven’t gotten easier. When Spokane police first identified a suspect in the hit-and-run crash that led...

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Aryan in hate crime jailed on $50k bond 

A Coeur d'Alene man and reputed racist remains in jail on $50,000 after appearing in court on a hate-crime charge Monday. Joel Townsend Diekhoff, 29, an associate of local Aryan Nations member Jerald O'Brien, was arrested Saturday after Demetrius K. Lee, 39, said a white...

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Thieves return to KPBX Radio site

Thieves returned to the KPBX Radio antenna site atop Mica Peak last weekend. The culprits stole items left over from a previous burglary in which pieces of the station's radio antenna were stolen, according to a news release by Spokane County sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Dave...

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Suspected ring thief arrested in Valley

Here's a news release from Sgt. Dave Reagan: Officers arrested a 29-year-old Spokane Valley man Saturday after determining that he had stolen a pair of expensive rings from an elderly neighbor. The victim told Officer Cindy North-Jones that Landon A. Carothers had done yard work...

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Facebook asked to disable inmate pages

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington prison officials have asked social media giant Facebook to disable inmate accounts. Department spokesman Chad Lewis says inmates are not allowed to have Internet access. He says Facebook accounts are sometimes set up by relatives or by inmates with contraband...

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4th conviction in Craigslist murder

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The fourth and final defendant in the robbery and killing of a man who advertised a ring on Craigslist has been convicted in Tacoma. The Pierce County prosecutor's office says 24-year-old Clabon Berniard will face the equivalent of life in prison...

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Spokane police believe this truck may be connected to homicide of Evon M. Moore. (Spokane Police Department)

Clues sought on truck in murder case

Police are asking for help identifying a pickup truck that may be connected to the homicide of a woman found dead behind an east Spokane warehouse. Investigators released two photos of the pickup today in hopes that people will come forward with information on who...

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MONDAY, AUG. 29, 2011

Scrapper arrested for Valley burglary

Here's a news release from Sgt. Dave Reagan: Officers arrested a 45-year-old Spokane man Sunday after they caught him inside a vacant house apparently looking for copper wire to steal. At 1:30 p.m., a man called to report a suspicious vehicle parked behind his mother’s...

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Father, son accused of Valley assault

Two Spokane men were arrested on felony assault charges Saturday after they severely beat a Spokane Valley resident near the Centennial Trail, police said. Steven Robert Dreyer, 24, and his father, Christian K. Schuster, 42, were arrested after police found the 47-year-old victim with a...

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Feds sought meetings w/ city re: Zehm

U.S. Department of Justice officials two years ago had significant enough “ethical concerns” with the city of Spokane’s legal department that they asked to meet with Mayor Mary Verner, police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick and City Council President Joe Shogan. But none of the three ever...

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Fatal crash leads to 'substantial' payout

The family of a 9-year-old girl killed in a car crash that led to an infraction against the stop-sign running driver will receive a "substantial" amount of money in an out-of-court lawsuit settlement, their lawyer says. Olivia Chaffin (pictured) died June 10, 2010, after a...

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Teen gets 6 years for 5 armed robberies

A Spokane teenager who participated in an armed robbery spree last winter has been sentenced to six years in prison. Aaron L. Goldstein, 19, is to spend 74 months in prison after pleading guilty to five counts of second-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit second-degree...

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SATURDAY, AUG. 27, 2011

UI officials met w/ Benoit before slaying

University of Idaho officials met with Kathryn “Katy” Benoit on the day she was killed and cautioned her to remain vigilant and keep in contact with the Moscow Police Department, according to the university. In a news release, UI President M. Duane Nellis also announced...

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Chism filed $10M claim as suit proceeds 

A suspended Spokane firefighter’s wrongful arrest lawsuit against the Washington State Patrol over a botched child pornography investigation is headed to trial after an appellate court ruling Wednesday. A three-person panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals says false statements made by WSP investigators...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 26, 2011

Crime Stoppers targets 2 drug suspects 

Crime Stoppers is offering rewards for tips that lead to the arrest of two accused drug dealers. Tysen R. Foster, 25, is charged with four drug felonies related to alleged cocaine transactions with confidential informants in February, March and April, and from a jail strip...

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