Sirens & Gavels archive for Dec. 2011

FRIDAY, DEC. 30, 2011

Court won't hear Photo Red appeal 

Appellate judges have refused to hear an appeal by the city of Spokane after a Superior Court judge ruled that the way it had been printing tickets from red-light cameras violated state law. At issue was the way the city had a police officer in...

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Woman arraigned for attempted murder 

A teenager accused of attempted murder for a knife assault at a party has pleaded not guilty. Kiana M. Murphy, who turned 18 two days before the Oct. 30 incident, allegedly stabbed a teen boy twice in the stomach during an argument about gang affiliations,...

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Several vehicles lie mangled in the westbound lane of I-10 between I-510 and Michoud Boulevard in eastern New Orleans, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011. Police said two men died and 59 people were hurt in a predawn pileup of about 40 vehicles that closed heavily trafficked Interstate 10 in eastern New Orleans through rush hour and beyond.  ( (AP Photo/The Times-Picayune, Eliot Kamenitz))

61 injured in huge pileup on La. freeway 

Several vehicles lie mangled in the westbound lane of I-10 between I-510 and Michoud Boulevard in eastern New Orleans on Thursday. (AP Photo/The Times-Picayune, Eliot Kamenitz) By JANET McCONNAUGHEY,Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two men died and 61 other people were injured Thursday in...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 29, 2011

Idaho man gets 30+ years for sex abuse

A 41-year-old Rathdrum man will serve up to life in prison for three counts of lewd conduct with a minor under a sentence imposed Wednesday. Frank D. Marks will serve at least 30 years before he's eligible for parole, Kootenai County 1st District Judge Benjamin...

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Spokane man's accused killer surrenders

A man sought on a nationwide warrant in a June beating death of a Spokane man in Missoula, Mont., has turned himself in in Tacoma. David Sekou Hylton, 39, of Tacoma, surrendered Tuesday night, according to the Pierce County Sheriff's Office. Hylton (pictured right) has...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 28, 2011

Sex abuse suspect escapes manhunt

A child molestation suspect who escaped a manhunt in the Sagle, Idaho, area Tuesday is wanted by Coeur d'Alene police. Nathaniel R. Howell, 32, ran from police through the woods in the 1500 block of South Sagle Road about 3 p.m. after he saw the...

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Cops: Man catches car prowler in act

A Spokane man stopped a car prowler in action early Tuesday and held him until deputies arrived, police say. Coty M. Gillespie, 20, is suspected of breaking into several vehicles in the area of 7400 N. Pittsburg St., where he was arrested after a resident...

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Former police spokesman Cottam dies

Richard M. " Dick" Cottam, a former Spokane Police Department spokesman and television journalist, died Friday. He was 81. Cottam served with the Marine Corps in Korea, where he was wounded and received the Purple Heart. He then attended the University of Missouri, earning a...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 27, 2011

2 arrested after citizens witness burglary

Two burglary suspects were arrested early this morning after citizens witnessed a break-in at an east Spokane convenience store. Officers located Carl J. Biamond 18, and Jelemeto B. Akilang, 20, near North Magnolia Street and East Tilsley Place after citizens observed two men breaking into...

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MONDAY, DEC. 26, 2011

Burglary suspect arrested in Spokane

A man wanted in connection with a burglary ring spanning Spokane County and North Idaho was arrested Friday in Spokane. Joseph A. Lynch, 29, of Coeur d'Alene, (pictured) was taken into custody without incident at the Days Inn hotel, 120 W. Third Ave., about midnight...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 23, 2011

Boy shot in pot theft was hit in back

A 14-year-old* boy was shot in the back when he tried to burglarize a marijuana grow room in Medical Lake on Monday, documents show. The boy, who was in satisfactory condition after undergoing surgery to remove a .45-caliber bullet, ran from the room in the...

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Theft suspects had business licenses

These entrepreneurs probably won’t be in the running for a business leadership award anytime soon. Police say a band of suspected metal thieves created a Spokane-based business, complete with licenses from the Washington Department of Revenue, to get around state laws designed to discourage theft...

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Theft suspects walk into surveillance trap

Two burglars' alleged plan to return for a stash of stolen goods backfired today when they walked into a surveillance trap by Spokane police, officers say. Starla R. Dillard, 26, and Michael W. Withey, 31, were arrested for residential burglary after Withey dropped Dillard off...

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