Sirens & Gavels archive for March 2011


3 men accused of robbing elderly women

A 19-year-old man accused of robbing an 88-year-old woman is suspected of targeting four other elderly women. Jonathan R. Crisler was charged Wednesday with Isaac J. Murphy, 19, for a string of purse snatchings between March 17 and March 19. In each case, an elderly...

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2 arrested in car dealership prowlings

Two teenagers were arrested for breaking into vehicles at a Spokane Valley car dealership early today, police said. William Russell Kelly and Mecayla Ann Santjer, both 18-year-olds living at 8100 E. Appleway Ave., are due in Superior Court this afternoon on a second-degree burglary charge...

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DOJ launches probe of Seattle police

SEATTLE (AP) — The Justice Department today launched a formal civil rights investigation of the Seattle Police Department following the fatal shooting of a homeless woodcarver and other incidents of force used against minority suspects. Seattle U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan and the assistant attorney general...

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No death penalty in triple murder case

CHEHALIS, Wash. (AP) — The Lewis County, Wash., prosecutor won't be seeking the death penalty in the case of a man accused of killing three people last August in the town of Salkum. KOMO-TV reports that Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer has filed court papers indicating he...

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3 arrested in Cheney home robbery 

Three suspects have been charged in a gunpoint home-invasion robbery in Cheney last week. Merle Leon Weeks, 17, Meshion M. Woodruff, 19, and Samuel Chavez, 23, are accused of breaking into their marijuana dealer's home, handcuffing and binding him with an iPod cord and stealing...

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Ex-lover on trial after shooting, chase

The criminal trial began Tuesday in a case the prosecution presented as an angry, drug-induced ex-lover threatening both his former girlfriend and his former best friend. Don R. Davis, 29, faces a total of 10 charges, including first-degree burglary, drive-by shooting and violation of a...

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MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2011

FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2011

Felon arrested w/ pistol, cocaine, weed

Here's a news release from Sgt. Dave Reagan: A 23-year-old Spokane man was arrested Wednesday evening after a deputy discovered drugs and a pistol inside his vehicle during a traffic stop. Deputy Daryl Smith was southbound on Market from Hawthorne Road about 7:30 p.m. when...

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South Hill rapist Kevin Coe loses appeal

Appellate judges on Thursday rejected South Hill rapist Kevin Coe’s claim that state prosecutors in his recent civil commitment trial should have been prohibited from presenting evidence from dozens of sexual attacks that never resulted in charges. Coe had asked the Division III Court of...

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Cavity search produces 50 bags of heroin

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Police in northeastern Pennsylvania say they recovered more than 50 bags of heroin, cash and loose change from a woman following a cavity search. Authorities say 27-year-old Karin Mackaliunas was detained last weekend following a crash. Scranton police say they found...

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Burglars wheel away bakery's safe

Burglars used a wheeled dolly to steal a safe from a Spokane Valley bakery early today or Wednesday, police say. Employees at Oroweat Bakery, 5424 E. Sprague Ave., believe the theft occurred between 6:45 p.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today. An employee arrived at 7:30...

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Ex-clerk pleads not guilty to $139k theft

A former Kootenai County deputy clerk accused of embezzling $139,000 over 10 years has pleaded not guilty to a grand theft charge. Sandy Martinson, 62, entered the plea Monday in 1st District Court. Her attorney, Frederick Loats, estimated in court documents that a trial would...

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