Sirens & Gavels archive for Sept. 2011

FRIDAY, SEPT. 30, 2011

Hate crime alleged at Spokane 7-Eleven

A Spokane man was arrested on a hate-crime charge late Thursday for allegedly threatening two 7-Eleven clerks with a weapon while yelling racial slurs. Anthony C. Brockie, 37, had a 12-inch strait razor blade in his pants pocket when a police officer approached him at...

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Deputy pleads guilty to fraud, resigns

Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Brett J. Peterson pleaded guilty Thursday to defrauding a federal program that provides discounted mortgages to law enforcement officers. Peterson, 41, who’s a 14-year veteran of the department, declined comment other than to say he resigned from the Sheriff’s Office this...

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Man gets 20 years for wife's murder

A Colville tribal member was sentenced to 20 years in prison Wednesday for an assault that left one dead and another permanently disabled. Kevin Isaac Pakootas, 25, of Inchelium, Wash., pleaded guilty in November 2010 to second-degree murder and assault with a dangerous weapon. In...

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Copper theft for wedding nets $18

ELLWOOD CITY, Pa. (AP) — Police say a western Pennsylvania couple desperate for money to pay for their wedding netted just $18 for the stolen copper wire they cut from more than a dozen utility poles. North Sewickley police say 23-year-old Joseph Russell and 24-year-old...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 29, 2011

Pit bull owners face cruelty charges 

A dog owner is facing animal cruelty charges after bringing his emaciated, starving pit bull to the vet. The Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service filed a charging request against Randy Jensen for first-degree animal cruelty and second-degree animal cruelty. Charging requests were also filed...

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Suicidal man fired shot before chase 

A suicidal man who was shot to death by police during a nearly two-hour standoff apparently fired a shotgun outside his workplace before officers arrived, according to information released today by the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. A sheriff’s K-9 team recovered a portion of a...

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder walks into the Thomas C. Wales Conference Room at the U.S. Federal Courthouse on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011 in Seattle. The Federal Government and family of Thomas Wales are launching a new campaign to find the killer of the former Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Wales back in October 2001. He was shot and killed while in his home in October 2001.  ((AP Photo/, Joshua Trujillo))

Tips sought on prosecutor's '01 slaying

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder walks into the Thomas C. Wales Conference Room at the U.S. Federal Courthouse on Wednesday in Seattle. (AP Photo/, Joshua Trujillo) By DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP, Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder sought help from the public on...

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Canadian cocaine smuggler gets 4 years

A Canadian man caught with 71 pounds of cocaine near the international border in February has been sentenced to about four years in prison. Jonathan Darren "Grundy" Smith, 40, is to serve 51 months for possession with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of...

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2 at large after fatal shooting in Quincy

Police have identified three persons of interested in the shooting death of a man in Quincy, Wash., on Friday. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Gerardo Miguel Valenzuela Navarro, 18, (right) or Erwin Vazquez, 20, (left) is asked to call their local law enforcement...

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Spokane Police and members of the SWAT unit investigate after a stand-off with a man in a wrecked van ended with shots fired Monday, Sept. 26, 2011 near Seventh and Hatch in Spokane. Several shots were heard around 8:20.  (Jesse Tinsley)

Family questions fatal police shooting

Spokane police and members of the SWAT unit investigate after a stand-off with the shooting death of James E. Rogers on Monday near Seventh and Hatch on the lower South Hill. (Jesse Tinsley/SR) James Edward Rogers spent Monday driving around the Spokane area, calling his...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 27, 2011

Tips sought on man missing since 2010

Authorities are looking for information on a 44-year-old Spokane Valley man who was reported missing in May 2010. A Kellogg, Idaho, police officer found Terry L. Mattingly's red Ford Tempo in August 2010 when he stopped its female driver, who said she'd bought the car...

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2 men suspected in Ford fiend thefts

Spokane Valley police recently arrested a man for a series of vehicle prowls targeting Ford trucks after using Department of Licensing records to identify the suspect's SUV. Surveillance video showed two men breaking into several Ford trucks at different locations and leaving in a green...

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Crash kills off-duty Rathdrum policeman

CUSICK, Wash. (AP) — A police officer from Rathdrum, Idaho, was killed in a motorcycle crash near Cusick on Highway 20. The Washington State Patrol says 27-year-old Jonathan Franco was riding his motorcycle Saturday when it rear-ended a car that has slowed for an injured...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 26, 2011

Hoopfest convict wanted in North Idaho 

A man involved in a gang-related shooting at Hoopfest is wanted in North Idaho for felony injury to a child. Marquis D. Johnson, 23, has a $50,000 warrant for his arrest in Kootenia County for allegedly assaulting a 6-year-old girl in Coeur d'Alene on June...

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2 more charged in Stevens Co. homicide

Two additional suspects have been charged with murder in the shooting death of a Stevens County man in July. Jesse J. Fellman-Shimmin, 27, (pictured) and Collette Marie Pierce, 25, appeared Thursday in Stevens County Superior Court on first-degree murder charges for the death of Gordon...

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Hanford kickbacks lead to $1.5M deal

A subsidiary of the engineering firm CH2M Hill has agreed to pay federal authorities $1.5 million to resolve allegations that its employees knowingly submitted false claims and paid kickbacks as part of its contract to operate and manage mixed radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear...

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