Sirens & Gavels archive for Aug. 2012

FRIDAY, AUG. 31, 2012

Sheriff’s Deputy Craig Chamberlin monitors how well a test car brakes after an  application of liquid de-icer near the intersection of  Wellesley and Trent avenues Jan. 29, during the reconstruction of an accident that  injured two East Valley High students Dec. (Colin Mulvany)

Sheriff's Office touts new task force 

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office issued statistics Thursday indicating that an on-going effort to target criminals responsible for residential burglaries has begun to pay off. Sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Craig Chamberlin said reported burglaries have decreased in unincorporated Spokane County by about 8 percent when comparing...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 30, 2012

Firefighter suspended over religious emails

A Spokane Valley firefighter says he'll continue using his government email account to send religious-oriented messages to fellow firefighters despite being suspended for two days and ordered to stop. Fire Capt. Jon Sprague contends that he has a constitutional right to use taxpayer-provided resources to...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 29, 2012

TUESDAY, AUG. 28, 2012

John H. "Herb" Friedlund, the suspect in a neglect case involving a 106-year-old woman, was arrested Aug. 2, 2011, when he showed up to court for a hearing to appoint new legal counsel. Friedlund, 78, was arrested on nine felony theft charges related to missing funds from the woman, Frances T. Swan.   (Stevens County Sheriff's Department)

Charges mount for Friedlund

A Stevens County man charged with illegally raiding hundreds of thousands of dollars from the elderly woman under his care has been ordered to remain in federal custody at the Spokane County Jail. John "Herb" Friedlund, 79, sought release Monday from U.S. Magistrate Judge Cynthia...

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MONDAY, AUG. 27, 2012

Thieves muscle in on school fundraiser

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A Eugene school's wrestling team was feeling pretty good about raising funds by collecting scrap metal until thieves muscled in on the action. Churchill High School coach Scott Kearney expected Saturday's fundraiser would bring in more than $3,000, based on the...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 24, 2012

THURSDAY, AUG. 23, 2012

Straub promises innovation for SPD

Spokane Mayor David Condon made it official Wednesday, naming former Indianapolis Public Safety Director Frank Straub as his choice to take over leadership of the city's scandal-scarred police force. The appointment requires City Council confirmation, which could take up to a month to bring to...

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Ouch: Skull fractured in sword attack

Police are looking for a sword-wielding maniac who attacked a bystander in Spokane Valley earlier this week, landing at least two blows on the victim's head and fracturing his skull. Investigators think they know who's responsible and are asking for help locating the man they...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 22, 2012

TUESDAY, AUG. 21, 2012

MONDAY, AUG. 20, 2012

Investigation just beginning in homicide 

A 25-year-old man was found dead Sunday morning in what Spokane Valley authorities are investigating as a possible homicide. Spokane County Sheriff’s detectives believe they know the identity of the deceased man but don’t know how he died, sheriff’s spokesman Deputy David Thornburg said in...

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Laughing driver caught after chase 

Spokane Police arrested a 21-year-old woman today after she drove away from a traffic stop and continued to laugh as officers chased her through southeast Spokane until one officer finally ended the chase by forcing her to crash. The chase started just before 5 p.m....

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FRIDAY, AUG. 17, 2012

Deputy prosecutor becomes burglary victim

A man charged with everything from harming a police dog and burglarizing the condominium owned by the Chief Civil Deputy Spokane County Prosecutor appeared in court Thursday and was held on a $100,000 bond. Christopher A. Hill, 32, appeared before Superior Court Judge Annette Plese...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 16, 2012

Pyramid prank spreads to Vermont

Is it a trend or a copycat caper? Less than a week after Spokane pranksters snagged the spotlight with their makeshift pyramids built from stacked picnic tables in city parks, police in Vermont are investigating similar hijinks. The Associated Press reports that burglars broke into...

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Spokane losing first police ombudsman

Spokane’s first police ombudsman will soon be out of a job, and the city may be without a permanent replacement for several months. Mayor David Condon has decided not to renew Ombudsman Tim Burns’ three-year contract that expires Aug. 24, said City Administrator Theresa Sanders....

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 15, 2012

Car prowling surge reported in county

The Sheriff's Office is warning of a surge in vehicle prowling in the Greenacres area of east Spokane County. Nearly 24 prowlings have been reported to Crime Check since Monday. They've occurred mostly between Barker Road and Harvard Road, and north of Sprague Avenue to...

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Robber gets 41 years for '92 murder

A serial bank robber and protected federal witness has been sentenced to 41 years in prison for the 1992 murder of a Spokane Valley furniture store owner. Patrick Kevin Gibson, 60, was convicted of first-degree murder of the Nov. 7, 1992, shooting death of Brian...

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This piranha was seized from a South Hill apartment on Friday. (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Piranhas, alligator seized on South Hill

Piranhas and a small alligator were seized from a South Hill apartment on Friday. (submitted photos) Piranhas offered for trade on Craigslist led state fish and game agents to seize several of the exotic, human-eating fish from an apartment on Spokane’s lower South Hill. The...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 14, 2012

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