Sirens & Gavels archive for Dec. 2012

FRIDAY, DEC. 28, 2012

Man crashes into tree while fleeing authorities 

A Spokane Valley pursuit ended Wednesday night when a man crashed an allegedly stolen car into a tree near Valleyway Avenue and Walnut Road. The driver, identified as Justin D. Martin, 29, was originally sought by a Washington State Patrol trooper who spotted Martin’s vehicle...

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MONDAY, DEC. 24, 2012

Karl Thompson Jr. arrives at the Thomas S. Foley U.S. Courthouse for his sentencing in the Otto Zehm case on Thursday in Spokane. (Colin Mulvany)

Thompson being held at Phoenix security facility 58 

Authorities have transferred 65-year-old Karl F. Thompson from the Federal Detention Center Sea-Tac in Seattle to a medium security facility in Arizona, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website. Though he's listed as being located at the Federal Correctional Institution in Phoenix, Thompson's release...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 21, 2012



Spokane's police chief - groom to be

Congratulations to Frank Straub and his fiancee. The couple's marriage license application was submitted to Spokane County Auditor's Office this week. Straub will soon be wed to Amber Myers. The couple moved to Spokane together earlier this year when Straub was hired as Spokane Police...

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A broken gas meter led to a quick haz mat situation in north Spokane after a garbage truck broke while picking up trash in the narrow alley near Carlisle Avenue and Lincoln Street.  (Nicole Hensley)

Garbage truck breaks home's gas meter

A gas leak evacuated four homes Friday morning after a Spokane garbage truck broke a residential gas meter. It was garbage day today for a home near Carlisle Avenue and Lincoln Street when a garbage truck clipped their gas meter meter around 8:30 a.m., causing...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 20, 2012


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TUESDAY, DEC. 18, 2012



Couple arrested for Cusick home burglaries

Authorities arrested a couple last week for allegedly burglarizing eight homes near Usk, Wash., according to a Pend Oreille County Sheriff’s Office news release. Based on tips and evidence, deputies searched a home near the burglaries where a suspect, James L. Nenema, 25, lives. Not...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 14, 2012



Man drove wrong way down Division, arrested by WSP

An alleged drunk driver was arrested early Friday morning after driving the wrong way on Division and speeding away from authorities, according to a Washington State Patrol news release. The trooper tried to pull over the driver, identified as Ian S. Hill, 26, around midnight,...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 13, 2012

Woman hit by truck downtown, breaks leg

A woman's leg was broken after she was hit by a truck in a downtown Spokane intersection this morning. Around 7:55 a.m., the driver of a truck was turning left on Washington Street from Riverside Avenue and hit the woman, said Spokane Police Officer Brad...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12, 2012


Reckless driver's car found on fire

Police attempted to pull over a reckless driver near Park and Trent late Tuesday night, but lost it after the driver ignored a stop light at the Havana Street and Mission Avenue intersection, according to a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office news release. A car with...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 6, 2012

Car thief suspect (Spokane Valley Police Department)

Authorities seek info on vehicle theft suspect

Do you recognize this man? Spokane Valley property crimes detectives are asking for the public's assistance in identifying a vehicle theft suspect. The theft occurred Nov. 20 near the 13100 block of East Indiana Avenue in Spokane Valley. Anyone that can assist detectives in identifying...

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Brandon Graham is a 23-year-old white male wanted for second-degree burglary.  He is 5-foot-4, 160 pounds, and has brown hair and blue eyes.  Graham’s last address given was in the 1000 block of E. Everett in Spokane.  His 11-year local criminal history includes a conviction for taking motor vehicle without owner’s permission.   (Crime Stoppers)

New Crime Stoppers fugitives

Authorities are offering rewards for information on these these five fugitives. Persons with information regarding their whereabouts should call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-222-TIPS, or should forward the tip via www.crimestoppersinlandnorthwest.org. Tipsters do not have to give their name to collect the cash...

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Man pleads not guilty of animal cruelty 

A man suspected of stabbing his own dog at his northeast Spokane home Nov. 24, pleaded not guilty Thursday afternoon during his Spokane County Superior Court arraignment. Nathan V. Meier, 22, remains in custody at Spokane County Jail with a $10,000 bond for first degree...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 4, 2012

Idaho fugitive well-known to Montana sheriff

Powell County Sheriff Scott Howard needs no refresher course on 57-year-old Mitchell L. Walck after overseeing a standoff about 11 years ago in western Montana that led to Walck’s arrest for shooting at his deputies. Howard also remembers the death threats he received from Walck...

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Crackdown on illegal firearms possession

Two gun-toting North Idaho men prohibited from possessing firearms because of prior criminal records are headed to prison. George J. Bondurant, 35, of Bonners Ferry, was ordered Monday to serve 10 months in prison after a shotgun was found in the backseat of his car...

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