Sirens & Gavels archive for Jan. 2012

TUESDAY, JAN. 31, 2012

Ex-deputy gets 30 days in federal prison 

A former Spokane County sheriff’s deputy has been sentenced to serve a month in prison after he previously pleaded guilty to defrauding a federal program that allows law enforcement officers and other public employees to buy homes at a discount. Brett J. Peterson, 41, had...

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Emphasis patrol follows weekend crashes

Crashes that hurt one man and killed another in Spokane last weekend occurred as local authorities are working to emphasize pedestrian safety to motorists. Emphasis patrols Tuesday and next month in Cheney are part of an ongoing effort in Spokane County to reduce the number...

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MONDAY, JAN. 30, 2012

Neighbor helps busts burglary suspects

A citizen’s report of suspicious activity in north Spokane County led to the arrest of two suspected burglars this afternoon, the sheriff's office. A neighbor in the 7000 block of North Stevens Street observed the men looking into windows at a home before one climbed...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 27, 2012

3 indicted in bank fraud conspiracy

Brothers from Spokane and Post Falls and a third man have been indicted on a federal charge of conspiracy to commit bank fraud in a scheme that investigators say bilked $6 million from KeyBank. Local and federal law enforcement agencies arrested this week 49-year-old Roger...

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Sketch shows pharmacy robbery suspect 

Detectives today released a sketch of a possible suspect in two gunpoint robberies at a Deer Park pharmacy. The first robbery at the Medicine Shoppe pharmacy, 11 E. H St., occurred Dec. 5 about 4:40 p.m. when a man demanded OxyContin and displayed a silver...

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Cops: woman stole soda for can deposit

LYNN, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say a Massachusetts woman bought $64 worth of soda using a stolen welfare benefits card, then immediately fed the full cans into the supermarket's automated redemption machine for the nickel deposit. Tina Cafarelli, of Lynn, pleaded not guilty Monday to...

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Potty-room pilfering reported in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A restroom rip-off in central Ohio has automatic flushers disappearing from the bathrooms at restaurants and other businesses. Police say it's been happening in at least a couple Columbus suburbs. Investigators don't know if the thefts are related. Handyman John Hahn...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 26, 2012

In this 2003 photo, Jerome Leveque shares a laugh during an announcement by hen-Gov. Gary Locke, right, that Leveque and private defense attorney Maryann Moreno, center, were the new Superior Court judges Friday. (Brian Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Judge Leveque to retire at end of year 

In this 2003 photo, Jerome Leveque shares a laugh during an announcement by hen-Gov. Gary Locke, right, that Leveque and private defense attorney Maryann Moreno, center, were the new Superior Court judges Friday. (SRfilephoto) Spokane County Superior Court Judge Jerome Leveque will retire when his...

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Spokane man guilty in Plummer murder

A Spokane man has been convicted of second-degree murder for a fatal stabbing in Plummer, Idaho, last year. Jody Allen Miller, 40, (left) entered an Alford plea this morning in Benewah County District Court for the April 17 murder of Antowyn D. “Tony” Swiney, 37,...

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Spokane police arrest sex offender Christopher Ebner on child pornography charges. (Jennier DeRuwe / Spokane Police Department)

Sex offender arrested for child porn

Spokane police Officer Tyler Cordis escorts sex offender Christopher Ebner to a patrol car after his arrest on child pornography charges today. (SPDphoto) A sex offender was arrested today for allegedly possessing child pornography. Christopher Michael Ebner, 37, lives in the 1400 block of North...

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Conn. mayor blasted for 'taco' quip

By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN,Associated Press NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The mayor of a working-class city roiled by allegations of police discrimination against Hispanics faced scathing criticism Wednesday from officials including the governor for saying he "might have tacos" as a way to do something for...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 2012

Warrants already required in Wash. for GPS

A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling requiring law enforcement obtain search warrants before attaching GPS devices to vehicles will have little effect in Washington state. State and local agencies in Washington have for several years been required to get a judge's approval before using GPS...

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Man arrested after knife threat in Valley

A man who threatened his former roommate with a knife before ignoring police commands was arrested without incident Tuesday night in Spokane Valley, police said today. Police say Daniel W. De Long, 43, clinched his fists and "aggressively walked" toward officers after they ordered him...

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