Sirens & Gavels archive for March 2012

FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012

Child abuse suspect arrested in Texas

A 22-year-old Spokane man accused of assaulting his infant daughter was arrested this week in Texas. Joshua E. Gillis is awaiting extradition to Spokane on a $250,000 warrant for first-degree child abuse. Federal agents in Houston located him there at the request of Spokane police,...

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Woman arrested on 109 felonies released 

A Spokane County health care employee accused of stealing money from a 79-year-old woman was released from jail today after appearing in court on 109 felony charges. Deanna M. Purser, 50, was arrested Wednesday after a sheriff's investigation alleged she'd been making unauthorized purchases and...

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Torture dungeon trucker pleads guilty

By MICHAEL GRACZYK,Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas trucker who kept a torture dungeon in the cab of his long-haul rig has avoided the death penalty by accepting life prison sentences for murdering a hitchhiking couple two decades ago. Robert Ben Rhoades, who already...

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Louisville-UK rivalry sparks fight at clinic

By BRUCE SCHREINER,Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Authorities say the Kentucky-Louisville basketball rivalry boiled over at a Kentucky dialysis clinic when one patient punched another during an argument about the teams. Georgetown police Lt. Robert Swanigan says the altercation began Monday with a verbal...

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Juvenile jail officer charged w/ assault

Spokane County juvenile detention corrections officer was jailed recently on suspicion of assaulting his wife. Darryl A. Robinson, 52, said Wednesday that he has a meeting scheduled with his supervisors to discuss his arrest. Robinson was released from the Spokane County Jail on $1,500 bond...

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Fleeing driver caught on S-R video

A man suspected of slamming a pickup truck into another car in downtown Spokane this morning fled the scene and drove down a narrow sidewalk before abandoning the vehicle and walking away, security camera footage shows. The fleeing driver was caught on cameras operated by...

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Health care worker arrested for theft

A Spokane County home health care employee is accused of stealing money from a 79-year-old woman she'd cared for since 2003. Deanna M. Purser, 50, was arrested today after a lengthy investigation by Spokane County sheriff's Detective Tamie Spitzer alleged she'd been making unauthorized purchases...

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Feds: Dad gave marijuana to young kids

A medical marijuana patient arrested in Yakima Monday told authorities he provided marijuana to his three young children. Troy Mallard Craig, 32, said two of his children also have medical marijuana cards, according to a complaint filed today in U.S. District Court. Agents with the...

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Reward for tips on $15k jewelry heist

A man's home was burglarized of about $15,000 jewelry after he left for about five hours Monday, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that solve the burglary, which occurred near the 7500 block of West 51st...

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Cops: Man pointed gun at 3 children 

A 31-year-old man was arrested for allegedly pointing a gun at a father and his three children recently. Anthony L. Volavka is out of jail on bond after appearing in court Monday. He was arrested Friday at 24821 E. Roxanne Ave., after Michael A. Walkinshaw,...

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Teen arraigned in veteran's murder

An 18-year-old man accused of killing a retired principal who was trying to break up an underage party pleaded not guilty today to second-degree murder. In a hearing before Superior Court Judge Annette Plese, Treven Lewis was given a pre-trial conference date of May 11...

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2 men accused of robbing teen w/ knife

Two men were arrested for allegedly robbing a teenage woman at at knife-point outside an East Sprague Avenue convenience store last weekend. Richard Jeffery Lee, 52, is accused of robbing the 19-year-old woman as she exited the Quick E Mart at 4123 E. Sprague Ave....

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City's risk management plan under fire

The City of Spokane may sever its contract with its risk management firm following allegations that the firm pressured police and a city employee to hide potentially incriminating details surrounding a 2010 collision that paralyzed a pedestrian. According to documents obtained by lawyers representing the...

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