Sirens & Gavels archive for Oct. 2012

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 31, 2012

Special Olympics Washington awarded Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich with the 2012 Special Olympics Washington Law Enforcement Torch Run Campaign, Sheriff of the Year Award. (Spokane County Sheriff's Office)

Special Olympics awards Knezovich

Special Olympics Washington honored Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich for his support of the program. Knezovich received the 2012 Special Olympics Washington Law Enforcement Torch Run Campaign, Sheriff of the Year Award. Special Olympics Washington gives the award to one Washington sheriff and police chief...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 30, 2012

Daniel Strange (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman Review)

Excessive force case loses appeal

Appellate judges have upheld a civil judgment in favor of Spokane County after a jury ruled in 2011 that a deputy did not use excessive force during a traffic stop in 2006. Mary Schultz, the attorney for Daniel B. Strange, appealed several rulings by Superior...

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MONDAY, OCT. 29, 2012

Police reform meeting canceled/rescheduled 

A previously scheduled meeting to discuss Spokane police reform and an update of its progress was canceled on Monday afternoon due to an absent chief of Police. Due to a scheduling conflict, chief of Police Frank Straub was unable to attend the Public Safety Committee...

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America's violent crime rate keeps falling 

You'd never know it from watching TV these days but America's violent crime rate is continuing its plunge. The latest FBI stats, released today, show the number of murders, robberies, rapes and other felony assaults fell 3.8 percent nationwide in 2011, the fifth straight decline...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 25, 2012

Stolen wedding band (Spokane Police Department)

Burglar targets bereaved 

Spokane Police detectives say a man may have targeted the home of a burglary victim because of an online obituary, entering when he believed she would be gone. The burglar’s haul included multiple firearms, antiques, and the victim’s dead husband’s wedding ring. The crime occurred...

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Police: Beware of panhandlers

Spokane police arrested a panhandler Thursday afternoon after discovering he had a stolen car. A man left a vehicle parked near the Office Depot by Wellesley Avenue and Division Street and proceeded to the intersection with a cardboard sign to panhandle, according to a Spokane...

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Man pleads guilty to gang shooting

A man, charged in a gang-related shooting in which a 6-year-old girl was hit in the foot, pleaded guilty today in Spokane County Superior Court. Abubakar Samura, 21, had been charged with two counts of first-degree assault following the March 4 shooting in the 1800...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 24, 2012

Jeff Harvey of the Spokane Police Department (Spokane Police Department)

Police guild "circled the wagons" after Zehm 14 

In addition to revelations that Spokane Police detectives were feeding information about the Zehm investigation to Officer Karl F. Thompson, Jr., the grand jury testimony of Detective Jeff Harvey had several other insights into how the Spokane Police handled the case. Harvey was a vice...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 23, 2012

Man reportedly assaults Spokane Valley paramedic

A reportedly intoxicated man assaulted a Spokane Valley Fire paramedic on Monday evening while crews treated a woman for a seizure. While the Station 1 paramedic in full uniform and his partner treated the patient, 51-year-old William J. Nachtwey became hostile toward the paramedic and...

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MONDAY, OCT. 22, 2012

Accused cop killer gets own TV in cell

King County Jail's decision to give an accused cop killer a personal TV to watch in his cell has got more than a few people steamed. "This is just terrible," said Seattle Police Officers' Guild President Rich O'Neill. The Seattle Police Department also sent notice...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 18, 2012

Attorney blasts McGill probe

Were detectives just doing their job or did they go too far? A Spokane attorney has accused detectives of misrepresenting facts surrounding a homicide investigation in order to obtain permission to search the belongings of the victim's daughter. Recently unsealed court documents show Spokane police...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 17, 2012

Pelican shoots man, claims self defense 

While no charges have been filed, deputies continue to investigate the case of an estranged Spokane Valley husband who was shot in the knee today by a man who was living in his wife’s garage. Spokane Valley deputies responded at about 11 a.m. today to...

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Man assaulted for bashing the Dallas Cowboys 

A man was hospitalized earlier this month after allegedly being the target of football rage at a downtown Spokane bar. On Oct. 2 at 3:06 a.m., police took a report from the victim at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. He said he was assaulted by...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 16, 2012

Rehired SPD detective gets apology, $350k

City leaders have apologized to a police detective fired last year for what officials described as a “troubled work history.” The Spokane City Council voted 5-1 on Monday to approve a $350,000 settlement with Detective Jeff Harvey, who was rehired earlier this year. The settlement...

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SATURDAY, OCT. 13, 2012

Spokane charges dropped in slaying plea

A man who just had three counts of aggravated murder dismissed against this week also had Spokane County charges dismissed as part of the same deal. Kevin Harper, 30, had been convicted of three counts of aggravated murder in Yakima County. But before he was...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 12, 2012

Spokane police officer Karl Thompson waits to cross the street after leaving the William O. Douglas Federal Courthouse in Yakima, Wash., Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011.  Thompson was found guilty on two counts in the death of Otto Zehm. (Christopher Anderson / Spokesman-Review)

Thompson supporters invited to potluck 84 

UPDATE: Potluck for Thompson canceled. Officer John Gately just called Friday afternoon to say that the Nov. 3 event "An Evening with Karl" F. Thompson Jr. has been canceled. "It was never intended to offend anyone," Gately said. "It's canceled." HERE'S THE ORIGINAL POST: Most...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 11, 2012

Kirkpatrick could find new role in King County 

Former Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick is back in the news. Kirkpatrick, who turned in her badge last year after voters ousted Mayor Mary Verner, has caught the attention of King County sheriff's candidate John Urqhart, who says he would hire her to serve as...

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From left, Karl Thompson, Carl Oreskovich and Spokane police Officer John Gately on Nov. 2. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Oreskovich gets another week to file 

The defense attorneys of former Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. have blamed a faulty email program for missing the deadline last Friday to file any objections to the pre-sentence report that could become the last major legal battle prior to sentencing. Thompson was...

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Police use family to find fugitive

Recently filed court documents show how Spokane Police on Monday tracked down the man who has been charged with Oct. 1 shooting in which his girlfriend suffered a bullet wound to the face: They followed the family. Joshua D. Graham, 30 appeared Tuesday before Superior...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 10, 2012

Con man sent to prison for recent scams 

A con man whose schemes made victims out of dozens of people in three states was sentenced today to 29 months in prison. Superior Court Judge Jerome Leveque sentenced 60-year-old Ronald G. Stratton to the high end of the range after a jury convicted him...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 9, 2012

Man charged in attack ordered held

The man charged with attacking a 62-year-old woman during a burglary last month that left her with serious injuries told police he was just trying to get out of her house when he threw an elbow at her. David J. Bassford, 38, appeared Monday before...

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'Blinded by anger' leads to arson charge

A Spokane man, who said he was blinded by anger, remains in jail on a $20,000 bond after he admitted smashing out the windows of his ex-girlfriend’s car before he set it ablaze early Saturday morning. Matthew A. Radeck, 26, appeared Monday before Superior Court...

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MONDAY, OCT. 8, 2012

John H. “Herb” Friedlund faces witness tampering charge.

Friedlund's antics at an end

A sentence on Friday of 10 years likely ends any chance of John "Herb" Friedlund of ever seeing another sunrise as a free man. At 79, and in poor health, Friedlund also faces several felonies in federal court now that he has been convicted of...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 5, 2012

Lawman named Lawless turns in his badge

The Inland Northwest's most unfortunately named police chief has resigned. Pat Lawless, who until Wednesday served as chief of the Spirit Lake Police Department, reportedly had engaged in an inappropriate conversation with other officers, two of whom have been disciplined. The city wouldn't say what...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 4, 2012

Going pink 

Spokane's largest ambulance service is going pink for October. American Medical Response has emblazoned one of its Spokane-based ambulances with bright pink stripes for breast cancer awareness month. Most of its 150 employees in Spokane also are wearing special pink shirts they bought themselves to...

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