Sirens & Gavels archive for Sept. 2012

SATURDAY, SEPT. 29, 2012

Chattaroy sex offender sought

A convicted sex offender from Chattaroy is being sought after a Spokane County Sheriff’s investigation alleges that he had been providing alcohol and drugs to juvenile females before groping them. Sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Craig Chamberlin said detectives raided the home of 42-year-old Leslie Morgan, who...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 28, 2012

Kicked door nets man burglary charge

In what appears to be a case of she said/he ran, Spokane Valley Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 50-year-old man who was accused Thursday of breaking into a woman’s home. Deputies, who are contracted to provide police service in Spokane Valley, responded at about 11 a.m....

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 27, 2012

High court upholds Coe commitment

When I interviewed Kevin Coe in prison in 2006, I noted in the May 21, 2006, article that Coe looked fit for a 59-year-old man. Coe later wrote me a letter saying: "I look fit for any age." But it appears his legal fight for...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26, 2012


Feds join Spokane shooting probe

A man charged with attempted second-degree murder in connection with a shot targeting three black youths was ordered held in jail Tuesday as federal authorities also indicated that they would investigate the shooting as a possible hate crime. Jimmy J. Blackburn, 29, pleaded not guilty...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 25, 2012

Double amputee made threats, police say

HOUSTON (AP) — The FBI will help investigate what led a Houston police officer to shoot and kill a wheelchair-bound double amputee who was agitated and threatening police with what turned out to be a ballpoint pen, the city's police chief said Monday. Police Chief...

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Call nets burglary arrests and stolen car

A suspicious-person call ended up with a ride to the Spokane County Jail for a couple Sunday morning after the it was caught stealing items from an unoccupied home and placing them into a Subaru that was also stolen. Spokane Police officers Dave Kennedy and...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 24, 2012

Stealth burglar escapes with spoon collection

A Spokane County woman told sheriff’s deputies that she slept Sunday night while a burglar cleaned out her coin collections and spoons from all over the world. The 73-year-old homeowner called sheriff’s deputies after she awoke and realized that someone had come through an unlocked...

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Man shot by police suffered from dementia

SEATTLE (AP) — The family of a man shot to death by Seattle police says the 77-year-old suffered from dementia. The King County medical examiner's office hasn't yet released the name. Family members told The Seattle Times he's Henry Lee Sr. His son, Henry Lee...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 21, 2012

SPD looking for reserve officers 

Can you do at least 21 pushups? Sprint 300 meters in 71 seconds or less? Run a mile-and-a-half in under 14:31? What about 30 situps in under a minute? If so, you may be eligible for the Spokane Police Department's reserve officer program. The department...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 20, 2012

WSP job applicants' drug use an issue

Washington State Patrol officials announced the unenviable position Thursday of acknowledging its search to replace retiring troopers has been slowed by applicants who made poor decisions with prescription drugs. “These candidates may have taken the drugs for legitimate medical conditions, and might well have been...

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Is this Spokane's unluckiest burglar? 

Admitted burglar Jeramie Davis, who looted a Spokane porn shop in 2008 as its slain owner lay dead on the floor, will remain in jail while waiting for his rare second chance to try convincing a jury that he's not a killer -- just Spokane's...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 19, 2012

Now on to the penalty phase ... 

For nearly a year, former Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. has avoided sentencing on his federal convictions for using excessive force in the beating of Otto Zehm and then lying to investigators about it. But with yesterday's refusal by U.S. District Judge Fred...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 18, 2012

MONDAY, SEPT. 17, 2012

Spokane hosts national ombudsman conference

With the future of Spokane's police ombudsman program in question, the city soon will be awash in government ombudsmen (and women) arriving for an international conference on public oversight. The United States Ombudsman Association is gathering in Spokane for its 33rd annual conference Oct. 8...

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Ex con sought for questioning in downtown homicide

Police are still searching for 35-year-old Kevin Heaton, the man identifed as a "person of interest" in last week's homicide outside a downtown Spokane motel. Heaton should be considered "armed and dangerous," according to Spokane police, and has an extensive criminal history that includes potential...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 12, 2012

Ryan Crocker, the outgoing U. S. ambassador in Afghanistan, talks to the Associated Press on Thursday. (Associated Press)

Crocker's DUI hearing postponed 

The court hearing was postponed Wednesday for Ryan Crocker, former ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan, who was charged last month with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident. Crocker did not appear before Spokane County District Judge Sara Derr. But his attorney, Julie Twyford,...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 10, 2012

Edward Gover

Valley shooting probe expected soon

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said Monday that he expects within days that detectives will complete and turn over to prosecutors the probe into last week's deputy-involved shooting. Deputies Aaron Childress and Eric Werner remain on paid administrative leave as Spokane Police detectives work to...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 5, 2012

Shellye Stark leaves Spokane Superior Court on Thursday after being sentenced to almost 51 years for the murder of her husband, Dale Stark, in December 2007.  (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Shellye Stark trial 2.0 

Jury selection is set to begin today before Superior Court Judge Tari Eitzen. More than a hundred jurors have been called in for the pool. It's not yet clear whether Eitzen will begin testimony this week. Judges here typically do not hear testimony on Fridays....

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 4, 2012

Dive team discovers probable murder weapon

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office dive team recovered what is believed to be a murder weapon in the Spokane River Tuesday. Authorities believe the AK-47 rifle was used to kill Marcus Allen Schur, who died of multiple gunshot wounds Dec. 27, 2011 in north Whitman...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 3, 2012

Suspect's droopy pants aid in his capture

A suspected burglar was captured after his droopy pants got stuck on security window bars last week, while a police dog tracked and caught his suspected accomplice, police said. Responding to a report of a burglary in progress Friday night at Holz Fuel, 5526 N....

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One night in Bangkok ...

You're an heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune, with a sleek, charcoal-gray Ferrari and a gated home in Bangkok. What could possibly go wrong? BREAKING NEWS: Red Bull heir arrested for driving Ferrari that struck a police officer and dragged the dead body...

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