Sirens & Gavels archive for Jan. 2013

THURSDAY, JAN. 31, 2013

MONDAY, JAN. 28, 2013

THURSDAY, JAN. 24, 2013

Suspected Naked burglar arraigned Thursday

Gonzaga University urged the community to show their Bulldog pride today by wearing their favorite GU gear. And even the alleged Naked Burglar appears to have taken them up on it. Trevor Lee Franklin, suspected of breaking into a Browne's Addition apartment Jan. 8 and...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 23, 2013

Good grief

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Authorities in California say the voice actor who portrayed Charlie Brown in many "Peanuts" shows was arrested on charges that include stalking. U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman Angelica de Cima said Peter Robbins was arrested Sunday at the San Ysidro...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 22, 2013

Inmates claim private prison falsifies staffing levels 

BOISE (AP) — Attorneys for inmates at Idaho's largest private prison say Corrections Corporation of America is falsifying staff logs to hide chronic understaffing. The allegation was raised Friday in an amended lawsuit filed in Boise's U.S. District Court. Attorneys for the Nashville, Tenn.-based CCA...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 18, 2013

Mitchell Lee Walck

North Dakota citizens awarded for locating Mitchell Walck

When North Dakota authorities apprehended Idaho fugitive, Mitchell Walck, they had some help from two citizens. Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department awarded Marlin Brandt and Brock Garaas the golden citizen award Thursday for their help, according to the Bismarck Tribune. Authorities captured Walck in a mobile...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 17, 2013

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 16, 2013

Police dog Brax tracks burglary suspect a mile 

An unauthorized driver of a utility van containing large amounts of copper was arrested Wednesday thanks to a police tracking dog, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said. A Spokane Valley deputy noticed a Power City Electric van pull into Sullivan Park at 2:15 a.m. and...

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Idaho man indicted in mother's slaying

A federal grand jury indicted an Idaho man for first-degree murder Tuesday. The indictment alleges that Kenneth D. Broncheau, 48, of Winchester, shot and killed his mother, Carol Haskell, on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation on June 21, 2012, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office....

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Charges filed when gun misfires at store 

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) — A man whose gun went off when he dropped it inside a store at the Kitsap Mall in Silverdale now faces criminal charges. The Kitsap County Prosecutor's Office on Wednesday filed one count of aiming or discharging a firearm and...

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Murder solved in Colville coffee shop

Stevens County Prosecutors filed charging documents Tuesday detailing the allegations against woman charged last week with killing a man believed to be her half-brother in Colville. Deena L. Bailey, 49, remains held on a $1 million bond after she was arrested last Thursday on the...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 11, 2013

Batiste to remain at helm of WSP

Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste will keep his badge over the objections of troopers. Gov.-elect Jay Inslee said today he will re-appoint Batiste today, citing the chief's extensive law enforcement experience and record of results at the helm of the 2,400 person agency. “Chief...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 10, 2013

Honking motorist arrested in Aberdeen 

ABERDEEN, Wash. (AP) — Aberdeen police arrested a man in their own parking lot this week when he drove up and repeatedly honked his horn. He told police he wanted them to bring out a jail inmate so he could talk with him. KXRO reports...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 8, 2013

2 Bellevue cops demoted for affair

BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) — Bellevue Police Chief Linda Pillo has demoted two top commanders for having an extramarital affair. The relationship investigated by the Washington State Patrol violated the department's code of conduct because Maj. John Manning supervised Capt. Autumn Fowler. KING reports both have...

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MONDAY, JAN. 7, 2013

Union urges Inslee to replace WSP chief

OLYMPIA (AP) — The union for Washington State Patrol troopers and sergeants wants Gov.-elect Jay Inslee to replace Chief John Batiste. Washington State Patrol Troopers Association President Tommie Pillow told The Olympian the chief is out of touch. A spokesman for Batiste says he's not...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 4, 2013

219 DUI arrests over holiday season 

A holiday season crackdown on drunken driving led to 219 arrests across Spokane, Pend Oreille and Ferry counties. That’s up from 197 arrests during the same period a year earlier, according to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. The increase is attributed to the first-ever “Drive...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 3, 2013

Fired Lakewood officer fighting termination

LAKEWOOD — A fired Lakewood police officer says he'll fight his termination. Brian Wurts, who was president of the Lakewood Police Independent Guild when the union's treasurer stole charitable donations made to the families of four slain police officers, told The News Tribune he was...

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Man arrested for eluding Spokane Valley Police again

A man led authorities on a high speed chase through Spokane Valley early Wednesday morning and allegedly rammed a Spokane Valley deputy’s patrol vehicle car head-on, according to a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office news release. Deputies spotted the vehicle, driven by Jordy DeBoer, 21, and...

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Report: SPD lacks certified instructors 14 

None of the Spokane Police Department's defensive tactics instructors are certified by the state and may have relied on a flawed legal interpretation while teaching officers when it's OK to use deadly force, the city's Use of Force Commission has found. "In fact, no officers...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 1, 2013

Gun owner facing charges after losing pistol in theater 

TILLAMOOK, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man has been arraigned on one charge of recklessly endangering another person after leaving a loaded gun at a Tillamook movie theater. The Oregonian newspaper reports 61-year-old Gary Warren Quackenbush appeared in Tillamook County Circuit Court on Monday to...

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