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Sirens & Gavels archive for June 2013

SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 2013

Email secrecy costs Shoreline over $500k 

SEATTLE (AP) — The city of Shoreline's failure to turn over email records in response to a Public Records Act request is costing it nearly $539,000. King County Superior Court Judge Monica Benton on Friday ordered the city to pay more than $438,000 in attorney...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2013

Playing the Ozzie card 

A chosen tactic of outgoing leaders in the Spokane Police Department: talk highly about the sheriff’s plan for regionalizing police forces. Documents recently released from last December’s investigation into reports that former Assistant Police Chief Scott Stephens had threatened to go “postal” after hearing of...

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Suspect describes Oregon coastal killings, meth use

COQUILLE, Ore. (AP) — A Douglas County man accused of aggravated murder has testified he was using methamphetamine throughout a weekend family trip to the coast and was feeling paranoid before shooting his mother-in-law’s 19-year-old husband and her 70-year-old former husband. The World of Coos...

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Beware callers offering to fix computer 

The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash. (MCT) VANCOUVER, Wash. (MCT Reigional News) -- Katrina Wegner admits she felt naive after she was duped by a man who hacked into her computer over the phone last week. The Vancouver resident got a call from a man claiming to...

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Butte man arrested for impersonating officer

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Police in Butte have arrested a man on suspicion of impersonating a public servant, driving under the influence and reckless driving. The Montana Standard reports ( ) 47-year-old James S. Richards Sr. of Butte was arrested Tuesday and remained jailed Wednesday...

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Suspect identified in Warden shooting

WARDEN, Wash. (MCT Regional News) -- Grant County authorities are searching for Ramon O. Morfin in connection to the shooting Sunday night in Warden that left two injured. Warden police have an arrest warrant for Morfin, 19, on suspicion of two counts of first degree...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2013

Fireworks cause death, destruction in 2012

Boys will be boys, as the saying goes. Males between 8 and 21 years old were responsible for most of the 354 fireworks-related incidents reported in 2012, according to data released by the Washington State Fire Marshal's Office. In all, there were 128 fires and...

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Monroe woman charged with felony impersonation

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A Monroe woman who pretended to be the mother of her teenage son’s friend to help him skip school is facing a felony charge. Snohomish County prosecutors have charged 32-year-old Jackie Sevillano with criminal impersonation. They say she called school officials...

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Brother arrested in man’s slaying near Colville

COLVILLE, Wash. (AP) — The Stevens County sheriff’s office says deputies arrested 48-year-old Eric Harris on Monday night for investigation of murder in the shooting death of his 43-year-old brother Larch Harris at a home near Colville. The sheriff’s office says the shooting took place...

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MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2013

Woman arrested in death of Sunnyside man

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Yakima County sheriff’s detectives have arrested a 20-year-old woman in the death of a 23-year-old Sunnyside man whose body was found Friday in the trunk of his girlfriend’s car on the Yakama Nation reservation. The sheriff’s office says the suspect was...

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2 men wounded in Warden shooting

WARDEN, Wash. (AP) — The Grant County sheriff’s office says two men were wounded in a shooting Sunday night at an apartment complex in Warden. Two men were arguing when one pulled out a gun and wounded the other man and a bystander. The sheriff’s...

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Colville shooter still at large

A man who allegedly shot his brother to death in Colville is still at large today. Eric Harris, 48, is being sought by Stevens County sheriff’s deputies in connection with an early Sunday fight that left his brother, 43-year-old Larch Harris dead from a gunshot...

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Victim chases his own stolen car 

WALLA WALLA, Wash. (MCT Regional News) -- Three people were arrested after a citizen-led car chase west of College Place on Friday. One man was arrested on an unrelated warrant after alleged car thieves hid in a residence the man was staying at. According to...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 2013


Scammers claiming to be court collectors

Authorities are warning of con artists posing as debt collectors who dupe their victims into thinking they’ve got unpaid court fines that could lead to their arrests unless settled immediately. According to the state Attorney General’s Office, the scammers are claiming to represent various courts...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2013


Book 'em Davo 

Spokane Mayor David Condon fired the first shots today on the Spokane Police Academy's new rifle range. The new range, described as a first-class facility, was built primarily with free student labor as part of a carpentry apprenticeship program, the police department said. The police...

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