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Sirens & Gavels archive for May 2013

THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2013


Shooter exercise at Valley Mall Saturday 

Don't panic if you see a lot of flashing lights at Spokane Valley Mall late Saturday and early Sunday -- multiple law enforcement and fire agencies are staging an "active shooter exercise" there. Spokane County Sheriffs, Spokane Police, Spokane Valley Police, Spokane Valley Fire, local...

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TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2013


Buquet waives release argument

A man charged with sending a ricin-laced letter to a federal judge waived arguments today about why he should be released from jail pending charges. Matthew R. Buquet, 38, wore shaded glasses and sported a long beard during his 2 p.m. appearance before U.S. Magistrate...

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Bird's eye view of missing man formation 

Air One, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office helicopter unit, shot this video Saturday of biplanes flying in the missing man formation as they passed over the Torchlight parade in downtown Spokane in honor of the three Fairchild airmen killed in Kyrgyzstan earlier this month. Here's...

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TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2013

Blake Starbuck holds court records that he says bolster the case for his father’s innocence in the death of his mother, Chanin Starbuck. (Jesse Tinsley)

Starbuck children take the stand

Twelve-year-old Marshal Starbuck was called to testify about the death of his mom and what he remembers about the actions of Clay Starbuck on the day Marshal’s life got turned upside down. Day two of the first-degree murder trial of Clay D. Starbuck also featured...

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MONDAY, MAY 13, 2013

Reward offered for tips on vacant home burglary 

Burglars stole or damaged all the appliances in a home that’s vacant and for sale near the 4000 block of West Richland Road. The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said the home’s property manager discovered the theft of the refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher and washer and dryer....

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Spokane man wins new trial

The Washington State Supreme Court today overturned the second-degree rape conviction of a Spokane man, saying the trial judge violated the man’s right to a fair trial by including a jury instruction that the defense didn’t want. In the 6-3 decision, the state’s high court...

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FRIDAY, MAY 3, 2013

The oldest trick in the book 

We heard this gem on the scanner. Apparently this isn't the first rodeo for a dispatcher looking up a suspect's information for an officer. 5-3-2013 @ 9:01 PM Dispatcher: Not only did he give a bad phone number, but he gave a bad birth date....

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Man steals Seattle Police patrol car 

SEATTLE (AP) — Police say a man who appeared very intoxicated took off for a short time Thursday afternoon in a Seattle police car. The incident began with a report the man had assaulted several people on a bus and then fled on foot through...

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Regarding clown cars

Here's one of the best things we've heard on the scanner in recent weeks: 5/2/2013 @ 5:51 p.m. - "Not sure if clowns are involved, but all the subjects are leaving in a vehicle." Unfortunately, we lack further information to provide context to the quote.

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"John Doe" apprehended near Canadian border

Border Patrol agents found a man sleeping inside a stolen car near Sullivan Lake Tuesday after authorities were tipped to suspicious activity over the weekend. A man told a Pend Oreille County Sheriff's deputy a stranger parked on his property near Ione on April 28...

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