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Sirens & Gavels archive for Jan. 1, 2014

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 31, 2014


TUESDAY, DEC. 9, 2014

FBI data shows drop in hate crimes 13 

Hate crimes in the U.S. fell in 2013, according to FBI data released Monday, even as the agency included several new bias categories. Spokane and Spokane Valley also saw a drop in reported incidents from 2012 to 2013. For the first time, this year's data...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 25, 2014

Trial pushed in Morgenstern abuse case

The trial for a suspended ER physician at the Spokane Veteran's Affairs hospital has been pushed to April. Craig Morgenstern, 45, remains in custody of the Spokane County Jail, facing a nine-count federal criminal indictment that charges him with producing child pornography, aggravated sexual abuse...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 21, 2014

THURSDAY, NOV. 6, 2014

FRIDAY, OCT. 31, 2014


MONDAY, OCT. 27, 2014

THURSDAY, OCT. 23, 2014

Henrikson trial could be 3 years out

If federal prosecutors seek the death penalty for the man accused of masterminding a plot to murder a South Hill businessman and one of his former oil patch employees, the trial likely wouldn't begin until the tail end of 2017. A report filed in support...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 21, 2014

Baumrucker trial pushed to next year

A federal judge on Tuesday granted a joint request to push the trial of Matthew Baumrucker, the Spokane County Jail inmate tied to former Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor Marriya Wright. Baumrucker, 31, remains in custody at the jail on a federal charge of being a...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 17, 2014

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 8, 2014

Judge candidate Trageser questions Leland's sign placement 11 

A candidate for Spokane County District Court judge, Tim Trageser, is questioning incumbent Judge Richard Leland’s placement of his campaign signs. Leland's campaign has attached many of his signs to Republican candidates, including Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, using zip ties. Trageser argues that it gives voters...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 26, 2014

MONDAY, SEPT. 22, 2014

Ephrata pot shop fights trademark lawsuit

An embattled Ephrata pot shop has fired a lofty salvo in response to a trademark infringement lawsuit filed against it by the marijuana media juggernaut that publishes "High Times" magazine. In its response to a lawsuit filed last month in U.S. District Court for Eastern...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 16, 2014

MONDAY, SEPT. 15, 2014

Shannon Stiltner responds to Zags tickets complaint 

The girlfriend of convicted Ponzi scheme artist Greg Jeffreys said she's fulfilling court-ordered restitution and denied victimizing anyone in a response filed in federal court over the weekend. The U.S. Attorney's Office for Eastern Washington filed a motion last week after it came to light...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 9, 2014

Felon chucks allegedly stolen firearm in chase

A 26-year-old Spokane man with multiple felony convictions tossed a .45 handgun believed to have been stolen during a chase through a residential neighborhood Friday, according to court documents filed this week. Joshua V. Fowler was booked into Spokane County Jail just after 4:30 p.m....

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 5, 2014

TUESDAY, SEPT. 2, 2014

Spokane police chief receives another complaint  14 

On the heels of last week's complaint against Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub for misrepresentation, Brian Breen, a retired police officer and frequent commenter on Spokesman-Review stories, has filed a complaint against the chief for providing "false information to members of the City Council ......

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FRIDAY, AUG. 29, 2014

First Stevens Co. pot shop opens its doors

The first retail marijuana store in Stevens County has opened its doors for business, though employees say they're suffering from the same lack of product that has plagued other stores in the region. Savage THC in Clayton, Washington, opened last week and is keeping regular...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 28, 2014

TUESDAY, AUG. 26, 2014

MONDAY, AUG. 25, 2014

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