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MONDAY, JUNE 8, 2009

Devil-worshipping sex offender now living downtown 

A devil-worshipping sex offender who recently moved to Spokane from Texas has registered at a new address in downtown Spokane. Danny "Triple 6" Walter Schertz, 61, is living at the New Washington apartments, 327 1/2 W. 2nd Ave., according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office....

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Courthouse watch: 6.8.09

A man urinating in a bush triggered a drunken altercation involving a handgun this weekend, according to court documents. Phillip J. Koller, 61, pointed a silver handgun at a man and four children and threatened to "blow your brains out" after one yelled at him...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2009


Courthouse watch: 6.5.09 

A Spokane man who stole prescription drug patches from nursing homes to get high will spend eight months in prison. Cory R. Morse, 22, (right) will begin his sentence June 10, Judge Maryann Moreno ruled today. Morse and his girlfriend, Lacey B. Sell, 20, were...

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Mug shot spotlight 

This character is Jackie Leo Hughes, a 35-year-old man wanted for second-degree assault. His three-year criminal history includes convictions for false reporting and assault, according to a reward offer from Crime Stoppers.He's described as 6 feet tall, 160 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes....

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THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 2009

Disputed conviction nets 41 years

The last of three defendants was sentenced today to serve more than 41 years in prison for a robbery and drive-by shooting that all three suspects and a key witness claim they didn’t commit Read Thomas Clouse's story here.

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Courthouse watch: 6.4.09

A teen boy accused of burning a homeless man over stolen beer money pleaded innocent today to first-degree attempted murder and an alternative charge of first-degree assault. John C. Palmer, 16, is charged as an adult but being house in juvenile detention after his arrest...

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The big time: a billboard

It looks like Eli Skalak is getting his 15 minutes of fame. The suspected Coeur d'Alene burglar will be featured on Inland Northwest billboards advertising a crime stoppers reward for his capture. Skalak, 29, is accused of breaking into an elderly man's home in the...

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Scantily clad baristas in Yakima now face arrest

First the Tacoma area. Now Yakima.The government crackdown on scantily clad baristas is marching east. Yakima City Council members have prohibited thongs and see-through clothing in public as part of a plan to combat what some say is a growing public indecency problem as baristas...

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'Everyone just loved her'

The Mead woman killed in a crash in downtown Spokane Tuesday night was a secretary at a Spokane elementary school. Lori Keller died and her husband, Gary, may be paralyzed after Jon A. Strine crashed into their motorcycle while driving his Mercedes at Fifth Avenue...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2009

Courthouse watch: 6.3.09

Suspects on today's court docket included a man accused of a brazen residential burglary that was foiled when a neighbor called 911. Wendall D. Bagley, 24, and his brother, Joe M. Bagley, 23, were arrested last April after a stolen truck smashed a through a...

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No murders, just robberies

The city of Spokane has had a nice distinction since March - no homicides. Besides the shooting death of Johnnie Longest by Spokane police officer Dan Lesser, the last police-investigated killing was a stabbing death March 3. Spokane averages about 12 to 14 homicides a...

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Cracking down on pot seeds

Authorities apparently are making progress in the war on marijuana seed peddling. The Associated Press reports that a deal is in the works to bring Canada's "Prince of Pot" to a federal court in Seattle to plead guilty to a charge of conspiring to maunfacture...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 2009

Anyone missing any sheep heads? 

Two sheep heads were found in Spokane Valley this morning. The heads were found in the middle of Sprague Avenue just after 2 a.m., at different cross streets, Spokane County Sheriff's Sgt. Dave Reagan told reporter Sara Leaming. Reagan said deputies think the heads may...

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Courthouse watch: 6.2.09 

Suspects on the first appearance calendar today included a 62-year-old man accused of a brazen, daylight burglary at a Spokane Valley convenience store. James R. Clemons appeared in Spokane County Superior Court via video today to hear his charges: first-degree theft and second-degree burglary. Judge...

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'I'm ashamed to be an officer of this court'

A high-profile OxyContin robbery case that drew sanctions against the Spokane County Prosecutor's Office and allegations of a state witness framing the defendants earned a young man nearly 26 years in prison today. It was an emotional day in court as Tyler W. Gassman's lawyer,...

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Child molester sentenced in Coeur d'Alene

A Coeur d'Alene man will serve at least 12 years in prison after being convicted of lewd conduct with a minor under 16. Travis N. Turnboo, 21, was convicted on three counts, and Kootenai County 1st District Judge Charles Hosak sentenced him to 50 years...

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MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2009

Courthouse watch: 6.1.09

Suspects on today's Superior Court docket included a man connected to an accused methamphetamine dealer arrested after a day-long stand off last week. David L. "Cowboy Dave" Harwood was arrested May 27 near the Whitworth Arms apartments, the site of a Sheriff's SWAT team standoff...

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Wanted: Two Whipples

An accused armed robber failed to appear in court earlier this month, and Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information that leads to his capture. Joseph E. Whipple, 21, (left) and Jimmy D. Dempsey, 17, were each due in Spokane County Superior Court May...

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New charges in bridge-pushing case

Additional charges have been filed against the man accused of trying to force his estranged wife's boyfriend to jump off a bridge two weeks ago. Those charges show deputies responded to reports of violence at the couple's home a week prior. David E. Epley, 36,...

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Spokane Fire Department honors citizen heroes

Eleven citizens received life-saving awards from the Spokane Fire Department Saturday. The annual awards ceremony also honored retirements and promotions. Honored citizens include a 20-year-old man who saved a man from a burning van in January, a 9-year-old girl who rescued her sister from a...

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FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2009

Grab bag 5.29.09

Who says no one reads the newspaper anymore? A watchful newspaper reader in Colville helped nab the Montana Department of Corrections escapee suspected in a Spokane Valley burglary today. Read the story here. Other public safety stories today include: Body found in Pend Oreille River...

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Courthouse watch: 5.29.09 

Friday's smorgasbord of suspects on the Spokane County Superior Court docket include an accused OxyContin robber, a teenager charged with attempted murder for a shooting spree in a motel parking lot and a man connected to Pinaccle Realty founder Joe Ward, who is the subject...

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Carroll D. Gray in 1981. (The Spokesman-Review)

Spokane legal community loses an icon

Carroll D. Gray, who worked in the U.S attorney's office in Spokane for more than 30 years, has died. The legend of the Spokane legal community, pictured above in 1981, died at his home Wednesday morning, the U.S Attorney's Office confirmed Thursday. Gray was a...

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