Sirens & Gavels

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

SATURDAY, AUG. 23, 2014

40 in Spokane protest Ferguson police shooting 19 

Spokane resident Sarah Peterson isn’t generally an activist. But as she grew more concerned about the events Ferguson, Missouri, she decided to take action. She organized a rally, took to Facebook and spread word to her church, Spokane Friends Church, and to the Spokane Peace...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 21, 2014

MONDAY, AUG. 18, 2014

Cheney couple faces animal cruelty charges 

Prosecutors have filed animal cruelty charges against the Cheney couple who owned multiple animals, including horses and a llama, seized during a search of their property last month. Terri Marlin, 51, and Thomas Marlin, 53, face multiple animal cruelty criminal counts following an investigation into...

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MONDAY, AUG. 11, 2014

MONDAY, AUG. 4, 2014

FRIDAY, AUG. 1, 2014



Trial pushed in 'Kettle Falls 5' case 

The controversial federal trial of a marijuana growing co-operative calling themselves the "Kettle Falls 5" has been delayed so that defense attorneys can review new evidence obtained by prosecutors. U.S. District Court Judge Fred Van Sickle granted a continuance of the trial last week. The...

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FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2014

Wanted man flips plain-clothes cop the bird 

A wanted man was jailed earlier this month after he swore at and gave the finger to a plain-clothes sheriff's detective, then struck the detective and ran, according to court documents. David E. Lee, 22, is in custody at the Geiger Corrections Facility. He faces...

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Police want 'chronic offender' to stay in jail

A Spokane police officer who monitors “chronic offenders” asked a judge this week to help keep a man considered one of the city’s most prolific burglars in jail by setting bail high. Zachory J. Davis, 22, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of possession of...

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Loud music leads to arrest 

A man who refused to turn his music down after repeated visits from the Spokane Valley Police Department found himself temporarily housed in the Spokane County Jail. An officer was called to the 1100 block of North University Road around 7:45 p.m. Monday on a...

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Suspected robber uses spoils to spoil mother 

A 24-year-old man used a credit card he swiped from a Spokane Valley shopper in a strong-arm April robbery to buy a Mother's Day present online, according to investigators. Spokane Valley authorities searched several residences last week looking for Damian Plumley and evidence of the...

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Dog rescued from Spokane River

The Spokane Fire Department’s technical rescue team pulled a cold and tired dog from the Spokane River Wednesday afternoon in Riverfront Park. The dog apparently fell down a steep embankment and was spotted swimming in the river near Canada Island, said Assistant Fire Chief Brian...

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TUESDAY, MAY 27, 2014

TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2014

FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2014

Second man accused of selling heroin arrested 

Spokane police arrested 55-year-old Ernie Hern this week, the second of a pair accused of selling heroin out of a residence in the East Central neighborhood through March of last year. Hern faces multiple possession and sale of drug charges after police used a confidential...

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FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2014

Spokane looking for Police Ombudsman Commission volunteers

Spokane is looking for volunteers to serve on the new Police Ombudsman Commission. Applicants must undergo a background check and interviews. Application deadline is June 6 and city leaders want to have the five-member commission empaneled by mid-July. Application materials are available at The...

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MONDAY, MAY 5, 2014


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