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Sirens & Gavels Arson archive

THURSDAY, JULY 17, 2014

SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2013

Arson targets Browne's Addition garbage can 

A garbage can in Browne’s Addition was the target of about four fires starting on Saturday morning. Ray Ekins lives nearby and was walking his dog Duchess around 7 a.m. when he saw the first set of flames inside the barrel at Second Avenue and...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 10, 2012

Judy Reisner wants her son, Kevin Ellison, to get mental health treatment, but he sits in the Spokane County Jail. The former Spokane Shock player has been in the jail’s solitary confinement since he was arrested for arson in June. (Dan Pelle)

Ex-Shock player in solitary confinement

Judy Reisner wants her son, Kevin Ellison, to get mental health treatment, but he sits in the Spokane County Jail. (SRPhoto/Dan Pelle) A former pro football player arrested for arson in June remains in solitary confinement at the Spokane County Jail, and his mother says...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2012

Kevin Ellison to stay in jail without bail

A pro football player who claims God told him to start a fire at his apartment complex in Liberty Lake will remain in jail amid concerns about his mental health. Kevin Marcus Ellison, 25, who was dismissed from the Spokane Shock arena football team after...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2012

Shock player: God told me to start fire

A pro football player who leapt from his burning third-floor apartment in Liberty Lake Thursday said he started the blaze with a marijuana blunt because God told him to, authorities say. Kevin Marcus Ellison, 25, a starting linebacker/defensive back for the Spokane Shock arena football...

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TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2012

Serial burglar leads to 7 more arrests

Investigators arrested seven people while searching three locations last week connected to suspected serial burglar Dean M. Blackford. The properties at 1928 W. Glass Ave., 12607 N. Freya, and 7722 N. Altamontwere identified after detectives talked to Blackford about his burglary ring. Large amounts of...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2012

'Middle-finger salute' preceded fire 

A man accused of trying to light his apartment complex on fire gave a surveillance camera the middle-finger salute before doing so, fire officials allege. Ian W. Godfrey, 29, said he was angry with a flier being distributed at the HiFumi En Apartments, 926 E....

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TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2012

Boy faces arson charge for house fire

A 13-year-old boy has been arrested allegedly setting fire to a vacant home in north Spokane last month. The boy was booked into Spokane County Juvenile Detention Center after being arrested at Glover Middle School. He was to appear before a judge on Monday, officials...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012

MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012

Fire fueled by Molotov cocktail, meth offer

A truck fire outside an East Sprague Avenue motel was spurred by a lover's triangle and fueled by not just a Molotov cocktail but the promise of methamphetamine in return. Donald S. Georgette was staying at the Maple Tree Motel, 4824 E. Sprague Ave., with...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 3, 2012

Cigar leads to arrest in July burglary

A cigar left at a burglary scene last summer led detectives on Wednesday to arrest a 21-year-old man as a suspect. DNA on the cigar that was sent to the state crime lab matched DNA that Trevor Codi Frantz provided when he was convicted of...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 24, 2012

A man's body was found inside this home that caught fire near Hangman Valley Golf Course early Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010.  (Jonathan Brunt / The Spokesman-Review)

Alleged '10 murder accomplice charged

William F. Hanel's burned body was found inside this home on Oct. 12, 2010, after firefighers responded to a blaze there. (SRPhoto/Jonathan Brunt) A man accused of helping a killer torch his victim's home in 2010 is wanted by police. Crime Stoppers is offering a...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 22, 2011

Police: Man tried to light wife on fire 

An unemployed Dalton Gardens man allegedly doused his wife with gasoline and tried to light her on fire during a dispute at their home last weekend. Daniel Joe Zehm, 52, of 6103 15th St., was taken into custody by Kootenai County sheriff's deputies following an...

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Fire at Wal-Mart leads to arson arrest

A man was arrested on a felony arson charge recently for allegedly lighting a fire at the Airway Heights Wal-Mart using sanitation wipes. Stephen D. Rye, 55, was captured on surveillance video lighting the fire about 4:45 a.m. on Friday and watching it burn until...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 7, 2011

New charges in Forker Road homicide

The girlfriend of jailed Hells Angel sergeant-at-arms Ricky Warren Jenks has been charged with three felonies for her alleged role in the murder of a 22-year-old man whose body was found in the back of his burning car in April. Britney Bjork, 30, is accused...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 25, 2011

Burning stolen cars spark brush fire

Two stolen cars were set on fire in the Indian Trial area Wednesday night, sparking a small brush fire. Spokane firefighters responded to reports of flames and explosions from a remote forested hilltop east of Indian Trial Road. Crews accessed the area through gates and...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 11, 2011

Cops tell gang not to retaliate for arson 

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — Wenatchee police have contacted a gang that appeared to be the target of a fire that killed two children and warned it not to retaliate. Sgt. John Kruse says the gang was told retaliation would be very detrimental to solving the...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 2, 2011

Arson caused this fire at 4418 E. 15th Ave., in Spokane Valley early Sunday, officials say. (Spokane Valley Fire Department)

Fire suspects left 'unintended' message 

An "unintended" voice mail left on an arson victim's cell phone helped identify suspects in a Spokane Valley house fire last week. The home's renter, Pavel Aleksandrov, said he received what appeared to be an unintentional voice mail on July 23 in which he could...

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MONDAY, JULY 25, 2011

Arson caused this fire at 4418 E. 15th Ave., in Spokane Valley early Sunday, officials say. (Spokane Valley Fire Department)

Arson suspected in Valley house fire

Arson caused a fire that damaged a home in Spokane Valley early Sunday, officials said today. The blaze at 4418 E. 15th Ave., caused more than $100,000 in damage to the home and took more than 25 firefighters to quickly contain. The family was away...

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MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2011

Arsonist confesses after burning self

Authorities say a man confessed to setting a building adjacent to a downtown Spokane apartment complex on fire early Saturday as retaliation for the occupants “jumping him” a few days ago. Israel Barrera, 29, called Spokane police to confess and ask for treatment to second-degree...

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SATURDAY, MAY 28, 2011

Arsonist, career criminal gets 10 years

A serial arsonist’s criminal past earned the wrath Friday of a federal judge who sentenced the man to 10 years in prison. Anthony W. Sotin, 42, previously agreed to accept responsibility for setting his own car on fire on Jan. 12 and torching a commercial...

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FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011

Sibling murder suspects plead not guilty 

Two teenage siblings pleaded not guilty to aggravated first-degree murder charges Thursday in Spokane County Superior Court. Video conference at the jail isn't working, so Breeanna C. Sims, 19, and Justice E.D. Sims, 18, appeared in person before Judge Michel Price, wearing light blue jail...

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THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011

Suspect spoke of murder in jail calls

After Spokane County sheriff’s detectives took a man into custody on suspicion of murder last month, a man who witnessed the arrest expressed his surprise to a childhood friend. “Justice told her that he couldn’t believe that Taylor was being arrested for something he had...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2011

Murder victim may have been tortured

A 19-year-old woman accused of helping murder a Cheney man told a friend she was with the victim the day of the murder and watched as her brother and another man beat him for hours. Breeanna C. Sims (left) said her brother, Justice E. Sims,...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2011

$1 mil. bond for sibling murder suspects

Two teenage siblings arrested in the gunshot slaying of a Spokane man remain jailed on $1 million bond after appearing in court Monday. Breeanna C. Sims, 19 (left), and Justice E. Sims (right), 18, face charges of first-degree murder, second-degree arson, first-degree kidnapping and first-degree...

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