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WEDNESDAY, JULY 11, 2012

3 plead not guilty in downtown assault

Three men accused of a brutal beating in downtown Spokane late last month have pleaded not guilty. Clayton M. Cotter, 21; Schuyler Ray Cotter, 19; and Michael W. Baesman, 34; are accused of beating a man unconscious June 27 near West 2nd Avenue and South...

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TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2012

Burglar shoots at elderly woman's home

A Spokane burglary suspect believed to have fired several rounds into an elderly woman's front door was arrested after a sheriff's corporal shot him with bean bags in front of another would-be victim's home early Saturday. Ernest Earl Strebeck, 46, was armed with a handgun...

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Man arrested w/ stolen SUV after chase

A man was arrested at gunpoint early Sunday after leading a state trooper on a high-speed chase from Interstate 90 to the Gonzaga University area. Charles A. Castro, 31, was driving a black SUV east on the freeway when he changed lanes to take the...

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MONDAY, JULY 9, 2012

Jury indicts woman in April shooting

A Moses Lake woman has been indicted by a grand jury for illegally possessing a firearm after her friend was shot in what Spokane police believe was a drug-related assault. Alicia Marie Favro, who turned 42 last week, faces up to 10 years in prison...

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FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2012

Public's help sought in cat cruelty probe

Spokane County animal protection offers are asking for the public's help as they investigate a horrendous case of animal cruelty. A cat had to be euthanized on Monday after SCRAPS officers found it shot in the head in a dumpster at the Viewpoint Villa Apartments,...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2012

Cops: Gun malfunction stopped murder

A Spokane man who police say would have killed a man had his gun not malfunctioned has been charged with attempted murder. Carlos Himminez "Atlanta" Hodges, 38, was armed with a handgun when he confronted Kenneth Watkins at Watkins' home in the 1000 block of...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2012

4th suspect arrested in '09 home robbery 

A fourth suspect has been arrested in a gunpoint home-invasion robbery that occurred nearly three years ago. Travis J. Kulhavy, 28, is accused of robbing four people at a home in the 500 block of East Garland Avenue on Oct. 8, 2009. Co-defendant Brian L....

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MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2012

Man faces 123 years in prison for guns

A convicted felon from Stevens County now faces a minimum of 123 years in prison after a jury found him guilty today of 21 felonies that were tied to the slaying last year of a Colville man. Investigators believe was a botched burglary.The jury deliberated...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 2012

Doug Snarski in his Newman Lake home on Monday. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

911 call in homeowner shooting released

In this file photo, Doug Snarski, 55, stands at the top of the stairs where he shot an intruder in his home last month. (SR/Jesse Tinsley) A Newman Lake homeowner did nothing wrong when he shot his girlfriend’s ex to death after being threatened by...

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MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2012

Thief hits Homeland Security officer's car 

A Spokane woman is accused of stealing a federal Homeland Security officer's passport and and using it to pawn two stolen rifles. Investigators identified Amanda Wayne Macklin, 23, as a suspect after finding her number in Double Eagle Pawn's phone records. They say she called...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2012

Disgruntled bar customer returns w/ gun

A man who scuffled with employees at a Spokane Valley bar fired a gun in the bar's parking lot late Wednesday, police said today. Bret A. Nemitz, 29, finished a drink at Boomers Classic Rock Bar, 18209 E. Appleway Ave., just as the bar was...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2012

Four masked robbers took over a McDonald's on the South Hill Friday night, and police are asking for help identifying them.
Police today released surveillance photos of the robbers, who accosted six people inside the restaurant at 4647 S. Regal St., just after 10 p.m.
The victims complied with demands and none was injured. The robbers, who wore black clothing, fled on foot before police arrived.
 (Spokane Police Department)

Robbers take over South Hill McDonald's

Four masked robbers took over a McDonald's on the South Hill at gunpoint Friday night, and police are asking for help identifying them. Police today released three surveillance photos of the robbers, who accosted six people inside the restaurant at 4647 S. Regal St., just...

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Police: We saved repeat offender's life

Spokane police say they saved the life of a career criminal and sex offender when he went into cardiac arrest after he was taken into custody Sunday. Officer Nick Geren administered first aid on Joshua Clint Epperson, 32, while he was being transported to the...

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TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2012

Kidnapped man escapes from car trunk

A kidnapped man forced into the trunk of a car in Montana freed himself on a Pend Oreille County highway early Sunday, leading to two arrests. A motorist said he was driving on Highway 2 near Pend Oreille Park about 7:10 a.m. when the trunk...

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SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2012

Sex offender arrested in home invasion

A sex offender suspected in a violent gunpoint home-invasion robbery was arrested today. Joshua Clint Epperson, 32, was booked into jail on felony charges related to an early-morning attack last Tuesday in the 9600 block of North Alpine Court in the Indian Trail area. The...

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FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2012

Drugs, guns seized near Valley school

Sheriff's investigators arrested a suspected methamphetamine dealer this week after a month's long investigation that yielded not only drugs but three guns. His Spokane Valley home's backyard is connected to the playground of Trentwood Elementary School. Gang and drug detectives obtained search warrants for the...

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Man gets 10+ years for home robbery

A Spokane man has been sentenced to about 10 years in prison for a gunpoint robbery last year. Jeremy L. Standon, 30, has an extensive criminal history that includes convictions for first-degree robbery, unlawful possession of a firearm, money laundering, drug possession, second-degree identity theft,...

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THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2012

2 arrested in Indian Trail home invasion

Two men have been arrested for a north Spokane home-invasion robbery in which the victims were bound with zip ties and one was pistol whipped. Nathan W. Day, 21, and Nathan T. McDaniels, 28, are accused of entering a home in the 9600 block of...

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VA hospital locked down over gun threat 

The Spokane veterans hospital was locked down Tuesday after a man with a history of gun threats said he was going to return with a gun when his narcotics prescription refill was denied. John Alvin Barr II, 26, apparently was upset he couldn't immediately the...

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MONDAY, MAY 21, 2012

Bonner Co. killer faces new gun charge 

A Bonner County man who served 10 years in prison for the shooting death of his girlfriend in 1999 could be headed to federal prison under a recent indictment. George John Bondurant is accused of possessing a a Remington 20-gauge shotgun on May 8, according...

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FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

Man on bond must write book reports

RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — A man charged in an undercover sting operation in Northern California that ended in gunfire has been ordered released on bond on the condition that he read and write book reports. U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers allowed 23-year-old Otis Mobley...

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THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012

Gunman arrested for road rage encounter

A man threatened three people with a gun during a road rage incident on Wednesday, police said today. Jarred Woods, 30, was contacted by a Spokane County sheriff's deputy after his alleged victims provided 911 dispatch with his license plate number. The victims, a man...

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TUESDAY, MAY 15, 2012

Homeowner shoots, kills intruder

Doug Snarski knew someone was going to die when he realized his girlfriend’s ex was inside their home early Sunday. The intruder, Sean Parsons, was armed with a shotgun, a handgun, a belt stocked with ammunition and yelling about how no one would be getting...

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THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2012

Spokane police arrest longtime fugitive

A Crime Stoppers fugitive wanted since February has been arrested. John Gibson Dean, 30, was arrested at an apartment complex at 12426 E. Broadway Ave., after police developed information that he'd been staying there. A witnesses told police Dean and Lisa M. Baxter, 25, stole...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2012

1 arrested for gunpoint motel robbery

A 35-year-old man has been charged with a gunpoint robbery at a Spokane motel that netted $150. Shawn James Combs was arrested Tuesday for the Feb. 2 hold-up at the Select Inn Motel, 1420 W. 2nd Ave. Combs is accused of robbing the motel owner...

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