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TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2012

2 homicide victims killed each other

A fight over an old car near a remote Pend Oreille County lake led to a rare double homicide in which investigators believe the victims killed each other. No arrests are expected in the homicides of Richard “Richie” R. Hill, 18, and Steven Quinn Divine,...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2012

Cops: Botched drug deal led to shooting

A shooting on Spokane's lower South Hill early Thursday occurred during a botched drug deal, police said today. Arthur Frank Cardenas, 33, (pictured) was shot in the stomach by an unidentified gunman near 1800 W. Sixth Ave., about 6:40 a.m., then driven from the scene...

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Gunman forces man to 'moonwalk'

SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho man has been charged with assault after authorities say he ordered another man to perform the "moonwalk" at gunpoint. The Bonner County Daily Bee reports 30-year-old John Ernest Cross was charged with the felony Tuesday in 1st District Court...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2012

'Doomed' man admits to cop gun theft

A Spokane man who stole a handgun from Spokane County sheriff's detective's squad car has been sentenced to about three years in prison. A judge recommended James Warren Peterschick, 30, undergo drug treatment and be placed in a federal prison with a medical facility in...

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MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012

Uncle in kidnapping jailed on high bond

A longtime Spokane felon accused of kidnapping his 14-year-old niece will remain jailed on $350,000 bond, a judge ruled Friday. Steven Norton Tofte, 53, told police he was trying to keep the girl from her abusive family members, but police continue to investigate the circumstances...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2012

Felon leads police to guns, stolen car

Deputies in Spokane Valley found two suspected stolen firearms Tuesday while contacting a woman who was driving with a suspended license, officials said today. Jill A. Benton, 27, told deputies she placed a backpack in the bed of a truck next to her vehicle in...

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Wigged felon with gun, drugs charged 

A fugitive felon arrested in Spokane with drugs and a gun while wearing a wig and sunglasses has been indicted by a federal grand jury. James Anthony Stinson, 41, faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of being a felon in possession of...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2012

MONDAY, APRIL 2, 2012

Reward targets property crime couple

Crime Stoppers is targeting a couple accused of stealing more than $40,000 in guns, jewelry and electronics from the wife's mother. Tiffany N. Russell, alias Thompson, and Kevin C. Russell, both 34, are accused of burglarizing her mother's storage unit at 11018 E. Sprague Ave....

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THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2012

Charges filed in boy's shooting death

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A mother who authorities say left her 3-year-old son unrestrained in a car after she placed a pistol under the driver's seat has been charged with manslaughter in the death of the boy, who shot himself in the head while the...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2012

Driver in crash that hurt boy arraigned

This post has been updated. A man who police say tried to ditch his drug stash after striking a 12-year-old boy with his car was to plead not guilty to four felony charges Tuesday, but a judge found no probable cause and prosecutors haven't refiled...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 2012

Cops: Man pointed gun at 3 children 

A 31-year-old man was arrested for allegedly pointing a gun at a father and his three children recently. Anthony L. Volavka is out of jail on bond after appearing in court Monday. He was arrested Friday at 24821 E. Roxanne Ave., after Michael A. Walkinshaw,...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2012

Spokane burglary suspect turns self in

A man suspected of burglarizing a north Spokane County home of a shotgun and a video game system turned himself in after being confronted by a detective Wednesday. Kory M. Roberts, 23, is suspected of stealing the gun and X-Box 360 from a home in...

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Home loses $20k in items to burglary

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help solve a south Spokane County residential burglary in which about $20,000 in items was stolen. A homeowner reported electronics, firearms, bank cards and jewelry among items stolen from the home in the area of the...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2012

Guns seized from mental health patient

A Cheney man with suspected mental health issues remains in protective custody after police found an arsenal of weapons at his home Wednesday following weeks of threats against public officials. Douglas J. Dibiasi, 53, was already in protective custody when law enforcement searched his home...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2012

The vehicle where a 3-year-old boy fatally shot himself with a gun is seen behind police tape and parked at a gas station early Wednesday, March 14, 2012, in Tacoma, Wash. Police said the boy fatally shot himself with a gun he found in the vehicle after the father put his pistol under the seat and got out to pump gas while the mother went inside the convenience store. It was western Washington's third recent shooting by a child. (AP photo/komonews.com) ((AP photo/komonews.com))

Boy's death 3rd gun accident in 3 weeks 

The vehicle where a 3-year-old boy fatally shot himself with a gun is seen behind police tape and parked at a gas station early Wednesday in Tacoma. (AP photo/komonews.com) By DONNA BLANKINSHIP and DOUG ESSER,Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — A 3-year-old scrambled out of his...

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MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2012

5 arrested in Adams Co. home invasion

Five people have been arrested for a home-invasion robbery in Adams County Friday that targeted a couple living with their 3-year-old son. Roger Martinez, 20, of Othello; Julia JiJon, 18, of Warden; Diego Mendez, 19, of Othello; and Rocky Mendoza, 18, of Othello; and a...

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Spokane police today released surveillance photos of a robbery last week at a Browne's Addition convenience store in hopes someone will recognize the gunman.
The robbery was reported about 11:49 p.m. Feb. 29 at the Sunset Grocery, 1908 W. Sunset Blvd.
The gunman is described as 20 to 22 years old, 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-7 and 150 to 160 pounds. He wore a black knit ski mask, dark hooded sweatshirt, black coat, dark loose pants and black and white athletic shoes. The gun is described as a black semi-automatic pistol.
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Photo shows Browne's Addition gunman 

Spokane police today released a surveillance photo of a robbery last week at a Browne's Addition convenience store in hopes someone will recognize the gunman. The robbery was reported about 11:49 p.m. Feb. 29 at the Sunset Grocery, 1908 W. Sunset Blvd. The gunman is...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2012

Man sought on gun, robbery charges

A man accused of a gunpoint robbery last May is wanted by Crime Stoppers after failing to show up for court. John Gibson Dean, 30, was to begin trial this week on robbery and gun charges, but he never showed up for a pre-trial haring...

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Spokane man wanted for gun assault

A Spokane man accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint the day after Christmas is wanted by Crime Stoppers after failing to show up for court. Nicholas M. Cornelius, 23, is charged with second-degree assault, unlawful imprisonment and residential burglary for the gunpoint attack at...

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Felon ineligible for Kootenai Co. sheriff

A candidate for Kootenai County sheriff who shot a man in downtown Coeur d'Alene in 2009 and later pleaded guilty to a felony heroin charge is not eligible for the position, officials say. Adam Mathis Johnson, 27, cannot hold office because he's on probation for...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 28, 2012

Serial robbery suspect pleads not guilty

Pepper spray apparently didn't deter a drug-seeking pharmacy robber in Deer Park: Police believe he tried robbing the store two more times. Aaron David Kenny Miller, 24, pleaded not guilty today to first-degree robbery, second-degree robbery and attempted second-degree robbery for holdups at the Medicine...

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No charges in fatal Colville cop shooting

A Colville police officer was justified when he shot and killed a 21-year-old car prowling suspect who investigators say was armed with a stolen gun last November, prosecutors recently concluded. Officer Dan Spring Spring feared for his life when Sean Bergstrasser (pictured) grabbed a stolen...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2012

After a three-hour standoff, suspected gunman Ryan Lancaster, 39, surrenders to the Spokane County SWAT team that surrounded a home he had entered near the intersection of North Pines Road and Valleyway on Wednesday afternoon. (Colin Mulvany)

$100k bond for BB gun-wielding man

Ryan Lancaster, 39, surrenders to the Spokane County SWAT team after a standoff Wednesday. (SRphoto/Colin Mulvany) A man who caused lock downs at two Spokane Valley schools Wednesday when he was reported to be running around with a gun is to remain jailed on $100,000...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2012

Man sentenced for herpes-related heist 

A 19-year-old man is to spend about seven years in prison for an armed robbery that was sparked by his fear of contracting herpes from a shared marijuana pipe. Aziem L. Richardson pleaded guilty to two counts of first degree robbery for a July incident...

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