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THURSDAY, FEB. 2, 2012

ISP gun found in Del Taco drive thru

(AP) — The Idaho State Police is investigating after an off-duty officer's loaded service weapon was found in the parking lot of a North Idaho taco restaurant. Officials say the officer took off his holster to change his license plates, placed the .45-caliber gun on...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 31, 2012

Robbery suspect got rehab instead of jail

A Spokane man accused of robbing a convenience store at gunpoint last weekend was given drug treatment instead of prison for a felony theft case last year. Anthony D. Fuerte, 19, can't leave jail if he does post the $5,000 bond imposed Monday for the...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 27, 2012

Sketch shows pharmacy robbery suspect 

Detectives today released a sketch of a possible suspect in two gunpoint robberies at a Deer Park pharmacy. The first robbery at the Medicine Shoppe pharmacy, 11 E. H St., occurred Dec. 5 about 4:40 p.m. when a man demanded OxyContin and displayed a silver...

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MONDAY, JAN. 23, 2012

Fight at restaurant leads to shooting

A fight at a downtown Spokane restaurant led to a shooting early Sunday. Two men were shot in their lower legs by someone inside a white van after an altercation at Tacos Tumbras at West Second Avenue and South Cedar Street about 1:40 a.m., police...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 21, 2012

Snowblower dispute leads to gunfire

A man fired two shots at his neighbor during a dispute over a snowblower in Colbert on Thursday, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office. Arnim Roland Olsen, 50, was arrested on a second-degree assault charge after his neighbor in the 19300 block of North...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 20, 2012

6 lbs. of meth, $60k seized from trailer 

Police seized more than six pounds of methamphetamine and $60,000 from a trailer near the Fairchild Airforce Base on Thursday. Gerardo S. Miramontes, 35, and Rigoberto Ayala, 32, face drug and gun charges after a search warrant was served at 15610 W. Highway 2. A...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 19, 2012

$50k bond for elderly home armed robbery

A former assisted living center employee accused of robbing the place at gunpoint early Wednesday was ordered jailed on $50,000 bond after appearing in Spokane County Superior Court. Timothy J. Martinez, 28, locked a 20-year-old female employee and a 77-year-old male resident in a room...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 17, 2012

Man arrested after gunfire just misses girl 

A young girl narrowly avoided gunfire late Saturday after an 18-year-old man fired a gun into her apartment, police say. The girl's mother, Elizabeth Harper, told police she and her friend, Bryan Chavez, were at the home on East Pine Ridge Court in north Spokane...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 13, 2012

Cops: Man steals pellet gun, robs store

Police say a man made quick use of a pellet gun he stole from Wal-Mart: He robbed a video game store across the parking lot. Suspect Merle A. Andrew, Jr., 36, was arrested early today for a robbery Tuesday at GameStop in Airway Heights. Surveillance...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 12, 2012

Salvadore Lazalde, 29, flipped his car during a chase with Spokane police early Thursday.
 (KHQ)

Gunfire near park leads to police chase

This car flipped over during a chase with Spokane police early Thursday. See more photos from KHQ-TV here. Reports of gunfire near Corbin Park early today led to a police chase that ended with the suspect's car flipping on its roof. Salvadore Lazalde, 29, was...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2012

MONDAY, JAN. 9, 2012

Cops: Fight over TV erupts in gunfire

Talk about too much TV violence: Police say a man fired shots at his former roommates during a fight over a television set. Michael L. Backemeyer, 35, was arrested Sunday after police identified him as a suspect in the Dec. 26 shooting at 807 E....

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Man w/ tongue-twisting name arrested 

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Authorities in southern Wisconsin are facing a tongue twister thanks to the arrest of Beezow Doo-Doo Zopittybop-Bop-Bop. The unusually named 30-year-old man was in jail Sunday in Madison. Police say he violated his bail conditions from a previous run-in with the...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 6, 2012

Homicide victim's memorial is Sunday 

A memorial service for a 34-year-old Spokane woman is scheduled for Sunday - one week after she was found dead of a gunshot wound. Kimberly Rae Schmidt will be remembered at the Heritage Funeral Home, 508 N. Government Way, at 1 p.m. Her coworkers at...

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Officer kills self after being arrested

SEATTLE (AP) — A longtime police officer arrested in a cocaine sting shot himself to death in the Cascade Mountain foothills hours after he was released from jail, the department said Thursday. Richard F. Nelson, a patrolman in South Seattle for the past 21 years,...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 4, 2012


$40k bond for shotgun carjack suspect

An 18-year-old man accused of carjacking a woman who was with her infant remains jailed on $40,000 bond. Dustin M. Lange is accused of pointing a shotgun at Rachelle Bergman and "racking it" as she was trying to load her newborn baby into her 1998...

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New details on chase that led to suicide 

A North Idaho man who killed himself during a police chase was allegedly trying to persuade his wife to drop charges against him. Daniel Joe Zehm, 52, contacted his wife Sondra Zehm on Saturday at their Dalton Gardens home, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 23, 2011

Boy shot in pot theft was hit in back

A 14-year-old* boy was shot in the back when he tried to burglarize a marijuana grow room in Medical Lake on Monday, documents show. The boy, who was in satisfactory condition after undergoing surgery to remove a .45-caliber bullet, ran from the room in the...

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Stolen card leads to fuel theft suspect

A man believed to be responsible for gas thefts in the West Plains area was identified this week after he tried to return merchandise that had been purchased with a stolen credit card. Gary Dale Hutt, 38, was arrested Tuesday after he went to the...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 22, 2011

2 men charged w/ gunpoint robbery

Two men have been charged in a gunpoint home-invasion robbery last summer. Brian Lee "Rowdy" Riley, 26, and Jeffrey "Lucky" Salvage, 24, (pictured) are accused of entering a home at 8419 E. Bridgeport Aug. 17 and stealing $80 at gunpoint. Riley had a sawed off...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 16, 2011

Suspect ID'd in ice cream shop robbery

A gunpoint robbery at a Spokane ice cream shop in the middle of winter has been solved nearly a year after the crime, prosecutors allege. Michael W. Robison, 24, was arraigned this week on a first-degree robbery charge for the Jan. 9 hold-up at Basin...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7, 2011

Cop arraigned in road rage gun case 

A Portland police captain accused of brandishing a gun during a road rage incident on Interstate 90 in Post Falls acted arrogantly to state troopers as if he thought "I'm a cop and it's no big deal," according to a police report recently unsealed in...

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