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Sirens & Gavels heroin archive

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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WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2012

Where's the heroin? Oops. Wrong house. 

Two suspected serial robbers apparently picked the wrong target back in late May, Spokane police say. Flint Fire Herrmann, 35, and David Fredrick Smith, 41, are charged with first-degree robbery for an invasion May 29 at a home in the 1900 block of West 26th...

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MONDAY, JULY 9, 2012

Wallace contested Edwards' '02 search 

Ten years before Charles Wallace shot two Spokane County sheriff's deputies, he had an encounter with a now former Spokane police officer who's the subject of a criminal probe regarding his search and seizure procedures. Wallace contested the search of his car and home conducted...

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TUESDAY, JULY 3, 2012

51-time felon accused in car prowlings 

A 51-time felon who was told by a judge 10 years ago that "the system's had enough of you" is back in jail for property crimes police suspect are related to his severe heroin addiction. Brian Lee Danner, 40, was stopped last week in the...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2012

Heroin bust today nets Wallace's friend

A heroin bust today at a Spokane home involves associates of cop shooter Charles Robert Wallace. Julie Ann Lewis-Rice, 38, was arrested during a SWAT team search at a home in the 900 block of East Bismark Avenue this morning. She was one of eight...

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Sex offender arrested after car chase

A sex offender sought by Crime Stoppers was arrested Thursday after leading troopers on a chase in the West Plains area. Phillip John Motyka, 45, pulled into a parking lot but just circled through and exited back on state Route 2 after Washington State Patrol...

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Wallace's co-defendant skips rehab, too

A co-defendant in the heroin trafficking case involving cop shooter Charles Wallace also left a drug rehab center after being released from jail. Gary Erwin Douglass, 57, had second thoughts after leaving the center on Wednesday, so he contacted his lawyer and turned himself in...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2012

Home-invasion suspect bragged to others

A Spokane man arrested for a May 31 home-invasion robbery had reportedly been bragging about his crimes, including to a woman who herself was a home-invasion victim. David F. Smith, 40, remains jailed on $150,000 bond after appearing in Spokane County Superior Court Monday on...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2012

Fugitive's wig, dyed hair don't deter cops

A fugitive wanted on heroin charges was arrested this week after a U.S. Marshal spotted him at a home in Spokane disguised in a blond wig. Frisco San Juan Ayala, 32, was wearing the wig when federal agents observed him placing backpacks inside two vehicles...

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Duo arrested for mall-related crimes

A woman and man arrested at the Spokane Valley Mall with stolen credit cards led to an investigation into a series of property crimes. Tabitha Dawn Creel, 30, and John Andrew Howard, 29, are accused of buying gift cards with stolen credit cards, then trying...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2012

1 pound of heroin seized in Spokane 

About a pound of heroin was found in a home near the Northtown Mall in Spokane today during a SWAT team raid that also seized assault rifles, motorcycles and $10,000. Daniel Edward Inwood, 53, was arrested at his home at 559 E. Crown Ave. after...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2012

Cops: Driver says he forgot about heroin

An open side door on a Ford Aerostar van that was leaving a motel near West Sunset Boulevard led a sheriff's deputy to arrest the driver on a heroin charge Monday. Steven Keith Willard, 48, replied "ya" when Deputy Mark Smoldt asked him if he'd...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2012

Bevy of drugs found in felon's truck

A longtime Spokane felon who fought with police in a Browne's Addition grocery store parking lot last week had about three ounces of heroin in his vehicle, police said today. Stephen Patrick Link, 46, pleaded not guilty today in Spokane County Superior Court to possession...

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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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THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2012

2 arrested in Garland District SWAT raid

Investigators seized stolen property and drugs and arrested two men today while serving a search warrant at a home in the West Garland District. The Spokane County Sheriff's Office Burglary Task Force and Investigative Task Force developed information that stolen property and drugs were being...

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TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2012

8 Spokanites charged in heroin ring

Eight Spokane residents face federal charges for a heroin distribution ring that authorities allege supplied at least 100 grams of the drug. The charges in U.S. District Court allege the group distributed heroin in Spokane from last April to this February. Authorities sealed an affidavit...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2012

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is trying to identify the owners of suspected stolen property seized Tuesday after a resident reported suspicious activity in Spokane Valley.
Officials found the items, which include silverware, jewelry and medical cards, in a car that Curtis McKelvey, 28, was driving when sheriff's Deputy Ebel stopped him for driving with expired tabs near Liberty and Argonne roads about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, sheriff's spokesman Deputy Craig Chamberlin said today.
Ebel was looking for the vehicle after a neighbors in the area of 7900 East Gunning Drive reported two suspicious men who'd walked into a backyard after backing a vehicle into a driveway.
McKelvey told Ebel he and his friend were in the area looking for work, Chamberlin said. He later said he was a heroin addict who needed money to buy more.
He allowed members of the sheriff's office burglary task force to search his car, where they located the suspected stolen property, along with bolt cutters, gloves and shaved car keys.
McKelvey was arrested on a felony warrant out of Adams County.
Photos of the property are available on the Sheriff's Office website or Facebook page. Victims who can identify their belongings should call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233 with the number o their theft report. You must provide proof of ownership to get your items back. (Spokane County Sheriff's Office)

Stolen property seized. Is it yours?

All photos of the property are available on the Sheriff's Office website or Facebook page. The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is trying to identify the owners of suspected stolen property seized Tuesday after a resident reported suspicious activity north of Spokane Valley. Officials found the...

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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 3, 2012

Fugitive arrested for alleged ring heist

A property crime suspect sought for weeks by Crime Stoppers and Spokane police was arrested Friday after stealing an expensive ring from Fred Meyer, officers say. Taylor Aleck Contos, 29, was a passenger in a black truck matching the description of the vehicle used in...

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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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FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2012

Cops seek prolific property crime suspect

Spokane police are asking for help finding a prolific property crime suspect wanted on six felony cases. Taylor Aleck Contos, 29, left the Pioneer Center East drug treatment center on Feb. 20 and has not been located since, according to court documents. A no-bail warrant...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2012

Man's keen eye nabs burglary suspect

A homeowner interrupted a burglary Wednesday afternoon and provided such a thorough description of the man that police were able to arrest a suspect about an hour later The victim was at his home in the 1700 block of East Illinois Avenue about 2 p.m....

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2012

Spokane thieves target Bogart, Newman

Six stolen portraits of old movie stars led to a Spokane woman's arrest on drug and burglary charges Monday. A resident in the 3600 block of East 21st Avenue arrived home about 8:40 a.m. to find a silver Toyota parked in his driveway, according to...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2012

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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THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012

The Spokane police SWAT team prepares for a drug raid at a home in the 2800 block of East Fourth Avenue on Feb. 29. (Spokane Police Department)

SWAT raid nets meth, heroin, 5 arrests

Members of the Spokane Police Department prepare for a drug raid at a home in the 2800 block of East Fourth Avenue on Wednesday. (SPDphotos) Drug detectives and the Spokane police SWAT team raided a home in southeast Spokane Wednesday night after citizen complaints led...

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