Arrow-right Camera

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Tuesday, July 23, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Clear Night 70° Clear

Sirens & Gavels murder archive

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 23, 2015

TUESDAY, AUG. 26, 2014

THURSDAY, AUG. 21, 2014

MONDAY, AUG. 4, 2014

THURSDAY, NOV. 7, 2013

THURSDAY, OCT. 24, 2013

FRIDAY, SEPT. 20, 2013

THURSDAY, SEPT. 5, 2013

TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2013

Blake Starbuck holds court records that he says bolster the case for his father’s innocence in the death of his mother, Chanin Starbuck. (Jesse Tinsley)

Starbuck children take the stand

Twelve-year-old Marshal Starbuck was called to testify about the death of his mom and what he remembers about the actions of Clay Starbuck on the day Marshal’s life got turned upside down. Day two of the first-degree murder trial of Clay D. Starbuck also featured...

Continue reading this post »

THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 2013

Kidnapping charges added to murder suspect's case 

Murder suspect Jonathan Ritchey appeared in court again on Thursday afternoon with an additional charge of kidnapping. Both the state and prosecutor reserved on changing Ritchey's release terms, so his bond remained the same at $100,000, Judge James Triplet said. His charges now match his...

Continue reading this post »

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 15, 2012

Robber gets 41 years for '92 murder

A serial bank robber and protected federal witness has been sentenced to 41 years in prison for the 1992 murder of a Spokane Valley furniture store owner. Patrick Kevin Gibson, 60, was convicted of first-degree murder of the Nov. 7, 1992, shooting death of Brian...

Continue reading this post »

TUESDAY, AUG. 14, 2012

Detectives search murder suspect Daniel Arteaga's home at 19329 E. Valleyway Ave., in Spokane Valley on Tuesday. (Meghann Cuniff / The Spokesman-Review)

Suspect had victim's obituary in his truck

Detectives search murder suspect Daniel Arteaga's home at 19329 E. Valleyway Ave., in Spokane Valley on Tuesday. (SRPhoto/Meghann Cuniff) Detectives found a newspaper containing murder victim Kim Schmidt's obituary when they searched the truck of her suspected killer recently. Daniel R. Arteaga, 40, had the...

Continue reading this post »

THURSDAY, AUG. 9, 2012

Idaho killer returns to prison for assault

A convicted killer who left prison in 2008 is headed back there after a jury in southwest Idaho convicted him of assaulting a family member with a large knife. Donald Leonard Houser, 39, was living in Plummer in 1995 when he shot his former girlfriend,...

Continue reading this post »


New details revealed in Schmidt homicide

A former scuba diving instructor arrested for murder dated the victim for years and was described by her friends as violent and controlling, according to information released Wednesday. Daniel R. Arteaga, 40, remains in the Spokane County Jail on $1 million bond after appearing before...

Continue reading this post »

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 8, 2012

Detectives search murder suspect Daniel Arteaga's home at 19329 E. Valleyway Ave., in Spokane Valley on Tuesday. (Meghann Cuniff / The Spokesman-Review)

Scuba instructor arrested for murder

Detectives search murder suspect Daniel Arteaga's home at 19329 E. Valleyway Ave., in Spokane Valley on Tuesday. (SRPhoto/Meghann Cuniff) A Spokane diving instructor romantically linked to a woman who was found shot to death on New Year’s Day has been arrested as a suspect in...

Continue reading this post »

TUESDAY, AUG. 7, 2012

Woman gets 18 1/2 years for murder

The woman convicted of killing a Spokane man in December has been sentenced to 18 ½ years in prison. Melinda R. Barrera, 32, was convicted last month of killing Robert A. Nelson following a bizarre altercation where Barrera was struck in the face with a...

Continue reading this post »

THURSDAY, AUG. 2, 2012

Shoddy DNA work delays sentencing

A Spokane County judge on Wednesday postponed the sentencing of a man convicted almost exclusively on DNA evidence after defense attorneys learned that tests identifying their client as the killer had been done by a crime lab technician who later was fired. The technician’s work...

Continue reading this post »

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 1, 2012

Gun thief gets more time than murderer

A Stevens County judge on Tuesday sentenced a convicted gun thief to 125 years in prison — a term that’s about 100 years longer than the sentences handed down to three others for a murder committed using one of the stolen guns. Superior Court Judge...

Continue reading this post »

MONDAY, JULY 30, 2012

Accused killer attacks cellmate at jail 

A mentally ill man accused of murdering his pregnant girlfriend choked his cellmate unconscious at the Spokane County Jail Friday, police say. Robbie W. Bishop. 22, faces a second-degree assault charge for attacking Terry Ingram, Jr., 33, who is in jail on a $1,000 District...

Continue reading this post »

FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2012

The body of Dustin Gilman is placed in the medical examiner’s van after it was discovered on property along the Little Spokane River on Monday. (Colin Mulvany)

Cop honored for tracking triple killer

The body of Dustin Gilman is placed in the medical examiner’s van after it was discovered on property along the Little Spokane River on Feb. 13. A Spokane police officer who worked to track Gilman will be honored with the Chief's Citation Award. (SRphoto/Colin Mulvany)...

Continue reading this post »


Convicted killer will get new trial

A judge on Thursday granted the request for a new trial of a man convicted four years ago of the 2007 beating death of an adult bookstore owner in Spokane following the conviction two weeks ago of another man for the same crime. Read the...

Continue reading this post »

THURSDAY, JULY 26, 2012

Accused killer pleads guilty in gun case

A Spokane man accused of murdering a gang rival 2 1/2 years ago has admitted to unlawfully possessing the murder weapon. Edward Lee "TD" Thomas, 26, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court to felon in possession of a firearm, halting a scheduled trial. Thomas,...

Continue reading this post »

WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2012

Murdered man's apartment burglarized

The family of a Western Washington man shot and killed nearly two weeks ago went to his Liberty Lake apartment to collect his things, only to find it burglarized and his newly purchased assault rifle missing. Ryan Crews Mumm, 20, had been living in the...

Continue reading this post »

FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2012

Gibson's bravado as robber didn't help

In the end, Patrick Kevin Gibson's bravado as a professional bank robbery didn't exactly contribute to his defense in the 1992 murder of a Spokane Valley furniture store owner. Spokane County Superior Court Judge Tari Etizen said he appeared to be bragging about his exploits...

Continue reading this post »

THURSDAY, JULY 19, 2012

Plea hinges on murder trial testimony

A 20-year-old woman originally charged with a death penalty eligible crime for the brutal murder of a Spokane man faces 6 1/2 to 8 1/2 years in prison if she follows a plea agreement approved today. Breeanna C. Sims (pictured left) is to testify at...

Continue reading this post »

Public safety news from the Inland Northwest and beyond.