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THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2013

MONDAY, AUG. 13, 2012

Suspect cleared in May home invasion

A Spokane man arrested for a May home-invasion robbery has been cleared of wrongdoing in what his lawyer says was a case of mistaken identity. Joshua Clint Epperson, 32, still faces seven felony gun, drug, burglary and theft charges for a May 1 burglary. Police...

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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,...

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THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2012

Gun trial linked to murder, gang rivalry

Federal prosecutors want jurors in an upcoming gun trial to know about the suspect's gang membership and the gun's link to a 2010 murder in northeast Spokane. Edward Lee "TD" Thomas, 26, is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm for a...

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MONDAY, JULY 9, 2012

Spokane police arrest Maceo L. Williams, 27, after a SWAT team standoff on Thursday. (Spokane Police Department)

Reports of gunman led to SWAT standoff

Spokane police arrest Maceo L. Williams, 27, after a SWAT team standoff on Thursday. (SPDphoto) A SWAT team standoff in West Central Spokane Thursday was spurred by reports that a suspected drug dealer with a gun had told people he wasn't going back to jail...

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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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MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2012

Assault suspect jailed on $1 mil. bond

An assault suspect charged in connection with a murder at a Spokane motel in November has been jailed on $1 million bond after police caught him returning from an out-of-state flight. Stafone N. “Stix” Fuentes, 27, (pictured) is prohibited from traveling out of state under...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2012

Spokane gang team arrests 2 fugitives

The gang team arrested two men this week in Spokane for violating their probation on violent crimes. Christopher M. Prusch, 35, (pictured left) was booked into jail Wednesday on a Department of Corrections warrant for escape from community custody, Spokane police Officer Matt Rose said...

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Killer in hotel trashing left prison in '11 

A convicted killer accused of trashing a Spokane Valley motel while celebrating he and his wife's anniversary was released from prison just 15 months ago. Danial Caleb Peters, 38, murdered Melissa Mae Wageman, 40, on Dec. 22, 1995, after smoking crack cocaine. He told police...

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TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2012

In this image taken from video, Miami police officers stand watch near a naked man, second from right, who was shot dead by a police officer when he refused to stop chewing on the face of the naked man next to him, partially obscured by a railing, on the MacArthur Causeway ramp onto Northeast 13th Street in Miami, Saturday, May 26, 2012. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital. Police say neither man's identity is known. ( (AP Photo/The Miami Herald) )

Gory face-mauling attack shocks police 

In this image taken from video, Miami police officers stand watch near a naked man, second from right, who was shot dead by a police officer when he refused to stop chewing on the face of the naked man next to him, partially obscured by...

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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

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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MONDAY, MAY 21, 2012

Metal theft nets $250k restitution

A man who stole metal as part of a licensed business has been ordered to pay about $250,000 in restitution. Tristan M. Goiri-Christensen, 26, a former Crime Stoppers fugitive, pleaded guilty last week to first-degree theft and eight counts of first-degree trafficking in stolen property...

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FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

Happy 3rd birthday, Sirens & Gavels! 

Grab the party hats and get your game face on - Saturday is Sirens & Gavels' 3rd birthday. Some of you may already be planning epic celebrations, but for those of you I caught off guard, I apologize. The idea behind this blog was simple...

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TUESDAY, MAY 15, 2012

Level 3 sex offender moves to Valley

A sex offender recently released from prison for the unlawful imprisonment and robbery of a 16-year-old is now living in Spokane Valley. Joseph R. Wheeler, 34, is a level 3 sex offender, which is the classification considered most likely to reoffend. He served about eight...

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TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2012

Reward for tips on licensed theft suspect

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead to the arrest of an accused metal thief who was part of a licensed business. Tristan M. Goiri-Christensen, 26, is wanted on a $20,000 warrant after skipping a pre-trial conference April 27. He was scheduled...

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MONDAY, APRIL 2, 2012

Woman sought in meth-fueled robbery

A new suspect has emerged in a meth-fueled robbery that led to a police SWAT team standoff at a north Spokane apartment last December. Allison Elaine Hubbard, 30, (right) is wanted on first-degree robbery and first-degree kidnapping charges for the Dec. 1 assault of a...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 14, 2012

Parolee Victor Luna, left, listens to his mentors Tom Murphy and Suellen Pritchard during a weekly meeting to help Luna adjust to life outside of prison on Oct. 27, 2005. Luna is a participant in the Going Home program, the Washington State Re-entry Project. (The Spokesman-Review)

SWAT team nabs property crime suspect

In this Oct. 27, 2005 photo, Parolee Victor Luna, left, listens to his mentors Tom Murphy and Suellen Pritchard during a weekly meeting to help Luna adjust to life outside of prison. Luna was arrested this morning on stolen property charges. (SRphotoarchives) A 30-year-old felon...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 29, 2011

Cops: Sex offender tried to rape hooker

A sex offender jailed in California has been charged with trying to rape a Spokane prostitute at knifepoint. Robert James Barbee, 38, also faces a federal charge of failing to register as a sex offender after investigators say he moved to the area from California...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 22, 2011

Robbery and assault suspect Bobby S. Decaney is arrested after a SWAT standoff in north Spokane. (Jennifer DeRuwe / Spokane Police Department)

Man w/ 'Sureno' face tattoo is 3 striker 

A reputed Sureno gang member who Spokane police say stayed hidden in a couch after tear gas was pumped into his apartment faces life in prison if convicted under the state's three-strikes law. Bobby S. "Angel" Decaney, 35, (pictured) pleaded not guilty Tuesday to first-degree...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 20, 2011

Jury convicts man of '07 fatal shooting

A jury on Monday found a man guilty of first-degree murder in connection with the 2007 slaying of a man in Hillyard. As a result, Michael D. Coombes (pictured) faces about seven more years in prison than he would have under an earlier plea agreement,...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 30, 2011

Man escapes work release amid probe

A 21-year-old man escaped a work release program recently after police interviewed him about a series of vehicle thefts in North Idaho. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead to the arrest of William V. Woods, who left the Brownstone Work Release...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 24, 2011

2 plead not guilty to attempted murder 

A man charged with attempted murder and kidnapping pleaded not guilty Tuesday and was ordered to remain in jail on a $750,000 bond. Gary L. Houchins, 29, appeared Tuesday before Spokane County Superior Court Judge Michael Price in connection with a July 11 incident in...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 3, 2011

Fingerprints lead to arrests in May theft

Fingerprints led police to identify two suspects in a May 9 purse snatching in Spokane Valley. Mickey H. Marquette, alias Santos, 26, was arrested last weekend after being identified through a fingerprint database as matching the prints lifted from a 1991 Honda Accord, which police...

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MONDAY, JULY 25, 2011

Trip to concert leads to fugitive warrant

UPDATE: Stafone Fuentes was booked into jail Saturday and is due in court today. A Spokane man is wanted on a felony warrant after his unauthorized trip to a concert in Montana was publicized because his uncle was killed outside the show. Stafone Nicholas Fuentes,...

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