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FRIDAY, JULY 30, 2010

Cops arrest 'Megazord' tag suspect, again

Police rearrested an alleged graffiti artist this week on felony charges after a judge allowed him to leave jail on misdemeanor counts of malicious mischief.Zakk M. Holder, 21, was ordered held in Spokane County Jail on $5,000 bail after appearing before Superior Court Judge Michael...

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Man accused of 'Megazord' graffiti spree

A 21-year-old man police say prides himself on tagging "Megazord" on downtown buildings is suspected of a string of graffiti tags, Spokane police announced Tuesday. Officer Shaney Redmon is looking for people who think they have been victimized by alleged graffiti artist Zakk M. Holder....

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MONDAY, JULY 26, 2010

2 recent Spokane homicides, few clues

Police continue to hunt for clues in the recent murders of two Spokane men - one a gang member and the other an aspiring drug counselor with a methadone prescription. Longtime friend Bobby Caruso said William P. "Bill" Pickard (left), who was found dead under...

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Spokane police leaders criticize news media 

An association of Spokane police supervisors is speaking out about perceived bias and negative press coverage of Spokane officers. Released to Spokane media and city officials Wednesday, a letter – written by the Spokane Police Lieutenants and Captains Association to commissioned officers on the force...

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Felon accused of rape: It was consensual

A 14-time felon accused of raping a woman in an abandoned house in downtown Spokane told police the sex was consensual, according to court documents filed Wednesday. Kelvin D. McCauley, 43, was arrested Tuesday night near 3rd Avenue and Monroe Street after a woman told...

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TUESDAY, JULY 20, 2010


Cheryl Steele awoke to the sound of gunfire in her front yard at 2105 W. Boone Ave. early Tuesday morning, July 13, 2010. One man lay dead in what police suspect is a gang-related shooting at the foot of her neighbor's front porch. "This house has a family tradition," Steele said. "We're not going to let some gangsters ruin that." (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Fatal gang shots fired outside activist's home

Gunfire awoke Spokane community activist Cheryl Steele just after midnight Tuesday. The founder of the city’s first police substation looked out a window of her home at 2105 W. Boone Ave. and saw a bleeding man laying near her neighbor’s front yard. Police later identified...

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FRIDAY, JULY 9, 2010

2nd SWAT search for man comes up empty

A Spokane police SWAT team in training got real-life experience today after tip that a fugitive who sparked a standoff in April was in an east Spokane neighborhood. But the search in the area of East Mallon Avenue and North Helena Street showed no sign...

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Man faces felony for Craigslist baby ad

Police are recommending a felony charge against a Spokane man they believe advertised his 6-month-old daughter for sale on Craigslist. Gregory G. Edison, 44, listed himself as the seller on the ad, which was posted on Monday but removed by Craigslist within an hour, police...

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Hoopfest suspect was on home detention

A teenager arrested in connection with a shooting at Hoopfest last month was prohibited from leaving his home unless he was at school or with his parents. That allegation from prosecutors gave Adam Doe, 19, his third felony charge related to the June 26 shooting...

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Homicide victim's funeral set for Friday

A memorial service for the man found dead under the Sunset Bridge is scheduled for Friday at 1 p.m. Family and friends of William P. "Bill" Pickard, 38, will gather at the Family Faith Community Church, 708 W. Nora, for a service, then at Linwood...

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FRIDAY, JULY 2, 2010

Xanax, not alcohol, a factor in pole crash 

A woman who police say sheared a power pole with her car Thursday, leading to the injury of a pursing motorcycle officer, was not drunk but may have been under the influence of prescription medication, according to court documents filed Friday. No alcohol was detected...

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Susan Troyer sits on the grass at Northwest Boulevard and H Street on Thursday, July 1, 2010. Troyer, of Spokane, was arrested on charges of felony hit-and-run and vehicular assault after police say she hit a utility pole on Northwest Boulevard. Falling utility lines wrapped around the neck of a police officer in pursuit, pulling him from his motorcycle. (Mike Prager / The Spokesman-Review)

Downed wire snags bike cop during chase 

A Spokane police motorcycle officer was yanked from his bike Thursday morning when a line from a falling utility pole wrapped around his neck after he turned to pursue an out-of-control car. The officer was rushed to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries to his neck....

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Three men assaulted two other men in a grocery store parking lot Monday, and police are asking for help identifying the assailants.
Surveillance photos show thee men police considered persons of interest in the assault, which occurred about 5:15 op.m. near G & B Grocery, 2104 E. Francis. The victims exited their car and were approached by three men who "began trash talking" before one man punched one victim and two others assaulted the second victim.
The men fled eastbound on Francis. One of the victims was treated for his injuries at a hospital.
Witnesses describe the "persons of interest" as white or Hispanic, 16 to 25 years old with baggy clothes.
Anyone with information on the men in the photo is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233. (Spokane Police Department)

2 assaulted outside Spokane grocery store 

Three men assaulted two other men in a grocery store parking lot Monday, and police are asking for help identifying the assailants. Surveillance photos show thee men police considered persons of interest in the assault, which occurred about 5:15 p.m. near G & B Grocery,...

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Photos show woman robbing Spokane bank

Spokane police are still looking for a woman robbed a bank inside a Spokane grocery store on Wednesday. The woman left with an undisclosed cash after threatening a teller at Banner Bank in Safeway, 933 E. Mission, about 1:25 p.m., police said. The robber is...

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More bail imposed on Hoopfest suspect

A teenager arrested in connection with a shooting at Hoopfest on Saturday will need to pay an additional $50,000 bond to get out of jail, and if he does get out, he'll be on home detention. Prosecutors requested the additional bond for Adam Doe for...

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Vote gives SPD ombudsman more power

Almost a year after he was hired, Spokane’s police ombudsman on Monday was granted the power to investigate cases of officer misconduct. The Spokane City Council voted unanimously to increase the ombudsman’s authority after the third hearing on the topic in two months. Kiondra Bullock,...

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Kid's football league thief to repay $13,000

A woman who stole money from a children's football league will repay nearly $13,000 and perform community service, a judge ruled this week. Diann L. Brown, 50, was sentenced Tuesday to 30 days in jail with credit for one day served, but the sentence was...

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Hunt still on for alleged bank robber's driver

A bank robbery suspect who used a carjacked vehicle as his transportation was arraigned on two felonies Tuesday as police continue to search for his getaway driver. Police still haven't determined who was driving the stolen Buick Lucerene when Gorder got into the car as...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 2010

Molester jailed after police find child porn

A child molester released from prison last year and once called "a real danger to little girls" is back in jail after Spokane police found suspected child pornography on his cell phone. Charles E. Smith, 39, was jailed on a probation violation June 24, two...

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Off-duty cop helped catch Hoopfest suspects

An off-duty Spokane police detective witnessed the Hoopfest shooting Saturday and helped investigators identify the suspects. Suspected gunman Miguel C. Garcia, 19, is to appear in Spokane County District Court today on assault charges. He remains in jail with 19-year-old Adam Doe, who’s accused of...

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MONDAY, JUNE 28, 2010

Suspects in gang murder: 1 jailed, 3 to go

A man charged in connection with a fatal shooting in January was arrested on Sunday. Christopher J. "Baby Boy" Route, 24, (left) is in jail on a probation hold and a felony charge of first-degree rendering criminal assistance after being booked into jail about noon....

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Travis Melcher stands with portraits of his mother, Bev Saruwatari, and his brother Jerud Melcher on June 17, 2010, at his home. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Encounter w/ police preludes 2 tragedies

Her friends remember Beverly Saruwatari as a model citizen – an honored public school teacher, a goodwill ambassador on Spokane’s Nishinomiya Sister City Committee and a devoted single mother. She died suddenly one year ago today of a brain hemorrhage – 20 days after a...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 25, 2010

Officials: Knife-wielding man a public drunk

A transient suspected of threatening three people with a hunting knife in downtown Spokane late Thursday has been cited for consuming alcohol in public twice in the last eight days.Now Wilfred Dale Corse, 48, is in jail on new misdemeanor charges after police say he...

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