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Sirens & Gavels Spokane Police Department archive

FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2010

Spokane Police Officer Dan Lesser ( rear ) has a new partner named Rav who sits by his side at the Police Academy Wednesday April 9, 2009. At front is Var, who recently retired after 11 years as a K9, and worked with Lesser capturing homicide suspects and who was recently wounded on duty. CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON The Spokesman-Review (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Spokane police K-9 Var honored after death 

A Spokane police K-9 who died after surgery to remove a brain tumor was honored this week by the Washington State Police Canine Association. Var, a 10-year-old German shepherd who died last June, was awarded the Medal of Valor for a March 17, 2009, shooting...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 2010

Sex offender arrested for indecent exposure

A convicted rapist considered likely to reoffend is in Spokane County Jail after police say he exposed himself to a four-year-old girl.James A. Peterschick, 51, was drunk when officers arrived at 511 E. Indiana, where the girl's parents said Peterschick exposed himself while standing in...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 2010

Police ombudsman submits first report

The first 18 of 19 internal investigations into police actions to be reviewed by Spokane’s police ombudsman have been labeled “timely, thorough and objective.”Spokane’s first police ombudsman, Tim Burns, released data about his first few months on the job this week as part of his...

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Officer Jake Jensen runs his K-9 partner Duke over an obstacle Wednesday at the Spokane Regional Training Center. Jensen and Duke, as well as Yakima police Officer Jared Nesary and his K-9 partner Bruno, graduated Wednesday from the Spokane Police Patrol Dog School. Duke came from the SPD’s Puppy Program, where older police dogs are bred and the puppies trained by the department, saving money over buying a fully-trained dog.  (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

K-9 nabs 2 burglary suspects after crash

A police dog helped catch two teenagers accused of burglarizing an East Boone Avenue building supply store this morning. Officers saw two men run from Allied Building Supplies, 2808 E. Boone Ave., to a car that fled until crashing in the area of East Garnet...

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Police union: No confidence in Kirkpatrick

Union leaders representing Spokane Police Department officers say they have approved a no-confidence vote against Chief Anne Kirkpatrick and her administration. The Spokane Police Guild said a “majority” of its 268 members voted in March that they have no confidence in the “office” of the...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 2010

Zags basketball led Thompson to Zehm call 

Newly filed documents reveal new details about the encounter with Spokane police Officer Karl Thompson (left) and other officers that led to Otto Zehm's death. Tom Clouse wrote an article explaining that allegations of a cover up by Spokane police officers over their handling of...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 2010


Fugitive mother returns to Spokane

A woman found in Portland with two children who'd been ordered to return to state custody is back in Spokane. Patricia J. Lyons, 25, is due in Spokane County Superior Court on one count of second-degree assault after police say she stabbed her ex-boyfriend April...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 2010

Gunman wanted in Spokane carjacking

A man who stole a 2002 Pontiac Bonneville at gunpoint in East Central Spokane Thursday is on the loose. The carjacker stole the Pontiac from a woman at First Avenue and Stone Street about 11 p.m., according to the Spokane Police Department. The woman left...

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Cover up alleged in fiery Spokane car crash

A 25-year-old Spokane man is accused of trying to cover up his involvement in a fiery collision by telling police his car had been stolen. Christopher L. Robinson crashed his car March 31 at 4400 W. Strong Road, taking out a utility pole and knocking...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 8, 2010

Police: Baby brain dead after father's assault

When medics first saw Skyelynn Jamison this week, the two-month-old girl had a serious head injury, broken ribs and bruises all over her body. Her father, 18-year-old Tyler L. Jamison, told a doctor on the phone earlier that he thought something was wrong, but police...

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Wanted mother, 2 kids found safe

A Spokane mother whose children have been ordered to return to state custody has been located in Portland. Patricia Lyons, 25, left Spokane after police say she stabbed her ex-boyfriend on Saturday. Child Protective Services determined the incident violated court restrictions, and her 5-year-old daughter,...

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Spokane police K-9 nabs robbery suspect

Two men suspected of a home invasion robbery in Spokane last month are now in police custody. A Spokane police dog, Bennie, captured Wesley I. Veazie, 22, (right) after he ran from traffic stop near North Lincoln Street and West Boone Avenue Wednesday about 6:20...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7, 2010

2 gang-related assaults reported in Spokane

Spokane police are investigating two assaults in the last four days that may be gang related. The first occurred April 3 near North Cincinnati Street and East Mission Avenue about 12:30 a.m. An 18-year-old said he was attacked by three people, one who “possibly fired...

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Police: Wanted woman on lam with 2 kids 

A Spokane mother whose children have been ordered to return to state custody was spotted Tuesday in Portland. Patricia Lyons, 25, is wanted on a second-degree assault charge after police say she stabbed her ex-boyfriend on Saturday. Child Protective Services determined the incident violated court...

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Newest arrest puts man in SPD's top 10

A man considered one of Spokane’s most active criminals allegedly rammed a police vehicle during a pursuit late Monday, leading to his seventh arrest since December. Police spotted Aleksey Y. Solodyankin, 31, driving recklessly near Cincinnati Street and North Avenue about 10:40 p.m., but it...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 2010

Spokane police and Spokane County sheriff's deputies block off the scene of an officer-involved shooting in the 4100 block of East 36th Avenue in southeast Spokane on Friday, March 26, 2010. A man who fired on police was shot and later died. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Gunman threatened to cause a 'war zone'

A gunman shot and killed by police last week had told his brother-in-law the day before that he planned to turn the neighborhood into a "war zone," according to court documents filed Friday. Todd E. White, 46, had previously threatened to kill Gary Paul in...

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Tips sought on driver v. pedestrian assault

Police are seeking tips on a driver they believe intentionally hit a pedestrian near a Spokane elementary school last week. The victim was struck at 200 W. Nebraska, across the street from Madison Elementary School, about 4:30 p.m. on March 26. Officers believe the crash...

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Firefighters work at the scene where a Dodge Stratus overturned, trapping the male driver and his three children, in the 3200 block of South Ray on Thursday, April 1, 2010, in Spokane. The driver was in critical condition Thursday, and the children were injured. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

South Hill crash injures driver, 3 children

A driver was in critical condition and his three children were injured Thursday after he lost control of his car, which vaulted into a telephone pole before coming to rest on its top near 32nd Avenue and Ray Street.Spokane police and fire officials did not...

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Alert neighbor helps nab burglary suspects

An alert neighbor in the Five Mile Prairie area helped Spokane police catch two juveniles in connection with three home burglaries overnight. The neighbor reported seeing two suspicious males running from the area as police responded to the 8700 block of North Cherry Lane for...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 2010

Man shot by police had fired pistol w/ laser

The gunman shot and killed by police Friday had fired four shots at officers from a semi-automatic pistol equipped with a laser-sighting device, law enforcement officials announced today. Officer Trevor Nollmeyer, who joined the forced in 2003, shot and killed Todd E. White, 46, at...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 2010

Suspect arrested in Spokane rape from '99

A suspect was arrested this week in a rape that's been unsolved for more than 10 years. Robert C. Graham Jr., 30, appeared in Superior Court today via video from the jail, where he's been since his arrest on Tuesday. He's accused of raping a...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 30, 2010

No joke: New tickets for red-light runners 

Spokane drivers who run red lights at four new camera-equipped intersections can expect $124 tickets beginning Thursday. The cameras are located at Freya Street facing north at Third Avenue, Second Avenue facing west at Thor Street, Wellesley Avenue facing east at Ash Street, and Division...

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MONDAY, MARCH 29, 2010

Man shot by officers assaulted police in '01

A gunman shot and killed by Spokane police on Friday had assaulted law enforcement in Vancouver, Wash., eight years ago. Todd E. White, 46, pleaded guilty to two counts of felony third-degree assault in January 2002 — two months after he attacked two sheriff’s deputies...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010

Shooting suspect arrested after fiery crash

A man accused of a shooting in which a bullet landed near a sleeping toddler was arrested after a fiery car crash Friday night.Joseph L. Bledsaw, 25, rolled his 1997 Pontiac on Sprague Avenue beneath Interstate 90 after police Officer Chuck Sciortino and Reserve Deputy...

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