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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, which he was allowed to withdraw because of a technical error.
Coombes, who tattoed an image of the gun that he used to kill 53-year-old William “Red” Nichols on his leg, hung his head just after Superior Court Judge Annette Plese read the jury’s decision.
“I’m very pleased, very happy with the outcome,” said Nichols’ sister, Joselle Kuntz of Reardan. “Finally, we can move on.”
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 Program while serving a sentence for third-degree assault, according to a news release.
He faces charges of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and two counts of first-degree possession of stolen property for the theft of two cargo trailers and a truck in North Idaho, in addition to a fresh count of escape from community custody.
Woods, 5-foot-7 and 170 pounds, is a transient with a previous felony conviction for second-degree theft. Anyone with information on his current location is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.
Tipsters do not have to give their name to collect a reward but should leave a code name or number.
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 which he is accused of using duct tape and zip ties to trap a boy in a basement, then attacking the boy’s father. Houchins pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted first-degree murder, attempted first-degree robbery, first-degree kidnapping and third-degree assault.
Assistant Public Defender Kari Reardon asked Price to release Houchins on his own recognizance and pointed out that he turned himself in as soon as he learned law enforcement issued an arrest warrant for him.
According to court records, Houchins and 19-year-old Cecelia L. Rocha – who also pleaded not guilty Tuesday on charges relating to the same case and remains in jail – visited a Mead home and inquired about a room to rent. They returned later that night wearing nylon stockings as masks and armed with a pistol and baseball bat. The assailiants secured the boy to a wall in the home’s basement.
When the boy’s father returned home, the pair attacked him, according to court records. During the attack, Houchins tried to snap the man’s neck, Spokane County Sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Reagan said in an earlier news release. The boy freed himself, escaped out a basement window and alerted a neighbor.
The neighbor went to the home armed with an ornamental sword, but suffered a baseball bat wound to the head that required medical attention. The assailiants fled into the woods.
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 believe he was driving when Tianna Rose Hurd, 28, leaned out and grabbed a woman's purse in the parking lot at Fred Meyer, 15609 E. Sprague Ave., according to court documents.
Marquette accelerated, and the victim was dragged for 15 to 20 feet before she was able to free herself from the purse’s shoulder strap, detectives say.
Police found the Accord abandoned in the area of North Pines Road and Mirabeau Parkway and recovered fingerprints from the inside rear passenger window that belonged to Marquette.
A forensic specialist also found partial palm prints that matched Hurd's prints, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.
Hurd, who was arrested on meth charges just 10 days after the incident, has been in jail since June 16 on charges of first-degree robbery, second-degree taking a motor vehicle without permission and second-degree possession of stolen property. Marquette is in jail on the same charges.
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, 26, (right) was awaiting trial on witness tampering charges when he was arrested on misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct charges at the hospital where his uncle, Angelo Lorenzo Fuentes, 41, (left) also of Spokane, was pronounced dead from a traumatic head injury.
Missoula police believe the elder Fuentes was mortally wounded during a fight outside the concert late June 17 at the Missoula Hell Gate Elks Lodge.
Sgt. Travis Welsh of the Missoula Police Department said investigators are seeking witnesses in Fuentes’ death, some of whom may be from Spokane.
Two years ago today, this blog was born.
It started with a post about a devil-worshiping sex offender upset that a commenter said he was not a true member of the Church of Satan.
Since then, this blog has become a hub for crime and court news in the Inland Northwest. I also like to throw in interesting Associated Press stories on Friday mornings or if national events of local interest occur.
I enjoy hunting for fun - and not-so-fun - items to put on here and am proud to say readership keeps growing. Your praise and criticism is needed and appreciated. I am best reached at email@example.com or (509) 459-5534.
Here's to a great future for Sirens. (Let's hope the 'terrible twos' thing is just a phase humans go through.) Be sure to 'like' the blog on Facebook to show you're a true fan.
By the way, I recently received an email from a woman who identifies herself as the devil-worshiping sex offender's ex-wife. Let's just say she agrees with law enforcement's decision to classify him as a sex offender likely to reoffend.
Spokane police paid a confidential informant $100 for information that helped arrest two robbery suspects last week.
The informant, who had been arrested on a Washington Department of Corrections warrant, told police that he saw a TV and laptop computer in Jeremy L. Standon's apartment that was believed to have been stolen from a home at 1415 N. Post St. May 9.
The informant said Standon, 29, received the items from John G. Dean, who stole them in a robbery, but police say both Standon and Dean, 29, were involved. (Standon is pictured right; Dean is below.)
Police say the two were allowed inside the home May 9 about 11 p.m. and that once inside, Dean displayed a black semi-automatic pistol and ordered three people to “pull out your pockets.”
Dean continued to hold the gun as Standon retrieved $150, a 16-inch imitation gold chain, two lap top computers and a 40-inch Toshiba flat screen TV, according to a search warrant.
Police spotted Standon and Dean in the drive through at Jack in the Box in downtown Spokane May 13 about 8 a.m.
Both men were booked into jail; police say Dean had a Glock 22, .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol that was stolen in Wilbur, Wash., on March 30. Dean remains jailed on gun charges; Standon is jailed on a probation hold and a felony drug charge.
A 2010 Crime Stoppers graduate, Standon's criminal history includes convictions for driving on a suspended license, money laundering, drug possession, second-degree identity theft, first-degree burglary, theft of a firearm, first-degree robbery, unlawful possession of a firearm, second-degree theft, malicious mischief and vehicle prowling.
A 2009 Crime Stoppers graduate, Dean's criminal history includes convictions for riot, making false statements, refusing to cooperate, forgery, theft, harassment, obstructing an investigation, a dozen probation violations and the obligatory driving while license suspended.
UPDATE 5/20: Guzman is in jail.
A Spokane man accused of helping two brothers steal firearms in a burglary is wanted by authorities.
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help arrest Lucky Joe Guzman, 27.
Investigators believe Guzman drove Steven Charles Corkery, Jr., 27, and Thomas J. Corkery, 29, from a home in the 4400 block of East 16th Ave. on Dec. 6.
Steven Corkery, who has felony convictions that prohibit him from possessing firearms, then pawned a stolen shotgun and bow, according to a probable cause affidavit. Corkery also is accused of pawning a .357 Magnum revolver that had been stolen from a home n the 13500 block of North Muzzy Road on Nov. 23.
Guzman is charged with second-degree theft, residential burglary and two counts of a theft of a firearm. He has previous convictions for vagrancy, attempted second-degree arson and vehicle prowling.
A $15,000 arrest warrant was issued May 2 after he didn't show up for his arraignment.
Guzman, 5-foot-10 and 125 pounds, last gave a home address in the 6600 block of North Addison Road in Spokane County.
Anyone with information on his location is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.
A federal convict who escaped from a halfway house is a suspect in a drive-by shooting in north Spokane.
Kenneth Joseph “Joker” Maravilla, 23, is accused of shooting at a car with three people in the area of North Nevada Street and East Bridgeport Avenue in retaliation for one of the victims assaulting a friend.
Maravilla was driving a black 1998 Mitsubishi when he pulled alongside a vehicle with Rickie Hall inside and fired at least one shot on April 16, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Police found the abandoned Mitsubishi crashed into a pole in a parking lot at 3704 N. Nevada.
The car had been reported stolen from 817 E. North Foothills by Desarae M. Dawson, but police believe Dawson allowed Maravilla to drive the Mitsubishi after her uncle, Chad Maxwell, was assaulted by Hall. Dawson falsely reported it stolen after learning of the shooting and crash, documents allege.
Police found two 9 mm bullets in the Mitsubishi.
Maravilla was arrested May 5 during a traffic stop at East Lacrosse Avenue and North Perry Street. Officers forced him from the vehicle and placed him in a neck restraint after he was uncooperative, police said.
Maravilla faces second-degree assault charges; Dawson, 23, faces a charge of accomplice to second-degree assault.
Maravilla was ordered to serve 40 months in federal prison in April 2009 for being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was transferred to Spokane Residential Re-entry Center from federal prison March 3 and was to be released next August, but lhe eft the center that day and never returned.
He's now in the Spokane County Jail.
A Spokane man has been sentenced to at least four years in an Idaho prison for beating and threatening to kill a man during a skinhead gathering.
Daniel Gean Wilson, 34, (left) and Keegan Van Tuyl (right) beat a man for answering questions about the white supremacist movement wrong after a day of heavy drinking at a home near Spirit Lake in July 2009, according to the Kootenai County Prosecutor's Office.
The beating escalated after they accused the victim of being a drug user. Wilson then urinated on him, held an 8-inch knife to his throat and threatened to kill him if he told police. Wilson has “an extensive criminal record” in several states and has previous convictions for numerous property and violent crimes, according to the prosecutor’s office.
Wilson was sentenced to 12 years in prison with eligibility for parole after four years and credit for time served. He had pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in March.
Van Tuyl, co-founder of two Odinist-skinhead groups, Vangard Kindred and Valhalla-Bound Skinheads, is to be released from federal prison this fall on a weapons charge.
A robbery suspect allowed to leave jail for drug rehabilitation is wanted by police for escape.
Aaron Lee Goldstein, 18, left Spokane Addiction Recovery Center, 812 S. Walnut Ave., on Friday, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday.
He’d been in custody since December, charged with first-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.
Detectives believe he’s connected to armed robberies in November and December at the Holiday gas station on North Argonne Road, Sam’s Stop and Shop on East Sprague Avenue, Nevada Street Brew Espresso, McQuick Mart on South Regal, and the Zip Trips at Fourth Avenue and Sullivan Road and at Illinois Street and Perry Place.
Two other suspects, Sean T. Smith and Vanessa E. Orr, both 23, are in jail. Goldstein, a transient with family in Northern California, is described as 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes.
He has tattoos of two teardrops under his left eye, and “Bay Boy” tattooed on his neck.
Anyone with information on Goldstein’s location should call 911.
Crime Stoppers also is offering a reward for tips that lead to Goldstein's capture.
Crime Stoppers is targeting a suspected car thief with “some fairly visible tattoos,” the organization announced.
Zachariah Leonard Zech, 33, is wanted for second-degree taking a motor vehicle without permission.
He was arrested Aug. 11 after police stopped him at Spokane Community College in a stolen 1995 Honda.
There was a shaved key in the car's ignition, police said. Zech said a friend had told him he could use the car, which he claimed was parked near Rowan and Sanson with a key inside.
A $10,000 arrest warrant was issued Dec. 15 after he failed to show up for a court hearing. Crime Stoppers issued a reward for information on his capture this week.
Zech, 5-foot-7 and 175 pounds, was last known to live in the 2700 block of East Sanson. He has several tattoos, including “Sinful Nature” on the left side of a his head and the infamous tear drop under his left eye.
Anyone with information on his current location is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.
A 23-year-old Spokane man once considered one of the city’s top 10 repeat offenders was sentenced this morning to eight years in prison.
Allen S. Easley was in and out of jail several times last spring for property crimes and a freeway chase with police in which he reached speeds of 100 mph.
Now he’ll have a spot at a state prison after Superior Court Judge Sam Cozza approved a plea deal that sentenced him to 100 months in prison.
Easley pleaded guilty this morning to nine felonies, including four counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, and single counts of forgery, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and first-degree trafficking in stolen property, said Deputy Prosecutor Eugene Cruz.
Easley, who police say has a swastika tattoo on the back of his head, was arrested after a freeway chase in May but posted bail, then was arrested again a couple weeks later while trying to sell stolen property at a Hillyard pawn shop.
The girlfriend of a man accused of a botched bank extortion has been arrested on a conspiracy to commit robbery charge.
Cheryl A. Siekerman, 33, appeared in Spokane County Superior Court today via video from the jail, where she was booked Thursday.
She’s accused of helping Donnell L. Winston, who police say called Inland Northwest Bank, 518 W. Francis, on Oct. 14 and threatened to blow up five school if he didn’t receive $10,000.
Police say Winston asked for the money to be dropped off at 13th and Arthur - where his home is located. Police saw him talking on his cell phone on porch, then watched him retrieve a package dropped off by an undercover detective.
Winston, 37, was convicted of bank robbery in 2004 and was arrested the night of the incident on a probation violation and remains in jail. Police have recommended he be charged with attempted first-degree bank robbery, along with five bomb threat charges.
Edward L. “TD” Thomas (right) is wanted on charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder after police say he shot John S. Williams in the face with a Ruger mini 30 rifle and fired shots at another man.
Wanted on conspiracy and rendering criminal assistance charges are Marc A. “Bookie” Carter, John E. Burton, 27; and Christopher J. Route, 23.
Already in jail on the charges are cousins Cedric E. “Dirty” Burton, 23; Eric “Smalls” Burton, Jr., 25; James C. Henderson, 33. The three appeared in District Court today via video feed from the jail today.
Cedric Burton has been in jail since early May, when detectives arrested him in Los Angeles. His public defender said he had traveled south to attend the funeral of his cousin, Aaron D. Bascomb, a Long Beach 22-year-old who was shot and killed in Inglewood, Calif. April 9.
Lingering hostility between two gangsters who have a child with the same woman may have been what sparked the most recent fatal shooting.
Read my full story on the murder investigation here.
Pictured above, from left to right, first row: Thomas, Carter and Route. Second row: Cedric Burton, Eric Burton and Antonio Cook, who is charged with illegally posessing the murder weapon. Pictures of John Burton and James Henderson were not available.
A man accused of stabbing another man in what police believe may have been retaliation for an earlier fight is wanted by Crime Stoppers.
The organization is offering a reward for tips that help arrest Jacob M. Maravilla, 20.
Maravilla (right) is wanted on several charges, including first-degree assault, in connection with a Feb. 10 attack at 907 E. Wabash. A resident, Michael P. Dennis, suffered a non-lief threatening stab wound to his back.
Oscar Rodriguez, 24, was arrested last week and remains in jail. Another suspect, Richelle R. Swinkels, 20, was arraigned in Superior Court Wednesday and was given an August trial date. A warrant has been issued for a fourth suspect, Meghan L. Jeske, 21, after she did not show up for her arraignment yesterday.
Witnesses said Rodriguez punched one victim, and woman struck him with a hammer. Maravilla was identified was Dennis' attacker, according to the court documents.
Maravilla was arrested the next week on charges of first-degree burglary and second-degree assault, but the investigation was ongoing and charges weren't filed until May 10. A warrant was issued May 13.
Maravilla, whose moniker is Baby Joker, is considered a gang associate and repeat offender.
He has convictions for driving on a suspended license, possession of a dangerous weapon and possession of a stolen vehicle and last gave 1508 E. Hartson in Spokane as his home address.
A man named in an ongoing homicide investigation is wanted on an escape from community custody charge.
Edward L. “TD” Thomas, 24, hasn’t been located by his Department of Corrections supervisor since on or about Jan. 19, according to Superior Court documents filed last month.
Now he’s wanted on two felony charges of escape from community custody and bail jumping. The bail jumping allegedly occurred in June 2009 on a first-degree robbery and second-degree assault case.
Thomas is believed to have been at the party on Jan. 17 in which John S. Williams was shot to death.
One witness told detectives that Williams was shot to death after he punched out a passenger-side window in a car in which Thomas was riding, according to court documents. “His whereabouts are currently unknown,” prosecutors wrote of Thomas.
Thomas has a felony conviction for riot resulting from an incident two years ago in which a woman was attacked and her purse stolen at 6128 N. Wiscomb.
Also charged in that case is Cedric E. Burton, who remains in jail.
Thomas and Burton were charged in a gang-related murder in 2005. Both have been named in documents related to the ongoing Williams’ murder investigation.
A burglary suspect arrested after reaching 100 mph during a freeway chase two weeks ago but later released from jail is back behind bars after police say he tried pawning stolen guns.
Allen S. Easley (right), 23 and considered one of Spokane top 10 repeat offenders, was picked up Tuesday at Pawn One, 3705 N. Market, along with Brittnei J. Fawver, 19 (left).
Easley’s current stay at the Spokane County Jail is his fourth since mid-April.
“This is a chronic pattern of crime sprees committed by prolific repeat offenders who continue plague our community,” said Officer Jennifer DeRuwe in a news release.
Easley was arrested earlier this year on car theft and drug charges but spent little time in jail, documents show. He was back by the end of April, however, after a suspected check forger told police it was Easley who stole the check during a burglary at a car dealership.
During questioning in connection with that case, Easley reportedly admitted to another burglary and told police of a woman who has equipment to make bogus checks using legitimate bank account numbers stolen from bills left in mail boxes, according to court documents. Easley appeared in court May 3 but left jail shortly after, and prosecutors have not yet filed burglary charges.
Police arrested the woman accused of making checks, Kristina Fricke, as well as Easley’s girlfriend, Randi Shepherd, April 30 in connection with the burglary investigation, but neither has been charged.
Also arrested was 36-year-old Kimberly L. Fawver (right), on charges of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, forgery and identify theft. She was arraigned on Tuesday and remains in jail.
Easley said he used Kimberly Fawver’s car to commit at least one of the burglaries, according to court documents. It’s unclear if Brittnei and Kimberly Fawver are related.
Easley returned to jail after a high-speed police chase May 9. He posted $20,000 bail May 14 but remains behind bars after appearing in Superior Court today on new charges.
Police believe Easley and Britteni Fawver may be responsible for other thefts in Spokane and released their mug shots Wednesday in hopes alleged victims will file reports with Crime Check, (509) 456-2233.
Easley has a swastika tattooed on the back of his head, police said.
One year ago today, this blog was born.
It’s been an evolving experiment since then, filled with news and tidbits aimed at giving you, the reader, an informative, entertaining and digestible look at crime and court cases in the Inland Northwest and beyond.
And it all started with the devil-worshipping sex offender.
Since the inaugural post about Danny Schertz (who has left Spokane) being very upset at the suggestion he wasn’t a true Satanist, this blog has become a hub of history for Spokane crime hounds.
One thing I’m most pleased with is the collection of ‘tags’ that appear at the top of each post.
While their presence at the top of the post instead of the bottom may seem clunky, clicking on the links takes you to every Sirens post ever marked with that tag.
Consistency in tags has given Sirens quite e a collection of easily accessible information.
Popular tags include sex offenders, murder, jury trials and homicide. I encourage you to check out the sentencings tag and the caught on tape tag for looks at how punishment is handed down and at surveillance photos from past - many likely still unsolved - crimes. (Also, I decided yesterday on a new tag: Neck tattoos.)
Above all, I want to hear from you.
What are your favorite features and what do you think I should do more or less of?
Suggestions on the timing of posts are invited, too. Just in the last week or so I’ve started post-dating entries at the end of the day so that they show up early in the morning, when more people are looking at the website. It seems to be increasing traffic.
I’ve also started integrating a few links to past stories throughout posts instead of listing them all at the bottom.
Feel free to comment on this post or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you swear or say something truly offensive on the blog it will get deleted, so use the email for those comments.
A Spokane man who prosecutors say helped a mother and daughter beat and rob a man last fall pleaded guilty to three felonies today but was given an extra week before sentencing to allow him to say goodbye to his family.
Prosecutors will recommend Robert L. Hensley, 21 and already a four-time felon, receive nearly five years in prison for the Nov. 29 kidnapping, robbery and beating of Jeremy Brotherton.
Brotherton was working at Denny’s in Spokane Valley when Hensley and, allegedly, Alisson D. Taylor, 34, (aka Alisson D. Hall) and Breeanna C. Sims, 18, picked him up and said they had money Taylor owed him.
Instead, Hensley assaulted Brotherton to the point where he lost consciousness as they drove to his apartment at 9015 E. Cataldo. Hensley further assaulted Brotherton inside the apartment after he (and Sims, allegedly) forced Brotherton into a room as Taylor helped, according to court documents.
Taylor devised the plan “to feed her addiction to hydrocodone pills” and recruited Hensley as “the muscle,” Deputy Prosecutor Larry Haskell said today.
Hensely is a Sureno gang member, according to court documents. He pleaded guilty today to first-degree robbery, residential burglary and unlawful imprisonment. Haskell dimissed other felonies ” to reward Mr. Hensely for stepping forward and taking a gaint chunk of responsiblity for what happend that day.” Hensley faces 57 months in prison under the plea agreement. The high-end of his standard sentencing range is 75 months.
Sentencing was set to May 26 to allow Hensley time “to see his family and children and just say goodbye,” said his public defender, Thomas Cooney.
Sims and Taylor are out of jail on bond. Trials for the mother-daughter duo are set for June.