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Sirens & Gavels Tasers archive

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 8, 2012

FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2012

Mail thief fires shot after Taser shock 

A convicted mail thief wanted for violating his probation shot a round from a firearm after being shocked with a stun gun today northwest of Airway Heights, according to the U.S. Marshals Service. No one was injured and Tony L. Gust, 33, was arrested without...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2012

Man Tasered over $150 heroin debt

A Spokane woman forced her way into a man's home and shocked him with a Taser over a $150 heroin debt early Wednesday, police say. Faith M. Lee, 39, was arrested on a first-degree burglary charge with Roger Larry Blair, 53, after a resident at...

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MONDAY, AUG. 22, 2011

Man in chase Tasered several times 

A man who fled a police chase in the Four Lakes area was arrested after being shocked several times with a Taser late Sunday. Jesse Ray Waldvogel, 25, ran from his car at milepost 267 on Interstate 90 about 5 p.m. as state troopers pursued...

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Tasered man, 56, died of heart attack

A man who died after being shocked with a Taser by a sheriff’s deputy in North Idaho in May suffered a heart attack, officials said Friday. Daniel L. Mittelstadt, 56, of Mount Shasta, Calif., had a pre-existing heart condition and a long history of mental...

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THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011

Judge: Suspect 'lucky he wasn't shot'

A 20-year-old man who sped through downtown Spokane to escape arrest also avoided being shocked with a Taser in a wild chase that nearly led to police gunfire late Tuesday, according to the Washington State Patrol. Andre R. Hallman was "told he would be shot"...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2011

$260k to woman strip-searched in jail

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The city of Olympia has agreed to pay $260,000 to a woman strip-searched and zapped with a stun gun in the city jail. Cynthia Brown's lawyer Edwin Budge calls the agreement "vindication to some degree." While settling, the city denies liability....

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FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2011

Bloody fight w/ Taser leads to five arrests

A bloody fight between a Spokane man, his ex-girlfriend and a group of her friends led to the arrest five people Thursday, police said. Sandra L. Blindauer, 19, and several friends allegedly forced their way into the home of Anthony Haines, her ex-boyfriend, at 1735...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 5, 2011

Daniel Brian Strange, shown Monday,  is suing Spokane County after being stopped by a sheriff's deputy who used a Taser stun gun on him. 
 (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Trial begins over deputy’s use of Taser

A Spokane County Sheriff’s detective who has been the subject of a number of use-of-force complaints appeared in court Tuesday as a civil trial began by a man who claimed that he was unnecessarily shocked by a Taser during a traffic stop. Daniel B. Strange,...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 1, 2010

Man douses himself in paint to deter Taser

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Cheyenne man who doused himself with white latex paint in hopes of avoiding a police Taser was hit with the stun gun anyway. The Taser chase happened Sept. 16, when Cheyenne police went to Brian Mattert's house on a domestic...

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TUESDAY, JULY 27, 2010

Josh Levy died after jumping off the Monroe Street Bridge on July 27, 2007. Family photo (Family photo / The Spokesman-Review)

Parents of Tasered bridge jumper file suit

The parents of a mentally ill man who died after jumping from the Monroe Street Bridge three years ago are suing the Spokane Police Department and the Spokane County Sheriff's Office for $4.7 million. Joshua Levy, a 28-year-old with paranoid schizophrenia, jumped after a standoff...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 8, 2009

County OKs settlement in Taser case

A Spokane County reserve fund will pay some $112,000 to a man who was shocked three times with a Taser by a deputy during a traffic stop in 2004. County commissioners approved a settlement this week with Spirit Creager, (right) a painter who had sued...

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