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Sirens & Gavels archive for Jan. 1, 2009

FRIDAY, AUG. 21, 2009

Man who posed as DEA agent sentenced 

He didn't mean any trouble when he told the guys he was with the Drug Enforcement Administration - he just wanted to mess with them. But Steven E. Escallier's attempt to "have some fun," as his lawyer put it, backfired when the men called police.…

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Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick emphasizes her department's commitment to protecting residents from racist harassment at a news conference Friday, Aug. 21, 2009, near the state line. The event was held in reaction to the recent distribution of racist fliers in Coeur d'Alene. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Officials promise 'boldness' against Aryans 

Criminal citations and civil lawsuits are options. But the recent surge in racist activity is best dealt with by a unified community dedicated to rejecting discrimination and hate, leaders from across the Inland Northwest said Friday.“We have been vested with the authority and the power…

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THURSDAY, AUG. 20, 2009


Courthouse watch 8.20.09

A 24-year-old convicted robber told a judge today how he went from living with his girlfriend and their 7-year-old daughter to putting a knife to a man’s throat to get a pharmacist to hand over a bag of OxyContin pills. “How did you get to…

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Crime Stoppers mug shot matchup

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information that leads to the capture of these four people. Can you match the mug shot with the allegation? Click the link below for the answers.Alleged crimes: delivery of a controlled substance, harassment – threats to kill, second-degree…

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 19, 2009

Keller trial underway in Texas 

The national spotlight in the legal world this week is on a Texas judge accused of blocking a death row inmate's access to a last-minute appeal. The trial of Sharon Keller has incensed both sides of the death penalty debate and is being covered heavily…

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Bad day for STA 

If the allegations are to believed, Spokane Transit Authority had a bad day yesterday.Two men appeared in Spokane County Superior Court today on felony charges related to two altercations involving STA buses that occurred two hours apart Tuesday evening.Michael W. Maltos, 47, is charged with…

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Man survives 3 crashes on 1 road 

The only survivor of a crash on Lovell Valley Road near Plummer, Idaho has survived two other one-car crashes on that same road.Joseph M. Matt, 24, of Worley, was thrown from a 1997 Jeep Cherokee about 1:10 p.m. on Tuesday after the car left the…

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Courthouse watch: 8.19.09

A crime spree that saw a teen rob stores of thousands of dollars at gunpoint ended with a suspect crying in front of detectives after lying to protect his friends, according to a probable cause affidavit.Daniel I. Neace, 19, appeared in Spokane County Superior Court…

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Crime Stoppers mug shot matchup

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information that leads to the capture of these four people. Can you match the mug shot with the allegation? Click the link below for the answers.Alleged crimes: second-degree malicious mischief and third-degree driving while license suspended, violation of…

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TUESDAY, AUG. 18, 2009


Documents give new details in fatal fall 

The Louisiana couple involved in the fatal fall at the Coeur d'Alene Resort were arguing and drinking that night, court documents show. Witnesses heard Lynea M. Sprung Hambrice, 36, telling Ian E. James, 38, to stop hurting her about 12:15 a.m. on July 30 -…

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Courthouse watch: 8.18.09

A murderous road trip that saw a paranoid schizorphenic take the lives of two college students earned the man a lifetime in prison. John Delling, 23, received two life sentences today from 4th District Judge Deborah Bail in Boise. Delling pleaded guilty earlier this year…

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Craigslist prostitution hits Wenatchee

In a nice underscore to my story last month that explored Craigslist prostitution stings in North Idaho, the Wenatchee World reports two Seattle-area women were arrested last week for working as prostitututes out of the Cedars Inn in East Wenatchee.The AP's pickup of the World…

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MONDAY, AUG. 17, 2009


Courthouse watch: 8.17.09

Two men charged in a major cocaine ring were to appear in federal court today.Maurisio Ramirez, 29, and Gilberto Acevedo-Adame, 31, have been in Spokane County Jail since Aug. 12 on three federal charges of conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute. Court documents…

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One dead, one at large after knife fight

Police released a description of a suspected killer Monday, two days after a man was stabbed to death in a Spokane parking lot.William “Billy” O. Floyd, 22, died after police found him unconscious and barely breathing in a parking lot at West Indiana Avenue and…

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FRIDAY, AUG. 14, 2009

Crime Stoppers mug shot matchup 10 

Crime Stoppers is offering rewards for information that leads to the capture of the four pictured below. In honor of this interactive feature from Newsweek magazine, can you match the crime with the mug shot? Click on the link below for the answers.Alleged crimes: first-degree…

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An arsenal of weapons was taken from Ronald Struve's former storage locker in Bellevue. (Courtesy photo)

Courthouse watch: 8.14.09

A Spokane man who stockpiled what federal prosecutors described as a “troubling” arsenal of illegal weapons will spend the next four years in prison. Ronald L. Struve, 67, was also sentenced today in Seattle to two years probation and ordered to undergo mental health treatment.…

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THURSDAY, AUG. 13, 2009

Yawn in court gets man 3 weeks in jail

Courtroom dwellers, beware. That yawn could cost you. Here's the AP story of an Illinois man who discovered that first hand: JOLIET, Ill. — An Illinois judge has freed a man who had been in jail for three weeks after letting loose a loud yawn…

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Courthouse watch: 8.13.09

A bondsman accused of forcing an old man to give him $6,000 appeared was scheduled to plead innocent today in Spokane County Superior Court. Ryan M. Holmes, 46, of Holmes Brothers Bail Bonds, was charged in a case his lawyer calls a "civil dispute run…

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Twice the speed; triple the alcohol

The driver of a van that slammed into pickup last week, killing a Mead woman, was drunk and speeding at the time of the crash, according to a search warrant.Lucian G. Brisan, 29, faces a vehicular homicide charge for the Aug. 7 crash that killed…

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Landlord wanted on 20 theft charges

A scandal police say bilked a rental owner out of more than $15,000 ended with 20 theft charges filed against a husband and wife hired to managed two Spokane apartment complexes. Trial for Theresa M. Walters, 33, scheduled to begin Aug. 21, but police can’t…

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