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Sirens & Gavels archive for Jan. 1, 2009


Courthouse watch: 7.22.09

Arraignment for an accused pharmacy robber was postponed as he applies for a public defender.Tom E. Snell, 24, appeared before Judge Ellen Kalama Clark via video. Rachel Sterrett represented the state, but Snell didn't have a lawyer and Clark agreed to postpone the arraignment until…

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Washington woman's corpse was kept on toilet 

MAUSTON, Wis. (AP) — A religious leader accused of hiding the body of a dead follower in a bathroom to keep her social security checks rolling in faces sentencing in Mauston Wednesday.Fifty-nine-year-old Alan Bushey (boo-SHAY') of Necedah (neh-SEE'-dah) pleaded no contest to one count of…

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TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2009

Courthouse watch: 7.21.09

A college student accused of raping another student is on trial this week in Spokane County Superior Court. Opening statements were today in the case of Kevin A. Thompson, who's charged with second-degree rape for an alleged attack at a home in the Whitworth University…

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Settlement approved for 'donkey kick' jail death

The Spokane County Commission unanimously approved a $425,000 settlement today for the children of a man who died following a struggle with jailers. Benites S. Sichiro suffered multiple Taser shocks, was beaten unconscious and struck with jailer’s “donkey kick” before the 39-year-old died of a…

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Man gets life in prison for child porn ring

A Spokane sex offender will spend the rest of his life in prison for his role in a child pornography enterprise that triggered a worldwide criminal investigation, a judge ruled Tuesday. Warren King Mumpower, 65, was the last of seven defendants from across the country…

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Caught on tape: thermal imaging

At today's quarterly media meeting, Spokane County Sheriff's Office representatives showed off the thermal imaging capabilities of their helicopter. Those capabilities help in suspect chases and missing person cases, as seen above. The first video shows a suspect being apprehended in north Spokane back in…

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MONDAY, JULY 20, 2009

Courthouse watch: 7.20.09

The legal saga continued today for a couple police believe plotted to murder the woman's husband then concocted a sordid tale of abuse in an attempt to dupe investigators into thinking the killing was self-defense. The state filed its response today in Spokane County Superior…

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Rental managers accused of big scandal 

When a Western Washington real estate owner died in a freak skydiving accident in Texas last year, his children felt his Spokane assets were in good hands.The couple in charge had worked for Rex Williams for eight years, and his family needed someone trustworthy to…

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FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2009

Whatever happened to: Strollin' Nolan

Police couldn't figure out how he did it. In a Houdini-like disappearance 12 years ago, a handcuffed suspected burglar walked out of the interrogation room and out the door of the public safety building. It was the first escape in 25 years, but what happened…

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Courthouse watch: 7.17.09 

When a Spokane businesswoman joined the Spokane Country Club nine years ago, she drew curious looks when she played in a members-only tournament dominated by men. 'The next year, she claims, the pricey private club changed the tournament to a men’s-only tournament, previewing years of…

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Courthouse watch: 7.16.09

A search warrant filed today in Spokane County District Court reveals new details about a bizarre carjacking that led to the death of one of the suspects in a fiery car crash last month. Marjorie A. "Amy" Harrigan, 24, died when she was thrown from…

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Spann's driving record spans many years

A man who injured a pedestrian in a hit and run crash in Post Falls was arrested for drunken driving shortly after the incident, but officers didn't connect him to the crime until hours later, according to the Post Falls Police Department. Jade R. Spann,…

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Alabama man sentenced for sex with teen

An Alabama man who traveled to Eastern Washington to have sex with a 14-year-old girl he met through an interactive video game was sentenced to nine years in federal prison this week. Morgan D. Jones, 28, wasn't too difficult for authorities to find - he…

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Courthouse watch: 7.15.09

A man accused of having sex with two men without telling them he has the virus that causes AIDS is considering pleading insanity. Zuriel E. Roush, 22, appeared before Spokane County Superior Court Judge Ellen Kalama Clark today on a second charge of first-degree assault,…

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One-armed man on scooter leads police on chase 

POULSBO, Wash. (AP) — The Washington State Patrol says a one-armed man driving a scooter led police on chase in Kitsap County on Tuesday.State Patrol spokeswoman Krista Hedstrom says the 28-year-old man from Poulsbo, Wash., reached speeds of 80 miles per hour on the highway.…

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TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2009

Nov. 31? Are you sure?

A Rathdrum man pulled over for speeding Tuesday gave a Spokane Valley police officer good reason to be suspicious: he claimed to have been born on Nov. 31. Knowing that “30 days hath September, April, June, and November,” (Officer Jack) Rosenthal arrested the man for…

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OxyContin robberies hit high

After a relatively quiet period, Spokane has seen a surge in pharmacy robberies. At least three robberies and one attempted robbery have occurred since the beginning of June. Nicholas A. Blessing, 28, (right), who's accused of stealing OxyContin from the Walgreens at 2105 E. Wellesley…

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Courthouse watch: 7.14.09

A man who convinced his girlfriend he was a covert military agent and swindled thousands of dollars to fund his gambling habit will spend the next six months in jail. The woman felt so bad about her bank losing money she repaid them. Now her…

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MONDAY, JULY 13, 2009

Spokane sees two homicides in one week

A lot happened in the past two weeks, and I'm still catching up. Most notable is two homicides. Seven months into a year with an unusually low murder rate, the city recorded two homicides in one week: the stabbing death of Vitaly M. Shevchuk, 24,…

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