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Sirens & Gavels archive for Jan. 1, 2009

TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 2009

Courthouse watch: 6.16.09

A man accused of a knife-point OxyContin robbery at a Spokane Valley Walgreens was due in Spokane County Superior Court today. Michael Alan Miller was arrested Jan. 23, nine days after the alleged incident at the pharmacy, 2702 N. Argonne Road. The robbery came in…

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Reward offered in Meals on Wheels burglary

A burglary at the Spokane Valley Meals on Wheels left the office trashed with overturned furniture, thrown food and walls covered with profane messages. Now Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information that solves the crime. Read the full story here and watch the…

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Grant could aid in discovery of problem 

The Spokane Police Department is applying for a grant to fight a problem officials say they don't fully understand. The department is preparing an application for a $500,000 federal grant dedicated to fighting the sexual trafficking of children, Assistant Chief Jim Nicks said at Monday's…

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MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2009

Courthouse watch: 6.15.09

A Spokane man connected to teenagers charged with second-degree murder was sentenced today for his role in the crime. Daniel R. Wood was credited for two days served in jail after pleading guilty to first-degree rendering criminal assistance, a felony. Police say he helped Michael…

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Then and allegedly now

Spokane's newest accused pharmacy robber is in good company at the Spokane County Jail - two other young men are in there charged with robbing the same pharmacy. Terran D. Schatz, 23, is accused of robbing the South Hill Walgreens of OxyContin June 7 in…

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Debra Armstrong submitted this display as the winning entry in the Lincoln County Meth Action Team's teen anti-drug campaign.  (Courtesy of Lincoln County Meth Action Team)

Good advice for anyone

This sign can be found in a wheat field on Highway 23 south of Harrington. It's the first winner in a contest Lincoln County officials hope will become an annual event in Washington - the campaign against methamphetmine. Modeled after the Montana Meth advertising project,…

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FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2009

Courthouse watch: 6.12.09

Suspects on today's Spokane County Superior Court docket included a woman whose cat-packed house was raided after a neighbor found what turned out to be broken freezer filled with dead felines and called authorities. Once described as an animal advocate, Penny K. McIntosh, 57, faces…

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Courthouse watch: 6.11.09

The Spokane County Superior Court docket was dry today, and even if there was something worth looking into, a civil case that wrapped up in Judge Greg Sypolt's courtroom would have surely stolen its thunder. Closing arguments were this morning in a bizarre lawsuit in…

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Courthouse watch: 6.10.09

A man charged in a deadly Halloween shooting outside a Spokane nightspot opted for a plea deal the day his first-degree murder trial was set to begin. Matthew R. Jones, 25, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and faces about 10 years in prison. Trial for…

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But do gorillas like donuts?

A stuffed gorilla used as a crime deterrent in Rosalia now has a name. Officer Chiquita has been with the tiny town's police department for about year. Police park an extra squad car around town and put Chiquita in the driver's seat. Motorists don't usually…

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Courthouse watch: 6.9.09

A woman who tried to escape from the Pine Lodge Corrections Center in Medical Lake was sentenced to two months in prison today. Chelsea A. Lawhead will serve the time concurrently with her existing sentence, Spokane County Superior Court Judge Harold Clarke ruled. Lawhead, 19,…

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Noteworthy from the Pacific Northwest

From a Little League coach with questionable parenting skills to gang-bangers in Yakima with disasterously bad aim, click through to the full post for today's roundup of noteworthy crime and public safety news from across the Pacific Northwest.

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MONDAY, JUNE 8, 2009

Courthouse watch: 6.8.09

A man urinating in a bush triggered a drunken altercation involving a handgun this weekend, according to court documents. Phillip J. Koller, 61, pointed a silver handgun at a man and four children and threatened to "blow your brains out" after one yelled at him…

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FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2009

Courthouse watch: 6.5.09 

A Spokane man who stole prescription drug patches from nursing homes to get high will spend eight months in prison. Cory R. Morse, 22, (right) will begin his sentence June 10, Judge Maryann Moreno ruled today. Morse and his girlfriend, Lacey B. Sell, 20, were…

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Mug shot spotlight 

This character is Jackie Leo Hughes, a 35-year-old man wanted for second-degree assault. His three-year criminal history includes convictions for false reporting and assault, according to a reward offer from Crime Stoppers.He's described as 6 feet tall, 160 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.…

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Courthouse watch: 6.4.09

A teen boy accused of burning a homeless man over stolen beer money pleaded innocent today to first-degree attempted murder and an alternative charge of first-degree assault. John C. Palmer, 16, is charged as an adult but being house in juvenile detention after his arrest…

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The big time: a billboard

It looks like Eli Skalak is getting his 15 minutes of fame. The suspected Coeur d'Alene burglar will be featured on Inland Northwest billboards advertising a crime stoppers reward for his capture. Skalak, 29, is accused of breaking into an elderly man's home in the…

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'Everyone just loved her'

The Mead woman killed in a crash in downtown Spokane Tuesday night was a secretary at a Spokane elementary school. Lori Keller died and her husband, Gary, may be paralyzed after Jon A. Strine crashed into their motorcycle while driving his Mercedes at Fifth Avenue…

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