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Sirens & Gavels archive for Jan. 1, 2009

FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2009

THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2009

Grab Bag 5.21.09

It's been a busy day on the public safety beat. Check out these local stories: HIV-positive man charged with assault Man set ablaze in dispute over beer money Man killed in logging accident identified Photo released of would-be Walgreens robber Man gets six months for…

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Lethal injection under attack

Three death row inmates are seeking greater assurances that they won't feel any improper pain and suffering when they're executed. The lawsuit, being argued in Thurston County Superior Court, questions whether the state's execution procedures are sufficient.Lawyers defending the state in the case note that…

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Authorities targeting scam charities

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) Washington is cracking down on so-called "badge charities" that claim to help police, firefighters and veterans. Attorney General Rob McKenna says some are phony. And Secretary of State Sam Reed says some give very little money to the groups they claim to…

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Courthouse watch: 5.21.09 

A man charged with threatening to kill city of Spokane and Cowles Co. officials and a man charged with impersonating a federal agent were among cases with hearings today in Spokane County. Steven E. Escallier, 40, (left) is charged with criminal impersonation, first-degree attempted robbery…

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Eitzen denies Stark motions, again

Spokane County Superior Court Judge Tari Eitzen has denied a request by convicted killer Shellye L. Stark's lawyer to reconsider her denials of a new trial or arrest of judgment. Julie Twyford had filed a motion that included a declaration from a Spokane County Jail…

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2009

Police search killer's boyfriend's computers

A search warrant filed this week regarding the Spokane police investigation into the boyfriend of convicted killer Shellye L. Stark reveals new details. The day police arrested Brian L. Moore in Anahiem, Calif., on charges of conspiracy to commit murder and first-degree murder, a Post…

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Does anyone honestly think this will work?

SEATTLE (AP) — Gov. Chris Gregoire has proclaimed Thursday "Drive Nice Day."She's challenging Washington drivers to have a collision-free day on the roads.State Licensing Director Liz Luce says a little courtesy behind the wheel can making driving safer and more enjoyable for everyone.

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Courthouse watch: 5.20.09

Suspects scheduled to plead innocent in Spokane County Superior Court today included two young men charged with two counts of first-degree robbery for a knife-point holdup in downtown Spokane this May. Joseph E. Whipple, 21, and Jimmy D. Dempsey, 17, are each charged with two…

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TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2009


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