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Sirens & Gavels archive for Jan. 1, 2009

THURSDAY, DEC. 10, 2009

More charged in home invasion robbery

A 22-year-old woman is accused of helping three men charged with a home invasion robbery in Spokane Valley last month. Vatsana Muongkhoth was arraigned Tuesday in Spokane County Superior Court on charges of conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary, first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, possession…

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Lawyer: Blame it on the caffeine

The Idaho motorist accused of striking down two pedestrians on the Washington State University campus may be suffering from “caffeine psychosis,” his lawyer said. The lawyer for Dan Noble, 31, (right) of Moscow, said Tuesday that his client was known to consume large amounts of…

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Spokane Valley firefighters rescued a young whitetail deer Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, after the it wandered onto thin ice at Liberty Lake and became stranded. Crews from the Spokane Fire Department were called to the 2000 block of South Liberty Lake Drive around 10 a.m., after a resident reported a deer had fallen through the ice and was stuck. (Spokane Valley Fire Department)

Deer rescued on Liberty Lake 

Firefighters rescued a young whitetail deer Wednesday after it became stranded on thin ice at Liberty Lake. Crews from the Spokane Valley Fire Department were called to the 2000 block of South Liberty Lake Drive around 10 a.m., after a resident reported a deer had…

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TUESDAY, DEC. 8, 2009


Report: Mead man on meds for depression

A Mead man accused of killing his wife had recently been prescribed anti-depressant medication but "still seemed very depressed," according to court documents filed today. Detectives on Monday searched the home where Jeffrey N. Canino, 46, (right, courtesy KHQ) allegedly stabbed Michelle Canino, 43, to…

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Patrol Deputy Gavin Brodwater, of the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department, prepares to depart from the Coeur d’Alene Police Department on Monday  as part of a North Idaho law enforcement caravan  to Western Washington for the funeral of four slain Lakewood, Wash., officers. (Kathy Plonka)

Funeral today for Lakewood officers 

Dozens of area law enforcement are taking part in the funeral procession for the slain Lakewood police officers in Western Washington today. The Spokane Police Honor Guard traveled with officers from the Cheney Police Department on Monday. The Coeur d’Alene Police Honor Guard was joined…

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MONDAY, DEC. 7, 2009

Ransacked pet store leads to arrests

A ransacked pet store. A tarantula, four lizards and a ferret missing. That crime scene greeted Coeur d'Alene detectives last summer at Duncan's Pet Shop. Now two Coeur d'Alene teenagers are accused of the burglary and animal heist, but police haven't recovered the reptiles and…

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CdA men accused of coffee stand robbery

Three Coeur d'Alene men were due in court today on charges that they robbed a coffee stand at gunpoint over the weekend. Charles E. Spencer, 24 (top left); Arthur William Wilson, 18 (right); and Andrew Wayne Bryant, 18 (bottom left), were arrested Sunday after detectives…

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Probation for ex-city councilman 

A former Liberty Lake city councilman will be on unsupervised probation for two years for assaulting his wife. Brian A. Sayrs pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault Friday in Spokane County District Court. Sayrs was originally charged with felony second-degree assault after his wife, Michelle Messer,…

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THURSDAY, DEC. 3, 2009

Misdemeanor for mother in STA assault 

A woman accused of assaulting her child at the downtown bus plaza has been charged with a misdemeanor. The 3-year-old boy who Keyana L. Key is accused of assaulting had bruising but no further injuries, which led to the fourth-degree assault charge, said Spokane County…

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Sentencing closed in drug case

A drug runner arrested in the investigation of a smuggling ring that used helicopters to fly marijuana, cocaine and other narcotics throughout the region was sentenced during a secret proceeding Wednesday in federal court, his attorney said. The courtroom was closed and the transcript will…

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8 shots fired at 'agitated and angry' gunman 

Spokane County sheriff’s deputies fired at least eight shots at a Spokane Valley man who answered the door armed with a gun. Deputies were called to an apartment at 8910 E. Broadway Ave. on Saturday for a reported domestic dispute. When authorities arrived, Donald J.…

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Husband accused of murder remains in hospital

A man accused of killing his wife remains under guard at a downtown Spokane hospital. Jeffrey N. Canino, 46, is on the Spokane County Superior Court first appearance docket this afternoon one one count of first-degree murder but likely won't make the appearance, said Spokane…

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 2, 2009

The woman pictured is thought to have stolen the pursue from the Holy Family Hospital emergency room waiting area on Nov. 4 from 1 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. (Spokane Police Department)

Tips sought on hospital purse snatcher

Police are asking for help identifying a woman who stole a purse from a hospital waiting room.The woman pictured is thought to have stolen the pursue from the Holy Family Hospital emergency room waiting area, 5633 N. Lidgerwood St., on Nov. 4 from 1 a.m.…

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TUESDAY, DEC. 1, 2009


Tiffiny Ryan, sister of slain Lakewood police Officer Tina Griswold, speaks to the media in Spokane alongside police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick. Ryan works for the Spokane Police Department.jesset@spokesman.com (Jesse Tinsley)

Suspected cop killer shot dead in Seattle 

Suspected cop killer Maurice Clemmons was shot and killed by police in Seattle early today. His death came nearly two days after four officers were killed in a West Side coffee shop in what authorities described as an ambush. One of the slain officers, Tina…

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MONDAY, NOV. 30, 2009

Gunpoint Zip Trip robbery netted $66 

A holdup at a convenience store netted the gunman and two accomplices $22 each, according to court documents. Joseph R. Giordanella, 24, appeared in Spokane County Superior Court Monday after being arrested last week for the Sept. 29 robbery of the Zip Trip, 3030 E.…

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Feds call for 17+ years in coke bust 

A man caught with cocaine in Utah as part of a major drug bust that led to a helicopter pilot's suicide in the Spokane County Jail faces at least 17 years in prison under a recommendation from federal prosecutors. Leonard J. Ferris, 50, is scheduled…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 24, 2009

On Wednesday, 11/18/2009 around 10 P.M. at the Walmart located at 2301 W. Wellesley, the pictured woman stole a wallet out of a customer’s purse while she was being helped at the customer service desk.  (Spokane Police Department)

Wal-Mart wallet snatcher sought

Police are searching for a woman caught on video surveillance stealing another woman’s wallet at a northwest Spokane Wal-Mart store. The victim was being helped at the customer service desk at Wal-Mart, 2301 W. Wellesley, about 10 p.m. Nov. 18, when the thief took the…

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Furloughed inmate's brother arrested

The brother of a man granted a five-hour furlough from jail for Thanksgiving was arrested today on drug charges. Steven Kinard, 50, was booked just before 4:30 p.m. today, according to Spokane County Jail records. Kinard is the younger brother of Terrence A. "T-Baby" Kinard…

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31 months for 1 robber, 9 for another

Two pharmacy robbers who pleaded guilty in court today likely will get starkly different sentences. The difference in the cases of Lance W. Shaw, 27, and Jeremy M. Mace, 23, comes down to who used a weapon and who didn't. Shaw was sentenced to nine…

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MONDAY, NOV. 23, 2009

'I lost it,' accused mother says

A woman accused of assaulting her child at the downtown bus plaza told a social worker she was under stress and “lost it” but loves her kids. Keyana L. Key, 28, is in jail on $20,000 bond after her first appearance Monday in Spokane County…

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Driver in crash has prior DUI arrests

A driver accused of a hit-and-run crash in downtown Spokane was cited for drunken driving two months before police say he struck a woman after drinking at several bars Friday night. Cameron B. Olsness, 24, had “at least five shots of Tequila and multiple mixed…

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