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Sirens & Gavels archive for Jan. 1, 2009

THURSDAY, NOV. 12, 2009

Boyfriend of injured woman questioned

Detectives investigating the case of a woman found seriously injured on a Whitman County road have secured evidence and questioned several people, including the victim’s boyfriend. Kristen E. Grindley, 23, remains in critical condition at Sacred Heart Medical Center. She’s been unconscious since she was…

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 11, 2009

Police: Thief crashes into car of woman, toddler

A suspected car prowler crashed into another driver during a police chase Wednesday, injuring the woman but not her 2-year-old child, Spokane police said. Michael L. Bridges, 24, fled in a black Chevrolet Caprice after officers spotted him walking near Everett and Stone, according to…

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Charges sought in death of boy, 4

Investigators are seeking a vehicular homicide charge against the father of a 4-year-old boy who died near Mount Spokane last summer. Gerrin P.R. LaFleur died Aug. 19 during a family firewood-gathering trip in the foothills near North Wallis Road and East Elliot Road. His father,…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 10, 2009

Cutlet cartel leader gets 3 years

Spokane's Hamburglar apparently has a drug problem. Christopher M. Webber, 38, stole steaks from stores across Spokane as part of theft ring that hawked the stolen meat in black market deals with bars and taverns. He pleaded guilty to a slew of crimes today but…

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Video shows latest Spokane holdup

The person who robbed a convenience store on the edge of Browne's Addition Sunday night wore what appears to be a gas mask and carried a rifle, video released today shows. The 9 p.m. robbery at Sunset Grocery lasted about a minute, with the gun-toting…

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The man pictured may be responsible for car thefts in northeast Spokane, police said on Nov. 10. (Spokane Police Department)

Pictures show car theft suspects

The men pictured may be responsible for car thefts in northeast Spokane, police said today. The surveillance photos could help solve what authorities describe as a surge in vehicle thefts in the city. The number of auto thefts is the highest it has been in…

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MONDAY, NOV. 9, 2009

Moscow police are looking for a man described as having a "dirty complexion" and living in a shingle-sided cabin in the woods. A sketch artist produced the above drawing of the man, who identified himself as Jim and is accused of giving a missing boy a ride back to Moscow from somewhere northeast of Deary the weekend of Oct. 3. (Moscow Police Department)

Mountain man wanted in Moscow

To be filed in the "you can't make this stuff up" category, Moscow police are looking for a man described as having a "dirty complexion" and living in a shingle-sided cabin in the woods. An alleged sketch artist produced the above drawing of the man,…

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Ex-school treasurer accused of theft

A former Spokane elementary school parent teacher organization treasurer pleaded innocent to six felony charges Monday, more than a year after police say she sat in the principal’s office as the PTO president exclaimed, “We have no money; it’s all gone.” 'Theresa L. Dewitt, 42,…

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'It will be on the news'

A man described by friends as suicidal told his girlfriend the morning he was shot by police that something was going to happen "and it will be on the news," according to court documents filed today. David J. Glidden, 27, remains in stable condition at…

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Scam capitalizes on family bonds

As far as crime goes, there is low, there’s downright dirty and then there’s the grandparents scam. An 82-year-old Spokane woman was bilked out of more than $17,000 of her savings last month by swindlers who persuaded her to wire the money to bail her…

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Videos show Zip Trip robbery

Spokane police released video Friday of a weeks-old robbery for which two men have already been arrested. Police say Christopher R. Walinski, 25, robbed the Zip Trip at 3030 E. Euclid at gunpoint Sept 29 at 11:12 p.m. as Justin J. Ellery, 24, waited in…

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FRIDAY, NOV. 6, 2009

Brother sentenced for deadly crash

More six months after losing her daughter in a motorcycle crash, a Spokane mother sobbed as she pleaded with a judge Friday to keep the driver - her son - out of prison. “I’m just lost without my kids. Not only have I lost one,…

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Judge rules on evidence in Crenshaw trial

Only some statements accused double murderer Justin Crenshaw made to detectives can be used as evidence at his February trial, a judge ruled today. Judge Tari Eitzen said Crenshaw's interview with sheriff's investigators turned into an interrogation once a patrol car was called to take…

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THURSDAY, NOV. 5, 2009

Brendon T. Kaluza-Graham, 22, was arrested Wednesday after an officer realized the 1997 Honda Accord he was driving was stolen and pulled him over just before 4 p.m. at Olympic and Helena, according to a police report. Inside the car were vehicle plates, screwdrivers, work gloves, a pair of used rubber gloves, and an Allen wrench grounded down to resemble a vehicle key, police said. Kaluza-Graham, who police say had a suspended driver's license, remains in Spokane County Jail on a charge of possession of a stolen motor vehicle. (Spokane Police Department)

Spokane police report spike in car thefts 

Vehicle thefts are at an all-time high in Spokane, police say. As the Spokane Police Department works to get the word out about - and solve - the problem, an arrest yesterday provided a glimpse at tools typically used in car heists. Brendon T. Kaluza-Graham,…

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CdA men charged with hate crime

Three men were indicted Thursday by a Kootenai County grand jury on malicious harassment charges — also known as “hate crimes” — related to threats allegedly made to a Hispanic family in Coeur d’Alene in August. Ira Gino Tankovich, 47, Frank James Tankovich, 46, and…

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This photo shows an SUV that rear-ended a Spokane police cruiser Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009. The patrol car was stopped on Maple Street just south of Sinto Avenue about 1 p.m. while Officer Jeff Graves helped a person. (KHQ-TV)

Police officer in crash out of hospital

A Spokane police officer injured when a woman rear-ended his squad car was released from the hospital last night and will return to work in "a few weeks," police said today. Officer Jeff Graves has a soar back, neck and arms from the collision Wednesday…

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A 1965 Volkswagen bus reported stolen in Spokane more than 35 years ago was recovered in mid-October in the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials seized it during a container examination. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Stolen VW van shows up 35 years later

Customs agents in Los Angeles got a surprise last month when they opened a shipping container headed for the Netherlands: a restored 1965 Volkswagen van reported stolen in Spokane more than 35 years ago.Investigators are still trying to figure out how the van made it…

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Pot suspects to get private but public attorneys

Two accused marijuana smugglers will be represented by publicly paid, private attorneys because of a a conflict of interest with the federal defender's office. William Richard Paterson, 50, and Jahrum David Oakes, 32, both of Kelowna B.C, appeared in U.S District Court in Spokane this…

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Plea deal mulled in abortionist threat case

DENVER (AP) -- A Spokane man accused of threatening relatives of a Colorado doctor who performs late-term abortions is considering a plea deal. Federal court documents filed in Denver said Donald Hertz indicated he was willing to accept the offer with minor modifications. His attorney…

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This photo shows an SUV that rear-ended a Spokane police cruiser Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009. The patrol car was stopped on Maple Street just south of Sinto Avenue about 1 p.m. while Officer Jeff Graves helped a person. (KHQ-TV)

Police officer injured in rear-end crash 

A Spokane police officer was hospitalized with serious injuries Wednesday after a woman thought to be on drugs rear ended him, a police spokeswoman said. Officer Jeff Graves is expected to survive injuries caused when Debra Hatcher, 54, rear ended his squad car on Maple…

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Police may have suspect in ATM thefts

A man arrested on drug charges is suspected of an attempted ATM burglary two days after he posted bail. George W. Butrick, 31, (left, allegedly) was arrested again Wednesday after police identified him as a suspect in an incident Oct. 21 at the Conoco at…

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Suspects in double homicide plead innocent

It was an arraignment trifecta this afternoon as a double homicide suspect, his accused accomplice, and a man police arrested in connection with the crime all entered not guilty pleas to their respective charges in Spokane County Superior Court. Merle W. Harvey, 27, is charged…

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