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Sirens & Gavels archive for Jan. 1, 2009


Few leads in Green Bluff homicide

More than two weeks after a major marijuana dealer was found dead near Green Bluff, detectives are working with few leads. "It's not a case that we don't think we can solve," Sgt. Dave Reagan said today. "We just don't know how long that's going…

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Stuff a burglar, win a turkey 

From now until Thanksgiving, Crime Stoppers is giving its usual cash reward along with a grocery store gift card for tips that help arrest the eight accused or convicted burglars pictured below.Sgt. Dave Reagan described the eight as a "a bevy of baddies who like…

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Accused pot smugglers due in court Thursday

Two Canadian men are due in U.S District Court Thursday after being caught near the border this week with what federal agents described as eight duffel bags of marijuana. William Richard Paterson, 50, and Jahrum David Oakes, 32, are in the Spokane County Jail. A…

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Man shot by police had pellet gun

A reportedly suicidal man shot by Spokane Valley police Friday was armed with a pellet gun that resembles a Colt .45 semi-automatic pistol, newly filed documents show. David J. Glidden, 27, was shot twice in the upper body after emerging from a Spokane Valley home…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 3, 2009

Out on bail, accused rapist pleads not guilty 

A man accused of raping a woman in an interrogation room at Fairchild Air Force Base pleaded not guilty in Spokane County Superior Court today. Michael W. Fassbender, 32, is charged with first-degree rape after a woman told sheriff’s deputies that Fassbender choked her into…

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Second trial begins in shooting death

The second trial of a Spokane man accused of murdering another man in a dispute near his home more than two years ago began today in Spokane County Superior Court. Allan L. Turnipseed, who was 51 when a jury couldn't reach a verdict in April,…

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Audio features Subway store robbers

Spokane police released an audio recording today of a recent robbery at a northwest Spokane Subway store in hopes someone will recognize the voices of the two robbers. The men held an employee of the store at 1103 W. Northwest Blvd. at knife point about…

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Heli radar catches man who drove 100 mph

A sheriff’s helicopter used infrared radar to locate an Airway Heights driver whose speed topped 100 mph early Saturday. Jared H. Horton, 22, was arrested after abandoning his still-running 1998 Chevy Malibu in a driveway along Lewis Road and running from a home into a…

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MONDAY, NOV. 2, 2009

Details emerge in big pot bust

A big marijuana bust last month started in March when drug detectives grew suspicious of a man arrested with four pounds of marijuana, according to search warrants. That man, Frank Kimberling, has not been charged in Spokane County Superior Court, but two men arrested Oct.…

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Man who eluded feds back in court

A man who eluded federal agents for nearly a month was due in Spokane County Superior Court today, accused of stealing his mother's car and filling it up with stolen gas while on the run this summer. Anthony E. Burke, alias Anthony Garver, was sentenced…

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B.C man in coke bust asks for release

A father of two with no criminal record, accused of bring 38 kilos of cocaine into the country from Canada, will go before a federal magistrate again this Thursday to ask for his release. Salmon Arm, B.C, resident Michael B. Yuill, 36, (left, dressed as…

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Second man arrested in July shooting

A man accused of attempted murder was arrested Sunday after more than three months on the run.Michael "Mikey Mike" R. Gardner, 23, is due in Spokane Superior Court via video today after being booked into jail shortly before 10 p.m., according to jail records. Gardner…

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FRIDAY, OCT. 30, 2009

The Devlin is in the details 

The death penalty case against Christopher H. Devlin has turned into a legal mess in which prosecutors from two counties are squabbling over who should pay for the costly trial. Spokane County Superior Court Judge Jerome Leveque has twice ruled on where the case should…

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Robberies in region continue 

The robberies in the Inland Northwest continued Thursday as three women foiled two attempts within minutes of each other by challenging the masked gunmen. Police don't know if the cases are connected. They occurred more than two miles apart within 12 minutes of each other,…

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THURSDAY, OCT. 29, 2009

Accused robber shot teen girl in 2004

Three men arrested for an armed robbery Wednesday night are being questioned about a string of robberies in Spokane County in the last month. Nedzad Mesanovic, 20, (right) of Spokane; Miroslav Veselinovic, 22, of Spokane; and Reza Abghari, 26, of Colbert, were driving a dark…

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A photo released Oct. 29 shows a man Spokane police think may be responsible for a series of ATM thefts. (Spokane Police Department)

Photo of ATM burglar released

Brazen thieves are targeting cash machines at Spokane-area convenience stores, using stolen vehicles to bash through locked doors and storefronts to grab and loot the secured ATMs.Spokane police hope someone recognizes the man pictured above outside the Conoco Station at 3125 E. Mission on Oct.…

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Bar stabbing may be gang related

Here's Sara Leaming's report: The owner of a downtown Spokane night club says his employees stopped a gang “hit” outside of his business early Wednesday night, during which two men were sent to the hospital with minor stab wounds. Jordan Troutt, the owner of Uno…

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 28, 2009

Jail guards in drug bust released

Two Franklin County corrections officers were released from the Spokane County Jail today after a bail hearing on federal drug charges. Kevin J. Still, 44, (left) and Sonya K. Symons, 31, (right) were arrested last week by members of the federal Drug Enforcement Agency and…

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Officials warn of cuts to courts, jail 

Spokane County’s top law enforcement officials made an impassioned plea Tuesday to spare their budgets from spending cuts next year, suggesting commissioners tap the “rainy-day” fund to help prop up public safety services during tough economic times. County commissioners said no and suggested county staff…

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