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Sirens & Gavels archive for Jan. 1, 2009

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 28, 2009

$25,000 bond for murder victim's roomie

The roommate of a man found dead near Green Bluff remains in Spokane County Jail on a $25,000 bond after a court appearance Wednesday. The Spokane County Sheriff's Office issued a $250,000 warrant for Miguel A. Rodriguez Barbosa, 18, on a felony marijuana charge, but…

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The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department has obtained surveillance photos from the attempted robbery at Walgreens Pharmacy in Hayden Oct. 27.  Anyone having information as to the identity of location of the person depicted in the photographs is asked to contact the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department at 446-1300 or their local law enforcement agency. (Kootenai County Sheriff's Department)

Idaho Oxy robber strikes again?

Surveillance photos of an attempted robbery at Walgreens in Hayden Tuesday evening show the would-be robber wore a billed beanie hat that appears to match the hat worn by a robber at the Post Falls Walgreens Sept. 30. The man walked out the Walgreens at…

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TUESDAY, OCT. 27, 2009

Car in ATM theft was stolen from airport

The SUV used in an attempted ATM theft last week was stolen from the Hertz car rental company at Spokane International Airport, according to a search warrant. A Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy found the 2009 white Infiniti Q56 SUV on Oct. 21 near North Juanita…

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The love seat missing from the home of homicide victim Jesus Torres Valdovinos matches the pictured sofa, but the love seat has only two seats and back cushions. (Spokane County Sheriff's Office)

Homicide victim's roommate arrested

The roommate of a man found dead near Green Bluff last week has been arrested on a felony drug charge. Miguel A. Rodriguez-Barbosa, 18, was booked into Spokane County Jail today about 3 p.m. on suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. Detectives…

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Oxy robbery suspect pleads not guilty

A 20-year-old woman accused of robbing a pharmacy of OxyContin pleaded innocent to the charge today. Ariel A. Arrieta is charged with first-degree robbery in connection with a pill heist at the Rite Aid at 5520 N. Division St. on Sept. 27. She appeared in…

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Jail guards due in federal court tomorrow

Two Franklin County corrections officers are due in federal court in Spokane Wednesday for a bail hearing on drug charges. Kevin J. Still, 44, (left) and Sonya K. Symons, 31, (right) were arrested Thursday by members of the federal Drug Enforcement Agency and the Tri-City…

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MONDAY, OCT. 26, 2009

Rathdrum woman accused of $450,000 fraud 

A Rathdrum woman was arrested Monday on suspicion of embezzling more than $450,000 from a Post Falls doctor’s office. Yolanda M. Williams, 36, is charged with grand theft and forgery for allegedly making fraudulent online transfers from the bank account of Post Falls Family Medicine…

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Spokane policemen honored for saving lives 

Two Spokane policemen were honored by the City Council tonight for saving lives. Officer Tim Moses (left) saved a man who was threatening suicide on the Monroe Street Bridge last month, and Cpl. Robbie Dashiell (right) saved a man who'd been shot in an apparent…

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Man linked to sex with horses, again 

A man who helped trigger the passage of a law banning bestiality in Washington has once again been linked to sex with horses, this time in Tennessee. Sheriff's investigators said Tuesday that 58-year-old James Michael Tait (right) was having sex with horses on a Maury…

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THURSDAY, OCT. 22, 2009

Craigslist sale leads to stolen police gear 

A suspicious camera sale brokered through Craigslist has led the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office to a cache of stolen police gear taken from one of its undercover vehicles more than five months ago. The case began taking shape after a Sandpoint woman called detectives in…

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Teen faces 39+ years after jury verdict 

A Spokane teenager faces a a minimum of about 39 years in prison after a jury convicted him Friday of shooting at two men in a motel parking lot. Anthony R. Covert, 19, was found guilty of attempted murder, first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree…

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Tips sought in CdA church burglaries

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that solve two recent Coeur d'Alene church burglaries. Cash, keys, food, guitars and tools were stolen from the First Christian Church, 610 N. 4th St., and the St. Thomas Catholic Church, 919 E. Indiana Ave., between Wednesday…

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 21, 2009

Valley meth man gets 23 years in prison

A Spokane Valley man will spend 23 years in prison for helping run a meth ring that distributed more than 33 pounds of the drug, the U.S attorney's office for the Eastern District of Washington announced today. Daniel A. Flaherty, 36, also will be on…

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Man accused of rape at Fairchild

An employee with Fairchild Air Force Base’s Survival Training Center is accused of raping a woman in an interrogation room. Michael W. Fassbender, 32, is in Spokane County Jail on $20,000 bail after appearing in Spokane County Superior Court via video Wednesday on one count…

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Roommates arrested in thefts, again 

It didn’t take long for police to identify two suspects in two recent high school locker rooms thefts. A couple of surveillance photos of the culprits did the trick. “We got flooded with tips, not only from law enforcement officers…but just from everywhere that it…

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Love seat sought in homicide investigation

Detectives are looking for a love seat that was removed from a homicide victim's home before a search Tuesday, Sgt. Dave Reagan said today. Jesus J. Torres Valdovinos, 25, (left) was found dead and wrapped in two blankets near Green Bluff Sunday. The Spokane County…

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TUESDAY, OCT. 20, 2009

Web sites could hold clues to murder-suicide 

Internet postings could hold clues to why an Iraq war veteran shot his wife to death before committing suicide, according to a search warrant filed today in Spokane County Superior Court. Chadwick and Jessica Olson, both 21, were found dead Aug. 29 at Chad Olson's…

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Woman with 30+ convictions adds another

A 57-year-old woman with at least 32 criminal convictions dating back to 1981 was sentenced to a year in prison and a year probation today for a low-level jewelry heist. Lawanda Hopkins-Sparks, who a prosecutor once told a judge has "more experience with misdemeanor citations…

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Robbery roundup

Two Deer Park men have been identified as suspects in an OxyContin robbery that police linked to a 20-year-old woman. Jed L. Boles, 31, (left) and William E. Higgins, 21, (right) face charges of first-degree robbery for allegedly helping Ariel A. Arrieta rob the Rite…

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MONDAY, OCT. 19, 2009

Bonnie and Clyde coin was in stolen Jeep

The Jeep allegedly stolen by a double murder suspect and his girlfriend in Coeur d'Alene this month contained a coin depicting the famous outlaw duo Bonnie and Clyde. "It's just kind of weird," said Julie Forsythe, a single of mother of three now out a…

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In this August 20, 2009 photo shows El Dorado County Sheriff's Sergeant James Byers dismantling a  marijuana garden in a remote area of El Dorado county, Calif. After overseeing a series of raids that destroyed more than 300,000  marijuana plants in California's Sierra Nevada foothills this summer, federal drug czar Gil Kerlikowske proclaimed, "Legalization is not in the president's vocabulary, and it's not in mine." (AP Photo/The Sacramento Bee, Randall Benton) (Randall Benton / Sacramento Bee)

Federal orders won't affect local pot cases 

New orders from the U.S Justice Department to end federal prosecution of state-authorized medical marijuana patients and dispensaries will have no effect on cases in Eastern Washington, prosecutors said Monday. The policy memo issued today calls for an end to prosecution of medical marijuana patients…

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Feds issue 'clarification' in cocaine case

An order order issued Wednesday by U.S Magistrate Cynthia Imbrogno stated Canadian cocaine suspect Michael B. Yuill's employer was being investigated "relevant to the pending charges." Not true, according to this document filed Friday. "The Government did not intent to assert that the Defendant's former…

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