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Sirens & Gavels archive for Jan. 1, 2009

MONDAY, OCT. 19, 2009

Spokane man arrested in July shooting

A man accused of attempted murder is due in court today after nearly three months on the run. Timothy "Stoney Boy" Lucious, 38, was booked into Spokane County Jail early Sunday morning in connection with a July 24 shooting in south Spokane that began with…

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FRIDAY, OCT. 16, 2009

Warrant looks for bruises on Oxy suspect

Search warrants are filed just about daily in Spokane County. Homes and cars are the most common targets, followed by cell phones, purses and backpacks. Sometimes there will be a search warrant to obtain a DNA swap from a suspect, but rarely do I see…

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'My side of the story is self-defense'

A Spokane man accused of shooting two men to death over a car trade says the slayings were in self-defense. Merle W. Harvey, 27, shot Jack T. Lamere, 41, and Jacob J. Potter, 45, after “three guys surrounded my truck with guns,” Harvey told a…

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War vet gets 6 months for Oxy robbery

An Iraq war veteran who robbed a pharmacy of OxyContin while undergoing drug abuse counseling will stay in jail for three more months. Terran D. Schatz, 24, was sentenced to six months in jail Friday after pleading guilty to second-degree robbery. He'll be credited with…

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THURSDAY, OCT. 15, 2009


Reward offered for teen in murder case

A teenager charged with second-degree murder for a fatal stabbing in January has a warrant out for his arrest after failing to show up for a court hearing. Christopher E. Hooper, 18, (left) and Michael L. Summa, 20, and Tylor T. Buttolph, 19, are accused…

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Another guilty verdict for would-be meth cook

A Newport man whose intent to manufacture methamphetamine conviction was thrown out by the state supreme court because of procedural error was re-convicted Wednesday by a Spokane jury. Virgil Montgomery has already served his 51-month prison sentence imposed after he and a friend were arrested…

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 14, 2009

Parking lot shooting trial begins

After a hitch getting the jury seated, a deputy prosecutor told the panel today why they should convict a 19-year-old Spokane man of attempted first-degree murder after he shot a man several times in a parking lot on Sunset Hill. Deputy Prosecutor Dale Nagy told…

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Young woman nabbed for Oxy robbery

Spokane police have arrested a 5-foot-tall woman in connection with a Sept. 27 pharmacy robbery and believe she may have been struck with a metal bar this week in a thwarted attempt at a different store. Ariel A. Arrieta, 20, appeared in Spokane County Superior…

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GU professor nominated for federal judgeship

WASHINGTON – If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Gonzaga University law professor Rosanna Peterson would become the first woman to serve on Eastern Washington’s U.S. District Court bench. President Barack Obama announced Peterson’s nomination Tuesday for the vacancy left after Judge Fred Van Sickle’s move…

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B.C man in coke bust to stay in jail 

A Canadian citizen arrested in Eastern Washington with more than 80 pounds of cocaine will remain in federal custody, a judge ruled today. Michael B. Yuill, 36, of Salmon Arm, B.C., has been in Spokane County Jail since his arrest on the Colville Indian Reservation…

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TUESDAY, OCT. 13, 2009


B.C man busted near Spokane with 38 kilos of coke

Spokane International Airport police suspected something was going on with the Canadian man they’d seen several times. In the last four months, he’d rented several SUVs and returned them after racking up unusually high mileage – some 3,000 miles apiece. Based on that tip, agents…

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Spokane attorney Mark Kamitomo, photographed in January 2008, believes he was a victim of racial slurs by jurors who deliberated one of his malpractice cases in Spokane Superior Court.  (Brian Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Judges look at verdict tossed over racial comments

Three state appellate judges were asked Tuesday to reinstate a verdict in favor of a local doctor after five jurors in the original malpractice trial reportedly made derogatory comments about the Japanese heritage of one of the plaintiff’s attorneys. The case has attracted statewide attention…

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   A pair of thieves struck West Valley and East Valley High Schools last week, and their respective School Resource Deputies hope someone will recognize and identify the crooks.
    On October 2nd, the two females entered the girls’ locker room at East Valley High School and entered two lockers belonging to volleyball players who were at after-school practice.
    The thieves took a truck key and bottle of perfume from one locker and from the second a brown wallet containing cash, a debit card, school ID card and Washington Learner’s Permit.  A pink Voyager cellular phone also was taken.
    The suspects apparently went to the parking lot and used the stolen key to open the first victim’s truck.  They stole a pink iPod and Cannon digital camera from the vehicle.
    Less than an hour later, the two suspects went to West Valley High School and entered the girls’ locker room while those volleyball players were at practice.  This time they were captured on school security video.
    The suspects stole a black and pink T-Mobile “Behold” phone, a gray and green T-Mobile “Gravity” phone, a pink LG “Venus” phone and a blue AT&T “Slider” phone from four different victims.  Total loss was about $900.
    Neither suspect appears to be a student at either school.  When they left West Valley High, outside security video captured them getting into a white van.
    Anyone with information about the two thieves is encouraged to call Crime Check at 456-2233.  (Spokane County Sheriff's Office)

Locker room thieves caught on camera

Here's a news release by Sgt. Dave Reagan: "A pair of thieves struck West Valley and East Valley High schools last week, and school resource deputies hope someone can identify the crooks. On Oct. 2, the two females entered the girls’ locker room at East…

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Oxy addict robbed elderly women, court docs say

OxyContin addiction drove a young man to rob elderly women in grocery store parking lots to support his habit, court documents allege. Ryan X. Burgess, 21, was scheduled to plead innocent today to first-degree robbery, first-degree theft and two counts of second-degree robbery in connection…

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TV network wants Blade Runner docs unsealed

A Canadian television network is working to unseal court documents in Eastern Washington federal court about the drug bust that led to a legendary young mountain biker's death in the Spokane County Jail. Lawyers for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation filed a motion last week asking…

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3 pit bulls maul mini horse in Pend Oreille Co. 

Three pit bulls mauled a miniature horse before being shot to death in Elk, Wash., last week, the Pend Oreille County Sheriff's Office announced today. The melee led sheriff's deputies to a marijuana growing operation on the dog owner's property, according to a news release.…

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MONDAY, OCT. 12, 2009

Court on Saturday? You betcha! 

Here's Tom Clouse's report: "Spokane officials announced today that Spokane Municipal Court will begin hearing cases on two Saturdays a month starting in December. The sessions, which will be held at 1:30 p.m. on the first and third Saturdays of the month, will allow residents…

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Trial this week in parking lot shooting

Jury selection began today in the trial of a teenager accused of shooting at two men in a motel parking lot late last year. Anthony R. Covert, 19, was arrested in November, accused of shooting Shane L. Hagedorn in a dispute police say centered on…

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