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Sirens & Gavels archive for Jan. 1, 2009

FRIDAY, OCT. 9, 2009

Career burglar at it again, allegedly 

A career criminal released from jail in August because charges weren’t filed in a burglary case is accused of a Wednesday night burglary that cleaned out a Spokane car stereo store. Christopher J. Cannata, who police say has 21 felony convictions, returned to Spokane County…

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Dad acquitted in girl's hypothermia death

SHOSHONE, Idaho — An Idaho man who let his 11-year-old daughter walk several miles in freezing conditions along an isolated rural highway on Christmas Day was acquitted Friday of involuntary manslaughter in the girl’s death from hypothermia. Robert Aragon (left) was also found not guilty…

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THURSDAY, OCT. 8, 2009

Courthouse watch: 10.8.09

A tip that originated from drunken bragging gave Spokane Valley police officers the information they needed to bag one burglary suspect and develop probable cause to book another one. Jesse Leroy Brown, 18, was arrested late Wednesday night after he allegedly got drunk on stolen…

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Funeral today for cancer-stricken SPD officer

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office and Spokane Valley Police Department traffic units handled calls inside the city of Spokane this morning while police department employees attended the funeral of an officer who died of leukemia. Aaron S. Douglas, 38, was hired as a police officer…

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County OKs settlement in Taser case

A Spokane County reserve fund will pay some $112,000 to a man who was shocked three times with a Taser by a deputy during a traffic stop in 2004. County commissioners approved a settlement this week with Spirit Creager, (right) a painter who had sued…

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Chief responds to Center for Justice story 

Spokane police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick just fired off a fierce e-mail responding to this story by BIll Morlin for the Center for Justice. The article states that Kirkpatrick confirmed "widely circulated rumors that she has been looking for a job elsewhere, including a recent opening…

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Mitchell A. Hardin’s  public defender, Todd Porter, refused to go near him last week, expressing fear over catching an illness because Hardin was among jail inmates required to wear a mask. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

And it keeps spreading...

The swine flu has arrived at the Shoshone County Jail. An inmate has tested positive for the H1N1 virus, the Shoshone County Sheriffs Office announced today. The inmate complained of flu-like symptoms a week ago and was tested for the virus at a hospital. "Since…

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Adin Stevens displays shirts he printed on a whim weeks ago celebrating teenage fugitive  Colton  Harris- Moore Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009, in his printing shop in Seattle. Whenever police get near  Harris- Moore, the teen seems to disappear and the crime spree is beginning to feel like something out of the movie "Catch Me If You Can." Since escaping from a halfway house last year, the 18-year-old suspected in more than 50 burglaries and now, say authorities, stealing airplanes. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) (Elaine Thompson / The Associated Press)

Teen bandit becoming national sensation 

His following seems to grow as quickly as the list of crimes people speculate he may have committed. Colton Harris-Moore has been something of a legend in the town of Camano Island, where he grew up and is suspected of nearly 50 burglaries and thefts,…

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TUESDAY, OCT. 6, 2009

Courthouse watch: 10.6.09

A man scheduled to accept a plea deal in an OxyContin robbery will instead go to trial on all charges after asking for a delay today. Nicholas A. Blessing, 29, posted $15,000 bond yesterday, then told his public defender, Jeff Compton, he needed more time…

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Moses Lake man convicted in drug death

A Moses Lake man faces at least four years in prison after being convicted of controlled substance homicide. A jury deliberated for about an hour Oct. 2 before finding Corey Christman, 30, guilty in the death of Ryan Leonard Mulder, 19, the Grant County Sheriff's…

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Spokane Officer Paul Gorman poses with his new police dog, Maximus. (The Spokesman-Review)

Where was this photo taken? 

Any guesses on where this photo of Spokane police Officer Paul Gorman and his K9, Maximus, was taken? Spokane police sent it to media yesterday. I've never seen an alley like that in Spokane. The fallen Roman pillars are a nice touch. I've put a…

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MONDAY, OCT. 5, 2009

Couple in $800,000 fraud get prison

A woman and her boyfriend who bought a trip to the Super Bowl and other luxury items with more than $800,000 in embezzled funds from a Spokane business will spend time in prison. Michelle A. Wing, 34, will spend more than six years in a…

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FRIDAY, OCT. 2, 2009

THURSDAY, OCT. 1, 2009

Nick Rook, center, is the new baseball coach for Coeur d'Alene High School. 3/11/09. KATHY PLONKA The Spokesman-Review (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

AG says coach owes for canceled camp

The baseball coach at Coeur d’Alene High School is accused of canceling a sports camp and keeping the money of four people who’d signed up. The Idaho Attorney General’s Office filed a lawsuit against Nicholas Rook Wednesday, asking that he pay a $20,000 fine over…

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Courthouse watch: 10.1.09

A man who robbed a pharmacy of OxyContin will spend nine months in jail. Tom E. Snell, 24, will be on probation for a year after he's released on a second-degree robbery conviction. Snell pleaded guilty to the charge Thursday, which was amended from first-degree…

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The Washington State Patrol raided real estate developer Joe Ward’s Long Lake home last January. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Details emerge in case against developer

A massive investigation into a suspected drug and stolen property ring has led to allegations of a methamphetamine- and sex-fueled criminal enterprise operated by a once-prominent Spokane land developer. The raid in January at Joseph G. Ward’s home along the shores of Long Lake (pictured…

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An employee at Walgreens, 706 E. Seltice Way, called 911 about 5:30 p.m. and said a man with a bandanna covering his mouth handed her a note saying he had a gun and demanding the prescription painkiller. (Post Falls Police Department)

Post Falls joins OxyContin crime club

Post Falls police have released photos of an OxyContin robbery Wednesday. An employee at Walgreens, 706 E. Seltice Way, called 911 just after 5:33 p.m. and said a man with a bandanna covering his mouth handed her a note saying he had a gun and…

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Courthouse watch: 9.30.09

The man accused of killing two men Saturday argued with one before firing a gun at them, then picked up a "bigger gun with bigger flashes" and continued shooting, witnesses told police. But victim Jack T. Lamere, 41, had a gun, too, though it was…

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Defendant headbutts lawyer in court

YAKIMA, Wash. -- (AP) A murder trial in Yakima was interrupted this morning when the defendant head-butted his lawyer. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports medics were called for attorney Adolfo Banda who was bleeding heavily from a cut above his left eye. He later told Judge…

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The FBI is looking for this man, who robbed the INB bank branch at Hawthorne Road and Nevada Street at gunpoint Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009. Officials say the suspect tied up bank employees with duct tape during the robbery. (Spokane Valley Police Department)

Spokane bank robber still at large

In a brazen act and shockingly ugly fashion statement, a man in striped purple-and-gold poncho, a blond wig and brown false mustache tied up Spokane bank employees before escaping with cash Tuesday. The man walked into the INB Bank branch at Hawthorne Road and Nevada…

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