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Sirens & Gavels archive for Aug. 12, 2009

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 12, 2009

The 'big' in big-time criminal history

A woman with a criminal history so extensive a prosecutor told a judge she has "more experience with misdemeanor citations than all of us combined" is back in jail on a charge she knows well: theft. Nearly eights years after Lawanda R. Hopkins-Sparks, 57, stole…

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'She sets fires to help ease the pain'

One woman. One trailer park. A string of suspicious fires. These elements converged in a probable cause affidavit that led to the arrest of a Spokane woman Tuesday. Carol J. Haloburdo, 53, is in Spokane County Jail on $20,000 bond, charged with second-degree reckless burning…

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'A danger to women'

A Spokane jury got its first glimpse Wednesday of the past sex crimes and current violent sexual fantasies that persuaded state officials to try to keep Shawn Dale Botner in custody for the rest of his life. The state wants to civilly commit Botner, 36,…

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Courthouse watch: 8.13.09

A Spokane County Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday there was no probable cause to charge a man arrested in connection with a shooting in a Spokane fast-food parking lot last week. But Jason M. Giles will remain in Spokane County Jail on District Court charges.…

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