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Sirens & Gavels archive for Aug. 2009

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 19, 2009

Bad day for STA 

If the allegations are to believed, Spokane Transit Authority had a bad day yesterday.Two men appeared in Spokane County Superior Court today on felony charges related to two altercations involving STA buses that occurred two hours apart Tuesday evening.Michael W. Maltos, 47, is charged with…

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Man survives 3 crashes on 1 road 

The only survivor of a crash on Lovell Valley Road near Plummer, Idaho has survived two other one-car crashes on that same road.Joseph M. Matt, 24, of Worley, was thrown from a 1997 Jeep Cherokee about 1:10 p.m. on Tuesday after the car left the…

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Courthouse watch: 8.19.09

A crime spree that saw a teen rob stores of thousands of dollars at gunpoint ended with a suspect crying in front of detectives after lying to protect his friends, according to a probable cause affidavit.Daniel I. Neace, 19, appeared in Spokane County Superior Court…

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Crime Stoppers mug shot matchup

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information that leads to the capture of these four people. Can you match the mug shot with the allegation? Click the link below for the answers.Alleged crimes: second-degree malicious mischief and third-degree driving while license suspended, violation of…

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TUESDAY, AUG. 18, 2009


Documents give new details in fatal fall 

The Louisiana couple involved in the fatal fall at the Coeur d'Alene Resort were arguing and drinking that night, court documents show. Witnesses heard Lynea M. Sprung Hambrice, 36, telling Ian E. James, 38, to stop hurting her about 12:15 a.m. on July 30 -…

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Courthouse watch: 8.18.09

A murderous road trip that saw a paranoid schizorphenic take the lives of two college students earned the man a lifetime in prison. John Delling, 23, received two life sentences today from 4th District Judge Deborah Bail in Boise. Delling pleaded guilty earlier this year…

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Craigslist prostitution hits Wenatchee

In a nice underscore to my story last month that explored Craigslist prostitution stings in North Idaho, the Wenatchee World reports two Seattle-area women were arrested last week for working as prostitututes out of the Cedars Inn in East Wenatchee.The AP's pickup of the World…

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MONDAY, AUG. 17, 2009


Courthouse watch: 8.17.09

Two men charged in a major cocaine ring were to appear in federal court today.Maurisio Ramirez, 29, and Gilberto Acevedo-Adame, 31, have been in Spokane County Jail since Aug. 12 on three federal charges of conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute. Court documents…

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One dead, one at large after knife fight

Police released a description of a suspected killer Monday, two days after a man was stabbed to death in a Spokane parking lot.William “Billy” O. Floyd, 22, died after police found him unconscious and barely breathing in a parking lot at West Indiana Avenue and…

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FRIDAY, AUG. 14, 2009

Crime Stoppers mug shot matchup 10 

Crime Stoppers is offering rewards for information that leads to the capture of the four pictured below. In honor of this interactive feature from Newsweek magazine, can you match the crime with the mug shot? Click on the link below for the answers.Alleged crimes: first-degree…

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An arsenal of weapons was taken from Ronald Struve's former storage locker in Bellevue. (Courtesy photo)

Courthouse watch: 8.14.09

A Spokane man who stockpiled what federal prosecutors described as a “troubling” arsenal of illegal weapons will spend the next four years in prison. Ronald L. Struve, 67, was also sentenced today in Seattle to two years probation and ordered to undergo mental health treatment.…

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THURSDAY, AUG. 13, 2009

Yawn in court gets man 3 weeks in jail

Courtroom dwellers, beware. That yawn could cost you. Here's the AP story of an Illinois man who discovered that first hand: JOLIET, Ill. — An Illinois judge has freed a man who had been in jail for three weeks after letting loose a loud yawn…

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Courthouse watch: 8.13.09

A bondsman accused of forcing an old man to give him $6,000 appeared was scheduled to plead innocent today in Spokane County Superior Court. Ryan M. Holmes, 46, of Holmes Brothers Bail Bonds, was charged in a case his lawyer calls a "civil dispute run…

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Twice the speed; triple the alcohol

The driver of a van that slammed into pickup last week, killing a Mead woman, was drunk and speeding at the time of the crash, according to a search warrant.Lucian G. Brisan, 29, faces a vehicular homicide charge for the Aug. 7 crash that killed…

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Landlord wanted on 20 theft charges

A scandal police say bilked a rental owner out of more than $15,000 ended with 20 theft charges filed against a husband and wife hired to managed two Spokane apartment complexes. Trial for Theresa M. Walters, 33, scheduled to begin Aug. 21, but police can’t…

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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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TUESDAY, AUG. 11, 2009

Paula K. Reynolds-Eblacas (The Spokesman-Review)

Bearded woman back in court 

A woman who sometimes grows a full beard as a symbol of her activism for human rights is back in the Spokane County Superior Court system after a police officer said she grabbed his left testicle.Paula K. Reynolds-Eblacas, 42, was convicted of stalking in 2006…

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Two stabbings; one family

Last night, police found a man with stab wounds his mother said were inflicted by his girlfriend.Today, a 35-year-old man was sentenced for the stabbing death of his cousin last year.In each case, police responded to the same location - the 1400 block of West…

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Courthouse watch: 8.11.09

A bounty hunter accused of forcing an elderly Spokane man to give a bondsman thousands of dollars was released from jail on his own recognizance today.Brian D. Steenhard, 38, is charged with first-degree theft and obtaining a signature by duress or deception after a 70-year-old…

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