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Sirens & Gavels archive for Dec. 15, 2009

TUESDAY, DEC. 15, 2009

Victim testifies in kidnapping trial

A kidnapping and robbery suspect accused of victimizing a Good Samaritan will soon have his fate decided by a Spokane jury. Jason P. Shepard, 33, is accused of conning a 20-year-old Spokane woman into thinking he needed gas to see his sick baby, then forcing…

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Jerry  Keller of the Spokane Police Dept., shown in downtown Spokane Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, spent most of his 36-plus years in law enforcement investigating sex crimes. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

'He saved many children'

Jerry Keller retired last week after 36 years as a Spokane police officer. For 20 of those years, he was a detective in the sexual assault unit.He interviewed hundreds of suspects and hundreds of their young victims. He has come to understand pedophilia as a…

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Sheriff's sergeant on leave amid assault case

A Spokane County sheriff’s sergeant has been placed on paid leave pending the filing of a misdemeanor assault charge in connection with a domestic violence dispute.David Fray was placed on administrative leave late last month after investigators concluded they had probable cause to arrest him…

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Deal approved in '04 home invasion

A man who recently returned to Spokane from federal prison will be released on probation in a plea deal approved today for a five-year-old home invasion robbery. DeAndre S. Gaither, 30, served about 5 years in prison on a federal cocaine conviction that came about…

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Woman struck on Division Street dies

A woman who was struck by another driver after she crashed her car and tried crossing Division on foot last month has died. Micheala Larson, 38, died Dec. 3, Spokane police announced today. She was northbound on Division Street on Nov. 20 when she lost…

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