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Sirens & Gavels archive for Dec. 2009

MONDAY, DEC. 21, 2009

Men deny hate crime allegations

Three brothers accused of harassing a Coeur d’Alene man because of his ethnicity say they simply asked to buy electrical equipment from the man and were stunned when he pulled a gun on them. Ira Gino Tankovich, 47, Frank James Tankovich, 46, and William Michael…

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FRIDAY, DEC. 18, 2009

Man accused of threatening to kill police 

A man accused of threatening to kill Spokane police has been arrested by U.S. Marshals. Shawn Michael Buroker, 21, was taken into custody Thursday in Asotin County, Wash. Buroker was sentenced in January to three years probation for conspiracy to commit burglary in Nez Perce…

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THURSDAY, DEC. 17, 2009

Deal approved in fatal boat crash

A man accused of causing a fatal accident on the Spokane River in Coeur d’Alene left jail last week after pleading guilty to boating under the influence. John F. Klinefelter, 45, Hayden, will be on probation for two years and received credit for 112 days…

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Man told police he killed for revenge

A man accused of gunning down three people in a rural Eastern Washington town told police he was angry at the men for raping a friend, according to court documents filed today in Grant County Superior Court. J. Guadalupe “Lupe” Martinez-Lopez, 24, is due in…

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 16, 2009

Liberty Lake police think this blue 1992 Mitsubishi Eclipse may be involved in several burglaries. (Liberty Lake Police Department)

Car sought in Liberty Lake burglaries 

Liberty Lake police think the blue 1992 Mitsubishi Eclipse they say is pictured above may be involved in several burglaries. The burglaries occurred at businesses and one residence in late November and early December. Police think the thieves may be armed because several weapons were…

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Roueche gets 30 years in prison

A Canadian gangster connected to a drug bust that led to a young man’s suicide in the Spokane County Jail will spend 30 years in prison. Clayton Roueche, 34, received the sentence in U.S. District Judge Robert Lansik in Seattle Wednesday for a drug ring…

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Canadian gangster Clay Roueche is arrested at a Texas airport in May 2008. (Vancouver Sun)

Canadian gangster faces 30 years

A Canadian gangster connected to a drug bust that led to a young man's suicide in the Spokane County Jail is to be sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle. Clay Roueche (ROOSH') faces about 30 years in prison for federal drug conspiracy and…

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Man in City Hall dog beating sentenced

A man who beat a dog outside City Hall last summer will be released next week after about four months in Spokane County Jail. Michael J. Jones, 21, pleaded guilty to first-degree animal cruelty Wednesday in Spokane County Superior Court and received credit for time…

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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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MONDAY, DEC. 14, 2009

Man, 20, accused of graffiti spree

A year-long graffiti spree in Post Falls has been connected to a 20-year-old man, police said today. Grayson Kalin Shults was booked into Kootenai County Jail on one count of felony malicious injury to property after detectives with the Post Falls Police Department searched his…

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Board opposes pardon in '91 killing

Here's a report from Jim Camden: OLYMPIA – A former Newport, Wash., man should not be pardoned for helping kill his former son-in-law, a state board has recommended. The Clemency and Pardons Board recommended unanimously last week that Gov. Chris Gregoire not grant a pardon…

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Pot law proposal postponed 

Marijuana advocates won't have a chance of seeing relaxed enforcement of pot laws in Spokane anytime soon. A ballot initiative seeking to make marijuana offenses the "lowest law enforcement priority" has legal issues with its language that supporters wanted to address before presenting it to…

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Crips gangster on trial in Spokane

A Spokane man police say has ties to the Rollin 60s Crips gang is on trial this week for an early-morning shooting outside a downtown night club more than a year ago. Anthony D. Singh, 21, has been in jail since July 30, 2008, four…

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Back in the news: Sleepy car thief

It was the Spokane teenager's chance to explain himself to the judge before he was sentenced for car theft last summer. It took him a couple of tries. "I don't even know what you just said," Spokane County Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno told Cody…

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FRIDAY, DEC. 11, 2009

Idaho Aryan well-known in Montana 

What a difference a letter makes. Police reports spelled the name of one of the neo-Nazis cited for littering last summer as "Kevin B. McGurre." Turns out, it's "Kevin B. McGuire." I realized this when putting together this story on charges being dropped against the…

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Man, 60, dies after alley beating

A Spokane man badly beaten in an alley late last month died this week and two teenage suspects have been charged with his murder. Police say a print on the face of Kent S. Moses, 60, matched a shoe worn by Nicholas A. Parrish, who…

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THURSDAY, DEC. 10, 2009

Fugitives include familar face

It was a story like no other. A shoplifter struggling with Wal-Mart employees. A confused man interferes, thinking the girl is in trouble. She gets away; he gets arrested. A month later, the man tracks her down, leading to her arrest. Scott Hughes still hasn't…

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Cabbie robbed at gunpoint, teens charged

A teenage boy accused of pistol whipping and robbing a Spokane Valley cabdriver pleaded not guilty in Spokane County Superior Court Wednesday. Enrico A. White, 16, is charged with first-degree robbery for an alleged pre-dawn gunpoint attack Nov. 26. He and a 15-year-old boy are…

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