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Sirens & Gavels archive for July 21, 2009

TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2009

Courthouse watch: 7.21.09

A college student accused of raping another student is on trial this week in Spokane County Superior Court. Opening statements were today in the case of Kevin A. Thompson, who's charged with second-degree rape for an alleged attack at a home in the Whitworth University…

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Settlement approved for 'donkey kick' jail death

The Spokane County Commission unanimously approved a $425,000 settlement today for the children of a man who died following a struggle with jailers. Benites S. Sichiro suffered multiple Taser shocks, was beaten unconscious and struck with jailer’s “donkey kick” before the 39-year-old died of a…

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Man gets life in prison for child porn ring

A Spokane sex offender will spend the rest of his life in prison for his role in a child pornography enterprise that triggered a worldwide criminal investigation, a judge ruled Tuesday. Warren King Mumpower, 65, was the last of seven defendants from across the country…

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Caught on tape: thermal imaging

At today's quarterly media meeting, Spokane County Sheriff's Office representatives showed off the thermal imaging capabilities of their helicopter. Those capabilities help in suspect chases and missing person cases, as seen above. The first video shows a suspect being apprehended in north Spokane back in…

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