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Sirens & Gavels archive for June 2009

TUESDAY, JUNE 30, 2009

SUNDAY, JUNE 28, 2009

Hang a left at ....

see more Fail BlogNo idea where in North America this intersection is, but suddenly Spokane's Deadman's Creek, Jump Off Road or Blasted Lane no longer seem as unfortunate.

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Hamburglar picture for Sirens & Gavels. (The Spokesman-Review)

Captured: Spokane's own Hamburglar?

Call him Spokane’s alleged version of the Hamburglar. Police today arrested a man they say is the ringleader of a cutlet cartel that had been stealing meat and selling it in Spokane for at least three years. Read Sara Leaming’s story here.

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Courthouse watch: 6.25.09

Two former employees of a Spokane nonprofit dedicated to feeding low-income residents used more than $80,000 in donations to pay for booze-soaked lunches, Victoria’s Secret shopping sprees, video rentals, computer equipment, home upgrades, furniture and a Florida vacation, investigators alleged last summer. One of those…

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'Their voyage will be terminated'

Kootenai County marine deputies will be patrolling lakes and river this week looking for dangerous boaters, according to a news release. Operation Dry Water is a national campaign sponsored by the National Association of Boating Law Administrators. In a line reminiscent of a Star Trek…

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Courthouse watch: 6.24.09

Suspects on today's court docket included a man accused of an ax attack last week. Jon A. Bedard, 42, was scheduled to plead innocent to one charge of second-degree assault for the alleged attack on Douglas Allen Chicklinsky June 15. Bedard is in the Spokane…

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Cigarette-smuggling U.S. border guard sentenced

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A former U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer was sentenced to a year in jail for trying to smuggle cigarettes into Canada.The Bellingham Herald reports Jonathan H.Fletcher was found guilty in a Surrey, British Columbia, court in February and sentenced to…

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TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2009

In the news: Zehm, accused paralegal

It's been a busy two days on the beat. Spokane police Officer Karl Thompson has been indicted in connection with the death of Otto Zehm. Read Tom Clouse's original story here, and check this link for ongoing coverage. Overshadowed by the Zehm announcement but still…

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Courthouse watch: 6.23.09

The married boyfriend of convicted killer Shellye L. Stark will remain in Spokane County Jail on $750,000 bail, a judge ruled Tuesday. Brian L. Moore, 43, arrived at the jail early Tuesday after Spokane detectives picked him up in California. Moore was arrested in Orange…

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MONDAY, JUNE 22, 2009

Courthouse watch: 6.22.09 

Suspects pleading innocent in court today included a man accused of causing a crash in downtown Spokane that killed an elementary school secretary. Jon A. Strine, who is out of jail on bond, is charged with vehicular manslaughter and vehicular assault for the June 2…

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'I still represent her in spirit'

A judge will review conversations between a private investigator and a man accused of helping his girlfriend with a plan to kill her husband. Judge Ellen Kalama Clark will decide what portions of Ted Pulver's files to give to prosecutors seeking convictions for first-degree murder…

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Idaho couple sentenced in drug ring

An international drug ring that spanned three decades earned a North Idaho couple federal prison sentences last week. John "Phil" Keyser, 67, was sentenced to 33 months in prison and his wife, Texanna M. Keyser, 67, was sentenced to three months in prison and seven…

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FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2009

Batty back in jail for driving offenses

A retired firefighter with a history of driving arrests is back in jail after a judge learned he’d caused two car crashes and received one speeding ticket since his last arrest. David W. Batty, 53, who had been prohibited from driving since last fall after…

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This is the machete used in the June 17 attack. Douglas Harmon is charged with two counts of first-degree assault. Photo courtesy KHQ. (KHQ)

Courthouse watch: 6.19.09

A man accused of attacking a teenager with a machete will undergo a mental health evaluation before he appears in court. A court appearance for Douglas W. Harmon, 49, was cancelled Friday so he could be transported to Eastern State Mental Hospital. Judge Ellen Kalama…

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Fake dreadlocks part of robber's disguise

Some wear ski masks. Others pull hoods over their heads. But a man who may be responsible for two hits at payday loan centers in the past week appears to be taking a different approach to concealing his identity: fake dreadlocks. The dreadlock wigs found…

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Surveillance photo from the June 16 robbery at Walgreens, 2105 E Wellesley Ave. (Spokane Police Department)

Do you recognize this man?

Spokane's newest pharamcy robber apparently didn't think he had much to hide. This photo shows the man police say robbed a north Spokane Walgreens of OxyContin at gunpoint Tuesday walking into the store dressed like a normal guy - no attempt was made to conceal…

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Courthouse watch: 6.18.09 

The man accused of starting a wild tussle in Spokane Municipal Court made a terrible decision and feels awful, his public defender said Thursday. Micah W. Hasselstrom, 34, was scared of going to jail and panicked when Judge Tracy Staab said he was going there…

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Municipal court brawl leads to arrest

Chaos erupted in an unlikely place today - a Spokane Municipal Court hearing for a misemaonor no contact order violation. A brawl that began when a man tried fleeing a courtroom this morning ended with the man, a deputy and three attorneys falling onto a…

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Courthouse watch: 6.17.09

Suspects on today's court docket include a gang member nicknamed Tiny Loc who was once wanted by Crime Stoppers for assaulting his girlfriend's children and making a threatening call to a Spokane elementary school. Reporter Thomas Clouse covered Larry Glenn Gatewood's arraignment today on five…

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TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 2009

Courthouse watch: 6.16.09

A man accused of a knife-point OxyContin robbery at a Spokane Valley Walgreens was due in Spokane County Superior Court today. Michael Alan Miller was arrested Jan. 23, nine days after the alleged incident at the pharmacy, 2702 N. Argonne Road. The robbery came in…

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Reward offered in Meals on Wheels burglary

A burglary at the Spokane Valley Meals on Wheels left the office trashed with overturned furniture, thrown food and walls covered with profane messages. Now Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information that solves the crime. Read the full story here and watch the…

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