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Sirens & Gavels archive for Nov. 2009

MONDAY, NOV. 30, 2009

Gunpoint Zip Trip robbery netted $66 

A holdup at a convenience store netted the gunman and two accomplices $22 each, according to court documents. Joseph R. Giordanella, 24, appeared in Spokane County Superior Court Monday after being arrested last week for the Sept. 29 robbery of the Zip Trip, 3030 E.…

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Feds call for 17+ years in coke bust 

A man caught with cocaine in Utah as part of a major drug bust that led to a helicopter pilot's suicide in the Spokane County Jail faces at least 17 years in prison under a recommendation from federal prosecutors. Leonard J. Ferris, 50, is scheduled…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 24, 2009

On Wednesday, 11/18/2009 around 10 P.M. at the Walmart located at 2301 W. Wellesley, the pictured woman stole a wallet out of a customer’s purse while she was being helped at the customer service desk.  (Spokane Police Department)

Wal-Mart wallet snatcher sought

Police are searching for a woman caught on video surveillance stealing another woman’s wallet at a northwest Spokane Wal-Mart store. The victim was being helped at the customer service desk at Wal-Mart, 2301 W. Wellesley, about 10 p.m. Nov. 18, when the thief took the…

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Furloughed inmate's brother arrested

The brother of a man granted a five-hour furlough from jail for Thanksgiving was arrested today on drug charges. Steven Kinard, 50, was booked just before 4:30 p.m. today, according to Spokane County Jail records. Kinard is the younger brother of Terrence A. "T-Baby" Kinard…

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31 months for 1 robber, 9 for another

Two pharmacy robbers who pleaded guilty in court today likely will get starkly different sentences. The difference in the cases of Lance W. Shaw, 27, and Jeremy M. Mace, 23, comes down to who used a weapon and who didn't. Shaw was sentenced to nine…

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MONDAY, NOV. 23, 2009

'I lost it,' accused mother says

A woman accused of assaulting her child at the downtown bus plaza told a social worker she was under stress and “lost it” but loves her kids. Keyana L. Key, 28, is in jail on $20,000 bond after her first appearance Monday in Spokane County…

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Driver in crash has prior DUI arrests

A driver accused of a hit-and-run crash in downtown Spokane was cited for drunken driving two months before police say he struck a woman after drinking at several bars Friday night. Cameron B. Olsness, 24, had “at least five shots of Tequila and multiple mixed…

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FRIDAY, NOV. 20, 2009

Mother arrested in bus plaza assault

An anonymous tip led Spokane police today to arrest the woman accused of assaulting her 3-year-old son at the downtown bus plaza. Keyana L. Key, 28, was hiding with her three young children at an apartment at 1400 N. Lincoln when police arrived about 4…

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THURSDAY, NOV. 19, 2009

Gerrin LaFleur, 3, picks up his feet and lets his father, Les LaFleur, carry him by his child restraint up Government Way during Bloomsday 2008 on Sunday, May 4, 2008. At right is his sister, Alzera, 6. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Father charged in death of boy, 4 

A vehicular homicide charge was filed Thursday against the father of a 4-year-old who died near Mount Spokane in August. Lester C. LaFleur, 35, will be arraigned Dec. 2. Gerrin P.R. LaFleur died Aug. 19 during a family firewood-gathering trip in the foothills near North…

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Joe Pickert, right, was executive director of both organizations when the Morning Star Boys’ Ranch deeded real estate to the Morning Star Foundation. Ranch executive director Richard I. Petersen, left, said charitable organizations often form foundations. “There was no attempt to defraud anybody,” he (Dan Pelle)

Ranch moves assets before abuse trial

Morning Star Boys’ Ranch has moved the bulk of its assets, including securities and real estate worth millions of dollars, to a nonprofit foundation in advance of the first trial over sexual abuse lawsuits against it. In 2007, the ranch transferred more than $12 million…

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Poison maker contests prison sentence

A Spokane Valley man serving 10 years in federal prison for making a deadly poison is asking to have his sentence and conviction overturned because one of the government’s expert witnesses was later fired for misconduct in other criminal cases. Kenneth Olsen, a former computer…

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Pharmacy employee tackles armed robber 

A Coeur d'Alene pharmacy employee tackled a masked armed robber and held him for police Wednesday night. Jason Anthony Wahl, 28, will appear in Kootenai County District Court this afternoon after police arrested him at the Shopko pharmacy, 217 W. Ironwood Drive. Wahl is accused…

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 18, 2009

Another charge for Oxy robbery suspect

A man charged with robbing two pharmacies is now accused of trying to flee from police before his arrest. Aaron M. Weyrauch, 27, (right, in 2007) appeared in Spokane County Superior Court via video Wednesday, two months after a police chase that ended in his…

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Drunken driver hits school bus, police say

A motorist who authorities believe was drunk slammed into a school bus filled with children Wednesday, but no one was injured, according to the Idaho State Police. Julie Witlicki, 38, was arrested after her 1995 Volkswagen Jetta crossed the center line on Highway 95 near…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 17, 2009

Spokane police, Spokane County sheriff's deputies and firefighters load up at Sherman Street and Seventh Avenue on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009, after a man was arrested in connection with a Monday night robbery in Spokane Valley. Law enforcement officials surrounded a home and blocked off the streets as they searched. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Suspects arrested in home invasion robbery

Masked gunmen pistol whipped a woman in her Spokane Valley apartment late Monday before forcing her into a closet as her child slept in another room. The men stole a cell phone, TV and computer after demanding marijuana and “everything you have” from the 25-year-old…

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Brothers arrested in road rage attack

One man grabbed her phone before she could call 911, breaking her hand in front of her husband and grandchildren as he screamed at the family for driving too slowly. The other ripped the license plate off his own car in an apparent attempt to…

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Man named Steele Brown involved in gunfight

If you were looking for a Wild West-like story involving a man named Steele Brown mowing down one assailant before exchanging gunfire with the others, you're in luck. Here's a report from Sara Leaming:A Grant County resident who surprised three men attempting to burglarize his…

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Molestation charges dropped in plea deal

A bookstore owner police arrested for third-degree child molestation in March had the accusation dismissed in a plea deal today. A 15-year-old girl told police that Harold "Hal" N. Moos, 76 ,offered her $50 in December to massage her, then touched her inappropriately. The girl…

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MONDAY, NOV. 16, 2009

Accused bank robber experienced in crime

A man accused of robbing a Spokane Valley bank last week served time in federal prison for robbing five banks on the West Side in 2005. Christopher J. Cook, 42, drove his mother's car to AmericanWest Bank, 15606 E. Sprague Ave., on Thursday and left…

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