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Sirens & Gavels archive for Nov. 5, 2009

THURSDAY, NOV. 5, 2009

Brendon T. Kaluza-Graham, 22, was arrested Wednesday after an officer realized the 1997 Honda Accord he was driving was stolen and pulled him over just before 4 p.m. at Olympic and Helena, according to a police report. Inside the car were vehicle plates, screwdrivers, work gloves, a pair of used rubber gloves, and an Allen wrench grounded down to resemble a vehicle key, police said. Kaluza-Graham, who police say had a suspended driver's license, remains in Spokane County Jail on a charge of possession of a stolen motor vehicle. (Spokane Police Department)

Spokane police report spike in car thefts 

Vehicle thefts are at an all-time high in Spokane, police say. As the Spokane Police Department works to get the word out about - and solve - the problem, an arrest yesterday provided a glimpse at tools typically used in car heists. Brendon T. Kaluza-Graham,…

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CdA men charged with hate crime

Three men were indicted Thursday by a Kootenai County grand jury on malicious harassment charges — also known as “hate crimes” — related to threats allegedly made to a Hispanic family in Coeur d’Alene in August. Ira Gino Tankovich, 47, Frank James Tankovich, 46, and…

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This photo shows an SUV that rear-ended a Spokane police cruiser Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009. The patrol car was stopped on Maple Street just south of Sinto Avenue about 1 p.m. while Officer Jeff Graves helped a person. (KHQ-TV)

Police officer in crash out of hospital

A Spokane police officer injured when a woman rear-ended his squad car was released from the hospital last night and will return to work in "a few weeks," police said today. Officer Jeff Graves has a soar back, neck and arms from the collision Wednesday…

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A 1965 Volkswagen bus reported stolen in Spokane more than 35 years ago was recovered in mid-October in the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials seized it during a container examination. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Stolen VW van shows up 35 years later

Customs agents in Los Angeles got a surprise last month when they opened a shipping container headed for the Netherlands: a restored 1965 Volkswagen van reported stolen in Spokane more than 35 years ago.Investigators are still trying to figure out how the van made it…

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Pot suspects to get private but public attorneys

Two accused marijuana smugglers will be represented by publicly paid, private attorneys because of a a conflict of interest with the federal defender's office. William Richard Paterson, 50, and Jahrum David Oakes, 32, both of Kelowna B.C, appeared in U.S District Court in Spokane this…

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Plea deal mulled in abortionist threat case

DENVER (AP) -- A Spokane man accused of threatening relatives of a Colorado doctor who performs late-term abortions is considering a plea deal. Federal court documents filed in Denver said Donald Hertz indicated he was willing to accept the offer with minor modifications. His attorney…

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