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Sirens & Gavels archive for Nov. 16, 2009

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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Robbery suspects arrested after chase

A deputy rammed the car of two suspected robbers Sunday night after they tried to turn around from a dead end road, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department. Justin R. Booth, 29, (left) and Bodi C. Dotson, 19, (right) and are accused of robbing…

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Sherry L. Prickett, of Spokane, was stopped at a red light on Farwell Road when her Ford Ranger was rear-ended by a pickup driven by Spokane police Sgt. Bradley Thoma.  (Dan Pelle)

Police sergeant avoids prosecution 11 

A police sergeant was granted deferred prosecution for a drunken driving charge on Friday. Brad Thoma also had a misdemeanor hit-and-run charge (failure to remain at the scene of an accident-attended vehicle or other property) dismissed under the misdemeanor compromise statute. He could have tried…

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