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Sirens & Gavels archive for Nov. 2009

MONDAY, NOV. 16, 2009

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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FRIDAY, NOV. 13, 2009

Teen gets 30 years for shooting

A Spokane teenager will spend 30 years in prison for shooting at two men in a motel parking lot a year ago, a judge ruled Friday.Anthony R. Covert, 19, was found guilty of attempted murder, first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault and two weapons…

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Christopher J. Cook is taken into custody near 29th Avenue and Fiske Street by police after a short car chase Friday, Nov. 13, 2009. Cook is a suspect in the robbery of an AmericanWest bank branch Thursday in Spokane Valley. (Christopher Anderson /

PC plate gives probable cause for arrest

That didn't take long. Assisted by a personalized license plate, Spokane County sheriff's detectives this morning arrested a man suspected of robbing a Spokane Valley bank on Thursday. Christopher J. Cook, 42, was booked into jail on one count of first-degree robbery for an incident…

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Turnipseed guilty, but not of murder

A jury convicted a Spokane man of first-degree manslaughter today for the shooting death of a 24-year-old man more than two years ago. Allan L. Turnipseed faces at least 11 years in prison for the fatal shooting of Joshua A. Smith on June 14, 2007.…

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THURSDAY, NOV. 12, 2009

Man arrested after skipping jury verdict

A man convicted last week of stealing from an elderly woman was arrested after failing to show up for the jury's verdict. A jury convicted Thomas A. Sankey, 57, of first-degree theft last week for stealing about $1,600 from an 87-year-old woman. He and his…

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Murder plot suspected at county jail

Detectives started monitoring the inmate’s phone calls months ago. Jailed on assault and robbery charges, Michael L. Olson (left) had fled police after a fiery car crash that killed his girlfriend June 19. He was arrested that night, accused of stealing a car and assaulting…

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Boyfriend of injured woman questioned

Detectives investigating the case of a woman found seriously injured on a Whitman County road have secured evidence and questioned several people, including the victim’s boyfriend. Kristen E. Grindley, 23, remains in critical condition at Sacred Heart Medical Center. She’s been unconscious since she was…

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 11, 2009

Police: Thief crashes into car of woman, toddler

A suspected car prowler crashed into another driver during a police chase Wednesday, injuring the woman but not her 2-year-old child, Spokane police said. Michael L. Bridges, 24, fled in a black Chevrolet Caprice after officers spotted him walking near Everett and Stone, according to…

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Charges sought in death of boy, 4

Investigators are seeking a vehicular homicide charge against the father of a 4-year-old boy who died near Mount Spokane last summer. Gerrin P.R. LaFleur died Aug. 19 during a family firewood-gathering trip in the foothills near North Wallis Road and East Elliot Road. His father,…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 10, 2009

Cutlet cartel leader gets 3 years

Spokane's Hamburglar apparently has a drug problem. Christopher M. Webber, 38, stole steaks from stores across Spokane as part of theft ring that hawked the stolen meat in black market deals with bars and taverns. He pleaded guilty to a slew of crimes today but…

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Video shows latest Spokane holdup

The person who robbed a convenience store on the edge of Browne's Addition Sunday night wore what appears to be a gas mask and carried a rifle, video released today shows. The 9 p.m. robbery at Sunset Grocery lasted about a minute, with the gun-toting…

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The man pictured may be responsible for car thefts in northeast Spokane, police said on Nov. 10. (Spokane Police Department)

Pictures show car theft suspects

The men pictured may be responsible for car thefts in northeast Spokane, police said today. The surveillance photos could help solve what authorities describe as a surge in vehicle thefts in the city. The number of auto thefts is the highest it has been in…

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MONDAY, NOV. 9, 2009

Moscow police are looking for a man described as having a "dirty complexion" and living in a shingle-sided cabin in the woods. A sketch artist produced the above drawing of the man, who identified himself as Jim and is accused of giving a missing boy a ride back to Moscow from somewhere northeast of Deary the weekend of Oct. 3. (Moscow Police Department)

Mountain man wanted in Moscow

To be filed in the "you can't make this stuff up" category, Moscow police are looking for a man described as having a "dirty complexion" and living in a shingle-sided cabin in the woods. An alleged sketch artist produced the above drawing of the man,…

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Ex-school treasurer accused of theft

A former Spokane elementary school parent teacher organization treasurer pleaded innocent to six felony charges Monday, more than a year after police say she sat in the principal’s office as the PTO president exclaimed, “We have no money; it’s all gone.” 'Theresa L. Dewitt, 42,…

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'It will be on the news'

A man described by friends as suicidal told his girlfriend the morning he was shot by police that something was going to happen "and it will be on the news," according to court documents filed today. David J. Glidden, 27, remains in stable condition at…

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Scam capitalizes on family bonds

As far as crime goes, there is low, there’s downright dirty and then there’s the grandparents scam. An 82-year-old Spokane woman was bilked out of more than $17,000 of her savings last month by swindlers who persuaded her to wire the money to bail her…

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Videos show Zip Trip robbery

Spokane police released video Friday of a weeks-old robbery for which two men have already been arrested. Police say Christopher R. Walinski, 25, robbed the Zip Trip at 3030 E. Euclid at gunpoint Sept 29 at 11:12 p.m. as Justin J. Ellery, 24, waited in…

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FRIDAY, NOV. 6, 2009

Brother sentenced for deadly crash

More six months after losing her daughter in a motorcycle crash, a Spokane mother sobbed as she pleaded with a judge Friday to keep the driver - her son - out of prison. “I’m just lost without my kids. Not only have I lost one,…

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Judge rules on evidence in Crenshaw trial

Only some statements accused double murderer Justin Crenshaw made to detectives can be used as evidence at his February trial, a judge ruled today. Judge Tari Eitzen said Crenshaw's interview with sheriff's investigators turned into an interrogation once a patrol car was called to take…

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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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