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Sirens & Gavels archive for Nov. 2009

THURSDAY, NOV. 5, 2009

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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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 injured in rear-end crash 

A Spokane police officer was hospitalized with serious injuries Wednesday after a woman thought to be on drugs rear ended him, a police spokeswoman said. Officer Jeff Graves is expected to survive injuries caused when Debra Hatcher, 54, rear ended his squad car on Maple…

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Police may have suspect in ATM thefts

A man arrested on drug charges is suspected of an attempted ATM burglary two days after he posted bail. George W. Butrick, 31, (left, allegedly) was arrested again Wednesday after police identified him as a suspect in an incident Oct. 21 at the Conoco at…

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Suspects in double homicide plead innocent

It was an arraignment trifecta this afternoon as a double homicide suspect, his accused accomplice, and a man police arrested in connection with the crime all entered not guilty pleas to their respective charges in Spokane County Superior Court. Merle W. Harvey, 27, is charged…

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Few leads in Green Bluff homicide

More than two weeks after a major marijuana dealer was found dead near Green Bluff, detectives are working with few leads. "It's not a case that we don't think we can solve," Sgt. Dave Reagan said today. "We just don't know how long that's going…

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Stuff a burglar, win a turkey 

From now until Thanksgiving, Crime Stoppers is giving its usual cash reward along with a grocery store gift card for tips that help arrest the eight accused or convicted burglars pictured below.Sgt. Dave Reagan described the eight as a "a bevy of baddies who like…

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Accused pot smugglers due in court Thursday

Two Canadian men are due in U.S District Court Thursday after being caught near the border this week with what federal agents described as eight duffel bags of marijuana. William Richard Paterson, 50, and Jahrum David Oakes, 32, are in the Spokane County Jail. A…

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Man shot by police had pellet gun

A reportedly suicidal man shot by Spokane Valley police Friday was armed with a pellet gun that resembles a Colt .45 semi-automatic pistol, newly filed documents show. David J. Glidden, 27, was shot twice in the upper body after emerging from a Spokane Valley home…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 3, 2009

Out on bail, accused rapist pleads not guilty 

A man accused of raping a woman in an interrogation room at Fairchild Air Force Base pleaded not guilty in Spokane County Superior Court today. Michael W. Fassbender, 32, is charged with first-degree rape after a woman told sheriff’s deputies that Fassbender choked her into…

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Second trial begins in shooting death

The second trial of a Spokane man accused of murdering another man in a dispute near his home more than two years ago began today in Spokane County Superior Court. Allan L. Turnipseed, who was 51 when a jury couldn't reach a verdict in April,…

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Audio features Subway store robbers

Spokane police released an audio recording today of a recent robbery at a northwest Spokane Subway store in hopes someone will recognize the voices of the two robbers. The men held an employee of the store at 1103 W. Northwest Blvd. at knife point about…

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Heli radar catches man who drove 100 mph

A sheriff’s helicopter used infrared radar to locate an Airway Heights driver whose speed topped 100 mph early Saturday. Jared H. Horton, 22, was arrested after abandoning his still-running 1998 Chevy Malibu in a driveway along Lewis Road and running from a home into a…

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MONDAY, NOV. 2, 2009

Details emerge in big pot bust

A big marijuana bust last month started in March when drug detectives grew suspicious of a man arrested with four pounds of marijuana, according to search warrants. That man, Frank Kimberling, has not been charged in Spokane County Superior Court, but two men arrested Oct.…

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Man who eluded feds back in court

A man who eluded federal agents for nearly a month was due in Spokane County Superior Court today, accused of stealing his mother's car and filling it up with stolen gas while on the run this summer. Anthony E. Burke, alias Anthony Garver, was sentenced…

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B.C man in coke bust asks for release

A father of two with no criminal record, accused of bring 38 kilos of cocaine into the country from Canada, will go before a federal magistrate again this Thursday to ask for his release. Salmon Arm, B.C, resident Michael B. Yuill, 36, (left, dressed as…

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Second man arrested in July shooting

A man accused of attempted murder was arrested Sunday after more than three months on the run.Michael "Mikey Mike" R. Gardner, 23, is due in Spokane Superior Court via video today after being booked into jail shortly before 10 p.m., according to jail records. Gardner…

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