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Sirens & Gavels archive for Sept. 23, 2009


SPD sergeant accused of drunken driving 

A Spokane police sergeant was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Wednesday and may face additional hit-and-run charges. Bradley N. Thoma, 44, was cited for suspicion of misdemeanor DUI and released, following a hit-and-run crash at Newport Highway and Farwell Road about 5…

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Courthouse watch: 9.23.09

The ailing mother of a man who died after being struck, Tasered and hogtied by Spokane police officers should have a chance to have her statement preserved for a civil lawsuit even though a criminal trial is pending, a federal judge ruled today. U.S. District…

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Wii was lone clue in U-Haul heist 

A video game system provided a glimmer of hope to a family hoping to find those responsible for stealing a U-Haul outside a Spokane Valley motel in July. Donnie Spivey emailed police last week after he found the serial number to his Wii console, one…

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Young  marijuana plants are shown Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009, in Seattle. The  marijuana is distributed to members of a cooperative of  medical patients who have received doctor's authorization to use the drug to treat their illnesses, such as AIDS and multiple sclerosis. Unlike several other states which permit  marijuana sales to patients, Washington requires patients to grow  marijuana themselves or designate a caregiver to grow it for them.(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) (Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)

AP looks at Washington pot dispute

SEATTLE — In one corner of Washington state, a 62-year-old rheumatoid arthritis patient could face more than eight years in prison for growing marijuana for himself and three others. In Seattle, meanwhile, a collection of grow operations serves 2,000 people with little interference from police.…

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Fire victim owned refrigerant company

The Rathdrum man killed in a mobile home fire Sunday has been identified as Gary M. Lindgren, 65. Lindgren died of smoke inhalation from an electrical fire caused by the misuse of extension cords, the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department announced today. His neighbors called firefighters…

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Lawyer: Moore's federal charges 'beatable' 

The firearm silencer and rifle Brian L. Moore is charged with illegally possessing weren't recovered during a search of his warehouse in Orange County, Calif., by Spokane police. They were recovered when Moore's brother, Dan Moore, gave them to police and said he'd found them…

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