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Sirens & Gavels archive for Jan. 1, 2010

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 24, 2010

'Person of interest' named in '84 murder

An elderly woman beaten to death her in home. Her apartment ransacked and several silver coins missing, but few clues left behind to identify her killer. The 1984 murder of 87-year-old Ruby M. Miller stumped Spokane police detectives and frightened neighbors near her East Riverside…

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Wild courtroom brawl leads to jail time

A man who sparked a wild courtroom brawl last summer after he tried to flee when a judge order him jailed was sentenced to credit for time served Tuesday. Micah W. Hasselstrom, 34, was credited for 111 days served in Spokane County Jail after pleading…

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Cheney’s  dogs Snoopy, left, and Abby died after eating poisoned meatballs.

Strychnine may have killed Spokane dogs 

Washington State University veterinarians say a meatball found on a Spokane woman’s property contained strychnine - the same poison thought to have killed dogs in North Idaho last spring. The Spokane woman’s dog died near Regal Street and the Palouse Highway last week after eating…

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Inmate Casey Beckham (left) plays chess through a locked cell door with Jay Merrill. Crowding has forced a cutback in free time for some areas allowing only 3 hours a day out of the cell. Dan Pelle Photo (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Felon gets 15 years in federal prison

A Spokane felon long considered a threat to the community but never locked up for more than a few years is facing 15 years in federal prison because of stiff drug and firearm sentencing laws. Casey D. Beckham, 34, (right, and above, playing chess at…

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3 charged with early '09 ATM thefts

A rash of burglaries last fall in which stolen vehicles were used to smash through storefronts to take ATMs came about at the same time Spokane saw a rise in car thefts. The crime spree was carried out in a manner similar to a string…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 23, 2010

Not guilty plea in church rape case

A church worker pleaded not guilty today to a rape charge in which police allege he tied wire around a woman’s face, fastened her to a metal pipe in the basement of a Spokane church and then sexually assaulted her. Michael J. Bosch, 47, appeared…

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MONDAY, FEB. 22, 2010

David Cheney has buried his two dogs in his backyard on the 3300 block of east 55th Ave in Spokane, Wa. The dogs, Abby and Snoopy, died after someone feed them poisoned meatballs. DAN PELLE 2/22/2010 (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Is someone targeting Spokane dogs? 

Abby collapsed near the back steps, convulsing before her owner took her inside, where she died. Her companion, Snoopy, died shortly after, both victims of what animal control officials suspect is a targeted assault using poisoned meatballs to kill Spokane’s best friends. The attack on…

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Adult suspect in Cheney shooting ID'd

A shooting in downtown Cheney early Sunday led to the arrest of four suspects, only one of whom is over the age of 18.Abran L. Gibson, 19, was arrested with two 17-year-old boys and a 16-year-old boy after an Eastern Washington University student, Sharanbir S.…

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A man robbed a bank inside an east Spokane grocery store on Monday, Feb. 22, 2010.
The robber entered the Banner Bank at Safeway, 933 E. Mission, about 5:26 p.m. and left with cash. 
He's described as 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-8 and wore a dark, puffy Carhart jacket. (Spokane Police Department)

Do you recognize this bank robber?

A man robbed a bank inside an east Spokane grocery store today.The robber pictured above entered the Banner Bank at Safeway, 933 E. Mission, about 5:26 p.m. and left with cash. He's described as 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-8 and wore a dark, puffy Carhart jacket.Anyone with…

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Spokane father accused of abusing infant

A Spokane man is accused of abusing his 2-month-old daughter. Daniel S. O’Brien, 23, was arrested Friday after doctors said the girl’s injuries, which include a broken leg, were consistent with abuse, according to the Spokane Police Department. O’Brien appeared in Spokane County Superior Court…

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Hit-and-run seriously injures pedestrian

A hit-and-run driver seriously injured a Spokane pedestrian today on the lower South Hill.Police are looking for any information on the incident, which occurred at 12:22 p.m. at South Oak Street and West 10th Avenue.The victim, whose name has not been released, was taken to…

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Purloined polka case emerges in Detroit

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — Roll out the felony? A cable TV producer in suburban Detroit has been charged with using publicly owned equipment to make polka DVDs and sell them to an undercover officer. Police say Fred DeChausse (de-CHAWSS-ay) was caught selling 11 pirated DVDs…

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Cable show to feature Spokane jail this week 

The Spokane County Jail will be featured on a cable television show this Thursday. An hour-long episode of the show "Behind Bars" on the Discovery Channel will explore life at the jail and feature interviews with inmates and employees. “In the Spokane County Jail, accused…

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Beggs to leave Center for Justice

Breean Beggs, the self-described chief catalyst for the public interest law firm Center for Justice, announced his resignation today citing both fewer financial resources at the firm and aspirations for a future run for public office. Beggs, 47, quickly said he has no public office…

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FRIDAY, FEB. 19, 2010

Meth found in car involved in fatal crash

Detectives investigating a car crash that killed a teenager in south Spokane last weekend found methamphetamine in the vehicle in which the victim was riding, according to newly filed court documents. Jacoby Bryant, 19, (left, picture from died early Feb. 14 when the 1999…

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Paramedic accused of slapping patient

By Thomas ClouseState officials have suspended the license of a paramedic who worked for Spokane’s private ambulance service after his superiors reported that the paramedic had choked and slapped a patient in December. Andrew N. Singleton, 67, apparently is no longer working for American Medical…

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3 dogs dead in suspected poisoning

Poisoned meatballs may have killed three dogs in the Moran Prairie neighborhood on Spokane's South Hill today, and more suspicious meatballs were found in two other locations. “All pet owners should closely inspect their yard and surrounding property when they arrive home tonight,” said Nancy…

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Fired agent wins big in federal court

A former federal law enforcement agent, who was fired after he investigated police corruption on the Spokane Indian Reservation, has won a $400,000 lawsuit against the Bureau of Indian Affairs for malicious prosecution. The ruling in U.S. District Court for Eastern Washington by senior Judge…

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THURSDAY, FEB. 18, 2010

Craigslist fraud leads Spokane police to CdA 

A Craigslist scheme that stretched from Spokane to Miami led police to a Coeur d'Alene hotel this week, where they arrested a suspect accused of duping unsuspecting buyers through fraudulent advertisements. Joshua J. Mulvey, 25, was arrested on a second-degree theft charge Tuesday at Motel…

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This still image from police video shows evidence seized in the arrest of Kruz Hawkins on suspicion of selling marijuana Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010. Hawkins' father, Ricky Hawkins, was also arrested. (Courtesy of Spokane Police Department)

Police: Father, son sold pot to students 

Police arrested a 20-year-old Spokane man and his father today on suspicion of selling marijuana to high school students in northwest Spokane. Kruz Hawkins (right) was arrested after he rode his bike to the parking lot of Pizza Pipeline on Wellesley Avenue, where police believe…

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Stevens releases letter to Tucker

David Stevens has released his response to the complaints that led to his firing as a deputy prosecutor. Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker fired Stevens, who had been with the office since 2002, yesterday after putting him on leave shortly after he announced he was…

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