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Sirens & Gavels archive for Jan. 1, 2010

THURSDAY, FEB. 18, 2010

Lawmakers want police to be truthful

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The state Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to officially require law enforcement officers to "be truthful and honest" while carrying out their duties.That seems self-evident, but substitute Senate Bill 6590 is the result of a long-running Kitsap County case involving a deputy…

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 17, 2010

$750,000 bond for Claude Irwin

A disbarred lawyer on the run for more than a decade returned to Spokane this week to face an accusation that he stole money from a dead client’s estate. Claude K. Irwin, Jr., appeared in Superior Court on Wednesday through a video feed from the…

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Boy, 15, arrested in South Hill stabbing

The third suspect in a stabbing on the South Hill Tuesday night has been arrested.The 15-year-old boy was arrested and booked into Spokane County Juvenile Detention today, Spokane police said.The boy is thought to be involved in an apparent attempted robbery that ended with a…

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Groom arrested twice on wedding night

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — A marriage got off to a rocky start after the 21-year-old groom from northern Idaho was arrested twice on his wedding night and charged with assaulting his new wife in nearby Eastern Washington. Court records show Nathan Lewis of Lewiston, Idaho,…

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Tucker: 'It was a management decision' 

Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker said he gave Stevens a choice of unpaid leave until after the August primary or termination. Stevens chose the latter. “It was a management decision,” Tucker told S-R reporter Tom Clouse. “To work effectively, we have to have a unified…

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Year-old drug raid brings 15 felonies

A couple arrested more than a year ago with suspected stolen property - including a trailer stolen more than a decade ago - were expected to be arraigned on more than a dozen felony charges today.Mark J. Sarber, 50, and Brenda R. Sarber, 35, were…

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Fugitive lawyer due in court today

Claude K. Irwin, Jr., the fugitive disbarred Spokane lawyer captured in Mexico after more than a decade, is back in Spokane. Irwin, 62, is due in Spokane County Superior Court this afternoon via video feed from the jail, where he has been in custody without…

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Tucker fires election opponent

By Thomas Clouse Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker fired today the deputy prosecutor who announced earlier this month his intention to challenge Tucker in the August primary. Tucker (right) fired Deputy Prosecutor David Stevens after a meeting this morning. Stevens, who announced his firing by…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 16, 2010

Teen on bathroom break flees court

PLUMMER, Idaho - A teenager who escaped a courthouse after being allowed to use the bathroom today was recaptured about five hours later.Timothy Allen had been in a Kootenai County juvenile detention center after his arrest following a police pursuit in early February. Allen was…

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2 shootings reported last weekend

Two gang-related shootings were reported in Spokane on Valentine's Day.No one was injured in either shooting. In the first incident, officers responded to the 800 block of East Lyons about 1:45 a.m. for the report of multiple shots fired, and arrived to find a car…

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Last of robbery trio gets 13 months

By Thomas Clouse A man charged with a convenience store robbery last fall pleaded guilty to a lesser charge today and was sentenced to 13 months in jail. Nedzad Mesanovic, 21, pleaded to second-degree robbery as part of the plea. He was also given credit…

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Spokane Fire Department Lt. Jack Greenamyer sits atop a 1936 pumper housed at Station No. 3. Greenamyer joined the department on Feb. 15, 1965. (Dan Pelle)

Spokane firefighter celebrates 45th year

Spokane fire Lt. Jack Greenamyer doesn’t keep track of how many lives he’s saved or the number of burning buildings he’s gone into, but he can tell you he still gets excited about going to work after 45 years on the force.On Monday, Greenamyer, 67,…

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Malone to run for Spokane Co. prosecutor

By Thomas ClouseA Democrat is joining the race for Spokane County prosecutor. cklLongtime local attorney Frank Malone confirmed his bid to challenge Prosecutor Steve Tucker today. Meanwhile, Tucker , who is scheduled to meet Wednesday with Deputy Prosecutor David Stevens, whom Tucker suspended earlier this…

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MONDAY, FEB. 15, 2010

Tips sought on sex offender's location

Police are looking for tips on the location of a sex offender wanted for failing to register with authorities. Bradley D. Williams, 22, was convicted of failing to register as a sex offender in October. He also has a previous conviction for drug possession, according…

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More charges in pot border smuggling

The owner of the Ferry County property where drug agents caught two Canadian pot smugglers last fall faces federal marijuana charges. Harold Oscar Strandberg, of Danville, is accused of using his property at Fourth of July Creek Road, which is on the U.S.-Canadian border, to…

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SUNDAY, FEB. 14, 2010

Seattle mayor says gun control a state issue 

It's an election year. Taxes are going up. And, polls show increasing numbers of voters distrust their politicians. Even the most inexperienced political strategist would have to say good luck convincing the Legislature to tackle this one right now.SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn…

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FRIDAY, FEB. 12, 2010

Reminder: Police hockey tomorrow

Local law enforcement will take to the ice tomorrow in a hockey game to raise money for the children of the slain Lakewood police officers. Members of Spokane Police Department and Spokane County Sheriff's Office will play a hockey game at 5 p.m. tomorrow. Admission…

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Federal crack cocaine laws under fire

A woman spending 27 years in federal prison on a crack cocaine conviction is the first person to seek a pardon from President Obama. Federal law punishes crack cocaine convictions much more severely than powder cocaine, and Obama has asked Congress to change that. The…

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Police seek sex offender spotted downtown

A convicted sex offender considered likely to reoffend has disabled his GPS tracking device and was last seen in downtown Spokane last night. James Broady Artis III, 43, is wanted on a warrant for escape from community custody, according to the Spokane Police Department. Artis,…

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No decision yet on Stevens 

By Thomas Clouse Deputy Spokane County Prosecutor David Stevens remains on leave after he turned in the response Friday to complaints following his announcement last week that he would run to unseat his boss, Prosecutor Steve Tucker. Stevens (right) and his union representative will meet…

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Rapist sought for failure to comply

A man who raped an elderly woman at knife point in 1995 hasn't been checking in with authorities, and detectives are looking for tips on his location. Justin J. Stevens, 33, a level 3 sex offender, was released from prison in 2004 after serving 114…

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