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Sirens & Gavels archive for Jan. 1, 2010

THURSDAY, DEC. 2, 2010

Snowy footprints lead to fleeing suspect

A teenager already targeted by Crime Stoppers was arrested Wednesday night after a Spokane County sheriff's deputy followed his footprints through snowy north Spokane County woods. Anthony Deshon Fuerte, 18, was reported to have broken an acquaintance's car window and threatened to kill him while…

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Jury acquits felon in deputy assault case

A jury recently cleared a Spokane man of an assault allegation stemming from an altercation with a Spokane police officer last fall. Tvar L. Jackson, 30, acknowledged he was "acting like a jerk," said his public defender, Kevin Griffin. "But police are trained to deal…

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Trial begins in attempted murder case

Breaking up may be hard to do, but a Deer Park man is facing substantial time in prison for the way investigators say he ended the relationship with his wife: by trying to throw her new lover off the Wandermere Bridge. Trial started Wednesday for…

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Prosecutor: DUI case lacks evidence

The Spokane County deputy prosecutor who didn’t file a felony drunken driving charge against a man with a history of dangerous crashes said she’s not sure she has enough evidence to make the charge stick. James L. Crabtree, 49, appeared in court Tuesday and was…

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 1, 2010

Video shows Zip Trip bear spray assault

Spokane police are looking for a man who assaulted a Zip Trip store clerk with bear spray early Sunday morning. Surveillance video shows a masked man in a hooded, brown and tannish plaid jacket spray the cashier in the face at 2:47 a.m. Police say…

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Tips sought on accused armed robber

UPDATE 12/2: Morris was arrested based on an anonymous tip.A man accused of robbing a Spokane pharmacy of OxyContin last May is wanted by police after failing to show up for a court date. No charges were filed against the unsuspecting driver of Robert K.…

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Child porn possession gets 70 months

A 32-year-old man was sentenced to five years in federal prison this week for receiving child pornography over the Internet.Brian Scott Fellman, formerly of College Place, Wash., will be on probation for five years when he gets out and must register as a sex offender…

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In a frame grab from video obtained by The Associated Press, an inmate attacks fellow inmate Hanni Elabed at the privately-run Idaho Correctional Center just south of Boise, Idaho. Elabed suffered brain damage and persistent short-term memory loss after he was beaten by inmate James Haver while multiple guards watched at the Idaho prison operated by Corrections Corporation of America.  ((AP Photo))

FBI probing assault at Idaho prison

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The surveillance video from the overhead cameras shows Hanni Elabed being beaten by a fellow inmate in an Idaho prison, managing to bang on a prison guard station window, pleading for help. Behind the glass, correctional officers look on, but no…

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No charge means DUI suspect can drive

A Spokane man with a history of DUI crashes was allowed to walk out of court Tuesday with his driving privileges intact after a prosecutor failed to file paperwork on time in his latest arrest. James L. Crabtree, who worked as a Spokane County sheriff’s…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 30, 2010

Woman attacked while leaving Rite Aid 

Police are looking for a man who robbed a woman outside a Spokane drug store just after noon on Monday. The man followed the victim as she left the Rite Aid, 5520 N. Division St., and attacked her, according to police. She was in the…

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Killer's boyfriend pleads not guilty 

The boyfriend of a woman serving 51 years in prison for murdering her husband pleaded not guilty this morning to charges connected to the same slaying. Brian L. Moore, 44, remains in Spokane County Jail on $2 million bail. His trial is set for Jan.…

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Peter  Jose ( right ) concentrates on hitting the right note as he works with On Stage to rehearse their upcoming Christmas show Thursday October 26, 2006 in Spokane.  (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Family of man in river: 'Heartbreaking'

A man found dead in the Spokane River on Sunday had a long history of mental illness and likely committed suicide, family said on Monday. Peter L. Jose, 34, had schizophrenia but regularly skipped his medication and frequently threatened to harm himself, said Mary Lee…

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Felon wanted after missing trial date

A longtime Spokane felon who didn't show up for his trial on theft and stolen property charges is wanted by police. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help arrest repeat offender Kevin Leon Schimpf, 52, who has a 26-year criminal history in…

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MONDAY, NOV. 29, 2010

Autopsy complete on body in river

A body found in the Spokane River on Sunday has been identified. Detectives are contacting family and expect to release the man's name on Tuesday, said Officer Jennifer DeRuwe, spokeswoman for the Spokane Police Department.Riverfront Park security staff spotted the body just north of the…

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Bank robbery suspect: I'm a 'gentle guy'

A suspected serial bank robber implicated himself in several holdups and asked authorities if he "will get (messed) up in prison for armed robbery" after his arrest last month, according to newly unsealed court documents. Lucas G. Woodard, 33, thanked federal agents "for treating him…

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Cuts could end sex offender task force 

Spokane County sheriff’s Deputy Damon Simmons spends much of his time hunting for online sexual predators with the Spokane County Child Sexual Predator Task Force. But Simmons’ time with the task force may be running out. The task force, which focuses on finding new online…

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Brothers nabbed in property crime case 

Two brothers are in jail after Spokane Valley detectives found $30,000 in stolen motorcycles and other equipment in their storage unit last week.Neal T. Johnson, 45, was arrested after Detective Brad Gilbert obtained a search warrant for his unit at Secure-It Storage, 18815 E. Cataldo…

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2 men charged in meth prison conspiracy

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Two Bellingham men have been charged with conspiracy to mail papers soaked in methamphetamine to inmates in state prisons.A complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle alleges that 31-year-old Joseph L. Garcia supplied ounces of meth to 47-year-old Kirk L.…

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving from Sirens! 

Happy Thanksgiving from Sirens & Gavels! I hope everyone has a great holiday with their family and friends. Travel safe and enjoy your various family traditions. If you don't have any, start some. (Did anyone else's father make them write reports on Thanksgiving topics like…

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1 of 20 meth suspects gets 77 months

A Coeur d'Alene man was sentenced this week to 6 1/2 years in federal prison for his role in a large group of methamphetamine distributors. Larry McMillan, 31, received 77 months in prison Monday after pleading guilty in September to possession with intent to distribute…

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Gunman in botched carjacking sentenced

Unable to complete sentences between tears, 56-year-old Donald Young explained how being shot in a botched carjacking last year “messed up” his life.The man responsible, Joseph P. Ellery, 31, (pictured) pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree assault in exchange for prosecutors dropping other charges, including first-degree…

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Insanity defense explored in '08 murder

The aggravated murder trial of accused crossbow killer Cole K. Strandberg will proceed in January following a hearing to allow his defense attorney to present a case that his client should be acquitted because he is insane. Defense attorney Chris Bugbee asked Superior Court Judge…

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Militia man guilty in Idaho grenade case

A self-described militia leader pleaded guilty this week to federal gun charges connected to a grenade manufacturing operation at his trailer in Spirit Lake, Idaho.Kenneth B. Kimbley Jr., 58, discussed bombing local bridges with an undercover federal agent and made threatening statements toward President Barack…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 23, 2010

Man faces felony for Four Loko incident 

A 49-year-old man who injured a sheriff's deputy in a drunken crash nine years ago has been charged with felony driving under the influence for an incident last week in Spokane Valley, officials announced today. James L. Crabtree, a local real estate agent who worked…

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