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Sirens & Gavels archive for April 2010

FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2010

Accidental shooting kills porcupine hunter

A Greenacres man who set out to kill a problem porcupine died today from what investigators believe was an accidental, self-inflicted gunshot. The shooting occurred about 1 p.m. at a home on 6219 S. Chapman Road, which county property records show is owned by Gary…

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Jury convicts hacker in Palin e-mail case

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The son of a Democratic Tennessee lawmaker was convicted Friday on two charges in the hacking of Sarah Palin's e-mail account while she campaigned on the Republican presidential ticket in 2008. The federal court jury reached its verdict against David Kernell, 22,…

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Valley woman loses $3,000 in classic scam

Law enforcement is again warning of a swindle known as the grandparents scam after a 77-year-old Spokane County woman sent $3,000 to a con man claiming to be her grandson. The woman sent the money to Kent, England on Wednesday after receiving a call from…

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Dad in court over deaf girl's treatment

A deaf Washington man faces a contempt charge in Kootenai County 1st District Court for refusing to force his deaf daughter to wear cochlear implants in a case that has attracted national attention. Emma McLaughlin-Orton was born to Jennifer Orton Miller and Shaun McLaughlin in...

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Kathleen Callahan with her dog Charlee at her home in Athol. She worries for the safety of her two other dogs after the apparent poisoning of her dog Paddee. (Kathy Plonka)

Dog poisoning, beating reported in Athol

An Athol woman’s dog died of suspected poisoning Tuesday after suffering a beating from an unknown man who threatened repeatedly to kill her beloved pets. Police believe they know who did it, but can’t prove it. And even if they could, animal cruelty is a…

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New hate-crime trial for 2 CdA brothers

Kootenai County Prosecutor Barry McHugh said Thursday that he will re-try two Coeur d’Alene brothers on malicious harassment charges stemming from a racial incident last summer. Frank J. Tankovich, 46, and William M. Tankovich, 49, will be tried on charges of conspiracy to commit malicious…

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Spokane fugitive nabbed in Mont. creek

A Spokane man who triggered a weeks-long federal manhunt last summer, then escaped from a halfway house this week, was arrested in Montana Wednesday. Anthony E. Burke, 22, is in custody in Bozeman, Mont., on a criminal endangerment charge after a wild freeway chase that…

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A Newport, Wash., man is accused of causing a car crash on Interstate 84 in Oregon early Wednesday that left his passenger in critical condition and led police to three pounds of marijuana.
Joshua Samuel McDonald, 25, was arrested after his 2000 Chevrolet Impala slammed into the left rear corner of a semi-trailer and continued under the rear of the rig, ripping the car's roof. (Oregon State Police)

Woman injured, pot found after car crash

A Newport, Wash., man is accused of causing a car crash on Interstate 84 in Oregon that left his passenger in critical condition and led police to three pounds of marijuana. Joshua Samuel McDonald, 25, (left) was arrested after his 2000 Chevrolet Impala slammed into…

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Spokane County Jail: Back on cable TV

Employees at the Spokane County Jail apparently approved of a cable TV show's depiction of the place last month - another TV crew is due back this summer.Capt. John McGrath said the crew will focus on the jail's mental health and medical unit. The show…

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Spokane police block  the scene of an officer-involved shooting in the 4100 block of East 36th Avenue  in south Spokane  on Friday. (CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON)

Police complete probe of fatal shooting

A law enforcement investigation into the fatal shooting of a gunman by a Spokane police officer ast month has been sent to the Spokane County Prosecutor's Office for review. Investigators found that "the only criminal actions committed that day were those of the decedent, 46-year-old…

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Video shows wanted credit union robber

Police on Wednesday released video of a recent robbery at the Spokane Teachers Credit Union branch on Indian Trail Road. Detectives hope someone recognizes the man, who they say handed a teller a note shortly after 2:30 p.m. on Friday that said he had a…

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Manhunt underway for armed squatter

A manhunt is underway for an armed squatter authorities say surprised homeowners near Lake Roosevelt on Sunday. Eric John Dobbs, 32, told a man who went to check on his summer cabin that he was a bounty hunter there to collect $10,000. The man and…

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Repeat offender jailed after SWAT standoff

A repeat offender was arrested early today after he surrendered to a SWAT team outside a northeast Spokane apartment. Dustin C. Rauscher, 25, was booked into Spokane County Jail on a felony arrest warrant for attempting to elude police, and new charges of unlawful imprisonment…

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No charges yet in alleged Lilac Lanes theft

No charges have been filed against two former Spokane casino employees who were arrested on suspicion of stealing nearly $175,000 from the business.Eddie S. Williams, 44, and Shari Cawley, 41, were to be arraigned today in Spokane County Superior Court, but Judge Greg Sypolt canceled…

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Photographed through the glass doors of Spokane County District Court, Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy Darin  Schaum,on right confers with lawyer Dallas Cooney, left, before pleading not guilty Wed. April 28, 2010 to drunken driving. COLIN MULVANY (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Deputy who refused tests charged with DUI 

A Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy who refused a breath test after being stopped by Spokane Valley police pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a drunken driving charge.Darin M. Schaum, 36, was described as “highly intoxicated” when Officer Todd Miller stopped his Dodge truck on Broadway Avenue…

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Police guild distorted vote on Kirkpatrick

The extent of dissatisfaction with Spokane police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick among the rank and file may not be as bad as union leaders suggest. A document obtained by The Spokesman-Review shows Spokane Police Guild leaders misrepresented the results of a recent no-confidence vote against Kirkpatrick…

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High-speed I-90 chase ends in Browne's

A suspected drunken driver took a state trooper on a chase from Interstate 90 to Browne's Addition late Tuesday.Robert Shawn Beck, 42, was arrested after a Washington State Patrol trooper hit Beck's car from behind, forcing it into a spin on Pacific Avenue between Spruce…

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New charges for gangster serving 18 years

A gang member already sentenced to 18 years in prison in a harassment case that included threats to a Spokane elementary school faces new harassment charges. "I'm not saying nothing, your honor," said Larry Glenn "Tiny Loc" Gatewood, 36, when Superior Court Judge Greg Sypolt…

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FBI badge, gun stolen from detective's car

A man arrested in an alleged stolen property crime spree last fall is now accused of stealing a Spokane County Sheriff detective's gun and FBI identification card during a vehicle prowling last week.James W. Peterschick, 28, was arrested after a jail inmate looking for a…

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Charges in deadly crash on hold for school

Prosecutors are waiting until the end of the school year to file vehicular homicide charges against two teens involved in a crash that killed a 19-year-old Spokane woman, Spokane County Sheriff's Detective Dave Thornburg said today. Thornburg sent an investigation recommending the charges against Brooke…

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