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Sirens & Gavels archive for April 5, 2010


Explosives on I-90 bring out bomb squad

An explosive device was found during a traffic stop on Interstate 90 in Coeur d'Alene Sunday night.Julianne M. Lewis, of Pasco, and William F. Heavyrunner, of Browning, Mont., were arrested near milepost 13 after Idaho State Police troopers found the device in their vehicle, along…

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Ex-caretaker accused of kidnapping woman

A man already accused of assaulting a woman he used to care for now is accused of kidnapping her from the Coeur d'Alene Casino, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department. John M. Costa, 47, of Chewelah, appeared in Kootenai County District Court today after…

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Valley cop finds 3 stolen cars in 1 shift 

A Spokane Valley police officer recovered three stolen cars Sunday night. Officer Jason Karnitz tracked the cars with the department's automated license plate reader - a device that compares license plates to a list of stolen vehicle plates that's updated daily. The first car -…

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Elton's wife donated to Stevens' campaign

A candidate for Spokane County prosecutor has accepted a $500 campaign contribution from the wife of a man being prosecuted by the office he wants to oversee. Records show that Republican prosecuting attorney candidate Dave Stevens accepted the donation in February and has kept the…

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Christopher M. Schelling and his mother, Hannah Schelling. (courtesy Hannah Schelling)

Man's mother: 'Meth was his destruction'

Hannah Schelling last heard from her son, Christopher, when he called in November with a plea she’d never before heard. “He said ‘Mom, I’m in really deep. Can I come home?’” Schelling recalled. She begged her only son to let her pick him up, but…

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