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Sirens & Gavels archive for April 20, 2010


Teen gets 11 years in murder over $20 

Matthew T. Shope told police everything. He led them to the victim's body, described her murder in detail and, ultimately, gave detectives a solid case against her killer. But it's what Shope did - and didn't do - before his arrest that earned him more…

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$66 robbery gets gunman 7+ years in prison

A 25-year-old man who robbed a convenience store at gunpoint last fall was sentenced today to nearly eight years in prison. Christopher R. Walinksi pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery and second-degree assault for a Sept. 29 robbery at Zip Trip, 3030 E. Euclid Ave. The…

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Boy-for-sale Craigslist query switches states

Investigation into a Spokane Craigslist ad that offered a 4-year-old boy for sale has been transferred to another law enforcement agency.A sheriff's deputy tracked Internet Provider address information for the posting and believes the post may have originated outside of Washington, the Spokane County Sheriff's…

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Police saw signs smuggler liked bestiality

By GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press Writer SEATTLE (AP) — Last week's animal-abuse arrest of a convicted cocaine smuggler wasn't the first time authorities had found something linking him to bestiality. A Monroe police commander said Monday that when Douglas Spink's sport utility vehicle was pulled…

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2 banks robbed within 90 minutes Monday

A robbery suspect was arrested less than 90 minutes after police say he stole money from a bank at gunpoint Monday. The arrest occurred about the same time a holdup was reported at a Spokane bank. Police reviewing surveillance footage from Washington Trust bank at…

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