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Sirens & Gavels archive for April 27, 2010


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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Big man, little man suspected in burglaries

A small body frame may be helping fuel a string of burglaries in north Spokane.Detectives believe a smaller man has been breaking through windows to allow his larger accomplice inside, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office said today.A woman arrived home in the 6500 block of…

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Sheriff dismisses private jail options

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich expressed doubt today that the City of Spokane could save any money by hiring a private company to run a municipal lockup. “We looked at privatization,” Knezovich said, adding the department had talked with a Montana company while researching options for a…

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Boy-for-sale ad linked to Sandpoint teen

An Internet ad offering a 4-year-old boy for $5,000 that launched a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office investigation and drew international attention turned out to be the work of a bored North Idaho teenager.Sandpoint police tracked the Craigslist ad to a 17-year-old boy, who told an…

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Man sought after SWAT comes up empty 

Spokane police are looking for a domestic violence suspect they believe escaped before officers surrounded his Hillyard home for four hours on Saturday. Police say Pedro J. Garcia, 35, was reported to be suicidal when they arrived at 2900 E. Diamond shortly before 8 p.m.…

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ORG XMIT: WAEVE101 Everett Police Officer  Troy   Meade hugs his wife, Cindy, after he was acquitted of second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter Monday, April 26, 2010, at the Snohomish County Courthouse in Everett, Wash. (AP Photo/The Herald, Mark Mulligan) (Associated Press)

Jury clears Everett police officer of murder 

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A Snohomish County jury cleared an Everett police officer Monday of criminal charges in the shooting death of a drunken-driving suspect in a restaurant parking lot. Officer Troy Meade was acquitted of second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter, The Herald newspaper of…

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Spokane police chief is finalist for Seattle job

Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick is one of 11 finalists to lead Seattle’s police force. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn’s office released the list Monday in a news release. The finalists will be interviewed May 8 by McGinn’s chief search committee. Other candidates include the police…

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