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Sirens & Gavels archive for April 2010


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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MONDAY, APRIL 26, 2010

2 men arrested for robbery 6 months later

Two Kalispell, Mont., men have been arrested for a gunpoint robbery at a North Idaho grocery store last fall. The suspects, Philip Paul-Richard Luedcke, 22 (right), and Nathan Wayne Hunt, 19, are accused of robbing the Super 1 Foods in Hayden early Oct. 17. Detectives…

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Man killed in front of kids; suspect at large

Okanogan County detectives are still looking for a gunman they say killed a father in front of his two children on Friday. Javier Ramirez-Cardenas, 30, of Okanogan, (left) is accused of fatally shooting Jose Antonio Padilla-Campos, 34, in Campos' home at Johnny Appleseed Orchards off…

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'Snitch' assailant in robbery case sentenced

A man who helped rob a pharmacy last fall, then threatened a witness, will spend about 11 months in jail. William E. Higgins, 22, pleaded guilty last week to conspiracy to commit first-degree armed burglary and received 11.25 months in jail and 12 months probation.…

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FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2010

2 convicted in murder of pregnant woman

Okanogan County jurors late Thursday convicted two Spokane residents in the 2009 ice-pick slaying of a pregnant woman near Tonasket. Tansy Fay-Arwen Mathis, 30, and David Eugene Richards, 34, were convicted in the killing of Michelle Kitterman, 25, who was found dead along a driveway…

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WSP: Chism threatened to kill troopers

A Spokane firefighter exonerated in a child pornography investigation two years ago threatened to beat a state trooper “to death” in a confrontation that led to felony charges Friday in Stevens County Superior Court, prosecutors allege. New court documents show two Washington State Patrol troopers…

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Man sentenced for Riverfront Park rape

By Thomas Clouse A brain-damaged, homeless man could serve either four more months or up to five years in prison based on a sentence Friday for a rape that occurred in broad daylight on a Saturday in Riverfront Park. Terry L. Thomas, 54, earlier entered…

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Spokane Police Officer Dan Lesser ( rear ) has a new partner named Rav who sits by his side at the Police Academy Wednesday April 9, 2009. At front is Var, who recently retired after 11 years as a K9, and worked with Lesser capturing homicide suspects and who was recently wounded on duty. CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON The Spokesman-Review (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Spokane police K-9 Var honored after death 

A Spokane police K-9 who died after surgery to remove a brain tumor was honored this week by the Washington State Police Canine Association. Var, a 10-year-old German shepherd who died last June, was awarded the Medal of Valor for a March 17, 2009, shooting…

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'Problem gambler' accused of theft, forgery

A Spokane woman who reportedly told police she's a problem gambler is accused of stealing more than $10,000 from her employer.Wendy J. Tappa, 55, was arrested Thursday on charges of fraud and first-degree theft after Spokane Valley police say she forged and cashed checks from…

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Shannon Cochran and his mother, Tracey Cochran.Courtesy photo (Courtesy photo / The Spokesman-Review)

Teen in fatal stabbing pleads to assault

A teen arrested in a fatal stabbing will spend a few more months in jail after pleading guilty today to second-degree assault. Christopher E. Hooper, 19, (left) was arrested after the Jan. 16 stabbing death of Shannon Cochran, 22. Cochran is pictured above with his…

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Sex offender arrested for indecent exposure

A convicted rapist considered likely to reoffend is in Spokane County Jail after police say he exposed himself to a four-year-old girl.James A. Peterschick, 51, was drunk when officers arrived at 511 E. Indiana, where the girl's parents said Peterschick exposed himself while standing in…

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Robbery victim's stash: Sex toy, syringes 

A robbery suspect arrested in a Spokane Valley water park after his truck ran out of gas reportedly told police he arranged to buy methamphetamine from the victim but robbed her instead. Police found a pornographic video, a sex toy, condoms, syringes, plastic baggies along…

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Feds: Murder plot uncovered in pot case

A Las Vegas developer acquitted by a federal jury in a North Idaho marijuana distribution case remains jailed without bail, now accused of conspiring to kill the prosecution’s key witnesses, including a Post Falls couple who testified against him. Kelly J. Polatis, (left) who worked…

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'Nemesis' of property owners flees court

A man police call “the nemesis of Spokane Valley property owners” returned to jail Wednesday after fleeing a courtroom and falling in front of the Spokane County Elections Office. Cole T. Monson, 36, ran from Spokane County District Court Judge Debra Hayes’ courtroom after Hayes…

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 David Brewczynski, shown with Deputy Larry Humphreys and Detective Chuck Ellis when he was arrested in 1997, was released from prison in July. Brewczynski was arrested Tuesday for allegedly burglarizing a Valley duplex. 
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Jury convicts career burglar of murder

A jury today convicted a career burglar of killing an 80-year-old man in a botched burglary in September 2008. David K. Brewczynski, 44, (right, and above in 1997) was convicted of first-degree murder, first-degree burglary and first-degree theft of a firearm for the beating death…

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