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Sirens & Gavels archive for April 2010



Firefighter on leave after brawl with WSP

A Spokane firefighter exonerated on child pornography charges two years ago is on paid leave again after an apparently violent confrontation with state troopers during a drunken driving arrest. Lt. Todd Chism was jolted with a stun gun several times after troopers found him trying…

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Wanted mother, 2 kids found safe

A Spokane mother whose children have been ordered to return to state custody has been located in Portland. Patricia Lyons, 25, left Spokane after police say she stabbed her ex-boyfriend on Saturday. Child Protective Services determined the incident violated court restrictions, and her 5-year-old daughter,…

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Trial starts in murder of 80-year-old man

A jury will soon decide whether a career burglar murdered an elderly Spokane Valley man in 2008. David K. Brewczynski, 44, is accused of killing 80-year-old Kenneth Cross in a botched burglary at Cross’ Boone Avenue home on Sept. 20, 2008. A week after the…

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Spokane police K-9 nabs robbery suspect

Two men suspected of a home invasion robbery in Spokane last month are now in police custody. A Spokane police dog, Bennie, captured Wesley I. Veazie, 22, (right) after he ran from traffic stop near North Lincoln Street and West Boone Avenue Wednesday about 6:20…

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The doorway of the  Review Tower frames the Thomas S. Foley U.S. Courthouse in downtown Spokane Wednesday. (CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON)

Bomb found outside federal courthouse

At a time of heightened concerns over threats to government officials, federal authorities in Spokane kept quiet about the discovery of a bomb found alongside the Thomas S. Foley U.S. Courthouse last week. They acknowledged the investigation Wednesday, however, after the latest edition of Newsweek…

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2 gang-related assaults reported in Spokane

Spokane police are investigating two assaults in the last four days that may be gang related. The first occurred April 3 near North Cincinnati Street and East Mission Avenue about 12:30 a.m. An 18-year-old said he was attacked by three people, one who “possibly fired…

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Bugbee to run for Spokane Co. prosecutor

Steve Tucker has a new challenger in the race for Spokane County prosecutor. Chris Bugbee, a 42-year-old Republican who worked six years as a deputy prosecutor, has announced his bid to unseat his former boss. He joins fellow Republican David Stevens and Democrat Frank Malone…

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Police: Wanted woman on lam with 2 kids 

A Spokane mother whose children have been ordered to return to state custody was spotted Tuesday in Portland. Patricia Lyons, 25, is wanted on a second-degree assault charge after police say she stabbed her ex-boyfriend on Saturday. Child Protective Services determined the incident violated court…

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Crews work at the scene of a crash on eastbound Interstate 90 that left a sedan pinned under a tractor-trailer Tuesday, April 6, 2010. (Courtesy of Spokane Valley Fire Department)

Convertible pinned under semi on I-90

Three crashes on three roads killed or injured nine people in the Inland Northwest Tuesday. In one, a Deer Park woman was in satisfactory condition after being extracted from her convertible, which was pinned under a semitrailer during a collision on Interstate 90 on Tuesday…

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Newest arrest puts man in SPD's top 10

A man considered one of Spokane’s most active criminals allegedly rammed a police vehicle during a pursuit late Monday, leading to his seventh arrest since December. Police spotted Aleksey Y. Solodyankin, 31, driving recklessly near Cincinnati Street and North Avenue about 10:40 p.m., but it…

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$66 gunpoint robbery gets man 14 months

A 24-year-old man involved in a convenience store holdup last fall was sentenced to 14 months in prison today. Joseph R. Giordanella pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery and second-degree assault for a Sept. 29 robbery at Zip Trip, 3030 E. Euclid Ave. The robbery netted…

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Charges sought in crash that killed teen

Two teenagers involved in a crash that killed a 19-year-old Spokane woman in February face vehicular homicide charges under a recommendation sent to prosecutors Monday. Investigators believe Brooke A. Reese, 18, of Spokane, and Taylor D. Marean, 18, of Redmond, were racing when their cars…

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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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Spokane police and Spokane County sheriff's deputies block off the scene of an officer-involved shooting in the 4100 block of East 36th Avenue in southeast Spokane on Friday, March 26, 2010. A man who fired on police was shot and later died. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Gunman threatened to cause a 'war zone'

A gunman shot and killed by police last week had told his brother-in-law the day before that he planned to turn the neighborhood into a "war zone," according to court documents filed Friday. Todd E. White, 46, had previously threatened to kill Gary Paul in…

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Tips sought on driver v. pedestrian assault

Police are seeking tips on a driver they believe intentionally hit a pedestrian near a Spokane elementary school last week. The victim was struck at 200 W. Nebraska, across the street from Madison Elementary School, about 4:30 p.m. on March 26. Officers believe the crash…

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