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Sirens & Gavels archive for Dec. 7, 2010

TUESDAY, DEC. 7, 2010

Drunken driving suspect blows .354 

A suspected drunken driver arrested in Spokane on Monday had a blood-alcohol level more than four times the legal limit for driving, according to court testimony. Donald J. Lafavor, 66, blew a .354 and was booked into Spokane County Jail about 6:15 p.m. on Monday.…

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Medical examiner is '87 murder witness

A Pasco murder trial moved to Spokane because of extensive publicity featured testimony Monday from Spokane County Medical Examiner John Howard.Howard performed autopsies on the five men killed in the 1987 Pasco body shop slayings and described their gunshot wounds to jurors.Three of the men,…

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"It didn't have to go down the way it did," said Robert Thompson whose longtime friend Jeremy Groom was shot and killed by Spokane police in a Hillyard parking lot Saturday night. Groom was allegedly pointing a handgun at Thompson when police fired their weapons.  (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Friends question fatal police shooting 

After Jeremy Groom pointed a gun at his own head and threatened suicide Saturday in Spokane, his friend of 20 years, Robert Thompson, Jr., figured he needed to do something fast to calm him down.So he asked a question: “What do you see when you…

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This combination of photos provided by the City of Lakewood, Wash., shows, from left to right, Lakewood police officers Greg Richards, 42,  Tina Griswold, 40, Ronald Owens, 37, and Sgt. Mark Renninger, 39. The four were killed when a gunman opened fire on them at a Parkland, Wash. coffee store on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009. (City Of Lakewood)

Mixed verdict in Lakewood shooting trial

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A jury in Tacoma returned mixed verdicts today against four people accused of helping Maurice Clemmons after he gunned down four Lakewood police officers in a coffeeshop last year. Two of the defendants — Clemmons’ aunt Letrecia Nelson and his cousin…

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