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Sirens & Gavels archive for Dec. 17, 2010

FRIDAY, DEC. 17, 2010

3rd suspect arrested in robbery spree

A third suspect in a series of convenience store robberies was arrested early today. Aaron L. Goldstein, 18, was caught trespassing inside a building in the 400 block of South Bernard and driven to the Public Safety Building, where interviews with Spokane County sheriff's Detective…

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Gregoire blocks release of cop shooter

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Chris Gregoire has blocked the release of an Iowa man convicted of nearly killing a Richland police officer 28 years ago, her office announced Friday. The governor signed the order Thursday night canceling the parole release of Jerry Dean Lain…

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Pasco murder trial wraps up in Spokane

(AP) — Vicente Ruiz decided not to take the witness stand Wednesday in the final day of testimony at his aggravated murder trial in Spokane.The Tri-City Herald reports jurors had a day off Thursday while lawyers debate jury instructions. The case is expected to go…

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Reward offered for tips on sex offender

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help arrest a homeless sex offender who hasn't registered with authorities. William Michael Polinsky, 42, was convicted of third-degree child rape in 1991. He's a level 1 sex offender, the classification considered least likely to reoffend,…

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Duo suspected in armed robbery spree

Two 23-year-old transients were arrested this week on suspicion of a string of armed robberies at local convenience stores. Sean T. Smith and Vanessa E. Orr were arrested at the Crossland Motel, 12803 E. Sprague Ave. Wednesday after a sheriff's SWAT team raid. Detectives identified…

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Shellye Stark testifies in Spokane County Superior Court March 12. She's charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder for the Dec. 9, 2007, shooting death of her husband, Dale Robert Stark. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Shellye Stark's convictions overturned

The murder conviction against a Spokane woman who claimed she killed her husband in self defense after years of forced prostitution has been thrown out by a state appeals court.In a 3-0 ruling, the appellate court’s 3rd division ordered a new trial for Shellye L.…

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Child porn probe leads to Spokane man

A 44-year-old man was arrested Thursday after police connected him to hundred of images of child pornography. Darrel W. Monzingo was taken into custody at his home at 3403 E. Fairview Ave., after detectives served a search warrant there about 9 a.m. Spokane police Detective…

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Cash flying out window reveals robbers

CEDAR BLUFF, Ala. (AP) — Authorities in Alabama say all they had to do to catch six bank robbery suspects was follow the money flying out the window of a speeding car.The Gadsden Times reports that a deputy spotted the red Nissan Maxima cruising down…

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