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Sirens & Gavels archive for Feb. 2010

MONDAY, FEB. 22, 2010

Spokane father accused of abusing infant

A Spokane man is accused of abusing his 2-month-old daughter. Daniel S. O’Brien, 23, was arrested Friday after doctors said the girl’s injuries, which include a broken leg, were consistent with abuse, according to the Spokane Police Department. O’Brien appeared in Spokane County Superior Court…

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Hit-and-run seriously injures pedestrian

A hit-and-run driver seriously injured a Spokane pedestrian today on the lower South Hill.Police are looking for any information on the incident, which occurred at 12:22 p.m. at South Oak Street and West 10th Avenue.The victim, whose name has not been released, was taken to…

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Purloined polka case emerges in Detroit

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — Roll out the felony? A cable TV producer in suburban Detroit has been charged with using publicly owned equipment to make polka DVDs and sell them to an undercover officer. Police say Fred DeChausse (de-CHAWSS-ay) was caught selling 11 pirated DVDs…

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Cable show to feature Spokane jail this week 

The Spokane County Jail will be featured on a cable television show this Thursday. An hour-long episode of the show "Behind Bars" on the Discovery Channel will explore life at the jail and feature interviews with inmates and employees. “In the Spokane County Jail, accused…

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Beggs to leave Center for Justice

Breean Beggs, the self-described chief catalyst for the public interest law firm Center for Justice, announced his resignation today citing both fewer financial resources at the firm and aspirations for a future run for public office. Beggs, 47, quickly said he has no public office…

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FRIDAY, FEB. 19, 2010

Meth found in car involved in fatal crash

Detectives investigating a car crash that killed a teenager in south Spokane last weekend found methamphetamine in the vehicle in which the victim was riding, according to newly filed court documents. Jacoby Bryant, 19, (left, picture from died early Feb. 14 when the 1999…

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Paramedic accused of slapping patient

By Thomas ClouseState officials have suspended the license of a paramedic who worked for Spokane’s private ambulance service after his superiors reported that the paramedic had choked and slapped a patient in December. Andrew N. Singleton, 67, apparently is no longer working for American Medical…

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3 dogs dead in suspected poisoning

Poisoned meatballs may have killed three dogs in the Moran Prairie neighborhood on Spokane's South Hill today, and more suspicious meatballs were found in two other locations. “All pet owners should closely inspect their yard and surrounding property when they arrive home tonight,” said Nancy…

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Fired agent wins big in federal court

A former federal law enforcement agent, who was fired after he investigated police corruption on the Spokane Indian Reservation, has won a $400,000 lawsuit against the Bureau of Indian Affairs for malicious prosecution. The ruling in U.S. District Court for Eastern Washington by senior Judge…

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THURSDAY, FEB. 18, 2010

Craigslist fraud leads Spokane police to CdA 

A Craigslist scheme that stretched from Spokane to Miami led police to a Coeur d'Alene hotel this week, where they arrested a suspect accused of duping unsuspecting buyers through fraudulent advertisements. Joshua J. Mulvey, 25, was arrested on a second-degree theft charge Tuesday at Motel…

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This still image from police video shows evidence seized in the arrest of Kruz Hawkins on suspicion of selling marijuana Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010. Hawkins' father, Ricky Hawkins, was also arrested. (Courtesy of Spokane Police Department)

Police: Father, son sold pot to students 

Police arrested a 20-year-old Spokane man and his father today on suspicion of selling marijuana to high school students in northwest Spokane. Kruz Hawkins (right) was arrested after he rode his bike to the parking lot of Pizza Pipeline on Wellesley Avenue, where police believe…

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Stevens releases letter to Tucker

David Stevens has released his response to the complaints that led to his firing as a deputy prosecutor. Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker fired Stevens, who had been with the office since 2002, yesterday after putting him on leave shortly after he announced he was…

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Lawmakers want police to be truthful

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The state Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to officially require law enforcement officers to "be truthful and honest" while carrying out their duties.That seems self-evident, but substitute Senate Bill 6590 is the result of a long-running Kitsap County case involving a deputy…

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 17, 2010

$750,000 bond for Claude Irwin

A disbarred lawyer on the run for more than a decade returned to Spokane this week to face an accusation that he stole money from a dead client’s estate. Claude K. Irwin, Jr., appeared in Superior Court on Wednesday through a video feed from the…

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Boy, 15, arrested in South Hill stabbing

The third suspect in a stabbing on the South Hill Tuesday night has been arrested.The 15-year-old boy was arrested and booked into Spokane County Juvenile Detention today, Spokane police said.The boy is thought to be involved in an apparent attempted robbery that ended with a…

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Groom arrested twice on wedding night

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — A marriage got off to a rocky start after the 21-year-old groom from northern Idaho was arrested twice on his wedding night and charged with assaulting his new wife in nearby Eastern Washington. Court records show Nathan Lewis of Lewiston, Idaho,…

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Tucker: 'It was a management decision' 

Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker said he gave Stevens a choice of unpaid leave until after the August primary or termination. Stevens chose the latter. “It was a management decision,” Tucker told S-R reporter Tom Clouse. “To work effectively, we have to have a unified…

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Year-old drug raid brings 15 felonies

A couple arrested more than a year ago with suspected stolen property - including a trailer stolen more than a decade ago - were expected to be arraigned on more than a dozen felony charges today.Mark J. Sarber, 50, and Brenda R. Sarber, 35, were…

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Fugitive lawyer due in court today

Claude K. Irwin, Jr., the fugitive disbarred Spokane lawyer captured in Mexico after more than a decade, is back in Spokane. Irwin, 62, is due in Spokane County Superior Court this afternoon via video feed from the jail, where he has been in custody without…

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Tucker fires election opponent

By Thomas Clouse Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker fired today the deputy prosecutor who announced earlier this month his intention to challenge Tucker in the August primary. Tucker (right) fired Deputy Prosecutor David Stevens after a meeting this morning. Stevens, who announced his firing by…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 16, 2010

Teen on bathroom break flees court

PLUMMER, Idaho - A teenager who escaped a courthouse after being allowed to use the bathroom today was recaptured about five hours later.Timothy Allen had been in a Kootenai County juvenile detention center after his arrest following a police pursuit in early February. Allen was…

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2 shootings reported last weekend

Two gang-related shootings were reported in Spokane on Valentine's Day.No one was injured in either shooting. In the first incident, officers responded to the 800 block of East Lyons about 1:45 a.m. for the report of multiple shots fired, and arrived to find a car…

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Last of robbery trio gets 13 months

By Thomas Clouse A man charged with a convenience store robbery last fall pleaded guilty to a lesser charge today and was sentenced to 13 months in jail. Nedzad Mesanovic, 21, pleaded to second-degree robbery as part of the plea. He was also given credit…

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