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Sirens & Gavels archive for Feb. 2010

TUESDAY, FEB. 16, 2010

Spokane Fire Department Lt. Jack Greenamyer sits atop a 1936 pumper housed at Station No. 3. Greenamyer joined the department on Feb. 15, 1965. (Dan Pelle)

Spokane firefighter celebrates 45th year

Spokane fire Lt. Jack Greenamyer doesn’t keep track of how many lives he’s saved or the number of burning buildings he’s gone into, but he can tell you he still gets excited about going to work after 45 years on the force.On Monday, Greenamyer, 67,…

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Malone to run for Spokane Co. prosecutor

By Thomas ClouseA Democrat is joining the race for Spokane County prosecutor. cklLongtime local attorney Frank Malone confirmed his bid to challenge Prosecutor Steve Tucker today. Meanwhile, Tucker , who is scheduled to meet Wednesday with Deputy Prosecutor David Stevens, whom Tucker suspended earlier this…

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MONDAY, FEB. 15, 2010

Tips sought on sex offender's location

Police are looking for tips on the location of a sex offender wanted for failing to register with authorities. Bradley D. Williams, 22, was convicted of failing to register as a sex offender in October. He also has a previous conviction for drug possession, according…

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More charges in pot border smuggling

The owner of the Ferry County property where drug agents caught two Canadian pot smugglers last fall faces federal marijuana charges. Harold Oscar Strandberg, of Danville, is accused of using his property at Fourth of July Creek Road, which is on the U.S.-Canadian border, to…

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SUNDAY, FEB. 14, 2010

Seattle mayor says gun control a state issue 

It's an election year. Taxes are going up. And, polls show increasing numbers of voters distrust their politicians. Even the most inexperienced political strategist would have to say good luck convincing the Legislature to tackle this one right now.SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn…

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FRIDAY, FEB. 12, 2010

Reminder: Police hockey tomorrow

Local law enforcement will take to the ice tomorrow in a hockey game to raise money for the children of the slain Lakewood police officers. Members of Spokane Police Department and Spokane County Sheriff's Office will play a hockey game at 5 p.m. tomorrow. Admission…

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Federal crack cocaine laws under fire

A woman spending 27 years in federal prison on a crack cocaine conviction is the first person to seek a pardon from President Obama. Federal law punishes crack cocaine convictions much more severely than powder cocaine, and Obama has asked Congress to change that. The…

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Police seek sex offender spotted downtown

A convicted sex offender considered likely to reoffend has disabled his GPS tracking device and was last seen in downtown Spokane last night. James Broady Artis III, 43, is wanted on a warrant for escape from community custody, according to the Spokane Police Department. Artis,…

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No decision yet on Stevens 

By Thomas Clouse Deputy Spokane County Prosecutor David Stevens remains on leave after he turned in the response Friday to complaints following his announcement last week that he would run to unseat his boss, Prosecutor Steve Tucker. Stevens (right) and his union representative will meet…

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Rapist sought for failure to comply

A man who raped an elderly woman at knife point in 1995 hasn't been checking in with authorities, and detectives are looking for tips on his location. Justin J. Stevens, 33, a level 3 sex offender, was released from prison in 2004 after serving 114…

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Exceptional sentence for gang member  

A reputed gang member sentenced to 15 years in prison for a shooting that didn't injure anyone was given an exceptionally high sentence because of issues with the statutory maximum and firearms enhancements. Anthony D. Singh, 21, could only serve a maximum of 120 months…

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THURSDAY, FEB. 11, 2010

Crack bust targets gang members

A drug bust in Spokane that uncovered crack cocaine targeted members of the same gang that detectives believe has ties to an unsolved homicide last month. Sheriff's detectives raided two homes Wednesday as part of an ongoing investigation into suspected drug dealing by members of…

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Robber headed to familiar place: prison 

A man sent to prison for shooting his teenage girlfriend in 2005 is headed back there after pleading guilty to second-degree robbery. Reza Abghari, 26, was sentenced to 15 months in prison this morning by Judge Sam Cozza. He was arrested Oct. 28 with Nedzad…

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2 jurors dismissed from Boys' Ranch case

Two jurors will be removed from deliberations in the Morning Star Boys' Ranch sexual abuse case because of misconduct. The two discussed the case outside of deliberations, which led Superior Court Judge Kathleen O'Connor to dismiss them this morning. Two alternate jurors will be brought…

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 10, 2010

Surveillance camera images of a man who robbed the Grocery Outlet on North Division Street in Spokane on Tuesday, June 23, 2009. (Courtesy of Spokane Police Department)

DNA on fake beard nabs robbery suspect

A seven-month-old robbery may be solved thanks to DNA from a fake beard worn by the culprit.Donald R. Wright, 35, was arrested today in connection with the June 23 robbery at the Grocery Outlet at 7810 N. Division after the state crime lab matched his…

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Ex-caregiver gets 30 days for scheme

A caregiver who tried to steal money from a dead man will spend a month in jail, a judge ruled today.Ronald L. Brown, 41, has 10 days to report to the Spokane County Jail to serve a 30-day sentence imposed this morning by Superior Court…

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Serial robber gets 10 years in prison

A 20-year-old man who as a teenager terrorized Spokane payday loan stores in a drug-fueled armed robbery spree was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday.Before Zachary T. Allen apologized for his crimes, family members described a sweet boy with a bright future who lost…

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Idaho contemplates new fees on criminals

Anyone who's ever sat through even a few felony dockets in just about any courthouse nationwide probably has noticed the same overwhelming pattern among criminals: They tend to be dirt poor, often as a result of their own poor choices but, no matter how the…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 9, 2010

More than your average neighbor feud 

When a north Spokane man awoke last weekend to the sound of his car alarm and found his window smashed, police traced fresh footprints leading from the crime scene to a neighbor’s home.It was no surprise to the victim – he told police he’s known…

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Canadian coke smuggler: I'm guilty

A Canadian man arrested with 38 kilos of cocaine last fall recently pleaded guilty to a federal cocaine charge. Michael B. Yuill, 36, (left, dressed as Shrek for Halloween 2005 in a picture from his hometown paper, the Observer), pleaded guilty to possession with intent…

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Plea deal accepted in March murder

A man who rejected a plea deal last month in connection with a fatal stabbing changed his mind and will spend the next year in prison after pleading guilty today. Christopher R. Harper, 28, had been charged with second-degree murder following the March 3 stabbing…

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