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Sirens & Gavels archive for Feb. 2010

TUESDAY, FEB. 9, 2010

Spokane Valley fire investigators are looking for the man in this photo in connection with a Jan. 18, 2010, fire at HICO Village. Officials believe the fire was intentionally set.  (Courtesy of Spokane Valley Fire Department)

Arson suspect caught on tape

Fire investigators think the man pictured is responsible for an arson fire behind a Spokane Valley convenience store last month. The fire was reported just after 6 p.m. on Jan. 18 behind the Hico Village at 1201 North Barker Road. The Spokane Valley Fire Department…

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MONDAY, FEB. 8, 2010

Rape alleged at Spokane church

A man is accused of raping a woman early Saturday at a Spokane church where he works. Police arrested Michael J. Bosch, 47, early Saturday after a woman said he attacked her in the basement of Mending Fences Ministry, 1906 E. Sprague, according to court…

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Robbery nets $83, 2 felony charges

A convenience store robbery that landed a Spokane man in jail on felony charges netted $83, according to court documents. Jakob B. McMath, 25, appeared in Superior Court today on charges of first-degree robbery and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. McMath was arrested late…

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Police: Man drugged woman before rape

A 20-year-old Spokane man is accused of drugging a woman, then raping her after a church function last fall. Adric T. Watson is in jail on $10,000 bond after appearing in Spokane County Superior Court Monday on one count- of second-degree rape. Watson turned himself…

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At about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 3rd, a man entered the GTX Truck Stop at 18723 E. Cataldo and used a counterfeit $100 bill to purchase scratch lottery tickets.  He was described as a white male in his 50’s who had a beard. 

    On the following Thursday, a man entered the Shell convenience store at 13823 E. Broadway and used a counterfeit $100 bill to purchase $50 in scratch lotto tickets.  He was given $50 in change. 

    The employee in the second theft described the suspect as a white man in his 40’s who was about 5’04” tall and balding.  He estimated his weight at about 165 pounds. 

    Officers who examined the counterfeit bills described them as looking very authentic. 
    Security video at one of the businesses captured the suspect’s image.  Anyone with information regarding his identity is encouraged to call Crime Check at 456-2233.  (Spokane County Sheriff's Office)

Man wanted for passing fake money

A man passed counterfeit $100 bills at two store last week, and detectives are looking for help identifying him. The man used one bill to buy lottery scratch-it tickets at the GTX Truck Stop, 18723 E. Cataldo, on Feb. 3 at 2:30 p.m. The next…

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9th Circuit rejects Spokane man's appeal

A Spokane sex offender with a long list of lawsuits against various entities recently lost an appeal to one of the country's highest courts.Robert M. Waggy argued to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that his arrest in 2004 on a bench warrant was…

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 The Rev. Joseph Weitensteiner waits in the fourth-floor hallway of the Spokane County Courthouse to testify in the Morning Star Boys’ Ranch trial on Wednesday. 
 (Dan Pelle)

Ranch trial could go to jury Tuesday

Closing arguments are expected tomorrow in the Morning Star Boys' Ranch sex abuse trial. The lengthy trial is the first of more than a dozen cases that could go to trial in Spokane County Superior Court.On Thursday, the Rev. Joseph Weitensteiner (pictured above) said that…

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FRIDAY, FEB. 5, 2010

Tucker puts Stevens on leave 10 

A Spokane County deputy prosecutor who announced this week that he’s running for his boss’ job has been placed on paid leave and faces possible discipline.Prosecutor Steve Tucker said his complaints against David Stevens are “obviously” connected to Stevens’ decision to challenge him in the…

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Meth lab busted in Bonner County

Bonner County authorities raided a methamphetamine lab and arrested two men Thursday after a three-month investigation. Louis Gillette, 52, (left) and Allan Krebs, (right) 64, were jailed on $100,000 bail after investigators found a meth lab at Krebs' home at 4433 Colburn Culver Road, the…

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Bust nabs 80 pounds of marijuana

The suspected leader of an interstate marijuana distribution ring was arrested this week after investigators seized more than 80 pounds of marijuana, his Mercedes Benz and several guns, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office. Trent R. Harris, 27, of Kennewick was arrested Wednesday by…

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THURSDAY, FEB. 4, 2010

Stevens challenging Tucker for prosecutor 

Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor Dave Stevens has announced that he’ll challenge his boss, Prosecutor Steve Tucker, in the August primary. Both Tucker (right) and Stevens (left) are Republicans, and the battle is off to a tough start. “Until I came here, I’ve never seen a…

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Jury clears doctor in drug case

A jury cleared a former North Idaho doctor this week of allegations that he overprescribed drugs nearly a decade ago. Chris Arthur Christensen was acquitted on three federal charges in U.S. District Court in Coeur d’Alene after a week-long jury trial. It was the second…

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Sheriff: Critics are ill-informed 'whiners'

BOISE - A Kootenai County human rights group sent a letter to the Idaho Legislature on Thursday saying criminals are going free in Benewah County because the sheriff there refuses to sign a cooperative agreement with the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Police.Benewah County Sheriff Bob Kirts…

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Killer's father charged with ID theft

The story of a woman who worked as a prostitute before murdering her husband has reemerged in an otherwise low-level theft case in Spokane County Superior Court. CKLCurtis A. JohnsonÖ, 69, is scheduled for trial next month on one count of first-degree identity theft after…

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 3, 2010

This photo proivided by the Suffolk County, N.Y., Sheriff's Dept., Wednesday Feb. 3, 2010, shows a mannequin on the hood of one of their cruisers. A New Yorker faces a $135 traffic fine for using a mannequin as her plus-one in the high-occupancy lane of the Long Island Expressway. An alert sheriff's deputy on Long Island became suspicious when he saw the "passenger" wearing sunglasses and using the visor. The only problem: The sky was overcast. (AP Photo/Suffolk County Sheriff) (Associated Press)

Shady mannequin leads to car pool fine

ISLANDIA, N.Y. (AP) — The tipoff was the sunglasses.A New Yorker faces a $135 traffic fine for using a mannequin as her plus-one in the high-occupancy lane of the Long Island Expressway.An alert sheriff's deputy on Long Island became suspicious when he saw the "passenger"…

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No death penalty for Deer Park man

A Deer Park man accused of murdering a witness in an assault case against him will avoid the death penalty because of prosecutors mismanaged the case, a judge ruled today. Spokane County prosecutors failed to disclose for months pertinent statements from suspect Christopher H. Devlin’s…

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Ignition device law a test for agencies

Changes to a state law put a fired Spokane police sergeant in a new class of drunken drivers: first-time offenders required to drive with an ignition interlock device.That new requirement led to Brad Thoma’s dismissal from the Spokane Police Department after the department said public…

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Darin DeBolt holds a fellow cheerleader in a lift as the EWU band rallies fans outside  Woodward Field in Cheney before EWU played Western Washington Sept. 20. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Gym teacher accused of sexual abuse

A high school gym teacher and local cheerleading coach is accused of sexually abusing a teenager. Darin J. DeBolt, 26, a teacher at Lakeside High School in North Idaho, appeared in court today on one count of sexual battery of a minor child ages 16…

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Chase in Everett leads to police pileup

Fortunately no one was severely injured in this pileup this morning, and the suspect was apprehended, but it makes you wonder how many times the words "oh crap" or similar variation on that phrase were uttered.Here's the initial coverage out of Everett from speed wire:EVERETT,…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 2, 2010

Suspect arrested in weekend stabbing

A man who told a judge two weeks ago that he planned to "make better decisions" and "be a parent" is back in Spokane County Jail after police say he stabbed two men early Saturday. Michael R. "Mikey Mike" Gardner was booked into jail Tuesday,…

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Move over, toothless burglar

A burglar dressed in skin-tight leotards and a red bandana went screaming from a Spokane Valley home this morning after being surprised by a 14-year-old occupant. The boy told officers he was in the shower and heard his dogs barking in the kitchen about 6:40…

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Man accused of stabbing drinking buddy

An argument between two men drinking at a North Side apartment early Tuesday ended with one stabbing the other, Spokane police said. Matthew J. Blizzard, 32, is accused of stabbing Paul J. Erickson, 39, with a pocket knife inside Erickson's apartment at 6616 N. Addison…

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Detectives are looking for help identifying this man, who they say broke into gaming machines at the Hico Village, 1201 North Barker Road, on Jan. 24 about 4:30 p.m. (Crime Stoppers)

Gaming machine thief caught on tape

Detectives are looking for a man they say broke into gaming machines at a Spokane Valley convenience store. The man was captured on security video around the time of the theft, which detectives say occurred Jan. 24 about 4:30 p.m. at the Hico Village, 1201…

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