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Sirens & Gavels archive for June 10, 2010


Report: Kirkpatrick still hoping for Seattle 

Spokane police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick has asked to be reconsidered for the top Seattle police job after a finalist withdrew, a Seattle TV station reports. According to a web posting by Q13Fox in Seattle, Kirkpatrick e-mailed Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn Wednesday after Sacramento Police Chief…

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Video shows Spokane grocery store robbery

Video released today shows a masked gunman robbing a north Spokane grocery store Tuesday night.Police hope someone can provide tips about the robbery, which occurred about 10 p.m. at Empire Foods, 5434 N. Nevada St., and terrified the clerk, police said.The gunman is shown throwing…

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Career criminal in denial gets 15 years

A career criminal was ordered to spend 15 years behind bars recently, but not before he argued that he wasn't actually a career criminal. Casey D. Beckham felt his burglary convictions didn't qualify as violent felonies under the federal Armed Career Criminal Act, which mandates…

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Jury convicts mom who took kids years ago

A jury has convicted a woman of custodial interference for taking her children from Spokane 12 years ago. Jill D. Haugen, 48, was found guilty after a short trial before Judge Neal Reilly this week. She has not yet been sentenced. Custodial interference carries a…

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Rape trial's crime scene is military facility

National security questions have been raised during the Spokane rape trial of a civilian contractor who, according to court testimony, took a woman he just met over the Internet into one of the military’s most secure facilities. Asked outside the courtroom Wednesday if the U.S.…

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Dealer w/ 'mental demons' gets 15 years 

A Shoshone County, Idaho man involved in a methamphetamine ring that obtained the drug in Spokane will spend more than 15 years in prison. Michael R. Opland, 52, was sentenced Tuesday to 188 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and for failing to…

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