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Sirens & Gavels archive for June 16, 2010


Developer pleads not guilty to theft

A once-prominent Spokane land developer pleaded not guilty to several felonies related to an alleged drug and stolen property ring investigators believe he ran from his Long Lake home. Joseph G. Ward, 62, founder of Pinnacle Realty, is charged with two counts of first-degree theft,…

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Man accused of threatening police, jail staff

A Spokane man is accused of threatening and attempting to assault Spokane County sheriff's deputies and a hospital security guard on Wednesday.Robert Allen Howley, 47, was taken into protective custody about 7 p.m. at his home in the 4200 block of North Locust after he…

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Elton to get court-ordered mental evaluation

The mental state of a Spokane County commission candidate is in question. A week before filing for office Friday, civic gadfly David H. Elton was ordered by Spokane County Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno to undergo mental evaluations to determine whether he’s competent to stand…

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Steele: 'This is a very emotional situation'

Appearing for the first time on federal charges related to an alleged murder-for-hire plot, Edgar Steele described himself Tuesday as a "frail" and "elderly" man who's undergone four surgeries in the past six months, including open heart surgery. He also blasted the federal agents for…

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Jury clears man of vehicular homicide

A motorist who ran over a Spokane man near Finch Arboretum two years ago was acquitted of vehicular homicide on Tuesday. William L. Hagy, 31, argued he never saw the victim, 51-year-old Robert Kenyon, who was crossing an unmarked crosswalk on Nov. 20, 2007, and…

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Court skipper wanted in car-house crash

A man accused of crashing his car into a northwest Spokane home early today was scheduled to plead guilty Monday to a charge related to a Cheney shooting, but he didn’t show up. Now Abran L. Gibson, 19, is wanted on new charges after Washington…

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