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Sirens & Gavels archive for June 28, 2010

MONDAY, JUNE 28, 2010

Jailer on leave after extortion plot emerges

Two people are in custody and a Spokane County Jail deputy is on paid administrative leave as authorities investigate his connections to an extortion plan allegedly hatched by a former inmate. The deputy, Velven York, alerted authorities to the extortion attempt Sunday after he was…

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Suspects in gang murder: 1 jailed, 3 to go

A man charged in connection with a fatal shooting in January was arrested on Sunday. Christopher J. "Baby Boy" Route, 24, (left) is in jail on a probation hold and a felony charge of first-degree rendering criminal assistance after being booked into jail about noon.…

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Shooting suspect charged in Oct. stabbing 

UPDATE: Court appearances were moved to Tuesday in District Court. A suspect arrested in shooting at Hoopfest on Saturday already is charged in a gang-related stabbing outside a downtown Spokane night club last fall. Adam Doe, 19, is due in Superior Court this afternoon on…

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Travis Melcher stands with portraits of his mother, Bev Saruwatari, and his brother Jerud Melcher on June 17, 2010, at his home. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Encounter w/ police preludes 2 tragedies

Her friends remember Beverly Saruwatari as a model citizen – an honored public school teacher, a goodwill ambassador on Spokane’s Nishinomiya Sister City Committee and a devoted single mother. She died suddenly one year ago today of a brain hemorrhage – 20 days after a…

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Love triangle alleged in Grant Co. murder

The suspect in the shooting death of a Grant County man in December was secretly dating the victim’s girlfriend, court documents allege. David E. Nickels, 29, is in jail on $5 million bond for a first-degree murder in connection with the Dec. 29 slaying of…

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