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Sirens & Gavels archive for June 2010

MONDAY, JUNE 21, 2010

Suspect in murder admits to crack charge

A Spokane man accused of lying to police his knowledge of a fatal shooting in January faces at least 20 months in prison for a crack cocaine conviction when he's sentenced later this summer. Eric "Smalls" Burton, Jr., recently pleaded guilty to one count of…

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Pasco man w/ 32 lbs. of meth gets 17 years

A man arrested as he drove away from his Pasco home with nearly 32 pounds of methamphetamine that was to be partly distributed in Spokane recently was sentenced to 17 years in prison. Mexican national Jesus Guillermo Bueno-Martinez, 34, will be deported after he serves…

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Charges filed in gravesite flower thefts

Felony charges have been filed against a Spokane man accused of stealing Memorial Day flowers from gravesites and selling them outside his home. Robert P. Sullivan, 45, is due in court this month after prosecutors filed second-degree theft and first-degree trafficking in stolen property charges…

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2 Valley teens accused of home burglary 

Two teenagers were arrested Saturday after a Spokane County sheriff's deputy said he saw them walking away from a burglarized Spokane Valley home. The boys, ages 16 and 15, were found with two gold rings each that had been stolen from the home in the…

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SPD ombudsman wants investigatory power 

The Spokane City Council is scheduled tonight to consider allowing police Ombudsman Tim Burns to gather information on his own, separately from the Police Department’s Internal Affairs division, when Burns disagrees with the police chief’s decision that no further investigation into alleged misconduct is needed.…

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GOP prosecutor forum set for tonight

A forum for three of the five candidates seeking the Spokane County prosecutor's spot is set for tonight.. The forum, sponsored by the Republicans of Spokane County, will be moderated by Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, who has not endorsed a candidate. It starts at…

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SUNDAY, JUNE 20, 2010

Burning rodent blamed for $1m blaze

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Yakima fire officials say a rat that chewed through the electrical wiring of a jukebox is responsible for a $1 million fire that gutted the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 379.Investigators believe the rodent caught fire Wednesday morning and fled to…

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FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 2010

Barefoot Bandit donates to veterinary clinic

RAYMOND, Wash. (AP) — Police have confirmed that a note left at a Raymond, Wash., veterinary clinic along with money totaling $100 was written by teen fugitive Colton Harris-Moore. Raymond Police Chief Ken Boyes says the State Patrol crime lab confirmed Harris-Moore's fingerprints were on…

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Cop leaving work bags burglary suspect

A teenager was arrested Thursday after a police detective leaving work spotted him prowling a business near the Spokane Valley police precinct on East Sprague, then found a burglary victim's bank cards and driver's license in his back pack. Tyler J. Keiper, 19, is accused…

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Tip on text in arson fire gets teens $1,500

Two teenagers will receive $750 each today for tipping fire investigators to a text message that helped arrest five people, including a man now accused of murdering his pregnant girlfriend, for an arson fire at a Spokane Valley elementary school last June. The fire, which…

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Four-time armed robber gets 14 years

A 20-year-old Spokane man was ordered to spend 14 years in prison for a robbery spree last summer. Daniel I. Neace was sentenced this week in Spokane County Superior Court after pleading guilty to four counts of first-degree robbery, three counts of second-degree assault, attempted…

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Trio of child molesters registers in Spokane

Three sex offenders considered likely to re-offend recently registered in Spokane County. Joe Louis Barton, 47, (right) is living in the 1100 block of West York after serving 216 months in prison for raping a 7-year-old girl in 1986. He's no longer on probation. Delores…

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Police: Man had 166 pot plants too many

A hunter led investigators this week to a man they say "interprets the medical marijuana law a little differently than we do." Benjamin A. Rice-Erso, 26, was released from Spokane County Jail on his own recognizance today after appearing in Superior Court on a felony…

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Jury acquits ex-survival instructor of rape

A former survival instructor smiled Wednesday as a Spokane jury read its decision to exonerate him of three counts of first-degree rape. Michael W. Fassbender, 32, asked his attorney, Christian Phelps, if he was free to go and left with his friends and family. Fassbender…

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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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