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Sirens & Gavels archive for June 2010


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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TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 2010

Yakima teacher acquitted of sex abuse

(AP) A Yakima teacher and Eastern Washington University graduate accused of having sex with one of her students was acquitted today of all charges. After listening to almost two full weeks of testimony, jurors took less than two hours to acquit Michele Taylor of one…

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Man in wife's murder is competent for trial

A Stevens County man accused of killing his wife has been declared competent to stand trial after undergoing mental evaluations at Eastern State Hospital. Craig R. Cosby pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder last week. Trial is set for August. Cosby was 68 when called…

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Attempted-murder charge filed in shooting

A 36-year-old Los Angeles man accused of a shooting in Spokane has been charged with attempted murder. Andrew T. Burns is to be arraigned on the charge this afternoon in Superior Court. He was arrested on a first-degree assault charge June 3 after allegedly shooting…

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Woman arrested in condiment crime spree 

(AP) — Police in Boise think they may have solved a yearlong condiment crime spree. Authorities say a 74-year-old woman arrested after pouring mayonnaise in the Ada County library's book drop box is a person of interest in at least 10 other condiment-related crimes. Joy…

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Teens in deadly Feb. crash plead not guilty

Two teenagers were arraigned Monday on vehicular homicide charges connected to a Feb. 14 crash that killed a Lewis and Clark High graduate and Eastern Washington University student. Brooke A. Reese and Taylor D. Marean, both 18, pleaded not guilty in brief, back-to-back hearings before…

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MONDAY, JUNE 14, 2010

Polygraph clears robbery suspect's driver 

No charges will be filed against a Spokane man arrested on suspicion of driving the getaway truck in an OxyContin robbery at a North Side Walgreens last week.Although David L. Ratener, 55, was driving the truck, he passed two lie detector tests that showed he…

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1st on Sirens: Edgar Steele's mugshot

Edgar J. Steele, the lawyer who represented the Aryan Nations, is due in U.S. District Court in Coeur d'Alene at 3:30 p.m. today on a felony charge of using interstate commerce to commission murder for hire. Steele was arrested Friday at his Sagle home, accused…

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Gamblers plead not guilty in $540,000 theft

A Spokane couple who described themselves to police as successful gamblers are accused of stealing nearly $540,000 from a Spokane rental agency. George L. and Kathy A. Bagwell pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree theft today. The couple had worked for real estate…

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Ex-Aryans lawyer arrested in murder plot

A North Idaho attorney who defended the Aryan Nations and its founder, Richard Butler, is scheduled to appear in federal court today on charges he arranged to have his wife and mother-in-law killed. Edgar J. Steele, 64, (left, in 2001) was arrested Friday at his…

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Major heroin bust includes E. Wash. arrest

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Federal authorities say 23 people have been arrested in Washington as part of a national crackdown on Mexican drug trafficking organizations operating in the U.S. The dragnet included at least one arrest in Eastern Washington near Yakima. Agents arrested the 23…

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FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 2010

Man still in jail after wild ride, 2 crashes

A 22-year-old Worley, Idaho, man with a history of drunken driving remains in the Spokane County Jail today after a wild ride that involved at least two accidents in southeast Spokane County. Toma N. Moses was arrested Wednesday night near 17th Avenue and Freya Street…

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Man in closed probe jailed on meth charge

Police aren't investigating an allegation he stabbed someone in Spokane Valley on Memorial Day, but a traffic stop involving Matthias Piggot led to the suspect being jailed on a drug charge two nights ago. Piggot, 28, posted bond after appearing in Superior Court Thursday on…

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Gym teacher's husband testifies in sex trial

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — The husband of a Yakima teacher and Eastern Washington University graduate accused of having sex with one of her students testified in her defense in Yakima County Superior Court. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports Kevin Taylor said Thursday he's sure Michele Taylor…

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Crime Stoppers targets fugitive birthday girl

The Inland Northwest's fugitive apprehension organization is offering a reward for a woman celebrating her 26th birthday today - nearly a month after she missed a drug court hearing. A news release called it "a reward offered to enhance a birthday bash." "Crime Stoppers wants…

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Juan R. Baeza, Josue E. Trinidad and Jose Ruvio Lopez
 (Grant County Sheriff's Office)

Bust targets drugs, guns, illegal immigrants

A two-day gang sweep in Grant County that authorities said arrested violent criminals targeted mostly illegal immigrants and felons wanted for probation violations. Law enforcement seized Ecstasy, methamphetamine and marijuana and suspected stolen property, including guns, and arrested 32 people, 11 of whom had previously…

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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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