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Sirens & Gavels archive for March 25, 2010


State closes NASCAR gambling site in Valley

An illegal car-racing gambling Web site that authorities say a Spokane Valley man ran from his home may have operated undetected for as long as a decade. But the black flag dropped on the NASCAR gambling site Thursday when state officials arrested David B. Watkins,…

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Zehm's records released, not admissible yet

By Thomas ClouseA federal judge ruled Thursday in favor of the city of Spokane and granted a motion brought by the attorneys for Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. to obtain Otto Zehm’s mental health records from a 2000 stay at Eastern State Hospital.However, U.S. District…

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Drifter gets 25 years for '08 strangulation

A panhandler who murdered a woman in a dispute over $20 was sentenced today to 25 years in prison. Michael A. Quinones, 29, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder for the Oct. 6, 2008, strangulation death of 28-year-old Jennifer L. Siria. “This was not a planned…

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Jason Graham holds the Citizen Lifesaving Award he received from Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick during a ceremony Thursday,  March 25, 2010, at Roosevelt Elementary School, in his honor. Jason helped rescue his mother from under the family van. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Police chief honors boy who saved mother

Spokane police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick awarded her highest honor today to a young boy who saved his mother's life.Jason Graham saved his mother, Beverley Graham, as she took him in for a hair cut on Jan. 22. Graham is the boy's biological grandmother who adopted…

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Rape, incest suspect arrested after standoff

A standoff with a Moses Lake man accused of raping a woman at knife point ended with his arrest late Wednesday after authorities pumped noxious gas into his hiding spot. Mario Noyola Jr., 31, faces charges of first-degree rape and first-degree incest, according to the…

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Tucker tepid about prosecutor's office review

Prosecutor Steve Tucker doesn’t know the guy’s name or where he’s from, but he’s hoping that the “professional prosecutor” found by a consultant can help Spokane County solve a worsening problem of releasing crime suspects back into the community because his office is unable to…

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Plan to outlaw verbal abuse rejected

TWISP, Wash. (AP) — Leaders of the small northcentral Washington community of Twisp would like you to be polite in their town. But they're not going to ticket you if you're not.On Tuesday, the Town Council unanimously voted down a proposal by new Police Chief…

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