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Sirens & Gavels archive for March 2010


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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Stolen property bust linked to ID theft ring

A big stolen property bust that culminated with five raids yesterday appears to be connected to a big identity theft ring detectives uncovered a couple weeks ago. Ronald R. Foreman is accused of masterminding a multi-state check fraud ring that bilked businesses out of thousands…

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Man targeted by gunfire twice in 5 weeks

A drive-by shooting late Saturday led Spokane police to search a Mercedes Benz and its owner's apartment on Tuesday. No one was injured when at least eight shots were fired outside 857 E. Lyons Ave. - the same location of a drive-by shooting last month.…

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Man shot by police charged with assault

A Spokane Valley man shot by police in December pleaded not guilty today to two counts of second-degree assault. Michael E. Young, 55, is accused of pointing a handgun at Spokane Valley police officers Scott Bonney and Darell Stidham outside his home 11709 E. Fairview…

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This combination of mug shots shows Frank Dryman in 1955, left, and Tuesday, March 23, 2010. Dryman, a hitchhiker convicted of killing a  Montana man who picked him up during a 1951 blizzard, and then skipped out on parole 38 years ago, was found running a wedding chapel in Arizona. (Associated Press)

38-year fugitive found running chapel

By MATT GOURAS (AP) HELENA, Mont. — A hitchhiker originally sentenced to be executed for the 1951 killing of a Montana man who picked him up during a blizzard has been found running a wedding chapel under an assumed name in Arizona 38 years after…

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Prosecutor rules police shooting justified

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — The Whatcom County prosecutor says a Bellingham police officer was justified in shooting at a murder suspect in February who later took his own life.Prosecutor Dave McEachran said in a report last week that Daniel Salas had shot his ex-girlfriend and…

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Bust could solve 100+ burglaries, prowlings

An interstate fuel theft investigation unveiled hundreds of pieces of suspected stolen property Tuesday after law enforcement arrested seven people and seized heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine.Law enforcement raided five places early Tuesday that Spokane County Sheriff’s detectives say could be connected to more than 100…

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Jail consultant: Swift justice hits 'roadblock'

Meet Charles D. Baker. The 50-year-old convicted child molester is a level 1 sex offender, considered the least likely of the classifications to reoffend. But his lengthy criminal history shows a likelihood to reoffend when it comes to property crimes - Crime Stoppers called him…

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GU joins forces with police to fight fraud

Spokane's three city fraud detectives now have help from a dozen Gonzaga University accounting students. In a new program called the Justice for Fraud Victims Project, three supervised student teams gather the paperwork needed so a business owner can recover money, plus help law enforcement…

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Crash leaves SUV in spectacular spot

A crash in Hayden Monday left an SUV entangled in power pole wires and partially suspended above the ground. Timothy J. Toboyko's 1997 Chevy Suburban was balanced on its back left corner, facing upward at a 45-degree angle, after Toboyko crossed into the eastbound lanes…

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Police: Oxy robbery suspect targeted witness

A Spokane man accused of helping a woman rob a pharmacy last fall is suspected of threatening a witness in the case. William E. Higgins pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree assault and intimidating a witness today in Spokane County Superior Court. He's been…

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Child-molesting school counselor: I'm guilty

By Thomas ClouseCOLVILLE — A longtime psychologist for the Colville School District who also volunteered with police to help investigate child abuse pleaded guilty today to molesting one of his students and attempting to molest another.Craig L. Figley, 59, of Colville, could be sent to…

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County settles suit over deputies' fatal fight

Spokane County commissioners approved a $50,000 settlement Tuesday in the May 2007 death of a Spokane Valley man who fought with sheriff’s deputies. Trent Yohe, 37, lost consciousness after being restrained hand-and-foot, and died 12 days later of what a county medical examiner said was…

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Man in fatal CdA shooting pleads guilty

A man who fatally shot another man after a fight at a Coeur d'Alene bar last year pleaded guilty this week to second-degree murder. Juan C. Aldana Villanueva, 23, (right) is in Kootenai County Jail awaiting sentencing for the murder of Timothy I. Wolfe, 21,…

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State schools chief suspected of DUI

ORTING, Wash. (AP) — The state's Superintendent of Public Instruction was arrested over the weekend for suspicion of driving under the influence, his office confirmed Tuesday. Randy Dorn was stopped by police around 1:30 a.m. Sunday near Orting High School in rural Pierce County. The…

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John Clark argues a traffic case in the Spokane Courthouse Annex late last week. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Defense attorney Clark to be honored

Spokane defense attorney John Clark will be honored Wednesday by the Spokane County Bar Association.The 2010 Smithmoore P. Myers Professionalism Award, named after the former U.S. magistrate judge and dean of the Gonzaga University School of Law, will be presented at a ceremony at the…

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MONDAY, MARCH 22, 2010

Defense wants Zehm's medical records 

Thursday was the fourth anniversary of the confrontation with Spokane police that led to unarmed shopper Otto Zehm's death. A gathering sponsored by the Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane took place at the Zip Trip, 1712 N. Division St., where Officer Karl Thompson…

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