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Sirens & Gavels archive for March 2010

MONDAY, MARCH 22, 2010

Another arrested in gang-related homicide

Another man has been arrested in connection with an unsolved gang-related shooting in January. Justin A. Battle, 29, is accused of possessing the stolen Ruger mini rifle police think was used to kill 38-year-old John S. Williams in an alley behind 5405 N. Crestline on…

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Police seek developer's associate in car theft

A man arrested outside a once-prominent Spokane developer's home during a lengthy drug investigation is wanted by police. Shad A. Johnson, 37, didn't show up for a pre-trial conference March 5 on charges of first-degree taking a motor vehicle without permission and first-degree unlawful possession…

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Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help identify a suspected check forger.
The man pictured in the Nike sweatshirt is accused of cashing checks stolen from 1997 Dodge Dakota in the 3700 block of North Audubon between Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. A GPS device also was stolen from the car.
In the days following the break-in, the unidentified man forged and cashed checks totaling more than $1,2000 at Fred Meyer, Huckleberry's and other businesses. (Crime Stoppers)

Tips sought on check-forgery suspect

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help identify a suspected check forger. The man pictured in the Nike sweatshirt is accused of cashing checks stolen from 1997 Dodge Dakota in the 3700 block of North Audubon. A GPS device also was stolen…

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3 arrested in murder of Grant Co. teen

Two men and a juvenile have been charged with the murder of a 17-year-old in Grant County this month. Luis A. Mejia Nunez, 20 (right); Martin Ochoa Ramos, 41 (left); and a 15-year-old boy are accused of a drive-by shooting that killed Carlos D. Leyva…

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Sale ad for 4-year-old prompts investigation

For sale: One 4-year-old boy. That recent advertisement on a popular classifieds Web site has triggered a sheriff’s investigation into who was behind it. Was it a hoax, a desperate cry for help or something more sinister? Investigators haven’t determined, but they’ve seized records from…

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Election update: Stevens gets new manager 

The former deputy prosecutor challenging his boss for the top prosecutor's spot has a new campaign manager. Rae Lynn Conger will manage Dave Stevens' campaign against Prosecutor Steve Tucker, Stevens announced today. His former manager Michael Cathcart, left the campaign to become campaign manager for…

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Escaped Idaho killer captured in Spokane 

An escaped killer from Idaho was arrested in north Spokane today. Kelly Renee Norton, 44, walked away from the Pocatello Women's Correctional Center Sunday night, according to the Idaho Department of Correction. She was arrested at Francis Avenue and Division Street about 10 a.m. this…

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Pot activist survives shootout

KIRKLAND (AP) — A spokesman for the King County Sheriff's Office says deputies found 385 marijuana plants at the home of a medical marijuana activist who was in a shootout with robbers.Sgt. John Urquhart (URK'art) says investigators also found marijuana products such as butter, baked…

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Door-to-door sales prompt police reports

Door-to-door sales representatives from an Idaho company are prompting a flurry of calls to Crime Check from concerned Spokane Valley residents. Salesmen with Rocky Mountain Insulation in Pocatello are selling insulation they say "may" qualify homeowners for an Avista Utilities or federal tax rebate, according…

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MONDAY, MARCH 15, 2010

Fatal-crash defense: Blame the dead guy

A Ferry County man who was drunk during a highway crash last fall was not responsible for the death of the other driver, a jury recently decided.John H. Clifford was acquitted of vehicular homicide but convicted of drunken driving for an Oct. 2 crash on…

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'Hardball' means more charges for gangster

A reputed Spokane gang member facing life in prison for a shooting last summer faces four additional counts of attempted first-degree murder after turning down a plea deal. Timothy L. "Stoney Boy" Lucious, 39, faces a life sentence under Washington's three-strikes law. He's been in…

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Mom in '98 kidnapping due in Spokane soon

A woman accused of kidnapping her sons from her ex-husband 12 years ago is expected back in Spokane this week to face a felony charge after fighting extradition from Pennsylvania. Jill D. Haugen, who also is known as Jill Connington, has been in a Pennsylvania…

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Suicidal gunman was sued for '05 shooting

The man who shot his wife's ex-husband before killing himself had been sued for a shooting incident in 2005. Chad L. Moore, 35, (left) was serving as his own lawyer in a lawsuit filed by 70-year-old Orville Robert Boyd, who accused him of negligence and…

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Bar owner's lawyer: Crash 'not a crime'

An attorney for the Spokane Valley bar owner accused of killing a bicyclist in a hit and run crash calls the incident "a tragic accident and not a crime." Carl Oreskovich appeared with his client, Scott C. Reckord, in Spokane County Superior Court today. Reckord…

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2 child rapists now living as transients

Two child rapists classified as sex offenders most likely to re-offend are living as transients in Spokane County, the Sheriff's Office announced today. Jeffrey R. Evans, 22, (left) was convicted of second-degree child rape in 2001 for an attack on a 12-year-old female family friend.…

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Fraud suspect hid $26,000 in bra, police say 

Employees found $26,000 in the bra of an accused thief booked into Spokane County Jail on Friday. Lukeisha A. Harris, 24, the only suspect in an accused three-person fraud team who's been able to post bail, stashed the cash with several bank receipts, according to…

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FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2010

Valley man robbed, beaten in home 

A Spokane Valley man was awakened this morning by home-invasion robbers who hit him over the head and broke his finger before stealing prescription medications and other valuables. The robbers - one who was armed with a knife - remain at large, according to the…

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