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Sirens & Gavels archive for March 2010


Grant Co. teen killed in drive-by shooting

A Grant County teenager was killed Sunday in a drive-by shooting that also injured another boy in the ankle.Carlos D. Leyva, 17, of Beverly, was shot to death about 6:18 p.m. on a road about 5 miles north of Mattawa. Investigators haven't identified his killer…

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Police warn of scams against elderly

Police are warning of a scam targeting the elderly after a conman nearly bilked an 89-year-old Spokane Valley woman out of $2,500 last week. The man called and said he was reviewing employees at a Spokane financial institution "to see if they were handling her…

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Accused fraud leader: charge 'prepostrous'

A convicted methamphetamine maker accused of masterminding a multi-state check fraud ring that bilked Spokane businesses out of thousands of dollars denies the allegations“I understand what they’re accusing me of,” said Ronald R. Foreman in Spokane County Superior Court Friday. “I just think it’s preposterous.”The…

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Suspected police eluder arrested at home 

A Colbert-area man was arrested Thursday evening at home after Spokane County sheriff’s deputies traced the registration of a car whose driver had been chased by deputies earlier in the evening. Bryce Kottke, 20, was booked into Spokane County Jail for reckless driving and attempting…

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Last dogs rescued at rural 'killing yard'

Neighbors saw the carnage firsthand.Older dogs ganged up on younger dogs. Dogs mauled each other regularly, sometimes leading to death.This scene, detailed over three days of testimony in a Stevens County courtroom, led to a Deer Park woman’s recent conviction on four charges that sent…

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Meth maker accused of check fraud ring

A multi-state check fraud ring police say was masterminded by a convicted methamphetamine maker led to the SWAT-team arrest of the suspect Thursday night. Ronald R. Foreman, 43, is to appear in Superior Court today on one charge of leading organized crime via video feed…

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Elusive monkey dodges capture, defies darts

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A monkey that has eluded capture in the Tampa Bay area for more than a year has again escaped from Florida wildlife officials. Authorities were called to a neighborhood in St. Petersburg on Wednesday when the rhesus macaque monkey was…

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Police think the gunman who robbed a Northwest Boulevard bank last month also robbed a bank in December. Photos released today show a masked man in a red hooded coat with black trim robbing the Sterling Savings Bank, 3000 S. Grand Ave., at gunpoint Dec. 22. That same man also is pictured on Feb. 13 thought of robbed Chase Bank,  2215 W. Northwest Blvd., wearing a mask and a blue hooded coat with black trim. The robber is described as white with a medium build, 5-foot-10 to 6-feet tall.
Anyone with information on a possible suspect is asked to call Detective Chet Gilmore at (509) 622-5874. (Spokane Police Department)

Police: Man robbed 2 banks in 2 months

Detectives think the gunman who robbed a Northwest Boulevard bank last month also robbed a bank in December, the Spokane Police Department announced today. Photos released today show a masked man in a red hooded coat with black trim robbing the Sterling Savings Bank, 3000…

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Bicyclist's family: Death 'just too tragic'

The bicyclist killed Monday in downtown Spokane was an electrician and father of six known for his sense of humor.David L. Squires, 56, was known as "The Sheik" at his electrician job according to his obituary. His family said Wednesday they’re not ready to talk…

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Ormsby nominated for U.S attorney

Spokane attorney Mike Ormsby was nominated Wednesday to be the next U.S. attorney for Eastern Washington. The White House announced that Ormsby, a partner at K & L Gates LLP who works with local governments and public entities on municipal finance matters, is being nominated…

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Lt. Jones: Over the limit, under arrest

A Spokane County Sheriff’s lieutenant arrested after an early-morning rollover crash was legally drunk when he was driving, according to newly filed court documents. Stephen P. Jones, 53, was charged this week with drunken driving for the Jan. 8 crash in Liberty Lake. A summons…

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Spokane police Officer Glenn Bartlett patrols around the Browne's Addition neighborhood, Nov. 5, 2009 with an electronic license plate reader, which scans plates for stolen vehicles reported in a national database. The cameras are mounted atop his patrol car. DAN PELLE (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Officer finds 9 stolen vehicles in 5 days 

An off-duty Spokane police officer is to credit for finding a stolen vehicle Tuesday - the ninth stolen car he's recovered in the past five days.Officer Glenn Bartlett was on his way home when he spotted a black Nissan Pathfinder reported stolen earlier in the…

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Drug-addicted ATM thief gets 2 years

A longtime felon will serve about two years in prison for a rash of ATM thefts in early 2009 that the court ruled was driven by his drug addiction. Keith G. Simpson, 44, was sentenced to 25 months in prison after pleading guilty to five…

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2 men sought in gunpoint home invasion

Two men held another man at gunpoint in his Spokane apartment last night while demanding drugs, according to the Spokane Police Department. Now the SWAT team is looking for the suspects, Taveus M. Brown (left), 30; and Wesley I. Veazie (right), 22. The SWAT team…

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Suspect's roomie accused of selling Oxy

The former roommate of a man charged with robbing two pharmacies for OxyContin last fall is accused of selling the drug but hasn't been located by police. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help arrest Dalen J. McMillon, 27. McMillon (right) is…

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Dementia patient missing from care center

UPDATE: Harris was located in Pend Oreille County. Spokane Valley police are asking for help locating a dementia patient missing from Sunshine House at 10412 E. Ninth since 2 p.m. Tuesday. Robert D. Harris may have suffered a stroke some time in the past. He…

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Loaded gun seized by courthouse security

A Spokane woman was arrested today after she tried to bring a loaded gun to a court hearing on a domestic violence charge.Stacey L. Atkins, 22, was cited for two misdemeanor and released after security at the Spokane County Courthouse founded the Bersa .380-caliber semi-automatic…

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Ronald Reo Timm is led into court Thursday in the Spokane County Courthouse for his civil commitment trial. Timm is a sex offender who has admitted to molesting 24 victims. (Jesse Tinsley)

Jury orders child molester locked up 

Child molester Ronald Reo Timm should be locked up indefinitely because he’s a predator who poses a danger to society, a Spokane jury decided today. Assistant Attorney General Tricia Boerger gave the state’s final argument Tuesday before the jury, made up of nine men and…

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You write the headline 

Meghann returns later this week.Meantime, here's an Associated Press story that's been getting a lot of attention online, and in the social media networks:MONTESANO, Wash. (AP) — An Elma man was killed by accidentally urinating on a downed power line after a one-car crash near…

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