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Sirens & Gavels archive for Nov. 2010

FRIDAY, NOV. 19, 2010

Louisiana sex convict wanted in Spokane

A Spokane man convicted of a sex offense in Louisiana is wanted by Crime Stoppers for failing to register here. Details of Jermaine Geramy Johnson's May 2004 conviction are not available, but the Spokane County sex offender registry lists him as noncompliant. An arrest warrant…

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Mead pot shop burgled 2x in 1 week

Detectives are investigating the second burglary at a Mead medical marijuana dispensary in a week.Spokane County sheriff's deputies responded to a commercial burglary alarm at Evergreen Medical Inc., 12004 N. Market, about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday and found the south side door open with the Plexiglas…

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Four Loko can found in DUI suspect's car

A 49-year-old Spokane man with a history of driving under the influence was arrested in Spokane Valley Wednesday after concerned motorists blocked his path. James L. Crabtree, a local real estate agent who worked as a Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy in the 1980s, left jail…

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Robber's getaway rig? A lawnmower

AIKEN, S.C. (AP) — Police in South Carolina say a man attempted a slow getaway by lawnmower after robbing a convenience store.Aiken County sheriff's deputies told The Aiken Standard the man left the store on a riding lawnmower Thursday morning but didn't get far before…

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THURSDAY, NOV. 18, 2010

Tips sought on Avista copper caper 

Thieves stole more than $1,000 worth of copper cable from an Avista substation in north Spokane this week.Police are looking for tips on whoever cut the padlock at 8307 N. Regal and stole the coils of copper, which were discovered missing about 6:30 .am. Wednesday.A…

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Spokane jury hearing Pasco murder case

(AP) — Testimony continued today in the aggravated murder trial of a man accused of killing five people at a Pasco auto body shop 23 years ago.The trial of 46-year-old Vicente Ruiz was moved to Spokane County from Franklin County after two mistrials. Court officials…

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2 sex offenders register as transients 

Two sex offenders considered likely to reoffend will be living as transients in Spokane County, the Sheriff's Office announced today.Jesus Lopez, 37, (right) was released from prison in 2005 after being convicted of first-degree rape in Grant County in 1994. His victim was a 27-year-old…

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Couple gets prison time for tax evasion

A former Colbert couple, who reportedly has made millions from the sale of porcelain figurines, has been sentenced to federal prison for refusing to pay more than $800,000 in income taxes. Scott D. and Kristin W. Haynes, both 56, were sentenced late Tuesday after pleading…

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Deal possible in Barefoot Bandit case

SEATTLE (AP) — The attorney for the teenager accused of being the "Barefoot Bandit" is working with prosecutors to negotiate a plea deal the lawyer says could involve using movie- or book-deal profits to compensate the victims of an alleged two-year, cross-country crime spree. Through…

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Shot pregnant woman faces charges

A Spokane woman who was nine months pregnant and unarmed when she was shot by a Washington State Patrol sergeant during a drug raid has been charged with drug trafficking.Keamia D. Powell, 24, was allowed to leave jail on her own recognizance Wednesday under the…

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Breast exams lead to woman's arrest

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Police arrested a woman in Idaho's capital city after they say she impersonated a plastic surgeon and conducted breast exams on at least two women in local bars.Kristina B. Ross was booked into Ada County Jail. She faces accusations of unlicensed…

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 17, 2010

Man guilty of assaulting Idaho trooper

A northern Idaho man has been convicted by a federal grand jury in Coeur d'Alene of assaulting a state trooper during an attempted traffic stop last year that resulted in one death.Ricardo Daniel Rodriguez faces up to six months in prison at a Dec. 6…

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Man gets 5 years for fatal '09 crash

A 21-year-old Otis Orchards man was sentenced to about five years in prison today for a June 2009 crash that killed a 19-year-old woman and injured another man. Alex C. Walker, 21, pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and was ordered by Superior Court Judge Greg…

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Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help arrest thieves who used stolen credit cards to buy $18,000 in computer equipment and other items.
The credit cards were stolen from a 64-year-old woman who was shopping at Rosauer's, 9414 N. Division St., then used to buy merchandise that same day. More than $7,000 was spent at the Target store at 13724 E. Sprague Ave.  in Spokane Valley. 
The theft occurred July 29. Spokane County sheriff's detectives haven't not been able to identify the man and woman picture on surveillance cameras using the stolen cards.  (Crime Stoppers)

Tips sought on credit card thieves

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help arrest thieves who used stolen credit cards to buy $18,000 in computer equipment and other items. The credit cards were stolen from a 64-year-old woman who was shopping at Rosauers, 9414 N. Division St., then…

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Carjacking, robbery gets man 15 years

A Spokane man who used a gun in a carjacking and bank robbery after escaping from a work release center in May has been sentenced to nearly 15 years in prison. Brian E. Gorder, 32, was ordered to spend 171 months in prison after pleading…

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Report: Gunman was volatile, explosive 

A gunman killed in a shootout with police last week had attempted suicide several times, been hospitalized at Eastern State Hospital and was described as “volatile and explosive” in a state psychiatrist’s report two years ago.Ethan A. Corporon saw drug-induced images of aliens and spaceships,…

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Court rulings support sheriff, police

Spokane area law enforcement prevailed in three cases, including two involving allegations that officers used excessive force, Tuesday in federal court proceedings.The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision in favor of the city in the case of…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 16, 2010

Gunman gets 63 years for 2 murders

A Spokane man who gunned down two men in a dispute over a car trade has been sentenced to nearly 63 years in prison. Merle W. Harvey, 28, is in jail awaiting transport to state prison after Superior Court Judge Tari Eitzen sentenced him on…

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Victim's ex gets 9 mos. for hit-and-run

A man who left his former girlfriend for dead along the Pullman-Albion Road last November has been sentenced to nine months in jail after entering an Alford plea earlier this month.Richard Pasma, apologized to the family of Kristen Grindley before being sentenced, turning to face…

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Spokane man accused of lewd conduct

A Spokane man is wanted in Kootenai County on a charge of lewd conduct with a minor under 16. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead to the arrest of Louis Arturo Hernandez-Vera, 32. His criminal case in Idaho is sealed pending…

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Brothers involved in bizarre shooting

A man shot and killed by his brother near Elk on Saturday has been identified as David A. Ruthruff, 41.Ruthruff died of a single gunshot to his chest, according to the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office, which conducted an autopsy Monday.Ruthruff’s brother, whose name has…

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Man killed in police shootout identified

A gunman shot and killed by police last week near a busy north Spokane intersection was identified Monday as Ethan A. Corporon, 29. Corporon died of two gunshots wounds to his torso and lower extremities, the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office said after completing an…

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Police chase nets wanted sex offender

A level 3 sex offender who hasn’t checked in with authorities recently was arrested Sunday evening after he allegedly crashed into another car while fleeing Spokane police in a stolen Honda Accord. Travis R. Keene, 30, remains in jail on a probation hold after appearing…

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Stabbing suspect has violent history

A Spokane man accused of stabbing two people on Saturday has a violent criminal history that includes an animal cruelty conviction for running over a man's dog as a teenager.Charles Price Dimit, 24, remains in jail after appearing in Superior Court Monday on first-degree assault…

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