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Sirens & Gavels archive for Nov. 2010

MONDAY, NOV. 8, 2010

Raspberry theft leads to fugitive's arrest

A second suspect in a burglary and stabbing late last month was arrested Friday after police said he tried to steal raspberry extract from a Spokane grocery store. Tony N. Hairston, 42, (right) was wanted on burglary, assault and attempted robbery charges when security at…

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Suspect in deadly explosion due in court

A young man accused of bringing explosives to a party that killed a 28-year-old man is due in Spokane County Superior Court this afternoon. Christapher A. Harris, 19, is facing a felony charge of possession or manufacture of an incendiary device. Detectives are searching his…

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FRIDAY, NOV. 5, 2010

In this Aug. 21, 2010 file photo provided by the Myers family, John Myers, right, his wife Katharine, children Charlie, left, and Matilda, center, of Bloomfield, N.J., pose for a photo in front of the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, Wis., as a man in the background is seen picking up John Myers' bag. The Wisconsin man who stole the bag was identified and has been sentenced to five days in jail. Fifty-nine-year-old Glenn R. Lambright was given credit for time already served. The Wisconsin State Journal reported Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010, he was also fined nearly $500.  ((AP Photo/Myers Family via Wisconsin State Journal) )

Man sentenced for theft caught in photo

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A man captured in a vacationing family's photograph as he stole their bag in front of the Wisconsin State Capitol received a five-day jail sentence and a nearly $500 fine. The Wisconsin State Journal reported Saturday that Glenn Lambright was given…

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Cops lose box of drugs w/ 'METH' on it 

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Officials in Wyoming want people to be on the lookout for a black box with white lettering that says "METH," after a deputy lost a stash used to train police dogs.Teton County sheriff's Sgt. Lloyd Funk says the deputy accidentally left…

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Md. jury convicts veil-wearing burglar

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — A Maryland jury has convicted a woman of burglary, assault and reckless endangerment for breaking into her neighbor's house wearing nothing but a bridal skirt and veil on a snowy night in February.Thirty-three-year old Melissa Wagaman testified Thursday that a combination…

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Woman pleads guilty to child rape

A Grant County woman accused of sexually abusing children and broadcasting it on the Internet has pleaded guilty. Pamela K. Ortega, 30, of Warden, pleaded guilty Tuesday to four counts of first-degree rape of a child.. Each count carries a possible sentence of 20 years…

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Pancake giveaway earns early release

CINCINNATI (AP) — A judge has granted early release to an inmate who was fired from a jail's kitchen for handing out too many pancakes — earning himself the nickname Mr. Pancake. Heriberto Rodriquez was fired while serving a 180-day term for stealing money from…

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THURSDAY, NOV. 4, 2010

Feds: Man threatened to kill Sen. Murray

A Spokane man arrested outside a U.S. senate candidates debate with knives and a meat cleaver has been charged in federal court. John Jay Sieler, 50, is accused of threatening to kill U.S. Senator Patty Murray on Oct. 14 as he drove by her supporters…

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Artifact pillager gets probation, park ban

A Kettle Falls man who collects historic artifacts will be banned from Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area and serve three years probation for removing archaeological resources worth about $2,000. Sandie Rae McNeil, 45, also will be on home detention for 30 days and will pay…

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Cops search jailed sex offender's home

A sex offender has been jailed on child rape charges after three children told Cheney police he'd assaulted them. A forensics technician and a Cheney police detective searched a trailer belonging to Bruce L. Austin, 55, at 2225 1st St. in Cheney Tuesday, where they…

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Spectacular car crash leads to charges

A man who knocked over a stoplight, a three-story light pole and a tree Sunday when he crashed his 1983 Chevrolet El Camino in downtown Spokane was cited for reckless driving, possession of marijuana and for having no insurance, police said. Anthony J. Casados, 23,…

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Montana schedules Canadian's execution

DEER LODGE, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge today scheduled a Jan. 31 execution date for the only known Canadian on death row in the United States.District Judge John Larson's order for Ronald Allen Smith's execution came two days after a Helena judge issued an…

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Mother's lawsuit faces challenges

Kathleen Smith was a sweet, 52-year-old woman whose body aged but her mind did not. She lived in state care from age 14 until her death at the Lakeland Village Nursing Facility in Medical Lake in 2006. Smith drowned after she was left unattended in…

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Judges get more power to restrict bail

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington voters overwhelmingly decided Tuesday to give judges more power to deny a suspect bail, after last year's brutal slaying of four Lakewood police officers by a gunman who had recently been released.The Legislature approved the measure in the spring, but it…

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Tucker wins 4th term as prosecutor 

Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker was reelected Tuesday night. Tucker (right) was leading defense lawyer Frank Malone 33,111 to 28,322 with 37 percent of ballots counted.Meanwhile, Kootenai County Deputy Prosecutor Jim Reierson campaigned for write-in votes despite the fact that he wasn't eligible to win…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 2, 2010

Knife-point devil rant ends in arrest

A Spokane man called trick-or-treaters demons while threatening them with a large stick during a Halloween night melee in the area of East Central Avenue and North Regal Street, according to police. John M. Gouveia, 52, alias John Sweet, remains in jail on $7,500 bond…

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'86 murder suspect fights extradition

A murder suspect who is a person of interest in at least three other Spokane slayings in the mid-1980s is fighting extradition from Montana. Gary L. Trimble, 62, is in jail in Teton County, Mont., charged in Spokane County with first-degree murder for the Dec.…

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Holiday traffic stop yields 12 lbs of pot

Update: The marijuana possession charge against Chilcott was dismissed on Oct. 10, 2012; she pleaded no-contest to a charge of delivery of marijuana. A Chewelah man was arrested in Oregon on Halloween with 12 pounds of marijuana. Kristopher Lewis Sasse, 24, was a passenger in...

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Man accused of assaulting police dog

A Spokane man sought on a car theft warrant faces an additional felony charge for allegedly attacking a police dog. Cephas W. Parham, 34, choked Spokane police Officer Paul Gorman’s K-9 Maximus during a pursuit in the Shadle Park area.(Gorman and Max are pictured.)Parham appeared…

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Revenge-seeking assault suspect jailed

A Spokane Valley man accused of assaulting his neighbor during a revenge-seeking break-in last week remains in jail on $50,000 bond. Roger D. Holmes, Jr., 39, appeared in Superior Court Monday on first-degree burglary and first-degree assault charges Holmes was hospitalized Wednesday night along with…

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MONDAY, NOV. 1, 2010

Agent sentenced for importing steroids

A former federal immigration agent was sentenced today to two years of probation for importing steroids.Sean Patrick Ganley was a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agent based in Blaine. He pleaded guilty to the felony in June, acknowledging that he ordered human growth hormone…

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Rash of stolen Hondas leads to arrests 

Spokane police recovered 50 stolen vehicles in a recent crack down on repeat car thieves. Nearly 70 Hondas from the late 80s to early 90s had been stolen since Oct. 19 - nearly twice the average - when police targeted several known car thieves as…

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