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Sirens & Gavels archive for Oct. 22, 2010

FRIDAY, OCT. 22, 2010

2nd bank extortion suspect arrested

The girlfriend of a man accused of a botched bank extortion has been arrested on a conspiracy to commit robbery charge. Cheryl A. Siekerman, 33, appeared in Spokane County Superior Court today via video from the jail, where she was booked Thursday. She's accused of…

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Police divvy drugs to catch dealers

Two men looking for drugs found help quickly on East Sprague Avenue in Spokane last April. A drug user eager for his next high took them to a west Spokane parking lot, where he handed them a rock of crack cocaine he’d bought from a…

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Bike-riding robbery suspect arraigned

A Spokane man suspected of a series of armed bank robberies that began in December pleaded not guilty to two federal felonies on Thursday. Lucas G. Woodard, 33, was arrested Oct. 14 after an armed robbery at Washington Trust Bank, 1906 W. Francis. The Federal…

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Spokane Police officers keep a close watch on members of the Westboro Baptist Church at the corner of 37th and Regal on Thursday, October 21, 2010 near Ferris High School in Spokane, Wash. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Westboro protest costs police $10,000 

Spokane police estimate they'll spend between $9,000 and $10,000 on overtime costs to pay for the police presence at Westboro Baptist Church protests and counter protests Thursday. That doesn't include money for Spokane County Sheriff's Office employees and the jail's critical response team. Police said…

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District judges’ schedules hard to track

An effort to prevent political use of information about their daily duties seems to have backfired on Spokane County District Court judges. Instead, they handed critics an opportunity to accuse them of being secretive. “What do they have to hide?” asked attorney Timothy Note, who…

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A gunman in a large parka and an orange ski mask robbed a bank in Rathdrum Thursday.
Surveillance photos show the man entering the Wells Fargo,16234 North Highway 41 , at 11:37 a.m. (Rathdrum Police Department)

Masked gunman robs Rathdrum bank

A gunman in a large parka and an orange ski mask robbed a bank in Rathdrum Thursday. Surveillance photos show the man entering the Wells Fargo, 16234 North Highway 41, at 11:37 a.m. Police say he pointed a gun at a teller and fled with…

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Escaped ape attacks Kansas police car

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 300-pound chimpanzee that broke free from its chains has been captured after briefly wandering around a Kansas City neighborhood and smashing out the window of a police car. Police Capt. Rich Lockhart tells The Kansas City Star the department…

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Conn. law firm keeps drive-thru window

MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) — Legal service at one Connecticut firm can now be as easy to get as a hamburger and fries. The Kocian (KOH'-see-ehn) Law Group has opened a drive-through office in a building that once housed a former Kenny Rogers Roasters. Attorney Nick…

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