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Sirens & Gavels archive for Oct. 2010

MONDAY, OCT. 25, 2010

Firefighter gets another last chance

A Spokane firefighter who was caught skipping work in 2007 to teach high school will get another “last chance” and has served a second 60-day suspension after violating sick leave policy earlier this year.The Spokane Civil Service Commission this week voted unanimously to uphold the…

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SATURDAY, OCT. 23, 2010

U.S. Marshals arrest shooting suspect

A man who police say shot a Spokane teenager in both legs was arrested in Browne's Addition early Friday by a federal fugitive task force. Albert J. Reeves, III, 19, is expected to appear in Superior Court on Monday on one count of first-degree assault.…

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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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THURSDAY, OCT. 21, 2010

Women guilty in mail, identity theft scam 

Two Spokane women who stole mail to perpetuate an identity theft scheme aimed at fueling a methamphetamine addiction pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court. Jacquelyn A. Crawford, 40, and Charlene M. Haggard, 43, pilfered bank account numbers and used stolen driver's licenses to manufacture…

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Feds: 'World of Warcraft' led to porn 

SEATTLE (AP) — A 33-year-old Centralia woman is accused of photographing herself having sex with a 16-year-old New Jersey boy she met through an online game. The reports child pornography charges were filed in federal court in Tacoma recently against Jessica Pearce. She's accused…

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Sheriff: Murder-suicide in Asotin County

CLARKSTON, Wash. (AP) — The Asotin County Sheriff's Office reports two people are dead in a murder-suicide. Officers were sent to a home last night and found 38-year-old Shannon M. McCullough dead from a gunshot wound. Her husband, 45-year-old Craig A. McCullough, was found dead…

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Stevens says he voted for Frank Malone 

Dave Stevens, a Republican who lost his bid this summer for Spokane County prosecutor to incumbent Republican Steve Tucker and Democrat Frank Malone, said Wednesday that he cast his vote for Malone in the November election. Jon Brunt has the full story at the Spin…

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Bank extortion was like 'a bad movie' 

The request was clear: $10,000, or bombs would detonate at five Spokane elementary schools.Police say that phone call to a north Spokane bank turned out to be nothing more than a poorly executed crime by a convicted bank robber who led detectives to his doorstep.It’s…

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 20, 2010

$100k bond for arson suspects in murder

Two men who police believe helped a murder suspect burn his victim’s home were ordered to stay in jail on $100,000 bond today.Detectives say Mark A. Hoffman, 23, told them he went to William F. Hanel’s home with Ryan D. Corkery, 27, (pictured) and knew…

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Woman wanted in drug-binge robbery

A drug robbery suspect released from jail because no charges had been filed now has a warrant out for her arrest. Jeanette E. Menghini, 43, is wanted on a first-degree robbery charge after failing to show up for an arraignment Oct. 6. Crime Stoppers is…

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Luring suspect's girlfriend: He's innocent 

The girlfriend of a Spokane Valley man accused of trying to lure teenage girls while masturbating in his car says he's wrongly accused. "I know 100 percent for a fact he didn't do those things," Marina Corbin told The Spokesman-Review. "I'm with him everyday." Michael…

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Fire crews wear pink for breast cancer 

Spokane Valley firefighters are taking part in a national emergency responder campaign aimed at supporting breast cancer research. Firefighters will wearing pink t-shirts with the Spokane Valley Fire Department logo on Oct. 25 - Oct. 27. Crews ordered 70 extra shirts that were sold to…

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TUESDAY, OCT. 19, 2010

New surveillance photos show a suspect in an Oct. 5 entering a convenience store in a wheelchair prior to the incident, which injured a teenager in both legs.
Police do not believe the man needs the wheelchair and described him as a Hispanic man in his late teens or 20s. Photos released today from the Tesora, 091 E. Sharp Ave., at show him wearing a dark sweatshirt and being pushed by a man wearing baggy pants and a gray sweatshirt.
After the men left the store, police believe the man in the wheelchair shot a 19-year-old Spokane man in both legs during an argument involving four men at Sharp Avenue and Hamilton Street about 12:30 a.m. The gunman fled before police arrived. Police released surveillance photos today in hopes of generating more tips.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233. (Spokane Police Department)

Suspect named in double-leg shooting 

A gunman who shot a Spokane teenager in both legs Oct. 5 has been identified as Albert J. Reeves III, 19, police announced today. Reeves is accused of shooting a 19-year-old man during an argument near Sharp Avenue and Hamilton Street about 12:30 a.m. Police…

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CdA lawyer imprisoned for OxyContin

A Coeur d'Alene defense lawyer and former deputy prosecutor was sent to prison recently after police said he recruited a client to help feed his OxyContin addiction. Shawn C. Nunley, 39, was sentenced to five years in prison with eligibility for parole in two years…

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Feds: Trucker helped illegal immigrant

A Canadian truck driver is accused of trying to help a man illegally cross the international border into Boundary County, Idaho. Border patrol agents spotted Brian Meszarosi trying to pick up Darwin S. Canonizado on Highway 1 just south of the border on Oct. 12.…

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Bike-riding bank robbery suspect ID'd

A 33-year-old man with no substantial criminal record appeared before a U.S. magistrate today, accused of robbing a north Spokane bank at gunpoint last week. Lucas G. Woodard also is being investigated for a series of robberies that began in December and typically involved a…

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