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Sirens & Gavels archive for Oct. 2010

TUESDAY, OCT. 19, 2010

Busy heroin dealer now prison bound

A Spokane heron dealer arrested with drugs at least four times in two years is headed to state prison. Michael D. Stone, 34, was sentenced to 57 months in prison this month after pleading guilty to possession of a stolen motor vehicle, delivery of a…

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MONDAY, OCT. 18, 2010

Church pastor popped for pilfering pills

A Spokane church pastor accused of stealing prescription medication from a parishioner left jail this weekend and was ordered to remain free pending trial after he appeared before a Superior Court judge today. Greg Scott Glover, 35, was arrested Friday after a Spokane Valley police…

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Tonia S. Vansant, 38, was convicted of three counts of vehicular assault for this July 16 crash at Division Street and Sharp Avenue. Three Spokane police detectives were injured. (Mike Prager / The Spokesman-Review)

Suspect in cop-car crash was on cocaine

A woman accused of crashing into an unmarked police car in July, seriously injuring three detectives, tested positive for cocaine, new court documents show. Tonia S. Vansant, 37, is scheduled to go to trial next month for three counts of vehicular assault. Police say she…

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Arbitrator calls deputy’s force excessive

A Spokane County Jail officer was properly fired last year for discourteous behavior and excessive force against an inmate, according to an arbitrator’s ruling. Any force used by Deputy Wayne S. Green, 42, (pictured) would have been excessive because there was no reason for it,…

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Canadian gangster arraigned in Spokane

A reputed Canadian gangster who authorities say is responsible for major drug distributions in Eastern Washington has arrived in Spokane to face three-year-old Ecstasy charges. Joseph P. Curry, an associate of imprisoned B.C. drug lord Clay Roueche, pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court Friday…

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20 months for 10 burglaries, 50 for 4

A string of apartment burglaries that led police to a marijuana growing operation earned a Spokane man about 2 1/2 years in prison. William F. Searight, 22, pleaded guilty to 10 counts of second-degree burglary and received 29.75 months in prison. Searight burglarized a string…

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SATURDAY, OCT. 16, 2010

Suspect arraigned in baby's assault

A 21-year-old man accused of critically injuring his girlfriend’s 5-month-old son pleaded not guilty Friday in Whitman County Superior Court. Nathan J. Cranfield was arraigned on a first-degree assault charge as his alleged victim, Seth Bold, remains in critical condition at a Spokane hospital. Medics…

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Five women since Sept. 4 have reported encounters with a man impersonating a police officer (Molly Quinn / The Spokesman-Review)

5 women report run-ins with fake cop 

Authorities are warning of a police imposter who is targeting women near the Gonzaga University campus.After a student told police she’d been pulled over last week by a uniformed man who claimed to be a police officer, four other women reported similar incidents, including one…

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FRIDAY, OCT. 15, 2010

These weapons were seized from a man who police say was saving them at Patty Murray supporters. (Spokane Police Department)

Pics show cleaver seized outside debate 

Police arrested a man around 5 p.m. Thursday outside KSPS studios after he drove by a group of Sen. Patty Murray supporters waving a meat cleaver. Johnny J. Sieler, 50, first drove by the group with a knife, shouting profanities about Murray, Spokane police said.…

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Barb Thompson’s daughter, Ronda Reynolds, a former Washington State Patrol trooper, died of a gunshot wound to the head in 1998.  (Dan Pelle)

Ann Rule's new book has Spokane ties

Ronda Reynolds graduated from Cheney High School in 1983 and enjoyed quick success as a State Patrol trooper in Western Washington. But by 1998, her marriage was ending and she eagerly planned a trip to Spokane for Christmas to visit her mother and grandmother. She…

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FBI mum on bank robbery suspect

A gunman suspected of robbing a north Spokane bank on Thursday remains in federal custody as investigators probe his possible role in a series of robberies since December.Federal agents said they had no new information to release about the man, who has not been publicly…

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Suspect: Sex abuse triggered slaying

A suspect in the murder of a Spokane man told investigators he beat and strangled the victim with an electrical cord after the man began talking about molesting a relative of the suspect, documents released today say. Ryan D. Corkery, 27, was ordered to stay…

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Man to Pa. cops: 'Alcohol, Crown Royal' 

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities in southwestern Pennsylvania say they charged two men with public drunkenness after they knocked on a police station door.A Uniontown police report says 30-year-old Alan Scritchfield, of Uniontown, and 30-year-old Peter Dominick, of McClellandtown, came to the police station about…

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Victim's apology leads to deal in Ohio

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Las Vegas man who pleaded guilty in a Cincinnati beating was sentenced on a reduced charge after the victim apologized to his attacker and told prosecutors he can be belligerent when he drinks. A Hamilton County Common Pleas judge on Tuesday…

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Cops: Okla. donut thief offers officer sex

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) — Police say an Oklahoma woman tripled her trouble when she stole a doughnut from someone's truck, peed in a parking lot and offered to perform a sex act on an officer for money.The 27-year-old Tulsa woman was being held Thursday in…

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THURSDAY, OCT. 14, 2010

Man faces life in prison for wife's murder

SANTA ANA, Calif. — A man who worked for years as a commercial photographer in Spokane - including family photos for police employees - was convicted Wednesday of murdering his estranged wife in Southern California 27 years ago. A jury found William G. Mordick, 64,…

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This is a portion of what investigators estimate to be 20 pounds of marijuana seized in Bonner County on Oct. 13, 2010. (Bonner County Sheriff's Office)

20 lbs of pot seized in Bonner County

About 20 pounds of marijuana was seized from a home in Bonner County on Wednesday. Marcus S. Starks, 42, and Laura D. Baker, 51, were trimming marijuana from a recently harvested grow near an elementary school when Bonner County Sheriff's Office investigators contacted them at…

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$100k bond for HIV assault suspect

A Spokane Valley teenager with HIV remains in jail on $100,000 bond, accused of having unprotected sex with two girls. Edward I. Casto, 19, told his 15-year-old girlfriend he had HIV when their relationship began in May but didn't use a condom when he had…

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GU students warned of police imposter 

Gonzaga University is warning students of a police imposter after a man impersonated an officer stopped a student near campus. The man was wearing a dark blue uniform and told the woman she had failed to yield to pedestrians after he stopped her about 3:15…

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Cellmate loses eye in fight w/ killer

A violent inmate who tortured and killed his cellmate at the Spokane County Jail six years ago, resulting in a $180,000 settlement by the county, is suspected of gouging out another cellmate’s eye at Airway Heights Corrections Center this week. Michael L. West, 34, (right)…

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A man's body was found inside this home that caught fire near Hangman Valley Golf Course early Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010.  (Jonathan Brunt / The Spokesman-Review)

Man accused of murder in Hangman fire

A felon already wanted by the state Department of Corrections was arrested today on murder and arson charges related to a suspicious fire near the Hangman Valley Golf Course. Ryan D. Corkery, 27, was detained at a North Hutchinson Road motel today, near where police…

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Site details sheriff's helicopter activity 

Hear a helicopter circling and wonder what it’s up to? You’re not alone. To quench that curiosity, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office now will log the helicopter unit’s activities on its website. Click on the “Air Support Unit” link, then on “Incident Reports.” “Area residents…

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 13, 2010

Man arrested on I-90 w/ 3 lbs of pot

A California man was arrested with more than 3 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on Interstate 90 near Spokane Tuesday.Donald James Stollmeyer, 24, is in jail on a felony charge of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. Sheriff's deputies smelled marijuana coming…

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Child porn found in Valley man's home

A Spokane Valley man is accused of possessing child pornography after investigators found more than two dozen sexually explicit images in his email. Cory R. Greer, 28, "was cooperative and not considered a threat to the community" when police searched his apartment at 19221 E.…

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Idaho baby sitter: 'It was all my fault'

A Post Falls baby sitter accused of murdering a 3-year-old boy told police after failing a polygraph test, “I hurt a poor little defenseless boy … And it was all my fault,” documents released Tuesday say.Amanda L. Skogen, 25, remains in Kootenai County Jail on…

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