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Sirens & Gavels archive for Oct. 2010

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 13, 2010

Book helps WSP manager detect liar

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington State Patrol manager arriving at the Olympia headquarters for a meeting noticed a book on the seat of a parked car about "how to beat the lie detector." The Patrol says Criminal Records Manager Heather Anderson called the Human…

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'Toothless' armed robber gets 14 years

A toothless burglar responsible for a string of armed robberies at Spokane coffee stands was sentenced Tuesday to 14 years in prison. Shawn M. Westlie, 45, was arrested in January after a police SWAT team standoff at 2109 W. Mansfield Court and confessed to a…

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Fatal crash gets drunk driver 2+ years

A Spokane man was sentenced Tuesday to 2 ½ years in prison for killing a Mead woman in a drunken head-on collision last year. Lucian G. Brisan, 30, pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide for the Aug. 7, 2009, that killed 57-year-old Janice M. Pulliam. Pulliam…

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TUESDAY, OCT. 12, 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)

Cops: Pics show gunman in wheelchair

New surveillance photos show a suspect in an Oct. 5 shooting entering a convenience store in a wheelchair prior to the incident, which injured a teenager in both legs. Spokane police do not believe the man needs the wheelchair and described him as a Hispanic…

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Crime author Ann Rule to visit Spokane

True-crime author Ann Rule will introduce her new book Saturday at Auntie's Bookstore in downtown Spokane. "In the Still of the Night: The Strange Death of Ronda Reynolds" chronicles the unsolved case of a Spokane native and Washington State Patrol trooper who died of a…

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Dennis Miller holds his crowbar, which a thief used in August to break into some of the wooden coin boxes, like the one at left, in Miller’s South Hill basement.  (Jesse Tinsley)

Spokane burglar stole more than gold

Dennis Miller had been collecting gold and silver coins since 1950, but this summer he began selling some to help finance a move to a retirement home. Then Miller and his wife, Bette, returned home two months ago to find their basement ransacked and the…

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Investigators seized these vests from suspected members of the criminal motorcycle gang the Hermanos in Sandpoint. (Bonner County Sheriff's Office)

Biker gang arrested in Idaho drug probe

A yearlong drug investigation in Bonner County has led to the arrests of members of a local motorcycle gang and could result in the seizure of a houseboat and closure of a restaurant near Sandpoint’s landmark Long Bridge. More than 20 people, including five members…

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MONDAY, OCT. 11, 2010

Baby sitter jailed on murder charge

A 25-year-old baby sitter accused of murder declined to speak with investigators after her arrest Friday and has asked for an attorney. Amanda L. Skogen has no criminal history and was never suspected of abuse before 3-year-old Cohen Johnson suffered a traumatic head injury that…

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Man w/ HIV gets prison time for assault

An HIV-positive Spokane man who lied to his sex partner about his condition will spend at least the next five years in prison.Zuriel E. Roush, 23, was sentenced to at least 87 months in prison but will be credited for 17 months already served in…

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SATURDAY, OCT. 9, 2010

John Clark argues a traffic case in the Spokane Courthouse Annex in March 2010. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Defense lawyer John Clark dead at 58

The common man has lost one of his best advocates. John Clark, a prominent local defense attorney, died this morning following a long battle with cancer. He was 58. Earlier this year, the Spokane Bar Association honored Clark with the 2010 Smithmoore P. Myers Professionalism…

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FRIDAY, OCT. 8, 2010

Jury acquits man in Club Uno stabbing 

A jury on Friday acquitted a Spokane man of an assault charge connected to a stabbing outside a downtown nightclub last fall. John D. Proctor, 25, was found not guilty of first-degree assault and not guilty of a lesser included offense, riot. Proctor said he…

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Tim Note vs. District Court Judge Hayes

A young attorney who has big ideas on how to make court more efficient is taking on a one-term judge who said her life experiences have made her better at making tough decisions. Defense attorney Timothy Note (left), 35, is challenging Spokane County District Court…

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Accidental shooting kills vengeful beau

A Bonner County woman accidentally shot and killed her boyfriend as she tried to stop him from seeking revenge on her assailant, investigators said today. Lorraine K. Kenitzki, 45, is in jail on $10,000 bond for involuntary manslaughter after Erik Foust, 41, died of a…

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Pipe bomb planter pleads guilty in Idaho 

An informant in a federal murder-for-hire case who planted a pipe bomb under the intended victim’s car pleaded guilty to two federal weapons charges Thursday in Coeur d’Alene. Larry A. Fairfax, 49, faces a maximum 10 years in prison but federal sentencing guidelines show he…

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Thieves target area motor home dealers

Someone with a penchant for flat-screen televisions and stereo equipment is targeting local motor home dealers.Thousands of dollars worth of TVs and stereos have been stolen from vehicles and trailers at lots from Spokane Valley to Post Falls, police announced this week. Crime Stoppers is…

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NY police hunt for stolen weiner stand

ORANGEBURG, N.Y. (AP) — Police in a suburb northwest of New York City are searching for a stolen hot dog stand. Owner Fred Martucci tells the Journal News that he's devastated over the loss of "Fred's Franks." He used the 10-foot-long, 7-foot-wide stainless steel trailer…

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THURSDAY, OCT. 7, 2010

Pregnant lady shot by WSP faces charges

An unarmed pregnant woman shot during a drug raid in Spokane nearly two weeks ago faces felony crack cocaine charges under a police recommendation announced Wednesday. Keamia D. Powell, 24, gave birth shortly after she was shot in the shoulder Sept. 24 at 1405 N.…

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Heroin suspect faces federal gun charge

A suspected heroin dealer arrested after a Spokane police SWAT team standoff in June has been indicted by a federal grand jury. Jacob E. Snizik, 25, is charged with one count of felon in possession of a firearm under an indictment filed this week in…

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Valley man accused of trying to lure girls

A 28-year-old man is accused of trying to lure teen girls into his car while masturbating near Spokane Valley schools. Michael J. McBride was arrested just before noon Wednesday after two of three alleged victims identified McBride from a photo montage. He's expected to appear…

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In this July 28, 2009, file photo, David Thorin  pauses while sorting food in the basement of Spokane Valley Partners, the non-profit that runs the Valley Food Bank.
  (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Witness sought in Valley jogger's death

Detectives are looking for a witness who helped alert Spokane Valley authorities last month to an injured jogger who later died. A motorist found retired pastor David W. Thorin, 71, at East Fourth Avenue and South Adams Road about 6:45 a.m. Sept. 18 with an…

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Houlihan arraigned; probe continues 

A Spokane man shot by sheriff's deputies two weeks ago pleaded not guilty to a single assault charge this week as investigators examined his medical records and searched the scene of the shooting for the second time. Sean P. Houlihan, 37, is charged with first-degree…

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Shogan, Cowles testify against Elton 

According to court testimony Tuesday, Spokane City Council President Joe Shogan sent a mass email this week describing his near-death experiences at war. "These look like, for lack of a better word, scary experiences," said Mark Hodgson, lawyer for David Elton, who's on trial for…

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Tips sought on tasered wrong-way driver

A wrong-way driver accused of causing a Spokane County sheriff's deputy to drive off the road last summer is wanted by Crime Stoppers. Joseph W. Davis, 26, alias Joseph Boyce, left jail just after his arrest in June because prosecutors hadn't filed charges. He was…

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