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Sirens & Gavels archive for Sept. 9, 2010


Gang murder suspect arrested in Compton

A Spokane gang member accused of shooting to death a rival outside a party in January was arrested today in Compton, Calif., police announced tonight. Edward L. "TD" Thomas, 25, wanted since June for first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder, was captured by the fugitive…

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Witnesses: 7-Eleven run-in led to stabbing 

A man accused of stabbing another man in downtown Spokane claimed self defense and said the victim made him "go crazy," according to court documents prepared by police.Eugene A. Young, 36, told police he had "mental health issues" after he was arrested about 7:10 p.m.…

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Unregistered child rapist sought by police

UPDATE: Spokane County sheriff's Sgt. Dave Reagan announced Monday that Eillison is actually in prison. Thanks, Dave.A convicted child rapist with a history of not checking in with authorities is wanted by police for failing to register as a sex offender. Robert R. Ellison, 28,…

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 The execution chamber at the Washington State Penitentiary is shown as viewed from the witness gallery, in this Nov. 20, 2008, file photo, in Walla Walla, Wash. Cal Coburn Brown is scheduled to die Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, for the murder of Holly Washa in 1991. If the execution is carried out, Brown  will be the first person executed in Washington since 2001. (Ted Warren / (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File))

State prepares for 1st execution since '01 

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — In a state where executions are uncommon, Cal Coburn Brown's lethal injection on Friday will be the first time since 2001 that Washington has carried out its capital punishment. Barring a last-minute stay of execution from the state or U.S. Supreme…

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Sheriff ruing flap over deputy's vacation 

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich is frustrated and caught off-guard by the public reaction to the decision to allow Deputy Brian Hirzel to leave for vacation just hours after he shot and killed a Spokane Valley pastor late last month. Knezovich acknowledges that everything with…

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