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Sirens & Gavels archive for Sept. 29, 2010


Check fraud costs Valley stores $25,000

More than 50 counterfeit checks wort>h at least $25,000 have been passed at three Spokane Valley businesses, and Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead to arrests. The culprits used a business banking account number to create, forge and p ass more…

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Gang murder suspect jailed in Spokane

A gang member arrested near Compton for the January shooting death of a rival is back in Spokane. Edward L. "TD" Thomas, 25, will remain incarcerated on a probation hold and $600,000 bond after appearing in Superior Court today via video from the Spokane County…

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Police: CdA man broke young boy's leg 

A Coeur d'Alene man is accused of breaking the leg of his fiance's child over the weekend. Michael R. Edinger, 27, is jailed on two counts of cruelty to children after he and his fiance, Rebecca L. Mullin, took Mullin's 2-year-old son to Kootenai Medical…

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Deliberations begin in double-murder trial

A jury of six men and six women began deliberating this morning whether a Spokane man murdered two men last September or was defending himself when he gunned them down. Merle W. Harvey, 28, faces two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the killings…

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Attorney Wesley Hoyt with Cyndi Steele (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Cyndi Steele: Let me talk to Edgar 

The alleged victim in a murder for hire plot is trying to get rid of the no contact order between herself and the suspect, who is also her husband. Through her lawyer, Wesley Hoyt, Cyndi Steele filed a motion Monday to vacate the no contact…

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WSP chief denies accidental shooting rumors 

The chief of Washington State Patrol said Tuesday he has no reason to believe last week’s shooting of an unarmed pregnant woman in Spokane was accidental. “I don’t have anything to lead me to believe that,” Chief John Batiste said Tuesday during an interview with…

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