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Sirens & Gavels archive for Sept. 2010

THURSDAY, SEPT. 23, 2010

No gas leads to car theft suspect's arrest

An 18-year-old transient was arrested on suspicion of car theft this morning after the vehicle ran out of gas about a block from a police station. Spokane Valley police found David R. Yeager putting fuel into a stolen 1990 Jeep Cherokee after the owner's son…

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Forced haircut preluded double homicide

Testimony in a Spokane County double-homicide trial expected to end next week includes a host of familiar names as witnesses describe the weeks of unreported threats - and one unwanted haircut - that led to the September 2009 gunfire. Merle W. Harvey, 28, (right) feared…

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WSP: Details expected today on shooting

More information is expected to be relased today regarding the deputy-involved shooting in north Spokane County last week.Although witnesses at the scene of the Thursday night shooting said Spokane County sheriff’s Deputies Thad Schultz (left) and David Westlake (right) were fired on first by assault…

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Vigil set to remember murder victims

A vigil to remember homicide victims will be held Thursday in the Spokane County Public Works Building next to the courthouse. Friends and family of victims as well as others impacted by homicide will gather in the Spokane County Commissioners hearing room at 1026 W.…

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Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help identify a man who robbed a 71-year-old woman of her purse as his shocked companion looked on. The robber is wearing the dark hooded sweatshirt; his companion is wearing the brown/tan coat. (Crime Stoppers)

Purse-snatching robber caught on tape

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help identify a man who robbed a 71-year-old woman of her purse as his shocked companion looked on. The woman and her 45-year-old daughter were walking Sunday about 1:15 p.m. in the west parking lot at…

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4 misdemeanors for alleged cat hoarder

A Spokane Valley homeowner whose 31 cats were seized last week has been charged with four misdemeanors. Julianna O. Bauer (left, in 2009) "was basically overwhelmed" by the situation and wants to cooperate with animal protection officers, said Nancy Hill, director of the Spokane County…

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Unregistered sex offender sought by cops

A Spokane sex offender with a history of not checking in with authorities is wanted again. David J. Lappin, Jr., 30, is accused of failing to register as a sex offender in a $50,000 arrest warrant issued Sept. 15. Lappin was convicted of first-degree child…

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Tips sought on alleged armed robber

An alleged home-invasion robber is wanted by Crime Stoppers after missing a court hearing. Matthew L. Short, 44,and two well-known felons are accused of bursting into an apartment in the 700 block of North Monroe Street on Jan. 26 and stealing cash and other valuables…

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Ringtone about breasts interrupts court

There are inappropriate ringtones, and then there are epicly inappropriate ringtones that blare during a quiet court proceeding. A spectator attending first appearances in Judge Michael Price's courtroom Tuesday had the latter. The man's cell phone rang for several seconds in the midst of a…

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 21, 2010

911 recordings released in Creach shooting

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office released the 911 and police dispatch tapes documenting Deputy Brian Hirzel’s transmissions surrounding his fatal shooting of Spokane Valley pastor Wayne Scott Creach. The transcript is largely as Spokane police officials described. Hirzel called “code 6,” which means he needs…

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Idaho man jailed for poaching bull moose

A Genesee, Idaho, man convicted of poaching a bull moose lost his hunting privileges and will spend 45 days in jail. Mitchell Sisler, 22, was sentenced last week on the felony charge of poaching. Another Genesee resident, Roy Wallace, pleaded guilty earlier. The men were…

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

Hoyt: Feds 'can make you say anything'

"They can make you say anything," Wesley Hoyt said of the federal government. "They can say you murdered a 100 nuns and set the Vatican on fire." Hoyt, a Colorado-based attorney representing Cyndi Steele pro bono, was talking about a key component of Edgar Steele's…

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Spokane photog on trial for murder in Cali

A former Spokane photographer accused of killing his wife 27 years ago is on trial in Southern California. William G. Mordick, 64, was arrested in Spokane on Feb. 11, 2008. He’d owned and operated Photography by Gregory in Spokane since the early 1990s. He’s charged…

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MONDAY, SEPT. 20, 2010

Glenn Beck inspired alleged grenade maker 

A Spirit Lake man accused of making grenades in his home over the Fourth of July weekend fears a communist takeover but has never threatened anyone, his lawyer said in recently filed court documents. Though federal agents have emphasized statements Kenneth B. Kimbley, Jr., 58,…

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Mont. man's drug binge ends in Spokane

A Great Falls, Mont., man who told Spokane police he was on a seven-month drug binge is accused of an armed robbery that led detectives to a suspected stolen vehicle ring. Ronald J. Schneider, 38, (left) and his girlfriend, Jeanette E. Menghini, 43, (right) are…

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Alleged murder plot victim to speak out

The wife of a North Idaho lawyer accused of hiring someone to kill her will hold a press conference this afternoon in front of the federal courthouse in Coeur d'Alene. Cyndi Steele is standing by her husband, Edgar Steele, and railed against federal prosecutors in…

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Hirzel's order to drop gun was lawful

Although the Constitution gives citizens the right to bear arms, state laws passed since then dictate how citizens can legally carry and use weapons. Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker and other legal experts say the law is crystal clear on this point: A person must…

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Nuns deny devilish claims of skulduggery

Accusations of stolen cash and silver, forged business records and slander have been hurled between two groups of nuns. The episode has resulted in a police investigation at the request of the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Ghost, who claim that two members of their…

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 17, 2010

Police get search warrant for man's rectum 

Spokane police officers recently obtained a search warrant for a man's rectum. The 31-year-old Spokane man was arrested Sept. 10 on misdemeanor warrants after a traffic stop just before 1 a.m. Police found a knife, marijuana, a digital scale and cash in his backpack, according…

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Lesser verdict still means life for Lucious 

A Spokane man faces life in prison under the state’s 3 strikes law after a jury convicted him in connection with a July 2009 shooting that injured two women. Jurors were split on attempted murder and first-degree assault charges against Timothy “Stoney Boy” Lucious by…

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Idaho lawyer jailed on sex abuse charges

A North Idaho attorney is being held without bail in San Diego following allegations he sexually abused a teen girl, including “dates” at Southern California hotels. David C. Jacquot, 52, also is under investigation in Bonner County for a suspicious fire that destroyed his rural…

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Sanders gets 4 emails in disclosure case

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — An unanimous state Supreme Court on Thursday awarded Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders four additional documents and additional legal fees in his public records lawsuit against the state. Sanders (pictured) sued the state in 2005 after he was admonished for talking…

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Drive-by shooting kills New Mexico goat

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Police in Santa Fe are searching for the suspect or suspects in a drive-by shooting that killed a pet goat. The shooting happened Sunday evening and killed Maria, a Nigerian dwarf goat who lived with two other goats and other…

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 16, 2010

Police urge caution after jogger attacked

Coeur d'Alene police are warning women to take extra caution while exercising outdoors after a jogger said she was assaulted Sunday morning. The 29-year-old woman was jogging on a dirt road in the 6700 block of N. Courcelles Way when a man pushed her down,…

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