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Sirens & Gavels archive for Sept. 2010

THURSDAY, SEPT. 16, 2010

Two men assaulted another man outside in downtown Coeur d'Alene last month, and police are asking for help identifying them. The victim, Nicholas Casqueiro, declined medical attention after the Aug. 22 assault outside the Pita Pit, 320 E. Sherman Ave., but his mother called police a few days later and said he'd suffered "extensive injuries to his face and mouth," police announced today. (Coeur d'Alene Police Department)

Suspects sought in CdA Pita Pita assault

Two men assaulted another man in downtown Coeur d'Alene last month, and police are asking for help identifying them. The victim, Nicholas Casqueiro, declined medical attention after the Aug. 22 assault outside the Pita Pit, 320 E. Sherman Ave., but his mother called police a…

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Lawyer: Shooting suspect wrongly accused

A Spokane man facing life in prison for a July 2009 shooting may be wrongly accused, his lawyer told jurors during closing arguments Wednesday .Police halted their investigation into the shooter's identity after the alleged victims identified Timothy "Stoney Boy" Lucious (right) as the gunman,…

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Reports detail Pastor Creach's gun use

Pastor Wayne Scott Creach not only routinely carried his .45 caliber pistol on his property, he was known by police to hold theft suspects at gunpoint until officers could arrive and once chased a fleeing suspect several blocks before apprehending him by threatening to “blow…

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From this Spokane Valley strip mall  Paul  Ellis sold medical marijuana until he was busted by the Spokane Sheriff's department recently. In the window is reflected a WSP office across the parking lot. Photographed Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Cops raid pot shop 100 ft from WSP office

A Greenacres man who operated a medical marijuana dispensary about 100 feet from a Washington State Patrol office could face felony drug charges in the latest example of Spokane County’s tough stance on the confusing voter-approved law. Paul E. Ellis, 52, was described by detectives…

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Nabbed fugitive part of big skinhead group

A fugitive arrested at a Spokane Valley motel on Sunday is a suspected member of a white supremacist group investigated for murders, robberies and assaults that targeted minorities in Southern California. Cory A. Dearing, 52, remains in the Spokane County Jail awaiting extradition to Riverside…

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Woman sues under domestic violence law

MOSES LAKE, Wash. (AP) — An Eastern Washington woman has filed suit against her former employer, claiming the company failed to provide time off to deal with a domestic violence case and ultimately fired her. Attorney Eric Gutierrez of Columbia Legal Services says this is…

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 14, 2010

Candidate wants WSP to probe shooting

The Democratic challenger for Spokane County prosecutor on Monday called for the Washington State Patrol to take over the investigation into the fatal shooting of a Spokane Valley pastor. Spokane lawyer Frank Malone said he had not contacted the WSP, but noted they were already…

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Idaho man admits '07 slaying in Coolin

A North Idaho man set to go to trial this week instead pleaded guilty to charges that carry up to 15 years in prison. Keith Allan Brown, 49, (right) entered Alford pleas last Wednesday in Bonner County District Court to voluntary manslaughter and accessory to…

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State could rest today in 3-strikes trial

Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor Mark Cipolla expects to wrap up his case against Timothy "Stoney Boy" Lucious today after testimony from four or five witnesses, including a man authorities apparently didn't know was connected to the July 2009 shooting until a few months ago. Antonio…

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Report: Sex toys sold from Hirzel's home 

Deputy Brian Hirzel, already under investigation for fatally shooting a Spokane Valley pastor, now is the subject of a new probe. Hirzel failed to disclose, as required under sheriff’s department rules, that he and his wife are co-owners of a business that sells sex toys…

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Shoppers turn burglars after store closes

Burglars stole nearly $1,000 in merchandise from the Salvation Army thrift store in Spokane over the weekend. The intruders apparently entered the store at 2020 N. Division Street when it was open and were able to stay inside after it closed Saturday at 5 p.m.,…

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MONDAY, SEPT. 13, 2010

18 years for addict busted after casino win

A Spokane methamphetamine dealer arrested after trying to collect a casino jackpot while on the lam was sentenced Friday to 18 years in prison. Michael D. “Bull” Luce, 31, avoided arrest for weeks despite a federal indictment filed nearly a year after 2 1/2 pounds…

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Gang member's 3-strikes trial begins today

A Spokane gang member facing life in prison for a shooting that injured two women in July 2009 is to stand trial this week in Superior Court. Timothy "Stoney Boy" Lucious, who already has two convictions for violent crimes under the state's three-strikes law, faces…

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Gunpoint car repossession leads to arrest

MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — Police in Marysville have arrested three men from Cheney for investigation of kidnapping and robbery after the men allegedly tried to repossess two vehicles at gunpoint. The men — 19, 33 and 45 years old — were in a pickup truck…

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Off-duty WSP trooper shoots home intruder 

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) — An off-duty Washington State Patrol trooper shot and killed an intruder who attacked him at his south Kitsap home, according to the Kitsap County sheriff's office. An investigation continues, bu the sheriff's office says it appears the trooper went outside…

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 10, 2010

Fairfax deal postponed; victim hires lawyer

A plea hearing for an alleged hitman-turned-informant has been postponed until October. Larry A. Fairfax, 49, has agreed to plead guilty to two federal weapons charges connected to a pipe bomb placed under Cyndi Steele’s car as part of a murder plot the FBI says…

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