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Sirens & Gavels archive for Jan. 1, 2011

FRIDAY, DEC. 30, 2011

Court won't hear Photo Red appeal 

Appellate judges have refused to hear an appeal by the city of Spokane after a Superior Court judge ruled that the way it had been printing tickets from red-light cameras violated state law. At issue was the way the city had a police officer in…

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Woman arraigned for attempted murder 

A teenager accused of attempted murder for a knife assault at a party has pleaded not guilty. Kiana M. Murphy, who turned 18 two days before the Oct. 30 incident, allegedly stabbed a teen boy twice in the stomach during an argument about gang affiliations,…

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Several vehicles lie mangled in the westbound lane of I-10 between I-510 and Michoud Boulevard in eastern New Orleans, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011. Police said two men died and 59 people were hurt in a predawn pileup of about 40 vehicles that closed heavily trafficked Interstate 10 in eastern New Orleans through rush hour and beyond.  ( (AP Photo/The Times-Picayune, Eliot Kamenitz))

61 injured in huge pileup on La. freeway 

Several vehicles lie mangled in the westbound lane of I-10 between I-510 and Michoud Boulevard in eastern New Orleans on Thursday. (AP Photo/The Times-Picayune, Eliot Kamenitz) By JANET McCONNAUGHEY,Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two men died and 61 other people were injured Thursday in…

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Fla. man takes beer break to rob bank

PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Tampa Bay area man ordered a beer at a bar, left to rob a nearby bank then came back to finish his beer. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office says 52-year-old John Robin Whittle was arrested at the…

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THURSDAY, DEC. 29, 2011

Idaho man gets 30+ years for sex abuse

A 41-year-old Rathdrum man will serve up to life in prison for three counts of lewd conduct with a minor under a sentence imposed Wednesday. Frank D. Marks will serve at least 30 years before he's eligible for parole, Kootenai County 1st District Judge Benjamin…

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Spokane man's accused killer surrenders

A man sought on a nationwide warrant in a June beating death of a Spokane man in Missoula, Mont., has turned himself in in Tacoma. David Sekou Hylton, 39, of Tacoma, surrendered Tuesday night, according to the Pierce County Sheriff's Office. Hylton (pictured right) has…

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Cops: Sex offender tried to rape hooker

A sex offender jailed in California has been charged with trying to rape a Spokane prostitute at knifepoint. Robert James Barbee, 38, also faces a federal charge of failing to register as a sex offender after investigators say he moved to the area from California…

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 28, 2011

This is a screen shot of a video vehicle prowling suspect Nathan Calvert posted on his Facebook page. (Facebook)

Say what! Filmed theft suspect arraigned 

This is a screen shot of a video vehicle prowling suspect Nathan Calvert posted on his Facebook page. An alleged car prowler who posted a video of himself with suspected stolen property on his Facebook page pleaded not guilty Tuesday to six felony charges. Nathan…

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Sex abuse suspect escapes manhunt

A child molestation suspect who escaped a manhunt in the Sagle, Idaho, area Tuesday is wanted by Coeur d'Alene police. Nathaniel R. Howell, 32, ran from police through the woods in the 1500 block of South Sagle Road about 3 p.m. after he saw the…

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Woman is final fugitive in burglary ring 

UPDATE: Burke was arrested about 1:30 p.m. today in the 100 block of East Indiana Avenue in Spokane. A Spokane woman is the only suspect at large in a two-state burglary ring after a 27-year-old Post Falls man turned himself in. Susan N. Burke, 50,…

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Cops: Man catches car prowler in act

A Spokane man stopped a car prowler in action early Tuesday and held him until deputies arrived, police say. Coty M. Gillespie, 20, is suspected of breaking into several vehicles in the area of 7400 N. Pittsburg St., where he was arrested after a resident…

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Man says fatal shooting was accidental

A St. Maries, Idaho, man accused of murdering an 18-year-old woman told police he accidentally shot her in the face while checking to see if his gun was unloaded, officials say. Joseph Duane Herrera, 28, is in jail on $200,000 bond after pleading not guilty…

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Former police spokesman Cottam dies

Richard M. " Dick" Cottam, a former Spokane Police Department spokesman and television journalist, died Friday. He was 81. Cottam served with the Marine Corps in Korea, where he was wounded and received the Purple Heart. He then attended the University of Missouri, earning a…

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TUESDAY, DEC. 27, 2011

Cop responding to alarm busts ATM theft

A police officer responding to an alarm interrupted in ATM burglary in progress early today, according to the Spokane Police Department. Officer Paul Buchmann arrived at the Washington Trust Bank ATM at 4500 S. Regal about 1:45 a.m. and saw two men by the machine…

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Police: Car thief tried to run over officer 

A Spokane man tried to run over a police officer before abandoning the car and fighting with a K-9 today, officials say. Melvin A. Gillespie, 41, who was released from jail earlier this year after pleading guilty to assisting a suicide, is back behind bars…

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Top row, from left to right: Jermaine S. Bedford, Kalen J. Bedford, Rashad F. Toussiant. Bottom row, from left to right: Roderick D. Shanks, Stafone N. Fuentes, Tyrone J. Carell (Spokane Police Department)

Reward targets suspects in hotel murder

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information that leads to the arrest of six men charged for their alleged roles in a fatal shooting involving two aspiring rappers at a Spokane hotel. Pictured above, top to bottom, left to right, are Jermaine S. Bedford,…

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2 arrested after citizens witness burglary

Two burglary suspects were arrested early this morning after citizens witnessed a break-in at an east Spokane convenience store. Officers located Carl J. Biamond 18, and Jelemeto B. Akilang, 20, near North Magnolia Street and East Tilsley Place after citizens observed two men breaking into…

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MONDAY, DEC. 26, 2011

Burglary suspect arrested in Spokane

A man wanted in connection with a burglary ring spanning Spokane County and North Idaho was arrested Friday in Spokane. Joseph A. Lynch, 29, of Coeur d'Alene, (pictured) was taken into custody without incident at the Days Inn hotel, 120 W. Third Ave., about midnight…

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FRIDAY, DEC. 23, 2011

Boy shot in pot theft was hit in back

A 14-year-old* boy was shot in the back when he tried to burglarize a marijuana grow room in Medical Lake on Monday, documents show. The boy, who was in satisfactory condition after undergoing surgery to remove a .45-caliber bullet, ran from the room in the…

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Theft suspects had business licenses

These entrepreneurs probably won’t be in the running for a business leadership award anytime soon. Police say a band of suspected metal thieves created a Spokane-based business, complete with licenses from the Washington Department of Revenue, to get around state laws designed to discourage theft…

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Theft suspects walk into surveillance trap

Two burglars' alleged plan to return for a stash of stolen goods backfired today when they walked into a surveillance trap by Spokane police, officers say. Starla R. Dillard, 26, and Michael W. Withey, 31, were arrested for residential burglary after Withey dropped Dillard off...

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Stolen card leads to fuel theft suspect

A man believed to be responsible for gas thefts in the West Plains area was identified this week after he tried to return merchandise that had been purchased with a stolen credit card. Gary Dale Hutt, 38, was arrested Tuesday after he went to the…

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