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Sirens & Gavels archive for Jan. 1, 2011

TUESDAY, DEC. 13, 2011

Man accused of leading organized crime 

Spokane man has been charged with leading organized crime for an alleged counterfeit check operation. Henry Patrick Bevans III, 28, pleaded not guilty today to the felony charge in Spokane County Superior Court where he was sentenced in October to a year in jail for…

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Process servers walk in on assault

Two process servers arrived at a Colbert-area home Sunday to find the door kicked in and an assault in progress, police say. Spokane County sheriff's deputies arrested Jeffrey Lee Cox, 25, and Brandon Justin Fitzgerald, 21, on first-degree burglary and fourth-degree assault charges. A couple…

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Police recovered this stolen property from Nathan Calvert's stolen Jeep. (Spokane Valley Police Department)

Lawyer nabs suspected car prowler

This is just a portion of the stolen property recovered after the arrest of Nathan Calvert. More photos are available on the Valley police Facebook page. Police say a man who prowled at least 30 cars a night throughout Spokane County picked the wrong truck…

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MONDAY, DEC. 12, 2011

Guild donates to theft-stricken charity

The Spokane Police Guild will donate $500 to the Wishing Star Foundation after burglaries left sick children without Christmas presents. The donation is one of many the nonprofit organization has accepted since news of $1,000 in items stolen in two burglaries was reported last week…

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Stolen car recovered 20 minutes later 

Spokane police are reminding motorists not to leave their running cars unattended after a vehicle was stolen this morning. The victim said the car was left warming up in front of their home in the 1500 block of West Carlisle Avenue when it was stolen…

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FRIDAY, DEC. 9, 2011

Murder suspects due in court today

A Spokane couple arrested after a fatal shooting Thursday is due in court this afternoon. David C. McLaughlin, 21, (pictured) and his girlfriend, Melinda R. Barrera, 31, are to appear in Spokane County Superior Court at 1:30 p.m. via video from the jail, where they…

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Botched butt injections lead to charges

By EMERY P. DALESIO, Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A woman on probation for performing buttocks-enhancing injections that left three women with kidney failure in 2008 has been charged with allegedly injecting an exotic dancer's backside with a disfiguring potion, sheriff's deputies said Thursday.…

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Mistaken jail release cited in murder spree

AP Enterprise: Rules ignored in Craigslist case By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, AP Legal Affairs Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Texas parolee now suspected in a deadly Craigslist robbery scheme was mistakenly released from Ohio custody last summer not once but twice. Richard Beasley, 52, should…

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Ohio homeowner hogties burglar

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio sheriff says he doesn't plan to pursue charges against a homeowner who subdued and hogtied a burglar. Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly tells WBNS-TV the homeowner had a right to protect his property and himself. Kelly says that's what…

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THURSDAY, DEC. 8, 2011

Ex-bank manager admits $400k theft 

A North Idaho woman who embezzled from the bank she worked at for more than a decade has been ordered to pay $400,000 in restitution. Mary A. Head, 58, pleaded guilty Wednesday to making false entries in the books and records of a federally insured…

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Woman wanted for attempted murder

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for a teenager accused of attempted murder for a knife assault at a party. 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…

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Confessed killer sentenced to 18 years

A young Spokane man who murdered his 56-year-old roommate and torched the home about a year ago will spend 18 years in prison. Ryan D. Corkery, 28, was sentenced Friday in Spokane County Superior Court to 216 months in prison for second-degree murder and first-degree…

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Charge: Soldier took child porn to Kuwait

A soldier is accused of transporting child pornography from Spokane to Kuwait while on duty with the military. Jason D. Talbott, 33, pleaded not guilty today to four child pornography charges in U.S. District Court in Spokane. He was allowed to stay out of jail…

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Cop arraigned in road rage gun case 

A Portland police captain accused of brandishing a gun during a road rage incident on Interstate 90 in Post Falls acted arrogantly to state troopers as if he thought "I'm a cop and it's no big deal," according to a police report recently unsealed in…

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Autopsy: Mother of 5 was strangled

A mother of five found dead in her Deer Park home on Saturday was strangled, according to the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office. An autopsy concluded Chanin Starbuck, 42, was a victim of homicide, a medical examiner’s office employee said Tuesday. Read the rest of…

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Judge denies request to talk to jurors

A judge has denied a request by former Spokane police Officer Karl Thompson’s attorney’s to interview the jurors who convicted him last month of two felonies in connection with the 2006 death of Otto Zehm. U.S. District Judge Fred Van Sickle said in a 10-page…

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Spokane police ask anyone who's seen Nathan D. Moore's Toyota Forerunner in the area of the South Hill burglaries to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233. (Spokane Police Department)

Suspect arrested in Manito burglaries

Police on Tuesday released this photo of burglary suspect Nathan D. Moore's Toyota 4Runner. Spokane police have arrested a suspect in a series of burglaries on the South Hill. Nathan Daniel Moore, 30, was ordered Tuesday to stay in jail on $20,000 bail for a…

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TUESDAY, DEC. 6, 2011

Citizen stops cop's suspected assailant 

A citizen helped a Spokane police officer in a struggle with a wanted felon outside a grocery store recently. Retiree Dennis Greer will be nominated for a chief's citizen award for helping Officer Nick Geren apprehend Timothy Alan Williams, 46, outside Fred Meyer at Freya…

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Murder suspect's jail love letters seized

A murder suspect's jailhouse courtship of a young Spokane woman may be helping detectives bolster their case against him. Detectives recently obtained a letter Taylor J. Wolf, 20, (right) mailed to Alannah Dobberstein after learning Dobberstein was questioning Wolf about his involvement in the murder…

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Hate crime alleged in attack on gay teen 

Two teenage boys are accused of damaging a Spokane Valley teenager's property because he is gay. Andrey A. Babakov, 17; and Svitoslav A. Liashedko, 16; pleaded not guilty Monday to first-degree burglary, second-degree theft and malicious harassment - a hate crime - for an alleged...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 2, 2011

Spokane police are seeking help identify a person of interest in connection with a string of burglaries in the South Hill neighborhood in November. (Spokane Police Department)

Police seek man in South Hill burglaries 

The Spokane Police Department is asking for assistance identifying a suspect in the recent South Hill residential burglaries. At least ten burglaries took place over the course of the three days leading up to Nov. 25. The homes were within the 2100 block to the…

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Robbery and assault suspect Bobby S. Decaney is arrested after a SWAT standoff in north Spokane. (Jennifer DeRuwe / Spokane Police Department)

4 arrested in SWAT standoff w/ gas, K-9

Four people were arrested after police pumped tear gas and released a K-9 into a north side apartment this morning during a six-hour SWAT team standoff. A Spokane police dog, Stryder, entered the apartment before police and fought with robbery suspect Bobby S. Decaney, 35,…

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