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Sirens & Gavels archive for Jan. 1, 2011

FRIDAY, DEC. 2, 2011

Valley police target vehicle prowlers

Spokane Valley police are conducting vehicle prowling patrols as the Christmas season gets underway. An emphasis Tuesday by the property crimes unit led to the arrest of Jeremiah K. Mileham, 21, who was booked into jail on charges of third-degree theft, vehicle prowling and driving…

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A U.S. Marshal guides a dog around parked vehicles outside Banner Bank in downtown Spokane after a bomb threat by a robbery suspect today. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

$100k bond for robbery, bomb suspect

A U.S. Marshal guides a dog around parked vehicles outside Banner Bank in downtown Spokane after a bomb threat by a robbery suspect Tuesday. (SRPhot/Dan Pelle) A man accused of making a bomb threat while robbing a downtown Spokane bank on Tuesday remains in jail…

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Davenport theft suspect convicted in La.

A man accused of stealing from the Davenport Hotel after being hired under a stolen identity has been sentenced in federal court in Louisiana for a similar scheme. William Joseph Johnson Jr., 55, is to serve about five years in prison for charges related to…

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Tips sought on missing carry-on bag

Spokane International Airport police are seeking information regarding the identity of a woman in connection with a missing carry-on bag. The pictured woman is not a suspect at this time, said Todd Woodard, director of public relations, and she could have picked up the bag…

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Man sues hostages for breaking promise

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Can there be no trust between a kidnapper and his hostages? A man who held a Kansas couple hostage in their home while fleeing from authorities is suing them, claiming they broke an oral contract made when he promised them money…

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Flying squirrel invades New Jersey E.R.

RAHWAY, N.J. (AP) — Firefighters were needed stat after a flying squirrel went nuts in a New Jersey hospital's emergency room. The squirrel kept launching itself from an 8-foot-high wall-mounted lamp into a glass wall after becoming trapped in a trauma room at Robert Wood…

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Home remodeling turns up fake cash

TROY, Mich. (AP) — Police say a home remodeling project in suburban Detroit has turned up a stash of counterfeit cash. The Detroit Free Press reports that police in Troy received a call Monday from the homeowner, who had lived in the house for more…

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THURSDAY, DEC. 1, 2011

Craigslist sales lead to 2 theft arrests

Spokane Valley police arrested two theft suspects this week after victims found their stolen items on Craigslist. Dana R. McCauley, 40, is accused of stealing cameras from Wholesale Sports at the Spokane Valley Mall. Employees told police Monday that a man stole five cameras worth…

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Spokane resident Carey Smith was honored by Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick for helping track a bank robber in July. (Spokane Police Department)

Chief honors woman who tracked robber

Citizen Award recepient Carey Smith and Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick. (Spokane Police Department photo) A Spokane woman who helped police catch a bank robber last summer was honored today by Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick. Carey Smith was driving north on North Monroe Street near…

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Charles Wright, operator of the marijuana dispensary the THC Pharmacy, gives a quick thumbs up to chanting cannabis activists outside his store during a raid by the Drug Enforcement Administration on  April 28. Wright was indicted by a grand jury on drug charges July 20. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Pot dispensers face 2-6 mos. in prison

Charles Wright gives a quick thumbs up to chanting cannabis activists outside medical marijuana dispensary during a raid by the Drug Enforcement Administration on April 28. Wright faces six months in federal prison when he's sentenced in February. (SRPhoto/Jesse Tinsley) Gov. Chris Gregoire and Rhode…

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Utah dog shoots hunter in buttocks 

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah bird hunter was shot in the buttocks after his dog stepped on a shotgun laid across the bow of a boat. Box Elder County Sheriff's Deputy Kevin Potter says the 46-year-old Brigham City man was duck hunting with…

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30, 2011

Jury convicts man of filing false liens 

A federal jury on Tuesday convicted a self-proclaimed "sovereign" citizen of filing more than $20 billion in false liens against government officials. Ronald James Davenport faces up to 40 years in prison and a $1 million fine after being convicted of four counts of filing…

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Rathdrum man sentenced for sex abuse

A 26-year-old Rathdrum man will spend at last seven years in prison for sexually abusing a minor. Justin Scott Savage was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison with eligibility for parole after seven for lewd conduct with a minor under 16, sexual abuse of…

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Stabbing in West Central leads to arrest

A man was booked into jail after allegedly stabbing his roommate in West Central Spokane Monday. Robert Aron Young, 30, was booked into Spokane County Jail Monday for first-degree assault, domestic violence. The victim, Davis D. Botts, was taken to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center…

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Repeat offender's arrest reunites family 

The recent arrest of a Spokane man considered a repeat offender not only led police to predict a decrease in property crimes - it led to a family reunion behind bars just in time for Thanksgiving. Christopher Ryan Limpert, 24, (right) described by Spokane police…

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3rd suspect arraigned in bat attack

A third suspect in a baseball bat attack at a northwest Spokane home was arraigned Tuesday in Spokane County Superior Court. Eric T. Borders, 40, pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary for his alleged involvement in an attack at 4907…

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Symphony heckler removed by police

Police in Western Washington removed a woman from a symphony performance earlier this month for yelling "boring" in the midst of the concert. The woman's teenage daughter plays in the symphony, according to the Kitsap Sun. The woman told police “that was how things were”…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 29, 2011

Man gets 69 months for robbery spree 

A Spokane man who participated in an armed robbery spree last year has been sentenced to five years and nine months in prison. Sean T. Smith, 24, was sentenced to 69 months in prison after pleading guilty last week in Spokane County Superior Court to…

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Spokane police arrest burglary suspect 

A woman interrupted a burglary at her home Monday, and Spokane police arrested a suspect based on her description of the culprit. Police responded to the 1900 block of West Montgomery Avenue just before 1 p.m., where a woman said she arrived home to find…

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Charge dropped against 1 Pirtle brother 

A Spokane man once accused of a baseball bat attack last May has been cleared of wrongdoing after several people said he wasn't present during the assault. Prosecutors moved to dismiss a second-degree assault charge against Andrew Lee Elias Pirtle, 21, after detectives interviewed witnesses…

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Murder suspect, victim aspiring rappers 

A 21-year-old man shot to death at a Spokane hotel early Sunday tried to intervene in a fight when he was shot in the chest by a man his friends recognized as an aspiring young local rapper, witnesses told police. Witnesses told police that victim…

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MONDAY, NOV. 28, 2011

2nd man arrested in porn shop robbery

A fingerprint found on merchandise at a Spokane porn store helped police identify a second suspect in a gunpoint robbery earlier this month. Clinton James Smith, 50, (right) was arrested Wednesday on first-degree robbery and first-degree kidnapping charges. He's accused with James A. Turnipseed, 32,…

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An armed robbery suspect, John Castro, talks with police and Spokane S.W.A.T team members from a roof on E. Gordon Avenue after barging in the home, kicking out the residents and daring the police to shoot him on Nov. 14, 2003.  (Jed Conklin / The Spokesman-Review)

Accused killer has long criminal history

In this Nov. 14, 2003, photo, John Castro talks with police and Spokane SWAT members from a roof on East Gordon Avenue after barging inside, kicking out the residents and daring the police to shoot him. (SRPhoto/Jed Conklin) A 27-year-old man suspected of shooting another…

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Faith Gallinger stands in the kitchen of her North Side bungalow. The contractor has yet to do the $2,500 worth of work she paid for. (Jesse Tinsley)

Man in '95 Idaho fraud charged again

Faith Gallinger stands in the kitchen of her North Side bungalow. The contractor has yet to do the $2,500 worth of work she paid for. (SRPhoto/Jesse Tinsley) Faith Gallinger had long wanted custom cabinets for her early 20th-century home in northeast Spokane. Ronald Glen Stratton…

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SUNDAY, NOV. 27, 2011

Scammers target septic tank owners 

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Talk about a dirty scam. Federal prosecutors in Florida say at least three people working for a septic tank company duped customers into buying about $1 million in unnecessary products — in some cases enough toilet paper to last…

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