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Sirens & Gavels archive for Jan. 1, 2011

FRIDAY, JAN. 21, 2011

Mead man sentenced for wife's murder

A Mead man who killed his wife in front of their son was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison. Jeffrey N. Canino, 47, received 180 months in prison in a sentence recommend by Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor John Love and imposed by Superior Court…

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Jury convicts veteran of hospital assault 

A federal jury today convicted a man of assaulting two nurses at the Spokane Veteran Affairs Medical Center. James D. Scott, 42, was drunk when he attacked a nurse after his girlfriend brought him to the emergency room on Aug. 19, 2009. Scott had a…

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Robbery targets medical pot patient

A home-invasion robbery targeting a medical marijuana patient led to the arrests of two suspects this week. Nicholas S. Gardner, 28, and his girlfriend, Jill A. Benton, 26, are in jail on robbery, assault and kidnapping charges for allegedly attacking John J. Beck, 30, on…

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Crack cocaine suspect arrested w/ $15k

A suspected crack cocaine dealer was arrested with $15,000 at his East Central Spokane apartment this week. Joseph K. "J" Davis, 32, was arrested on Wednesday after selling crack on four occasions in an undercover police sting, according to a search warrant prepared by the…

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Juror links defendant to home burglary

A Spokane woman never imagined that serving on the jury of a burglar would solve her burglary, as well. “In all my time as a prosecutor, that’s the first time I had a juror solve her own case,” Deputy Prosecutor Bob Sargent said. “What are…

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Police: Man shot 'almost stabbed' officer 

Spokane police say Kenneth R. Dennis was shot after he “almost stabbed one of the officers,” according to a newly filed search warrant. Investigators believe a physical altercation occurred between Dennis and his girlfriend, Crystal A. Barrett, 24, before police arrived at 5726 N. Elgin…

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Seattle inquest jury split on cop shooting

SEATTLE (AP) — A coroner's inquest jury examining a Seattle police officer's fatal shooting of a woodcarver last summer returned its findings Thursday, with just one of its eight members saying the carver posed any threat. Four jurors said carver John T. Williams, 50, did…

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Wash. bird-watcher spots his stolen van

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — While Devan Miller was bird watching recently on Olympic Peninsula, he saw bald eagles, kingfishers, woodpeckers and his stolen Volkswagen Vanagon. Miller told The Peninsula Daily News the van was so badly damaged he almost didn't recognize it. The top…

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Bill would change medical pot system 

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A dozen years after voters approved Washington's medical marijuana system, state lawmakers are debating major changes that would give patients greater protection from arrest and bring the supply chain out of a legal gray area. Patients and advocates packed Thursday's meeting…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 20, 2011

Armed woman arrested in police standoff 

A woman armed with a handgun and accused of threatening her husband was arrested after a police standoff early this morning in northwest Spokane. Rhonda R. Thompson, 49, was described by her husband as extremely agitated and combative" when officers arrived near 2500 W. Houston…

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Racist leader resentenced in Spokane 

A white supremacist imprisoned for violating his federal probation was resentenced in Spokane recently after prosecutors acknowledged a language glitch in the original judgment. Keegan C. Van Tuyl, 28, (left) is in the Spokane County Jail awaiting transport to federal prison after he was sentenced…

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Spokane police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick credits two officers, including Sgt. Eric Olsen, left, with  steering the  Unity March on Martin Luther King Jr. Day away from  an explosive device in downtown Spokane.  (Dan Pelle)

Chief praises police action in MLK bomb

Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick on Wednesday praised Sgts. Jason Hartman and Eric Olsen for their decisions to reroute the Martin Luther King, Jr. parade after a sophisticated bomb was found along the original route. “We are trying to have a national conversation to learn…

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Michael L. West, convicted of killing his jail cellmate in 2004, appears before Spokane County Superior Court Judge Michael Price on Jan. 19, 2011. West is charged with two counts of assault for an alleged attack on his cellmates at Airway Heights Corrections Center in 2010. Public defender Kari Reardon and Deputy Prosecutor Larry Steinmetz are seated to West's left. (Meghann M. Cuniff / The Spokesman-Review)

New details released on prison attack 

A man who killed his cellmate at the Spokane County Jail in 2004 attacked his cellmate at Airway Heights Corrections Center after the man refused to bow before him and worship him as God, according to newly filed court documents. Convicted killer and assault suspect…

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Anti-gang bill debated at state hearing

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Uniformed sheriffs, community activists and onetime gang members sporting facial tattoos were among a large crowd that assembled Wednesday to debate a legislative proposal aimed at restricting criminal gangs in Washington state. The bill — proposed by Attorney General Rob McKenna…

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 19, 2011

Trimble pleads not guilty to '86 murder

The only suspect in the 1986 murder of a Spokane woman was arraigned today on murder charges, two weeks after being extradited from Montana. Gary L. Trimble, 62, pleaded not guilty to the Dec. 24, 1986, murder of Dorothy E. Burdette in Spokane County Superior…

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Man who killed cellmate returns to jail

One of the state's most notorious prisoners has returned to the Spokane County Jail. Michael L. West arrived in Spokane from the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla on Tuesday to face strangulation charges for an alleged attack on his cellmates at Airway Heights Corrections…

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The FBI is seeking information connected to the identity of the person or persons seen with this Swiss  Army-brand backpack.  The t-shirts were contained in the backpack.  The backpack was found on a bench at the corner of North Washington Street and West Main Avenue in Spokane, Wash. on Monday, Jan. 17, 2011.  (Courtesy Fbi / Courtesy of FBI)

FBI: MLK bomb is 'domestic terrorism'

In what federal authorities are calling an act of "domestic terrorism," a bomb capable of killing multiple people was discovered along the route of Spokane's martin Luther King, Jr., parade on Monday. The device was found in a Swiss Army-brand backpack by Spokane city employees,…

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Bystander saves cop from shooting man 

A domestic violence suspect accused of trapping a Spokane police officer in a choke hold Sunday remains in jail after appearing in Superior Court Tuesday on assault charges. Andrew P. Perry, 27, allegedly attacked Officer Chris Bode after Bode responded about 2 a.m. to a…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 18, 2011

Autopsy identifies man shot by police 

The Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office identified the man killed in Sunday's police shooting as Kenneth R. Dennis after an autopsy Tuesday. He died of gunshot wounds, but the medical examiner would not release how many. Dennis, 26, became the fifth person killed by law…

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Investigators seized these vests from suspected members of the criminal motorcycle gang the Hermanos in Sandpoint. (Bonner County Sheriff's Office)

Sandpoint bikers indicted in Montana

Three men arrested during a raid on the Hermanos biker gang in Sandpoint last fall have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Montana. Hermanos road captain Steven Jay Beal (keft), member Dale Michael Champine (right), 41, and close associate Paul Leslie Spencer are…

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SATURDAY, JAN. 15, 2011

Man gets 2+ years for breaking boy's leg

A Post Falls man will spend at least two years in prison for breaking the leg of his fiancée’s child, according to the Kootenai County Prosecutor's Office. Michael Robert Edinger, 27, was charged after he and his fiancée, Rebecca L. Mullin, took Mullin’s 2-year-old son…

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FRIDAY, JAN. 14, 2011

This combination of photos provided by the City of Lakewood, Wash., shows, from left to right, Lakewood police officers Greg Richards, 42,  Tina Griswold, 40, Ronald Owens, 37, and Sgt. Mark Renninger, 39. The four were killed when a gunman opened fire on them at a Parkland, Wash. coffee store on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009. (City Of Lakewood)

3 sentenced in Lakewood police murders 

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Three people convicted for helping a man who gunned down four police officers in a Tacoma suburb have been sentenced to prison. Pierce County prosecutors alleged they provided medical aid, transportation and other assistance to Maurice Clemmons as he tried to…

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Christopher Lloyd Olson, 29, has a 20-year local arrest history that includes convictions for second-degree burglary, first and second-degree theft, vehicle prowling, second-degree driving while license suspended, possession of a dangerous weapon, second-degree vehicle theft, second-degree malicious mischief, making false statements and probation violation.  Olson, 5-foot-11 and 160 pounds, recently gave home addresses of 18300 E. Sprague in Spokane Valley and 200 S. Browne in Spokane.  (Crime Stoppers)

Crime Stoppers targets repeat offenders

Crime Stoppers is offering rewards for tips that help arrest three repeat offenders wanted for probation violations. Each suspect has a warrant out for escape from community custody. Move your curser of their photos for more information. Anyone with tips on their locations is asked…

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Reward offered for tips on Avista theft 

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that solve a burglary in which two Spokane-area companies lost more than $5000 in copper wire and power tools. The crime is believed to have occurred between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. Wednesday at an Avista Utilities…

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