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Sirens & Gavels archive for Jan. 1, 2011

FRIDAY, JAN. 14, 2011

Cop's car probe leads to teen's pot arrest 

A Spokane Valley police officer concerned about a month-old expired license and non-transferred car title ended up arresting a teenager on marijuana charges Thursday night, the police department announced today. Officer Nathan Bohanek identified Justin R. Bavuso, 18, as the owner of a Ford Crown…

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Prescription leads to arrest, not 90 pills

A forged prescription intended to garner 90 Hydrocodone pills instead led to the arrest of a 20-year-old Spokane Valley man on Thursday. Employees at Walgreens, 2702 N. Argonne Road, suspected Robert G. Morey was handing them a forged prescription and called 911 after an employees…

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Photos show suspects in gift card fraud

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that identify a man and woman who,k between Dec. 1 and Dec. 3, used stolen credit card information to reload Visa gift cards purchased from Safeway at 1001 N. 4th St. in Coeur d'Alene. The thieves used…

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Would-be john alleges theft by prostitute

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — A Mankato man landed in jail after calling 911 and telling police a prostitute failed to deliver on his $200 payment. Authorities say the 26-year-old man called police from the Super 8 motel in Mankato Wednesday and told officers he agreed…

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Man reports snake theft 14 months later

IRONWOOD, Mich. (AP) — Police in Michigan's remote western Upper Peninsula probably won't make a recent snake theft complaint a high priority. That's because the man reporting is pet stolen says it happened in November 2009. The Daily Globe says the Ironwood man filed the…

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Man in drag impersonating cop in Md.

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore police say a man dressed as a woman has been impersonating an officer and conducting traffic stops. The most recent bogus stop was on Sunday, when police say the man stopped a woman and made off with her driver's license. Police…

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$140k BMW stolen from auto show

DETROIT (AP) — Bold bandits have made a pricey BMW headed for home the hottest item at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Police tell television stations WXYZ and WJBK that they are searching for a $140,000, gray-colored 7 Series BMW with New…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 13, 2011

2 arrested in Valley post office break-in

An observant postal inspector arrested two mail theft suspects this week after recognizing them from surveillance video. Tony L. Gust, 31, and Dustin C. Hoyle, 22, were arrested Tuesday after admitting to breaking into post office boxes at the Opportunity station and stealing mail, according…

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Pizza shop burglar escapes with dough

A burglar stole a credit card reader and a small amount of cash from a Spokane Valley pizza shop overnight Tuesday. The owner of Buck's Pizza, 13221 E. 32nd Ave., told police the thief pried open a back door and an interior door to access…

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Child porn distributor arrested again

A Cheney man who distributed child pornography using his former co-worker's stolen identity is back in jail. John Alan Harmon, 57, was ordered held without bail this morning on federal allegations that he distributed child pornography last January and in October 2009. The sex offender…

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Beef jerky aids in robbery arrest

Beef jerky may have helped Spokane police seal a case against a robbery suspect. Michael T. Gaze, 28, denied robbing the Conoco at 1602 W. 3rd., but police found a piece of jerky stolen from the store on the ground near him. Gaze was scheduled…

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 12, 2011

Officer's lawyer asks for Zehm trial delay 

An attorney representing Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. is asking a federal judge to postpone the March 7 trial while an appeals court considers questions over the admissibility of certain information about the fatal encounter with Otto Zehm . Carl Oreskovich (right) wrote…

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Chocolate milk buy leads to meth arrest

An apparent trip to buy chocolate milk led to a felony drug arrest Tuesday night in Spokane Valley. Officers Ryan Walter and Jason Karnitz followed a 1992 Eagle Talon after it pulled out of a convenience store parking lot at Park and Broadway about 9…

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Man accused of threatening prosecutor

A crime suspect’s angry courthouse outburst after a series of prosecution mixups involving the case against him has led to an unusual new charge and prompted authorities to bring in an outside judge to preside over it. Roland W. Finney, who will turn 36 Friday,…

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Hirzel, Creach decision will be next week 

Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker will announce next week whether Deputy Brian Hirzel will face criminal charges for shooting Pastor Wayne Scott Creach on Aug. 25 in Spokane Valley. Spokane Police Department investigators met Tuesday to discuss the findings of a private investigator hired by…

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Cat-hoarding couple arrested again

A northwestern Montana couple involved in the largest animal hoarding case in Idaho history were charged with animal cruelty recently after authorities found more than 100 cats living in their two small feces-filled trailers last month. Edwin (pictured in 2006) and Cheryl Criswell face felony…

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Gonzaga hires new law school dean

Gonzaga University School of Law announced this week that it has hired a new dean who will start July 1. Jane B. Korn, the vice dean at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, has been selected as the law school’s first…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 11, 2011

Arrestee's choice of driver a bad one

Deputies say a Spokane woman caught driving with a suspended license picked the wrong friend to pick up the car: another woman with a suspended license. Dawn R. Kortness, 37, was stopped Monday in Rockford for driving a 1997 Ford with an alleged defective license…

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'Dangerous' sex offender registers locally

A sex offender considered likely to reoffend has registered to live as a transient in Spokane County, officials announced today. Harold Edward Martin, 35, was convicted of raping a relative at knife point and attacking his woman counselor during sex offender therapy, according to previously…

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Tips helped nab 29 fugitives in 2010

Crime Stoppers received 795 tips and solved 33 cases in 2010, leading to more than $3,400 in rewards, the organization announced. Not all the money has been collected. Most of it resulted from the arrests of 29 fugitives, the resolution of four criminal cases and…

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