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Sirens & Gavels archive for Jan. 1, 2011

MONDAY, JAN. 10, 2011

Valley felon arrested with firearm

A Spokane Valley man was arrested Saturday after police investigating domestic violence allegations found him with a handgun. Rashad K. Harper, 29, was arrested for felon in possession of a firearm after police detained him near a convenience store. His girlfriend had called 911 about…

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Sheriff's deputy sentenced for DUI 

The city’s job offer to Brad Thoma came the same day a Spokane County sheriff’s deputy was sentenced in Spokane County District Court for drunken driving for an April incident. Darin M. Schaum (pictured with his lawyer in April) pleaded guilty to driving under the…

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Police to rehire Thoma after DUI change

A former Spokane police sergeant fired after a drunken hit-and-run crash has been offered a spot as a detective after a change in state law lifted his driving restrictions. City officials notified Bradley N. Thoma on Friday that he can return at the demoted level…

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2 arrested for child abuse in Stevens Co.

Two caretakers have arrested and charged with assaulting a child in their home in Marcus, Wash., north of Kettle Falls. Brian D. Lembcke, 34, and Rebecca L. Pelissier, 37, were arrested on charges of third-degree assault of a child and booked into Stevens County Jail…

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Ariz. suspect could get Duncan's lawyer

A well-known anti-death penalty lawyer tapped to represent alleged Tucson, Ariz., shooter Jared Loughner led child-killer Joseph Duncan's defense team during his 2008 trial in Boise. Judy Clarke, formerly federal defender for Eastern Washington and Idaho, has also defended Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, child-killer Susan Smith…

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Woman can't shake felony's impact

Kristin Bell had what she calls a moment of weakness that has turned into a 2 1/2-year legal nightmare and forced her to give up a dream of ever working as a grade-school teacher. Bell, 24, admits that she foolishly stole $163 worth of items…

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SATURDAY, JAN. 8, 2011

Tucker close to decision in Creach case

Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker said Friday that he is close to making a decision on whether Deputy Brian Hirzel will face criminal charges for shooting Pastor Wayne Scott Creach on Aug. 25 in Spokane Valley. Tucker said Chief Deputy Criminal Prosecutor Jack Driscoll needs…

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FRIDAY, JAN. 7, 2011

Chronic DUI suspect Batty arrested again

A retired Spokane firefighter with a history of impaired driving and a conviction for vehicular homicide was arrested again Thursday after a state trooper smelled alcohol on his breath. David W. Batty, 55, of Elk, had a blood alcohol level of twice the legal limit…

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Gayla Wright, 45, is looking for answers in the death of her brother, Richard Thomas. He was found dead Monday in a cooler at Taco Bell on Monroe Street and Boone Avenue. The picture on her computer screen was taken of him in the past week.   (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

911 call released in Taco Bell death

In a 911 call released Thursday, a Taco Bell employee identified only as Shane asks for police to remove a man who had entered the store’s “employee area.” He said the man was not aggressive, violent or threatening. “He’s just really shaken up, but we’re…

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'86 murder suspect's bond set at $1 mil

A suspect in the 1986 murder of a Spokane woman remains in jail on $1 million bond after making his first appearance before a Spokane County judge Thursday. Police obtained new DNA samples from Gary Lyle Trimble, 62, that will be analyzed to see if…

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Fatal shooting suspect back in Spokane

A Spokane man suspected of shooting his 20-year-old girlfriend to death was transported back to Spokane Thursday after undergoing treatment at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Spokane police officers drove to King County Jail to take custody of Tristen Nebrae…

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Boy's Uzi shooting video shown at trial 

By DAVE COLLINS, Associated Press SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Jurors in the trial of a former police chief watched video Thursday of an 8-year-old boy accidentally shooting himself to death with an Uzi submachine gun at a 2008 gun fair, a sight that prompted a…

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Police: grandma, grandson party hearty

PARIS, Tenn. (AP) — When a Henry County deputy finally stopped a speeding car on the wrong side of a highway, he found it had been driven by a 77-year-old grandmother. Not that the stop was easy, reports The Paris Post-Intelligencer. Barely an hour into…

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Police: Man stole cop car to be deported

JEROME, Idaho (AP) — Police in Idaho say a man who asked authorities to arrest and deport him to Mexico stole a squad car after his request was denied. The Idaho Mountain Express reports that 38-year-old Guadalupe Cruz-Vasquez went to the Jerome County Sheriff's office…

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Pa. 'gurney attorney' gets court deadline

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — An attorney charged with stealing $99,000 from two elderly couples he represented has met a judge's deadline to appear in court for trial. Fifty-three-year-old Mark Morrison didn't appear for trial Monday after his attorney said he couldn't arrange for an ambulance…

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Woman accused in child support scam

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Police say a Georgia woman used a friend's baby to collect more than $1,600 in child support from an ex-boyfriend after she convinced him the child was his. Dougherty County Sheriff's Capt. Craig Dodd says Regina Thompson's ex-boyfriend paid the money…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 6, 2011

Roadside chat leads to burglary bust

Two Spokane Valley police officers stopped for a roadside chat caught a burglary suspect after watching him pilfer a storage building early today, officials say. Jeffery Allan Heatwole, 44, told police his seat belt was broken and refused to get out of his 1984 Datsun…

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Arrests made in love triangle stabbing

A man accused of stabbing his lover's estranged husband last week has been arrested for assault. Spokane police initially said Dumont P. Whitt, 35, may have stabbed Robert D. McQueen in self defense after McQueen confronted him and McQueen's wife, Alicia McQueen, in a home…

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'Sinful Nature' tat is fugitive's giveaway

Crime Stoppers is targeting a suspected car thief with "some fairly visible tattoos," the organization announced. Zachariah Leonard Zech, 33, is wanted for second-degree taking a motor vehicle without permission. He was arrested Aug. 11 after police stopped him at Spokane Community College in a…

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Feds charge felon caught w/ shotgun

A convicted felon caught by Spokane police with a sawed-off shotgun last month has been indicted by a federal grand jury. James D. Bacon, 23, faces up to 10 years in prison for allegedly possessing the 12-gauge shotgun and ammunition when police officers chased him…

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In this handout photo provided by the  Dagsa Family on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, an alleged assassin aims a gun at  Reynaldo  Dagsa, who was taking a picture of his family early Jan. 1, 2011, just outside their residence at Caloocan city, north of Manila, Philippines. Police say  Dagsa was shot seconds later and died of his wounds. The photo was given to police by the family. Police said Wednesday that the man identified in the picture has not yet been arrested, correcting their earlier report he was in custody. The original photograph given to the police showed the three surviving family members smiling at the camera. The family, fearing further attacks, requested that the photograph be cropped to protect their identities. ( (AP Photo/ Reynaldo  Dagsa,))

Slain official caught suspect on camera

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police investigating the New Year's Eve shooting death of a local councilman did not have to look further than the last photograph the victim took. That photo led to the arrest of one of two alleged gunmen and an accomplice,…

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Police dog catches burglary suspects

Two suspected burglars were arrested early today after they were tracked from the scene by both the business owner and a Spokane police dog. Travis P. Milhous, 26, (top) and Clifford N. Mayo, 31, (bottom) are accused of breaking into a RVs Northwest at 18919…

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'86 murder suspect headed to Spokane

A murder suspect who is a person of interest in three other decades-old slayings could appear before a Spokane County judge as early as Thursday. Police said today that Gary L. Trimble, 62, should arrive in Spokane by tonight. He was ordered extradited to Spokane…

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Sex offender suspected in new assault 

A Spokane man on probation for sexually assaulting a woman in a church basement last year is back in jail on a new assault charge. Michael J. Bosch, 48, (pictured) appeared in Superior Court this week, accused of trying to sexually assault a man at…

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