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Sirens & Gavels archive for Jan. 1, 2011

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 23, 2011

Turkey dinner via Google Images (Google Images)

Happy Thanksgiving from Sirens!

We here at Sirens & Gavels hope you'll be enjoying a dinner similar to this one with your friends and family on Thursday. (The Internets/Google Images) Happy Thanksgiving from Sirens & Gavels! I hope everyone has a great holiday with their family and friends. The…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 22, 2011

City Council rebukes Thompson salute 15 

Police officers who saluted Officer Karl F. Thompson in a federal courtroom earlier this month have received more official criticism. The Spokane City Council on Monday voted unanimously to denounce the “courtroom behavior” of the nearly 50 officers who honored Thompson as he was led…

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Police: Man tried to light wife on fire 

An unemployed Dalton Gardens man allegedly doused his wife with gasoline and tried to light her on fire during a dispute at their home last weekend. Daniel Joe Zehm, 52, of 6103 15th St., was taken into custody by Kootenai County sheriff's deputies following an…

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2 stabbings, 4 arrests in armed robbery

A gunpoint drug robbery at a northeast Spokane home led to two stabbings and four arrests early Saturday. A victim, identified in court documents as Jason Paz, called police about 2:20 a.m. and said he'd been stabbed at a home in the 3900 block of…

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Fire at Wal-Mart leads to arson arrest

A man was arrested on a felony arson charge recently for allegedly lighting a fire at the Airway Heights Wal-Mart using sanitation wipes. Stephen D. Rye, 55, was captured on surveillance video lighting the fire about 4:45 a.m. on Friday and watching it burn until…

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MONDAY, NOV. 21, 2011

Driver arraigned in wrong-way I90 crash 

A Spokane woman who was driving the wrong way on Interstate 90 when she struck and killed 27-year-old Post Falls motorist in March was arraigned today on two felony charges. Teri Marie Scheele, 30, told police she had taken an oxycodone pill and "a couple"…

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'Judge Judy' to feature Spokane case 

Two Spokane County residents will appear on the TV reality show "Judge Judy" tomorrow as part of a landlord-tenant dispute. Shennen Blackburn of Liberty Lake is suing former tenant Samuel Doyle, of Spokane, for allegedly damaging her rental property, according to a press release. Blackburn…

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Suspected gunman hides in koi pond

A suspected gunman took a plunge into a cold koi fish pond but couldn't hidehis smell from the police dog that tracked him to his backyard hiding spot Sunday, police said. Before being carted off, Aaron P. Williams, 23, of Spokane, was checked for hypothermia.…

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Cops: Man rams repo men w/ Jeep 

A Jeep repossession led to a man's arrest on felony assault charges after he rammed a repossession officer's car Thursday in Spokane Valley, according to police. Cullen Joe Gibson-Snodgrass, 30, was driving a 1999 Jeep Wrangler when two repossession officers with Phoenix Financial, Kelly J.…

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FRIDAY, NOV. 18, 2011

Man arraigned on racist fraud allegation

A man already facing up to 10 years in prison for a gun conviction pleaded not guilty today to identity theft charges that prosecutors say were part of a white supremacist-related terrorist plot. Wayde Lynn Kurt, 53, faces up to 15 years in prison if…

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Thompson's lawyers cite jury interview

Karl Thompson's lawyers say jury forewoman Diane Riley's statements to media this week are further evidence of the need to examine whether outside information was considered in deliberations. Riley told The Spokesman-Review no jurors considered information not presented at trial when the convicted Thompson of…

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Knezovich offers to lead Spokane police

The search to replace Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick hasn’t even begun, but there’s already a high-profile candidate: Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich. Knezovich confirmed Thursday that he’s willing to serve as the city’s interim chief, an administrative role he believes he could fill while…

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Convicted robber ducks jail - briefly 

A 19-year-old man who didn't report to jail after a jury convicted him of robbing elderly women was arrested Thursday. Jonathan R. Crisler was convicted of felony robbery charges this week after a jury trial in Superior Court. Judge Tari Eitzen gave him 24 hours…

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In this undated photo provided by the Ohio State Highway Patrol shows a gift-wrapped package containing 25 individually wrapped packets of marijuana. Ohio troopers making a traffic stop say they found the pot present. The State Highway Patrol says the 28 pounds of pot discovered in the car's trunk is valued at more than $63,000. Robert Gomez has been charged with trafficking and possession of marijuana and possession of criminal tools, both felonies, and a misdemeanor count of driving under suspension. ( (AP Photo/Ohio State Highway Patrol))

Wash. man caught w/ gift-wrapped pot

This undated photo provided by the Ohio State Highway Patrol shows a gift-wrapped package containing 25 individually wrapped packets of marijuana. SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Ohio troopers making a traffic stop say they found a pot present: a gift-wrapped package containing 25 individually wrapped packets…

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Cats outnumber inmates at Fla. prison

BELLE GLADE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say dozens of cats that sneaked into a South Florida prison will be found new homes before the facility closes next month. As many as 80 cats have burrowed under fences and taken up residence at the state-run prison…

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When asked by a reporter about the alleged Ponzi scheme, Doris "Dee" Nelson, right, breaks down crying while her husband Dennis, looks on at their rural home in north of Colbert Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011.   (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Alleged Ponzi scheme brings 110 charges

When asked by a reporter about the alleged Ponzi scheme, Doris "Dee" Nelson, right, breaks down crying while her husband Dennis, looks on at their rural home in north of Colbert on Sept.. 22. (SRPhot/Jesse Tinsley) Federal prosecutors filed a 110-count felony indictment Thursday against…

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THURSDAY, NOV. 17, 2011


Tim Moses resigns as police spokesman 

Spokane police Officer Tim Moses has resigned as a public information officer at the advice of his lawyer. Moses, who told jurors at Karl Thompson's trial that the FBI intimidated him into giving false incriminating testimony to a grand jury, has been "under a lot…

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Police are asking for help identifying two people sought for questioning about an assault in downtown Spokane last month.
A surveillance image shows the man and woman, who police describe as "persons of interest" in a fight between two men in the area of North Howard Street and West Riverside Avenue Oct. 18 at 10:20 p.m. The victim suffered significant injuries, police said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233. (surveillence image)

Police seek info on downtown assault

Police are asking for help identifying two people sought for questioning about an assault in downtown Spokane last month. A surveillance image released today shows the man and woman, who police describe as "persons of interest" in a fight between two men in the area…

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FBI: Indicted racist had terrorism plans

A reputed white supremacist convicted last month of a gun charge related to an alleged domestic terrorism plot has been indicted by a grand jury for an alleged identity theft scheme. Wayde Lynn Kurt, 53, is accused of producing fraudulent identification cards for a "task"…

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16, 2011

Baseball bat attack leads to 2 arrests

A baseball bat attack at a north Spokane home early Sunday led to the arrest of two people. The victim told Spokane police officers he was home at 4907 N. Lincoln St. when two people entered the home about 3:15 a.m. A woman, later identified…

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Union leaders open to DOJ investigation

Spokane Police Department union leaders said Tuesday they’re happy to cooperate with a possible federal investigation of the department and have no concerns about what it may find. “We know that we need the community to believe in us again, and that’s why we know…

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Suspects plead not guilty to '07 murder 

Three young people arrested for the 2007 shooting death of a 30-year-old Spokane man pleaded not guilty to murder charges Tuesday in Superior Court. Derrick Gregory Martin-Armstead, 20; (left) Jaleesa D. Anderson, 22; and Marc A. Anderson, 20, (right) each are charged with a single…

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This surveillance photo is from a robbery on Tuesday in Coeur d'Alene at the Washington Trust Bank. (Coeur d'Alene Police Department)

Man gets 5 years for CdA bank robbery

A Spokane bank robber already headed to prison for 10 years was sentenced Tuesday to five years for orbbing a bank in Coeur d'Alene. Michael Richard Kent, 40, is to serve the sentence the same time as his 129-month sentence in Spokane County Superiro Court…

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Thompson juror alleges 'police coverup’ 

The forewoman of the jury that convicted Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. said none of the jurors brought information to deliberations that they picked up from media reports, as alleged by defense attorneys seeking a new trial. Diane Riley, 57, of Ellensburg, contacted…

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