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Sirens & Gavels archive for April 1, 2011


Federal prosecutor's son jailed in Idaho

The son of a North Idaho federal prosecutor is in the Bonner County Jail for a drunken vehicle prowling spree last December. Christopher Alan Cook, 22, was ordered this week to serve 30 days in jail for misdemeanor theft after a felony burglary charge was…

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April Fool's Day burglary arrest 'no joke'

A suspected burglar told police he'd been suspended from work without pay and had gambled away most of his paycheck trying to win money to pay rent. Police spotted Luqman F. Muhammad, 32, running from the Pines Manor Apartments office, 512 N. Pines Road, with…

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Torture video leads to murder arrest

A video provided to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office helped detectives in Western Washington identify suspects in a torture and murder case. Someone notified the sheriff's office "a while ago" about the video, and a detective picked it up, said Sgt. Dave Reagan. "We observed…

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Burglary suspect linked to murder gun

A suspected serial burglar tracked by police using a GPS device is believed to have stolen the gun that was later used in a gang-related murder. Robert J. Frates’ arrest on Tuesday is his third since December, when police picked him up on suspicion of…

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Photos released of MLK bomb suspect

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office has released booking photos of Martin Luther King, Jr., bomb suspect Kevin William Harpham. Capt. John McGrath emailed the photos to mediaThursday night in response to public records requests. The photos show Harpham, 36, after he was booked into the…

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Joseph Maine, then 22, witnessed the one-car accident at 32nd and Ray, April 1, 2010, and raced to the scene with a car jack to assist the father and three children trapped in the car. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Robbery suspect also a heroic rescuer

A man suspected of robbing three Spokane convenience stores last weekend rushed to a car crash to help a father and three children one year ago today. Joseph D. Maine, 23, was working in his backyard with his brother when he heard the crash at…

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State prison staff waiting for more safety

State prison guards who were promised safer working conditions following the Jan. 29 slaying of a corrections officer in Western Washington are still waiting. At Airway Heights Corrections Center near Spokane, for example, self-defense pepper spray that experts recommend all officers carry while on duty…

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