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Sirens & Gavels archive for April 8, 2011


Spokane man sentenced for '99 rape

A Spokane man was sentenced essentially to time served today for a sexual assault in 1999 that remained unsolved until DNA caught up to him. Originally charged with second-degree rape, prosecutors agreed to allow Robert C. Graham, who also was convicted in 2000 of third-degree…

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Cop gets top award for sword rescue

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — A sheriff's sergeant will receive the state's top law enforcement award for saving a woman in her 70s from a sword-wielding man identified as her son by authorities. Sgt. Troy Brightbill of the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office burst into the West…

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Fugitive's claim to fame? 50+ mug shots

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help arrest a repeat offender with more than 50 mug shots. Robert Dean Raider, 36, is wanted for escape from community custody for allegedly violating his probation conditions on a drug possession convictions. Raider's dizzying criminal…

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Ohio man charged after barking at K-9

MASON, Ohio (AP) — Police say an Ohio man has been charged with a misdemeanor for barking at a police dog. A police report says 25-year-old Ryan James Stephens was charged with teasing a police dog in the Cincinnati suburb of Mason. Officer Bradley Walker…

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Deliberations begin in Barry Bonds trial

RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The eight women and four men sat in the jury box for more than 4½ hours, listening to angry arguments from federal prosecutors and Barry Bonds' attorneys at the end of a 12-day trial that exposed…

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