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Sirens & Gavels archive for April 2011

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2011

Hillyard police shooting ruled justified

Two Spokane police officers were justified when they shot a man who was pointing a gun at another man outside a Hillyard bar last December, the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office said Tuesday. Cpl. Zachary Storment and Officer Christopher Douville will not be charged for the…

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TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2011

Evidence hearing set for Edgar Steele

A judge will review evidence in the Edgar Steele murder-for-hire case at a hearing Wednesday in Boise. Federal prosecutors are concerned about reports from two defense experts that they say are repetitive and lack the substance needed to be admitted at trial, which is set…

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$1 mil. bond for sibling murder suspects

Two teenage siblings arrested in the gunshot slaying of a Spokane man remain jailed on $1 million bond after appearing in court Monday. Breeanna C. Sims, 19 (left), and Justice E. Sims (right), 18, face charges of first-degree murder, second-degree arson, first-degree kidnapping and first-degree…

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More details released in Plummer murder

Four suspects in the slaying of a man in Plummer, Idaho, after a birthday party at a Spokane bar have waived extradition and are charged with first-degree murder. Jody A. Miller (left) was celebrating his 41st birthday with his wife, Kelly A. Miller, her son,…

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Man gets 6 months for assisting suicide

A Spokane man was sentenced today to six months in jail for his role in the suicide of a longtime friend who jumped off the Sunset Bridge. Melvin Alephus Gillespie, 41, wept as he apologized to the family of William P. Pickard, (pictured) who died…

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MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2011

Woman's beating leads to man's arrest

A Post Falls woman is in critical condition at Kootenai Medical Center after being hit on the head in what police believe was an act of domestic violence. Officers responding to a disturbance at 2595 N. Bradley Drive today discovered the woman unconscious and bleeding…

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CdA rape suspect may be Oregon bound

A rape suspect wanted by Coeur d'Alene police may be traveling to Florence, Ore., authorities announced today. Scott Patrick Giordano, 30, was reported to be in a 1973 GMC truck, but police located that vehicle, and the owner said he gave Giordano a ride but…

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Reward for tips in vacant home burglaries

A $1,500 reward is being offered for tips that solve a burglary ring that preys on vacant homes. Crime Stoppers already had offered a reward for tips that help solve 23 burglaries in Spokane Valley in which kitchen appliances were stolen from vacant homes. Now…

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3 men charged in burglary, gun thefts

Three Spokane men have been charged with a series of felonies for their alleged roles in firearm thefts last December. Steven Charles Corkery, Jr., 27, is accused of burglarizing a home in the 4400 block of East 16th on Dec. 6, then pawning stolen property,…

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Man gets 21 months for robbing store

A man who robbed the convenience store he frequented in downtown Spokane was sentenced recently to 21 months in prison. Zachariah T. Puckett, 28, had been out of jail on $5,000 bond since just after he pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery in March. He was…

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FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2011

Gov. says she won't sign medical pot bill

SEATTLE (AP) — Gov. Chris Gregoire says she won't sign legislation to create licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in Washington state after the Justice Department warned it could result in a federal crackdown. The two U.S. attorneys in the state told Gregoire in a letter Thursday…

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Sex offender registers in Colville

Authorities are warning of a sex offender considered likely to reoffend who recently registered at an address in Colville. Clifford T. Morton, who was born in 1985, is living in the 1100 block of Basin Road, the Stevens County Sheriff's Office said today. Morton, a…

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A tow operator prepares to move the smoldering hulk of a car found Wednesday morning near Forker and Bigelow Gulch roads in Spokane Valley. The body of a man believed to be the registered owner was found in the trunk. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Burned body in car ID'd; suspect arrested

A 20-year-old Spokane man with a juvenile criminal record and a February conviction for domestic violence has been arrested in connection with a burned body discovered in the trunk of a car. Taylor James Wolf, 20, is accused in the gunshot slaying of Nicholas James…

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Marijuana theft leads to shotgun threat 

A Spokane man is accused of pointing a loaded shotgun at a man in retaliation for a marijuana theft. Steven T. Casados, 21, is jailed on a first-degree assault charge after witnesses told police he arrived at an apartment in the 900 block of East…

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"I'm four," says Aidan Cameron, left, to Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick, right, at the YWCA Thursday, April 14, 2011. Kirkpatrick, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and County Prosecutor  Steve  Tucker read to children at the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program at the YWCA to support lobbyng efforts to keep early childhood programs, like ECEAP, from being cut at the state and federal level.  (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Steve Tucker makes public appearance 

"I'm 4," says Aidan Cameron to Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick at the YWCA Thursday. Kirkpatrick, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and County Prosecutor Steve Tucker read to children at the YWCA to support continued federal and state funding for early childhood programs. Education experts…

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Coeur d'Alene police seek rape suspect

Coeur d’Alene police are looking for a 30-year-old man suspected of raping a 17-year-old girl. Scott Patrick Giordano may be with his girlfriend, Grace Emery, and their three-month-old baby, police said today. Giordano is accused of raping the girl early Wednesday at a home in…

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Ohio cops cancel hundreds of tickets

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — Motorists are off the hook for more than 900 speeding tickets automatically issued by a mobile police camera in southwest Ohio. The camera had been stationed in a park in Hamilton on April 2 at the same time a youth soccer…

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THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011

Woman convicted in Craigslist killing

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A jury has convicted a woman for her role in a fatal home-invasion robbery in Washington state that was linked to an Internet ad for a diamond ring. The trial of 22-year-old Amanda Knight went to the Pierce County jury Wednesday.…

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Suspected serial burglar pleads innocent

A felon accused of stealing the gun used in a gang-related murder last year has been charged with five burglaries. Robert J. Frates, 27, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to four counts of felony second-degree burglary and one count of attempted second-degree burglary. He's accused of…

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Man indicted on child porn charges

A Spokane Valley man caught with child pornography last fall has been indicted by a federal grand jury. Cory R. Greer pleaded not guilty Monday to transportation of child pornography, receipt of child pornography, and a forfeiture calling for him to give up a laptop…

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Accused would-be killer jailed, again

A suspect in a stabbing that left a man with a cut on his throat from ear to ear is back in jail after detectives say he tried to intimidate witnesses in the case. Izaac Jermel Innes, who is on probation for second-degree murder, called…

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2011

Shupe avoids prison in medical pot case 

Spokane medical marijuana dealer Scott Q. Shupe will avoid prison on drug-trafficking charges. “In this case it was clear you didn’t intend to break the law, which is in a state of flux as we speak,” Spokane County Superior Court Judge Tari Eitzen said during…

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Cops: Missing woman may have drowned

Investigators believe a Kamiah, Idaho, woman missing since April 1 may have drowned in the Clearwater River. They're not sure if Lavina Hietala's disappearance was the result of foul play and are asking for information on the activities of her grandson, Justin M. Hietala, from…

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Charge upgraded in Wenatchee murder

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — The charge against a Wenatchee man accused of killing a 17-year-old girl has been upgraded to first-degree murder. Chelan County Prosecutor Gary Riesen amended the charge Tuesday against Christopher Scott Wilson. He has been held since October on a second-degree murder…

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