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Sirens & Gavels archive for Feb. 2, 2011


2 prior attacks on women at state prison

SEATTLE (AP) — Two other women were assaulted in the past six months at the Washington state prison where a female guard was strangled, adding to questions about the safety of prison workers. Officer Jayme Biendl, 34, was killed Saturday night in a chapel at…

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Valley man sentenced for bank robbery

A Spokane Valley bank robber arrested less than 90 minutes after the heist has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison. Jesse R. Adams, 44, received 46 months in prison Monday after pleading guilty to first-degree robbery before Superior Court Judge Tari Eitzen. He…

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Police: Man helped friend commit suicide

An acquaintance of a Spokane man who police believe took his own life last summer is now accused of assisting in the suicide. Family members of William P. Pickard, 38, say Melvin Alephus Gillespie, 40, lied to police for months after Pickard’s death, which detectives…

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Criminal history leads to mistrial, again

A convicted burglar's criminal history has led to the wheels of justice getting derailed for him once again. Jury selection was underway Tuesday when attorneys asked if any of the 40 prospective jurors knew Gary D. McCabe, 45, who is accused of stealing more than…

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