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Sirens & Gavels archive for Feb. 11, 2011

FRIDAY, FEB. 11, 2011

3rd man in Hoopfest shooting sentenced

A teenager involved in a shooting at Hoopfest last summer was credited for time already served in jail after pleading guilty to two felony assault charges this week. Adam Doe, 19, remains in jail pending the resolution of riot and assault charges related to an…

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Sheriff's deputy fired for bad behavior

A Spokane County sheriff’s deputy was fired recently after multiple investigations into allegations of criminal misconduct and poor work performance revealed a pattern of bad behavior. “If you’re a law enforcement officer, you shouldn’t be committing crimes,” said Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich. The latest internal investigation…

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A photo of Jayme Biendl is surrounded by flowers and candles during a candlelight vigil outside the Monroe Correctional Complex in Monroe, Wash. Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011. Biendl was found dead Saturday night in the chapel at Monroe Correctional Complex (Sarah Weiser / (AP Photo/The Herald / Sarah Weiser))

Guard's alleged killer asked for prayers

MONROE, Wash. (AP) — A search warrant issued in connection with the death of a Monroe correctional officer says the suspect had asked people to pray for him because he was struggling with temptation, the Daily Herald reported Friday. Inmate Byron Scherf, a Spokane-area sex…

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Jon Strine waits in Judge Tari Eitzen's courtroom on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, for the jury decision in his vehicular homicide trial.  The judge declared a mistrial. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Bizarre jury verdict leads to mistrial

Wails from a victim’s daughter filled the courtroom just after the judge read what was presented as a unanimous acquittal. But seconds later, a juror said she didn’t agree with the verdict. Then five more said the same thing. The bizarre series of events, which…

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Police detective accused of obstruction

A Spokane police detective has been placed on administrative leave after he was charged with obstructing a Fish and Wildlife law enforcement officer. Detective Jeff Harvey, 46, who is vice president of the Spokane Police Guild, was charged with the misdemeanor offense last week in…

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Man accused of raping 15-year-old girl 

UPDATE: Bear was arrested on Feb. 13. A reward is being offered for tips on a 33-year-old Spokane man suspected of raping a 15-year-old girl. Tracy M. Bear is charged with unlawful imprisonment and two counts of second-degree rape for an alleged incident on Nov.…

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Jurors want to pay man they acquitted

CLEVELAND (AP) — At least three jurors in Cleveland say the evidence was so thin against a man jailed for weeks in an assault case that they want to give him their juror pay. The jury quickly acquitted 19-year-old Demrick McCloud on Friday. He'd been…

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