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Sirens & Gavels archive for Feb. 18, 2011

FRIDAY, FEB. 18, 2011

Canadian arrested with 71 lbs of cocaine 

U.S. border patrol agents seized 71 pounds of cocaine near the Canadian border in Eastern Washington this week. Jonathan Darren Smith, 39, is being held without bail at the Spokane County Jail after agents near the Laurier border crossing spotted him on the east side…

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Man jailed after abused dog seized 

A Spokane Valley man is in jail after animal control officers say they found his dog whimpering in pain from months of abuse. Jeffrey S. Brown, 40, faces a first-degree animal cruelty charge after neighbors called the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service and said…

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Sex offender faces child porn charges

A registered sex offender is accused of receiving child pornography over the Internet. Andrew Vaughn Davis, 34, was arrested Thursday in Deer Park after a federal grand jury indicted him on charges of receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography. The charges carry…

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Police arrest heroin suspects near school

Spokane police arrested four people today on suspicion of selling heroin across the street from an elementary school. Drug detectives had used a confidential informant to conduct undercover purchases at the apartment, located in the upstairs of a home at 1723 E. Mission Ave., before…

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Man shot by police acquitted of assault

A Spokane Valley man was cleared Thursday of charges that he assaulted the sheriff’s deputies who shot him in 2009, leaving him paralyzed below the chest. David J. Glidden, 28, broke into tears as the Spokane County Superior Court jury read the verdict of “not…

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Feds: Affair was Steele's murder motive

A North Idaho lawyer accused of hiring a hit man to kill his wife was involved with another woman who received a letter from him after his arrest, federal prosecutors allege. Edgar J. Steele, 65, wanted his wife murdered because he “had been establishing a…

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$250k bond for arson, child rape suspect

A child rape suspect pulled from his burning Chattaroy home this week remains jailed on $250,000 bail after his first court appearance Thursday. David Wayne Jewell, 40, faces first-degree child molestation and first-degree arson charges after he allegedly tries to torch his home at 34124…

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Yoke's night manager accused of theft

A Deer Park grocery store manager was arrested on suspicion of theft Thursday. Renee K. Olson, 47, is accused of stealing more than $1,600 from Yoke's, 810 S. Main St., by making fraudulent cash refunds when no customers were present. She's due in Superior Court…

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Drug robbery targets chronic DUI suspect

A violent home-invasion robbery in Spokane Valley last month targeted a former sheriff's deputy with a history of DUI crashes. James L. Crabtree, 49, was struck in the head with a claw hammer early Jan. 21 by a man who demanded "dope and money," according…

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Correctional deputies secure Cole Strandberg to his chair in Superior Court Judge Tari Eitzen’s courtroom for his insanity hearing Feb. 16, 2011 in Spokane. Strandberg wore a spit guard over his head during the proceedings after he spit in his defense lawyer's face earlier in the week. (Dan Pelle)

Jury to decide Cole Strandberg's fate

A Spokane County jury will now decide whether Cole K. Strandberg should face the prospect of life imprisonment or indefinite commitment to a mental institution after a judge concluded he was sane in 2008 when he shot a woman with a crossbow. Superior Court Judge…

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