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Sirens & Gavels archive for May 3, 2011

TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2011

Video shows driver flee arrest at 90 mph 

Above is a video showing a 24-minute police chase last weekend that ended with the arrest of Sergey A. Alekseyev, 19. A sheriff's Air-1 tracked Alekseyev's 1996 Honda Accord from northbound Freya Street to the 5800 block of Yale Road. The pursuit began just after…

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Cops: Man left crack cocaine in patrol car

A Spokane gang member accused of helping a murder suspect now faces federal drug charges for 38 grams of crack cocaine found in a patrol car after his arrest. A confidential informant arranged a drug buy with Christopher "Baby Boy" Route, 24, at a convenience…

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Murder victim remembered in obituary

A 22-year-old man found shot in the head in the trunk of his burning Thunderbird was remembered in an obituary Sunday as a caring, fun-loving man who loved country western music, movies and "wearing his trademark bling." Nicholas J. "Nick" Thoreson enjoyed spending time with…

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Expert may not testify; Steele still could  

A defense expert who says he found anomalies in FBI recordings of murder-for-hire suspect Edgar Steele will not be able to testify remotely from his tropical vacation, a judge ruled this morning. Defense lawyers did not subpoena George Papcun, who is vacationing in Bora Bora…

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Judge reviewing Fairfax's jail writings

A federal judge is reviewing Larry Fairfax's handwritten notes to determine if defense lawyers in Edgar Steele's murder-for-hire case are entitled to the material. Judge B. Lynn Winmill said this morning that he erred when he ordered prosecutors to obtain the 238 pages of notes…

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Carjacking suspects tracked by 'copter

Two men suspected of carjacking a 2001 Volkswagen Bug were arrested late Saturday after being pursued by a sheriff's helicopter. Less than 24 hours after helping nab a suspect in a police chase, Air-1 helped arrest Joseph Andrew Johnson, 20, and Lee Jackson Crider, 30,…

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Sheriff's 'copter helps catch fleeing driver

A motorist who tailed a Spokane County sheriff's patrol car at speeds up to 90 mph was arrested after being tracked by the Air-1 helicopter, officials said Monday. Sergey A. Alekseyev, 19, was arrested after sheriff's Air-1 tracked 1996 Honda Accord he was driving from…

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