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Sirens & Gavels archive for May 17, 2011

TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2011

Federal public defender's job opens

The future of the top federal public defender in Eastern Washington and North Idaho could be in doubt, with the board that oversees the attorney’s office advertising for his replacement even as the attorney, Roger Peven, prepares to represent domestic terrorism suspect Kevin W. Harpham.…

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John Polos, left, and Jake Hockett, both with search and rescue experience, are taking a fresh look at the cold case of missing person Julie Weflen. Polos was a co-worker of Weflen’s at BPA. She had gone missing from a substation in 1987. (Dan Pelle)

1987 Weflen cold case gets fresh look

John Polos, left, and Jake Hockett, both with search and rescue experience, are taking a fresh look at the cold case of missing person Julie Weflen. A former co-worker of a Deer Park woman who disappeared in 1987 is hoping to bring fresh attention to…

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$100 offer helps bust robbery suspects

Spokane police paid a confidential informant $100 for information that helped arrest two robbery suspects last week. The informant, who had been arrested on a Washington Department of Corrections warrant, told police that he saw a TV and laptop computer in Jeremy L. Standon's apartment…

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Purse thieves drag victim w/ stolen car

A woman was dragged through a Spokane Valley grocery store parking lot by two purse snatchers last week. The woman told detectives she was getting into her car outside Fred Meyer, 15609 E. Sprague Ave., May 9 about 3:05 p.m. when a white vehicle pulled…

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Stabbed man sought after jail no show

UPDATE: Casarez was arrested in Coeur d'Alene on May 20. A burglary suspect who was injured in a wild fight involving a knife and a Taser is wanted by authorities. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help arrest Jose R. Casarez, 31,…

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Victim helps identify prowling suspect

Officers credit a victim with helping them arrest a man they believe is responsible for numerous burglaries, vehicle thefts and vehicle prowlings in the Spokane area. Travis W. Talley, 35, stole a truck from a man living near S. 5000 Quail Ridge Circle, along with…

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Man gets 6 months for spider smuggling

By GREG RISLING, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — A German man considered to be among the world's top spider smugglers was sentenced to six months in federal prison Monday for bringing hundreds of tarantulas into the United States by mail. U.S. District Judge S.…

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