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Sirens & Gavels archive for May 20, 2011

FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011

Skinhead accused of damaging jail door

A skinhead jailed on a federal gun charge could be charged with an additional felony for damaging a jail door. James Daniel Bacon, 23, allegedly slammed the door to a jail day room backwards against a concrete wall so hard that the middle and bottom…

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Overheated car leads to heroin bust

Things went from bad to worse for a Colbert man whose car overheated outside a liquor store Thursday night. Eric Joseph Powell, 24, was arguing with his female passenger in his overheated Toyota Corolla about 11:30 p.m. when Deputy Robert Brooke arrived to see why…

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Suspect who also is victim was fugitive

Crime Stoppers was offering a reward for tips on a Spokane woman who's both accused of a crime and the alleged victim of a crime. Moleasha M. Barker, 32, (left) is charged with first-degree burglary, fourth-degree assault and resisting arrest. Barker was arrested Jan. 6…

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'Bicycle Bandit' faces 17-22 years

A bike-riding bank robbery who terrorized local bank tellers for almost a year faces between 17 and 22 years in prison after pleading guilty in U.S. District Court Thursday. Lucas G. Woodard, 34, pleaded guilty to nine counts of armed bank robbery that netted a…

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Idaho murder suspect to get mental eval

A 26-year-old woman accused of killing her uncle in St. Maries, Idaho, will undergo a mental evaluation. Melisa R. Bates could be heard yelling uncontrollably from her holding cell upstairs from the Benewah County courthouse Wednesday, according to KHQ. Bates was to be arraigned on…

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Sibling murder suspects plead not guilty 

Two teenage siblings pleaded not guilty to aggravated first-degree murder charges Thursday in Spokane County Superior Court. Video conference at the jail isn't working, so Breeanna C. Sims, 19, and Justice E.D. Sims, 18, appeared in person before Judge Michel Price, wearing light blue jail…

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2 children seized in Maffia meth bust

A two-week old girl and an 18-month-old boy were taken from a Spokane Valley apartment during a methamphetamine investigation early Thursday, police said today. Detectives with the Spokane police drug unit arrested Matthew P. Maffia, 34, (pictured) and Kayli N. Hamilton, 24, were arrested for…

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Man w/ HIV gets 31 months for assault

A Spokane Valley man with HIV who had unprotected sex with two girls has been sentenced to 31 months in prison. Edward I. Casto, 20, will be credited for 212 days served in the Spokane County Jail. He was arrested last October. Police said he…

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Charges: Thefts cost Seattle stores $6M

SEATTLE (AP) — The crime appeared petty on the surveillance video: a mother-daughter team of heroin-addict shoplifters nonchalantly wheeling a cart of boosted items through the open sliding doors of a grocery store. But their arrest early last year led investigators to the organizers of…

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Party photos help ID shooting suspects

Three suspects have been arrested in connection with a shooting at a house party after Spokane County sheriff’s detectives used photos from a digital camera to identify witnesses. The alleged shooter, 16-year-old Tarique R. Jeske, was hiding in the trunk of a car when his…

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Per request, bank suspect lowers hood

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The FBI says an Ohio bank robbery suspect left authorities with good surveillance photos because he lowered his hood when an employee told him to. FBI Special Agent Harry Trombitas says the man in his mid-20s entered a Columbus PNC Bank…

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Mayor calls for hiring more officers

Spokane Mayor Mary Verner ordered the hiring of at least six new police officers to fill vacant positions within the department and called for adding more officers next year. The move comes after Verner, facing a contested bid for re-election this year, sent two plans…

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