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Sirens & Gavels archive for May 23, 2011

MONDAY, MAY 23, 2011

Army honors slain Spokane native 

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — The Army presented a heroism medal Monday for a Spokane native credited with being the first to try stopping the Fort Hood gunman before being slain in the rampage. Michael Grant Cahill clutched a chair over his head and ran…

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Charge: Worker stole from judges group

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The former bookkeeper from the Washington State Judges' Association has been charged with stealing nearly $452,000 from the taxpayer-supported group. Barbara Jo Ericsson, also known as Barbara Jo Fulton, is accused of three counts of bank fraud according to charges unsealed…

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Child safety event focuses on 'sexting'

The Spokane Police Department and Spokane County Sheriff's Office are co-hosting an event Wednesday to raise awareness about child safety. The "Take 25" national campaign calls for parents, guardians and educators to take 25 minutes to talk to their children about safety. Law enforcement officials…

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Document details Steele's trial request 

Edgar Steele's lawyers have 10 reasons he should receive a new trial, including alleged untimely production of Larry Fairfax's notes, errors in admitting the video tapped deposition of his alleged Ukrainian love interest, and newly discovered evidence about the viability of the explosive device. Federal…

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Michonda Weaver, center, talks about her boyfriend and waits for word of what happened to  Leighton  Welch, while two of her children Elijah, left, and Zackahriha (cq) have a snack in their South Hill apartment Tuesday, April 6, 2011. Weaver said she was talking to  Leighton  Welch on the phone a week ago when it sounded like he fell or dropped the phone and that was the last she has heard of him. Two of her three children are his and she can't conceive of why he would disappear like he has.  (JESSE TINSLEY

Body in river identifed as missing man

Michonda Weaver, center, waits for word of what happened to Leighton Welch, while two of her children Elijah, left, and Zackahriha have a snack in their South Hill apartment April 6. Welch's body was recovered from the Spokane River last Thursday. (Jesse Tinsley/SR) A body…

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Bayview murder suspect unfit for trial

COEUR d’ALENE, Idaho (AP) — A district judge has suspended the criminal case against a Bayview man accused of attacking four neighbors with a hammer, killing one, because a psychologist has determined he’s unfit to stand trial. The ruling last week is in the case…

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Man arraigned in Top Hat bar stabbing

A Spokane man pleaded not guilty Thursday to a first-degree assault charge for a stabbing outside the Top Hat Tavern. Bobby S. Galloway, 23, is accused of stabbing Mickey Davis during a fight May 5 about 1:30 .m. Davis suffered a serious but non-life threatening…

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Woman wanted for vehicular assault 

A woman is wanted for vehicular assault after Spokane police said she crashed her car, injuring her passenger, then asked an officer, "Can I leave my car like that?" Michelle R. Purkey, 47, smelled of alcohol when police responded to a crash at North Crestline…

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