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Sirens & Gavels archive for May 24, 2011

TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011

Cop pinned in car during chase w/ teen

A 17-year-old driver briefly pinned a Spokane police officer inside his patrol car during a chase Monday that ended with the boy's arrest, officials said today. Police were called to a fight near North Chestnut Street and West Mallon Avenue about 10:30 p.m., where people…

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Police: Drunk mistook railway for road

A drunken driver mistook railroad tracks for a roadway early Sunday in southwest Spokane County. Miles D. Matthews, 43, jumped from his 2002 Mercury Mountaineer just before a train hit it head on about 2 a.m. near Cheney-Spokane and Scribner roads in Marshall, the Spokane…

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Morbid question leads to legal oddity

Questions about whether an accused killer had sex with his victim before or after she was dead has led to the suspect's lawyer being named a witness in the case. A judge ruled Monday that defense attorney Chris Bugbee will continue to represent accused crossbow…

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5th Somali guilty plea in piracy killings

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Two Somali men pleaded guilty on Monday to piracy in the hijacking of a yacht that left all four Americans on board dead, while new details emerged about who fired at the hostages. Burhan Abdirahman Yusuf and Jilani Abdiali face mandatory…

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Apparent suicide at in prison at Connell

CONNELL, Wash. (AP) — Coyote Ridge Corrections Center officials say the death of an inmate found hanging in his cell appears to be a suicide. Spokeswoman Lori Wonders says 26-year-old Michael Araiza was found Saturday and could not be revived by corrections officers and medical…

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'Photo Red' comments lead to trouble

An executive at the company that provides red-light cameras in Spokane has been suspended after a newspaper in Western Washington discovered he misrepresented himself as a local resident on its website and made comments to promote business in the area, a company spokesman said Friday.…

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