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Sirens & Gavels archive for May 2011

TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2011

$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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MONDAY, MAY 16, 2011

Reward for tips on suspect in gun theft

UPDATE 5/20: Guzman is in jail. A Spokane man accused of helping two brothers steal firearms in a burglary is wanted by authorities. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help arrest Lucky Joe Guzman, 27. Investigators believe Guzman drove Steven Charles Corkery,…

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Overdose traced back to inmate's pills

A convicted killer who committed suicide at the Spokane County Jail did so using pills prescribed to another inmate. Now detectives are investigating whether the pill provider could be at least partly responsible for the suicide of Christopher H. Devlin, who was found dead in…

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Escapee accused in drive-by shooting

A federal convict who escaped from a halfway house is a suspect in a drive-by shooting in north Spokane. Kenneth Joseph "Joker" Maravilla, 23, is accused of shooting at a car with three people in the area of North Nevada Street and East Bridgeport Avenue…

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SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2011

500-pound pig Tasered, shot in Valley

A 500-pound pig was shot to death by a Washington State Patrol trooper in Spokane Valley this afternoon after escaping a van and absorbing several Taser shocks. Trooper Morgan Mehaffey saw the pig running down the sidewalk near North Pines Road and East Mission Avenue…

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FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2011

Edgar Steele requests new trial

A North Idaho attorney convicted last week of hiring his handyman to kill his wife and mother-in-law has requested a new trial. Lawyers for Edgar J. Steele, 65, filed a motion for a new trial Thursday in U.S. District Court in Coeur d'Alene. The motion…

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Traffic stop leads to meth, stolen car

A man who escaped from a Hoopfest jail work crew last summer was arrested again this morning with a stolen car. Gary J. Todd, 29, was stopped near North Pines Road and East Grace Avenue just after midnight for driving a Honda with an inoperable…

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Man gets 5 years for Colville meth house

A Colville methamphetamine addict has been ordered to spend five years in federal prison after a search of his home revealed guns and video tapes of him using methamphetamine. Michael Wayne Alexander, 55, allowed people to use meth at his home on Valley Westside Road…

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Five accused of kidnapping, torture

Five suspects have been accused of kidnapping and torturing a Spokane woman before shaving her head and writing “narc” and “thief” on her face. Waylon M. “Creeper” Azure, 33, pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and torture charges Thursday in Spokane County Superior Court, five weeks…

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Clarkston bomb maker jailed w/o bail

A Clarkston, Wash., man will remain in the Spokane County Jail without bail after federal agents found explosive materials at his home during an investigation into online posts advocating jihad. Investigators believe Joseph Jeffrey Brice, 21, posted comments advocating suicide bombings on YouTube and discussed…

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'Batman' charged w/ trespassing in Mich.

PETOSKEY, Mich. (AP) — Holy trespassing, Batman! A 31-year-old man dressed as the comic book Caped Crusader was arrested Wednesday in Petoskey after he was seen hanging from the top wall of a downtown business. The Petoskey News-Review reports officers went up on the roof…

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Cop gives confiscated beer to colleague

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) — A 19-year veteran of a Tennessee town's police department is appealing his firing after beer confiscated from minors was given to a fellow officer. According to testimony at a Wednesday hearing, Cpl. Tim Horne was one of several Kingsport officers who…

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4 bragged online about Texas robbery

HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities say four people were indicted in a Houston bank robbery after bragging about it on Facebook. Federal prosecutors say two former tellers at the International Bank of Commerce recruited a boyfriend and a brother to steal more than $62,000 on March…

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THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011

Crime Stoppers sought tips on jail inmate

Crime Stoppers offered a reward this week for information on a suspect who's already in jail on a U.S. Marshal's hold. Douglas Ray Mobley, 30, (left) is to be sentenced May 26 for extorting now former sheriff's Deputy Velven York, who worked at the Spokane…

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Tips sought on robbery victim, suspect

UPDATE: Vanscoik and Dahlen were booked into jail on May 13. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help arrest both the victim and suspect in a home-invasion robbery that occurred one year ago Wednesday. Aaron T. Vanscoik, 19, (left) pleaded guilty to…

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This image shows a woman suspected in a robbery at a Chase Bank branch on West Francis Avenue in Spokane at around noon Monday, May 9, 2011.  Detectives would like to speak with anyone who may have seen her walking on West Francis Avenue between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday.  Witnesses can reach investigators by calling Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Was the Bad Hair Bandit here last year?

A serial bank robber dubbed "the Bad Hair Bandit" may have robbed two north Spokane banks last year. The FBI is investigating whether a woman believed to be responsible for 14 robberies since last December also struck two Banner Bank locations in Spokane last summer.…

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7-Eleven employee robbed in Hayden

A robber attacked a 7-Eleven employee in Hayden Wednesday night, the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department said today. The woman was walking to her car after her shift about 10 p.m. when a man grabbed her purse and ran eastbound along Hayden Avenue. A sheriff's K-9…

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Judge: Suspect 'lucky he wasn't shot'

A 20-year-old man who sped through downtown Spokane to escape arrest also avoided being shocked with a Taser in a wild chase that nearly led to police gunfire late Tuesday, according to the Washington State Patrol. Andre R. Hallman was "told he would be shot"…

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