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Sirens & Gavels archive for Jan. 1, 2012

THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2012

Charges filed in boy's shooting death

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A mother who authorities say left her 3-year-old son unrestrained in a car after she placed a pistol under the driver's seat has been charged with manslaughter in the death of the boy, who shot himself in the head while the…

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2012

Health care worker arrested for theft

A Spokane County home health care employee is accused of stealing money from a 79-year-old woman she'd cared for since 2003. Deanna M. Purser, 50, was arrested today after a lengthy investigation by Spokane County sheriff's Detective Tamie Spitzer alleged she'd been making unauthorized purchases…

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Cops warn of South Hill magazine fraud

Authorities are warning of a a young man on the South Hill who's scamming residents out of money by selling fraudulent magazine subscriptions. A resident reported to Crime Check Monday that a 17- to 18-year-old boy came to her home on Friday and said he…

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Driver in crash that hurt boy arraigned

This post has been updated. A man who police say tried to ditch his drug stash after striking a 12-year-old boy with his car was to plead not guilty to four felony charges Tuesday, but a judge found no probable cause and prosecutors haven't refiled…

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Feds: Dad gave marijuana to young kids

A medical marijuana patient arrested in Yakima Monday told authorities he provided marijuana to his three young children. Troy Mallard Craig, 32, said two of his children also have medical marijuana cards, according to a complaint filed today in U.S. District Court. Agents with the…

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Man pleads guilty in bank fraud case

An Arizona man who helped a North Idaho woman commit bank fraud has pleaded guilty. Charles Earl Baker, 32, faces up to 30 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and five years of probation when he's sentenced June 19 in U.S. District Court in Coeru…

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TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 2012

Reward for tips on $15k jewelry heist

A man's home was burglarized of about $15,000 jewelry after he left for about five hours Monday, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that solve the burglary, which occurred near the 7500 block of West 51st…

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Cops: Man pointed gun at 3 children 

A 31-year-old man was arrested for allegedly pointing a gun at a father and his three children recently. Anthony L. Volavka is out of jail on bond after appearing in court Monday. He was arrested Friday at 24821 E. Roxanne Ave., after Michael A. Walkinshaw,…

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Teen arraigned in veteran's murder

An 18-year-old man accused of killing a retired principal who was trying to break up an underage party pleaded not guilty today to second-degree murder. In a hearing before Superior Court Judge Annette Plese, Treven Lewis was given a pre-trial conference date of May 11…

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2 men accused of robbing teen w/ knife

Two men were arrested for allegedly robbing a teenage woman at at knife-point outside an East Sprague Avenue convenience store last weekend. Richard Jeffery Lee, 52, is accused of robbing the 19-year-old woman as she exited the Quick E Mart at 4123 E. Sprague Ave.…

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City's risk management plan under fire

The City of Spokane may sever its contract with its risk management firm following allegations that the firm pressured police and a city employee to hide potentially incriminating details surrounding a 2010 collision that paralyzed a pedestrian. According to documents obtained by lawyers representing the…

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Drunken crash into house leads to arrest

A woman suspected of drunkenly crashing her car into a house will remain jailed on $7,500 bond, despite her lawyer's claim that she is not a danger to the community. "Crashing into someone's house doesn't count as a danger to the community?" Judge Annette Plese…

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Man gets 8-18 years for road rage death

A North Idaho man who fatally ran over a woman during a 2006 road rage incident was sentenced Monday to 18 years in prison. Jonathan Wade Ellington, 51, had been serving a 25-year sentence when the Idaho Supreme Court overturned his convictions last May because…

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MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012

1 lb. of meth gets man 7 years in prison

A Royal City, Wash., man arrested in North Idaho with nearly a pound of methamphetamine was sentenced today to about seven years in federal prison. Severiano V. Valle, 49, was arrested Feb. 8, 2011, after a traffic stop in Kootenai County. A drug dog alerted…

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Woman arrested for vehicular assault

A Spokane woman sentenced to prison on drug charges who went directly to probation was arrested early Saturday for a one-vehicle crash in the Otish Orchards area that injured her passenger. Deputies believe Jenelle L. Cuculich, 26, was drunk and speeding when she crashed in…

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Police subdue armed man w/ bean bags

Spokane police saved the life of a suicidal man on Sunday who was armed with a knife. The 32-year-old man's family had left the location near 1500 E. Pacific Ave. because they were concerned for their safety, police said. Officers arrived about 7:50 p.m. and…

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Moses, McIntyre face charges for Zehm

Federal obstruction charges are expected to be filed soon against two more Spokane police officers in connection with the city’s handling of the Otto Zehm investigation, which U.S. Department of Justice officials have called an “extensive cover-up.” Attorneys representing Officers Sandra McIntyre and Tim Moses…

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FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2012

Spokane man admits stealing $350k

A Spokane man who embezzled more than $350,000 from a Coeur d'Alene insurance company has pleaded guilty to three federal felonies. James K. Sokolis, 56, faces up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of probation when he's sentenced June 12…

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CdA sex crime fugitive arrested in LA

A child molestation suspect who has been missing since escaping a manhunt in North Idaho in December was arrested Thursday in Los Angeles. Nathaniel Robert Howell, 32, was booked into jail in Los Angeles County about 3:52 p.m. Thursday, according to online records. Howell had…

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Cops seek prolific property crime suspect

Spokane police are asking for help finding a prolific property crime suspect wanted on six felony cases. Taylor Aleck Contos, 29, left the Pioneer Center East drug treatment center on Feb. 20 and has not been located since, according to court documents. A no-bail warrant…

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School ties help ID suspects in robbery

Two suspects in a knifepoint robbery at Shopko in January were identified after a store employee realized she knew one from high school. Blaine Allen Cornwell, 23, is charged with first-degree robbery and three counts of second-degree assault for allegedly threatening three employees at Shopko,…

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Godly chance leads to sex offense arrest

A Moody Bible Institute student who hoped to teach a man she met in Mission Park about God was instead groped and asked to smoke marijuana, according to Spokane police. Officers say 40-year-old John L. Sanders continued acting inappropriately after his arrest by repeatedly asking…

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