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Sirens & Gavels archive for Jan. 1, 2012

FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2012

1 officer cleared, 1 charged in shooting

(AP and staff reports) — A Nez Perce Tribal Police officer has been cleared in the fatal shooting of a Lewiston man, but one of his colleagues could be in trouble. U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson announced Thursday that the officer who shot 46-year-old Jeffery Allen…

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Honolulu judge puts man in chokehold

HONOLULU (AP) — It got personal for a judge in Honolulu when he put a man in a chokehold for jumping onto his bench and breaking a flagpole bearing the state flag, authorities said. District Judge Lono Lee knocked down Steven Michael Hauge and restrained…

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THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2012

Spokane burglary suspect turns self in

A man suspected of burglarizing a north Spokane County home of a shotgun and a video game system turned himself in after being confronted by a detective Wednesday. Kory M. Roberts, 23, is suspected of stealing the gun and X-Box 360 from a home in…

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Feds: Woman stole from CdA tribal group

A Spokane woman is accused of stealing nearly $30,000 from the Coeur d'Alene Tribal Housing Authority. Debora J. Zimmerman, 46, was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury for embezzlement from an Indian tribal organization, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Wednesday. An arraignment date has…

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Home loses $20k in items to burglary

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help solve a south Spokane County residential burglary in which about $20,000 in items was stolen. A homeowner reported electronics, firearms, bank cards and jewelry among items stolen from the home in the area of the…

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Man's keen eye nabs burglary suspect

A homeowner interrupted a burglary Wednesday afternoon and provided such a thorough description of the man that police were able to arrest a suspect about an hour later The victim was at his home in the 1700 block of East Illinois Avenue about 2 p.m.…

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Richard Mack to speak in Spokane, CdA

A former Arizona sheriff revered by the militia movement for his outspoken criticism of gun control and government tyranny is returning to the Inland Northwest for meetings with local GOP groups, triggering a rift among some Republicans. Richard Mack, who now lives in Texas and…

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$14k in video game items stolen in Valley

More than $14,000 in merchandise was stolen from a Spokane Valley video game store late Monday or early Tuesday. The owner of Game On in the 11800 block of East 1st Avenue told police the store was burglarized overnight and eight X-box gaming systems were…

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20-year sentence for road rage murder

A man who shot a retired teacher to death in a 2002 road-rage case has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after an appellate court overturned his earlier conviction. Christopher W. Conklin, 31, was sentenced last week to 240 months in prison with credit…

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13-time felon accused of gun burglary 

A burglary suspect accused of stealing a truck and gun from a northwest Spokane home is a repeat offender with a 19-year history of property crimes, police say. Grant Douglas Brough, 35, was one of two men who ran from a traffic stop near East…

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CdA police cleared in man's July death

COEUR D’ALENE (AP) — A North Idaho prosecutor says an investigation shows Coeur d’Alene police acted appropriately when they arrested a man who lost consciousness and later died. The Coeur d’Alene Press reports that a forensic pathologist found Nicholas Andrew Clason stopped breathing because of…

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2012

Spokane police today released surveillance photos of two possible suspects in a late-night fight in an alley last month that left two men unconscious.
The assailants were described as a man and a woman. The fight occurred Feb. 25 just after midnight in an alley behind Safeway near 4100 N. Regal St. One of the victims was hospitalized with facial cuts.
Witnesses said the attackers may be near the Special K Tavern at 3817 N. Market St. Officers found two more victims at the bar who didn't call notify authorities about the their attack but were able to provide additional information on suspects.
The male attacker is described as white, 6-feet tall, 160 pounds, bald with short hair and an eyebrow piercing. He wore jeans and a gray t-shirt. The female assailant was described as Native American, 21 to 30 years old, 5-foot-5 and 160 pounds with black should-length hair and facial tattoos. They were last seen walking toward the the Safeway at 3919 N. Market St. The photos released today are from surveillance video at the store before the assault.
Anyone with information on their identities is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233. (Spokane Police Department)

Photos show suspects in alley assault

Spokane police today released surveillance photos of two possible suspects in a late-night assault in an alley last month that left two men unconscious. The assailants were described as a man and a woman. The assault occurred Feb. 25 just after midnight in an alley…

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Lewis to remain in jail on $500k bond

An 18-year-old man accused of killing a retired principal who was trying to break up an underage party will remain jailed on $500,000 bond. If Treven Lewis does post bond, he is required to check in with his attorney regularly, refrain from using alcohol and…

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Spokane police bust suspect chop shop

A stolen Honda Civic located outside a north Spokane garage Tuesday led police to raid a suspected chop shop and arrest two men. Dennis A. Martynenko, 23, and Brandon C. Hill, 18, were booked into jail on two counts of possession of a stolen motor…

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Felon had 12 guns, 12k ammo rounds

A convicted felon accused of illegally possessing guns had 12 firearms and more than 12,000 rounds of ammunition when federal agents searched her home last week, a new grand jury indictment alleges. Donna R. Perry, alias Douglas Perry, 60, pleaded not guiltyTuesday to a federal…

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Lewis due in court today for murder

An 18-year-old man accused of killing a retired principal who was trying to break up an underage drinking party is to appear in court this afternoon on a murder charge. Treven Lewis is scheduled to appear before Judge Annette Plese today at 1:30 p.m. Lewis…

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$400k to settle open records lawsuit

Spokane County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a $400,000 settlement in a six-year-old case stemming from an open records request. The Neighborhood Alliance of Spokane County won on appeal before the state Supreme Court last September, setting the stage for Tuesday’s action. The alliance in 2005…

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TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2012

Cell tower info may aid murder probe

Detectives are seeking cellphone tower location information for phones belonging to a Spokane murder victim and two men with romantic ties to her. Kimberly Rae Schmidt, 34, was found dead of a gunshot wound to her head Jan. 1 in what the medical examiner's office…

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Robot, tear gas help end 9-hour standoff

A nine-hour SWAT team standoff in Spokane Valley early Saturday ended with the arrest of a 31-year-old domestic violence suspect. Justin D. Chance surrendered after SWAT members pumped tear gas into the 3500 block of North Ely Road, where officers were called to late Friday…

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Crime Stoppers targets 2 sex offenders

Crime Stoppers is offering rewards for tips that help arrest two sex offenders who haven't check in with authorities as required. Kevin Raymond Belieu, 53, (left) is a transient with a 35 year criminal history that includes convictions for robbery, theft, forgery and lewd and…

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Man arrested, released, arrested again

A 45-year-old Spokane man was arrested last week after deputies responded to a suspicious vehicle at a north Spokane construction company. Theodore Francis Gilman was booked into jail Thursday on second-degree burglary and theft of a motor vehicle charges after deputies found him driving a…

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FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2012

Guns seized from mental health patient

A Cheney man with suspected mental health issues remains in protective custody after police found an arsenal of weapons at his home Wednesday following weeks of threats against public officials. Douglas J. Dibiasi, 53, was already in protective custody when law enforcement searched his home…

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Man beaten while breaking up party dies

The Spokane veteran’s hospital community is grieving for a beloved employee who died after being assaulted while trying to break up an underage party. Frank James Motta, a retired high school principal, teacher and football coach, began volunteering at the Spokane Veterans Affairs Medical Center…

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