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Sirens & Gavels archive for Jan. 1, 2012

FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2012

Americo Lopes exits the courtroom on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 in Elizabeth, N.J. A jury found that Lopes had cheated five co-workers out of their share of a $38.5 million lottery jackpot. The men worked at a construction company in Elizabeth and began a lottery pool in 2007. Americo Lopes claimed the winning numbers for the Nov. 10, 2009 jackpot were on a personal ticket and not the ticket that he had bought for the pool. The eight-member jury disagreed. (AP Photo/The Star-Ledger, Frances Micklow, Pool) ((AP Photo/The Star-Ledger, Frances Micklow, Pool))

NJ man to pay millions in lottery lawsuit 

Top: Americo Lopes exits the courtroom on Wednesday in Elizabeth, N.J. A jury found that Lopes had cheated five co-workers out of their share of a $38.5 million lottery jackpot. Below: Plantiffs Carlos Fernandes, right, Candido Silva Jr. shake hands. (AP Photos/The Star-Ledger, Frances Micklow,…

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Clerk notices stolen card is her mom's

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Police say a teen fraudster's cunning credit card plot was foiled by a Pennsylvania convenience store clerk who noticed her own mother's name on the card. Manor Township police say the clerk also recognized the teen as a former classmate when…

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Cat refuses to go for jog; man ticketed 

LAFAYETTE, Colo. (AP) — Police in Lafayette, Colo., have ticketed a man who is accused of tying his cat to a rock after the feline refused to go jogging. Sgt. Fred Palmer says 19-year-old Seth Franco brought his cat on a leash to the path…

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THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2012

Felon busted after cop sees ammo buy

A federal raid at a northeast Spokane home Wednesday occurred after a retired police detective observed a known felon buying ammunition. Donna R. Perry, alias Douglas Perry, 60, is in jail on a federal charge of felon in possession of a firearm after she was…

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'Grandparents scam' costs man $20k 

Authorities are again warning of the "grandparents scam" after a north Spokane County man wired nearly $20,000 to Peru. The man said he received a call about 10 a.m. Tuesday from a man he thought was his grandson. The caller said he needed $2,400 to…

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Police save Spokane Valley man's life 

Three Spokane Valley police officer saved the life of a suicidal man Wednesday. Officers Griffin Criswell, Wally Loucks and Richard Johnson found the man attempting to hang himself at his Spokane Valley home after the man called 911 and said he wanted to kill himself.…

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Shot fugitive had wig, weapons, paint

A fugitive shot to death by police in North Idaho had material for changing his identity in his vehicle, as well as weapons, drug paraphernalia and an active police scanner. The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department announced the discovery Wednesday as part of its ongoing investigation…

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Man near death after breaking up party

A man severely beaten at an underage drinking party last weekend was a 65-year-old neighbor who was trying to break up the gathering as sheriff’s deputies stood outside. Doctors do not expect Frank James Motta to survive the attack. Witnesses said Treven Lewis, 18, attacked…

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The vehicle where a 3-year-old boy fatally shot himself with a gun is seen behind police tape and parked at a gas station early Wednesday, March 14, 2012, in Tacoma, Wash. Police said the boy fatally shot himself with a gun he found in the vehicle after the father put his pistol under the seat and got out to pump gas while the mother went inside the convenience store. It was western Washington's third recent shooting by a child. (AP photo/komonews.com) ((AP photo/komonews.com))

Boy's death 3rd gun accident in 3 weeks 

The vehicle where a 3-year-old boy fatally shot himself with a gun is seen behind police tape and parked at a gas station early Wednesday in Tacoma. (AP photo/komonews.com) By DONNA BLANKINSHIP and DOUG ESSER,Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — A 3-year-old scrambled out of his…

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King Co. sheriff will lead state training

SEATTLE (AP) — The King County sheriff says she has accepted a new job as director of the Washington state Criminal Justice Training Commission. Sue Rahr said Wednesday she'll retire as sheriff March 31 and begin her new job April 1. She has designated Chief…

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2012

Public comments invited on police chief 

Anyone with opinions on the qualities they would like to see in the new Spokane police chief is invited to attend a committee meeting on Thursday. Spokane's Police Advisory Committee will hear comments Thursday at its meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the West Central Community…

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State wanted case halted for mental issue

A woman who lives as a man, including wearing a full beard she previously described as a public display of her activism, was ruled competent Tuesday to stand trial on the charge of assaulting a police officer in 2009. Prosecutors are disappointed. Yes, you read…

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These 10 pounds of marijuana were seized during a traffic stop near Bend, Ore., March 7. Marcus George Heidenreich, 30, of Coeur d'Alene, was arrested.
 (Oregon State Police)

3 Idaho residents busted w/ pot in Ore. 

This photo from Oregon State Police shows ten pounds of marijuana seized during a traffic stop involving three North Idaho residents near Bend, Ore., March 7. Three North Idaho residents were stopped near Oregon last week with 10 pounds of marijuana, police said today. Marcus…

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Ex-Spokane man faces life for murder 

A 27-year-old Pasco murder suspect facing life in prison under the three-strikes law got his first strike in Spokane County. Joseph William Hart pleaded not guilty Tuesday n Franklin County Superior Court for second-degree murder. Hart is accused of killing Rodger A. Lincoln, 53, outside…

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Tips sought on another 'Nook' theft

Police are again looking for tips on the theft of Nook tablets from the Spokane Valley Barnes and Noble, this time for a break-in early March 5. Officers responded to an alarm at the store, 15310 E. Indiana Ave., at 5:52 a.m. and found a…

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Army officer charged with harassment 

By MANUEL VALDES and SHANNON DININNY,Associated Press TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A 20-year Army officer in Washington state threatened to blow up the state Capitol and kill his superior officer, his estranged wife and his girlfriend, authorities said Tuesday, adding scrutiny to the troubled base…

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Did 'Whitey' Bulger write his memoirs?

By DENISE LAVOIE,AP Legal Affairs Writer BOSTON (AP) — Mobster James "Whitey" Bulger may have written two autobiographies, according to prosecutors, who have notified his lawyers that they may use the memoirs against him at his upcoming trial. Bulger, the former leader of the Winter…

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TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2012

Teen arrested after assault at party 

An assault that left a man in critical condition at a large party in north Spokane County led to the arrest of an 18-year-old suspect today. Treven Lewis is accused of beating a man at a home in the 11800 block of North Bedivere Road…

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Rapist registers as Spokane transient

A sex offender considered likely to reoffend has registered as a transient in Spokane County. Harold David Werstein, 48, spent nearly 18 years in prison for raping a 13-year-old girl. He was convicted of first-degree rape in Lewis County in 1990. His victim was a…

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Property crime detectives are asking for helping identify two men who may have information about electronic reading tablets stolen from the Barnes and Noble bookstore in Spokane Valley last week.
The theft occurred March 4 just before 6 p.m. Police today releases surveillance photos of the men in hopes someone will recognize them. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233. (Spokane Valley Police Department)

Tips sought on suspects in 'Nook' theft

Property crime detectives are asking for help identifying two men who may have information about electronic "Nook" reading tablets stolen from the Barnes and Noble bookstore in Spokane Valley last week. The theft occurred March 4 just before 6 p.m. The Spokane Valley Police Department…

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Idaho burglary suspect arrested in Valley 

A suspect in a string of burglaries in North Idaho was arrested Friday after a shoplifting incident turned violent at the Spokane Valley Wal-Mart. Susan Burke, 50, was out of custody on $5,000 bond awaiting trial in Kootenai County when a store security officer spotted…

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Police drug informant assaulted, robbed

An informant tasked by the Spokane police drug unit with buying methamphetamine was instead robbed by the suspected dealer. Drug detectives listening on electric monitoring attached to the informant heard a scuffle after the man went inside a home in the 1200 block of West…

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Fugitive shot, killed by Post Falls police

A North Idaho man with an extensive criminal history was shot and killed by a Post Falls police officer early Monday after striking a state trooper with his car, police say. Justin Earl Nicholas Todd, 33, died at Kootenai Medical Center after a nearly 20-minue…

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