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Sirens & Gavels archive for Jan. 1, 2012

TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2012

Burglar requests just a bottle of wine

Police say a bottle of wine was the only thing missing from a burglarized home Friday night - and the burglar asked permission to take it. Suspect Gary A. Patterson, 34, told police he entered the home at 828 E. Joseph Ave., because the front…

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Spokane fugitive dead in Lynnwood lake 

A Spokane fugitive found dead in a Western Washington lake has been identified as Seth Brian Brandley, 28. Brandley was wanted on a Washington Department of Corrections warrant when he fled police in the Everett area Feb. 26. Authorities responded Feb. 29 to North Lake…

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MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2012

Tip leads to arrest in July bank robbery

A tip from a concerned citizen led to the arrest Friday of a suspect in a July bank robbery. Christopher A. Horn, 25, is accused of robbing the Washington State Employees Credit Union, 2523 Northwest Blvd., on July 18 about 12:20 p.m. He appeared in…

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I-90 traffic stop leads to meth bust 55 

A traffic stop on Interstate 90 Saturday led to the arrest o a 54-year-old woman on drug charges, police said today. Deputies credited "training and experience" with helping them identify a bag of a white substance as methamphetamine when it fell from a purse belonging…

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Tips sought on Valley school break-in

Police are looking for information on a vandalism and attempted theft at a Spokane Valley elementary school early Saturday. Officers responded to an alarm at Greenacres Elementary School in the 17915 E. Fourth St. about 2:57 a.m. They arrived to find a window pried out…

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5 arrested in Adams Co. home invasion

Five people have been arrested for a home-invasion robbery in Adams County Friday that targeted a couple living with their 3-year-old son. Roger Martinez, 20, of Othello; Julia JiJon, 18, of Warden; Diego Mendez, 19, of Othello; and Rocky Mendoza, 18, of Othello; and a…

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Spokane police today released surveillance photos of a robbery last week at a Browne's Addition convenience store in hopes someone will recognize the gunman.
The robbery was reported about 11:49 p.m. Feb. 29 at the Sunset Grocery, 1908 W. Sunset Blvd.
The gunman is described as 20 to 22 years old, 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-7 and 150 to 160 pounds. He wore a black knit ski mask, dark hooded sweatshirt, black coat, dark loose pants and black and white athletic shoes. The gun is described as a black semi-automatic pistol.
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Photo shows Browne's Addition gunman 

Spokane police today released a surveillance photo of a robbery last week at a Browne's Addition convenience store in hopes someone will recognize the gunman. The robbery was reported about 11:49 p.m. Feb. 29 at the Sunset Grocery, 1908 W. Sunset Blvd. The gunman is…

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Wishing Star burglar gets prison, rehab

A homeless methamphetamine addict who burglarized a charity and stole Christmas presents for sick children is to spend about three years in prison. Jermaine Marcell Garland, 29, also will be on probation for 37 months that will include drug treatment, said Superior Court Judge Sam…

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SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2012

Teen arrested hours after leaving jail

An 18-year-old man allowed to leave the Spokane County Jail after an arrest for burglary this week made good on his promise to return to court - but not in the right way. Reshawn S. Zinnerman was arrested in connection with another burglary that occurred…

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FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2012

Man sought on gun, robbery charges

A man accused of a gunpoint robbery last May is wanted by Crime Stoppers after failing to show up for court. John Gibson Dean, 30, was to begin trial this week on robbery and gun charges, but he never showed up for a pre-trial haring…

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Spokane man wanted for gun assault

A Spokane man accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint the day after Christmas is wanted by Crime Stoppers after failing to show up for court. Nicholas M. Cornelius, 23, is charged with second-degree assault, unlawful imprisonment and residential burglary for the gunpoint attack at…

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Man injured in crash during police chase

A Cheney man was arrested for drunken driving and eluding police early today in Stevens County. Todd Earl Toreson, 38, lost control of his 2004 Ford F150 about 12:46 a.m. near on state Route 231 about 12 miles south of Springdale, according to Washington State…

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Witness sought in three-strikes case

Police are looking for a witness in an assault case that could put the defendant in prison for life. Morgan S. Snider, 23, (right) is expected to testify in the first-degree assault trial of Bobby S. Galloway, but police said this week that she still…

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Felon ineligible for Kootenai Co. sheriff

A candidate for Kootenai County sheriff who shot a man in downtown Coeur d'Alene in 2009 and later pleaded guilty to a felony heroin charge is not eligible for the position, officials say. Adam Mathis Johnson, 27, cannot hold office because he's on probation for…

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Elderly women face gambling charges

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus police have summoned a 98-year-old and about 40 other elderly women to court to face gambling charges after raiding their weekly poker party. The women, mostly in their 70s, were stunned to receive a court summons this week, more than…

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THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012

2 charged in four-pizza armed robbery

Two suspects have been identified in a knife-point robbery that netted four pizzas and nothing else. Manuel Torres, 21, has been charged with first-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery for the Jan. 29 heist in the area of 1800 W. Gardner Ave. A…

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Child rapist registers as local transient

A sex offender considered likely to reoffend has registered as a transient in Spokane County. Christopher Michael Foster, 27, was convicted by a jury of four counts of third-degree child rape in 2005 for having sex with a 14-year-old girl who he met after she…

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The Spokane police SWAT team prepares for a drug raid at a home in the 2800 block of East Fourth Avenue on Feb. 29. (Spokane Police Department)

SWAT raid nets meth, heroin, 5 arrests

Members of the Spokane Police Department prepare for a drug raid at a home in the 2800 block of East Fourth Avenue on Wednesday. (SPDphotos) Drug detectives and the Spokane police SWAT team raided a home in southeast Spokane Wednesday night after citizen complaints led…

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Man arrested w/ burglary tools, again 

A man arrested during a vehicle prowling patrol in the Morgan Acres area of north Spokane County in January was arrested again early today by the same deputy during another patrol in the same area. Yuriy V. Siriy, 22, had a large bulge sticking out…

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Convicted bank swindler John Earl Petersen is pictured in 1997. (Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review)

Con man admits swindling elderly aunt 

Convicted bank swindler John Earl Petersen is pictured in 1997. (S-R archives) A convicted con man already due to serve more than two years in federal prison has resolved a three-year-old identity theft case in Spokane County. John Earl Petersen, 61, was sentenced Wednesday to…

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Use of force panel holds 1st meeting 

The interim Spokane police chief and a Gonzaga University Law School professor were among the presenters Wednesday at the first meeting of Spokane's commission on police use of force. Jason Gillmer, civil liberties expert, described the need for officers to be held to an "objective…

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Edwards fired after woman's 911 call 

A senior Spokane police officer has been fired for misusing city equipment to obtain the home address of a woman he met at a bar. Alan D. Edwards, 47, had recently returned to the police force from an unrelated suspension when the new complaint was…

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Thoma sues city after settlement rejected 

The fired police sergeant who was caught driving drunk and leaving the scene of a collision filed a lawsuit against the city on Tuesday for wrongfully firing him. Bob Dunn, the attorney representing fired Spokane police Sgt. Brad Thoma (pictured), said the suit is a…

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