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Sirens & Gavels archive for Jan. 1, 2012

FRIDAY, FEB. 17, 2012

Man accused of sex abuse in North Idaho

A Spokane man is wanted in North Idaho for allegedly sexually abusing a child. Chad Andrew Radden, 21, is being sought on a $40,000 warrant in Kootenai County for sexual abuse of a minor under 16, as well as a probation violation warrant in Washington.…

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Kirkpatrick a finalist for Phoenix chief 

Former Spokane police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick is a finalist for police chief in Phoenix, Ariz. Kirkpatrick left Spokane in early January after having served as police chief since Sept. 11, 2006. She called her departure a retirement but said she was open to other options.…

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Man's rendering conviction overturned

The Washington State Supreme Court Thursday overturned the conviction of a Spokane man who was convicted of rendering criminal assistance after investigators alleged that he refused to tell them who shot him. The split decision erases the conviction, in which a judge sentenced Kenneth R.…

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Out-of-gas fugitive calls cops for help

EVANSTON, Wyo. (AP) — A 59-year-old fugitive is back behind bars after he ran out of gas in Wyoming and called the local sheriff's office for roadside assistance. The Wyoming Highway Patrol said Tuesday that Richard Vincent of Prineville, Ore., was wanted in Georgia for…

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THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2012

After a three-hour standoff, suspected gunman Ryan Lancaster, 39, surrenders to the Spokane County SWAT team that surrounded a home he had entered near the intersection of North Pines Road and Valleyway on Wednesday afternoon. (Colin Mulvany)

$100k bond for BB gun-wielding man

Ryan Lancaster, 39, surrenders to the Spokane County SWAT team after a standoff Wednesday. (SRphoto/Colin Mulvany) A man who caused lock downs at two Spokane Valley schools Wednesday when he was reported to be running around with a gun is to remain jailed on $100,000…

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Citizen's tracking busts theft suspects

A citizen who found his stolen property at a Spokane pawn shop in November led police to identify suspects more than three months later. A detective recently reviewed reports regarding the Nov. 1 burglary in the 2700 block of North Cedar and identified Casey G.…

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Gilman used Aders' phones after murder

Triple murder suspect Dustin William Gilman used his victim’s cellphone to text message her husband after he killed her, according to new court documents. Nick Ader, who was in the hospital with pancreatitis, told police he received two text messages from his wife’s phone at…

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Reward targets Spokane burglary suspect

A burglary suspect arrested after police followed a fluid trail left by his fleeing vehicle is wanted by Crime Stoppers after missing a court hearing. Dmitriy A. Stepanov, 26, was to begin trial last week on a second-degree burglary charge and two counts of possession…

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2012

Man accused of kicking baby nephew 

A man was arrested for allegedly kicking his 18-month-old nephew in the face Tuesday night. Eric S. Peters, 33, drove away from his sister's home in the 7700 block of North Colton Street drunk and with his young child in the car after the altercation…

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Murder spree suspect wants Cocoa Puffs 

(AP) EVERETT -- Lawyers spent more than two hours arguing whether a woman charged with murder should be allowed to eat Cocoa Puffs and other snacks while in the county jail, the Everett Herald reported Tuesday. And they're not done. Another hearing is scheduled for…

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Man charged with woman's Aug. murder

A sex offender suspected of killing a Spokane woman who was working as a prostitute last August has been charged with murder. Derrick Ross Vargas, 25, is to appear in Superior Court today on a first-degree murder charge for the brutal slaying of Evon M.…

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Man sentenced for herpes-related heist 

A 19-year-old man is to spend about seven years in prison for an armed robbery that was sparked by his fear of contracting herpes from a shared marijuana pipe. Aziem L. Richardson pleaded guilty to two counts of first degree robbery for a July incident…

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Tracy Ader and her sons, who were killed on Feb. 10, 2012.  (Courtesy Spokane Police Department )

New details in triple homicide case

Tracy Ader and her sons, 10-year-old Damien and 8-year-old Kadin, are shown in this undated family photo. A man suspected of murdering a woman and her two sons told his father he’d shot someone before police even knew there was a crime scene Friday. Spokane…

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Father accused of assaulting baby girl

A 25-year-old man is accused of beating his infant daughter, who was taken to a medical clinic with broken bones and other injuries. Tyson Joseph Romaneschi told police his daughter, Ellyana, would go to sleep faster if she had been crying, so he sometimes would…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 14, 2012

Blown stop sign leads to felony arrest

A traffic stop for running a stop sign turned into a short vehicle and foot chase Tuesday in Spokane Valley. Joseph Louis Barton, 48, was arrested after rolling out of the driver's seat of his car and onto the ground, then running into a backyard.…

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Parolee Victor Luna, left, listens to his mentors Tom Murphy and Suellen Pritchard during a weekly meeting to help Luna adjust to life outside of prison on Oct. 27, 2005. Luna is a participant in the Going Home program, the Washington State Re-entry Project. (The Spokesman-Review)

SWAT team nabs property crime suspect

In this Oct. 27, 2005 photo, Parolee Victor Luna, left, listens to his mentors Tom Murphy and Suellen Pritchard during a weekly meeting to help Luna adjust to life outside of prison. Luna was arrested this morning on stolen property charges. (SRphotoarchives) A 30-year-old felon…

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Grand jury indicts men in marijuana grow 

Eight pounds of marijuana and more than 1000 plants seized from a Spokane County home in November has led to federal charges against six suspects. A grand jury this month indicted Jerad J. Kynaston, 23 (pictured left), Samuel M. Doyle, 25 (pictured right); Brice C.…

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The body of Dustin Gilman is placed in the medical examiner's van after it was discovered on property along the Little Spokane River on Monday. (Colin Mulvany)

Suspect's body found; questions remain

The body of Dustin Gilman is placed in the medical examiner’s van after it was discovered on property along the Little Spokane River on Monday. (Colin Mulvany/SRphoto) A tracked cell phone signal led police Monday to the body of the suspected killer they’d been hunting…

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Trio charged in Bonner County homicide

A Bonner County man on Monday was charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of a 19-year man who was reported missing in September and found recently buried in a shallow grave, the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office reported. Austin Blake Thrasher, 19, (left)…

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MONDAY, FEB. 13, 2012

Traffic school paper IDs theft suspect

A shoplifting suspect was identified as a traffic school student after the teenager dropped his paperwork in the parking lot while fleeing the store Sunday, police say. Cameron Rose, 18, was on a lunch break from class at the Sheriff's Office training center when employees…

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This is a screen shot of a video vehicle prowling suspect Nathan Calvert posted on his Facebook page. (Facebook)

Say what! Self-filmed suspect escapes

This is a screen shot of a video vehicle prowling suspect Nathan Calvert posted on his Facebook page. Authorities still are looking for a car prowling suspect who escaped from Geiger Corrections Center Saturday, officials said today. Nathan John Calvert, who posted a video of…

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A 2007 Nissan Pathfinder is towed after being taken from the Aders’ home and left parked west of the Washington Department of Ecology office and south of the Zip Trip near Monroe Street and Wellesley Avenue. (Colin Mulvany)

Killer still sought in triple homicide

A 2007 Nissan Pathfinder is towed Sunday after being taken from the Aders’ home and left parked near Monroe Street and Wellesley Avenue. (SRphoto/Colin Mulvany) UPDATE: Gilman's body has been found. Read more here and look for updates. Police continue to search for a man…

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Rapist registers as transient in Spokane

A convicted rapist considered likely to reoffend has registered as a transient in Spokane County. Douglas James Dennis, 44, served 10 years in prison after being convicted in March 1985 of kidnapping and raping a 17-year-old girl. Dennis is required to check in with authorities…

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SATURDAY, FEB. 11, 2012

Judge grants Thompson interview request

A federal judge Friday granted a request by the attorney for former Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. to interview a government expert witness who claims that federal prosecutors mischaracterized his expected testimony. The move further delays the sentencing of Thompson, who was convicted…

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Suspect displayed victim's death notice

A Deer Park man accused of strangling his ex-wife and posing her dead body had her death certificate displayed in his home when detectives arrested him this week, detectives say. Clay Duane Starbuck, 47, is charged with aggravated first-degree murder and sexually violating human remains…

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