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Sirens & Gavels archive for Jan. 1, 2012

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 2012

Couple accused of aiding Geiger escape

A Spokane couple has been arrested for helping two women escape Geiger Corrections Center Tuesday, the sheriff's office said today. Troy Arvid Scheiber, 43 and Judith A. Scheiber, 46, were booked into jail for second-degree rendering criminal assistance late Tuesday after deputies determined they planned…

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Porn suspect wanted after skipping court

A 23-year-old man scheduled for trial this month on child pornography charges is wanted by Crime stoppers after skipping a court hearing. Richard B. Griffith is charged with possessing and distributing the illicit material via the Internet. Spokane police searched his apartment in the 5200…

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'Barefoot Bandit' email ridicule police

By GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — "Barefoot Bandit" Colton Harris-Moore ridiculed police and prosecutors in emails and phone calls from prison recently, undercutting his claims that he's sorry for his two-year crime spree, the U.S. attorney's office said in court documents filed Tuesday.…

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Ex-justice to serve on Zehm committee

Gerry Alexander, who retired last year as the chief justice of the Washington State Supreme Court, will serve on the city's Use of Force Commission. The commission was created last year by former Mayor Mary Verner to review the city's handling of the police confrontation…

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Thompson seeks sentence reduction

A federal prosecutor is objecting to a request by convicted former Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. to reduce his potential prison sentence because he claims to have taken responsibility for using excessive force on Otto Zehm and lying to cover it up. Assistant…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 24, 2012

A man's body was found inside this home that caught fire near Hangman Valley Golf Course early Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010.  (Jonathan Brunt / The Spokesman-Review)

Alleged '10 murder accomplice charged

William F. Hanel's burned body was found inside this home on Oct. 12, 2010, after firefighers responded to a blaze there. (SRPhoto/Jonathan Brunt) A man accused of helping a killer torch his victim's home in 2010 is wanted by police. Crime Stoppers is offering a…

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Drug unit shortens dealer's report time

A methamphetamine dealer ordered to report to jail by last Sunday arrived early thanks to the Spokane Police Department's drug unit. Gerald A. Oglesbee, 42, had been ordered Jan. 3 to report to jail by last weekend to begin a 45-month prison sentence for four…

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Feds find dead body while snowmobiling

Federal agents found a dead body while training with snowmobiles last week in Pend Oreille County. U.S. Border Patrol agents were in the mountains northeast of Sullivan Lake when they found the body of a adult male, the Pend Oreille Sheriff's Office announced Monday. Deputies…

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Cash for tips on sex offender's location

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead to the arrest of a sex offender who hasn't checked in with authorities. Robert Tom Boren, 32, was convicted of first-degree child molestation in Washington state in 1994. He last registered as a transient in…

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Herbal Essence owner ID'd in hit-and-run

A chef and restaurant owner turned himself in to jail for a hit-and-run crash that led to a manhunt involving a sheriff’s helicopter early Sunday. Ryan Michael Morales, owner of Herbal Essence Cafe, was jailed on felony charges of hit-and-run and three counts of vehicular…

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MONDAY, JAN. 23, 2012

Police: Girl Scouts peeper wore g-string 

A man arrested for voyeurism outside a Girl Scouts gathering in Spokane was wearing a red g-string and no pants when a woman spotted him early Sunday, officials say. Martin J. Green, 29, had a "pocketful of condoms" in his untied sweat pants when police…

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Fight at restaurant leads to shooting

A fight at a downtown Spokane restaurant led to a shooting early Sunday. Two men were shot in their lower legs by someone inside a white van after an altercation at Tacos Tumbras at West Second Avenue and South Cedar Street about 1:40 a.m., police…

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Nail salon crack cocaine suspect indicted

A man accused of selling crack cocaine out of a Spokane nail salon has been indicted by a federal grand jury. Paul Lamar Rios, 30, was one of several people arrested Thursday during a widespread drug and gun investigation by the Spokane Violent Crimes Gang…

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Murder victim named in 2 scuba lawsuits

Detectives have expanded the criminal investigation into the fatal shooting of a north Spokane mother to include two civil lawsuits naming the victim. Each lawsuit involves separate scuba diving accidents; one left a man dead and another allegedly left a woman with brain damage. Although…

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SATURDAY, JAN. 21, 2012

Snowblower dispute leads to gunfire

A man fired two shots at his neighbor during a dispute over a snowblower in Colbert on Thursday, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office. Arnim Roland Olsen, 50, was arrested on a second-degree assault charge after his neighbor in the 19300 block of North…

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FRIDAY, JAN. 20, 2012

6 lbs. of meth, $60k seized from trailer 

Police seized more than six pounds of methamphetamine and $60,000 from a trailer near the Fairchild Airforce Base on Thursday. Gerardo S. Miramontes, 35, and Rigoberto Ayala, 32, face drug and gun charges after a search warrant was served at 15610 W. Highway 2. A…

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Jonathan Wade Ellington and his girlfriend leave Kootenai County District Court during a break in the opening day of his murder trial on Thursday for a 2006 road rage incident. (Meghann Cuniff / The Spokesman-Review)

2nd trial begins in '06 road rage death

Jonathan Wade Ellington and his girlfriend leave Kootenai County District Court during a break in the opening day of his trial Thursday. (SRPhoto/Meghann Cuniff) Ellington is pictured below in 2006. Prosecutors say he used his vehicle as a weapon against two sisters and their mother…

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Gang probe includes 2 murder suspects 

Two of 24 suspects named Thursday in a long-term gun and drug investigation by the Spokane Violent Crimes Gang Task Force already are in jail on murder charges. Edward L. "TD" Thomas, 26, (left) already faces life in prison under Washington's three-strikes law if convicted…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 19, 2012

Calif. OxyContin sales traced to E. Wash.

A suspected large-scale OxyContin dealer in Southern California was arrested after the DEA tracked drug sales into Eastern Washington. Robert Beron is accused of selling large amount of OxyContin to Mitchell Hargan, Marisol Hernandez, Jaime McGahuey and Kim Chavez of Wenatchee. The DEA began investigating…

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$50k bond for elderly home armed robbery

A former assisted living center employee accused of robbing the place at gunpoint early Wednesday was ordered jailed on $50,000 bond after appearing in Spokane County Superior Court. Timothy J. Martinez, 28, locked a 20-year-old female employee and a 77-year-old male resident in a room…

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CdA man accused of raping teenage boy 

A 41-year-old Coeur d'Alene man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly raping a 16-year-old boy. Sonny Novero Coley was booked into the Kootenai County Jail on charges of rape, sexual battery and sexual exploitation of a child. Detectives received a report Tuesday that detailing Coley's alleged…

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2012

Ruling clears way for 2nd road rage trial

A judge this morning refused to dismiss murder charges against a North Idaho man because of a last-minute evidence issue in his 2006 road-rage case, clearing the way for a second trial. Jonathan Wade Ellington (pictured) was imprisoned for four years on a murder conviction…

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