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Sirens & Gavels archive for Jan. 1, 2012

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2012

Thief drops metal for witness' cellphone

A would-be scrap metal thief ditched the material in favor of a witness' cellphone recently in Spokane Valley, police say. Shane Wendon Israel, 33, was arrested Friday after a sheriff's deputy who investigated the robbery stopped his red Dodge truck. Suspect Scott Hayden Elliott, 39,…

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Stolen car yields 'plethora' of lifted goods

A Spokane police officer investigating a stolen vehicle early Sunday found what he called a "plethora" of property believed to have been stolen in burglaries and car prowlings. Officer Sean Wheeler located the stolen Kia Rio at 118 E. Sanson about 1:45 a.m. and arrested…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 17, 2012

Man arrested after gunfire just misses girl 

A young girl narrowly avoided gunfire late Saturday after an 18-year-old man fired a gun into her apartment, police say. The girl's mother, Elizabeth Harper, told police she and her friend, Bryan Chavez, were at the home on East Pine Ridge Court in north Spokane…

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Fla. murder suspect arrested in Spokane 

A man wanted for murder in Florida was arrested in Spokane today. Federal agents found Demarcus R. Ledent, 31, in the 8000 block of North Hill N Dale Street, just north of East Magnesium Road off North Division Street. A warrant for Ledent's arrest was…

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SATURDAY, JAN. 14, 2012

U.S. attorney helped ID burglary suspect

An assistant U.S. attorney and appointee for a federal judgeship helped identify a suspect in a string of South Hill burglaries by tracking his wife’s stolen coffee shop card. Tom Rice, who is awaiting congressional confirmation to replace former U.S. District Judge Robert Whaley, was…

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FRIDAY, JAN. 13, 2012

Cops: Man steals pellet gun, robs store

Police say a man made quick use of a pellet gun he stole from Wal-Mart: He robbed a video game store across the parking lot. Suspect Merle A. Andrew, Jr., 36, was arrested early today for a robbery Tuesday at GameStop in Airway Heights. Surveillance…

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Forensic genealogist Colleen Fitzpatrick poses with her laptop showing two composite sketches of a suspect in the 1991 killing of a Washington teenager, in Huntington Beach, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012. The analysis on a DNA profile from the suspect shows that he is distantly related to three passengers who arrived in what is now Plymouth, Mass., on the Mayflower in 1620. Fitzpatrick who did the analysis believes there's a decent chance that the killer shares their last name, Fuller. ((AP Photo/Jae C. Hong))

Cops hope colonial ties reheat cold case

Forensic genealogist Colleen Fitzpatrick poses with her laptop showing two composite sketches of a suspect in the 1991 killing of a Washington teenager, in Huntington Beach, Calif., Wednesday. The analysis on a DNA profile from the suspect shows that he is distantly related to three…

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Suspect threatens to eat police, dogs

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Police say a man in Indiana accused of stealing a car threatened to hunt down and eat his arresting officers, their families and police dogs. The Journal & Courier reports that 39-year-old Paul M. Brock of Frankfort was charged Wednesday with…

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Jury clears grandma of pot grow charge

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A southwestern Pennsylvania grandmother says she's no marijuana grower, just a woman who wanted something that would look pretty next to her tomatoes. A Fayette County jury cleared 67-year-old Alberta Kelley of drug possession and manufacture charges on Jan. 6 after…

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Police ticket boy after toy bike hits SUV

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Police in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez ticketed a 6-year-old boy for reckless driving, driving without a license and not having his toy motorcycle registered after he crashed it into an SUV. The boy's mother, Karla Noriega, says…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 12, 2012

Charge dropped in Stevens Co. murder

Murder charges have been dropped against a Spokane man arrested for the homicide of a 62-year-old Stevens County woman. Robert Cody Wirtz, 30, was released from jail on Tuesday, about a month after statements by his 4-year-old son led detectives to identify him as a…

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Chronic escapee sought after walk away

A woman who escaped police in 2008 by leaping from a bridge into the Wenatchee River escaped custody again this week while at a doctor appointment on Spokane's South Hill. U.S. Marshals are offering a reward for tips that help arrest Sandra Irene Duffy, 47,…

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Citizen recognized fugitive from news

An alert citizen helped police arrest prolific theft suspect Wednesday after recognizing him from news reports. Officers found Sean Alexander Blair, 31, outside Safeway, 3900 N. Market St., after a citizen called in about 6:30 p.m. "Thank you Spokane for helping YOUR police department keep…

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Salvadore Lazalde, 29, flipped his car during a chase with Spokane police early Thursday.

Gunfire near park leads to police chase

This car flipped over during a chase with Spokane police early Thursday. See more photos from KHQ-TV here. Reports of gunfire near Corbin Park early today led to a police chase that ended with the suspect's car flipping on its roof. Salvadore Lazalde, 29, was…

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Man sentenced for '07 murder in Hillyard

A man who pleaded guilty to murder before his conviction was overturned because of a procedural error repeatedly denied involvement in the crime Wednesday as he was sentenced to 39 years in prison. "I admit I am a criminal, but a murderer I am not,"…

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2012

Man wanted for stealing from Davenport

UPDATE: Blair was booked into jail about 8 p.m. Jan. 11. Police say a longtime felon dressed in casual business clothes to blend in while stealing laptops from a convention at the Davenport Hotel. Sean Alexander Blair, 31, already was facing felony theft and drug…

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Tips sought on Chevron beer robbers

Spokane police are asking for helping identifying two men who assaulted a store clerk and stole a 20-pack of beer early Monday. The men assaulted the clerk at Chevron Food Mart, 1703 E. Francis Ave., after he confronted them for stealing the beer about 12:25…

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3rd-degree assault charge in cop shooting

A man has been charged with third-degree assault for allegedly trying to shoot a Spokane police officer. Chase J. Earl West, 22, is accused of pulling the trigger of a black semi-automatic pistol, which malfunctioned instead of firing. Cpl. Nick Lundgren said he saw the…

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Police increase security for MLK march

Spokane police have a message for anyone considering participating in the Martin Luther King Jr. Unity March on Monday: “The bad guys aren’t going to win, and they need to come down and show them that,” said Lt. Joe Walker. Walker, who will be overseeing…

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Man missing w/ Pomeranian dog

The Pend Oreille County Sheriff's Office asking for help locating a 54-year-old man and his Pomeranian dog. William J. "Bill" Bailey, 54, had been staying in his car on a friend's property in Cusick when he was reported missing Jan. 3. Bailey is 5-foot-11, 230…

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