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Sirens & Gavels archive for Jan. 1, 2012

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 4, 2012

Fugitive cop shooting suspect arrested

A man who officials say escaped capture last month after trying to fire a gun at a Spokane police officer has been arrested in Addy, Wash. . Chase J. Earl-West, 22, who was wanted on a warrant for violating drug court conditions imposed for a...

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Man caught w/ 1 lb of meth pleads guilty

A Royal City, Wash., man arrested in North Idaho with nearly a pound of methamphetamine in the trunk of his car pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court. Severiano V. Valle, 49, faces five to 40 years in prison and four years probation after pleading...

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Athol man admits child porn charge

An Athol, Idaho, man pleaded guilty Tuesday to a child pornography charge related to illicit material found during a search of his home in September 2010. Samuel Ted Ussery, 50, faces up to five years in prison and three years of probation after pleading guilty...

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$40k bond for shotgun carjack suspect

An 18-year-old man accused of carjacking a woman who was with her infant remains jailed on $40,000 bond. Dustin M. Lange is accused of pointing a shotgun at Rachelle Bergman and "racking it" as she was trying to load her newborn baby into her 1998...

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New details on chase that led to suicide 

A North Idaho man who killed himself during a police chase was allegedly trying to persuade his wife to drop charges against him. Daniel Joe Zehm, 52, contacted his wife Sondra Zehm on Saturday at their Dalton Gardens home, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s...

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Spokane Police Major Scott Stephens takes questions after Mayor David Condon names him the interim Police Chief at a press conference Tuesday Jan. 3, 2012.  (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Stephens named interim police chief 

(Top) Scott Stephens takes questions after Mayor David Condon names him the interim police chief at a press conference Tuesday. (Bottom right) Former Spokane police Chief Roger Bragdon, right, and Lt. Joe Walker, center, listen during a press conference where Condon, far left, appointed Stephens....

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TUESDAY, JAN. 3, 2012


Man pleads not guilty to murdering friend

A Spokane man accused of killing his friend in Riverfront Park after a night of drinking was arraigned today on a second-degree murder charge. Yukio M. Rideb, 21, (pictured right) pleaded not guilty to killing Romero J. Vivit, III, 21, in a fight early Dec....

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Police: Child molester living as transient

A sex offender considered likely to reoffend is living as a transient in Spokane County, the sheriff's office announced today. Kevin Duane Musgrove, 33, was convicted of first-degree child molestation in Spokane County in 1993. His victim was a 3-year-old boy. Musgrove was sentenced to...

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Superior Court assignments change

Today, Judge Maryann Moreno steps down from the role of presiding judge in Spokane County Superior Court after overseeing dramatic changes – and improved results – in how local officials administer justice. Presiding judges are elected by their peers and essentially handle the administration of...

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Kirkpatrick speaks about 5 years as chief

Anne Kirkpatrick’s last official day as chief of the Spokane Police Department is today, but she’d already left the city by the end of last week. She spoke candidly with The Spokesman-Review before she did. Check out my interview with her here. Mayor David Condon...

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