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Sirens & Gavels archive for Jan. 1, 2012

THURSDAY, SEPT. 20, 2012

Is this Spokane's unluckiest burglar? 

Admitted burglar Jeramie Davis, who looted a Spokane porn shop in 2008 as its slain owner lay dead on the floor, will remain in jail while waiting for his rare second chance to try convincing a jury that he's not a killer -- just Spokane's...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 19, 2012

Now on to the penalty phase ... 

For nearly a year, former Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. has avoided sentencing on his federal convictions for using excessive force in the beating of Otto Zehm and then lying to investigators about it. But with yesterday's refusal by U.S. District Judge Fred...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 18, 2012

MONDAY, SEPT. 17, 2012

Spokane hosts national ombudsman conference

With the future of Spokane's police ombudsman program in question, the city soon will be awash in government ombudsmen (and women) arriving for an international conference on public oversight. The United States Ombudsman Association is gathering in Spokane for its 33rd annual conference Oct. 8...

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Ex con sought for questioning in downtown homicide

Police are still searching for 35-year-old Kevin Heaton, the man identifed as a "person of interest" in last week's homicide outside a downtown Spokane motel. Heaton should be considered "armed and dangerous," according to Spokane police, and has an extensive criminal history that includes potential...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 12, 2012

Ryan Crocker, the outgoing U. S. ambassador in Afghanistan, talks to the Associated Press on Thursday. (Associated Press)

Crocker's DUI hearing postponed 

The court hearing was postponed Wednesday for Ryan Crocker, former ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan, who was charged last month with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident. Crocker did not appear before Spokane County District Judge Sara Derr. But his attorney, Julie Twyford,...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 10, 2012

Edward Gover

Valley shooting probe expected soon

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said Monday that he expects within days that detectives will complete and turn over to prosecutors the probe into last week's deputy-involved shooting. Deputies Aaron Childress and Eric Werner remain on paid administrative leave as Spokane Police detectives work to...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 5, 2012

Shellye Stark leaves Spokane Superior Court on Thursday after being sentenced to almost 51 years for the murder of her husband, Dale Stark, in December 2007.  (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Shellye Stark trial 2.0 

Jury selection is set to begin today before Superior Court Judge Tari Eitzen. More than a hundred jurors have been called in for the pool. It's not yet clear whether Eitzen will begin testimony this week. Judges here typically do not hear testimony on Fridays....

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 4, 2012

Dive team discovers probable murder weapon

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office dive team recovered what is believed to be a murder weapon in the Spokane River Tuesday. Authorities believe the AK-47 rifle was used to kill Marcus Allen Schur, who died of multiple gunshot wounds Dec. 27, 2011 in north Whitman...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 3, 2012

Suspect's droopy pants aid in his capture

A suspected burglar was captured after his droopy pants got stuck on security window bars last week, while a police dog tracked and caught his suspected accomplice, police said. Responding to a report of a burglary in progress Friday night at Holz Fuel, 5526 N....

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One night in Bangkok ...

You're an heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune, with a sleek, charcoal-gray Ferrari and a gated home in Bangkok. What could possibly go wrong? BREAKING NEWS: Red Bull heir arrested for driving Ferrari that struck a police officer and dragged the dead body...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 31, 2012

Sheriff’s Deputy Craig Chamberlin monitors how well a test car brakes after an  application of liquid de-icer near the intersection of  Wellesley and Trent avenues Jan. 29, during the reconstruction of an accident that  injured two East Valley High students Dec. 29.colinm@spokesman.com (Colin Mulvany)

Sheriff's Office touts new task force 

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office issued statistics Thursday indicating that an on-going effort to target criminals responsible for residential burglaries has begun to pay off. Sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Craig Chamberlin said reported burglaries have decreased in unincorporated Spokane County by about 8 percent when comparing...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 30, 2012

Firefighter suspended over religious emails

A Spokane Valley firefighter says he'll continue using his government email account to send religious-oriented messages to fellow firefighters despite being suspended for two days and ordered to stop. Fire Capt. Jon Sprague contends that he has a constitutional right to use taxpayer-provided resources to...

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Burglary suspects caught in the act

Spokane County deputies arrested a man and a woman who claimed to be staying at a furnished but unoccupied home on North Sands Road after they found the home ransacked. The case started Monday night when the homeowner drove out to the home, in the...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 29, 2012

Jury sends child stalker to the island

A jury took under an hour, excluding lunch, Tuesday to civilly commit a convicted rapist to state custody likely for the rest of his life. Albert A. Brooks, 67, showed no emotion as the jury confirmed that the state provided enough evidence to show that...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 28, 2012

John H. "Herb" Friedlund, the suspect in a neglect case involving a 106-year-old woman, was arrested Aug. 2, 2011, when he showed up to court for a hearing to appoint new legal counsel. Friedlund, 78, was arrested on nine felony theft charges related to missing funds from the woman, Frances T. Swan.   (Stevens County Sheriff's Department)

Charges mount for Friedlund

A Stevens County man charged with illegally raiding hundreds of thousands of dollars from the elderly woman under his care has been ordered to remain in federal custody at the Spokane County Jail. John "Herb" Friedlund, 79, sought release Monday from U.S. Magistrate Judge Cynthia...

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MONDAY, AUG. 27, 2012

Thieves muscle in on school fundraiser

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A Eugene school's wrestling team was feeling pretty good about raising funds by collecting scrap metal until thieves muscled in on the action. Churchill High School coach Scott Kearney expected Saturday's fundraiser would bring in more than $3,000, based on the...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 24, 2012

THURSDAY, AUG. 23, 2012

Straub promises innovation for SPD

Spokane Mayor David Condon made it official Wednesday, naming former Indianapolis Public Safety Director Frank Straub as his choice to take over leadership of the city's scandal-scarred police force. The appointment requires City Council confirmation, which could take up to a month to bring to...

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Ouch: Skull fractured in sword attack

Police are looking for a sword-wielding maniac who attacked a bystander in Spokane Valley earlier this week, landing at least two blows on the victim's head and fracturing his skull. Investigators think they know who's responsible and are asking for help locating the man they...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 22, 2012

Home invasion robbery targets 82-year-old

Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies are seeking help identifying two men who reportedly entered the home of an 82-year-old woman Tuesday and stole several items. The victim told deputies that two males, between the ages of 17 and 22, entered the home in the 12500 block...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 21, 2012

James R. Cooley, 22 (Meghann M. Cuniff / The Spokesman-Review)

Spokane child killer gets 36 years  

A Spokane man who pleaded guilty to killing a 1-year-old and beating another infant blind and brain damage was sentenced Monday to more than 36 years in prison. James R. Cooley, 24, apologized the families of the children he abused and said he wished he...

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MONDAY, AUG. 20, 2012

Investigation just beginning in homicide 

A 25-year-old man was found dead Sunday morning in what Spokane Valley authorities are investigating as a possible homicide. Spokane County Sheriff’s detectives believe they know the identity of the deceased man but don’t know how he died, sheriff’s spokesman Deputy David Thornburg said in...

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Laughing driver caught after chase 

Spokane Police arrested a 21-year-old woman today after she drove away from a traffic stop and continued to laugh as officers chased her through southeast Spokane until one officer finally ended the chase by forcing her to crash. The chase started just before 5 p.m....

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FRIDAY, AUG. 17, 2012

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