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Sirens & Gavels archive for Jan. 1, 2012

FRIDAY, AUG. 17, 2012

Deputy prosecutor becomes burglary victim

A man charged with everything from harming a police dog and burglarizing the condominium owned by the Chief Civil Deputy Spokane County Prosecutor appeared in court Thursday and was held on a $100,000 bond. Christopher A. Hill, 32, appeared before Superior Court Judge Annette Plese…

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Accused bear spray robber gets $10,000 bond

The man accused of using bear spray to commit two robberies was ordered held on a $10,000 bond for a companion charge of assault. Jeffrey M. Matthews, 29, appeared Friday before Superior Court Judge Annette Plese. However, documents had not yet arrived regarding two other…

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THURSDAY, AUG. 16, 2012

Pyramid prank spreads to Vermont

Is it a trend or a copycat caper? Less than a week after Spokane pranksters snagged the spotlight with their makeshift pyramids built from stacked picnic tables in city parks, police in Vermont are investigating similar hijinks. The Associated Press reports that burglars broke into…

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Spokane losing first police ombudsman

Spokane’s first police ombudsman will soon be out of a job, and the city may be without a permanent replacement for several months. Mayor David Condon has decided not to renew Ombudsman Tim Burns’ three-year contract that expires Aug. 24, said City Administrator Theresa Sanders.…

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 15, 2012

Car prowling surge reported in county

The Sheriff's Office is warning of a surge in vehicle prowling in the Greenacres area of east Spokane County. Nearly 24 prowlings have been reported to Crime Check since Monday. They've occurred mostly between Barker Road and Harvard Road, and north of Sprague Avenue to…

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A reward is being offered for tips that help identify a man who robbed a Spokane convenience store at gunpoint early Saturday.
Surveillance photos released today show the man pointing a gun at a clerk at 7-Eleven, 1425 N. Maple St., about 4:30 a.m.
The robber is described as 5-foot-6 and 180 pounds, and in his late 20s or early 30s.
Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips <a href="http://www.crimestoppersinlandnorthwest.org/">online.</a>  Tipsters do not have to leave their name to collect a reward but should lave a code name or number. (Spokane Police Department)

Photos show gunpoint 7-Eleven robbery

A reward is being offered for tips that help identify a man who robbed a Spokane convenience store at gunpoint early Saturday. Surveillance photos released today show the man pointing a gun at a clerk at 7-Eleven, 1425 N. Maple St., about 4:30 a.m. The…

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Robber gets 41 years for '92 murder

A serial bank robber and protected federal witness has been sentenced to 41 years in prison for the 1992 murder of a Spokane Valley furniture store owner. Patrick Kevin Gibson, 60, was convicted of first-degree murder of the Nov. 7, 1992, shooting death of Brian…

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A Spokane Sheriff's car, driven by Deputy Rustin Olson in a crash last Friday, sits in the Sheriff's parking lot Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012. The car left the roadway and flipped on South Pines Rd. after hitting a chunk of firewood placed or dropped in the roadway. Olson was speeding to a call about a fight at South Pines Elementary when it happened, but there was no fight found, leading police to suspect a hoax designed to catch a police officer driving by and cause an accident. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

2 teen boys arrested in cop car crash

A Spokane County sheriff's car driven by Deputy Rustin Olson in a crash sits in the Sheriff's Office parking lot on Aug. 8. (SRPhoto/Jesse Tinsley) Two teens have been arrested for placing wood and rocks on Pines Road that led to a patrol car crash…

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This piranha was seized from a South Hill apartment on Friday. (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Piranhas, alligator seized on South Hill

Piranhas and a small alligator were seized from a South Hill apartment on Friday. (submitted photos) Piranhas offered for trade on Craigslist led state fish and game agents to seize several of the exotic, human-eating fish from an apartment on Spokane’s lower South Hill. The…

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TUESDAY, AUG. 14, 2012

Convicted conman pleads guilty to fraud 

A conman who went to prison for duping people out of $124,000 for a fraudulent cattle farm investment is likely headed back here after pleading guilty to a similar scheme in North Idaho. James Andrew Harris, 44, pleaded guilty to wire fraud Monday and faces…

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Man arrested for assault w/ gun, vehicle

A Spokane man was arrested early Saturday for allegedly threatening a man with a handgun, then running into him with his SUV. Christopher Gregory told police he confronted Ike Scott Smith, 30, about a woman named Lisa and property that might be in his home…

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Gun confrontation leads to 2 arrests

Two men were arrested on felony assault charges after witnesses told police they pointed guns at woman sitting in a car near a Spokane Valley bar early Sunday. Charles Willy Jackson, 25, and Anttwon D. Scurlock, 21, are accused of confronting the 27-year-old woman across…

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Detectives search murder suspect Daniel Arteaga's home at 19329 E. Valleyway Ave., in Spokane Valley on Tuesday. (Meghann Cuniff / The Spokesman-Review)

Suspect had victim's obituary in his truck

Detectives search murder suspect Daniel Arteaga's home at 19329 E. Valleyway Ave., in Spokane Valley on Tuesday. (SRPhoto/Meghann Cuniff) Detectives found a newspaper containing murder victim Kim Schmidt's obituary when they searched the truck of her suspected killer recently. Daniel R. Arteaga, 40, had the…

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MONDAY, AUG. 13, 2012

Switch to back seat saves man's life 

A man's decision to move to the back seat of a car as he drunkenly argued with his brother may have saved his life early Sunday, police said today. Spokane County sheriff's Deputy Jeff Thurman doesn't believe the man would have survived the crash into…

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Suspect cleared in May home invasion

A Spokane man arrested for a May home-invasion robbery has been cleared of wrongdoing in what his lawyer says was a case of mistaken identity. Joshua Clint Epperson, 32, still faces seven felony gun, drug, burglary and theft charges for a May 1 burglary. Police…

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Encounter with jurors sparks debate

Buried in the transcripts unsealed last week of the secret jury hearings held by a federal judge in the Karl F. Thompson Jr. case, was an apparent chance encounter between the jury forewoman and the alternate juror. Jury Forewoman Diane Riley said she was having…

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FRIDAY, AUG. 10, 2012

Do you know this child porn peddler?

Federal authorities are trying to identify a woman who is featured in child pornography with victims who have yet to be rescued. The woman could live anywhere in the United States. She is depicted in several videos discovered in June during a child pornography investigation…

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Judy Reisner wants her son, Kevin Ellison, to get mental health treatment, but he sits in the Spokane County Jail. The former Spokane Shock player has been in the jail’s solitary confinement since he was arrested for arson in June. (Dan Pelle)

Ex-Shock player in solitary confinement

Judy Reisner wants her son, Kevin Ellison, to get mental health treatment, but he sits in the Spokane County Jail. (SRPhoto/Dan Pelle) A former pro football player arrested for arson in June remains in solitary confinement at the Spokane County Jail, and his mother says…

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Man, 78, sent to prison for pot dealing

A 78-year-old man who allowed drug traffickers to use his property just south of the Canadian border in Ferry County will spend 2 1/2 years in federal prison, a judge ruled Thursday. Alvin Oliver Shields had 700 pounds of marijuana on his property when federal…

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A woman being pursued by police crashed a stolen car into a house in north Spokane Wednesday then tried to hide in a stranger's garage, police say.
Kristina M. Groce, 21, ran from the crash at 4906 N. Pittsburg St. and entered a home at 1711 E. Wabash Ave., uninvited, asked to use the phone and told the homeowner not to call police, according to court documents.
Officer Dan Cole tried to stop Groce after realizing the 2003 Toyota Celica she was driving was stolen. Cole said Groce drove over 60 mph and ran a stop sign at Nevada and Wabash before crashing into the home.
"Luckily no children were in the yard when the stolen car went onto sidewalk under cyclone fence and into corner of house," police wrote on Facebook.
The car's owner was at a laundromat earlier that day when someone grabbed his keys and stole his it, police say. (Spokane Police Department)

Woman crashes stolen car into house

Police released this photo of the crash at North Pittsburg Street and East Wabash Avenue Wednesday. A woman being pursued by police crashed a stolen car into a house in north Spokane Wednesday then tried to hide in a stranger's garage, police say. Kristina M.…

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This image provided by KVVU-TV shows a billboard with a mannequin dangling from a hangman's noose near The Strip in Las Vegas. Authorities said calls began coming in early Wednesday Aug. 8, 2012, from drivers worried the dummy along Interstate 15 near was a real person. A Nevada Highway Patrol spokesman said the sign is a publicity stunt done in bad taste. A woman who answered the phone at Lamar Advertising Co. says the sign was not authorized and was being removed. (AP Photo/KVVU, Peter Dawson) ((AP Photo/KVVU, Peter Dawson))

Dummy on noose shocks Vegas drivers

This image provided by KVVU-TV shows a billboard with a mannequin dangling from a hangman's noose near The Strip in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/KVVU, Peter Dawson) By MICHELLE RINDELS,Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Even by Las Vegas standards, it was a shocking billboard: A…

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THURSDAY, AUG. 9, 2012

Tips sought on CdA gun, car thefts 

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that solve a gun and car theft at a Coeur d'Alene business. Someone entered Tate Engineering, 1103 N. 4th St., early July 30 and stolen two guns and credit cards, as well as a 2003 GMC Sierra…

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'Sovereigns' arrested after SWAT standoff

Two men arrested after a SWAT team standoff in Otis Orchards Wednesday have been identified as Michael Francis Hicks, 55, and David Ray Galland, 58. A sheriff's detective was driving east on Interstate 90 near Sullivan Road when he saw a red truck in front…

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