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Sirens & Gavels archive for Jan. 1, 2012

FRIDAY, AUG. 3, 2012

Woman tries to break into Ohio jail

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — Police in southwest Ohio are perplexed about why a woman tried to sneak into a county jail before telling authorities to arrest her. Deputies with the Butler County Sheriff's Office arrested 36-year-old Tiffany R. Hurd on Sunday morning after she was…

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Puerto Rico mayor camps on streets

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The mayor of Puerto Rico's capital says he will sleep aboard a bus on the streets of San Juan to prove they are safe. Jorge Santini said Thursday that he and his family will spend several nights on a…

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THURSDAY, AUG. 2, 2012

3 burglary suspects arrested in Valley

Three burglary suspects were arrested today during searches at two homes in Spokane Valley. Marina Florianovich, 24, Vyacheslav Znovets, 20, and Michael Mendez, 20, are accused of burglaries between June 23 and July 30 that netted thousands of dollars of jewelry, according to the Spokane…

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SpokaneSucks.com linked to Post Falls 34 

A new website emerged today that questions the safety of the City of Spokane and the staffing levels of the Spokane Police Department. Fliers advertising SpokaneSucks.com appeared this morning throughout the city. The website is linked to Jared Bartlett, 28, of Post Falls. Bartlett, a…

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Neglected animals include duck, sheep 

A woman has been charged with felony animal cruelty after emaciated animals, including a duck, were seized from her property near Long Lake in April. Sigrid Birgitta Winney, 63, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday and is scheduled for trial on Oct. 22. SCRAPS Animal Protection…

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Home-invasion robber gets 10 years 

A robber who fled a north Spokane home after being struck with a sword has been sentenced to nearly 11 years in prison. Nathan T. McDaniels, 28, alias Gardner, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary and two counts of first-degree robbery and was…

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Reward targets fugitive sex offender

A sex offender wanted since January for failing to register with authorities is being sought by Crime Stoppers. A reward is available for information that leads to the arrest of Jack Edward Johannbroer, 47, who was convicted of first-degree child molestation in 1993 in Spokane…

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Shoddy DNA work delays sentencing

A Spokane County judge on Wednesday postponed the sentencing of a man convicted almost exclusively on DNA evidence after defense attorneys learned that tests identifying their client as the killer had been done by a crime lab technician who later was fired. The technician’s work…

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Police chief candidates down to two

Mayor David Condon said Wednesday that he is “very confident” one of two remaining finalists will be the next Spokane police chief, despite a law enforcement panel’s recommendation that he restart the search. Either Daniel Mahoney, the commanding officer of the Ingleside Police Station within…

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Gypsy Lawson stands on her porch and talks in March 2008 about her federal indictment after authorities accused her of smuggling a rhesus macacque into the U.S. following a trip to Asia.  (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Monkey smuggler killed in car crash

Gypsy Lawson stands on her porch and talks in March 2008 about her federal indictment after authorities accused her of smuggling a rhesus macacque into the U.S. following a trip to Asia. (SRphoto/Jesse Tinsley) A woman who smuggled a monkey from Thailand to Spokane in…

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Court overturns Idaho man's convictions

BOISE - A Kootenai County man has been cleared of three felony charges, after the Idaho Court of Appeals ruled a jury didn’t have sufficient evidence to conclude he had a gun when he angrily confronted friends of his ex-girlfriend in 2010 after vandalizing their…

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 1, 2012

Jury: Man groped Moody bible student

A man who sexually assaulted a 19-year-old Moody Bible Institute student at Mission Park in March has been convicted of a sex offense. A Spokane County jury deliberated for about an hour and a half Tuesday before convicting John L. Sanders of indecent liberties. Sanders…

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Chinese exports case lands in Spokane

A Canadian man suspected of sending United States defense materials to China is in jail in Spokane. Kevin Zhang, alias Zhao Wei Zhang, 41, was arrested by the U.S. Border Patrol near Metaline Falls on Monday. He’d been wanted since January 2011 on a sealed…

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Spokane police Officer Teresa Fuller rewards crash victim Danika Packard for wearing her bike helmet with a free ice cream coupon from McDonald's. (Safe Kids Spokane)

Hospital staff: Crash suspect faked it

Spokane police Officer Teresa Fuller rewards crash victim Danika Packard with a free ice cream coupon for wearing her bicycle helmet. (SPD photo) A former Gonzaga Law School student pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a hit-and-run crash that police say could have killed a 2-year-old…

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Pepper-spray attack suspect leaves jail

A Spokane woman accused of attacking an elderly woman with pepper spray in a North Side parking lot is out of jail on $2,000 bail. Sherri L. Bester, alias Schlosser, 49, is accused of third-degree assault for an incident outside Home Depot, 9116 N. Newport…

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Gun thief gets more time than murderer

A Stevens County judge on Tuesday sentenced a convicted gun thief to 125 years in prison — a term that’s about 100 years longer than the sentences handed down to three others for a murder committed using one of the stolen guns. Superior Court Judge…

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TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2012

Police are trying to identify a man who headbutted a WalMart cashier while shoplifting last week.

An image from a surveillance video shows the man at the store on East Broadway Avenue in Spokane Valley.

A cashier told police he approached the man when he saw him walking toward the west exit with a large bulge in his sweatshirt about 12:45 a.m. July 24.

The man tried to exit, but the doors were locked, so he headbutted the cashier and escaped through a fire exit, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office. The thief dropped stolen items in the process.

The Sheriff''s Office released the surveillance photo today in hopes someone will recognize the man.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Jack Rosenthal at (509) 220-6424 or at (509) 477-3186. (Spokane County Sheriff's Office)

WalMart shoplifter headbutts cashier

Police are trying to identify a man who headbutted a WalMart cashier while shoplifting last week. An image from a surveillance video shows the man at the store on East Broadway Avenue in Spokane Valley. A cashier told police he approached the man when he…

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Medical pot robbery reported in Valley

Two men were arrested for a gunpoint robbery in Spokane Valley on Sunday that the victim said targeted medical marijuana. Veniamin Glushchenko, 20, and Krysta Rose Jones, 21, are accused of robbing a man at a home in the 17400 block of East Coach Avenue.…

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Victim says sexuality prompted attack

A knife assault that nearly killed a man early Saturday began after the victim described himself as gay, according to Spokane police. The 28-year-old victim was drinking with a friend at a home in the 400 block of South Fiske Street when a man approached…

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Exercising man loses BMW, gun, wallet

A car was recovered minutes after it was stolenin north Spokane recently when the alleged thief’s friend turned him in. The 73-year-old owner, Robert B. Renz, parked his 2006 BMW at 8121 N. Division St. before exercising at the North Park Athletic Club on Friday.…

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Thief strikes children's music nonprofit

Someone stole about $5,000 in equipment from a downtown cafe and concert house last weekend. A thief or thieves climbed in an open but barred window in the back courtyard the Village Cafe and Concert House., 171 S. Washington St., and stole recording equipment, guitars,…

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Wallace's alleged accomplice tries suicide

A man accused of helping Charles Wallace, who shot two sheriff’s deputies before shooting himself to death last month, tried to kill himself at the Spokane County Jail on Friday. Robert Lee “Bo” Ruth, 42, who was jailed last week after his girlfriend told police…

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MONDAY, JULY 30, 2012

Woman sentenced for fatal hit and run 

A 21-year-old woman who drove away after fatally striking a Spokane pedestrian earlier this year has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison. Hannah K. Hahn is to serve 31 months behind bars with credit for 180 days already served. She pleaded guilty Friday…

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Accused killer attacks cellmate at jail 

A mentally ill man accused of murdering his pregnant girlfriend choked his cellmate unconscious at the Spokane County Jail Friday, police say. Robbie W. Bishop. 22, faces a second-degree assault charge for attacking Terry Ingram, Jr., 33, who is in jail on a $1,000 District…

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