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Sirens & Gavels archive for April 24, 2012

TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2012

Booze bottles lead to burglary arrests

Empty liquor bottles in the yard of a home that's typically immaculate led to the arrest of two Spokane residents on burglary charges last week, officials said today. Ashley C. Spencer, 24, and her boyfriend, Zachary T. Harris, 23, had been staying in one of…

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Attack suspect to undergo mental exam

A man accused of a bizarre attack in downtown Spokane earlier this month is to undergo a mental health examination. Justin T. Betts, 29, is due back in Spokane County Superior Court next month to determine if he's competent to stand trial. An arraignment scheduled…

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Rogue lumber employee guilty in fraud

An unauthorized sales agreement between a rogue North Idaho lumber employee and a Spokane company has led to a felony conviction in federal court. Trevor Mokry, 32, received about $581,000 from The Pallet Place for lumber he sold them from Stimson Lumber Company in Plummer,…

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2 sentenced in CdA bar cocaine case

A Coeur d'Alene man involved in a large cocaine distribution ring that was based in part out of a Sherman Avenue bar has been sentenced to four years in prison. Christopher McFarland, 49, (left) also is to be on probation for five years and has…

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Cops: Assailant requested bigger knife

A woman accused of stabbing her longtime boyfriend said she wanted a bigger knife so she could cut him deeper, witnesses told police. Cathleen A. Parke, 50, was arrested Saturday at an apartment on North Washington Street in Medical Lake after deputies found her boyfriend,…

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Bearded woman asks for new trial

A woman who wears a beard as a symbol of her activism and lives as a man is asking for a new trial following her conviction earlier this month for grabbing a Spokane Police officer's genitals in 2009 during an arrest. Joseph Ali Bin Muhammad,…

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Fire station 'owner' accused of assault

A Medical Lake man was arrested for allegedly obstructing police and assaulting a firefighter Saturday after he walked into the fire station garage and claimed to own all the equipment. Edward John Ramsey, 49, pushed a firefighter who tried to escort him from the garage…

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