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Sirens & Gavels archive for April 2012

MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012

2 more suspects ID'd in drug robbery

Two suspected accomplices have been charged with robbing a Spokane clinic of prescription drugs in December. Shawn Savynjo Struck, 41, was arrested this weekend on a second-degree robbery charge for allegedly helping Brian Lee "Rowdy" Riley rob the Spokane Falls Family Clinic, 120 W. Mission…

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Man gets 8+ years for domestic assault 

A Coeur d'Alene man who choked a woman unconscious and caused her severe head injuries is to spend at least eight years in prison. John Joseph Marr, 57, said he walked in on his victim choking herself when they contacted him at his home last…

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Uncle in kidnapping jailed on high bond

A longtime Spokane felon accused of kidnapping his 14-year-old niece will remain jailed on $350,000 bond, a judge ruled Friday. Steven Norton Tofte, 53, told police he was trying to keep the girl from her abusive family members, but police continue to investigate the circumstances…

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SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2012

Gas theft helps cops bust burglary ring 

A fuel theft at a Spokane Valley gas station this week led police to uncover a suspected burglary ring, officials said Friday. Bojan Derzic, 30, told police he'd committed 10 to 15 burglaries in recent months after he was arrested for allegedly stealing fuel at…

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FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012

DSHS worker had 'disturbing' child porn 

A state social services employee accused of distributing child pornography must undergo a mental health evaluation before he can leave jail, a judge ruled today. A federal prosecutor said the material distributed by Darrell J. Rogers, who licenses foster homes for children, is some of…

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 Ronald Reynolds, left, returns to his seat as his wife, Linda Reynolds, looks on and his son Jonathan Reynolds, right, steps up to speak during a news conference at an attorney's office Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, in Olympia, Wash. Jonathan and Ronald Reynolds say they did not kill Ronda Reynolds in 1998, disputing the conclusion of an inquest jury. Ronald and Jonathan Reynolds said at the news conference that the accusations against them have been wrecking their lives. An inquest jury last month found the Reynolds men responsible for the death of Ronda Reynolds. The coroner issued arrest warrants for the two men, but the county prosecutor said there's not enough evidence to charge them criminally. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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'48 Hours' to feature Reynolds case

Ronald Reynolds, left, returns to his seat as his wife, Linda Reynolds, looks on and his son Jonathan Reynolds, right, steps up to speak during a news conference at an attorney's office Nov. 10, 2011, in Olympia. Jonathan and Ronald Reynolds say they did not…

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This Dec. 18, 1984 file photo shows Don Nichols, right, standing with his son, Dan Nichols, left, as they pled not guilty in court in Virginia City, Mont. Standing with them is attorney, Steve Ungar. The U.S. attorney’s office in Montana has filed federal drug and weapons charges against Dan Nichols, part of the father and-son duo convicted in kidnapping a world class athlete in 1984, killing a would-be rescuer and eluding authorities for months, April 19, 2012. ((AP Photo/File))

Warrant issued for '80s 'mountain man'

This Dec. 18, 1984 file photo shows Don Nichols, right, standing with his son, Dan Nichols, left, as they pled not guilty in court in Virginia City, Mont. Standing with them is attorney, Steve Ungar. (AP Photo/File) By MATT GOURAS,Associated Press HELENA, Mont. (AP) —…

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Spokane police are trying to identity a person of interest in an attempted child luring.
The incident occurred April 11 at the Shadle Park WalMart on West Wellesley Avenue.
Anyone with information on the man's identity is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233. (Spokane Police Department)

Pic shows possible child luring suspect

Spokane police are trying to identity a person of interest in an attempted child luring. The incident occurred April 11 at the Shadle Park WalMart on West Wellesley Avenue, police said today. Anyone with information on the man's identity is asked to call Crime Check…

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Lawsuit says circumcision 'robbed' man

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota prison inmate is suing the hospital where he was circumcised as a newborn, saying he only recently became aware that he'd undergone the procedure and that it robbed him of his sexual prowess. Dean Cochrun, 28, is…

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'Baby's momma' call helps nab suspect

BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) — Thanks to a ringing cellphone with an incoming call from "Baby's momma," police in Michigan say they were able to track down a suspected robber. Investigators in Bay City said a cellphone was found on the ground of a convenience…

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THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2012

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is trying to identify the owners of suspected stolen property seized Tuesday after a resident reported suspicious activity in Spokane Valley.
Officials found the items, which include silverware, jewelry and medical cards, in a car that Curtis McKelvey, 28, was driving when sheriff's Deputy Ebel stopped him for driving with expired tabs near Liberty and Argonne roads about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, sheriff's spokesman Deputy Craig Chamberlin said today.
Ebel was looking for the vehicle after a neighbors in the area of 7900 East Gunning Drive reported two suspicious men who'd walked into a backyard after backing a vehicle into a driveway.
McKelvey told Ebel he and his friend were in the area looking for work, Chamberlin said. He later said he was a heroin addict who needed money to buy more.
He allowed members of the sheriff's office burglary task force to search his car, where they located the suspected stolen property, along with bolt cutters, gloves and shaved car keys.
McKelvey was arrested on a felony warrant out of Adams County.
Photos of the property are available on the Sheriff's Office website or Facebook page. Victims who can identify their belongings should call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233 with the number o their theft report. You must provide proof of ownership to get your items back. (Spokane County Sheriff's Office)

Stolen property seized. Is it yours?

All photos of the property are available on the Sheriff's Office website or Facebook page. The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is trying to identify the owners of suspected stolen property seized Tuesday after a resident reported suspicious activity north of Spokane Valley. Officials found the…

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Felon leads police to guns, stolen car

Deputies in Spokane Valley found two suspected stolen firearms Tuesday while contacting a woman who was driving with a suspended license, officials said today. Jill A. Benton, 27, told deputies she placed a backpack in the bed of a truck next to her vehicle in…

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Man gets 3 years for drug robbery

A man who robbed a former sheriff's deputy with long intoxicated driving history has been sentenced to three years in prison. Matthias "Payback" Piggot, 30, (right) robbed James L. Crabtree (left) on Jan. 21, 2011, at an apartment in the 12700 block of East Shannon…

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CdA man arrested w/ 10 lbs of pot

A Coeur d'Alene man was arrested in southern Oregon Wednesday with 10 pounds of marijuana. Robert J. Nuszkiewicz, 50, was stopped for a traffic violating about 9:30 a.m. on Interstate 5 near milepost 90 in the Canyonville area. An Oregon State Police drug dog discovered…

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Wigged felon with gun, drugs charged 

A fugitive felon arrested in Spokane with drugs and a gun while wearing a wig and sunglasses has been indicted by a federal grand jury. James Anthony Stinson, 41, faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of being a felon in possession of…

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2012

Sex offender posing in park arrested

A Spokane sex offender is in jail after police say he posed for sexually explicit photos in Riverfront Park Tuesday afternoon. James Ray Febus, 36, told police that "there was really no full nudity" involved, but Spokane police Officer Shawn Pegram showed him photos to…

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Tips sought on CdA gymnasium thefts 

Coeur d'Alene police are asking for help identifying men believed to be responsible for thefts at local gymnasiums. At least two gyms have reported at least four thefts since March 20 in which thieves walk into the gyms and help themselves to keys and wallets…

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Scantily clad man flashes garbage man

A man wearing nothing but a wig and bra near Manito Park has reportedly been flashing a garbage man, "as well as leaving cards and notes for him," according to the latest Spokane Police Department weekly report. Police told KXLY-TV the man denied doing so,…

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FBI arrests social worker for child porn

A state social services employee who licenses foster care homes was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of child pornography possession. Darrell J. Rogers, 51, is in the Spokane County Jail without bail after appearing in U.S. District Court Tuesday afternoon. FBI agents arrested him at his…

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Man gets 31 years for wife's murder

A Stevens County man who shot his wife to death was sentenced Tuesday to 31 years in prison. Craig Raymond Cosby, 70, called 911 on Oct. 2, 2009, and said he'd shot his wife, Susan May Cosby, 53. Susan Cosby (pictured) was found dead of…

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TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2012

“It was weird. We were in the middle of the game and he got up and said ‘Oh, I gotta go,’ ” Preston Kahanu said of triple-murder suspect Dustin Gilman. Kahanu, his girlfriend, Saundra Warrington, and their baby, Mason, were believed to be among the last to see Gilman alive. (Colin Mulvany)

Cops recover vest linked to triple murder

Preston Kahanu is pictured in this Feb. 28 photo with his girlfriend, Saundra Warrington, and their baby, Mason, at their home on North Howard Street. (SRPhoto/Colin Mulvany) Spokane police today seized a bullet proof vest and video game console from the home of a Spokane…

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Bizarre stabbing leads to $250k bond

A bizarre stabbing at a north Spokane apartment late Saturday led to the arrest of a 20-year-old man. Spokane police say the woman Kurt J. Clausen is accused of stabbing has no idea why he attacked her. She said Clausen said nothing during the incident,…

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The Spokane Sheriff's Office is looking for the owner of a wedding ring set that was found after two suspected bicycle thieves were arrested Monday.

Corrections deputies recovered the rings from the front pants pocket of Damen J. Banning, 34, while booking him into jail on suspicion of first-degree trafficking in stolen property. (Spokane County Sheriff's Office)

Wedding ring set recovered in bike theft

The Spokane Sheriff's Office is looking for the owner of a wedding ring set that was found after two suspected bicycle thieves were arrested Monday. Corrections deputies recovered the rings from the front pants pocket of Damen J. Banning, 34, while booking him into jail…

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