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Sirens & Gavels archive for April 2012

TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2012

Shari's customers robbed of laptops

Two customers at Shari's restaurant in northwest Spokane had their laptops stolen out of their hands Sunday, police say. The women were sitting in a booth about 4:50 p.m. when a man walked up, slammed a MacBook shut and grabbed it from one of them,…

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Chronic drunken driver gets 17 months

A retired Spokane firefighter with a history of impaired driving and a conviction for vehicular homicide has been sentenced to 17 months in prison for drunken driving. A jury convicted David W. Batty, 56, of drunken driving after a short trial in Spokane County Superior…

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Boy faces arson charge for house fire

A 13-year-old boy has been arrested allegedly setting fire to a vacant home in north Spokane last month. The boy was booked into Spokane County Juvenile Detention Center after being arrested at Glover Middle School. He was to appear before a judge on Monday, officials…

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MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2012

Burglar strikes while woman showers

A 75-year-old woman found a burglar in her home after getting out of her shower this morning, sheriff's deputies say. The woman heard loud banging on her front door in the 600 block of West Regina Drive about 10:30 a.m. and found the man standing…

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Boy arrested for DUI after police chase

A 17-year-old boy in a stolen van was arrested for drunken driving after running into a fast food restaurant, then disabling his front tires by running over a curb. The boy also faces charges of attempting to elude police, possession of a stolen vehicle, hit…

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Valley police arrest 4 burglary suspects

Police on Friday arrested four men considered to be "well known burglars" responsible for crimes in Spokane Valley, officials said today. A Spokane Valley night-shift patrol platoon led by Sgt. Don Manning focused on the area of 400 North University Road and the area of…

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Murderer with 60+ arrests back in jail 

A Spokane man arrested more than 60 times since avoiding prison as a teenager for his role in a murder is back behind bars. Nicholas Adam Limpert, now 26, is jailed on an unusually high bond of $250,000 for two counts of residential burglary after…

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Tips sought on coffee shop vandal

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is asking for help identifying two men involved in the vandalism of a Spokane Valley coffee shop. Surveillance video shows two men walk in front of the Whistle Shop coffee stand in the 16900 block of East Sprague Avenue on…

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Investigators seized these vests from suspected members of the criminal motorcycle gang the Hermanos in Sandpoint. (Bonner County Sheriff's Office)

Charges dropped in biker gang case

SANDPOINT — A North Idaho county is dropping criminal gang-recruitment charges against five people following an Idaho Supreme Court decision making it more difficult to prove the law was broken. Bonner County Deputy Prosecutor Shane Greenbank has moved to dismiss the charges against five people…

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THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2012

Missing man's body parts found in 2 locations

Police in Seattle have a mystery on their hands. According to The Associated Press, authorities say DNA testing has confirmed that body parts found in two separate Seattle-area locations are from the same man, 53-year-old Donald Meyer who was reported missing in June 2011. Last…

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2012

THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2012


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2012

Thieves strip home of copper piping

Thieves stripped a near-empty north Spokane home of copper piping on Tuesday, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office. A neighbor who watches the home in the area of 8700 N. Country Homes Blvd. said the home appeared normal when he left for work about…

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Video questions account of shooting

Watch me talk about the story in the video above with KHQ's Dave Cotton. A homeowner says his surveillance video brings into question the official account of why law enforcement shot and killed a North Idaho fugitive three weeks ago, though police warn against drawing…

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Car prowling suspect begs for leniency

A 21-year-old vehicle prowling suspect chased down by a Spokane County sheriff's deputy Tuesday night begged for leniency and said he had recently been released from prison, officials say. Orlando Jaramillo, who was a Crime Stoppers fugitive just two months ago, told Deputy Robert Satake…

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Police: Woman had meth in body cavity 

Police said a Coeur d'Alene woman was arrested with methamphetamine inside her vaginal cavity this morning, but they later said the woman only said meth was located there, and none was found. Detectives with the North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force located Christine R. Davis-Jasinki,…

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Owners of stolen sports cards sought

Sports cards were recovered during a recent investigation into a burglary ring, and detectives are looking for their owners. Detectives believe the cards were stolen in the last six months during residential burglaries in Spokane County. Suspects Dustin J. Myhren, 26, and Donald G. Myhren,…

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$250k bond for child abuse suspect

A 22-year-old Spokane man accused of assaulting his infant daughter will remain jailed on $250,000 bond, a judge ruled Tuesday. Joshua E. Gillis is in the Spokane County Jail after he was arrested in Texas last week by federal marshals at the request of Spokane…

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Plea replaces life sentence w/ 3 years

A Spokane man whose three-strikes trial was halted because of concerns about racist comments made by jurors has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge. Bobby S. Galloway, 24, was sentenced to three years in prison for third-degree assault after pleading guilty last week before Superior…

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TUESDAY, APRIL 3, 2012

In this January 1997 photo, Marcus Schur, then eight-years-old, uses a wet-vac to suck up the remaining water in a family friend's kitchen after home along Pine Creek in Rosalia flooded. Schur was murdered in Whitman County in December 2011. (SR archives)
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3rd man arrested in Rosalia murder 

In this January 1997 photo, Marcus Schur, then eight-years-old, uses a wet-vac to suck up the remaining water in a family friend's kitchen after homes along Pine Creek in Rosalia flooded. Schur was murdered in Whitman County in December 2011. (SR archives) A third suspect…

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Fugitive arrested for alleged ring heist

A property crime suspect sought for weeks by Crime Stoppers and Spokane police was arrested Friday after stealing an expensive ring from Fred Meyer, officers say. Taylor Aleck Contos, 29, was a passenger in a black truck matching the description of the vehicle used in…

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Fugitive arrested in Center of Universe 

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A man who failed to appear in court on charges he caused a disturbance at a Missoula hotel was taken into custody by a bail bond company after a standoff at a Wallace, Idaho, hotel. Michael Dell Babinski, 42, was booked…

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Brothers suspected in big burglary ring

Two brothers already facing trial for a burglary last year are suspected of a series of burglaries in Spokane and Stevens counties. Dustin J. Myhren, 26, and Donald G. Myhren, 30, were arrested Saturday after a detective reviewing burglary reports noticed that the description of…

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Man, 20, gets 15 years for '07 murder

A 20-year-old man arrested for a 2007 murder was sentenced recently to 15 years in prison. Derrick Gregory Martin-Armstead (right) also was ordered to pay $6,651 restitution after pleading guilty to second-degree murder for the Nov. 12, 2007, shooting death of Daniel Burgess, 30. Burgess…

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