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Sirens & Gavels archive for Aug. 2012

TUESDAY, AUG. 7, 2012

Woman awakens to burglars in home

A homeowner awoke to two strangers inside her home early today, and Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead to an arrest. The woman said she awoke to what she thought was a window breaking just after midnight at her home in...

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Victims sought in Valley burglaries

Spokane County Sheriff's detectives are looking for victims of unreported burglaries in the Spokane Valley area that may be connected to a trio of suspects arrested last week. Victims of burglaries between June 21 and Aug. 1 are asked to call Crime Check at (509)...

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2 charged in attempted carjacking

Two suspected car thieves tried to steal a vehicle from a stranger outside a north Spokane restaurant, police say. Bennie Lee Carson, 31, and Charles A. Nickens, 27, followed the man north on North Division Street and confronted him when he pulled into the McDonald's...

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MONDAY, AUG. 6, 2012

Deputy injured responding to hoax report 

Police continue to investigate a suspected hoax that led to a crash that injured a Spokane County sheriff's deputy early Friday. Rustin Olson, 35, a six-year veteran, was responding to a report of a fight involving 20 people at South Pines Elementary School, 12021 E....

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N. Idaho check theft suspects arrested

A 28-year-old man and a 17-year-old runaway linked by police to check thefts in Coeur d'Alene are in custody. Michael Graham Wilkins and Lacey Lynn Fugate were arrested at the Lake Drive Motel, 316 E. Coeur d'Alene Lake Drive, Friday about 6:30 p.m. after detectives...

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Taco truck protestor gets 7 years for guns 

A Whitman County man who bragged about being involved with racist taco-truck protests in Kootenai County has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison for unlawful gun possession. Jeremiah Daniel "J.D." Hop's lawyer, Roger Peven, asked for him to receive between 15 and 21...

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Video shows North Idaho police shooting

Two Post Falls police officers were justified when they shot a fugitive to death in March during a chase that ended in a cul-de-sac in Hayden, authorities concluded last week. Video from a police cruiser’s dashboard camera released Friday shows Justin Earl Nicholas Todd, 33,...

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SATURDAY, AUG. 4, 2012


FRIDAY, AUG. 3, 2012

Edwards arrestee appeals sentence 

A Spokane methamphetamine dealer ordered to spend 15 years in federal prison is trying to get his sentence overturned, in part because it was investigated by a now-fired Spokane police officer. David Brian Hill’s request is the latest twist in an investigation into potentially questionable...

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Tattoo could help track mail theft suspect

A 28-year-old Coeur d'Alene man and a 17-year-old runaway from Oregon are suspected of stealing checks from mailboxes in the Lake City. Michael Graham Wilkins and Lacey Lynn Fugate are suspected of stealing two checks from a business' mailbox in the 100 block of East...

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Thieves stole a a credit card from a car near Sanders Beach in Coeur d'Alene last week, then used it to rack up $185 in charges at Walgreens.
Surveillance photos from Walgreen released on Thursday show a man and two women, and police are looking for tips on their identities. A photo of their vehicle also is included.
The victim told police he'd left his wallet in his unlocked car in the 900 block of East Young Avenue on July 26. The vehicle was secure between midnight and 4 a.m. That's when the owner got a call from Citi Bank reporting fraudulent activity on his credit card and discovered his car had been prowled.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Coeur d'Alene Police Department at (208) 769-2320. (Coeur d'Alene Police Department)

Tips sought on CdA car prowlers

Thieves stole a a credit card from a car near Sanders Beach in Coeur d'Alene last week, then used it to rack up $185 in charges at Walgreens. Surveillance photos from Walgreens released on Thursday show a man and two women, and police are looking...

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Hospital denies surgical scars say KKK

By KRISTI EATON,Associated Press SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A lawyer for a Rapid City-area hospital being sued by a blind man who says the letters KKK were carved into his stomach during surgery said the accusations were contrived by other people and that every...

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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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