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Sirens & Gavels archive for Feb. 6, 2012

MONDAY, FEB. 6, 2012

Suspected peeper arrested in Cheney

A man with unzipped pants was arrested on suspicion of voyeurism following witness reports that he was spying on young women in Cheney late Friday. Police responded to the 500 block of Clay Street about 10:45 p.m. Friday, where an Eastern Washington University student said…

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Police guild 'embraces' Council's reforms 

Spokane Police Guild officials announced in a news release Monday that the union “embraces” a police reform resolution that the Spokane City Council is likely to approve tonight. “The Guild wants to thank the Council members for recognizing that many of the steps presented in…

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Drug suspect wanted after missing court

A man charged with a drug felony after police found him passed out just east of downtown is wanted by Crime Stoppers. Joseph Wade Davis, 27, has a colorful criminal history that includes a chase with a sheriff's deputy in June 2010 and another chase…

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Reward targets man who skipped trial

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead to the arrest of an assault suspect who missed the scheduled start of his trial last week. Joseph I. Ackaret, 28, is accused of hurling a beer bottle at a resident in the 2900 block…

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A look at Spokane police use of force 

To understand why the Spokane Police Department’s use-of-force training is under a microscope, consider this disconnect: Although the state’s top police trainer concluded that the fatal 2006 confrontation with unarmed janitor Otto Zehm was indefensible, the department’s own instructors and the city’s legal advisers have…

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Fugitive haunted by son's murder in jail

A man targeted by Crime Stoppers for failing to register as a sex offender committed the same crime three years ago while haunted by the brutal jailhouse murder of his son. William R. Rentz, 58, was convicted of third-degree child molestation in Cowlitz County in…

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