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Sirens & Gavels archive for Feb. 9, 2012

THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2012

Fugitive bounty hunter arrested in Fla. 

Federal agents have arrested an unlicensed bounty hunter whose alleged apprehension techniques led to felony charges and a criminal investigation against a Spokane police officer. Dennis Kariores, 42, was taken into custody today in Pensacola, Fla., on a $150,000 warrant for first-degree burglary, unlawful imprisonment…

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Convicted bank swindler John Earl Petersen is pictured in 1997. (Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review)

Repeat con artist headed back to prison 

Convicted bank swindler John Earl Petersen is pictured in 1997. (S-R archives) A convicted bank swindler who boldly walked out of a Spokane courtroom three years ago to avoid arrest is headed to federal prison. John Earl Petersen, the key figure in the collapse of…

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Man Tasered over $150 heroin debt

A Spokane woman forced her way into a man's home and shocked him with a Taser over a $150 heroin debt early Wednesday, police say. Faith M. Lee, 39, was arrested on a first-degree burglary charge with Roger Larry Blair, 53, after a resident at…

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'Boisterous' claims to nurse aids in arrest

A driver involved in a one-car crash that engulfed his vehicle in flames allegedly bragged to a nurse about the incident, police say. William C. Calamanco, 25, "was in a boisterous state and explained to the nurse that he was 'driving really, really, really fast,'"…

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24 lbs. of pot in Ore. leads to Spokane

The discovery of 24 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop in Oregon led police to arrest a suspected distributor in Spokane this week. The investigation began when Kevin C. McKeag, 28, of Chattaroy, was arrested near Roseburg, Ore., Feb. 2 after a drug dog…

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Man wanted for stealing from grandfather

A Spokane man accused of stealing from his grandfather by forging his checks is wanted by Crime Stoppers. Bryan Henry Morales, 32, was to begin trial this week on a leading organized crime charge for allegedly directing men to cash the forged checks, which cost…

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Harvey sues for back pay, damages

Former Spokane police Detective Jeff Harvey filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the department that fired him last year, seeking back pay and damages for emotional, physical and mental “injuries” to be determined at trial. Harvey’s attorney, Bob Dunn – who recently won a $722,000 jury…

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