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Sirens & Gavels archive for March 15, 2012


Felon busted after cop sees ammo buy

A federal raid at a northeast Spokane home Wednesday occurred after a retired police detective observed a known felon buying ammunition. Donna R. Perry, alias Douglas Perry, 60, is in jail on a federal charge of felon in possession of a firearm after she was…

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'Grandparents scam' costs man $20k 

Authorities are again warning of the "grandparents scam" after a north Spokane County man wired nearly $20,000 to Peru. The man said he received a call about 10 a.m. Tuesday from a man he thought was his grandson. The caller said he needed $2,400 to…

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Police save Spokane Valley man's life 

Three Spokane Valley police officer saved the life of a suicidal man Wednesday. Officers Griffin Criswell, Wally Loucks and Richard Johnson found the man attempting to hang himself at his Spokane Valley home after the man called 911 and said he wanted to kill himself.…

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Shot fugitive had wig, weapons, paint

A fugitive shot to death by police in North Idaho had material for changing his identity in his vehicle, as well as weapons, drug paraphernalia and an active police scanner. The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department announced the discovery Wednesday as part of its ongoing investigation…

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Man near death after breaking up party

A man severely beaten at an underage drinking party last weekend was a 65-year-old neighbor who was trying to break up the gathering as sheriff’s deputies stood outside. Doctors do not expect Frank James Motta to survive the attack. Witnesses said Treven Lewis, 18, attacked…

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The vehicle where a 3-year-old boy fatally shot himself with a gun is seen behind police tape and parked at a gas station early Wednesday, March 14, 2012, in Tacoma, Wash. Police said the boy fatally shot himself with a gun he found in the vehicle after the father put his pistol under the seat and got out to pump gas while the mother went inside the convenience store. It was western Washington's third recent shooting by a child. (AP photo/ ((AP photo/

Boy's death 3rd gun accident in 3 weeks 

The vehicle where a 3-year-old boy fatally shot himself with a gun is seen behind police tape and parked at a gas station early Wednesday in Tacoma. (AP photo/ By DONNA BLANKINSHIP and DOUG ESSER,Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — A 3-year-old scrambled out of his…

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King Co. sheriff will lead state training

SEATTLE (AP) — The King County sheriff says she has accepted a new job as director of the Washington state Criminal Justice Training Commission. Sue Rahr said Wednesday she'll retire as sheriff March 31 and begin her new job April 1. She has designated Chief…

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