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Sirens & Gavels archive for May 1, 2012

TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2012

3 busted near border w/ 58 lbs of coke 

Three suspected drug smugglers have been arrested near the U.S.-Canadian border in Pend Oreille County with 58 pounds of cocaine. Jose Daniel Gonzalez-Rodriguez, 26, and Jose Luis Alfredo Castro-Meji, 25, were booked into the Spokane County Jail early today after being arrested near Metaline Falls…

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Phone scam targets Spokane businesses 

Spokane businesses are being targeted for cash in a scheme that involves someone posing as a jailer to collect bail bond money for a supposedly arrested employee. At least three businesses today reported phone calls from a man claiming to be a sheriff's corrections deputy…

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8 Spokanites charged in heroin ring

Eight Spokane residents face federal charges for a heroin distribution ring that authorities allege supplied at least 100 grams of the drug. The charges in U.S. District Court allege the group distributed heroin in Spokane from last April to this February. Authorities sealed an affidavit…

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2 homicide victims killed each other

A fight over an old car near a remote Pend Oreille County lake led to a rare double homicide in which investigators believe the victims killed each other. No arrests are expected in the homicides of Richard “Richie” R. Hill, 18, and Steven Quinn Divine,…

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Serial burglar leads to 7 more arrests

Investigators arrested seven people while searching three locations last week connected to suspected serial burglar Dean M. Blackford. The properties at 1928 W. Glass Ave., 12607 N. Freya, and 7722 N. Altamontwere identified after detectives talked to Blackford about his burglary ring. Large amounts of…

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