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Sirens & Gavels archive for May 2012

TUESDAY, MAY 15, 2012

Level 3 sex offender moves to Valley

A sex offender recently released from prison for the unlawful imprisonment and robbery of a 16-year-old is now living in Spokane Valley. Joseph R. Wheeler, 34, is a level 3 sex offender, which is the classification considered most likely to reoffend. He served about eight…

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Man badly assaulted; tips sought

Deputies responding to a report of a possible trespasser found the victim of a violent assault, and they're asking for help to figure out what happened. Warren Flinn was found in the 300 block of North Lake Road on Sunday, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office…

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Suspect arraigned in girl's shooting

A man accused of a shooting in which a 6-year-old girl was injured pleaded not guilty today in Spokane County Superior Court. Abubakar Samura, 21, remains in jail on $500,000 bond and an immigration hold after his arraignment today before Superior Court Judge Annette Plese.…

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Homeowner shoots, kills intruder

Doug Snarski knew someone was going to die when he realized his girlfriend’s ex was inside their home early Sunday. The intruder, Sean Parsons, was armed with a shotgun, a handgun, a belt stocked with ammunition and yelling about how no one would be getting…

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Satanist found with stolen tombstones

More than 70 tombstones and statuettes stolen from Eastern Washington cemeteries have been recovered from the home of a self-described Satanist. Now, with Memorial Day coming up, Stevens County authorities are asking families to consider checking in on loved ones’ graves in cemeteries located in…

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MONDAY, MAY 14, 2012

Tire store employee walks up on theft

A tire store employee wary of recent thefts and a suspicious truck parked near the business led sheriff's deputies to a theft and drug suspect and a stolen vehicle from Lincoln County. The employee saw two tires being placed into the bed of the truck…

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Jailer catches vehicle prowling suspect

A corrections deputy caught a man prowling a county-owned vehicle early Saturday outside the jail, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office. Suspect David Allen Mackin, 21, was arrested after Deputy Mark Sprecher saw him getting out of a county vehicle parked about 4:10 a.m.…

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City worker helps nab theft suspect 

A city water department employee led police to two burglary suspects recently when he took a cellphone photo of the license plate of a suspicious vehicle. Lawrence Tieken saw the 1995 Ford flat-bed truck parked at a City of Spokane pump house at North Havana…

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Girls suspected in GU robbery charged

Two 16-year-old girls accused of robbing and assaulting three Gonzaga University students will be charged as adults. Kayla Marie Hoffman and Spring Darlos Simone Sanders faces two counts of first-degree robbery and two counts of second-degree assault for the attack early Thursday at North Standard…

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FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2012

Deputy prosecutor finds felon in garage

A man arrested for burglary Tuesday night is accused of breaking into the garage of a Spokane County deputy prosecutor. Larry Steinmetz, who prosecutes felonies, arrive at his home April 30 about 4:30 p.m. to find a man inside his garage. The man identified himself…

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Supremacist in terror plot sentenced

A man with ties to white supremacists who bragged about wanting to kill President Barack Obama received a 13-year sentence Thursday for a weapons charge, the latest conviction in what his lawyer called “a running battle with the government.” Wayde L. Kurt, 54, also told…

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Gonzaga students attacked, robbed

A Gonzaga University graduate student was beaten unconscious when he tried to stop two women from stealing his friend’s purse early Thursday. Spokane police tracked the suspects using a GPS program in an iPhone stolen from the victims. Arrested were Tayone D. Akers, 20, (pictured)…

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Naked unicyclist arrested in Texas

KEMAH, Texas (AP) — Police say a man arrested in a Southeast Texas city for riding his unicycle in the nude was distracting drivers and creating a hazard. Kemah police Chief Greg Rikard says 45-year-old Joseph Glynn Farley was not intoxicated or impaired when he…

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THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2012

Murder investigation 'ongoing, dynamic' 

Spokane police Officer Jennifer DeRuwe briefed reporters today on the search for Sharlotte McGill's killer. "It's really very, very fluid and so there's not an hour-by-hour update that I can provide," said DeRuwe, police spokeswoman. "I just have to trust that the community will trust…

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2 arrested in Garland District SWAT raid

Investigators seized stolen property and drugs and arrested two men today while serving a search warrant at a home in the West Garland District. The Spokane County Sheriff's Office Burglary Task Force and Investigative Task Force developed information that stolen property and drugs were being…

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Man arrested for grocery store robberies

A man suspected of robbing four grocery stores in Spokane County was arrested Wednesday. Daniel W. Drake, 38, reportedly admitted to robbing three Safeway stores and one Rosauers store in Spokane and Spokane Valley recently, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office. Drake is allegedly…

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Reward for tips on stolen for-sale cars

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead them to five vehicles stolen from Kootenai County car dealerships in the past two months. A reward also is available for tips on the people who stole them. According to Coeur d'Alene police Sgt. Christie…

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Police continue homicide investigation

Police believe a tip from a community member will help them find the man who killed a woman along the Spokane River last week, but they’re urging people to use common sense and avoid racial profiling. “Based on the description we do have from the…

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 2012

2 burglary suspects arrested in Valley

Two suspected burglars were arrested at a Spokane Valley home Monday after a neighbor called 911 because she didn't recognize them. Steven Edward Cunningham, 56, and Jasmine Owens, 37, were contacted inside a home in the area of 7100 E. 3rd Ave. Deputies saw a…

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Report of burglars in Jetta leads to arrests

Reports of two burglars escaping in a 2004 Volkswagen Jetta led sheriff's deputies to arrest three people recently, including a convicted sex offender. Deputies located the Jetta parked outside a North Division Street pawn shop shortly after the burglary was reported Sunday in the 7800…

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Testimony begins in Brian Moore case

Prosecutors say the case against Brian Moore will include evidence of not just premeditated murder, greed and financial gain. "You're gong to hear about twisted love and manipulation."," Deputy Prosecutor Larry Haskell told jurors during his opening statement this morning. Haskell told the jury of…

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