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Sirens & Gavels archive for May 2012


List being compiled of discredited officers

Spokane law enforcement officials for the first time are compiling a list of officers and deputies who have a record of lying or who have been discredited while doing their jobs. The so-called “Brady list” is part of a legal requirement to notify defense lawyers…

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TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2012

Police believe this man may be responsible for two robberies at Safeway stores in the Spokane area. (Spokane County Sheriff's Office)

Pics show suspect in Safeway robberies

Police believe the same man robbed two Safeway stores in the Spokane area recently, and they're asking for help identifying him. Surveillance photos (above and below, left) released by the Spokane County Sheriff's Office today show the suspect at WalMart before detectives say he robbed…

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A scene from today's law enforcement memorial. (Spokane Police Department)

Law enforcement memorial held today

Two names were added today to the law enforcement memorial outside Spokane's Public Safety Bu9lding: U.S. Park Ranger Margaret Anderson and Washington State Patrol trooper Tony Radulescu. Anderson was shot to death Jan. 1 by a fugitive who later killed himself. Radulescu was shot to…

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Reward for tips on licensed theft suspect

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead to the arrest of an accused metal thief who was part of a licensed business. Tristan M. Goiri-Christensen, 26, is wanted on a $20,000 warrant after skipping a pre-trial conference April 27. He was scheduled…

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Mother arrested after missing assault trial

A Spokane mother accused of fracturing her baby's skull was wanted by Crime Stoppers last week after missing her scheduled trial. Whitney A. Manges, 26, had a $5,000 warrant for third-degree assault and reckless endangerment when she was arrested Monday. She's due in court today.…

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Man gets 15 years for Valley bar shooting

A Spokane man who shot a man outside a Spokane Valley bar last November has been sentenced to about 15 years in prison. Aaron Phillip Williams, 31, already has a conviction for second-degree assault, so his first-degree assault conviction counts as a second strike under…

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Murder suspect now facing meth charges

A Spokane man already jailed on a murder charge now faces two drug-dealing charges. David C. McLaughlin, 22, is accused of selling methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school on Sept. 23 and Sept. 27. That was more than two months before McLaughlin and Melinda…

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New details on chaplain in exposure case

A pastor and volunteer sheriff’s chaplain exposed himself to a former church member after showing up at her home in a long orange skirt and telling her he’d lost a bet, officials allege. The Rev. Robert C. Christian, 61, turned himself into the Spokane County…

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MONDAY, MAY 7, 2012

Police still are looking for information about a car battery found near the scene of a fatal stabbing last Thursday.  (Spokane Police Department)

2 cars seized; murder probe continues 

Police today seized two cars near the scene of last week's homicide as part of an ongoing effort to find any possible evidence related to the case. "At this point, we need anything and everything," said Officer Jennifer DeRuwe, spokeswoman for the Spokane Police Department.…

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Is the Border Patrol racial profiling?

Federal agents have increased their presence in the Spokane area in what some believe is an overreaching effort to combat illegal immigration at a local level. Officials with the U.S. Border Patrol say they’re not specifically targeting illegal immigrants and that their presence at police…

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Burglary suspect picks wrong pawn shop

A burglary suspect was arrested Tuesday after a sheriff's detective recognized him at a Spokane pawn shop. Detective Justin Elliot was at Goldbay at 1505 N. Ash St., when he saw Christopher J. Steinbaugh enter the store and receive $115 from the owner. Elliot recognized…

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Spokane police arrest longtime fugitive

A Crime Stoppers fugitive wanted since February has been arrested. John Gibson Dean, 30, was arrested at an apartment complex at 12426 E. Broadway Ave., after police developed information that he'd been staying there. A witnesses told police Dean and Lisa M. Baxter, 25, stole…

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1 arrested for gunpoint motel robbery

A 35-year-old man has been charged with a gunpoint robbery at a Spokane motel that netted $150. Shawn James Combs was arrested Tuesday for the Feb. 2 hold-up at the Select Inn Motel, 1420 W. 2nd Ave. Combs is accused of robbing the motel owner…

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Recently released thief arrested again

A convicted thief released from jail earlier this month was arrested Saturday after a citizen spotted him break into a car. Nicholas F. Zielke, 19, told police he didn't know why someone was trying to pick a fight with him at the Conoco gas station…

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Graffiti suspect caught blue-handed

A man suspected of spray panting graffiti on more than 30 locations in downtown Spokane was arrested Tuesday. Brad Ruble, 28, was booked into jail for malicious mischief after Neighborhood Resource Officer Tim Ottmar arrested him downtown, according to the Spokane Police Department. Ruble's fingers…

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Jury indicts DSHS worker for child porn

A state social services employee arrested on child pornography charges April 17 has been indicted by a federal grand jury. Darrell J. Rogers, 51, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to two counts of distribution of child pornography. The charges carry five years to 20 years in…

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Mediation set in Zehm police lawsuit

A federal judge has set a two-day mediation session to settle the $14.5 million civil suit filed against nine Spokane Police officers by the mother and estate of Otto Zehm. U.S. District Court Judge Lonny Suko issued an order directing the Zehm family attorneys, City…

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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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