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Sirens & Gavels archive for Nov. 2012

FRIDAY, NOV. 30, 2012

New traffic school looking for students

Next time a motor officer hands you a traffic violation, you could be eligible for a seat in the city’s new traffic school. The county already has a traffic school, but now the city does as well.The six-hour course starts Jan. 5 and gives drivers…

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THURSDAY, NOV. 29, 2012

Prankster tries wiping slate clean

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — University officials say a New Mexico college graduate, apparently feeling guilty over a student prank years ago, has sent a box of toilet paper to repay the school for loot taken from a dormitory. Eastern New Mexico University says it received…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 27, 2012

Jury deadlocked in judge threat trial

A jury deadlocked today leading to a mistrial for a man facing the rare charge of intimidation of a judge. Timothy A. Hays, 50, had faced between 15 and 20 months in prison after he was charged with threatening Municipal Court Judge Michelle Szambelan on…

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Weekend stabbing being investigated as self-defense

A man suspected of stabbing another man on Saturday night near the intersection of Nelson and Wabash, was never arrested because the incident is being investigated as self-defense, says Spokane Police spokeswoman officer Jennifer DeRuwe. Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office is calling the manner of…

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FRIDAY, NOV. 23, 2012

MONDAY, NOV. 19, 2012

From left, Karl Thompson, Carl Oreskovich and Spokane police Officer John Gately on Nov. 2. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Thompson appeals Zehm conviction 

Just as he promised last week after the sentencing, the attorney for convicted Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. filed notice today that he intends to appeal several aspects of the case. U.S. District Court Judge Fred Van Sickle sentenced Thompson last week to…

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THURSDAY, NOV. 15, 2012

Federal prosecutor says Spokane has good police force 

U.S. Attorney Mike Ormsby, whose office handled the excessive force prosecution of former Spokane police officer Karl Thompson, took deliberate steps Thursday to praise the trustworthiness of the local police force overall. "That's not an indictment of our entire police department," Ormsby said just moments…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 13, 2012

Inmates claim gangs are running Idaho prison

A group of inmates is suing Idaho, saying the contractor running the state's private prison is cutting back on labor costs by letting prison gangs help run the prison. Among other things, the litigants claim that gang leaders inside the Idaho Correctional Center are consulted…

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MONDAY, NOV. 12, 2012

Gregoire looking for guidance from feds on pot 

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state Gov. Chris Gregoire will meet with Deputy Attorney General James Cole to discuss the state's recent passage of a measure to legalize and tax the sale of marijuana for recreational use. Gregoire spokesman Cory Curtis said that the governor…

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Spokane police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick talks in January 2011 about her department’s response to the backpack bomb found on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Unity March route in downtown Spokane. (File)

Former SPD Chief lands new post

It appears that former Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick's search for a new job has ended. King County voters chose John Urquhart as their sheriff; Urquhart, you'll recall, vowed earlier this year to hire Kirkpatrick, who left late last year after serving five years as…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 6, 2012

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