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Sirens & Gavels archive for Jan. 1, 2014




Jeffreys sentencing delayed again

A judge has ordered the sentencing for married couple Greg and Kimberly Jeffreys, both of whom pleaded guilty to defrauding development investors in Spokane and elsewhere, pushed to the summer. For Greg Jeffreys, the accused mastermind of schemes ranging from leasing property at inflated rices...

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MONDAY, MARCH 17, 2014


Ricin suspect ordered to obtain psychiatric evaluation

A federal judge has ordered a Spokane man accused of sending ricin-laced letters to government officials, including President Barack Obama, receive psychiatric evaluation to determine if he is competent to stand trial. Matthew Ryan Buquet has been in federal custody since May, when several letters...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 26, 2014

Rex Newport makes Alford plea 

There were a few questions from readers about the article in today's Spokesman-Review reporting the guilty plea of Rex Newport, a Colville Police officer who had been accused of multiple sex crimes spanning a period from 2011 to 2013. The Spokesman Review has obtained a...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 25, 2014

MONDAY, FEB. 17, 2014

Say, "cheese" Einstein

You'd think crooks would have figured out by now there's cameras everywhere. But apparently not. Take this Einstein, for example. Notice how he walked up to the Spokane espresso stand, placed an order and even looked up at the surveillance camera while waiting for his...

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Stiltner receives 7-month sentence

The woman who lived with jailed Spokane developer Greg Jeffreys and was implicated in his schemes to defraud real estate investors was sentenced to seven months in prison last week after pleading guilty to concealing plots through ignorance and conspiracy. Shannon Stiltner was also ordered...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 14, 2014

Five idling vehicles stolen this week alone 

Auto thieves had easy pickings this week in Spokane. Police say five vehicles that were left idling and unattended have been stolen this week alone, and urged motorists to resist the temptation to start their cars and trucks to let them warm up without anyone...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 13, 2014

Traffic cameras capture part of standoff

Portions of the chase and final confrontation between a despondent Army veteran and Spokane-area law enforcement were broadcast across the Internet by state traffic cameras. Although the Washington Department of Transportation doesn’t store the images, those who were on the website Tuesday night were able...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 11, 2014

Accused car thief back in court

A man with a long history of felony and misdemeanor crimes was back in court again Tuesday, facing his fifth charge relating to car theft in the past year. Nickolas N. Davis, 28, was ordered held on $7,500 bond on his most recent charge of...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 7, 2014

SUNDAY, JAN. 26, 2014

Where Spokane's homicides occurred in 2013

According to Spokesman-Review reporting, local law enforcement investigated 23 deaths as homicides in and near Spokane County in 2013. Public safety reporters Kip Hill, Kaitlin Gillespie and others kept track of each of the cases, and we're making our records available to you below. Blue...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 22, 2014

Stalking suspect released from custody 

The Spokane man accused of sending threatening letters to a former neighbor alluding to his belief he was the Archangel of Death has been released under supervision to seek psychiatric evaluation. Brent Russ, 33, had been in custody of the U.S. marshals since his arrest...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 17, 2014

$17 records dispute reaches state Appellate Court

A disagreement between Spokane County prosecutors and a man facing a felony harassment charge over a 911 call recording costing $17 was decided by a three-member panel of the Washington state Court of Appeals this week. "Neither party, out of principle, will budge one cent,"...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 16, 2014

Mendoza nominated for Eastern Washington judgeship

A Superior Court Judge in the Tri-Cities was nominated today by President Barack Obama for a federal judgeship in the Eastern District of Washington. Salvador Mendoza Jr. would replace U.S. District Judge Lonny Suko, who has moved into senior status. The appointment must be confirmed...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 15, 2014

TUESDAY, JAN. 7, 2014

SpongeBob robber sentenced to 13 years

A Worley man who donned a cartoon character mask to rob an espresso stand in Coeur d’Alene last year will spend at least four years behind bars. Kyle Ernest Campbell, 25, wore a SpongeBob SquarePants mask when he robbed Lean Bean Espresso at 1207 E....

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