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Sirens & Gavels


A cat made friends with a Spokane Police officer's patrol car Thursday evening after a SWAT standoff ended peacefully.  (Nicole Hensley)

Photo: Police cat 

A bold cat made his presence known to a Spokane Police officer’s patrol car this evening after a SWAT standoff came to an end. He sniffed around the scene near Princeton Avenue and Monroe Street looking for news and ducked under the patrol car for…

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Deputies catch hungry Newport thief

Not only did a burglar steal away with a Newport homeowner’s truck early Thursday morning, he cooked a meal in the victim’s kitchen. The homeowner woke up around 2:30 a.m. to investigate a noise downstairs when he saw the truck driving away with the burglar…

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FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2013

Never a dull moment in federal prison

Perks of prison? How about guitar lessons and Civil War history. Those activities are keeping former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich busy while his attorneys work on an appeal, AP reports said (AP photo left). Blagojevich is teaching the history course, writes his wife, Patti Blagojevich,…

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Overheard on the Scanner: 3-15-13 

For the week of March 8 through March 15, here’s snippets of scanner chatter between law enforcement, dispatch and first responders. 03-08-13 @ 12:50 p.m. - A man tells 911 he’s being chased by someone in “an invisible suit” near Freya. 03-12-13 @ 8:05 p.m.…

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No escape in sight for Strollin' Nolan

The escapades of “Strollin’ Nolan” lives on through the Internet. The online community Reddit discovered the repeat offender, properly known as Fred W. Nolan, Jr., after sharing tales of freedom through escape. Nolan’s infamous escape from a Public Safety Building interrogation room earned him the…

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Kidnapping charges added to murder suspect's case 

Murder suspect Jonathan Ritchey appeared in court again on Thursday afternoon with an additional charge of kidnapping. Both the state and prosecutor reserved on changing Ritchey's release terms, so his bond remained the same at $100,000, Judge James Triplet said. His charges now match his…

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THURSDAY, FEB. 28, 2013

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 27, 2013

Car stolen from EV High School

Spokane Valley Police are looking for a car stolen from the East Valley High School parking lot. Police say the car’s owner parked his silver 1996 Honda Civic in the lot before attending baseball practice Monday at 4:15 p.m. When he returned an hour later,…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 26, 2013

Feds nearing end of pot legalization review 

The U.S. Justice Department reportedly is nearing the end of its review of Washington and Colorado's new laws legalizing marijuana and could be announcing soon how it will respond. The issue is that while voters in Washington and Colorado have legalized pot under state laws,…

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THURSDAY, FEB. 14, 2013

Vovos drops Jeffreys as client 

Embattled Spokane Developer Gregory Jeffreys will have to face 73 felony counts of fraud-related federal charges without the services of experienced defense attorney Mark Vovos. Vovos has filed a motion to withdraw from the case after initially representing Jeffreys in the first two hearings following…

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Fire department axes jailhouse blood draws

The Spokane Fire Department responds to the county jail for calls ranging from diabetic episodes to overdoses. But it will no longer offer a service it has long provided there – blood draws. That's because it's considered a nonemergency service, said Assistant Chief Brian Schaeffer.…

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FRIDAY, FEB. 1, 2013

Matthew Boneshirt (Crime Stoppers)

Crime Stoppers looking for six sex offenders

Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is looking for six sex offenders. Crime Stoppers fugitives are wanted criminal suspects avoiding police capture. Do not approach them, they should only be contacted by law enforcement. Three of the sex offenders are non-compliant with the terms of…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 31, 2013

MONDAY, JAN. 28, 2013

THURSDAY, JAN. 24, 2013

Suspected Naked burglar arraigned Thursday

Gonzaga University urged the community to show their Bulldog pride today by wearing their favorite GU gear. And even the alleged Naked Burglar appears to have taken them up on it. Trevor Lee Franklin, suspected of breaking into a Browne's Addition apartment Jan. 8 and…

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 23, 2013

Good grief

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Authorities in California say the voice actor who portrayed Charlie Brown in many "Peanuts" shows was arrested on charges that include stalking. U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman Angelica de Cima said Peter Robbins was arrested Sunday at the San Ysidro…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 22, 2013

Inmates claim private prison falsifies staffing levels 

BOISE (AP) — Attorneys for inmates at Idaho's largest private prison say Corrections Corporation of America is falsifying staff logs to hide chronic understaffing. The allegation was raised Friday in an amended lawsuit filed in Boise's U.S. District Court. Attorneys for the Nashville, Tenn.-based CCA…

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FRIDAY, JAN. 18, 2013

THURSDAY, JAN. 17, 2013

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