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Sirens & Gavels

THURSDAY, JAN. 17, 2013

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 16, 2013

Police dog Brax tracks burglary suspect a mile 

An unauthorized driver of a utility van containing large amounts of copper was arrested Wednesday thanks to a police tracking dog, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said. A Spokane Valley deputy noticed a Power City Electric van pull into Sullivan Park at 2:15 a.m. and…

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Idaho man indicted in mother's slaying

A federal grand jury indicted an Idaho man for first-degree murder Tuesday. The indictment alleges that Kenneth D. Broncheau, 48, of Winchester, shot and killed his mother, Carol Haskell, on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation on June 21, 2012, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.…

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Charges filed when gun misfires at store 

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) — A man whose gun went off when he dropped it inside a store at the Kitsap Mall in Silverdale now faces criminal charges. The Kitsap County Prosecutor's Office on Wednesday filed one count of aiming or discharging a firearm and…

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Murder solved in Colville coffee shop

Stevens County Prosecutors filed charging documents Tuesday detailing the allegations against woman charged last week with killing a man believed to be her half-brother in Colville. Deena L. Bailey, 49, remains held on a $1 million bond after she was arrested last Thursday on the…

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FRIDAY, JAN. 11, 2013

Batiste to remain at helm of WSP

Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste will keep his badge over the objections of troopers. Gov.-elect Jay Inslee said today he will re-appoint Batiste today, citing the chief's extensive law enforcement experience and record of results at the helm of the 2,400 person agency. “Chief…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 10, 2013

Honking motorist arrested in Aberdeen 

ABERDEEN, Wash. (AP) — Aberdeen police arrested a man in their own parking lot this week when he drove up and repeatedly honked his horn. He told police he wanted them to bring out a jail inmate so he could talk with him. KXRO reports…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 8, 2013

2 Bellevue cops demoted for affair

BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) — Bellevue Police Chief Linda Pillo has demoted two top commanders for having an extramarital affair. The relationship investigated by the Washington State Patrol violated the department's code of conduct because Maj. John Manning supervised Capt. Autumn Fowler. KING reports both have…

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MONDAY, JAN. 7, 2013

Union urges Inslee to replace WSP chief

OLYMPIA (AP) — The union for Washington State Patrol troopers and sergeants wants Gov.-elect Jay Inslee to replace Chief John Batiste. Washington State Patrol Troopers Association President Tommie Pillow told The Olympian the chief is out of touch. A spokesman for Batiste says he's not…

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FRIDAY, JAN. 4, 2013

219 DUI arrests over holiday season 

A holiday season crackdown on drunken driving led to 219 arrests across Spokane, Pend Oreille and Ferry counties. That’s up from 197 arrests during the same period a year earlier, according to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. The increase is attributed to the first-ever “Drive…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 3, 2013

Fired Lakewood officer fighting termination

LAKEWOOD — A fired Lakewood police officer says he'll fight his termination. Brian Wurts, who was president of the Lakewood Police Independent Guild when the union's treasurer stole charitable donations made to the families of four slain police officers, told The News Tribune he was…

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Report: SPD lacks certified instructors 14 

None of the Spokane Police Department's defensive tactics instructors are certified by the state and may have relied on a flawed legal interpretation while teaching officers when it's OK to use deadly force, the city's Use of Force Commission has found. "In fact, no officers…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 1, 2013

FRIDAY, DEC. 28, 2012

Man crashes into tree while fleeing authorities 

A Spokane Valley pursuit ended Wednesday night when a man crashed an allegedly stolen car into a tree near Valleyway Avenue and Walnut Road. The driver, identified as Justin D. Martin, 29, was originally sought by a Washington State Patrol trooper who spotted Martin’s vehicle…

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MONDAY, DEC. 24, 2012

Karl Thompson Jr. arrives at the Thomas S. Foley U.S. Courthouse for his sentencing in the Otto Zehm case on Thursday in Spokane. (Colin Mulvany)

Thompson being held at Phoenix security facility 58 

Authorities have transferred 65-year-old Karl F. Thompson from the Federal Detention Center Sea-Tac in Seattle to a medium security facility in Arizona, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website. Though he's listed as being located at the Federal Correctional Institution in Phoenix, Thompson's release…

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FRIDAY, DEC. 21, 2012

Spokane's police chief - groom to be

Congratulations to Frank Straub and his fiancee. The couple's marriage license application was submitted to Spokane County Auditor's Office this week. Straub will soon be wed to Amber Myers. The couple moved to Spokane together earlier this year when Straub was hired as Spokane Police…

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A broken gas meter led to a quick haz mat situation in north Spokane after a garbage truck broke while picking up trash in the narrow alley near Carlisle Avenue and Lincoln Street.  (Nicole Hensley)

Garbage truck breaks home's gas meter

A gas leak evacuated four homes Friday morning after a Spokane garbage truck broke a residential gas meter. It was garbage day today for a home near Carlisle Avenue and Lincoln Street when a garbage truck clipped their gas meter meter around 8:30 a.m., causing…

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THURSDAY, DEC. 20, 2012

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012

TUESDAY, DEC. 18, 2012

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