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Sirens & Gavels

MONDAY, JULY 27, 2009

Opera proves an effective crime-repellent

SEATTLE (AP) — The idea of using annoying music to repel loiterers is catching on a some businesses and other locations in the Puget Sound area.Classical music has cleared the parking lot at Saar's Market in the Rainier Beach neighborhood of Seattle where crowds of...

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FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2009

Former Bonner County sheriff’s Deputy James Sebero leaves the  federal courthouse in Spokane  on Friday. He is charged with a number of frauds including collecting $1.5 million in VA benefits after feigning a disability.  (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Courthouse watch: 7.24.09 

A former Bonner County Sheriff’s deputy’s sentencing was postponed Friday in federal court in Spokane when the judge requested more information on the man’s health.Here's Thomas Clouse's report:"James M. Sebero, 59, (shown above in 2008) previously pleaded guilty to defrauding the U.S. Department of Veterans...

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Through the years: 'Stoney Boy' Lucious

The suspected gunman in this morning's wild fight in the South Perry Street area has a lengthy criminal history.Timothy "Stoney Boy" Lucious (shown above in pictures distributed in, left to right, 2009, 2007 and 2004) has dozens of arrests on his record, including convictions for...

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Career criminal dies in Bonner County Jail

A Bonner County Jail inmate who died last month suffered from an enlarged heart, an autopsy ruled.Ward David Coble, 50, was found dead in his cell June 18.The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled the death to be from dilated cardiomyopathy, the Bonner County...

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Woman arrested in fatal stabbing

A woman accused of stabbing a Spokane man to death this month was arrested Thursday.Maggie May Tyler, 24, faces one count of second-degree murder after Spokane police arrested at Walgreens at Crestline and Wellesley at 1:30 p.m.Read my story here.

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Do you know where your kids are?

A woman found her apartment ransacked after a weekend trip earlier this month, and police are looking for two people they say are responsible. Nathan E. Sumner, 21, and Andrea B. Geier, 22, each face one count of first-degree possession of stolen property after police...

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Domestic violence suspect Paul Reinhardt is attended to by Spokane Police on the eastside of Latah Creek Monday morning. Police were chasing Reinhardt when he abandoned his car at 27th and Inland Empire Way. He ended up crossing the cold waters of Latah Creek. After police arrested him, the Spokane Fire Department did a technical rescue to bring him up a cliff.   COLIN MULVANY The Spokesman-Review (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Courthouse watch: 7.23.09

A man who tried to escape from police by jumping into Latah Creek will spend about five years in prison, a judge ruled today.As pictured above, Paul J. Reinhardt, 40, was arrested in February on the banks of Latah Creek after fleeing from Spokane police...

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About those studded tires

If you've still got them on your ride, take them off. If Washington's mandatory April 1 deadline wasn't reason enough, here's a reminder of the lack of traction those tires provide on dry roads in the summer heat. WSP: Studded tires, negligent driving caused crash

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Oops! Police chief cited for speeding 

Even the city's top cop can have a lead foot.Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick was ticked for speeding on Saturday as she hunted for a picnic spot along the Spokane River.The chief was cited for driving 43 mph in a 30 mph zone in the...

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Courthouse watch: 7.22.09

Arraignment for an accused pharmacy robber was postponed as he applies for a public defender.Tom E. Snell, 24, appeared before Judge Ellen Kalama Clark via video. Rachel Sterrett represented the state, but Snell didn't have a lawyer and Clark agreed to postpone the arraignment until...

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Washington woman's corpse was kept on toilet 

MAUSTON, Wis. (AP) — A religious leader accused of hiding the body of a dead follower in a bathroom to keep her social security checks rolling in faces sentencing in Mauston Wednesday.Fifty-nine-year-old Alan Bushey (boo-SHAY') of Necedah (neh-SEE'-dah) pleaded no contest to one count of...

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TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2009

Courthouse watch: 7.21.09

A college student accused of raping another student is on trial this week in Spokane County Superior Court. Opening statements were today in the case of Kevin A. Thompson, who's charged with second-degree rape for an alleged attack at a home in the Whitworth University...

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Settlement approved for 'donkey kick' jail death

The Spokane County Commission unanimously approved a $425,000 settlement today for the children of a man who died following a struggle with jailers. Benites S. Sichiro suffered multiple Taser shocks, was beaten unconscious and struck with jailer’s “donkey kick” before the 39-year-old died of a...

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Man gets life in prison for child porn ring

A Spokane sex offender will spend the rest of his life in prison for his role in a child pornography enterprise that triggered a worldwide criminal investigation, a judge ruled Tuesday. Warren King Mumpower, 65, was the last of seven defendants from across the country...

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Caught on tape: thermal imaging

At today's quarterly media meeting, Spokane County Sheriff's Office representatives showed off the thermal imaging capabilities of their helicopter. Those capabilities help in suspect chases and missing person cases, as seen above. The first video shows a suspect being apprehended in north Spokane back in...

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MONDAY, JULY 20, 2009

Courthouse watch: 7.20.09

The legal saga continued today for a couple police believe plotted to murder the woman's husband then concocted a sordid tale of abuse in an attempt to dupe investigators into thinking the killing was self-defense. The state filed its response today in Spokane County Superior...

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Rental managers accused of big scandal 

When a Western Washington real estate owner died in a freak skydiving accident in Texas last year, his children felt his Spokane assets were in good hands.The couple in charge had worked for Rex Williams for eight years, and his family needed someone trustworthy to...

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Pet lover's killer, ex-boyfriend gets 20 years 

A Stevens County man who killed his girlfriend after she broke up with him will spend the next 20 years in prison. Preston Lee Rogers, 43, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced on July 14, one year after Cheryl Lynn Hayward's family reported...

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FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2009

Whatever happened to: Strollin' Nolan

Police couldn't figure out how he did it. In a Houdini-like disappearance 12 years ago, a handcuffed suspected burglar walked out of the interrogation room and out the door of the public safety building. It was the first escape in 25 years, but what happened...

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Courthouse watch: 7.17.09 

When a Spokane businesswoman joined the Spokane Country Club nine years ago, she drew curious looks when she played in a members-only tournament dominated by men. 'The next year, she claims, the pricey private club changed the tournament to a men’s-only tournament, previewing years of...

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Courthouse watch: 7.16.09

A search warrant filed today in Spokane County District Court reveals new details about a bizarre carjacking that led to the death of one of the suspects in a fiery car crash last month. Marjorie A. "Amy" Harrigan, 24, died when she was thrown from...

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