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Courthouse watch: 7.15.09

A man accused of having sex with two men without telling them he has the virus that causes AIDS is considering pleading insanity. Zuriel E. Roush, 22, appeared before Spokane County Superior Court Judge Ellen Kalama Clark today on a second charge of first-degree assault,…

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One-armed man on scooter leads police on chase 

POULSBO, Wash. (AP) — The Washington State Patrol says a one-armed man driving a scooter led police on chase in Kitsap County on Tuesday.State Patrol spokeswoman Krista Hedstrom says the 28-year-old man from Poulsbo, Wash., reached speeds of 80 miles per hour on the highway.…

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TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2009

Nov. 31? Are you sure?

A Rathdrum man pulled over for speeding Tuesday gave a Spokane Valley police officer good reason to be suspicious: he claimed to have been born on Nov. 31. Knowing that “30 days hath September, April, June, and November,” (Officer Jack) Rosenthal arrested the man for…

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OxyContin robberies hit high

After a relatively quiet period, Spokane has seen a surge in pharmacy robberies. At least three robberies and one attempted robbery have occurred since the beginning of June. Nicholas A. Blessing, 28, (right), who's accused of stealing OxyContin from the Walgreens at 2105 E. Wellesley…

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Courthouse watch: 7.14.09

A man who convinced his girlfriend he was a covert military agent and swindled thousands of dollars to fund his gambling habit will spend the next six months in jail. The woman felt so bad about her bank losing money she repaid them. Now her…

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MONDAY, JULY 13, 2009

Spokane sees two homicides in one week

A lot happened in the past two weeks, and I'm still catching up. Most notable is two homicides. Seven months into a year with an unusually low murder rate, the city recorded two homicides in one week: the stabbing death of Vitaly M. Shevchuk, 24,…

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Courthouse watch: 7.13.09

A man accused of having unprotected sex without telling his partner his was HIV positive faces an additional first-degree assault charge after the family of his former lover recognized him in news reports of his arrest, according to court papers filed recently in Spokane County…

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TUESDAY, JUNE 30, 2009

SUNDAY, JUNE 28, 2009

Hang a left at ....

see more Fail BlogNo idea where in North America this intersection is, but suddenly Spokane's Deadman's Creek, Jump Off Road or Blasted Lane no longer seem as unfortunate.

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Hamburglar picture for Sirens & Gavels. (The Spokesman-Review)

Captured: Spokane's own Hamburglar?

Call him Spokane’s alleged version of the Hamburglar. Police today arrested a man they say is the ringleader of a cutlet cartel that had been stealing meat and selling it in Spokane for at least three years. Read Sara Leaming’s story here.

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Courthouse watch: 6.25.09

Two former employees of a Spokane nonprofit dedicated to feeding low-income residents used more than $80,000 in donations to pay for booze-soaked lunches, Victoria’s Secret shopping sprees, video rentals, computer equipment, home upgrades, furniture and a Florida vacation, investigators alleged last summer. One of those…

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'Their voyage will be terminated'

Kootenai County marine deputies will be patrolling lakes and river this week looking for dangerous boaters, according to a news release. Operation Dry Water is a national campaign sponsored by the National Association of Boating Law Administrators. In a line reminiscent of a Star Trek…

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Courthouse watch: 6.24.09

Suspects on today's court docket included a man accused of an ax attack last week. Jon A. Bedard, 42, was scheduled to plead innocent to one charge of second-degree assault for the alleged attack on Douglas Allen Chicklinsky June 15. Bedard is in the Spokane…

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Cigarette-smuggling U.S. border guard sentenced

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A former U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer was sentenced to a year in jail for trying to smuggle cigarettes into Canada.The Bellingham Herald reports Jonathan H.Fletcher was found guilty in a Surrey, British Columbia, court in February and sentenced to…

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TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2009

In the news: Zehm, accused paralegal

It's been a busy two days on the beat. Spokane police Officer Karl Thompson has been indicted in connection with the death of Otto Zehm. Read Tom Clouse's original story here, and check this link for ongoing coverage. Overshadowed by the Zehm announcement but still…

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Courthouse watch: 6.23.09

The married boyfriend of convicted killer Shellye L. Stark will remain in Spokane County Jail on $750,000 bail, a judge ruled Tuesday. Brian L. Moore, 43, arrived at the jail early Tuesday after Spokane detectives picked him up in California. Moore was arrested in Orange…

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MONDAY, JUNE 22, 2009

Courthouse watch: 6.22.09 

Suspects pleading innocent in court today included a man accused of causing a crash in downtown Spokane that killed an elementary school secretary. Jon A. Strine, who is out of jail on bond, is charged with vehicular manslaughter and vehicular assault for the June 2…

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'I still represent her in spirit'

A judge will review conversations between a private investigator and a man accused of helping his girlfriend with a plan to kill her husband. Judge Ellen Kalama Clark will decide what portions of Ted Pulver's files to give to prosecutors seeking convictions for first-degree murder…

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