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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

Sirens & Gavels

MONDAY, JUNE 22, 2009

Idaho couple sentenced in drug ring

An international drug ring that spanned three decades earned a North Idaho couple federal prison sentences last week. John "Phil" Keyser, 67, was sentenced to 33 months in prison and his wife, Texanna M. Keyser, 67, was sentenced to three months in prison and seven…

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FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2009

Batty back in jail for driving offenses

A retired firefighter with a history of driving arrests is back in jail after a judge learned he’d caused two car crashes and received one speeding ticket since his last arrest. David W. Batty, 53, who had been prohibited from driving since last fall after…

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This is the machete used in the June 17 attack. Douglas Harmon is charged with two counts of first-degree assault. Photo courtesy KHQ. (KHQ)

Courthouse watch: 6.19.09

A man accused of attacking a teenager with a machete will undergo a mental health evaluation before he appears in court. A court appearance for Douglas W. Harmon, 49, was cancelled Friday so he could be transported to Eastern State Mental Hospital. Judge Ellen Kalama…

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Fake dreadlocks part of robber's disguise

Some wear ski masks. Others pull hoods over their heads. But a man who may be responsible for two hits at payday loan centers in the past week appears to be taking a different approach to concealing his identity: fake dreadlocks. The dreadlock wigs found…

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Surveillance photo from the June 16 robbery at Walgreens, 2105 E Wellesley Ave. (Spokane Police Department)

Do you recognize this man?

Spokane's newest pharamcy robber apparently didn't think he had much to hide. This photo shows the man police say robbed a north Spokane Walgreens of OxyContin at gunpoint Tuesday walking into the store dressed like a normal guy - no attempt was made to conceal…

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Courthouse watch: 6.18.09 

The man accused of starting a wild tussle in Spokane Municipal Court made a terrible decision and feels awful, his public defender said Thursday. Micah W. Hasselstrom, 34, was scared of going to jail and panicked when Judge Tracy Staab said he was going there…

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Municipal court brawl leads to arrest

Chaos erupted in an unlikely place today - a Spokane Municipal Court hearing for a misemaonor no contact order violation. A brawl that began when a man tried fleeing a courtroom this morning ended with the man, a deputy and three attorneys falling onto a…

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Courthouse watch: 6.17.09

Suspects on today's court docket include a gang member nicknamed Tiny Loc who was once wanted by Crime Stoppers for assaulting his girlfriend's children and making a threatening call to a Spokane elementary school. Reporter Thomas Clouse covered Larry Glenn Gatewood's arraignment today on five…

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TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 2009

Courthouse watch: 6.16.09

A man accused of a knife-point OxyContin robbery at a Spokane Valley Walgreens was due in Spokane County Superior Court today. Michael Alan Miller was arrested Jan. 23, nine days after the alleged incident at the pharmacy, 2702 N. Argonne Road. The robbery came in…

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Reward offered in Meals on Wheels burglary

A burglary at the Spokane Valley Meals on Wheels left the office trashed with overturned furniture, thrown food and walls covered with profane messages. Now Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information that solves the crime. Read the full story here and watch the…

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Grant could aid in discovery of problem 

The Spokane Police Department is applying for a grant to fight a problem officials say they don't fully understand. The department is preparing an application for a $500,000 federal grant dedicated to fighting the sexual trafficking of children, Assistant Chief Jim Nicks said at Monday's…

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MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2009

Courthouse watch: 6.15.09

A Spokane man connected to teenagers charged with second-degree murder was sentenced today for his role in the crime. Daniel R. Wood was credited for two days served in jail after pleading guilty to first-degree rendering criminal assistance, a felony. Police say he helped Michael…

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Then and allegedly now

Spokane's newest accused pharmacy robber is in good company at the Spokane County Jail - two other young men are in there charged with robbing the same pharmacy. Terran D. Schatz, 23, is accused of robbing the South Hill Walgreens of OxyContin June 7 in…

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Debra Armstrong submitted this display as the winning entry in the Lincoln County Meth Action Team's teen anti-drug campaign.  (Courtesy of Lincoln County Meth Action Team)

Good advice for anyone

This sign can be found in a wheat field on Highway 23 south of Harrington. It's the first winner in a contest Lincoln County officials hope will become an annual event in Washington - the campaign against methamphetmine. Modeled after the Montana Meth advertising project,…

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FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2009

Courthouse watch: 6.12.09

Suspects on today's Spokane County Superior Court docket included a woman whose cat-packed house was raided after a neighbor found what turned out to be broken freezer filled with dead felines and called authorities. Once described as an animal advocate, Penny K. McIntosh, 57, faces…

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Courthouse watch: 6.11.09

The Spokane County Superior Court docket was dry today, and even if there was something worth looking into, a civil case that wrapped up in Judge Greg Sypolt's courtroom would have surely stolen its thunder. Closing arguments were this morning in a bizarre lawsuit in…

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Courthouse watch: 6.10.09

A man charged in a deadly Halloween shooting outside a Spokane nightspot opted for a plea deal the day his first-degree murder trial was set to begin. Matthew R. Jones, 25, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and faces about 10 years in prison. Trial for…

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But do gorillas like donuts?

A stuffed gorilla used as a crime deterrent in Rosalia now has a name. Officer Chiquita has been with the tiny town's police department for about year. Police park an extra squad car around town and put Chiquita in the driver's seat. Motorists don't usually…

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Courthouse watch: 6.9.09

A woman who tried to escape from the Pine Lodge Corrections Center in Medical Lake was sentenced to two months in prison today. Chelsea A. Lawhead will serve the time concurrently with her existing sentence, Spokane County Superior Court Judge Harold Clarke ruled. Lawhead, 19,…

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Noteworthy from the Pacific Northwest

From a Little League coach with questionable parenting skills to gang-bangers in Yakima with disasterously bad aim, click through to the full post for today's roundup of noteworthy crime and public safety news from across the Pacific Northwest.

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MONDAY, JUNE 8, 2009

Courthouse watch: 6.8.09

A man urinating in a bush triggered a drunken altercation involving a handgun this weekend, according to court documents. Phillip J. Koller, 61, pointed a silver handgun at a man and four children and threatened to "blow your brains out" after one yelled at him…

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FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2009

Public safety news from the Inland Northwest and beyond.