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Sirens & Gavels

THURSDAY, AUG. 1, 2013


TUESDAY, JULY 30, 2013


Port-a-potty burns in northeast Spokane 

Several engines responded to a structure fire shortly after 6 p.m. at Chief Garry Park in northeast Spokane. That structure was a port-a-potty. Firefighters doused the blaze in the 2500 block of East Mission Avenue shortly after it started. Witnesses reported seeing heavy smoke in…

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FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2013


Spokane County Sheriff's deputy Jeff Thurman, left, accepts the Tactical Flight Officer of the Year award at last week's Airborne Law Enforcement Association conference in Orlando. (Courtesy of Spokane County Sheriff's Office)

Sheriff's deputy honored for airborne service

A Spokane County Deputy was honored nationally for helping safely guide deputies on two high speed chases last year. Tactical Flight Officer Jeff Thurman was named the Tactical Flight Officer of the Year award at the last week’s Airborne Law Enforcement Association conference in Orlando,…

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TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2013


Quarles faced discipline twice before 

The Spokane Police officer, who was suspended this week for two months after associating with a woman tied to prostitution, drugs and burglary, had been disciplined by the department twice before the latest incident. Police Chief Frank Straub suspended Officer Darrell Quarles on Monday for…

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Spokane police officer suspended for ties to woman

A Spokane police officer has been suspended for two months without pay after the department determined he had been associating with a woman engaging in prostitution, drugs and burglary. Police Chief Frank Straub issued a “last-chance agreement” to Officer Darrell Quarles, according to a news…

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Sacred Heart drug theft amount ‘incredible’

For almost four years, hundreds of thousands of powerful, highly controlled prescription narcotics disappeared from Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center’s outpatient pharmacy and no one noticed. Between January and March alone, 745 hydrocodone pills were stolen each day, a police report says. Three months ago,…

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FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2013


FRIDAY, JULY 5, 2013


Spokane firefighters view the damage to a home at the corner of Broadway and Chestnut on Wednesday. The blaze started around the bush at right and climbed into the home's roof. A Roman candle firework was found nearby and is being investigated as the possible cause of the fire. (Dan Pelle)

Ill-pointed firework leads to house fire 

In case you missed this chart and this post, fireworks are banned in much of the Inland Northwest. Some people shooting them off in the park at Broadway Avenue and Chestnut Street apparently didn't get the memo. The suspects shot an ill-pointed Roman candle from…

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SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 2013

Email secrecy costs Shoreline over $500k 

SEATTLE (AP) — The city of Shoreline's failure to turn over email records in response to a Public Records Act request is costing it nearly $539,000. King County Superior Court Judge Monica Benton on Friday ordered the city to pay more than $438,000 in attorney…

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FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2013

Playing the Ozzie card 

A chosen tactic of outgoing leaders in the Spokane Police Department: talk highly about the sheriff’s plan for regionalizing police forces. Documents recently released from last December’s investigation into reports that former Assistant Police Chief Scott Stephens had threatened to go “postal” after hearing of…

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Suspect describes Oregon coastal killings, meth use

COQUILLE, Ore. (AP) — A Douglas County man accused of aggravated murder has testified he was using methamphetamine throughout a weekend family trip to the coast and was feeling paranoid before shooting his mother-in-law’s 19-year-old husband and her 70-year-old former husband. The World of Coos…

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Beware callers offering to fix computer 

The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash. (MCT) VANCOUVER, Wash. (MCT Reigional News) -- Katrina Wegner admits she felt naive after she was duped by a man who hacked into her computer over the phone last week. The Vancouver resident got a call from a man claiming to…

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Butte man arrested for impersonating officer

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Police in Butte have arrested a man on suspicion of impersonating a public servant, driving under the influence and reckless driving. The Montana Standard reports ( ) 47-year-old James S. Richards Sr. of Butte was arrested Tuesday and remained jailed Wednesday…

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