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Sirens & Gavels arraignments archive

THURSDAY, AUG. 2, 2012

Neglected animals include duck, sheep 

A woman has been charged with felony animal cruelty after emaciated animals, including a duck, were seized from her property near Long Lake in April. Sigrid Birgitta Winney, 63, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday and is scheduled for trial on Oct. 22. SCRAPS Animal Protection...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 11, 2012

3 plead not guilty in downtown assault

Three men accused of a brutal beating in downtown Spokane late last month have pleaded not guilty. Clayton M. Cotter, 21; Schuyler Ray Cotter, 19; and Michael W. Baesman, 34; are accused of beating a man unconscious June 27 near West 2nd Avenue and South...

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FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2012

Wallace's alleged accomplice free on bond 

A Spokane man accused of helping the fugitive who shot two sheriff's deputies is out of jail after posting $100,000 bond this week. Robert Lee "Bo" Ruth, 42, posted the bond through Bulldog Bail Bonds on July 2 after being in the Spokane County Jail...

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THURSDAY, JULY 5, 2012

NorthTown Mall sex offender arraigned

A Spokane sex offender out of jail on $250,000 bond pleaded not guilty today to charges related to an alleged incident with a 5-year-old girl at the NorthTown Mall last month. Richard Michael Payne, 55, faces a potential life sentence if convicted of indecent exposure...

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TUESDAY, MAY 15, 2012

Suspect arraigned in girl's shooting

A man accused of a shooting in which a 6-year-old girl was injured pleaded not guilty today in Spokane County Superior Court. Abubakar Samura, 21, remains in jail on $500,000 bond and an immigration hold after his arraignment today before Superior Court Judge Annette Plese....

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FRIDAY, JAN. 13, 2012

THURSDAY, JAN. 12, 2012

Fugitive was in court day before arrest 

A man who Spokane police say has 167 criminal charges in 15 years appeared for a court hearing Tuesday and was allowed to stay out of jail despite a felony warrant for his arrest. Mark W. Bush, 36, was captured Wednesday night by a police...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 10, 2012

Woman pleads not guilty to 4 hate crimes

A woman arrested after a black man said she dressed in a white sheet and yelled racial epithets at him and his two children on Halloween night has been charged with four hate crimes. Sharyl Ann Curtis, 42, pleaded not guilty Monday to four counts...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 5, 2012

Drowned boy's friend didn't call 911

A 17-year-old Spokane boy who prosecutors believe is the first county resident charged with failing to summon assistance was arraigned Wednesday in Juvenile Court. Police say the boy was drunkenly horsing around with 18-year-old Alexander Allen (pictured) on the Post Street Bridge July 18 when...

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Man accused of killing wife's cat 

A Spokane man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to killing his wife's cat. Nicholas A. Romanelli, 28, was arraigned in Spokane County Superior Court on a charge of first-degree animal cruelty. He's accused of smashing a cat against a wall repeatedly while drunk and angry he...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 3, 2012

Top row, from left to right: Jermaine S. Bedford, Kalen J. Bedford, Rashad F. Toussiant. Bottom row, from left to right: Roderick D. Shanks, Stafone N. Fuentes, Tyrone J. Carell (Spokane Police Department)

Extra security at rap murder arraignment

Top to bottom, left to right, are Jermaine S. Bedford, 22; Kalen J. Bedford, 21; Rashad F. Toussiant, 25; Roderick D. Shanks, 21; Stafone N. “Stix” Fuentes, 27; and Tyrone J. Carell, 23. All are wanted on assault charges related to the murder. UPDATE: All...

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Man pleads not guilty to murdering friend

A Spokane man accused of killing his friend in Riverfront Park after a night of drinking was arraigned today on a second-degree murder charge. Yukio M. Rideb, 21, (pictured right) pleaded not guilty to killing Romero J. Vivit, III, 21, in a fight early Dec....

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FRIDAY, DEC. 30, 2011

Woman arraigned for attempted murder 

A teenager accused of attempted murder for a knife assault at a party has pleaded not guilty. Kiana M. Murphy, who turned 18 two days before the Oct. 30 incident, allegedly stabbed a teen boy twice in the stomach during an argument about gang affiliations,...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 22, 2011

Robbery and assault suspect Bobby S. Decaney is arrested after a SWAT standoff in north Spokane. (Jennifer DeRuwe / Spokane Police Department)

Man w/ 'Sureno' face tattoo is 3 striker 

A reputed Sureno gang member who Spokane police say stayed hidden in a couch after tear gas was pumped into his apartment faces life in prison if convicted under the state's three-strikes law. Bobby S. "Angel" Decaney, 35, (pictured) pleaded not guilty Tuesday to first-degree...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21, 2011

Noisy neighbor dispute ends in assault

A man upset about noisy upstairs neighbors in the South Perry Street area barged into their apartment and knocked one of them unconscious, prosecutors allege. Joshua Gordon Swanson, 24, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Spokane County Superior Court to first-degree burglary and second-degree assault. His...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7, 2011

Charge: Soldier took child porn to Kuwait

A soldier is accused of transporting child pornography from Spokane to Kuwait while on duty with the military. Jason D. Talbott, 33, pleaded not guilty today to four child pornography charges in U.S. District Court in Spokane. He was allowed to stay out of jail...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 6, 2011

Citizen stops cop's suspected assailant 

A citizen helped a Spokane police officer in a struggle with a wanted felon outside a grocery store recently. Retiree Dennis Greer will be nominated for a chief's citizen award for helping Officer Nick Geren apprehend Timothy Alan Williams, 46, outside Fred Meyer at Freya...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 24, 2011

Alcoholic in fatal crash pleads not guilty

A Whitworth University student and convicted felon pleaded not guilty Wednesday to vehicular homicide in connection with a crash in East Spokane on Aug. 9 that killed the passenger. Michael S. Lindsly, 46, appeared before Superior Court Judge Michael Price and was given a trial...

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MONDAY, AUG. 22, 2011

More charges in Colville murder probe

A 26-year-old man has been charged with stealing the firearm that was then used to kill a Stevens County man and retired U.S. Navy SEAL in what investigators believe was a botched burglary. Christopher George Nichols (left) remains in the Stevens County Jail on $500,000...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 10, 2011

Medical marijuana suspects arraigned

Four men facing federal prison time for operating medical marijuana dispensaries in Spokane appeared in federal court Tuesday afternoon and pleaded not guilty to all charges. Charles Wright and Jon Vivian, former owners of the THC Pharmacy on South Perry Street, and Jerry Laberdee and...

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FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011

Sibling murder suspects plead not guilty 

Two teenage siblings pleaded not guilty to aggravated first-degree murder charges Thursday in Spokane County Superior Court. Video conference at the jail isn't working, so Breeanna C. Sims, 19, and Justice E.D. Sims, 18, appeared in person before Judge Michel Price, wearing light blue jail...

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THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011

Suspect spoke of murder in jail calls

After Spokane County sheriff’s detectives took a man into custody on suspicion of murder last month, a man who witnessed the arrest expressed his surprise to a childhood friend. “Justice told her that he couldn’t believe that Taylor was being arrested for something he had...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2011

Hells Angel arraigned on federal charges

A member of the Hells Angels motorcycle club pleaded not guilty Monday to gun and drug charges. Michael Ryan Fitzpatrick, 33, was booked into Spokane County Jail after his arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Cynthia Imbrogno in U.S. District Court in Spokane. Fitzpatrick is charged with...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011

Suspected serial burglar pleads innocent

A felon accused of stealing the gun used in a gang-related murder last year has been charged with five burglaries. Robert J. Frates, 27, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to four counts of felony second-degree burglary and one count of attempted second-degree burglary. He's accused of...

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Man indicted on child porn charges

A Spokane Valley man caught with child pornography last fall has been indicted by a federal grand jury. Cory R. Greer pleaded not guilty Monday to transportation of child pornography, receipt of child pornography, and a forfeiture calling for him to give up a laptop...

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