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Sirens & Gavels felons archive

THURSDAY, AUG. 15, 2013

REPEAT OFFENDER: Tami Jo Hearn, AKA Tami Jo Raider, is a 51-year-old female wanted for failing to report to jail to serve her sentence for attempted first degree theft. She is 5-foot-4-inches, 185 pounds and has red hair and brown eyes.  Hearn’s last address given was in the 2000 block of W. Broadway in Spokane. She has a 29-year-old local criminal history, including convictions for second-degree possession of a stolen vehicle, first-degree theft, second-degree theft, forgery, second-degree possession of a stolen credit card, possession of a controlled substance and second-degree identity theft. (Crime Stoppers)

Crime Stoppers identifies ten new fugitives

Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest are looking for ten fugitives, three of whom are active, repeat offenders. Repeat offender suspects are those criminals considered by law enforcement to be the most active offenders in the community, according to Crime Stoppers. There is a double...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12, 2012

TUESDAY, AUG. 14, 2012

Man brought gun to fistfight, police say

A Spokane man was arrested this weekend for allegedly bringing a gun to a fistfight outside a bar in the West Garland District. Kellen P. Ward, 30, is accused of pointing a semi-automatic pistol at a group in the parking lot of the Revolver North...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 8, 2012

TUESDAY, JULY 3, 2012

Prints, Facebook aid in shooting probe

A Montana man charged in connection with a February shooting outside a Spokane Valley tavern thanks in part to evidence on Facebook is back in Spokane. Jarrod E. Veilleux, 29, is accused of shooting a man in the stomach as he smoked in an outside...

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THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2012

Girlfriend of alleged serial burglar jailed

The girlfriend of a suspected serial burglar was arrested today for her alleged role in the spree. Tawnya Ann Werre, 43, joins her boyfriend, Dean Michael Blackford, in the Spokane County Jail, where Blackford (pictured) has been since his arrest April 24. Investigators believe Werre...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 2012

Man nets 2nd police chase in 3 weeks 

A Spokane man arrested at gunpoint after a police chase three weeks ago was picked up again Tuesday morning after another chase with law enforcement. A profusely sweaty Michael S. Wheeler, 38, was taken to a hospital after he told a sheriff's deputy he had...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 2012

Chronic eluder arrested for eluding police

A Spokane man with a history of fleeing police led a state wildlife officer on a chase in a stolen car while high on methamphetamine recently. Michael S. Wheeler, 38, remains jailed on stolen car and eluding police chases after he was arrested at gunpoint...

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TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2012

Serial burglar leads to 7 more arrests

Investigators arrested seven people while searching three locations last week connected to suspected serial burglar Dean M. Blackford. The properties at 1928 W. Glass Ave., 12607 N. Freya, and 7722 N. Altamontwere identified after detectives talked to Blackford about his burglary ring. Large amounts of...

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MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012

Uncle in kidnapping jailed on high bond

A longtime Spokane felon accused of kidnapping his 14-year-old niece will remain jailed on $350,000 bond, a judge ruled Friday. Steven Norton Tofte, 53, told police he was trying to keep the girl from her abusive family members, but police continue to investigate the circumstances...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2012

Felon leads police to guns, stolen car

Deputies in Spokane Valley found two suspected stolen firearms Tuesday while contacting a woman who was driving with a suspended license, officials said today. Jill A. Benton, 27, told deputies she placed a backpack in the bed of a truck next to her vehicle in...

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Wigged felon with gun, drugs charged 

A fugitive felon arrested in Spokane with drugs and a gun while wearing a wig and sunglasses has been indicted by a federal grand jury. James Anthony Stinson, 41, faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of being a felon in possession of...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2012

Felon ineligible for Kootenai Co. sheriff

A candidate for Kootenai County sheriff who shot a man in downtown Coeur d'Alene in 2009 and later pleaded guilty to a felony heroin charge is not eligible for the position, officials say. Adam Mathis Johnson, 27, cannot hold office because he's on probation for...

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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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SATURDAY, SEPT. 17, 2011

No jail furlough for new Hells Angel dad

A federal judge today refused to allow Hells Angels sergeant-at-arms Ricky W. Jenks out of jail so he can help with his girlfriend’s pregnancy. U.S. District Court Judge Justin Quackenbush ripped Jenks during the hearing, saying Jenks hadn’t “earned” much consideration from him. “His record...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 13, 2011

Felon indicted in stolen firearms probe

A Spokane man arrested in an undercover police probe into illegal firearm sales has been indicted by a federal grand jury. Jeffery S. Finney, 31, faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of unlawful possession and sale of a stolen firearm, unlawful possession...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 1, 2011

Guns seized in Valley SWAT team raid

A theft investigation led to a SWAT team raid at a Spokane Valley home Wednesday, where detectives seized several suspected stolen firearms. Donald Jay Patterson, Jr., 42, was arrested as a search warrant was executed at a home in the 3300 block of East 35th...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 25, 2011

Middle-finger salute leads to gunfire

A father and son were arrested Wednesday after a neighborhood dispute that began with a middle finger led to a pistol being fired into the ground. Stephan R. Day, 53 is accused of firing the pistol while his son, Stephan D. Day, 18, is accused...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 4, 2011

Judge skeptical of Hells Angel plea deal

Hells Angels sergeant-at-arms Ricky W. Jenks pleaded guilty in federal court in Spokane today to a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm, but the judge handling the case said he wants more time before accepting the plea. U.S. District Court Judge...

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THURSDAY, JULY 7, 2011

Man jailed after odd encounter with infant 

A man prohibited from possessing firearms was arrested with a gun in a Spokane cemetery last weekend after confessing his love to a baby and asking if he could be her "Uncle Bob," police say. The child's mother was at the Fairmount Cemetery, 5200 W....

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2011

Man who shot off-duty deputy indicted

A Grant County man already serving four years for shooting an off-duty sheriff's deputy in 2008 faces up to 10 more after a federal grand jury indicted him on weapons charges Tuesday. Robbie Joe Marcher (left) was convicted at trial of second-degree assault, failing to...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2011

Judge bars gang terms at Jenks' trial 

Prosecutors are prohibited from referencing the terms "Hells Angels," "Mongols" and "gangs" in the upcoming trial of club Sergeant at Arms Ricky Jenks. U.S. District Judge Justin Quackenbush said federal prosecutors can refer to Jenks' membership in a "motorcycle club" only. He said the other...

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FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2011

FBI: Racist felon had ammo, 5 firearms

A Whitman County man arrested on federal gun charges last month had several guns and a large collection of ammunition when investigators searched his properties, a new indictment alleges. Jeremiah Daniel “J.D.” Hop, 29, faces two counts of felon in possession of a firearm and...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2011

Taco protester arraigned on gun charge

A Whitman County man who bragged online about being involved with racist taco-truck protests in Kootenai County pleaded not guilty to a federal gun charge today. A bail hearing for Jeremiah Daniel “J.D.” Hop, 29, is set for Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. before U.S. Magistrate...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2011

Jury indicts man for cop's stolen gun

A felon suspected of stealing a handgun from a Spokane County sheriff's detective's squad car last April has been indicted by a federal grand jury. James W. Peterschick, 29, faces up to 10 years in federal prison for felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful...

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