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THURSDAY, DEC. 1, 2011

Utah dog shoots hunter in buttocks 

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah bird hunter was shot in the buttocks after his dog stepped on a shotgun laid across the bow of a boat. Box Elder County Sheriff's Deputy Kevin Potter says the 46-year-old Brigham City man was duck hunting with...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 29, 2011

Spokane police arrest burglary suspect 

A woman interrupted a burglary at her home Monday, and Spokane police arrested a suspect based on her description of the culprit. Police responded to the 1900 block of West Montgomery Avenue just before 1 p.m., where a woman said she arrived home to find...

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Charge dropped against 1 Pirtle brother 

A Spokane man once accused of a baseball bat attack last May has been cleared of wrongdoing after several people said he wasn't present during the assault. Prosecutors moved to dismiss a second-degree assault charge against Andrew Lee Elias Pirtle, 21, after detectives interviewed witnesses...

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MONDAY, NOV. 21, 2011

Suspected gunman hides in koi pond

A suspected gunman took a plunge into a cold koi fish pond but couldn't hidehis smell from the police dog that tracked him to his backyard hiding spot Sunday, police said. Before being carted off, Aaron P. Williams, 23, of Spokane, was checked for hypothermia....

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THURSDAY, NOV. 17, 2011

FBI: Indicted racist had terrorism plans

A reputed white supremacist convicted last month of a gun charge related to an alleged domestic terrorism plot has been indicted by a grand jury for an alleged identity theft scheme. Wayde Lynn Kurt, 53, is accused of producing fraudulent identification cards for a "task"...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 15, 2011

Man, 21, shot to death by Colville police

A 21-year-old man shot to death by a Colville police officer late Saturday was raised by a computer analyst and an elementary school teacher in a small town near Bakersfield, Calif., before embracing what his father described as a “transient” lifestyle. Few details about the...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 8, 2011

FRIDAY, NOV. 4, 2011

Police seek DNA in pot theft shooting

Police this week obtained a DNA sample, injury photos and x-rays of a second suspect in a medical marijuana robbery that ended with the homeowner firing several shots. Detectives believe Joseph A. Gariepy, 41, (pictured) who was arrested on unrelated charges last week, was shot...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 3, 2011

CdA man arrested for gunpoint robbery 

A Coeur d'Alene man robbed two men at gunpoint as they were walking to a friends home late Wednesday, police say. Jeremiah H. Starr, 34, stole a small amount of cash from Luther Nicholas, 21, and Michael Garitone, 18, of Coeur d'Alene, as they were...

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Gunman hurls cash drawer at waitress

A gunman, apparently angered over the meager amount of money, hurled a cash drawer at a restaurant waitress Tuesday night in Spokane Valley. The man entered Rancho Viejo, 14201 E. Sprague Ave., about 8:45 p.m. and waved a chromed or silver-colored pistol while demanding money....

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Burglary spree earns $197k restitution 

Four young men who burglarized homes in Spokane County last year have been ordered to pay nearly $200,000 in restitution. George A. Denison, 21; Patrick Hayes Wellman, 20; Joseph S. Denison and Anthony Fuerte are to split the $197,200 imposed in Superior Court after pleading...

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MONDAY, OCT. 17, 2011

Wife's spot saves man from cop gunfire 

A Spokane Valley man who pointed a starter pistol at officers last week was not shot because his wife was in the line of fire, police announced today. William Thomas Laroque, 28, said "Well, hello officers" and began calmly walking toward Sgts. Don Manning and...

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Bike-riding bank robbery gets 17 years

A bicycle-riding bank robber responsible for nine gunpoint heists in Spokane is to spend 17 years in prison and repay $150,118.59. Lucas G. Woodard, 34, is in the Spokane County Jail awaiting transport to federal prison after being sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 13, 2011

Cops: Vengeful beau fired shot in motel

A man accused of hiding in his ex-girlfriend's motel room and threatening her and her new boyfriend with a handgun appeared in court Wednesday on burglary and assault charges. Matthew A. Raney, 24, was arrested Tuesday, two days after police say he attacked his ex-girlfriend,...

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MONDAY, OCT. 10, 2011

Gunman wanted in downtown shooting

Police are looking for a suspect in a shooting Sunday night in downtown Spokane. Matthew A. Raney, whose age was not released by police, is accused of firing shots at 907 W. 3rd Ave. Police locked down the four-story Trade Winds Motel about 9:10 p.m....

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TUESDAY, OCT. 4, 2011

Police identify pot thief shot by woman

Spokane police have identified a man who was shot Monday by a woman while trying to steal medical marijuana plants as Raymond P. Bates, 49. Bates was scheduled to appear in Superior Court today on a first-degree robbery charge. Bates was treated at a hospital...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 27, 2011

Young Ecstasy dealer gets 5 1/2 years

A Spokane man arrested on Ecstasy and firearm charges after telling a federal informant that he would "shoot it out with the cops" is headed to prison. Patrick Hayes Wellman, 20, was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court to to 5 1/2 years in prison...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 22, 2011

2 accused in Subway gunpoint robbery

Two men were arrested for an armed robbery at a Subway sandwich shop Wednesday night. Spokane police spotted William Frederick Ellis, 30, and Eric Lyle Davidow, 32, walking on northbound on Cedar from Knox and noticed the matched the description of two men seen running...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 20, 2011

Gunfire 'just because' leads to arrest

A young father arrested on a drug charge last month was arrested again Friday after allegedly firing a gun in Spokane Valley. No one was injured by the gunshot, which Benjamin Marcus Crocker-Beck, 21, told deputies he'd fired "just because," according to a probable cause...

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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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FRIDAY, SEPT. 16, 2011

2 men arraigned in trailer park assault

Two men pleaded not guilty Thursday to several felony charges for a fight at a trailer park that involved a gun. Josephus McDonald III, 31, (left) is charged with first-degree burglary, attempt to elude a police vehicle and four counts of second-degree assault for a...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 15, 2011

$200k bond for man jailed after standoff

A 24-year-old man prohibited from possessing firearms because of a felony conviction remains in jail on $200,000 bond after he was arrested during a SWAT team standoff early Wednesday. Jeffrey C. Salvage appeared in Spokane County Superior Court on a charge of first-degree robbery after...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 13, 2011

These are surveillance photos of a gunpoint robbery at Subway, 3014 E. 29th Ave., at 8:40 p.m. on July 6. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead to an arrest. (Crime Stoppers)

Photos show gunpoint Subway robbery

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that identify a gunman who robbed a South Hill Subway sandwich shop in July. Surveillance photos show a man in a gray long-sleeved shirt, white shorts and white shoes at the Subway at 3014 E. 29th Ave....

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