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Sirens & Gavels homicide archive

THURSDAY, AUG. 21, 2014

MONDAY, AUG. 4, 2014

SUNDAY, JAN. 26, 2014

Where Spokane's homicides occurred in 2013

According to Spokesman-Review reporting, local law enforcement investigated 23 deaths as homicides in and near Spokane County in 2013. Public safety reporters Kip Hill, Kaitlin Gillespie and others kept track of each of the cases, and we're making our records available to you below. Blue...

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SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2013

Body found at home of DB Cooper parachute packer

WOODINVILLE, Wash. (AP) — A homicide victim’s body has been found at a Washington state home owned by the man who packed the parachutes used by infamous airplane hijacker D.B. Cooper. King County sheriff’s detectives responded to the Seattle suburb of Woodinville on Friday night...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 20, 2012

THURSDAY, OCT. 18, 2012

Attorney blasts McGill probe

Were detectives just doing their job or did they go too far? A Spokane attorney has accused detectives of misrepresenting facts surrounding a homicide investigation in order to obtain permission to search the belongings of the victim's daughter. Recently unsealed court documents show Spokane police...

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MONDAY, OCT. 1, 2012

MONDAY, SEPT. 17, 2012

Ex con sought for questioning in downtown homicide

Police are still searching for 35-year-old Kevin Heaton, the man identifed as a "person of interest" in last week's homicide outside a downtown Spokane motel. Heaton should be considered "armed and dangerous," according to Spokane police, and has an extensive criminal history that includes potential...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 4, 2012

Dive team discovers probable murder weapon

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office dive team recovered what is believed to be a murder weapon in the Spokane River Tuesday. Authorities believe the AK-47 rifle was used to kill Marcus Allen Schur, who died of multiple gunshot wounds Dec. 27, 2011 in north Whitman...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 15, 2012

Robber gets 41 years for '92 murder

A serial bank robber and protected federal witness has been sentenced to 41 years in prison for the 1992 murder of a Spokane Valley furniture store owner. Patrick Kevin Gibson, 60, was convicted of first-degree murder of the Nov. 7, 1992, shooting death of Brian...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 14, 2012

Detectives search murder suspect Daniel Arteaga's home at 19329 E. Valleyway Ave., in Spokane Valley on Tuesday. (Meghann Cuniff / The Spokesman-Review)

Suspect had victim's obituary in his truck

Detectives search murder suspect Daniel Arteaga's home at 19329 E. Valleyway Ave., in Spokane Valley on Tuesday. (SRPhoto/Meghann Cuniff) Detectives found a newspaper containing murder victim Kim Schmidt's obituary when they searched the truck of her suspected killer recently. Daniel R. Arteaga, 40, had the...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 9, 2012

Idaho killer returns to prison for assault

A convicted killer who left prison in 2008 is headed back there after a jury in southwest Idaho convicted him of assaulting a family member with a large knife. Donald Leonard Houser, 39, was living in Plummer in 1995 when he shot his former girlfriend,...

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New details revealed in Schmidt homicide

A former scuba diving instructor arrested for murder dated the victim for years and was described by her friends as violent and controlling, according to information released Wednesday. Daniel R. Arteaga, 40, remains in the Spokane County Jail on $1 million bond after appearing before...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 8, 2012

Detectives search murder suspect Daniel Arteaga's home at 19329 E. Valleyway Ave., in Spokane Valley on Tuesday. (Meghann Cuniff / The Spokesman-Review)

Scuba instructor arrested for murder

Detectives search murder suspect Daniel Arteaga's home at 19329 E. Valleyway Ave., in Spokane Valley on Tuesday. (SRPhoto/Meghann Cuniff) A Spokane diving instructor romantically linked to a woman who was found shot to death on New Year’s Day has been arrested as a suspect in...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 2, 2012

Shoddy DNA work delays sentencing

A Spokane County judge on Wednesday postponed the sentencing of a man convicted almost exclusively on DNA evidence after defense attorneys learned that tests identifying their client as the killer had been done by a crime lab technician who later was fired. The technician’s work...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 1, 2012

Gun thief gets more time than murderer

A Stevens County judge on Tuesday sentenced a convicted gun thief to 125 years in prison — a term that’s about 100 years longer than the sentences handed down to three others for a murder committed using one of the stolen guns. Superior Court Judge...

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FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2012

Convicted killer will get new trial

A judge on Thursday granted the request for a new trial of a man convicted four years ago of the 2007 beating death of an adult bookstore owner in Spokane following the conviction two weeks ago of another man for the same crime. Read the...

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THURSDAY, JULY 26, 2012

Accused killer pleads guilty in gun case

A Spokane man accused of murdering a gang rival 2 1/2 years ago has admitted to unlawfully possessing the murder weapon. Edward Lee "TD" Thomas, 26, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court to felon in possession of a firearm, halting a scheduled trial. Thomas,...

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FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2012

Gibson's bravado as robber didn't help

In the end, Patrick Kevin Gibson's bravado as a professional bank robbery didn't exactly contribute to his defense in the 1992 murder of a Spokane Valley furniture store owner. Spokane County Superior Court Judge Tari Etizen said he appeared to be bragging about his exploits...

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THURSDAY, JULY 19, 2012

Plea hinges on murder trial testimony

A 20-year-old woman originally charged with a death penalty eligible crime for the brutal murder of a Spokane man faces 6 1/2 to 8 1/2 years in prison if she follows a plea agreement approved today. Breeanna C. Sims (pictured left) is to testify at...

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TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2012

'92 Valley murder case goes to judge

Patrick Kevin Gibson made big money robbing banks. A dozen gunpoint heists in the 1990s netted him $850,000. He was a professional robber who didn’t need to bother with a small-time holdup at a furniture store, claims the attorney representing him in a murder trial....

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FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2012

Lawyer cites Pirtles' 'victim mentality'

A member of a Spokane family that claims police target them because of their relation to a notorious double murderer is heading to federal prison, and his lawyer says his parents' "victim mentality" is partially to blame. Jayce Leon Elton Pirtle, Jr., 24, was sentenced...

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Accused killer gives riveting testimony

In what longtime Spokane County court officials described as riveting testimony, accused killer Patrick Kevin Gibson described Thursday his years as a big-time bank robber who earned about $850,000 before heading to federal prison. Gibson's 12-year prison sentence led him to the federal witness protection...

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THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2012

Gun trial linked to murder, gang rivalry

Federal prosecutors want jurors in an upcoming gun trial to know about the suspect's gang membership and the gun's link to a 2010 murder in northeast Spokane. Edward Lee "TD" Thomas, 26, is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm for a...

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