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Sirens & Gavels methamphetamine archive

FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2014

Second man accused of selling heroin arrested 

Spokane police arrested 55-year-old Ernie Hern this week, the second of a pair accused of selling heroin out of a residence in the East Central neighborhood through March of last year. Hern faces multiple possession and sale of drug charges after police used a confidential...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 6, 2013

Western Washington home tests positive for meth 

A trio of college students on the West side are apartment hunting after health officials condemned their rental home, which tested positive for methamphetamine. The whole story from The Associated Press, based on reporting from Seattle TV station KOMO News, follows: BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) —...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 22, 2013

THURSDAY, AUG. 2, 2012

Home-invasion robber gets 10 years 

A robber who fled a north Spokane home after being struck with a sword has been sentenced to nearly 11 years in prison. Nathan T. McDaniels, 28, alias Gardner, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary and two counts of first-degree robbery and was...

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MONDAY, JULY 23, 2012

Suspect arrested in May home robbery

A fourth suspect has been arrested in a home-invasion robbery in the Indian Trail area that ended with a resident confronting his attackers with a sword. Erik J. Zacher, 26, is accused of robbing residents in the 9600 block of North Alpine Court in May....

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TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2012

Woman gets 10 years for shooting

A woman who shot a man three times after he accidentally hit her with a half-pint bottle has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. Leona Sutton, 34, is a methamphetamine addict who federal prosecutors say is very dangerous. "Defendant's livelihood has been a...

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MONDAY, JULY 9, 2012

Dumpster dive leads to felony arrest

A man arrested for being inside a dumpster outside a drug store was booked into jail on a felony charge after police found methamphetamine in his backpack. Darrell Leon Brunson, 47, told Deputy David Westlake he believed it was legal to be inside a store...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2012

Sex offender arrested after car chase

A sex offender sought by Crime Stoppers was arrested Thursday after leading troopers on a chase in the West Plains area. Phillip John Motyka, 45, pulled into a parking lot but just circled through and exited back on state Route 2 after Washington State Patrol...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2012

Killer in hotel trashing left prison in '11 

A convicted killer accused of trashing a Spokane Valley motel while celebrating he and his wife's anniversary was released from prison just 15 months ago. Danial Caleb Peters, 38, murdered Melissa Mae Wageman, 40, on Dec. 22, 1995, after smoking crack cocaine. He told police...

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Cops remark on meth suspect's honesty

Police in Spokane Valley remarked on the honesty of a man after he admitted he had a glass pipe and bag of methamphetamine in his pocket. Christopher Joseph Nordby, 47, was standing next to a car holding a screw driver near East Valleyway Avenue and...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2012

Chronic DUI suspect Crabtree sentenced 

A chronic drunken driving suspect who badly injured a sheriff's deputy in a crash about 10 years ago has been sentenced to two years in prison on drug charges. James Lee Crabtree, 51, is in the Spokane County Jail awaiting transport to prison after being...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2012

Drug dealer mistakenly texts police

SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) — Police say a drug dealer mistakenly sent messages to a California central coast police officer in an attempt to sell methamphetamine. The Santa Maria officer notified Santa Barbara County sheriff's detectives about the errant text messages early Tuesday. The officer...

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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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Bevy of drugs found in felon's truck

A longtime Spokane felon who fought with police in a Browne's Addition grocery store parking lot last week had about three ounces of heroin in his vehicle, police said today. Stephen Patrick Link, 46, pleaded not guilty today in Spokane County Superior Court to possession...

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Police: We saved repeat offender's life

Spokane police say they saved the life of a career criminal and sex offender when he went into cardiac arrest after he was taken into custody Sunday. Officer Nick Geren administered first aid on Joshua Clint Epperson, 32, while he was being transported to the...

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SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2012

Sex offender arrested in home invasion

A sex offender suspected in a violent gunpoint home-invasion robbery was arrested today. Joshua Clint Epperson, 32, was booked into jail on felony charges related to an early-morning attack last Tuesday in the 9600 block of North Alpine Court in the Indian Trail area. The...

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FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2012

Drugs, guns seized near Valley school

Sheriff's investigators arrested a suspected methamphetamine dealer this week after a month's long investigation that yielded not only drugs but three guns. His Spokane Valley home's backyard is connected to the playground of Trentwood Elementary School. Gang and drug detectives obtained search warrants for the...

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THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2012


Serial theft suspect charged, again 

The suspected leader of a burglary ring that victimized homes in the Spokane area has been charged by prosecutors. Randall T. Smeltzer, 33, is to be arraigned May 30 on burglary, theft and meth charges. He's accused of burglarizing a home in the 3500 block...

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2 arrested for burglary in Valley

Sheriff's deputies arrested two men on suspicion of burglary Wednesday after a neighbor called to report two suspicious men in the backyard of a home. Jimmie Matthew Allen, 34, and Mark Alan Short, 41, were arrested in the 5200 block of North Kenney Road after...

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MONDAY, MAY 14, 2012

Tire store employee walks up on theft

A tire store employee wary of recent thefts and a suspicious truck parked near the business led sheriff's deputies to a theft and drug suspect and a stolen vehicle from Lincoln County. The employee saw two tires being placed into the bed of the truck...

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THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2012

2 arrested in Garland District SWAT raid

Investigators seized stolen property and drugs and arrested two men today while serving a search warrant at a home in the West Garland District. The Spokane County Sheriff's Office Burglary Task Force and Investigative Task Force developed information that stolen property and drugs were being...

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TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2012

Murder suspect now facing meth charges

A Spokane man already jailed on a murder charge now faces two drug-dealing charges. David C. McLaughlin, 22, is accused of selling methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school on Sept. 23 and Sept. 27. That was more than two months before McLaughlin and Melinda...

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