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Sirens & Gavels shootings archive

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


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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MONDAY, AUG. 6, 2012

Video shows North Idaho police shooting

Two Post Falls police officers were justified when they shot a fugitive to death in March during a chase that ended in a cul-de-sac in Hayden, authorities concluded last week. Video from a police cruiser’s dashboard camera released Friday shows Justin Earl Nicholas Todd, 33,...

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TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2012

Wallace's alleged accomplice tries suicide

A man accused of helping Charles Wallace, who shot two sheriff’s deputies before shooting himself to death last month, tried to kill himself at the Spokane County Jail on Friday. Robert Lee “Bo” Ruth, 42, who was jailed last week after his girlfriend told police...

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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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Cop whose daughter shot self suspended

The Spokane police officer whose daughter accidentally shot herself in the leg with his service weapon this spring will be suspended for three weeks wihout pay following an internal investigation. Officer Barry O’Connell failed to comply with department policy requiring officers to secure their duty...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2012

Murdered man's apartment burglarized

The family of a Western Washington man shot and killed nearly two weeks ago went to his Liberty Lake apartment to collect his things, only to find it burglarized and his newly purchased assault rifle missing. Ryan Crews Mumm, 20, had been living in the...

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TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2012

Pot thief shot in head sent to prison 

A Spokane man who was shot in the head while trying to steal marijuana plants from a home last fall has sentenced to prison. Joseph A. Gariepy, 41, was shot by Darcee Kapfer as he and Raymond Paul Bates, 49, tried to steal marijuana plants...

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FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2012

Mail thief fires shot after Taser shock 

A convicted mail thief wanted for violating his probation shot a round from a firearm after being shocked with a stun gun today northwest of Airway Heights, according to the U.S. Marshals Service. No one was injured and Tony L. Gust, 33, was arrested without...

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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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TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2012

Man shot in April arrested at CdA Casino

A man shot in what police believe was a drug-related incident on Spokane's South Hill in April was arrested today at the Coeur d'Alene Casino for a brutal assault in Adams County. Arthur Frank Cardenas, 33, has been wanted since July 11 on a $500,000...

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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 16, 2012

Gun suspect arrested after shooting

Gunfire at a party in Spokane Valley early Sunday led to the arrest of a 24-year-old suspect. Edgar Ambriz Viveros is accused of firing a pistol at a home in the 15000 block of East Mission Avenue, where sheriff's deputies responded to a report of...

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FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2012

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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WEDNESDAY, JULY 11, 2012

Police arrest robbery, eluding suspect

A Spokane man suspected in recent robberies and of eluding police at least twice was arrested Monday after ramming a police cruiser. Shane Lawrence Hagedorn, 30, was driving a red Oldsmobile Achieva on West Wellesley Avenue about 9 p.m. when members of the Spokane police...

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TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2012

Letters address cop shooter's release

Three recent letters to the editor address the case of Charles Wallace, who shot two sheriff's deputies last month after being released from jail on federal heroin charges. Magistrate Cynthia Imbrogno ordered Wallace to report to a drug rehab center in Spokane Valley on May...

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MONDAY, JULY 9, 2012

Jury indicts woman in April shooting

A Moses Lake woman has been indicted by a grand jury for illegally possessing a firearm after her friend was shot in what Spokane police believe was a drug-related assault. Alicia Marie Favro, who turned 42 last week, faces up to 10 years in prison...

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FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2012

Public's help sought in cat cruelty probe

Spokane County animal protection offers are asking for the public's help as they investigate a horrendous case of animal cruelty. A cat had to be euthanized on Monday after SCRAPS officers found it shot in the head in a dumpster at the Viewpoint Villa Apartments,...

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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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Couple convicted, acquitted in murder

Three witnesses put the gun in her boyfriend’s hand either during or immediately after a Spokane man was shot last December following a bizarre altercation. But Melinda R. Barrera, 32, admitted pulling the trigger and a jury convicted Thursday her of second-degree murder while acquitting...

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THURSDAY, JULY 5, 2012

Wallace's wrist, risk factors at hearing

Five weeks before Charles Robert Wallace shot two Spokane County sheriff’s deputies, he sat in a federal courtroom in downtown Spokane, his hand in a cast, as his lawyer told a judge he needed drug addiction treatment instead of jail. The 41-year-old suspected heroin trafficker’s...

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