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Sirens & Gavels Spokane Police Department archive

FRIDAY, NOV. 30, 2012

New traffic school looking for students

Next time a motor officer hands you a traffic violation, you could be eligible for a seat in the city’s new traffic school. The county already has a traffic school, but now the city does as well.The six-hour course starts Jan. 5 and gives drivers...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 27, 2012

Weekend stabbing being investigated as self-defense

A man suspected of stabbing another man on Saturday night near the intersection of Nelson and Wabash, was never arrested because the incident is being investigated as self-defense, says Spokane Police spokeswoman officer Jennifer DeRuwe. Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office is calling the manner of...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 6, 2012

MONDAY, OCT. 29, 2012

Police reform meeting canceled/rescheduled 

A previously scheduled meeting to discuss Spokane police reform and an update of its progress was canceled on Monday afternoon due to an absent chief of Police. Due to a scheduling conflict, chief of Police Frank Straub was unable to attend the Public Safety Committee...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 25, 2012

Stolen wedding band (Spokane Police Department)

Burglar targets bereaved 

Spokane Police detectives say a man may have targeted the home of a burglary victim because of an online obituary, entering when he believed she would be gone. The burglar’s haul included multiple firearms, antiques, and the victim’s dead husband’s wedding ring. The crime occurred...

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Police: Beware of panhandlers

Spokane police arrested a panhandler Thursday afternoon after discovering he had a stolen car. A man left a vehicle parked near the Office Depot by Wellesley Avenue and Division Street and proceeded to the intersection with a cardboard sign to panhandle, according to a Spokane...

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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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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 17, 2012

Man assaulted for bashing the Dallas Cowboys 

A man was hospitalized earlier this month after allegedly being the target of football rage at a downtown Spokane bar. On Oct. 2 at 3:06 a.m., police took a report from the victim at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. He said he was assaulted by...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 16, 2012

Rehired SPD detective gets apology, $350k

City leaders have apologized to a police detective fired last year for what officials described as a “troubled work history.” The Spokane City Council voted 5-1 on Monday to approve a $350,000 settlement with Detective Jeff Harvey, who was rehired earlier this year. The settlement...

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MONDAY, OCT. 1, 2012

FRIDAY, SEPT. 21, 2012

SPD looking for reserve officers 

Can you do at least 21 pushups? Sprint 300 meters in 71 seconds or less? Run a mile-and-a-half in under 14:31? What about 30 situps in under a minute? If so, you may be eligible for the Spokane Police Department's reserve officer program. The department...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 23, 2012

Straub promises innovation for SPD

Spokane Mayor David Condon made it official Wednesday, naming former Indianapolis Public Safety Director Frank Straub as his choice to take over leadership of the city's scandal-scarred police force. The appointment requires City Council confirmation, which could take up to a month to bring to...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 15, 2012


A reward is being offered for tips that help identify a man who robbed a Spokane convenience store at gunpoint early Saturday.
Surveillance photos released today show the man pointing a gun at a clerk at 7-Eleven, 1425 N. Maple St., about 4:30 a.m.
The robber is described as 5-foot-6 and 180 pounds, and in his late 20s or early 30s.
Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips <a href="http://www.crimestoppersinlandnorthwest.org/">online.</a>  Tipsters do not have to leave their name to collect a reward but should lave a code name or number. (Spokane Police Department)

Photos show gunpoint 7-Eleven robbery

A reward is being offered for tips that help identify a man who robbed a Spokane convenience store at gunpoint early Saturday. Surveillance photos released today show the man pointing a gun at a clerk at 7-Eleven, 1425 N. Maple St., about 4:30 a.m. The...

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This piranha was seized from a South Hill apartment on Friday. (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Piranhas, alligator seized on South Hill

Piranhas and a small alligator were seized from a South Hill apartment on Friday. (submitted photos) Piranhas offered for trade on Craigslist led state fish and game agents to seize several of the exotic, human-eating fish from an apartment on Spokane’s lower South Hill. The...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 10, 2012



A woman being pursued by police crashed a stolen car into a house in north Spokane Wednesday then tried to hide in a stranger's garage, police say.
Kristina M. Groce, 21, ran from the crash at 4906 N. Pittsburg St. and entered a home at 1711 E. Wabash Ave., uninvited, asked to use the phone and told the homeowner not to call police, according to court documents.
Officer Dan Cole tried to stop Groce after realizing the 2003 Toyota Celica she was driving was stolen. Cole said Groce drove over 60 mph and ran a stop sign at Nevada and Wabash before crashing into the home.
"Luckily no children were in the yard when the stolen car went onto sidewalk under cyclone fence and into corner of house," police wrote on Facebook.
The car's owner was at a laundromat earlier that day when someone grabbed his keys and stole his it, police say. (Spokane Police Department)

Woman crashes stolen car into house

Police released this photo of the crash at North Pittsburg Street and East Wabash Avenue Wednesday. A woman being pursued by police crashed a stolen car into a house in north Spokane Wednesday then tried to hide in a stranger's garage, police say. Kristina M....

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 8, 2012

Police are trying to identify a suspect in a Fourth of July assault that left a man beaten and burned at his makeshift camp near High Bridge Park.

Surveillance photos show the victim at the Sunset Grocery with a young man police believe may have attacked him.

Spokane police officers contacted the victim at a hospital about 8 a.m. and learned he had been severely beaten and burned sometime during the night at his camp in a large gravel and grass pasture near Sunset Boulevard and Government Way.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online. Tipsters do not have to give their name to collect a reward but should leave a code name or number. (Spokane Police Department)

Photos show assault suspect; ID sought

Police are trying to identify a suspect in a Fourth of July assault that left a man beaten and burned at his makeshift camp near High Bridge Park. Surveillance photos show the victim at the Sunset Grocery with a young man police believe may have...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 7, 2012

2 charged in attempted carjacking

Two suspected car thieves tried to steal a vehicle from a stranger outside a north Spokane restaurant, police say. Bennie Lee Carson, 31, and Charles A. Nickens, 27, followed the man north on North Division Street and confronted him when he pulled into the McDonald's...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 3, 2012

Edwards arrestee appeals sentence 

A Spokane methamphetamine dealer ordered to spend 15 years in federal prison is trying to get his sentence overturned, in part because it was investigated by a now-fired Spokane police officer. David Brian Hill’s request is the latest twist in an investigation into potentially questionable...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 2, 2012

Police chief candidates down to two

Mayor David Condon said Wednesday that he is “very confident” one of two remaining finalists will be the next Spokane police chief, despite a law enforcement panel’s recommendation that he restart the search. Either Daniel Mahoney, the commanding officer of the Ingleside Police Station within...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 1, 2012

Jury: Man groped Moody bible student

A man who sexually assaulted a 19-year-old Moody Bible Institute student at Mission Park in March has been convicted of a sex offense. A Spokane County jury deliberated for about an hour and a half Tuesday before convicting John L. Sanders of indecent liberties. Sanders...

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Pepper-spray attack suspect leaves jail

A Spokane woman accused of attacking an elderly woman with pepper spray in a North Side parking lot is out of jail on $2,000 bail. Sherri L. Bester, alias Schlosser, 49, is accused of third-degree assault for an incident outside Home Depot, 9116 N. Newport...

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TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2012

Victim says sexuality prompted attack

A knife assault that nearly killed a man early Saturday began after the victim described himself as gay, according to Spokane police. The 28-year-old victim was drinking with a friend at a home in the 400 block of South Fiske Street when a man approached...

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FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2012

Man arrested for unreported robbery

Another suspect in a home-invasion robbery has been arrested after his alleged accomplice told police about a crime that hadn't been reported. Travis Heath Bertholf, 40, is accused of robbing an apartment in the 2500 block of East Hartson Avenue with David Fredrick Smith sometime...

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From left facing camera, Spokane Police Chief candidates, George Markert, Daniel Mahoney and Frank Straub, visit with Spokane Mayor David Condon, left, and police historian, Susan S. Walker, during a meet-and-greet Wednesday in City Hall's Chase Gallery. (Dan Pelle)

3 police chief candidates visit Spokane

From left facing camera, Spokane police chief candidates, George Markert, Daniel Mahoney and Frank Straub, visit with Spokane Mayor David Condon, left, and police historian, Susan S. Walker, during a meet-and-greet Wednesday in City Hall’s Chase Gallery. (SRphoto/Dan Pelle) Three men vying to be the...

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