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FRIDAY, JUNE 25, 2010

Lawyer disputes red-light program's legality

Local attorney John Clark challenged Spokane’s system of issuing tickets from red light cameras, arguing Thursday in Spokane Municipal Court that the city is not following well-established law. Officers have long been required to sign infractions indicating that they reviewed the tickets and attested to...

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MONDAY, JUNE 21, 2010

Suspect in murder admits to crack charge

A Spokane man accused of lying to police his knowledge of a fatal shooting in January faces at least 20 months in prison for a crack cocaine conviction when he's sentenced later this summer. Eric "Smalls" Burton, Jr., recently pleaded guilty to one count of...

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SPD ombudsman wants investigatory power 

The Spokane City Council is scheduled tonight to consider allowing police Ombudsman Tim Burns to gather information on his own, separately from the Police Department’s Internal Affairs division, when Burns disagrees with the police chief’s decision that no further investigation into alleged misconduct is needed....

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FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 2010

Heroin suspect surrenders to SWAT team

A suspected heroin dealer surrendered to a Spokane police SWAT team after a standoff on Thursday. Jacob E. Snizik, 25, tried to run from a home in the 6800 block of North Napa Street when a SWAT team showed up about 5 p.m., but "the...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 2010

Man in closed probe jailed on meth charge

Police aren't investigating an allegation he stabbed someone in Spokane Valley on Memorial Day, but a traffic stop involving Matthias Piggot led to the suspect being jailed on a drug charge two nights ago. Piggot, 28, posted bond after appearing in Superior Court Thursday on...

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Report: Kirkpatrick still hoping for Seattle 

Spokane police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick has asked to be reconsidered for the top Seattle police job after a finalist withdrew, a Seattle TV station reports. According to a web posting by Q13Fox in Seattle, Kirkpatrick e-mailed Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn Wednesday after Sacramento Police Chief...

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Video shows Spokane grocery store robbery

Video released today shows a masked gunman robbing a north Spokane grocery store Tuesday night.Police hope someone can provide tips about the robbery, which occurred about 10 p.m. at Empire Foods, 5434 N. Nevada St., and terrified the clerk, police said.The gunman is shown throwing...

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MONDAY, JUNE 7, 2010

2 felons nabbed after South Hill gunfire

Gunfire on the South Hill Sunday didn't injure anyone but shot out the back window of a car. How the gun discharged is a point of dispute. Spokane police say one suspect, Andrey Y. Fedin, 22, told them a friend accidentally shot the gun while...

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City to buy warehouse for police evidence

Fifteen months after voters rejected a tax to pay for a new police evidence building, city officials say they can open an improved facility without new taxes. The city announced this week plans to buy a warehouse in East Central Spokane and convert it to...

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Search continues for McDonald's carjackers

Spokane police still are looking for two men who carjacked a Mitsubishi Lancer at gunpoint during a fight over loud music in a McDonald's drive-through early Monday. The men, described as large, white and bald, were waiting at the McDonald’s at 909 W. Indiana Ave....

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FRIDAY, MAY 28, 2010

Man arrested with 140 grams of heroin

A suspected heroin dealer was arrested Thursday with more than 140 grams of the drug. Douglas A. Jones, 42, is in jail on two felony drug charges. Police believe he gets the heroin outside Spokane, then sells it for $70 a gram locally. Jones had...

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Memo delays council's ombudsman vote

Two dozen people urged the Spokane City Council to let the city police ombudsman listen to someone other than police about police misconduct, but a confidential legal memo stood in the way Monday. Councilman Bob Apple was the lone opponent of an effort to delay...

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TUESDAY, MAY 25, 2010

Tips sought on downtown bar assailants

Spokane police are looking for tips identifying two assailants who attacked a man early Saturday outside the Blue Spark, 15 S. Howard Ave. The assault occurred between midnight and 1 a.m. and sent the victim to a hospital with head trauma. One man was described...

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MONDAY, MAY 24, 2010

Council to consider SPD ombudsman boost

An effort to expand the powers of the city of Spokane’s police ombudsman may go before the City Council tonight. The proposed ordinance would allow Ombudsman Tim Burns to go beyond simply observing internal police probes and allow him to publish reports on those investigations...

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THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2010

Bank robbery suspect: Voices made me do it

A man accused of robbing a downtown Spokane bank told police voices in his head told him to commit the crime, according to court documents prepared by detectives.It's not the first time David D. Thometz, 47, has blamed crimes on the voices. He was sentenced...

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TUESDAY, MAY 11, 2010

Injured baby still improving at hospital

A 2-month-old baby who suffered what Spokane police initially feared would be fatal injuries continues to improve at a hosptial, family said. SkyeLynn A. Jamison is to be released next week, a family member said Saturday on a Facebook page created for the girl. SkyeLynn's...

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Reward offered for tips in stolen check case

Thieves recently stole a woman's purse from a car in the Indian Trial area then tried cashing stolen checks at two Spokane stores. Now Spokane police are looking for help identifying suspects caught on camera at both stores. The car prowling occurred April 27, the...

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Spokane police block  the scene of an officer-involved shooting in the 4100 block of East 36th Avenue  in south Spokane  on Friday. (CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON)

Police complete probe of fatal shooting

A law enforcement investigation into the fatal shooting of a gunman by a Spokane police officer ast month has been sent to the Spokane County Prosecutor's Office for review. Investigators found that "the only criminal actions committed that day were those of the decedent, 46-year-old...

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Video shows wanted credit union robber

Police on Wednesday released video of a recent robbery at the Spokane Teachers Credit Union branch on Indian Trail Road. Detectives hope someone recognizes the man, who they say handed a teller a note shortly after 2:30 p.m. on Friday that said he had a...

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Repeat offender jailed after SWAT standoff

A repeat offender was arrested early today after he surrendered to a SWAT team outside a northeast Spokane apartment. Dustin C. Rauscher, 25, was booked into Spokane County Jail on a felony arrest warrant for attempting to elude police, and new charges of unlawful imprisonment...

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Police guild distorted vote on Kirkpatrick

The extent of dissatisfaction with Spokane police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick among the rank and file may not be as bad as union leaders suggest. A document obtained by The Spokesman-Review shows Spokane Police Guild leaders misrepresented the results of a recent no-confidence vote against Kirkpatrick...

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Man sought after SWAT comes up empty 

Spokane police are looking for a domestic violence suspect they believe escaped before officers surrounded his Hillyard home for four hours on Saturday. Police say Pedro J. Garcia, 35, was reported to be suicidal when they arrived at 2900 E. Diamond shortly before 8 p.m....

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Spokane police chief is finalist for Seattle job

Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick is one of 11 finalists to lead Seattle’s police force. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn’s office released the list Monday in a news release. The finalists will be interviewed May 8 by McGinn’s chief search committee. Other candidates include the police...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2010

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