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Sirens & Gavels Spokane Police Department archive

FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010

Spokane police and Spokane County sheriff's deputies block off the scene of an officer-involved shooting in the 4100 block of East 36th Avenue in Spokane on Friday, March 26, 2010. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Man killed in police shootout had warrant

A shootout with police early Friday killed a Spokane man who investigators say threatened family in a dispute over firearms. Todd Ely White, 46, died after Spokane police officers returned gunfire in front of the southeast Spokane home of White’s brother-in-law, Gary Paul, and his...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 2010

Jason Graham holds the Citizen Lifesaving Award he received from Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick during a ceremony Thursday,  March 25, 2010, at Roosevelt Elementary School, in his honor. Jason helped rescue his mother from under the family van. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Police chief honors boy who saved mother

Spokane police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick awarded her highest honor today to a young boy who saved his mother's life.Jason Graham saved his mother, Beverley Graham, as she took him in for a hair cut on Jan. 22. Graham is the boy's biological grandmother who adopted...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 2010

Man targeted by gunfire twice in 5 weeks

A drive-by shooting late Saturday led Spokane police to search a Mercedes Benz and its owner's apartment on Tuesday. No one was injured when at least eight shots were fired outside 857 E. Lyons Ave. - the same location of a drive-by shooting last month....

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TUESDAY, MARCH 23, 2010

GU joins forces with police to fight fraud

Spokane's three city fraud detectives now have help from a dozen Gonzaga University accounting students. In a new program called the Justice for Fraud Victims Project, three supervised student teams gather the paperwork needed so a business owner can recover money, plus help law enforcement...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 2010

Escaped Idaho killer captured in Spokane 

An escaped killer from Idaho was arrested in north Spokane today. Kelly Renee Norton, 44, walked away from the Pocatello Women's Correctional Center Sunday night, according to the Idaho Department of Correction. She was arrested at Francis Avenue and Division Street about 10 a.m. this...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2010

DNA could identify New Year's Day rapist

Police have identified a person of interest in the New Year's Day rape of a teen girl near the Northtown Mall. Detectives obtained a DNA swab from the 21-year-old Spokane man Monday, according to a search warrant filed in Spokane County District Court. The man...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 9, 2010

Homicide case 'not a simple investigation'

Witnesses to Spokane’s only homicide this year share a common theme, police say: All were there, but all say they know nothing about the early morning shooting that left a man dead in an alley. Six weeks after John S. “Q” Williams, 38, was killed...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2010

Police think the gunman who robbed a Northwest Boulevard bank last month also robbed a bank in December. Photos released today show a masked man in a red hooded coat with black trim robbing the Sterling Savings Bank, 3000 S. Grand Ave., at gunpoint Dec. 22. That same man also is pictured on Feb. 13 thought of robbed Chase Bank,  2215 W. Northwest Blvd., wearing a mask and a blue hooded coat with black trim. The robber is described as white with a medium build, 5-foot-10 to 6-feet tall.
Anyone with information on a possible suspect is asked to call Detective Chet Gilmore at (509) 622-5874. (Spokane Police Department)

Police: Man robbed 2 banks in 2 months

Detectives think the gunman who robbed a Northwest Boulevard bank last month also robbed a bank in December, the Spokane Police Department announced today. Photos released today show a masked man in a red hooded coat with black trim robbing the Sterling Savings Bank, 3000...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 2010

Spokane police Officer Glenn Bartlett patrols around the Browne's Addition neighborhood, Nov. 5, 2009 with an electronic license plate reader, which scans plates for stolen vehicles reported in a national database. The cameras are mounted atop his patrol car. DAN PELLE danp@spokesman.com (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Officer finds 9 stolen vehicles in 5 days 

An off-duty Spokane police officer is to credit for finding a stolen vehicle Tuesday - the ninth stolen car he's recovered in the past five days.Officer Glenn Bartlett was on his way home when he spotted a black Nissan Pathfinder reported stolen earlier in the...

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2 men sought in gunpoint home invasion

Two men held another man at gunpoint in his Spokane apartment last night while demanding drugs, according to the Spokane Police Department. Now the SWAT team is looking for the suspects, Taveus M. Brown (left), 30; and Wesley I. Veazie (right), 22. The SWAT team...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 26, 2010

Wedding crasher now has jail date

She showed up at weddings uninvited, mingled with guests and never left empty-handed. But a Spokane woman’s wedding-crashing scheme unraveled last summer when an old high school classmate – and off-duty police officer – recognized her at a wedding where she wasn’t an invited guest....

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THURSDAY, FEB. 25, 2010

Police: Hit-and-run driver targeted victim

A pedestrian struck on by a car on the lower South Hill this week was targeted, Spokane police said Thursday.The 32-year-old pedestrian, whose identity has not been released by police, was struck at 12:22 p.m. on Monday at South Oak Street and West 10th Avenue.Detectives...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 24, 2010

'Person of interest' named in '84 murder

An elderly woman beaten to death her in home. Her apartment ransacked and several silver coins missing, but few clues left behind to identify her killer. The 1984 murder of 87-year-old Ruby M. Miller stumped Spokane police detectives and frightened neighbors near her East Riverside...

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3 charged with early '09 ATM thefts

A rash of burglaries last fall in which stolen vehicles were used to smash through storefronts to take ATMs came about at the same time Spokane saw a rise in car thefts. The crime spree was carried out in a manner similar to a string...

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MONDAY, FEB. 22, 2010

Spokane father accused of abusing infant

A Spokane man is accused of abusing his 2-month-old daughter. Daniel S. O’Brien, 23, was arrested Friday after doctors said the girl’s injuries, which include a broken leg, were consistent with abuse, according to the Spokane Police Department. O’Brien appeared in Spokane County Superior Court...

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Hit-and-run seriously injures pedestrian

A hit-and-run driver seriously injured a Spokane pedestrian today on the lower South Hill.Police are looking for any information on the incident, which occurred at 12:22 p.m. at South Oak Street and West 10th Avenue.The victim, whose name has not been released, was taken to...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 18, 2010

Craigslist fraud leads Spokane police to CdA 

A Craigslist scheme that stretched from Spokane to Miami led police to a Coeur d'Alene hotel this week, where they arrested a suspect accused of duping unsuspecting buyers through fraudulent advertisements. Joshua J. Mulvey, 25, was arrested on a second-degree theft charge Tuesday at Motel...

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This still image from police video shows evidence seized in the arrest of Kruz Hawkins on suspicion of selling marijuana Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010. Hawkins' father, Ricky Hawkins, was also arrested. (Courtesy of Spokane Police Department)

Police: Father, son sold pot to students 

Police arrested a 20-year-old Spokane man and his father today on suspicion of selling marijuana to high school students in northwest Spokane. Kruz Hawkins (right) was arrested after he rode his bike to the parking lot of Pizza Pipeline on Wellesley Avenue, where police believe...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 16, 2010

2 shootings reported last weekend

Two gang-related shootings were reported in Spokane on Valentine's Day.No one was injured in either shooting. In the first incident, officers responded to the 800 block of East Lyons about 1:45 a.m. for the report of multiple shots fired, and arrived to find a car...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 12, 2010

Reminder: Police hockey tomorrow

Local law enforcement will take to the ice tomorrow in a hockey game to raise money for the children of the slain Lakewood police officers. Members of Spokane Police Department and Spokane County Sheriff's Office will play a hockey game at 5 p.m. tomorrow. Admission...

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Police seek sex offender spotted downtown

A convicted sex offender considered likely to reoffend has disabled his GPS tracking device and was last seen in downtown Spokane last night. James Broady Artis III, 43, is wanted on a warrant for escape from community custody, according to the Spokane Police Department. Artis,...

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Man arrested on robbery, gun, drug charges

The Spokane police gang unit arrested a man wanted on a robbery charge and other felony warrants today. Antonio E. "J-Rock" Cook, Jr., 29, is accused of punching a woman on Sept. 6 after she fought with him and a friend over sexually suggestive text...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 10, 2010

Surveillance camera images of a man who robbed the Grocery Outlet on North Division Street in Spokane on Tuesday, June 23, 2009. (Courtesy of Spokane Police Department)

DNA on fake beard nabs robbery suspect

A seven-month-old robbery may be solved thanks to DNA from a fake beard worn by the culprit.Donald R. Wright, 35, was arrested today in connection with the June 23 robbery at the Grocery Outlet at 7810 N. Division after the state crime lab matched his...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 5, 2010

Hockey game pits police v. sheriff's office

Local law enforcement will take to the ice next week in a hockey game to raise money for the children of the slain Lakewood police officers. Members of Spokane Police Department and Spokane County Sheriff's Office will play a hockey game at 5 p.m. Feb....

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