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FRIDAY, OCT. 16, 2009

'My side of the story is self-defense'

A Spokane man accused of shooting two men to death over a car trade says the slayings were in self-defense. Merle W. Harvey, 27, shot Jack T. Lamere, 41, and Jacob J. Potter, 45, after “three guys surrounded my truck with guns,” Harvey told a...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 15, 2009

Reward offered for teen in murder case

A teenager charged with second-degree murder for a fatal stabbing in January has a warrant out for his arrest after failing to show up for a court hearing. Christopher E. Hooper, 18, (left) and Michael L. Summa, 20, and Tylor T. Buttolph, 19, are accused...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 8, 2009

Funeral today for cancer-stricken SPD officer

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office and Spokane Valley Police Department traffic units handled calls inside the city of Spokane this morning while police department employees attended the funeral of an officer who died of leukemia. Aaron S. Douglas, 38, was hired as a police officer...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 7, 2009

Chief responds to Center for Justice story 

Spokane police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick just fired off a fierce e-mail responding to this story by BIll Morlin for the Center for Justice. The article states that Kirkpatrick confirmed "widely circulated rumors that she has been looking for a job elsewhere, including a recent opening...

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Double murder suspect may be in Las Vegas

The reward for information leading to the capture of a Spokane man accused of gunning down two men in a dispute over a car trade is up to $1,750. An anonymous donor recently gave $500 to Crime Stoppers, and another has said he’ll give $1,000....

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TUESDAY, OCT. 6, 2009

Spokane Officer Paul Gorman poses with his new police dog, Maximus. (The Spokesman-Review)

Where was this photo taken? 

Any guesses on where this photo of Spokane police Officer Paul Gorman and his K9, Maximus, was taken? Spokane police sent it to media yesterday. I've never seen an alley like that in Spokane. The fallen Roman pillars are a nice touch. I've put a...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 30, 2009

Courthouse watch: 9.30.09

The man accused of killing two men Saturday argued with one before firing a gun at them, then picked up a "bigger gun with bigger flashes" and continued shooting, witnesses told police. But victim Jack T. Lamere, 41, had a gun, too, though it was...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 28, 2009

Suspect in double homicide remains at large

A man accused of helping a double homicide suspect has been arrested, Spokane police announced early this morning. Mark H. Toner, 33, (left) is in Spokane County Jail on charges of rendering criminal assistance and witness intimidation after being captured without incident at a motel...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 23, 2009

SPD sergeant accused of drunken driving 

A Spokane police sergeant was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Wednesday and may face additional hit-and-run charges. Bradley N. Thoma, 44, was cited for suspicion of misdemeanor DUI and released, following a hit-and-run crash at Newport Highway and Farwell Road about 5...

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Young  marijuana plants are shown Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009, in Seattle. The  marijuana is distributed to members of a cooperative of  medical patients who have received doctor's authorization to use the drug to treat their illnesses, such as AIDS and multiple sclerosis. Unlike several other states which permit  marijuana sales to patients, Washington requires patients to grow  marijuana themselves or designate a caregiver to grow it for them.(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) (Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)

AP looks at Washington pot dispute

SEATTLE — In one corner of Washington state, a 62-year-old rheumatoid arthritis patient could face more than eight years in prison for growing marijuana for himself and three others. In Seattle, meanwhile, a collection of grow operations serves 2,000 people with little interference from police....

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 22, 2009

FRIDAY, SEPT. 11, 2009

Papers detail medical marijuana probe 

The investigation into the medical marijuana dispensary Change began when a detective saw a TV news article about the business in May, court documents show. "The news story advised that Scott Shupe dispenses marijuana and that he grows, possesses and sells marijuana and that 'it's...

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Pot advocates protest outside courthouse

Medical marijuana advocates rallied outside the Spokane County Courthouse today. Led by dispensary owner Chantel Jackson and a bullhorn, the protesters saved signs advocating medical marijuana and asking where patients can buy their supply now that dispensaries have been warned to shut down. Their main...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 10, 2009

Jury: Boothe not guilty of assault

The jury has reached a not guilty verdict in the trial of a Spokane police officer accused of kicking a handcuffed man in the face, Thomas Clouse reports.Lots of police officers stopped by to watch the day-and-a-half trial, including Karl Thompson, the officer charged in...

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Boothe trial could go to jury today

The trial of a Spokane police officer accused of kicking a handcuffed man in the face is expected to wrap up today. Officer Rob Boothe is charged with fourth-degree assault after two officers reported seeing him kick a handcuffed suspect in the face who apparently...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 9, 2009

Rob Boothe trial begins today

Opening statements are set to begin today in the trial of a Spokane police officer accused of kicking a handcuffed man in the face. Rob M. Boothe has been on paid leave since the alleged incident occurred Sept. 5, 2008, after several officers pursued a...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 8, 2009

Surveillance photo of a pharmacy robbery at the South Regal Street ShopKo 9:42 p.m. Aug. 24, 2009. The robber is described as a white male in his 20s with dark stubble and approximately 6 feet, 3 inches tall. (Courtesy of Crime Stoppers)

1 man, 2 OxyContin robberies

Spokane police think one man is responsible for two unsolved OxyContin robberies at South Hill pharmacies in the past two weeks. The robberies occurred Aug. 24 at the Shopko at 4515 S. Regal St., and Sept. 5 at the Rite Aid across the street, 4514...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 4, 2009

THURSDAY, SEPT. 3, 2009

Deputies arrest a familar name

Spokane County Sheriff's deputies arrested a familiar name Monday: Erica J. Jennings. That's the woman Spokane police detectives interviewed during their investigation of the still unsolved stabbing death of William "Billy" O. Floyd, 22, on Aug. 15. Police detective John Miller filed a search warrant...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 25, 2009

Thompson supporters rally on Facebook 

The evolution of Facebook over the years, particularly the last six months or so, has been astonishing. When I learned of the social networking web site in 2004, it was reserved for students at specific universities. An email address ending an .edu was required, and...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 20, 2009


Bloody knife could hold clue to March murder

A fatal stabbing in Spokane in March involved two knives - one of which is splattered with blood that could belong to the killer.These details were revealed in a search warrant filed this week in Spokane County Superior Court that seeks DNA samples from Robert...

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MONDAY, AUG. 17, 2009

One dead, one at large after knife fight

Police released a description of a suspected killer Monday, two days after a man was stabbed to death in a Spokane parking lot.William “Billy” O. Floyd, 22, died after police found him unconscious and barely breathing in a parking lot at West Indiana Avenue and...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 13, 2009

Landlord wanted on 20 theft charges

A scandal police say bilked a rental owner out of more than $15,000 ended with 20 theft charges filed against a husband and wife hired to managed two Spokane apartment complexes. Trial for Theresa M. Walters, 33, scheduled to begin Aug. 21, but police can’t...

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