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Sirens & Gavels Spokane Police Department archive

TUESDAY, AUG. 11, 2009

Two stabbings; one family

Last night, police found a man with stab wounds his mother said were inflicted by his girlfriend.Today, a 35-year-old man was sentenced for the stabbing death of his cousin last year.In each case, police responded to the same location - the 1400 block of West...

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FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2009

Through the years: 'Stoney Boy' Lucious

The suspected gunman in this morning's wild fight in the South Perry Street area has a lengthy criminal history.Timothy "Stoney Boy" Lucious (shown above in pictures distributed in, left to right, 2009, 2007 and 2004) has dozens of arrests on his record, including convictions for...

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Woman arrested in fatal stabbing

A woman accused of stabbing a Spokane man to death this month was arrested Thursday.Maggie May Tyler, 24, faces one count of second-degree murder after Spokane police arrested at Walgreens at Crestline and Wellesley at 1:30 p.m.Read my story here.

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Oops! Police chief cited for speeding 

Even the city's top cop can have a lead foot.Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick was ticked for speeding on Saturday as she hunted for a picnic spot along the Spokane River.The chief was cited for driving 43 mph in a 30 mph zone in the...

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MONDAY, JULY 20, 2009

Rental managers accused of big scandal 

When a Western Washington real estate owner died in a freak skydiving accident in Texas last year, his children felt his Spokane assets were in good hands.The couple in charge had worked for Rex Williams for eight years, and his family needed someone trustworthy to...

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TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2009

OxyContin robberies hit high

After a relatively quiet period, Spokane has seen a surge in pharmacy robberies. At least three robberies and one attempted robbery have occurred since the beginning of June. Nicholas A. Blessing, 28, (right), who's accused of stealing OxyContin from the Walgreens at 2105 E. Wellesley...

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MONDAY, JULY 13, 2009

Spokane sees two homicides in one week

A lot happened in the past two weeks, and I'm still catching up. Most notable is two homicides. Seven months into a year with an unusually low murder rate, the city recorded two homicides in one week: the stabbing death of Vitaly M. Shevchuk, 24,...

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Hamburglar picture for Sirens & Gavels. (The Spokesman-Review)

Captured: Spokane's own Hamburglar?

Call him Spokane’s alleged version of the Hamburglar. Police today arrested a man they say is the ringleader of a cutlet cartel that had been stealing meat and selling it in Spokane for at least three years. Read Sara Leaming’s story here.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2009

In the news: Zehm, accused paralegal

It's been a busy two days on the beat. Spokane police Officer Karl Thompson has been indicted in connection with the death of Otto Zehm. Read Tom Clouse's original story here, and check this link for ongoing coverage. Overshadowed by the Zehm announcement but still...

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Surveillance photo from the June 16 robbery at Walgreens, 2105 E Wellesley Ave. (Spokane Police Department)

Do you recognize this man?

Spokane's newest pharamcy robber apparently didn't think he had much to hide. This photo shows the man police say robbed a north Spokane Walgreens of OxyContin at gunpoint Tuesday walking into the store dressed like a normal guy - no attempt was made to conceal...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 2009

Grant could aid in discovery of problem 

The Spokane Police Department is applying for a grant to fight a problem officials say they don't fully understand. The department is preparing an application for a $500,000 federal grant dedicated to fighting the sexual trafficking of children, Assistant Chief Jim Nicks said at Monday's...

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MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2009

Then and allegedly now

Spokane's newest accused pharmacy robber is in good company at the Spokane County Jail - two other young men are in there charged with robbing the same pharmacy. Terran D. Schatz, 23, is accused of robbing the South Hill Walgreens of OxyContin June 7 in...

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MONDAY, JUNE 8, 2009

Courthouse watch: 6.8.09

A man urinating in a bush triggered a drunken altercation involving a handgun this weekend, according to court documents. Phillip J. Koller, 61, pointed a silver handgun at a man and four children and threatened to "blow your brains out" after one yelled at him...

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No murders, just robberies

The city of Spokane has had a nice distinction since March - no homicides. Besides the shooting death of Johnnie Longest by Spokane police officer Dan Lesser, the last police-investigated killing was a stabbing death March 3. Spokane averages about 12 to 14 homicides a...

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TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2009

SPD's newest addition: Ajax the puppy

A Pullman man inspired by the shooting of a Spokane police dog has given the department a German Shepherd puppy. Nick Lungu breeds and trains the dogs for his business I-Guard International. He sells the animals for as much as $2,500 each but gave the...

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