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Sirens & Gavels Spokane Police Department archive

FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2012

Spokane County Jail inmate Justin Anest has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Spokane County for 2004 beating in the county jail. He claims to have been beaten again over the weekend. 9/19/06  (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Chief OKs probe into alleged misconduct

Spokane County Jail inmate Justin Anest is pictured in 2006. He filed a federal civil rights lawsuit for a 2004 beating in the county jail. He claims to have been beaten again over the weekend in September 2006. The lawsuit was dismissed. Anest filed the...

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Spokane gang team arrests 2 fugitives

The gang team arrested two men this week in Spokane for violating their probation on violent crimes. Christopher M. Prusch, 35, (pictured left) was booked into jail Wednesday on a Department of Corrections warrant for escape from community custody, Spokane police Officer Matt Rose said...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2012

Repeat offender sentenced to 4+ years

A repeat offender has been sentenced to about four years in prison for drug and property crimes. Christopher Bruce Gooch, 35, was given an exceptionally high sentence of 50 months in prison. He's in the Spokane County Jail awaiting transport to prison. A jury convicted...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2012

Guild using cameras as bargaining chip

If city leaders want body cameras to become a standard part of the Spokane Police Department uniform, they’ll have to first work through what the city’s top cop says could be the key hindrance: Spokane police officers. The Spokane Police Guild is using the city’s...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2012

SPD ombudsman dispute going to mayor

A disagreement between the interim Spokane police chief and the police ombudsman about the handling of a recent complaint is getting the mayor’s attention. Ombudsman Tim Burns is asking Mayor David Condon to force the Spokane Police Department to investigate a complaint that arose when...

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Store fights booze thieves w/ mace 

Employees at a Spokane grocery store pepper sprayed the front doors to try to stop two suspected booze thieves from attacking them on Friday, police say. Police say Kerry Alan Zaugg, 24, appeared to be preparing to assault an employee at Grocery Boys, 3430 N....

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FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2012

Officer saves bicyclist's life after crash 

A police officer saved the life of a bicyclist who was hit by an SUV on Monday, officials say. Officer Paul Carpenter responded to the crash at Park Place and Columbia Circle and found a witness trying to administer CPR to the 50-year-old man. The...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2012

Bevy of drugs found in felon's truck

A longtime Spokane felon who fought with police in a Browne's Addition grocery store parking lot last week had about three ounces of heroin in his vehicle, police said today. Stephen Patrick Link, 46, pleaded not guilty today in Spokane County Superior Court to possession...

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Four masked robbers took over a McDonald's on the South Hill Friday night, and police are asking for help identifying them.
Police today released surveillance photos of the robbers, who accosted six people inside the restaurant at 4647 S. Regal St., just after 10 p.m.
The victims complied with demands and none was injured. The robbers, who wore black clothing, fled on foot before police arrived.
 (Spokane Police Department)

Robbers take over South Hill McDonald's

Four masked robbers took over a McDonald's on the South Hill at gunpoint Friday night, and police are asking for help identifying them. Police today released three surveillance photos of the robbers, who accosted six people inside the restaurant at 4647 S. Regal St., just...

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New to Spokane, man robbed during jog

A man who arrived in Spokane about a week ago from Ethiopia was robbed while jogging on the South Hill early Sunday, police say. The 38-year-old victim does not speak English but said he recognized the word "money" when a man approached him about 5:20...

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Police: We saved repeat offender's life

Spokane police say they saved the life of a career criminal and sex offender when he went into cardiac arrest after he was taken into custody Sunday. Officer Nick Geren administered first aid on Joshua Clint Epperson, 32, while he was being transported to the...

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TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2012

SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2012

Sex offender arrested in home invasion

A sex offender suspected in a violent gunpoint home-invasion robbery was arrested today. Joshua Clint Epperson, 32, was booked into jail on felony charges related to an early-morning attack last Tuesday in the 9600 block of North Alpine Court in the Indian Trail area. The...

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Edwards admitted 'bad mistake'

A Spokane police officer fired for lying to a co-worker to obtain the address of a woman he met at a bar told investigators he was going through personal problems and was concerned for the woman’s safety because he’d seen her interacting with a known...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 2012

Police bust burglary suspect in 4 hours

A burglary suspect was arrested within four hours thanks to an alert neighbor and quick-responding Spokane police property crimes detectives. A resident called 911 about 11 a.m. Tuesday to report a burglary in progress in the 700 block of North Elgin Street. The neighbor described...

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TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2012

MONDAY, MAY 21, 2012

New details in Kala Williams homicide

A 20-year-old woman found dead of what police say was significant trauma told a confidant days before she disappeared that she was worried and concerned for her safety. Kala Williams got to know Erin Newberry through the Catalyst Project, an organization that helps homeless youth....

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Okla. fugitive in Spokane prompts probe

Spokane police are investigating why an Oklahoma fugitive ended up here with a large amount of marijuana and cash. Police on Friday obtained a search warrant for Mitchell R. Green, Jr.'s cellphone in hopes it will lead to what they suspect is a marijuana trafficking...

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FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

Jeff Harvey rehired by Spokane police

The Spokane Police Department has re-hired embattled Detective Jeff Harvey even though his lawsuit against the city remains unresolved. City spokeswoman Marlene Feist said Harvey’s first day back was Monday after he was fired for cause last July by then-Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick. “We have...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2012

Body is that of missing Spokane woman

A body found Sunday is that of a 20-year-old Spokane woman reported missing April 2. Police are investigating Kala Williams’ death as a homicide but declined to release further details Tuesday, citing the ongoing investigation. Williams’ family told police she had recently been using drugs....

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Zehm lawsuit settled for $1.67 million

A $1.67 million out-of-court settlement has been reached in the civil suit against Spokane police filed by relatives of Otto Zehm, the mentally ill janitor who died following a violent confrontation with officers after being mistakenly implicated in a possible theft. The deal also includes...

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TUESDAY, MAY 15, 2012

Suspect arraigned in girl's shooting

A man accused of a shooting in which a 6-year-old girl was injured pleaded not guilty today in Spokane County Superior Court. Abubakar Samura, 21, remains in jail on $500,000 bond and an immigration hold after his arraignment today before Superior Court Judge Annette Plese....

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MONDAY, MAY 14, 2012

City worker helps nab theft suspect 

A city water department employee led police to two burglary suspects recently when he took a cellphone photo of the license plate of a suspicious vehicle. Lawrence Tieken saw the 1995 Ford flat-bed truck parked at a City of Spokane pump house at North Havana...

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FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2012

Gonzaga students attacked, robbed

A Gonzaga University graduate student was beaten unconscious when he tried to stop two women from stealing his friend’s purse early Thursday. Spokane police tracked the suspects using a GPS program in an iPhone stolen from the victims. Arrested were Tayone D. Akers, 20, (pictured)...

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THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2012

Murder investigation 'ongoing, dynamic' 

Spokane police Officer Jennifer DeRuwe briefed reporters today on the search for Sharlotte McGill's killer. "It's really very, very fluid and so there's not an hour-by-hour update that I can provide," said DeRuwe, police spokeswoman. "I just have to trust that the community will trust...

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