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Sirens & Gavels suicide archive

TUESDAY, OCT. 12, 2010

Crime author Ann Rule to visit Spokane

True-crime author Ann Rule will introduce her new book Saturday at Auntie's Bookstore in downtown Spokane. "In the Still of the Night: The Strange Death of Ronda Reynolds" chronicles the unsolved case of a Spokane native and Washington State Patrol trooper who died of a...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 24, 2010

Rape trial halted after suspect's suicide

A Spokane man on trial for rape killed himself at his home during a break in court proceedings Thursday. Harvey S. Marshall, 49, was charged with third-degree rape for an alleged incident in August 2008; the alleged victim was not a stranger to him, according...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 6, 2010

This surveillance image shows a man police believe to be Nicholas "Niko" Burden, 31, just before a gunpoint OxyContin at the Albertsons pharmacy at 57th and Regal on July 23. Police say Burden shot himself during a police chase following an OxyContin robbery at Rite Aid on 29th Avenue on Aug. 3. He was pronounced dead Aug. 4. (Spokane County Sheriff's Office)

Police: Oxy robber dead after shooting self

A suspected serial OxyContin robber who shot himself after a police chase Tuesday died at a Spokane hospital the next day. Nicholas T. “Niko” Burden, 31, worked as a car salesman and lived with his girlfriend and baby daughter before detectives say he began feeding...

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TUESDAY, JULY 27, 2010

Josh Levy died after jumping off the Monroe Street Bridge on July 27, 2007. Family photo (Family photo / The Spokesman-Review)

Parents of Tasered bridge jumper file suit

The parents of a mentally ill man who died after jumping from the Monroe Street Bridge three years ago are suing the Spokane Police Department and the Spokane County Sheriff's Office for $4.7 million. Joshua Levy, a 28-year-old with paranoid schizophrenia, jumped after a standoff...

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FRIDAY, JULY 23, 2010

Family: Murder-suicide suspect was unstable

The man who fatally shot his ex-fiancée and her 9-year-old son in Spokane Valley this week had been suicidal in the past and owned several guns, new court documents say. Jan R. DeMeerleer’s brother-in-law, John F. Schweitzer, told police DeMeerleer (pictured) “is bipolar and you...

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TUESDAY, JULY 20, 2010

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