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Sirens & Gavels vandalism archive

THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2015

FRIDAY, AUG. 10, 2012

This image provided by KVVU-TV shows a billboard with a mannequin dangling from a hangman's noose near The Strip in Las Vegas. Authorities said calls began coming in early Wednesday Aug. 8, 2012, from drivers worried the dummy along Interstate 15 near was a real person. A Nevada Highway Patrol spokesman said the sign is a publicity stunt done in bad taste. A woman who answered the phone at Lamar Advertising Co. says the sign was not authorized and was being removed. (AP Photo/KVVU, Peter Dawson) ((AP Photo/KVVU, Peter Dawson))

Dummy on noose shocks Vegas drivers

This image provided by KVVU-TV shows a billboard with a mannequin dangling from a hangman's noose near The Strip in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/KVVU, Peter Dawson) By MICHELLE RINDELS,Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Even by Las Vegas standards, it was a shocking billboard: A...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2012

Killer in hotel trashing left prison in '11 

A convicted killer accused of trashing a Spokane Valley motel while celebrating he and his wife's anniversary was released from prison just 15 months ago. Danial Caleb Peters, 38, murdered Melissa Mae Wageman, 40, on Dec. 22, 1995, after smoking crack cocaine. He told police...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2012

Geiger inmates clean Rockford park

Inmates at Geiger Corrections Center helped clean up thousands of dollars worth of damage to the city park in Rockford recently. Three young teens have been charged as juveniles with the vandalism, which was reported May 21. Another boy is facing a trespassing charge. The...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2012

Graffiti suspect caught blue-handed

A man suspected of spray panting graffiti on more than 30 locations in downtown Spokane was arrested Tuesday. Brad Ruble, 28, was booked into jail for malicious mischief after Neighborhood Resource Officer Tim Ottmar arrested him downtown, according to the Spokane Police Department. Ruble's fingers...

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MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2012

Tips sought on coffee shop vandal

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is asking for help identifying two men involved in the vandalism of a Spokane Valley coffee shop. Surveillance video shows two men walk in front of the Whistle Shop coffee stand in the 16900 block of East Sprague Avenue on...

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MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2012

Tips sought on Valley school break-in

Police are looking for information on a vandalism and attempted theft at a Spokane Valley elementary school early Saturday. Officers responded to an alarm at Greenacres Elementary School in the 17915 E. Fourth St. about 2:57 a.m. They arrived to find a window pried out...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 10, 2011

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 9, 2011

Tire slashing halts police pursuit training

A vandal slashed tires on six sheriff's patrol cars used for pursuit training, officials said today. Sheriff's employees arrived at the Spokane County Raceway Park Tuesday to find all 24 tires slashed and flat. The vandal also stole six mounted tires meant to cover flats...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 12, 2011

Police seek suspect w/ 'too much time' 

Here's a news release from Sgt. Dave Reagan: A pair of Spokane Valley businesses suffered damaged offices over the weekend when someone with a pocketful of rocks and too much time on his hands broke numerous windows. Employees of Schindler Elevator and Tuff Sheds, both...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 5, 2011


A reward is being offered for tips that lead to the arrests of those responsible for vandalizing an upscale subdivision in Hayden, Idaho.
Marijuana references, curse words and other vandalism were spray painted on fences and rocket features near North Atlas Road and West Newbrook Drive. The damage was discovered Wednesday.
The Landings Homeowners Association is offering the reward through Crime Stoppers.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (208) 667-2111 or toll-free at 1-800-222-TIPS. Tipsters do not have to give their name but should leave a code name or number.

Reward for tips on 'smoke weed' graffiti

A reward is being offered for tips that lead to the arrests of those responsible for vandalizing an upscale subdivision in Coeur d'Alene. Marijuana references, curse words and other vandalism were spray painted on fences and rocket features near North Atlas Road and West Newbrook...

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THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2011

'Lawn order' vandals damage school

Authorities say vandals broke 80 sprinkler heads off the irrigation system at Trentwood Elementary School, 14701 E. Wellesley Ave., sometime during the weekend. The vandals had “no respect for lawn order,” Spokane Valley police spokesman Sgt. Dave Reagan said in a news release. An employee...

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THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2011

Cheaper paint offered to combat graffit

The Spokane Police Department has introduced a new method for combating graffiti: cheap paint to cover it. Police are partnering with local paint stores to offer discounts for citizens whose property has been vandalized. Citizens with 10-day notices from the city to remove graffiti from...

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MONDAY, FEB. 28, 2011

Matt Anderson stopped for lunch at El Chiludo taco truck in Coeur d’Alene on Wednesday. An Aryan Nations group picketed the stand recently. (Kathy Plonka)

Reward for tips on taco stand vandalism

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead to the arrest of those responsible for vandalizing a Coeur d'Alene taco stand. The owner of Tacos Los Panchos in Coeur d'Alene discovered the trailer's power line, propane line and heater line severed when he...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 28, 2010

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 8, 2010

FRIDAY, AUG. 13, 2010

Valley synagogue vandalized with swastika

A swastika was painted on a sign outside a Spokane Valley synagogue last weekend. The congregational leader at the Kehilat HaMashiach, David D'Auria, discovered the swastika painted in red on a white sign Sunday morning outside the building at 13506 E. Broadway Ave. The vandal,...

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FRIDAY, JULY 30, 2010

Cops arrest 'Megazord' tag suspect, again

Police rearrested an alleged graffiti artist this week on felony charges after a judge allowed him to leave jail on misdemeanor counts of malicious mischief.Zakk M. Holder, 21, was ordered held in Spokane County Jail on $5,000 bail after appearing before Superior Court Judge Michael...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 2010

Man accused of 'Megazord' graffiti spree

A 21-year-old man police say prides himself on tagging "Megazord" on downtown buildings is suspected of a string of graffiti tags, Spokane police announced Tuesday. Officer Shaney Redmon is looking for people who think they have been victimized by alleged graffiti artist Zakk M. Holder....

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FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2010

A female mallard duck sits on her nest near the Lincoln Building on Riverside Avenue at about 9 a.m. Friday morning, April 16, 2010, in downtown Spokane. (Courtesy of Gary Grissom)

Shock: Downtown duck's nest raided

Someone or something raided a mama duck’s nest in downtown Spokane on Friday and made off with four of her six eggs. Several tulips that had sheltered the duck in a planter in front of the Lincoln Building were ripped from the flower bed and...

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