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Sirens & Gavels verdicts archive

THURSDAY, JULY 26, 2012

Jury convicts father of severe abuse

A Spokane father has been convicted of severely abusing his infant daughter. Tyler L. Jamison, 20, has been in the Spokane County Jail since April 2010, when his 2-month-old daughter, SkyeLynn suffered what Spokane police initially feared would be fatal injuries but has since been...

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FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2012

Couple convicted, acquitted in murder

Three witnesses put the gun in her boyfriend’s hand either during or immediately after a Spokane man was shot last December following a bizarre altercation. But Melinda R. Barrera, 32, admitted pulling the trigger and a jury convicted Thursday her of second-degree murder while acquitting...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2012

Jury clears deputy of excessive force

A North Idaho jury has cleared a Bonner County Sheriff’s deputy against allegations that he used excessive force during a DUI arrest following a crash with injuries on the road to Schweitzer Mountain Resort. The jury on Friday determined that Deputy Clint Mattingley did not...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2012

$300k verdict in sheriff's negligence case

A jury awarded an Airway Heights man $300,000 in federal court after he sued a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office deputy over a traffic stop that ended with the man being tackled to the pavement. The jury found that Deputy Dale Moyer was negligent in calling...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 20, 2011

Jury convicts man of '07 fatal shooting

A jury on Monday found a man guilty of first-degree murder in connection with the 2007 slaying of a man in Hillyard. As a result, Michael D. Coombes (pictured) faces about seven more years in prison than he would have under an earlier plea agreement,...

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MONDAY, NOV. 7, 2011

What did Thompson jurors see on TV?

An investigator with the U.S. Attorney's Office contacted Northwest Cable News last week to find out what five jurors could have seen if they were exposed to coverage of the Karl Thompson-Otto Zehm trial during breakfast at their Yakima hotel. The news channel says the...

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SATURDAY, NOV. 5, 2011

Jury awards police detective $722k

A jury on Friday awarded more than $700,000 to a Spokane police detective they say was wrongly fired and retaliated against by Chief Anne Kirkpatrick. The amount includes $250,000 in punitive damages against Kirkpatrick, who quickly left Superior Court Judge Kathleen O’Connor’s courtroom with Assistant...

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SATURDAY, AUG. 27, 2011

Chism filed $10M claim as suit proceeds 

A suspended Spokane firefighter’s wrongful arrest lawsuit against the Washington State Patrol over a botched child pornography investigation is headed to trial after an appellate court ruling Wednesday. A three-person panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals says false statements made by WSP investigators...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 19, 2011

Jury acquits Chism in WSP assault case

COLVILLE – Embattled Spokane firefighter Todd Chism won his latest legal battle with the Washington State Patrol on Thursday when a jury cleared him of all charges stemming from a violent 2010 confrontation that injured him and two Washington State Patrol troopers. A Stevens County...

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MONDAY, JULY 25, 2011

Tribe member guilty of manslaughter

A federal jury in Spokane convicted a 22-year-old Colville tribal member of involuntary manslaughter Friday. Rudy M. Garcia was acquitted of first-degree murder and other lesser included offenses following a two-week trial in U.S. District Court, said Tom Rice, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office....

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2011

Ex-CdA developer guilty in murder plot

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal jury has unanimously convicted a former Coeur d'Alene-area developer of crafting a murder-for-hire scheme to kill a prosecutor and key witnesses in a North Idaho drug case. Kelly J. Polatis was found guilty Wednesday of 14 combined counts...

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TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2011

Biker cites gender disorder at sentencing

A Sandpoint biker awaiting trial on charges of recruiting criminal gang members was drawn to crime because of a rare gender disorder that causes him to be self conscious about his masculinity, his lawyer says. Dale Michael Champine, 42, (right) suffers from epilepsy, bi-polar disorder,...

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FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2011

Sandpoint attorney Edgar Steele talks with the media about the McGuckin children of Sagle and how he now represents the family at a news conference Thursday evening in Sandpoint, May 31, 2001.  (File / The Spokesman-Review)

Jury convicts Edgar Steele on all counts 

Idaho U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson is pictured after the verdict. In back, from left to right, are two unidentified officials, Assistant U.S. Attorney Traci Whelan, FBI Special Agent Mike Sotka and Assistant U.S. Attorney Marc Haws. Above that photo is a slideshow of photos showing...

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SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2011

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FRIDAY, FEB. 18, 2011

Man shot by police acquitted of assault

A Spokane Valley man was cleared Thursday of charges that he assaulted the sheriff’s deputies who shot him in 2009, leaving him paralyzed below the chest. David J. Glidden, 28, broke into tears as the Spokane County Superior Court jury read the verdict of “not...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 11, 2011

Jon Strine waits in Judge Tari Eitzen's courtroom on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, for the jury decision in his vehicular homicide trial.  The judge declared a mistrial. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Bizarre jury verdict leads to mistrial

Wails from a victim’s daughter filled the courtroom just after the judge read what was presented as a unanimous acquittal. But seconds later, a juror said she didn’t agree with the verdict. Then five more said the same thing. The bizarre series of events, which...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 27, 2011

Daniel Strange (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman Review)

Jury rejects man's excessive force claim

A jury Wednesday exonerated a Spokane County Sheriff’s detective who has been the subject of several excessive force complaints. The jury found unanimously for Spokane County in a case that began with a traffic stop on Jan. 22, 2006 by Jeff Welton, who was a...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 10, 2010

Jury convicts woman in cop-car crash

A jury today convicted a Spokane woman of three counts of vehicular assault for a crash that injured three police detectives last summer. Tonia S. Vansant, 38, faces 33 to 43 months in prison when she’s sentenced Jan. 6, said Deputy Prosecutor Mary Ann Brady....

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TUESDAY, DEC. 7, 2010

This combination of photos provided by the City of Lakewood, Wash., shows, from left to right, Lakewood police officers Greg Richards, 42,  Tina Griswold, 40, Ronald Owens, 37, and Sgt. Mark Renninger, 39. The four were killed when a gunman opened fire on them at a Parkland, Wash. coffee store on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009. (City Of Lakewood)

Mixed verdict in Lakewood shooting trial

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A jury in Tacoma returned mixed verdicts today against four people accused of helping Maurice Clemmons after he gunned down four Lakewood police officers in a coffeeshop last year. Two of the defendants — Clemmons’ aunt Letrecia Nelson and his cousin...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 30, 2010

Harvey guilty of 2 murders over car trade

A Spokane man faces a minimum of 45 years in prison after a jury convicted him Wednesday of two counts of murder that followed a dispute over a car swap. The jury convicted 28-year-old Merle W. Harvey of first-degree murder in connection with the shooting...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16, 2010

Jury clears man of vehicular homicide

A motorist who ran over a Spokane man near Finch Arboretum two years ago was acquitted of vehicular homicide on Tuesday. William L. Hagy, 31, argued he never saw the victim, 51-year-old Robert Kenyon, who was crossing an unmarked crosswalk on Nov. 20, 2007, and...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 4, 2010

Jury clears doctor in drug case

A jury cleared a former North Idaho doctor this week of allegations that he overprescribed drugs nearly a decade ago. Chris Arthur Christensen was acquitted on three federal charges in U.S. District Court in Coeur d’Alene after a week-long jury trial. It was the second...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 29, 2010

Pierre West enters court in May 2009 to face charges of first-degree kidnapping, rape and assault for attacks on prostitutes that date to 2005.  (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Verdict means life in prison for rapist 

A child rapist faces life in prison after a Spokane County jury convicted him Friday of three crimes involving sexual assaults against prostitutes. Pierre D. West, 49, clenched his jaw and shook his head as Superior Court Judge Michael Price said a jury had convicted...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 22, 2010

Jury convicts 24-time felon in 24 minutes 

It took a Spokane jury as many minutes as the defendant has felonies to convict him this week of two more crimes. Sean M. Maney, 45, was taken to jail Thursday after Judge Tari Eitzen read guilty verdicts on residential burglary and attempted theft of...

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