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Sirens & Gavels Zip Trip archive

TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2012

7-Eleven robbery trio pleads not guilty

Three men accused of robbing a 7-Eleven store at gunpoint have pleaded not guilty. Joseph Taitano, 20; Aleksandr Ampleyev, 20; and Jorell Jones, 21; got about $300 in cash and coins and a felony charge of first-degree robbery for the incident at 1317 S. Grand...

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FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2012

TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2012


Suspects arrested in brazen robberies

Seven people have been arrested for a series of brazen gunpoint robberies that targeted not only drug homes but a fast food restaurant with customers inside. More arrests are expected as part of an ongoing investigation that began May 25 when four masked robbers burst...

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MONDAY, JULY 2, 2012

Man arrested for November robbery

A suspect has been arrested for a knife-point robbery at a northwest Spokane convenience store last November. Christopher Jeremy Jay Eby, 35, is jailed on a first-degree robbery charge for a Nov. 13 hold-up at Zip Trip, 2020 W. Francis Ave, that netted $58. Police...

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Car could hold clues in home invasion

Police are hoping fingerprints or DNA on a car stolen in a home-invasion robbery will help them identify suspects. Officers found the 1997 Honda Civic stripped of its tires and wheels near West Gordon Avenue and West Glass Avenue in Spokane after it was stolen...

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MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2012

Boy arrested for DUI after police chase

A 17-year-old boy in a stolen van was arrested for drunken driving after running into a fast food restaurant, then disabling his front tires by running over a curb. The boy also faces charges of attempting to elude police, possession of a stolen vehicle, hit...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 31, 2012

Robbery suspect got rehab instead of jail

A Spokane man accused of robbing a convenience store at gunpoint last weekend was given drug treatment instead of prison for a felony theft case last year. Anthony D. Fuerte, 19, can't leave jail if he does post the $5,000 bond imposed Monday for the...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 20, 2011

This screenshot of Zip Trip surveillance video shows Otto Zehm inside the store on March 18, 2006. One of the young girls pictured, Britni Brashers, testified at the trial of Officer Karl Thompson. (Zip Trip surveillence video)

Zip Trip manager: Zehm was a regular

This screenshot of Zip Trip surveillance video shows Otto Zehm inside the store on March 18, 2006. One of the young girls pictured, Britni Brashers, testified at Karl Thompson's trial last week. A Spokane convenience store who knew Otto Zehm as a regular customer since...

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MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2011

3-time armed robber gets 51 months

A man who robbed three convenience stores at gunpoint in March has been ordered to spend about four years in prison. Joseph D. Maine, 23, (pictured last year) was sentenced last week to 51 months in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of first-degree...

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Joseph Maine, then 22, witnessed the one-car accident at 32nd and Ray, April 1, 2010, and raced to the scene with a car jack to assist the father and three children trapped in the car. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Robbery suspect also a heroic rescuer

A man suspected of robbing three Spokane convenience stores last weekend rushed to a car crash to help a father and three children one year ago today. Joseph D. Maine, 23, was working in his backyard with his brother when he heard the crash at...

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MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2011

Robber sentenced for bear mace attack

A man who robbed a Spokane convenience store with bear mace was sentenced to a year in jail after pleading guilty to second-degree robbery. Daniel A. Sweetland, 21, was accused with Alexander J. Smith of robbing the Zip Trip at 1523 W. 10th Ave., of...

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MONDAY, FEB. 14, 2011

Suspects ID'd in Zip Trip mace attack

UPDATE: Sweetland and Smith were arrested on Feb. 16. Spokane police have identified two suspects in a convenience store robbery in which a clerk was attacked with bear mace. Crime Stoppers issued a reward offer today for tips that helps arrest Daniel A. Sweetland (left)...

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MONDAY, DEC. 6, 2010

2 robberies in Valley likely not linked

Armed robberies were reported at Spokane Valley two convenience stores Saturday and today, but police don't yet suspect a serial robber. "Armed robberies always go up over the holidays. It's an annual thing," said Sgt. Dave Reagan, spokesman for the Spokane County Sheriff's Office. "I...

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Video shows Zip Trip bear spray assault

Spokane police are looking for a man who assaulted a Zip Trip store clerk with bear spray early Sunday morning. Surveillance video shows a masked man in a hooded, brown and tannish plaid jacket spray the cashier in the face at 2:47 a.m. Police say...

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MONDAY, OCT. 4, 2010

Pics show beer robber in clerk's stabbing 

Spokane police are looking for help identifying a beer-toting robber who stabbed a convenience store clerk last week. The man grabbed beer and ran from the Zip Trip at 1503 E. Illinois Ave. about 9 p.m. Wednesday, according to police, then stabbed a store clerk...

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