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Spokane Police arrest repeat offender–again

The nighttime Patrol Anti Crime Team arrested prolific criminal Kristopher Roybal, just minutes after he broke into several cars parked near the Spokane Arena for the Chiefs’ hockey game Saturday night. Officer Wheeler saw the 34 year old Roybal driving a red Cadillac in the area and knew his license was suspended. Roybal attempted to hide his car in a parking lot, but Officer Wheeler spotted him at 1300 N. Lincoln. A woman’s purse and a car stereo could be seen inside the car and, with Roybal’s criminal history, they were believed to be stolen. With events going on at the Lincoln Center and the Spokane Arena, parking lots were full and cars lined the streets. PACT officers located three victims of vehicle prowlings in the 400-500 block of W. Sharp, two … Read entire article »

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Standoff with armed man ends in arrest

At about 1140 hrs on December 17, patrol officers responded to a domestic violence call in the 600 block of East Nora. A male called to say his brother in law had broken out a window at his house. Prior to officers arriving, the suspect armed himself with a large steak knife and threatened to “kill officers” when they arrived. The suspect left before officers arrived. Ofc G. Grant located the suspect in the 400 block of East Indiana. When officers made contact with the suspect, he brandished a 12″ steak knife at them before placing the knife to his own neck. Officers contained the suspect and began a conversation with him. Traffic was diverted from Indiana. A hostage negotiator was called to the scene and dialog continued with the suspect. … Read entire article »

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Senate reaches tentative deal to extend payroll-tax cut by two months

Senate leaders said Friday night that they had reached a deal that would extend a payroll tax cut for two months. The agreement also would speed construction of an oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast — a provision necessary to win over Republicans who opposed the tax break. News of the deal came as the 112th Congress lurched toward the end of its tumultuous first session. Earlier Friday the House finished off one of its last major pieces of business for the year with a 296-121 vote to approve a $1 trillion spending bill that would keep the government funded through Sept. 30, 2012. The Senate is set to approve it Saturday. … Read entire article »

Filed under: National Interest, Newsflash

Barry Bonds avoids prison time for giving evasive testimony

Barry Bonds, baseball’s home run champion, avoided a prison term Friday when Judge Susan Illston sentenced him to 30 days of house arrest, 2 years of probation, 250 hours of community service with youth groups and a $4,000 fine for providing evasive testimony to a federal grand jury eight years ago. Bonds’s lawyer told the judge that there would be an appeal and that Bonds would not admit guilt. Bonds was convicted April 13 by a jury that listened to three weeks of often-graphic testimony about his suspected use of performance-enhancing drugs. It found him guilty on one of the four counts in the case, agreeing that he had obstructed justice by giving evasive answers to a grand jury in 2003 when asked if his former personal trainer Greg Anderson had ever … Read entire article »

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Alert UPS driver delivers suspect information to Spokane deputies

Spokane County Sheriff’s investigators arrested Devynn J. Whitman, 19 and Kory A. Tolefson, 20 on felony charges of Burglary and Theft on Tuesday afternoon. The incident started on Monday December 12, 2011, when an alert UPS driver as well as the neighbor of a residence located in the 12500 block of S. Madison Rd. noticed Whitman and Tolefson at the residence, acting suspicious. The pair drove away in tan minivan when they discovered they had been spotted. The witnesses provided their descriptions and the vehicle’s license plate to the victim who reported the incident to Crime Check after he found items missing from his garage. A second victim living in the area of the 12300 block of E. Dishman Mica Rd. reported a surveillance camera stolen from his fence around the same … Read entire article »

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Facebook provides first-of-a-kind service to help prevent suicides

Facebook is announcing a new service that harnesses the power of social networking and crisis support to help prevent suicides across the nation and Canada. The new service enables Facebook users to report a suicidal comment they see posted by a friend to Facebook using either the Report Suicidal Content link or the report links found throughout the site. The person who posted the suicidal comment will then immediately receive an e-mail from Facebook encouraging them to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or to click on a link to begin a confidential chat session with a crisis worker. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1‐800‐273‐TALK (8255) is a toll-free suicide prevention hotline network comprised of 152 local crisis centers. The Lifeline is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental … Read entire article »

Filed under: Health, Newsflash

Restorative practices found to improve school safety

Restorative practices appear to be an effective alternative to exclusionary and punitive zero-tolerance behavior policies mandated in many schools today. So reports Laura Mirsky in an article in the December 2011 issue of The Prevention Researcher, a quarterly journal that focuses on successful adolescent development and serves professionals who work with young people. Mirsky interviewed educators and students at schools using restorative practices. She concludes that “although formal research is just beginning in this area, early indications and anecdotal evidence suggest that restorative practices, by intentionally promoting open communication, enhance relationships and thereby improve school climate, discipline and safety.” The International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) in Bethlehem, PA has gathered data—mainly discipline statistics—from approximately 40 schools since 1999 to evaluate the effects of restorative practices. “The data indicate that restorative practice implementation increased … Read entire article »

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Man pulls gun on police near SFCC

On December 12, 2011, at 11:30pm, Spokane Police patrol officers responded to 3915 W. Randolph (Randolph Arms Apartments adjacent to Spokane Falls Community College Campus) to arrest Chase J. Earl-West (11/20/89) on a felony theft warrant. Earl-West had been visiting friends inside Apt #5, and was waiting for officers when they arrived. He pointed a handgun an officer and attempted to fire but his gun malfunctioned. Officers took a defensive position in the large apartment complex and temporarily lost sight of the suspect. Officers believed the suspect secreted himself in the apartment building. Additional officers responded, including on duty SWAT members. The situation was evaluated, and the full Spokane PD SWAT team as well as the Crisis Negotiators responded. Our primary concern at that point was to ensure … Read entire article »

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Police nab suspect who claims massive number of Spokane County and Spokane Valley burglaries and car prowls

On Friday December 9, 2011, Spokane Valley Deputies and Property Crimes Unit Detectives arrested Nathan J. Calvert, 28, for one count of Residential Burglary and one count of Theft of a Motor Vehicle. The incident started Friday morning at about 06:30am when patrol deputies were called to the 1500 block of N. Coach regarding a possible prowler. A Spokane Valley resident told investigators he chased and caught Calvert after he found Calvert inside his vehicle. The resident detained Calvert and waited for deputies to arrive. The responding deputies discovered Calvert had an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest and was driving a red Jeep which was reported stolen from the city of Spokane about a week earlier. The deputies also observed the Jeep was loaded with what appeared to be items … Read entire article »

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Spokane Police Guild donates $500 to Wishing Star

Today the Spokane Police Guild donated $500 to the Wishing Star theft victims. Spokane Police began investigating this incident and its connection to other burglaries in the area and wanted to do what they could to help. “We’ve been involved in this investigation from the very beginning and the story really hit home for us. We’re members of this community, we all have kids and couldn’t imagine having them face a similar situation, especially when dealing with a serious illness,” said Officer Ryan Snider. “We are committed to not only investigating and closing this case, but also to help the victims regain a sense of normalcy as well.” The Spokane Police Guild presented their donation to Wishing Star this afternoon at 1:30pm. Ofc. Ryan Snider with Wish Child Sari Lipp. Ofc. … Read entire article »

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Car warming up stolen; cars warming up on city streets subject to fine

Spokane Police responded to a vehicle theft this morning at 0630 hours. The victim said they were warming up their vehicle in front of their home. When they went to go to work, they saw that the vehicle was missing. A Spokane police officer saw the vehicle running in the Shadle Wal Mart parking lot about 20 minutes later and arrested 31 year old, Dustin Burrows for vehicle theft. Now that the weather is getting colder in the mornings and vehicles are likely to be frosted over, people are tempted to start their cars and warm them up. Most of the time this is acceptable, if the vehicle is on private property. If the vehicle is parked in the street and left unattended … Read entire article »

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Hot Club of Spokane throwing release party for new CD

Hot Club of Spokane will release their debut CD, “Hot Club of Spokane: LIVE! At the Glover Mansion” live, at–where else?–the Glover Mansion, located at 321 W 8th in Downtown Spokane, near Sacred Heart Hospital. The venue has a great dance floor, and the best vintage ambiance in Spokane! The party will be on Tuesday, December 13th. Doors will open at 7pm. The band will start playing at 7:30pm and finish by about 9pm. This is an all-ages event! However, a no-host bar with appetizers, soft drinks, & beer and wine will be available for 21+ with ID. Adults are $10 each, or if you prefer, couples can get in for $25 with a copy of our new CD. CDs are $15 each. Students with ID & Seniors are half off admission. Children 12 … Read entire article »

Filed under: Local News, Music, Newsflash

Arrests made in homicide investigation

During today’s homicide investigation, Major Crimes Detectives began searching for two suspects who live in the neighboring apartment to the victim. Detectives contacted David McLaughlin at 1004 E. Garland and subsequently executed a search warrant looking for evidence related to the homicide. Detectives also executed a search warrant McLaughlin’s apartment #C, where he lives with his girlfriend, Melinda Barrera. Both Barrera and McLaughlin were interviewed by detectives, who determined they broke into the victim’s apartment and assaulted him. Barrera shot the victim in the chest after McLaughlin assaulted him. They were then booked into Spokane County Jail for 2nd Degree Murder. … Read entire article »

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Detectives investigating fatal shooting in north Spokane

Spokane Police Detectives are investigating a north Spokane homicide, occurring late last night. The victim called police to report he had been shot and when officers arrived minutes later the victim was found dead. On December 7, 2011 at 11:31pm, a man called police from his apartment, 1328 W. Dean #A, stating that he had been shot and needed help. Patrol officers responded within minutes and found a white male in his 30′s dead inside a bedroom. Major Crimes Detectives responded and contacted three people inside the home. All three were interviewed, one was arrested on an unrelated warrant. Detectives executed a search warrant this morning of apartment A, the victim’s apartment, searching for evidence of a crime. Detectives will continue their investigation throughout the day. An autopsy will be completed today, the Medical … Read entire article »

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2 out of 3 medical students do not know when to wash their hands

Only 21 percent of surveyed medical students could identify five true and two false indications of when and when not to wash their hands in the clinical setting, according to a study published in the December issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of APIC – the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. Three researchers from the Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology at Hannover Medical School in Hannover, Germany collected surveys from 85 medical students in their third year of study during a lecture class that all students must pass before bedside training and contact with patients commences. Students were given seven scenarios, of which five (“before contact to a patient,” “before preparation of intravenous fluids,” “after removal of gloves,” “after contact to … Read entire article »

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Deer Park homicide investigation continues

Sheriff’s major crimes detectives continue investigating the suspicious death of a Deer Park resident who was identified as Chanin D. Starbuck. The Medical Examiner’s Office report lists the manner of death as Homicide and the cause of death, Manual Strangulation. Detectives are establishing a timeline of the incident and have contacted the family and friends of the victim. The investigation is ongoing and detectives have not identified a suspect at this time. The victim, Chanin D. Starbuck was discovered by deputies conducting a welfare check at her home about 8:30 a.m. Saturday December 3, 2011. The home is located in the 500 block of North Reiper, Deer Park WA. A caller to 911 reported seeing uncollected mail and packages at the home causing concern and requested the welfare check. Detectives are asking … Read entire article »

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