Sirens & Gavels archive for April 2011

SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2011

FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2011


Phone records back up Steele recordings 

BOISE - Edgar Steele's lawyers have questioned the reliability of recordings that show their client discussing the plot to kill his wife with alleged hitman-turned-FBI-informant Larry Fairfax. Prosecutors used phone records provided by the defense to poke a hole in that claim this morning. Steele...

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Edgar sent 14k+ emails to other women 

BOISE - Jurors this morning saw emails Edgar Steele sent to a 25-year-old European woman with whom prosecutors say he was seeking an intimate relationship. The messages were among more than 14,000 Steele sent through a Ukrainian online dating website in the months before his...

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CdA coke kingpin sentenced to 15 years 

A longtime Coeur d'Alene cocaine dealer who laundered money through a bar and restaurant has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. James Roy "Slim" O'Neill, 49, was the kingpin of a cocaine distribution ring that supplied the drug in North Idaho for at least...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2011


Cyndi says she knew of Edgar's women

These are portions of phone calls from the Kootenai County Jail that were played for jurors today in the murder-for-hire trial of Edgar Steele. BOISE - Cyndi Steele testified today that she knew her husband was talking to European women online but said the communication...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2011




TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2011


Hells Angel arraigned on federal charges

A member of the Hells Angels motorcycle club pleaded not guilty Monday to gun and drug charges. Michael Ryan Fitzpatrick, 33, was booked into Spokane County Jail after his arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Cynthia Imbrogno in U.S. District Court in Spokane. Fitzpatrick is charged with...

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Feds release Harpham booking photos

The U.S. Marshals Service has released booking photos of Kevin William Harpham. The photos were taken the day of his arrest in connection with the bomb found along the planned route of the Martin Luther King, Jr., United march in downtown Spokane Jan. 17. Photos...

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Mother-daughter child abusers sentenced

A Coeur d’Alene woman and her mother were ordered imprisoned today for their roles in the neglecting of twin 2-year-old girls. Elisabeth Crossley and her 55-year-old mother, Ruth Cassidy, each will spend up to five years in prison, with no less than two years. Crossley’s...

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Man gets 10 years for beating death

A Spokane transient has been sentenced to 10 ½ years in prison for the slaying of a 46-year-old man last April. Roland E. Benton II, 35, pleaded guilty last month to first-degree manslaughter with a deadly weapon for the beating death of Douglas J. Klages....

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MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2011

Smash-grab burglar targets cigs in Valley

Police are looking for tips on a smash-and-grab cigarette burglary that damaged a Spokane Valley convenience store early today. A burglar smashed glass from a front window at the the Broadway Mini Mart, 10304 E. Broadway Ave., early today and stole cigarette packs. An alarm...

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