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Thu., Sept. 29, 2011, 10 a.m.

Woman charged for pawned eagle parts

A Spokane woman who police say pawned a staff containing bald eagle feathers and talons has been charged with a crime.

Kristina D. Booth faces up to a year in prison, five years probation and a $5,000 fine if convicted of knowingly selling any bald eagle part.

Booth is accused of selling the staff for $40 at the Double Eagle Pawn Shop in October 2009.

Agents with the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife were notified of a staff containing five bald eagle feathers and one eagle claw with four talons in February. They identifed Booth as the seller through store records.

Booth was in the Spokane County Jail on drug charges when agents approached her; she said the feathers were from a goose before admitting they were eagle feathers, according to court documents.

Booth has bee summoned to an arraignment U.S. District Court.

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