Archive for February 29, 2012
A registered sex offender admitted today to possessing child pornography at his home in Hayden Lake, Idaho.
John Patrick McClaren, 46, faces up to 15 years in prison when he's sentenced June 19 in U.S. District Court in Coeur d'Alene, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
The Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force began investigating McClaren in December 2009 after learning his Internet Protocol address was involved in the distribution of child pornography online.
Investigators seized a laptop computer and two hard drives from his home in the 3100 block of East Cambridge Drive on Jan. 27, 2010, that contained at least 160 sexually explicit images of minors. One child was identified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children as being a sex abuse victim from New Hampshire, officials said.
McClaren was convicted of possessing child pornography in Kootenai County in 2001, according to the Idaho Sex Offender Registry.
A woman who embezzled $400,000 from the bank she managed in North Idaho for 12 years is to spend 2 1/2 years in prison.
Mary Ann Head, 59, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Coeur d'Alene after pleading guilty in December to making false entries in the books and records of a federally insured financial institution - Bank of America in Hayden Lake.
In addition to 30 months in prison, Head will be on probation for five years after prison and is to pay $400,000 restitution and perform 100 hours of community service.
Head began misappropriating ATM funds in 1997 to cover overdraft fees for a longtime customer, according to court documents.
The man never repaid her the $100,000, starting a series of financial discrepancies that soon became a routine way for Head to pay her credit card debt.
Head lived with heavy stress for years as she deceived the bank, but that “pales in comparison to the enormous shame and sadness that weighs upon her.”
Head was caught in December 2009 when the bank installed a new ATM.
Her life has since unraveled.
“She has lost all of her friends as news of her case spread through the community,” according to her sentencing memorandum. She has sold her home in an effort to have money to pay toward restitution and currently lives in a motel…Her husband has moved to New Mexico to look for work and left her alone in Idaho to wait for sentencing.”
Head had no criminal history when she began stealing money from the bank. She has two children ages 37 and 23 and married her husband, Ricky Head, in 1972. She started at the bank as a part-time teller in 1993 and has never worked anywhere else, according to court documents.
Five people were cited for indecent exposure during an undercover police investigation at a Spokane Valley porn store Tuesday.
Undercover detectives walked through the Hollywood Erotic Boutique in the 9600 block of East Sprague Avenue and observed five acts of indecent exposure, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.
Detectives also checked for criminal activity at the boutique in May 2009 and May 2011. Seven violations were reported during those visits.
The five people identified Tuesday were cited for indecent exposure and released at the scene. Their names have not been released.
Detectives checked other adult stores in the area, but no other violations were reported.
A Hayden Lake man is to spend more than six years in federal prison for possessing child pornography.
Charley Brigham Leighton II, 41, also is to be on probation for 15 years, forfeit the computer and media used in the crime and register as a sex offender under a sentence imposed today in U.S. District Court in Coeur d'Alene.
Investigators seized computers from Leighton's home in August 2010 that contained pornography images of children. Leighton told investigators he'd downloaded more than 1,000 images in about a year, according to court documents. He pleaded guilty in October.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said the images depicted children from Missouri, Georgia, Connecticut, Michigan, Florida, Washington, France, Germany, Brazil, Belgium, England and the Netherlands, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
“Obtaining and possessing child pornography sexually exploits the children who appear in these heinous images again and again and again,” U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson said in a prepared statement. “Mr. Leighton’s lengthy prison sentence sends a strong message that Idaho law enforcement, prosecutors and courts well understand that protecting our children against those who would exploit them is a critical criminal justice mission.”
A couple accused of robbing a video game store with a pellet gun in January has been charged with five other gunpoint robberies.
Merle A. Andrew Jr., 36, and his girlfriend, suspected getaway driver Nicole N. Stearns, 29, (pictured) are accused of robbing an elderly man Nov. 13 after going to the man's home on West Four Mound Road and claiming Andrew had car trouble.
Andrew told police he was familiar with the man because the man helped him get his car out of a ditch a couple years ago, police say. He said he used the stolen money to buy heroin.
Police beleive Andrew and Stearns also robbed Village Center Cinemas in Wandermere at 12622 N. Division St. on Dec. 2.
The couple also is accused of robbing a movie theater in Airway Heights Nov. 21, according to court documents.
They were arrested for that robbery Jan. 17, after they were already jailed for the holdup at GameStop in Airway Heights, which occurred just after Andrew stole a pellet gun from Wal-Mart.
Andrew also is accused of robbing the GameStop at 410 E. Holland Road on Nov. 26.
He's also believed to have tried to rob Ace Cash Express, 3515 N. Division St., on Nov. 29 and the Howard Johnson, 3033 N. Division, on Nov. 30.
Stearns and Andrew were charged Monday with four counts of first-degree robbery and one count of attempted first-degree robbery.
A Spokane man who transported large amounts of methamphetamine to the Inland Northwest from Southern California is to spend 10 years in federal prison.
James Stewart, 50, also is to forfeit drug proceeds of $180,000, perform 120 hours of community service and be on probation for 10 years after his release under a sentence imposed today in U.S. District Court in Spokane.
Stewart's co-defendant, Shad Alan Johnson, of Rathdrum, Idaho, was sentenced Sept. 7 to five years in prison. Johnson was also ordered to forfeit $180,000, or substitute property equal to the money judgment.
Stewart, who pleaded guily in July, traveled to California several times to pick up meth. He switched cars with a co-conspirators who would hide meth in the door panels before swapping vehicles again. Stewart transported the drugs to Lewiston, Coeur d’Alene, and Spokane.
“These two defendants received lengthy prison sentences for bringing this dangerously addictive drug to Idaho communities,” said U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson. “The U.S. Attorney's Office will continue to work with state and federal law enforcement officers throughout Idaho and our neighboring states to ensure that drug traffickers are caught, prosecuted and convicted.”
Ward was arrested that day, too, in a massive Washington State Patrol investigation into a methamphetamine- and sex-fueled criminal enterprise allegedly operated out of his home.
Ward pleaded guilty in October to possession of a stolen motor vehicle and nine counts of first-degree possession of stolen property. He was credited for two days served in jail, given a year probation and ordered to pay $68,152 restitution.
Johnson and Stewart are connected to Larry McMillan, Brenda Barron and her daughter Amber Larsen, Daniel Napier and Christopher Gober, who are serving time in federal prison for meth, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Stewart was born and raised in the Post Falls area and has been married and divorced four times, according to court documents. He has two children ages 31 and 15 and has worked in construction and property management.
He previously served five years in prison for a federal counterfeit case and also has a previous methamphetamine conviction.
A man accused of stabbing another man to death in downtown Spokane pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a second-degree murder charge.
David J. Fagundes, Jr., 34, is accused of killing Casey W. Anderson, 23, during a fight that included Anderson peppery spraying Fagundes, according to court documents.
Anderson fell into traffic near the intersection of Third Avenue and Howard Street about 4:50 a.m. Feb. 19 with two stab wounds to his back and bite marks on his forehead.
Anderson broke into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment, assaulted her and stole her cellphone, police say. He then went to Fagundes’ apartment at 225 S. Wall St., where the men fought and Fagundes bit Anderson on the forehead several times.
The two men fell to the floor and “Anderson apparently ‘fell’ on top of a ‘butterfly knife,’ ” according to documents prepared by police.
Detectives say Fagundes became uncooperative during questioning and tried to grab a concealed firearm. He was disarmed and detained after a brief struggle.
Fagundes has a felony conviction for burglary in Montana in 1996 that prohibits him from possessing firearms. He also has a conviction in Bonner County for felony battery.
Fagundes remains in jail on $100,000 bond after his arraignment Tuesday before Superior Court Judge Annette Plese.