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MONDAY, FEB. 22, 2016

TUESDAY, FEB. 16, 2016

Henrikson trial continues...for now

U.S. District Court Judge Salvador Mendoza ruled Tuesday that prosecutors should have turned over a series of texts between Spokane Police Detective Mark Burbridge and defense witness Robert Delao to James Henrikson's defense team. But Mendoza wants involved parties to testify before ruling on whether a mistrial or continuance is necessary.

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TUESDAY, FEB. 2, 2016

MONDAY, FEB. 1, 2016

THURSDAY, JAN. 28, 2016

TUESDAY, JAN. 26, 2016

TUESDAY, DEC. 9, 2014

FBI data shows drop in hate crimes 13 

Hate crimes in the U.S. fell in 2013, according to FBI data released Monday, even as the agency included several new bias categories. Spokane and Spokane Valley also saw a drop in reported incidents from 2012 to 2013. For the first time, this year's data...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 7, 2014

Ricin suspect ordered to obtain psychiatric evaluation

A federal judge has ordered a Spokane man accused of sending ricin-laced letters to government officials, including President Barack Obama, receive psychiatric evaluation to determine if he is competent to stand trial. Matthew Ryan Buquet has been in federal custody since May, when several letters...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 15, 2014

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 11, 2013

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26, 2012

Feds join Spokane shooting probe

A man charged with attempted second-degree murder in connection with a shot targeting three black youths was ordered held in jail Tuesday as federal authorities also indicated that they would investigate the shooting as a possible hate crime. Jimmy J. Blackburn, 29, pleaded not guilty...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 25, 2012

Double amputee made threats, police say

HOUSTON (AP) — The FBI will help investigate what led a Houston police officer to shoot and kill a wheelchair-bound double amputee who was agitated and threatening police with what turned out to be a ballpoint pen, the city's police chief said Monday. Police Chief...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 9, 2012

Feds seek Ariz. property in Ridpath probe

Federal investigators are attempting to seize an Arizona property owned by Spokane real estate investors as part of a broader probe into alleged fraud by the couple, who are tangled in the complicated ownership of the former Ridpath Hotel complex. FBI agent Lisa Jangaard filed...

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TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2012

Woman gets 10 years for shooting

A woman who shot a man three times after he accidentally hit her with a half-pint bottle has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. Leona Sutton, 34, is a methamphetamine addict who federal prosecutors say is very dangerous. "Defendant's livelihood has been a...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2012

Jury indicts DSHS worker for child porn

A state social services employee arrested on child pornography charges April 17 has been indicted by a federal grand jury. Darrell J. Rogers, 51, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to two counts of distribution of child pornography. The charges carry five years to 20 years in...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012

DSHS worker had 'disturbing' child porn 

A state social services employee accused of distributing child pornography must undergo a mental health evaluation before he can leave jail, a judge ruled today. A federal prosecutor said the material distributed by Darrell J. Rogers, who licenses foster homes for children, is some of...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2012

FBI arrests social worker for child porn

A state social services employee who licenses foster care homes was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of child pornography possession. Darrell J. Rogers, 51, is in the Spokane County Jail without bail after appearing in U.S. District Court Tuesday afternoon. FBI agents arrested him at his...

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MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012

Moses, McIntyre face charges for Zehm

Federal obstruction charges are expected to be filed soon against two more Spokane police officers in connection with the city’s handling of the Otto Zehm investigation, which U.S. Department of Justice officials have called an “extensive cover-up.” Attorneys representing Officers Sandra McIntyre and Tim Moses...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2012

1 officer cleared, 1 charged in shooting

(AP and staff reports) — A Nez Perce Tribal Police officer has been cleared in the fatal shooting of a Lewiston man, but one of his colleagues could be in trouble. U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson announced Thursday that the officer who shot 46-year-old Jeffery Allen...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2012

Did 'Whitey' Bulger write his memoirs?

By DENISE LAVOIE,AP Legal Affairs Writer BOSTON (AP) — Mobster James "Whitey" Bulger may have written two autobiographies, according to prosecutors, who have notified his lawyers that they may use the memoirs against him at his upcoming trial. Bulger, the former leader of the Winter...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2012

THURSDAY, JAN. 26, 2012

Conn. mayor blasted for 'taco' quip

By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN,Associated Press NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The mayor of a working-class city roiled by allegations of police discrimination against Hispanics faced scathing criticism Wednesday from officials including the governor for saying he "might have tacos" as a way to do something for...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 2012

Warrants already required in Wash. for GPS

A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling requiring law enforcement obtain search warrants before attaching GPS devices to vehicles will have little effect in Washington state. State and local agencies in Washington have for several years been required to get a judge's approval before using GPS...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 20, 2012

Gang probe includes 2 murder suspects 

Two of 24 suspects named Thursday in a long-term gun and drug investigation by the Spokane Violent Crimes Gang Task Force already are in jail on murder charges. Edward L. "TD" Thomas, 26, (left) already faces life in prison under Washington's three-strikes law if convicted...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21, 2011

Kevin Harpham sentenced to 32 years 

Leaving a bomb laced with anti-coagulant along the planned route of the Martin Luther King Day Unity March was merely a “creative idea” to protest multiculturalism, domestic terrorist Kevin W. Harpham told a Spokane judge Tuesday. The explanation was an 11th-hour bid by Harpham, an...

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