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Sirens & Gavels federal courts archive

FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2015

FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2015

TUESDAY, NOV. 25, 2014

Trial pushed in Morgenstern abuse case

The trial for a suspended ER physician at the Spokane Veteran's Affairs hospital has been pushed to April. Craig Morgenstern, 45, remains in custody of the Spokane County Jail, facing a nine-count federal criminal indictment that charges him with producing child pornography, aggravated sexual abuse...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 21, 2014

THURSDAY, NOV. 6, 2014

THURSDAY, OCT. 23, 2014

Henrikson trial could be 3 years out

If federal prosecutors seek the death penalty for the man accused of masterminding a plot to murder a South Hill businessman and one of his former oil patch employees, the trial likely wouldn't begin until the tail end of 2017. A report filed in support...

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MONDAY, OCT. 14, 2013


Teen arrested on Ecstasy, gun charges 

A 19-year-old Spokane man is in custody after a federal drug informant recorded him discussing how he'd stolen firearms and would "shoot it out with the cops" if he was approached. Patrick Hayes Wellman was arrested on Friday just yards from Glover Middle School and...

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A court filing says Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. lives rent- free in this Hayden house. As part of a September 2009 divorce filing, Thompson gave his wife all interest in the log home, which for a time was for sale for $675,000. (Kathy Plonka)

Did Thompson use divorce to hide assets? 

Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. divorced his wife to shield his assets and force taxpayers to foot the bill for his criminal defense, the federal prosecutor in the Otto Zehm case alleged in court documents filed last week. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Durkin...

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Oreskovich: 'I'm not Internet proficient' 

By Thomas ClouseU.S. District Court Judge Fred Van Sickle didn’t have the kindest of responses Tuesday when a defense attorney representing Spokane police Office Karl F. Thompson, Jr. asked the judge to compel federal prosecutors to turn over the names, phone numbers and addresses of...

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Zags basketball led Thompson to Zehm call 

Newly filed documents reveal new details about the encounter with Spokane police Officer Karl Thompson (left) and other officers that led to Otto Zehm's death. Tom Clouse wrote an article explaining that allegations of a cover up by Spokane police officers over their handling of...

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2 charged in Hanford credit-card scheme

A former Hanford manager and his wife are facing criminal charges for allegedly using a company credit card to spend $487,000 on personal items. Paul F. Kempf and Anita M. Gust are charged with conspiracy to commit fraud and criminal wire fraud in U.S. District...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010

Possible witnesses named in Zehm case

Four Spokane Police Department employees have been named as possible witnesses in the federal trial of an officer charged in the death of Otto Zehm (right). Senior Police Officer Robert Boothe, Patrol Offier Jason Uberuaga, Detective Scott Lesser and Assistant Police Chief Jim Nicks are...

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Zehm's records released, not admissible yet

By Thomas ClouseA federal judge ruled Thursday in favor of the city of Spokane and granted a motion brought by the attorneys for Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. to obtain Otto Zehm’s mental health records from a 2000 stay at Eastern State Hospital.However, U.S. District...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 4, 2010

Jury clears doctor in drug case

A jury cleared a former North Idaho doctor this week of allegations that he overprescribed drugs nearly a decade ago. Chris Arthur Christensen was acquitted on three federal charges in U.S. District Court in Coeur d’Alene after a week-long jury trial. It was the second...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 13, 2010

Grizzly killers lose hunting rights

Two men who killed a grizzly bear in Pend Oreille County are prohibited from hunting for two years and will be on probation for five years, according to a plea deal approved this week. Brandon D. Rodeback, 26, and Kurtis L. Cox, 30, of Moses...

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MONDAY, JAN. 11, 2010

Drugs, helicopters and death threats 

A reputed drug runner who leased the helicopter flown by the young man who committed suicide in Spokane County Jail has been indicted in U.S. District Court in Seattle. This came after Colin Martin reportedly tried negotiating U.S. protection for his smuggling ring in exchange...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 16, 2009

Canadian gangster Clay Roueche is arrested at a Texas airport in May 2008. (Vancouver Sun)

Canadian gangster faces 30 years

A Canadian gangster connected to a drug bust that led to a young man's suicide in the Spokane County Jail is to be sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle. Clay Roueche (ROOSH') faces about 30 years in prison for federal drug conspiracy and...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 18, 2009

THURSDAY, NOV. 5, 2009

Pot suspects to get private but public attorneys

Two accused marijuana smugglers will be represented by publicly paid, private attorneys because of a a conflict of interest with the federal defender's office. William Richard Paterson, 50, and Jahrum David Oakes, 32, both of Kelowna B.C, appeared in U.S District Court in Spokane this...

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Plea deal mulled in abortionist threat case

DENVER (AP) -- A Spokane man accused of threatening relatives of a Colorado doctor who performs late-term abortions is considering a plea deal. Federal court documents filed in Denver said Donald Hertz indicated he was willing to accept the offer with minor modifications. His attorney...

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Accused pot smugglers due in court Thursday

Two Canadian men are due in U.S District Court Thursday after being caught near the border this week with what federal agents described as eight duffel bags of marijuana. William Richard Paterson, 50, and Jahrum David Oakes, 32, are in the Spokane County Jail. A...

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MONDAY, NOV. 2, 2009

Man who eluded feds back in court

A man who eluded federal agents for nearly a month was due in Spokane County Superior Court today, accused of stealing his mother's car and filling it up with stolen gas while on the run this summer. Anthony E. Burke, alias Anthony Garver, was sentenced...

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B.C man in coke bust asks for release

A father of two with no criminal record, accused of bring 38 kilos of cocaine into the country from Canada, will go before a federal magistrate again this Thursday to ask for his release. Salmon Arm, B.C, resident Michael B. Yuill, 36, (left, dressed as...

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