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TUESDAY, SEPT. 13, 2011

Felon indicted in stolen firearms probe

A Spokane man arrested in an undercover police probe into illegal firearm sales has been indicted by a federal grand jury. Jeffery S. Finney, 31, faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of unlawful possession and sale of a stolen firearm, unlawful possession...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 12, 2011

Spokane K-9 nabs carjacking suspect

A carjacking suspect led police on a chase early Sunday morning, but his attempt to escape on foot was foiled by a Spokane Police Department search dog. A man reported that he was parked outside the Holiday Gas Station at 9620 N. Division Street just...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 1, 2011

Guns seized in Valley SWAT team raid

A theft investigation led to a SWAT team raid at a Spokane Valley home Wednesday, where detectives seized several suspected stolen firearms. Donald Jay Patterson, Jr., 42, was arrested as a search warrant was executed at a home in the 3300 block of East 35th...

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Suspect at large in trailer park fight

Spokane police are looking for a 24-year-old man after a fight at a trailer park that involved a gun early today. Julian D. Morrison (right) is wanted for first-degree burglary and is considered armed after an incident at the Wishing Well trailer park, 4911 N....

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TUESDAY, AUG. 30, 2011

Speeding I-90 driver arrested with pistol

A motorist stopped for driving 83 mph in a 70 mph zone Monday was arrested on felony charges after Spokane County sheriff's deputies found marijuana and a loaded pistol in the vehicle. Juan C. Cervantes, 22, of Moses Lake, was stopped on Interstate 90 about...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 26, 2011

Crime Stoppers targets 2 drug suspects 

Crime Stoppers is offering rewards for tips that lead to the arrest of two accused drug dealers. Tysen R. Foster, 25, is charged with four drug felonies related to alleged cocaine transactions with confidential informants in February, March and April, and from a jail strip...

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$100k in jewelry found after safe heist

About $100,000 in stolen jewelry was recovered Thursday after police arrested a burglary suspect who claimed to be addicted to OxyContin. Cody Michael Sutton, 20, is accused of burglarizing a home in Veradale after the owner's 12-year-old son allowed him inside about 4 p.m. thinking...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 25, 2011

Middle-finger salute leads to gunfire

A father and son were arrested Wednesday after a neighborhood dispute that began with a middle finger led to a pistol being fired into the ground. Stephan R. Day, 53 is accused of firing the pistol while his son, Stephan D. Day, 18, is accused...

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MONDAY, AUG. 22, 2011

More charges in Colville murder probe

A 26-year-old man has been charged with stealing the firearm that was then used to kill a Stevens County man and retired U.S. Navy SEAL in what investigators believe was a botched burglary. Christopher George Nichols (left) remains in the Stevens County Jail on $500,000...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 19, 2011

United States Attorney Laura E. Duffy talks about the indictments evolving from arrest made in the undercover operation involving Iraqi Immigrants and Mexican drug cartels at a news conference Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011 in San Diego. ((AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi))

Iraqi-Mexican drug ring busted in Calif.

United States Attorney Laura E. Duffy talks about the indictments evolving from arrest made in the undercover operation involving Iraqi Immigrants and Mexican drug cartels at a news conference Thursday in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi) By JULIE WATSON,Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — Federal...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 18, 2011

2nd suspect arrested in hotel stabbing

Spokane police on Wednesday arrested a second suspect for an attempted gunpoint robbery at a motel last month. Walter S. Reiter, 31, is due in Superior Court this afternoon on robbery, assault and unlawful possession of a firearm charges for an incident at the Comfort...

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2 arrested in gunpoint home-invasion

A gunpoint home-invasion robbery in southwest Spokane County early Wednesday led to the arrest of two men. Mario Casillas, 42, and James T. Harris, 36, are accused of forcing their way into a rental unit at in the 6200 block of South Pendell Lane about...

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MONDAY, AUG. 15, 2011

Spokane man sues over Abu Dhabi arrest

A retired Air Force officer in Spokane says a series of blunders involving international airlines and a global security contractor in Iraq led to his incarceration in a vermin-infested Middle Eastern prison. A complaint recently filed in U.S. District Court in Eastern Washington alleges James...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 11, 2011

Militia leader sentenced in grenade case

A self-described militia leader will spend a year and a day in prison for making grenades that he said were to fight off a communist invasion. Kenneth B. Kimbley Jr., 60, was given an exceptionally low sentence this week in U.S. District Court in Coeur...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 9, 2011

Man arrested w/ gun at Newman Lake

A man was arrested with a gun in the Newman Lake area Saturday after threatening two people, officials said. Edwin J. Valenzuela, 59, told deputies two men attacked him and punched him in his recently installed pacemaker, so he displayed his gun. But the victims,...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 4, 2011

Downtown hotel robbed at gunpoint

A Spokane man robbed a downtown hotel at gunpoint recently, police say. Alexander Feliciano, 44, is accused of stealing a $100 bill, along with a stack of $1 and $5 bills, after threatening a clerk at the Days Inn hotel, 120 W. 3rd Ave., with...

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Judge skeptical of Hells Angel plea deal

Hells Angels sergeant-at-arms Ricky W. Jenks pleaded guilty in federal court in Spokane today to a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm, but the judge handling the case said he wants more time before accepting the plea. U.S. District Court Judge...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 3, 2011

Brothers accused of gunpoint drug rip

Two brothers are accused of robbing a man at gunpoint after arranging a drug deal in a grocery store parking lot. Jason D. Pegram, 30, and Kyle E. Pegram, 29, are in jail on robbery charges after they were arrested Sunday after a man told...

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TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2011

Man with 12+ felony cases sentenced

A man charged with more than 12 felonies within seven months is headed to prison for 10 years after a hearing recently in Spokane County Superior Court. George W. Butrick, 33, still has not resolved a federal charge of felon in possession of a firearm...

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Gunfire in west Spokane leads to arrest

An argument between two men erupted in gunfire early Saturday in west Spokane, leading to the arrest of a man on assault and gun charges. The victim told police he was arguing with John J. Felch, 19, about 2:30 a.m. in the intersection of West...

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FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2011

Cops think botched theft led to murder

When a gunman shot and killed a 63-year-old retiree in a quiet Colville-area neighborhood, detectives say he left behind a crucial piece of evidence: The suspected murder weapon. A handgun located near Gordon R. Feist, who was found in the wreckage of his utility terrain...

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THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2011

1-time Hells Angels cook pleads guilty

In a case of be careful of who you cook pasta for, a Spokane marijuana grower faces a potentially longer prison term because of his culinary association with known members of the Hells Angels biker gang. Patrick D. Bozarth Jr., 31, pleaded guilty Wednesday in...

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MONDAY, JULY 18, 2011

Hells Angel faces 6+ years after plea

A member of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang pleaded guilty today to conspiring to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine and grow more than 100 marijuana plants. Michael R. Fitzpatrick, 33, was arrested on March 3, the same day federal agents arrested club Sergeant...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011

Brothers charged in baseball bat attack  

Two brothers from a notorious Spokane family are accused of a baseball bat attack in a park that left a man with a permanent lip disfigurement. Jayce Leon Elton Pirtle Jr., 23, (right) and Andrew Lee Elias Pirtle, 21, (bottom left) were charged this week...

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Cops: Herpes fear led to pot robbery

An invitation to smoke marijuana turned into a robbery last weekend in Spokane because the suspect feared contracting herpes from a water pipe. Aziem L. Richardson invited the teens to an apartment at 1119 W. Augusta Ave., to smoke marijuana in celebration of his 19th...

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