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Sirens & Gavels Kootenai County District Court archive

TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 2012

Man gets 8-18 years for road rage death

A North Idaho man who fatally ran over a woman during a 2006 road rage incident was sentenced Monday to 18 years in prison. Jonathan Wade Ellington, 51, had been serving a 25-year sentence when the Idaho Supreme Court overturned his convictions last May because...

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SATURDAY, MARCH 10, 2012

“The death penalty,” said Yvonne Wallis at her home in Bayview, Idaho, on Sept. 30, when asked about what should happen to the man accused of attacking her and her family with a hammer and knife at their home nine months ago. She is awaiting placement of a plate in her skull and requires daily visits from caregivers. (Kathy Plonka)

Man guilty in Bayview hammer murder

In this Sept. 30 photo, Bayview hammer attack vicitm Yvonne Wallis says she wants Larry Cragun to receive the death penalty for the attack. (SR/Kathy Plonka) A North Idaho man who bludgeoned four people with a hammer in a brutal murder in Bayview last year...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 31, 2012

Man guilty in road rage murder re-trial 

A jury today convicted a North Idaho man of second-degree murder for fatally running over a woman during a 2006 road rage incident with her husband and two daughters. Jonathan Wade Ellington, 51, has already served six years in prison for the Jan. 1, 2006,...

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Jury still out in road rage murder case

Jurors today continue to deliberate the fate of of a North Idaho man charged with murder for running over a woman during a road rage encounter with her husband and daughters six years ago. The jury of 12 Kootenai County residents asked 1st District Judge...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 20, 2012

Jonathan Wade Ellington and his girlfriend leave Kootenai County District Court during a break in the opening day of his murder trial on Thursday for a 2006 road rage incident. (Meghann Cuniff / The Spokesman-Review)

2nd trial begins in '06 road rage death

Jonathan Wade Ellington and his girlfriend leave Kootenai County District Court during a break in the opening day of his trial Thursday. (SRPhoto/Meghann Cuniff) Ellington is pictured below in 2006. Prosecutors say he used his vehicle as a weapon against two sisters and their mother...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2012

Ruling clears way for 2nd road rage trial

A judge this morning refused to dismiss murder charges against a North Idaho man because of a last-minute evidence issue in his 2006 road-rage case, clearing the way for a second trial. Jonathan Wade Ellington (pictured) was imprisoned for four years on a murder conviction...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 15, 2011

Man gets 5 years to life for sex abuse 

A Coeur d'Alene man will spend five years to life in prison for lewd conduct with a 14-year-old girl, a judge ruled this week. Nicholas James Ryan, 32, was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison with eligibility for parole after five years. He'll serve the...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30, 2011

Rathdrum man sentenced for sex abuse

A 26-year-old Rathdrum man will spend at last seven years in prison for sexually abusing a minor. Justin Scott Savage was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison with eligibility for parole after seven for lewd conduct with a minor under 16, sexual abuse of...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 26, 2011

Hoopfest convict wanted in North Idaho 

A man involved in a gang-related shooting at Hoopfest is wanted in North Idaho for felony injury to a child. Marquis D. Johnson, 23, has a $50,000 warrant for his arrest in Kootenia County for allegedly assaulting a 6-year-old girl in Coeur d'Alene on June...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 25, 2011

CdA lawyer ordered back to prison

A Coeur d'Alene defense lawyer and former deputy prosecutor is going back to prison after a judge ruled he'd violated his probation on OxyContin charges. Shawn C. Nunley, 40, was ordered to prison late last week after his probation officer said he smelled faintly of...

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TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011

Murder conviction tossed in '06 road rage

BOISE – State Supreme Court justices have thrown out the second-degree murder conviction of a North Idaho man, citing prosecutorial misconduct and the likelihood that an Idaho State Police officer committed perjury during the 2006 trial. Jonathan Wade Ellington, of Hayden, was sentenced to 25...

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THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011

Repeat sex offender gets 15 years to life

A sex offender with a lengthy criminal history in Oregon will serve 15 years to life in prison for molesting a girl in Post Falls. Roy L. Goldsborough, 52, was arrested in December after a 12-year-old girl told family members about the abuse. Post Falls...

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MONDAY, MAY 2, 2011

Child molester sentenced to 15+ years

A Post Falls sex offender will spend 15 year to life in prison after being convicted of his third sex crimes case since 1990. Daniel Eugene Nichols, 51, (pictured) was convicted by a jury last month of two counts of lewd conduct related to "inappropriate...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 16, 2010

New trial request alleges jury misconduct

Two Coeur d’Alene brothers convicted in October of a hate crime have requested a new trial, accusing the presiding juror of misconduct. William Tankovich Jr. (below) and his brother Frank Tankovich (right) were convicted of felony malicious harassment and conspiracy to commit malicious harassment for...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 15, 2010

Baby sitter pleads guilty to manslaughter

A baby sitter who pushed a 3-year-old Post Falls boy, resulting in a fatal head injury, pleaded guilty Tuesday to voluntary manslaughter. Amanda L. Skogen, 26, faces up to 15 years in prison when she’s sentenced early next year in Kootenai County District Court. Skogen...

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SATURDAY, DEC. 11, 2010

Renter arrested after escapee caught

A jail inmate who escaped from work crew was arrested Thursday at a home in the South Perry Neighborhood, leading to the renter's arrest on a criminal assistance charge. Jason W. Breedlove, 37, was allowed out of Geiger Corrections Center with a work crew despite...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 29, 2010

Brothers guilty in CdA hate-crime case

Following the third trial in eight months, two Coeur d’Alene brothers were found guilty Thursday of racially harassing and threatening a Hispanic man in August 2009. Sentencing was set for Jan. 13 for Frank James Tankovich, 47, (right) and William Michael Tankovich Jr., 50, (left)...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 27, 2010

Hate-crime trial begins in Coeur d'Alene 

The third round of a hate crime trial opened Tuesday in Coeur d’Alene, with two brothers accused of racially harassing a Hispanic man in the summer of 2009.The first trial ended in mistrial in March after the first witness took the stand and referred to...

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MONDAY, OCT. 4, 2010

FRIDAY, OCT. 1, 2010

Ex-insurance agent gets 20 days for fraud

A former Mutual of Omaha insurance agent from Rathdrum is to spend 20 days in jail for submitting a life insurance policy application in a client’s name without her knowledge. Wesley Bruce Thompson, 58, submitted the life insurance policy application by scanning the client’s signature...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 10, 2010

Hate-crime suspect gets 9 years for firearm

One of three Coeur d’Alene brothers accused of racially harassing a Hispanic man last August was sentenced today to nine years in prison for being a felon in possession of a handgun. Ira Tankovich (pictured), 48, will be eligible for parole in three years. Adding...

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FRIDAY, JULY 2, 2010

Babysitter accepts plea in Idaho sex case 

After making national news last summer, a babysitter sex scandal in North Idaho was plea-bargained out Thursday after the alleged victim gave the accused a perfect alibi: He said the sex acts occurred on dates when the babysitter was living out of state. Summer Kelli...

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FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2010

Ex-church volunteer could be free in months

A former Post Falls church youth leader could be out of custody in about six months after being sentenced Thursday for three counts of statutory rape. Jordan C. Vernon, 20, was sentenced by Kootenai County District Court Judge John Mitchell to three consecutive sentences of...

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TUESDAY, MAY 11, 2010

6 months for CdA boater who injured boy

A Coeur d’Alene man is serving six months in jail for leaving the scene of a boating accident on Lake Coeur d'Alene that injured a 5-year-old boy. Anthony James Judge, 33, was sentenced Thursday by Kootenai County District Judge John Mitchell, who also ordered five...

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TUESDAY, MAY 4, 2010

$500,000 bond for CdA rape suspect

A man accused of raping a Coeur d'Alene woman early Saturday remains in jail on $500,000 bond. Thomas C. Dickerson, 40, appeared before Kootenai County District Judge Scott Wayman on Monday on charges of rape and battery with intent to commit rape. Dickerson remains in...

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