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Sirens & Gavels marijuana archive

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16, 2011

Suspects plead not guilty to '07 murder 

Three young people arrested for the 2007 shooting death of a 30-year-old Spokane man pleaded not guilty to murder charges Tuesday in Superior Court. Derrick Gregory Martin-Armstead, 20; (left) Jaleesa D. Anderson, 22; and Marc A. Anderson, 20, (right) each are charged with a single...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 9, 2011

FRIDAY, NOV. 4, 2011

Police seek DNA in pot theft shooting

Police this week obtained a DNA sample, injury photos and x-rays of a second suspect in a medical marijuana robbery that ended with the homeowner firing several shots. Detectives believe Joseph A. Gariepy, 41, (pictured) who was arrested on unrelated charges last week, was shot...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 7, 2011

FILE - In this Tuesday Jan. 26, 2010 file photo, a pedestrian walks past a marijuana leaf neon sign advertising a medical marijuana provider along a street in the Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles, Calif. Federal prosecutors have launched a crackdown on pot dispensaries in California, warning the stores that they must shut down in 45 days or face criminal charges and confiscation of their property even if they are operating legally under the state’s 15-year-old medical marijuana law. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel) ((AP Photo/Richard Vogel))

Feds target Calif. medical pot dispensaries

In this Tuesday Jan. 26, 2010 file photo, a pedestrian walks past a marijuana leaf neon sign advertising a medical marijuana provider along a street in the Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles, Calif. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel) By LISA LEFF,Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) —...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 4, 2011

Police identify pot thief shot by woman

Spokane police have identified a man who was shot Monday by a woman while trying to steal medical marijuana plants as Raymond P. Bates, 49. Bates was scheduled to appear in Superior Court today on a first-degree robbery charge. Bates was treated at a hospital...

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SATURDAY, OCT. 1, 2011

A Coeur d'Alene man was arrested in Oregon Thursday with 10 pounds of marijuana.
Seth Anthony Mtichell, 22, was stopped for a traffic violation while driving a 2004 Ford F-150 on Highway 97 north of Madras at milepost 78 about 12:30 p.m. 
Troopers found oxycodone and hydrocodone and arrested Mitchell for two drug charges, then obtained a search warrant and found the marijuana, according to Oregon State Police3.
Mitchell faces an additional charge of unlawful possession, distribution and manufacture of a controlled substance.
He was booked into the Jefferson County Jail.
 (Oregon State Police)

CdA man busted in Ore. w/ 10lbs of pot

A Coeur d'Alene man was arrested in Oregon Thursday with 10 pounds of marijuana. Seth Anthony Mitchell, 22, was stopped for a traffic violation while driving a 2004 Ford F-150 on Highway 97 north of Madras at milepost 78 about 12:30 p.m. Troopers found oxycodone...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 28, 2011

Elderly man indicted in drug conspiracy

A 77-year-old man who lived near the Canadian border in Ferry County is accused of being a major drug trafficker. Alvin O. Shields was allowed to leave the Spokane County Jail on Tuesday, where he was booked Sunday on federal cocaine and marijuana charges that...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 22, 2011

Pot for homework-induced arthritis? 

A medical marijuana patient contacted when a fire broke out at his Greenacres home told police he had been prescribed pot because of arthritis in his hand caused by "too much homework," authorities say. The 19-year-old man and his 22-year-old roommate had 27 marijuana plants...

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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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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 24, 2011

Child seized after police find pot plants 

A 30-year-old man was arrested and his child was taken into protective custody after police found six marijuana plants in a shed in the back of his home Tuesday. Spokane Valley police found Christopher Anthony Tonnessen's 2-year-old son sitting in the dirt among broken toys,...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 3, 2011

Pot, pills found during jail strip search

A Spokane woman set to serve four months in jail for money laundering has been charged with another felony after corrections deputies found drugs during a strip search. Rebecca Suzanne Townley, 33, had pills and suspected marijuana concealed in a condom when a corrections deputy...

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TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2011

Marijuana suspect calls on Willie Nelson

The daughter of a Spokane medical marijuana dispenser recently indicted in federal court is calling on legendary singer and pot advocate Willie Nelson to take up his cause. In an email to The Spokesman-Review, Jessica Vogel-Laberdee asks Nelson, who plays outside at Northern Quest Casino...

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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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WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011

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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FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011

Montana pot provider warns others

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A medical marijuana provider indicted on federal drug charges warned other Montana caregivers Friday to shut down their businesses or risk being the next arrested. Jason Burns, of Helena, said federal agents told him before his arraignment Thursday that the Department...

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SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2011

In this photo provided by the Oregon State Police, marijuana plants are seen at the site of a marijuana growing operation in Northeast Oregon on Friday, June 17, 2011. Oregon State Police said a raid in Wallowa County found more than 91,000 plants in a ravine with extensive terracing. Miles of plastic irrigation tubing was also found, along with weapons, food and supplies at campsites that could support growers for weeks. ( (AP photo/Oregon State Police))

Mile-long pot operation busted in Oregon

By WILLIAM MCCALL, Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A tip from hunters led police to a marijuana growing operation stretching across about a mile of a remote ravine on public land, leading to a raid that netted six arrests and more than 91,000 marijuana...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2011

Pot supplier in Carlson case sentenced

A marijuana supplier connected to the man who helped arrest former school booster and Coeur d'Alene insurance giant Jerry Carlson was sentenced this week to four years in prison. Jesus N. Ortega, 57, of Tucson, Ariz., admitted to supplying former Bayview, Idaho, contractor Theodore Bruck...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2011

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, right, tours the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence in Providence, R.I., Thursday, June 2, 2011. With Holder are Teny Gross, left, executive director of the institute, Ajay Benton, second from left, and Juan Carter, third from left. Holder promised Thursday to clarify the Justice Department's position on state medical marijuana laws after federal prosecutors warned they might prosecute everyone from licensed growers to regulators.  ((AP Photo/Bob Thayer, Pool))

Holder vows to clarify medical marijuana

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, right, tours the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence in Providence, R.I., Thursday, June 2, 2011. With Holder are Teny Gross, left, executive director of the institute, Ajay Benton, second from left, and Juan Carter, third from left....

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TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011

Woman falsley claims to be fugitive 

A passenger who lied about her identity during a traffic stop Monday provided the name of another woman who had a warrant for her arrest. Michael Lynn Polello, 37, provided her real name after a records check revealed the warrant for the other name, the...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2011

CdA coke kingpin sentenced to 15 years 

A longtime Coeur d'Alene cocaine dealer who laundered money through a bar and restaurant has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. James Roy "Slim" O'Neill, 49, was the kingpin of a cocaine distribution ring that supplied the drug in North Idaho for at least...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2011

Hells Angel arraigned on federal charges

A member of the Hells Angels motorcycle club pleaded not guilty Monday to gun and drug charges. Michael Ryan Fitzpatrick, 33, was booked into Spokane County Jail after his arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Cynthia Imbrogno in U.S. District Court in Spokane. Fitzpatrick is charged with...

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MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2011

Grand jury indicts Hells Angel member

A grand jury has indicted a member of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang on federal drug and gun charges. Michael Ryan Fitzpatrick, 33, is accused of conspiring with two unidentified people to distribute cocaine and marijuana. Fitzpatrick was arrested on a marijuana charge March 4,...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2011

Gov. says she won't sign medical pot bill

SEATTLE (AP) — Gov. Chris Gregoire says she won't sign legislation to create licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in Washington state after the Justice Department warned it could result in a federal crackdown. The two U.S. attorneys in the state told Gregoire in a letter Thursday...

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Marijuana theft leads to shotgun threat 

A Spokane man is accused of pointing a loaded shotgun at a man in retaliation for a marijuana theft. Steven T. Casados, 21, is jailed on a first-degree assault charge after witnesses told police he arrived at an apartment in the 900 block of East...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2011

Shupe avoids prison in medical pot case 

Spokane medical marijuana dealer Scott Q. Shupe will avoid prison on drug-trafficking charges. “In this case it was clear you didn’t intend to break the law, which is in a state of flux as we speak,” Spokane County Superior Court Judge Tari Eitzen said during...

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