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Medical pot suspect released from jail

A medical marijuana advocate jailed for violating the conditions of his release on federal drug charges has been allowed to leave jail under strict conditions.

Jerry Wayne Laberdee, 57, was ordered to be released from jail on Monday but U.S. Magistrate Cynthia Imbrogno, who imposed bond and called for frequent status conferences to ensure Laberdee complies with his conditions of release, which include drug tests and refraining from excessive use of alcohol.

Laberdee was required to post a $25,000 signature bond, meaning a friend or family member is responsible for the bond, and a $15,000 surety bond through a bonds company, said his lawyer, Doug Phelps.

Family members said Laberdee was on a hunger strike at the Spokane County Jail, where he'd been since he turned himself in last month.

Laberdee had been allowed to stay out of jail pending trial on federal charges related to his work with the Spokane medical marijuana dispensary Medical Herb Providers when Lincoln County sheriff's officials found marijuana plants at his home on Aug. 12.

Federal probation officer Richard Law contacted Laberdee on Aug. 16, and Laberdee  “made it very clear to this officer that he would not permit me inside his residence,” according to court documents prepared by Law.

Laberdee also refused to submit to a drug test as his release conditions require, documents allege.

Phelps described Laberdee as “kind of an old hippie.” Supporters say he views the case as a civil rights issue, and Laberdee has called on Willie Nelson for support.

A status hearing in his case is set for Oct. 4.
  

Ellington road-rage trial set for Aug. 29

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) — A North Idaho man whose conviction of second-degree murder was overturned will stand trial again on the charge this month.

The Coeur d’Alene Press reports that 50-year-old Jonathan W. Ellington’s three-week jury trial is expected to start Aug. 29 in front of 1st District Judge John Luster.

Ellington, of Hayden, was convicted in August 2006 after prosecutors said he was involved in a road-rage incident that turned deadly when 41-year-old Vonette Lee Larsen was run over.

But earlier this year, a unanimous Idaho Supreme Court threw out his convictions and granted him a new trial. The high court cited prosecutorial misconduct and the likelihood that an Idaho State Police officer committed perjury in its ruling.

Past coverage:

June 23: Ellington briefly leaves jail while awaiting new trial

Dec. 5, 2006: Ellington sentenced to 25 years in prison

Sept. 8, 2006: Ellington found guilty

Aug. 25, 2006: Daughter describes mother's death

Idaho road rage suspect freed for 6 days

A man who was released from prison last week after his second-degree murder conviction was overturned turned himself in Wednesday to the Kootenai County Jail to await a new trial.

Jonathan Wade Ellington, 50, was sentenced to 25 years in prison and 15 years each on two counts of aggravated battery charges for running over a woman in what prosecutors called a road-rage incident Jan. 1, 2006.

The state Supreme Court ruled unanimously May 27 that Ellington, of Hayden, should get a new trial. Ellington's attorney, Anne Taylor, said she will seek a reduction of her client's $1 million bond

. Kootenai County Prosecutor Barry McHugh, however, said he will request that the bond remain where it was set.

A status hearing has been scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Monday in 1st District Judge John Luster's courtroom.

Read the rest of Alison Boggs' story here.

Past coverage:

Sept. 8, 2006: Ellington found guilty

Aug. 25, 2006: Daughter describes mother's death

Child luring suspect leaves jail on bond

A Coeur d'Alene man accused of offering a woman money in exchange for her granddaughters left jail just hours after he was arrested Wednesday.

Shan A. Anderson, 32, posted $1,106 bond on four misdemeanor charges, including attempted child enticing, Wednesday night, according to the Kootenai County Jail.

Police were called to 1034 N. 3rd St. at 3:58 p.m. Wednesday, where they were told that Anderson approached a grandmother and “attempted to give her money so he could have her granddaughters,” according to a Coeur d'Alene police news release.
 
While investigating that case, officers learned Anderson also attempted to lure a boy walking home from school just minutes earlier, police said. 
 
Anderson was booked on four charges, attempted child enticing, attempted child custodial interference, disturbing the peace and obstruction. Each is a misdemeanor. Suspects arrested on felonies in Kootenai County cannot post bond until seeing a judge.

Gunman threatens bail bondsman

A man accused of trying to steal an ATM last fall was arrested today after a bail bond company employee said he pointed a gun at her.

George W. Butrick, 32, pulled a 9mm Ruger handgun on a woman who works at Angel’s Bail Bonds, 1215 N. Monroe St., about 12:38 p.m., Spokane police said.

Butrick, who court records show used the company to post $85,000 bond for 13 felony charges on Dec. 21, became upset when the employee accused him of violating his release agreement, witnesses told police.

“They were asking for more collateral to bolster the bond, and I don’t think he cared for that too much,” said Spokane police Officer Tim Moses.

A woman who answered the phone at Angel’s Bail Bonds declined comment.

“Nobody wants to talk about it,” she said.

Butrick was jailed on charges of assault and unlawful possession of a firearm, police said. He is prohibited from possessing firearms because of felony convictions.

He’s accused of smashing a convenience store window and trying to steal an ATM on Oct. 21 (the culprit is pictured at left) - two days after he left Spokane County Jail on $15,000 bail after being arrested with illegal weapons and drugs, including heroin, according to court documents.

Butrick was arrested for the alleged attempted ATM theft Nov. 4 but left jail again but was rearrested Nov. 27 after a Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy found him with a an 8-inch knife, a hatchet and methamphetmine during a traffic stop, according to court documents.

A court order prohibits him from possessing weapons.

Since then, he’s accrued a slew of felony charges that he bonded out on in late December, including charges of second-degree identity theft and second-degree theft for allegedly cashing a forged check on Oct. 29, according to court documents. He’s charged with attempted second-degree theft, second-degree burglary and third-degree malicious mischief for the alleged ATM incident.

While a suspect in that attempted ATM theft, Butrick has not been accused of any ATM burglaries involving stolen vehicles smashing through storefronts.

No charges have been filed in those recent cases, but a group of career criminals was recently charged with a string of similar ATM thefts in early 2009.

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