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Man who shot off-duty deputy indicted

A Grant County man already serving four years for shooting an off-duty sheriff's deputy in 2008 faces up to 10 more after a federal grand jury indicted him on weapons charges Tuesday. 

Robbie Joe Marcher (left) was convicted at trial of second-degree assault, failing to summon assistance and unlawful hunting after the shooting of Deputy Earl Romig (right) on Jan. 10, 2008. 

Jurors also found Marcher showed an “egregious lack of remorse” on the assault charge, which lengthened his prison sentence, according to the Division III Court of Appeals. The court upheld the convictions May 17.

Now Marcher faces up to 10 years in federal prison under the indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Spokane. He's accused of possessing a Springfield Savage 30.06 rifle the day he shot Romig, and of possessing two shotguns, a rifle and nearly 160 rounds of ammunition four days later.

Romig was hunting coyotes and in civilian clothing when Marcher shot him in the back. He said he saw Marcher pointing his rifle at him earlier and looking at him through the scope.

A motorist found Romig with extensive injuries, but he's recovered well.

Marcher, who was hunting with his father, told police he thought Romig was a coyote.

Judge bars gang terms at Jenks’ trial

Prosecutors are prohibited from referencing the terms “Hells Angels,” “Mongols” and “gangs” in the upcoming trial of club Sergeant at Arms Ricky Jenks.

U.S. District Judge Justin Quackenbush said federal prosecutors can refer to Jenks' membership in a “motorcycle club” only. He said the other references “would be unfairly prejudicial and generate 'more heat than light.'” Those orders were reiterated in pretrial documents filed last week.

Jenks' trial, originally set to begin Tuesday, is now scheduled to begin July 11 at 9 a.m. He faces 10 years in prison if convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

He has been in jail since his arrest March 3 during a raid at the Hells Angels Spokane clubhouse on East Sprague Avenue.

The raid came as tensions between the Hells Angels and Mongols were rumored to be heating up.

Past coverage:

March 7: Jenks' arrest pleases '01 victim's mother

March 31: Grand jury indicts Hells Angels leader

FBI: Racist felon had ammo, 5 firearms

A Whitman County man arrested on federal gun charges last month had several guns and a large collection of ammunition when investigators searched his properties, a new indictment alleges.

Jeremiah Daniel “J.D.” Hop, 29, faces two counts of felon in possession of a firearm and a forfeiture charge that demands he give up four rifles, a 12-gauge shotgun, and more than 150 rounds of shotgun shells and other ammunition.

A grand jury indicted him on the new charges this week in U.S. District Court.

Hop was convicted in California of third-degree rape of a child in 2005, a felony that prohibits him from possessing firearms or ammunition.

Hop was arrested during an FBI investigation April 20 for allegedly possessing an Izhmash 12-gauge semi-automatic shotgun on March 25.

His brother, Michael Hop, said he was set up by an FBI informant who supplied the shotgun after suggesting they go shooting.

Hop has bragged online about being involved with racist taco-truck protests in Kootenai County. He remains in custody without bail at the Spokane County Jail.
  

Taco protester arraigned on gun charge

A Whitman County man who bragged online about being involved with racist taco-truck protests in Kootenai County pleaded not guilty to a federal gun charge today.

 A bail hearing for Jeremiah Daniel “J.D.” Hop, 29, is set for Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. before U.S. Magistrate Cynthia Imbrogno.

Hop, who is at the Spokane County Jail, was arrested Wednesday morning. He told Imbrogno he had “just a little stress, that's all,” when she asked if he suffered from mental conditions that might prohibit his understanding of the court proceedings.

Hop, who was convicted in California of third-degree rape of a child in 2005, is not a member of the Aryan Nations but is involved in racist circles.

Under the name WhitePhoenix, a man who identified himself as Hop wrote on the racist website Stormfront about his work protesting taco stands in the Coeur d’Alene area.

Read the rest of my story here.

Jury indicts man for cop’s stolen gun

A felon suspected of stealing a handgun from a Spokane County sheriff's detective's squad car last April has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

 James W. Peterschick, 29, faces up to 10 years in federal prison for felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful concealing and storing stolen ammunition and unlawful possession and sale of a stolen firearm.

Investigators believe Peterschick smashed out a window on Detective Leroy Fairbanks' government-issued vehicle April 21 at 5830 N. Division St. and stole fishing poles and a backpack containing electronics, a Glock handgun, handcuffs, a flashlight, badge and IDs for the Sheriff’s Office and FBI.

A jail inmate looking for a break on drug charges told detectives of a dumpster at Garland Avenue and Post Street where most of the items had been dumped.

Peterschick, who was arrested in February 2010 for a suspected burglary spree in Pullman, was released from jail after no charges were filed but has been in custody since March on new drug charges.

A grand jury indicted him on the federal charges today in U.S. District Court in Spokane.

Grand jury indicts Hells Angels leader

The sergeant at arms of the Washington chapter of the Hells Angels has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

Ricky W. Jenks, 33, faces up to 10 years in federal prison after the jury indicted him in U.S. District Court for felon in possession of a firearm. He pleaded not guilty to the indictment on Friday and remains in the Spokane County Jail without bond.

Jenks, whose felony convictions include manslaughter, was the only suspect arrested at the clubhouse after investigators found eight firearms. The five other men at the clubhouse during the March 3 raid were from out of town and are not prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition, prosecutors say.

One of those men, Hells Angel member Jameal A. Hadeed, has claimed ownership of five of the eight firearms, according to court documents filed Tuesday. Another, Travis I. Vanweerdhuizen has claimed ownership of one.

But prosecutors have said four of the five men with Jenks at the clubhouse arrived in Spokane via airplane and did not check firearms.

Prosecutors are refusing to release the affidavit that authorized the search because it “contains material regarding an ongoing investigation,” documents said.

Another Hells Angel arrested March 4, Michael R. Fitzpatrick, 33, was jailed on a marijuana charge but released the next day.

Felon arrested w/ pistol, cocaine, weed

Here's a news release from Sgt. Dave Reagan:   

A 23-year-old Spokane man was arrested Wednesday evening after a deputy discovered drugs and a pistol inside his vehicle during a traffic stop.

Deputy Daryl Smith was southbound on Market from Hawthorne Road about 7:30 p.m. when he saw a blue car ahead of him with a defective license plate lamp.  He stopped the car and identified the driver as Rodney E. Barce, 200 E. Wedgewood.

Barce’s driver’s license is suspended and Smith arrested him. The deputy identified the female passenger to see if she could drive the car away, but she too had a suspended license.  She was the registered owner of the car and gave the deputy permission to search it.

Smith opened the trunk and discovered a loaded .22-caliber pistol and two plastic baggies, one containing marijuana and the other cocaine. During interviews with both Barce and the female passenger, he determined that the woman knew nothing of the gun and drugs, and that they belonged to Barce.

A criminal records check revealed that Barce has a prior conviction for a crime of violence, third-degree assault, which makes it unlawful for him to possess firearms.

Smith drove Barce to the Spokane County Jail and booked him for the misdemeanor license and marijuana violations and felony counts of Possession of Cocaine and First-Degree Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

Undercover probe nets meth, 6 firearms

An undercover police investigation Saturday led to the seizure of six firearms as well as methamphetamine, scales and packaging materials at a north Spokane home.

Jeffery S. Finney, 30, is accused of selling two of the guns to a confidential informant being followed by members of the Spokane Police Department's drug unit.

Police followed Finney and the informant to a location in north Spokane County, where Finney picked up three other firearms for sale. He was arrested as they returned to the Spokane area.

Police then executed a search warrant at his apartment, 13110 N. Addison St., and seized the drug evidence, according to an affidavit. Finney was arrested with a loaded a Colt MK IV Series 80, which police seized, as well as the guns for sale: a .38, a cap and ball revolver, a Mossberg 500-A shotgun, a Bolt action M77 Ruger rifle and a Hawken black Powder Rifle.

Finney is a convicted felon, which prohibits him from possessing weapons. His felony convictions include delivery of methamphetamine, third-degree assault and second-degree burglary.

In 2001, he fled the Public Safety Building just as a judge was to sentence him to jail for domestic violence. He was caught hiding behind a garbage bin behind Russell Van Camp's law office west of the courthouse on West Broadway Avenue, according to news archives.

Judge OKs charge against Hells Angel

The sergeant at arms of the Washington chapter of the Hells Angels will remain in jail after a federal judge ruled there was probable cause to hold him on a gun charge.

Ricky W. Jenks, 33, is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

His public defender, Kailey Moran, said prosecutors have no evidence Jenks possessed any of the loaded guns found at the Hells Angels Spokane clubhouse on March 3, just that his jacket was near them.

But Judge James Hutton said prosecutors need only to show that Jenks had knowledge of the firearms and had the ability to control them, not that he physically possessed them.

If police spotted the guns so easily, “one would infer that Mr. Jenks would also be able to see these firearms,” Hutton said Wednesday.

Moran said the federal warrant authorizing the search of the clubhouse remains sealed but that it is a document-based warrant targeting another suspect, not Jenks.

Jenks, whose felony convictions include manslaughter, was the only local Hells Angels at the clubhouse. Another was from Tacoma and four others had flown in from out of state. None checked firearms when traveling and none are prohibited form possessing weapons because they aren't felons, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Aine Ahmed.

Investigators originally reported finding six firearms. Ahmed said Wednesday that investigators found two others in an additional search.

Another Hells Angel arrested in March, Michael R. Fitzpatrick, 33, wasjailed on a marijuana charge but released the next day.

He was to be arraigned Wednesday, but county prosecutors haven't yet filed charges.

Hells Angel to stay in jail without bail

A ranking member of the Hells Angels will remain in jail without bail after his arrest last week on a federal gun charge.

Ricky W. Jenks, 33, poses a threat to the community based on his criminal history and the seriousness of the allegation, U.S. Magistrate Judge Cynthia Imbrogno said Tuesday before approving a request from the U.S. Attorney’s Office to keep Jenks in custody.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Van Marter said Jenks has a “disturbing history of violence” that includes manslaughter and has been aided by his association with the Hells Angels.

Read my full story here.

Past coverage:

March 7: Biker's arrest pleases '01 victim's mother

March 5: 2nd suspect in Hells Angels raid leaves jail

March 4: Police raid Hells Angels clubhouse in Spokane

Valley felon arrested with firearm

A Spokane Valley man was arrested Saturday after police investigating domestic violence allegations found him with a handgun. Rashad K. Harper, 29, was arrested for felon in possession of a firearm after police detained him near a convenience store.

His girlfriend had called 911 about 4:40 p.m. and said he'd damaged the windshield of her car during an argument at their apartment in 10800 block of East Third, according to the Spokane Valley Police Department.

The woman said Harper had access to a gun, and officers learned he had a Washington Department of Corrections warrant out for his arrest.

Police found a Tech 9 semi-automatic gun in his jacket sleeve and two loaded 10-round pistol magazines in his inside jacket pocket. Harper, who has previous domestic violence convictions, also had a loaded 30-round ammo magazine in his pants pocket.

Feds charge felon caught w/ shotgun

A convicted felon caught by Spokane police with a sawed-off shotgun last month has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

James D. Bacon, 23, faces up to 10 years in prison for allegedly possessing the 12-gauge shotgun and ammunition when police officers chased him down on Dec. 7, according to documents filed this week in U.S. District Court.

Bacon was wanted for a felony drug violation and Department of Corrections warrant when he ran from police near Wellesley Avenue and Regal Street.

Police arrested him in a struggle, then realized he was armed with the shotgun.

Bacon was on probation for fourth-degree assault and has other convictions for obstructing an officer and escape from community custody.

He's been in the Spokane County Jail since Dec. 7 and is expected to appear on the new federal charges.

Longtime felon indicted for guns, meth

A Spokane County man with dozens of criminal convictions dating back to the 1970s has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

Gregory Cecil Early, 52, is charged with felon in possession a firearm and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine

The drug charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. The gun charge carries 10 years, but if Early qualifies as an armed career criminal he’ll get at least 15 years.

And according to Crime Stoppers, the longtime felon is a shoo-in for that title.

A news release this month included this truly impressive list of convictions for Early: driving while license suspended, making false statements, third-degree assault on law enforcement, first-degree possession of stolen property, possession of controlled substance, manufacture of controlled substance, first-degree burglary, intimidation of witnesses, second-degree assault, attempting to elude a police vehicle, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, hit and run, indecent liberties, second-degree malicious mischief, reckless endangerment, third-degree theft and probation violation.

According to the Dec. 14 indictment in U.S. District Court, Early possessed methamphetamine, a .42 caliber pistol and a .32 caliber revolver on Oct. 25. Early also faces additional felony charges in Spokane County for drugs and car theft.

As of last week, Early was in custody in Whitman County, according to Crime Stoppers.

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