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2 accused of flashing at Ill. golf course

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Two Missouri women are accused of showing off more than their putting skills at a southwestern Illinois golf course.

Madison County Sheriff's Capt. T. Mike Dixon says investigators responded to complaints of lewd behavior Monday at the Woodlands Golf Course in Foster Township and saw the women displaying their breasts.

Now, authorities in Madison County have charged 45-year-old Shelly Lewis and 43-year-old Alicia Binford of O'Fallon, Mo., with public indecency.

Binford and Lewis couldn't be reached for comment Tuesday. Binford's home telephone number has been disconnected. Lewis hasn't returned a message left at her home. Court records don't show if they have an attorney.

Both women are free on bond.

Ego-driven sex abuse suspect arrested

A man who wanted to prove to his ex-girlfriend that he wasn't a child molester instead was arrested on a child sex abuse warrant after contacting a Spokane County sheriff's deputy Tuesday in Deer Park.

Jesse A. Smith, 20, apparently did not know of a felony warrant out of Jerome, Idaho, for three counts of lewd conduct with a minor under 16 years old when he contacted sheriff's Deputy Dan Dutton Tuesday about 7:45 p.m.

Dutton was responding to an unrelated domestic situation at a home when Smith knocked on the door and asked to speak to him.

Smith asked Dutton to check his criminal history because his ex-girlfriend sent him a text message accusing him of being a child molester, and he wanted to prove her wrong, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.

Smith said he would wait by Dutton's patrol car until Dutton was finished at the home. Dutton checked Smith's criminal history and confirmed Smith in fact did have a $75,000-bond warrant that essentially accuses him of being a child molester.

He was booked into the Spokane County Jail on the warrant. He remained there this afternoon awaiting transport to southern Idaho.

Spokane police to be on COPS Saturday

The Spokane Police Department will be featured on Saturday's episode of COPS.

The episode features Officers Elina Bishop and John Arredondo responding to a report of two people having sex on a stranger's front lawn in northeast Spokane in August.

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office also is featured, along with the Des Moines, Iowa, police department. A preview is posted above.

Film crews traveled with patrol officers five days a week for six weeks last summer. The episode airs at 8 p.m. on the FOX channel.

This is the fourth time COPS has filmed in Spokane.

An episode in 2007 featured a high-speed chase that included a police cruiser catching fire.

Idaho man gets 30+ years for sex abuse

A 41-year-old Rathdrum man will serve up to life in prison for three counts of lewd conduct with a minor under a sentence imposed Wednesday.

Frank D. Marks will serve at least 30 years before he's eligible for parole, Kootenai County 1st District Judge Benjamin Simpson ordered.

Marks had sexual contact with three juvenile victims over a period of seven years, according to the Kootenai County Prosecutor's Office.

All three testified at his trial. A jury convicted Marks Aug. 12.

Kootenai County Prosecutor Barry McHugh, who tried the case, said the sentence was appropriate given that Marks continues to deny any inappropriate conduct.

“His adamant denials eliminate the possibility of rehabilitation,” McHugh said.

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 sentence the same time as a sentence for contacting the girl after his arrest despite a court order prohibiting the communication.

Ryan was sentenced by Kootenai County District Judge John Mitchell. He pleaded guilty on Oct. 31. He has three prior felony convictions for drugs, according to the Kootenai County Prosecutor's Office.
In a prepared statement, Prosecutor Barry McHugh praised the work of the Coeur 'Alene Police Department and Deputy Prosecutor Josh Studor.

McHugh said the sentence “was appropriate given the defendant's post-arrest conduct indicating a desire to continue an illegal and immoral relationship, and his efforts to coerce the victim to lie about the relationship.”
  

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 a child under 16 and two counts of injury to jail.

1st District Court Judge Fred Gibler sentenced Savage, who pleaded guilty in September. Savage has previous misdemeanor convictions for theft, drugs and burglary, according to the Kootenai County Prosecutor's Office.

Sheriff's spokesman Major Ben Wolfinger said the injury to jail charges stem from Savage damaging the jail on several occasions.

Cops: Mass. man shaved nude on beach

SALISBURY, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man is facing lewd charges after lifeguards say he refuses to stop shaving himself while nude on a beach.

The Eagle Tribune reports that Christopher Axford was arrested Monday on a beach in Salisbury.

According to a police report, the 45-year-old was shaving his armpits while his shorts were pulled down to his shins when police arrived to the scene.

Axford, who police said is homeless, was charged with lewd, wanton and lascivious conduct, public drinking and disorderly conduct and release on personal recognizance. Less than 12 hours after his release, Axford was arrested again on charges he stole a tip jar from a pizzeria.

He is being held without bail pending a pretrial hearing scheduled for Aug. 31. It was unclear if he had an attorney.

Man sentenced for sexually abusing girl

A Post Falls man will spend at least five years in prison for sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl.

Terence William Turner, 39, (pictured) was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison with eligibility for parole after five years for lewd conduct with a minor. He will receive credit for time served in the Kootenai County Jail, where he has been since his arrest in March.

Turner's previous criminal history includes only misdemeanor traffic offenses. Judge Lansing Haynes cited Turner's “use of violence” during the abuse when he sentenced Turner, according to the Kootenai County Prosecutor's Office.

Prosecutor Barry McHugh praised the Post Falls Police Department and Deputy Prosecutor Art Verharen.

McHugh said the sentence was “appropriate given the long-term nature of this unconscionable conduct, the lack of accountability by this defendant, and the continuing risk of predatory conduct by the defendant.”

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 touching” with an 11-year-old girl whom he knew through her family and lured to a his garage, according to the Kootenai County Prosecutors Office.

Judge Lansing Haynes sentenced Nichols to 25 years in prison with 15 fixed and 10 indeterminate, prosecutors said Friday.

Nicholas has previous convictions for child molestation in Washington in 1990, malicious mischief in 1992, communication with a minor for immortal purposes in 1994, domestic violence in 2004, drunken driving in 2006 and domestic violence in 2008.
 
In a prepared statement, Kootenia County Prosecutor Barry McHugh praised the work of the Post Falls Police Department and noted that “the fixed term guarantees that Nichols will not be able to victimize other children for an extended period of years.”

Spokane man accused of lewd conduct

A Spokane man is wanted in Kootenai County on a charge of lewd conduct with a minor under 16.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead to the arrest of Louis Arturo Hernandez-Vera, 32.

His criminal case in Idaho is sealed pending his arrest.

Hernandez-Vera, 5-foot-4 and 220 pounds, last gave an address in the 500 block of South Freya in Spokane. He has no criminal record in Spokane County.

Anyone with tips on Hernandez-Vera’s location is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.

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 Ashle Hughes, 29, also known as Summer Nelson, will be on supervised probation for two years after entering an Alford plea to four lesser counts of misdemeanor injury to a child.

Kootenai County prosecutors were prepared to take her to trial on felony lewd-conduct charges before her teenaged accuser, who was 14 at the time of the crimes, testified at a preliminary hearing in May.

Read the rest of my story here.

Tips sought on alleged Idaho child molester

A Bonner County, Idaho, man is wanted on child sex abuse charges.

Ted Norman “Bear” Engelbrecht, 50, is wanted on felony charges of lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor under 16 and sexual abuse of a child under 16, the Priest River Police Department announced Monday.

The charges were filed in Bonner County District Court. The case is sealed, records show.

Engelbrecht is known to drive a maroon 1991 Ford Ranger pickup with a black canopy, Idaho license plate 7BE8662.

Anyone with information on his location should call their local law enforcement agency.

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