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Mail thief fires shot after Taser shock

A convicted mail thief wanted for violating his probation shot a round from a firearm after being shocked with a stun gun today northwest of Airway Heights, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

No one was injured and Tony L. Gust, 33, was arrested without further incident, authorities say.

Marshals were looking for Gust after a warrant was issued today in U.S. District Court. They found him at his home in the 22000 block of West Jacobs Road about 4:20 p.m. and watched as he ran into his trailer and “armed himself with a firearm,” according to a news release.

“Deputies deployed a taser striking Gust. Subsequently a round was fired from the weapon Gust was holding,” the news release said. “The Deputy U.S. Marshals then subdued Gust and took him into custody.”

Gust was arrested in January 2011 after a postal inspector recognized him from surveillance video that showed him breaking into post office boxes at the Opportunity post office, 11712 E. Sprague Ave.

He was sentenced in June to three years of probation, but that was revoked in October and he was sent to jail for six months. He left in April and was to participate in a treatment program.

Authorities noted his “troubling history of violence and offenses involving firearms,” in court documents filed in May 2011, which his lawyer attributed to Gust's “physical, mental and dependency problems” and said treatment would serve well.

Gust has previously been employed as a welder and a cook, according to court documents. In 2003, he was arrested for illegally shooting on a property in Liberty Lake, according to news archives.
  

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 alcohol when he reported to his office May 9, and that his blood alcohol level registered at .017.

Nunley admitted to consuming alcohol that day and the day before and said “he didn't think it was a big deal,” according to court documents. He also refused to provide a urine sample as requested. His probation officer said Nunley agreed not to travel to Orange County as previously allowed but that he left the probation office without asking and boarded a plane at the Spokane airport the next day, court documents say.

Nunley was placed on supervised probation in February after 1st District Judge Ben Simpson retained jurisdiction over his drug case and sent him to get treatment with the Idaho Department of Correction in October 2010. Simpson ruled last week that his probation violations warranted his prison sentence reinstated, so he's to serve two years in prison and four years probation.

Nunley was arrested July 29. A Kootenai County Jail official said he listed his occupation to be an attorney, but Idaho state bar records saw his license is suspended.

Nunley was first arrested in December 2008 after police said he recruited a client to help feed his OxyContin addiction. The man later went to police and acted as a confidential informant while detectives monitored a transaction between the two.

Federal drug charges were dismissed in June 2009, but Kootenai County prosecutors charged Nunley in March 2010.

Nunley graduated near the top of his class at the University of Idaho and spent time at a large Boise law firm before moving to North Idaho and joining the Kootenai County Prosecutor’s Office. The prosecutor at the time, Bill Douglas, said Nunley “did a very good job.” He worked there for three years before opening his own firm in Coeur d'Alene.

Fugitive’s claim to fame? 50+ mug shots

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help arrest a repeat offender with more than 50 mug shots.

Robert Dean Raider, 36, is wanted for escape from community custody for allegedly violating his probation conditions on a drug possession convictions.

Raider's dizzying criminal history spans 24 years and includes convictions for criminal impersonation, driving while license suspended, drug possession, making false statements, possession of stolen property, city theft, vehicle theft, resisting arrest, attempting to elude a police vehicle, third-degree theft, criminal trespass, fourth-degree assault, second-degree theft, first-degree theft, disorderly conduct, city assault, intimidation with a weapon, second-degree burglary and probation violations.

Raider, 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds, last gave a home address in the 2500 block of West Garland Avenue in Spokane.

Anyone with information on his current location is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.

Tipsters do not have to leave their name to collect a reward but should provide a code name or number.

King County assailant wanted in Idaho

A man on probation for assault in King County is wanted by Idaho authorities after failing to check in with the state Department of Corrections.

Grant “Bear” Timothy Larson, 31, may be traveling to Canada with Marie Thompson, 25, and their four-month-old baby, according to the Bonner County Sheriff's Office.

Larson was convicted of third-degree assault in King County in December and allowed to move to Idaho, but he didn't check in with authorities as required.

Now he's wanted for escape from community custody. He's also wanted on assault and battery charges from 2008.

Investigators believe Larson and Thompson are driving a white 1997 Toyota Rav 4, Idaho license plate, 7B7802, that belongs to Thompson's mother.

Larson, 5-foot-7 and 210 pounds, has numerous tattoos, including “savage” and “oso tight” on his neck.

Anyone with information is based to contact the North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force at (208) 666-5747 or the Bonner County Dispatch at (208) 265-5525.

Crime Stoppers targets repeat offenders

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Crime Stoppers is offering rewards for tips that help arrest three repeat offenders wanted for probation violations.

Each suspect has a warrant out for escape from community custody. Move your curser of their photos for more information.

Anyone with tips on their locations is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.

Assault suspect avoids officer gunfire

A state probation officer nearly shot a Spokane woman last week after she tried running him over in an SUV to avoid arrest, according to police.

 Judith M. Freese, 53, faces a first-degree assault charge for a confrontation with Department of Corrections Officer James Hathaway that Hathaway said made him fear for his life.

Hathaway said he and DOC Officer Anita Jones were about to arrest Freese on a probation violation for a drug conviction Dec. 15 when she fled the DOC office at 1717 W. Broadway and started her Ford Explorer.

She ignored commands to stop the SUV and instead accelerated toward Hathaway, who fell back and tried to draw his firearm when he regained his balance, police said.

Hathaway said he didn’t shoot Freese because Jones was in his crossfire, according to a police report.

The driver’s side mirror of Freese’s SUV struck Hathaway as she sped away, according to police. Police found the SUV the next day at Freese’s brother’s home.

She was booked into jail Friday night and remains in jail on $75,000 bond and a probation hold after appearing Monday in Superior Court.

Crime Stoppers targets repeat offenders

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“Three hots and a cot await these fugitives during the cold snap,” writes Sgt. Dave Reagan of the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

Crime Stoppers if offering a reward for tips that help arrest any of the suspects. All are classified as repeat offenders in Spokane County and are charged with escape from community custody.

Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.

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