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‘Sovereigns’ arrested after SWAT standoff

Two men arrested after a SWAT team standoff in Otis Orchards Wednesday have been identified as Michael Francis Hicks, 55, and David Ray Galland, 58.

A sheriff's detective was driving east on Interstate 90 near Sullivan Road when he saw a red truck in front of him with what appeared to be an invalid or modified license plate. The detective advised dispatchers, who confirmed there was no record of the plate.

A sheriff's deputy and a Liberty Lake police officer, both in uniforms and riving marked patrol cars, responded to assist the detective in stopping the vehicle. They followed it northbound on Harvard Road in Liberty Lake, then eastbound to the 25600 block of East Kildea Road in Otis Orchards where they attempted to stop the vehicle.

The truck pulled into a circular driveway “in an attempt to return westbound on Kildea Road,” according to a news release, but the patrol cars blocked it. Hicks, the driver, and Galland refused to exit the vehicle. The deputy, detective and officer didn't approach the truck because of its sovereign license plate and the occupant's refusal to cooperate. The SWAT team was called because law enforcement believed “there was a high probability the occupants may be armed,” according to a news release.

The men's truck had stickers and signs indicating they were part of a growing “sovereign” movement that questions government authority

Hicks and Galland were eventually cut from their seat belts and taken into custody, ending the three-hour standoff. Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich joined SWAT team negotiators because self-proclaimed sovereigns typically recognize the sheriff as the highest law enforcement authority, he said.
“They were, thank goodness, nonviolent and it ended very well,” Knezovich said.
Neither man spoke with police. They were booked into jail for obstructing a public servant and refusal to cooperate. Hicks also is charged with third-degree driving while license suspended.
  

Tripped-up cop gets lucky in traffic stop

A sheriff's deputy who fell while chasing a fleeing suspect last month got lucky in a traffic stop early Tuesday and located the man's roommate.

The driver alerted Deputy Ryan Truman that suspect Brandon J. Hoffman, 22, was living at his home in the 12500 block of North Freya Street. Truman and another deputy went to the home and arrested Hoffman.

Truman had been looking to arrest Hoffman since the man threw his bicycle at him and ran away after being stopped for riding without a front light and rear reflectors about 4 a.m. May 18.

Truman said Hoffman gave him a false name, but he was able to identify him through booking photos and other police records.

Truman yelled at Hoffman to stop several times as he an away, but he “fell during the foot pursuit and sustained minor injuries,” and the man got away.

Hoffman was booked into jail on charges of making a false statement, resisting arrest and third-degree assault.
  

CdA man arrested w/ 10 lbs of pot

A Coeur d'Alene man was arrested in southern Oregon Wednesday with 10 pounds of marijuana.

Robert J. Nuszkiewicz, 50, was stopped for a traffic violating about 9:30 a.m. on Interstate 5 near milepost 90 in the Canyonville area.

An Oregon State Police drug dog discovered the marijuana inside the van. Nuszkiewicz was the only occupant.

He was booked into the Douglas County Jail, then ordered to appear in Douglas County Circuit Court at a later date for unlawful possession and delivery of marijuana.

He has no serious criminal record in Idaho or Washington.

3 Idaho residents busted w/ pot in Ore.

This photo from Oregon State Police shows ten pounds of marijuana seized during a traffic stop involving three North Idaho residents near Bend, Ore., March 7.

Three North Idaho residents were stopped near Oregon last week with 10 pounds of marijuana, police said today.

Marcus George Heidenreich, 30, of Coeur d'Alene, (pictured) was arrested on drug charges after an Oregon State Police trooper found two pounds of marijuana in his suitcase and another eight pounds of pot in a box.

The search occurred March 7 about 3:40 p.m. near Bend after the trooper stopped a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee with Idaho plates for “a hazardous traffic violation” as it drove north on Highway 97 near milepost 145, police said.

Driver Shawn Lee Miller, 41, of Coeur d'Alene, was cited for unlawful possession and distribution of marijuana and ordered to appear in Deschutes County Circuit Court.

Passenger Shainsy Loree Miller, 34, of Athol, also was cited.

I-90 traffic stop leads to meth bust

A traffic stop on Interstate 90 Saturday led to the arrest o a 54-year-old woman on drug charges, police said today.

Deputies credited “training and experience” with helping them identify a bag of a white substance as methamphetamine when it fell from a purse belonging to Feryl D. Woodworth, 54, according to a news release by Deputy Craig Chamberlin, spokesman for the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.

Woodworth was retrieving her driver's license after being stopped in her red Honda by two sheriff's deputies in a patrol vehicle.

Woodworth told police she didn't know what the baggie was and that she was taking it to her friend “to find out what it was,” Chamberlin wrote.

Woodworth was booked into jail on a felony meth possession charge, according to jail records. She was released today on her own recognizance after appearing in Superior Court.

Suspended driver arrested after chase

A driver with a suspended license who fled a traffic stop in his 2006 Ford Mustang was arrested on a bevy of charges late Sunday, officials said today.

David B. Middleton, 44, stopped his black Mustang near East Sprague Avenue and North Farr Road about 9:13 p.m. and reached toward the passenger's console as if he was complying with orders to show his documentation, but he suddenly drove off at a high rate of speed, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.

Deputy Russ Olson joined Corporal Dave Ellis in the pursuit, which they ended near the 8800 block of Sprague as Middleton's exceeded 100 mph in the 35 mph zone, according to a news release.

Deputy Jason Karnitz spotted Middleton turn north into a parking lot of on Sprague, and he and Olson pinned Middleton's Mustang with their patrol cars as Middleton accelerated toward Karntiz, the sheriff's office said. Middleton resisted arrest and “received a small abrasion” when the deputies took him to the ground, according to the release.

Deputies say a bag from Middleton's Mustang was found on the ground about five feet from the passenger's door. It contained plastic baggies, glass pipes commonly used to smoke illegal narcotics, scales, a pellet gun and paperwork with Middleton’s name on it.

Middleton was booked into jail on felony charges of eluding police, second-degree assault, possession of meth with intent to deliver and possession of heroin. He also faces misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana, obstructing a police officer, resisting arrest and third-degree driving while suspended.

Wash. man caught w/ gift-wrapped pot

This undated photo provided by the Ohio State Highway Patrol shows a gift-wrapped package containing 25 individually wrapped packets of marijuana.

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Ohio troopers making a traffic stop say they found a pot present: a gift-wrapped package containing 25 individually wrapped packets of marijuana.

The driver, from Washington state, has been charged with trafficking and possession of marijuana and possession of criminal tools, both felonies, and a misdemeanor count of driving under suspension.

The State Highway Patrol says the 28 pounds of pot discovered in the car's trunk is valued at more than $63,000.

Thirty-five-year-old Robert Gomez of Bremerton, Wash., is being held in the Clark County jail. Jail officials didn't know whether he had an attorney, and none was indicated in court records.

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 2 p.m. after deputies Jeffrey Thurman and Chuck Sciortino noted he was speeding and driving a Chevrolet Tahoe registered to a woman with a suspended license and warrant for city theft, according to a news release by Sgt. Dave Reagan.
 
The owner, Tina M. Zarate, 28, of Moses Lake, was in the passenger's seat. Deputies say they smelled a strong odor of marijuana” and were told by Cervantes that his license was suspended and thee was a small amount of marijuana in the Tahoe, Reagan said.
 
Zarate and Cervantes gave deputies permission to search the vehicle, where they found a glass pipe with partially burnt marijuana and a loaded Rossi .38 caliber pistol wrapped in a bandanna. The gun's serial number had been filed off, Reagan said.
 
Cervantes has four previous felony convictions, which prohibit him from possessing weapons. He was booked into jail on charges of altering/obliterating identification marks on a firearm, first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of marijuana and third-degree driving while license suspended. 
 
 Zarate’s warrant was non-extraditable, so Sciortino cited and released her for possession of marijuana. 

Spokane dad arrested for selling coke

An unemployed Spokane father was arrested on suspicion of selling drugs after police found cocaine in his car during a traffic stop.

Thomas J. Boring's 7-year-old son was with him in his gray Ford pickup when a Spokane County sheriff's deputy stopped the vehicle near East Sprague Avenue and South Chronicle Road about 3:45 p.m., according to a news release by Sgt. Dave Reagan.

Deputy Jeff Thurman said Boring, 56, had tried to turn south on Chronicle in front of eastbound traffic but lurched back into the two-way turn lane to avoid a collision, Reagan said.

Boring was sweating and “extremely fidgety” with rapid speech when Thurman contacted him, Reagan said. He was arrested for driving with a suspended license, and Thurman found cocaine on him, then discovered a bag with another four packages of the drug on the truck's back floorboard.

Thurman also found a drug ledger in the vehicle; he says Boring lost his job in January and began selling cocaine in July to pay bills.

Boring said he'd just picked up his son “and that no drug sales occurred in his presence,” Reagan said.

Boring, who has a previous felony conviction for manufacturing a controlled substance, was booked into jail for possession of cocaine with intent to deliver, third-degree driving while suspended. He also was cited for failure to wear a seat belt and failure to provide insurance. His brother picked up his son.

Traffic stop reveals meth, stolen property

A suspected methamphetamine dealer was arrested early today after deputies spotted him driving on a suspended license, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office said.

Anthony L. Haines, 23, had a checkbook and credit card stolen in a burglary when deputies stopped his 1984 Oldsmobile Cutlass at West Dean Avenue and North Cedar Street about 3 a.m., according to a news release. One of the checks was written to Haines and dated after the theft.

Haines was arrested for driving on a suspended license. Deputies found a cigarette package with seven baggies of meth on Haines, then found a larger baggie of methamphetamine in a sunglasses case in his car.

“Despite it being 3 a.m., Haines received nine calls on his cell phone during the investigation.,” according to a news release.

Haines was booked into jail on charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, forgery, second-degree possession of stolen property and third-degree driving while license suspended.

Traffic stop leads to meth, stolen car

A man who escaped from a Hoopfest jail work crew last summer was arrested again this morning with a stolen car.  

Gary J. Todd, 29, was stopped near North Pines Road and East Grace Avenue just after midnight for driving a Honda with an inoperable headlight. Police determined the car was stolen and also had stolen license plates, Sgt. Dave Reagan said in a news release.

Todd's drivers license was suspended, and officers found a shaved key in the Honda's ignition, as well as stolen and forged checks in Todd's backpack, Reagan said.

Officers also found methamphetamine and paraphernalia in the car, which they believe Todd had been living in since its theft on May 9.

A female passenger was not arrested, but Todd was booked into jail for possession of a stolen motor vehicle, possession of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of an access device (forged check), possession of motor vehicle theft device (shaved keys), third-degree possession of stolen property (stolen license plates on car), and second-degree driving while license suspended.

Todd was arrested with another stolen vehicle last July after escaping from an inmate work crew at Hoopfest while incarcerated for drunken driving. He pleaded guilty to second-degree escape and second-degree taking a motor vehicle without permission and was credited for time served in jail.

His arrest early today occurred about three hours after another man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine.

Felix P. Wilson, 45, was stopped on the Interstate 90 on-ramp near Pines Road after police learned he had three Spokane Municipal Court warrants charging with with domestic violence. Police found a small baggie of meth in Wilson's wallet and another bag in his 1998 Mazda's glove box, according to a news release.

Gun, meth, bong lead to woman’s arrest

A pistol-packing St. Maries, Idaho, woman was arrested in Spokane Valley Sunday after an officer found methamphetamine in her 1993 Mercury Cougar during a traffic stop, police said today.

Brenna Ann Haynes, 21, told Officer Juan Rodriguez her driver's license might be suspended and that she had a syringe and baggie of drugs in her pocket when she was stopped for failing to use her turn signal near Sprague Avenue and McDonald Road.

Rodriguez determined she was correct on both accounts, Sgt. Dave Reagan said.

When Rodriguez asked to search the car, Haynes said she'd locked the keys inside but “added that he might be able to see the pistol stuffed between the front seats,” Reagan said.

Rodriguez arrested the woman on meth and gun charges after determining she didn't have a concealed weapons permit. He obtained a search warrant for the Cougar and recovered a Smith and Wesson .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol loaded with 13 bullets.

A second magazine with 13 bullets also was located on the back seat, as well as a bong, marijuana pipe, digital scale and methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), a horse supplement commonly used to cut methamphetamine, Reagan said.

Man w/ 50 lbs of pot jailed in Oregon

A Spokane man arrested in Oregon with 50 pounds of marijuana on Sunday remains in jail.

Michael Allen Orman, 30, has previous drug convictions in Spokane County in 2007 and 2006.

Police say he was driving a rented Dodge Charger when he was stopped about 7:15 p.m. Sunday for a traffic violation on Interstate 5 near Grants Pass.

Orman was wanted in Marion County, Ore., on a felony warrant for money laundering, according to Oregon State Police. His license also was suspended.

Orman was booked into Josephine County Jail on the felony warrant and the rental vehicle was towed and impounded.

Troopers obtained a search warrant for the vehicle Monday and found about 50 pounds of marijuana in the trunk, authorities said.

Orman is in the Josephine County Jail on charges of unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawful distribution of marijuana, as well the money laundering count.

Phony name helps bust sleepy fugitive

A fugitive wanted by Crime Stoppers since November was arrested Saturday after reportedly trying to use a phony name during a traffic stop.

Shanell L. Haddon, 27, was a passenger in a 1996 Cadillac when Spokane Valley police Officer Juan Rodriguez stopped the car at Mansfield Avenue and Wilbur Road just before midnight because it was registered to someone with a suspended license and its windows were so tinted the driver couldn't be seen.

The driver , David J. Embree, 35, was not the owner but was cited for having no driver's license on him and for not providing proof of insurance, police said. Embree's sleeping passenger, gave a false name to Rodriguez's backup, Officer Dale Wells, but Rodriguez “immediately recognized her as Haddon,” according to a news release.

Haddon was arrested on a Department of Corrections escape warrant. Police say she had 16 car keys, some of which had been altered.

Embree was released at the scene; Haddon was booked into jail on the warrant and two new charges of possession of motor vehicle theft tools and making a false statement.

Man blames Ozzy Osbourne for arrest

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio drunken-driving suspect is blaming his arrest on Ozzy Osbourne.

William Liston was arrested Christmas Eve in suburban Cleveland. WJW-TV says he told police officers, “Ozzy Osbourne and his music made me do it.”

Osbourne's hits as lead singer of heavy metal band Black Sabbath and as a solo artist include “Paranoid” and “Road to Nowhere.”

Liston is awaiting arraignment. He's to appear in court Tuesday on a charge of operating a vehicle while impaired.

In an unrelated case, Liston pleaded not guilty Thursday in Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Common Pleas Court in a November break-in at a medical office. He was released on bond.

Telephone calls to the 33-year-old Liston's home in Aurora have gone unanswered.

Hayden man kills self during traffic stop

A Hayden man died Wednesday after shooting himself in the face during a traffic stop in Dalton Gardens, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department.

Robert J. Kilborn, 48, was driving a red Chevrolet Blazer when a deputy tried to stop him at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday near Government Way and Hanley Avenue for having a faulty exhaust system, according to a Sheriff’s Department news release.

Kilborn failed to stop and continued driving at about 20 miles per hour. Police followed him east on Hanley then south on Valley Street before he pulled into a driveway at 6167 N. Valley St. in Dalton Gardens, where a friend his apparently lived.

Read the rest of Chelsea Bannach’s story here.

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