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Region in brief: Three men rob Domino’s Pizza

Fri., July 17, 2009

Three young men, one armed with a pistol, robbed a Domino’s Pizza in Spokane Valley shortly after midnight Thursday and made away with an undisclosed amount of cash from an office desktop.

An employee said the three entered the business at 2901 N. Argonne Road with their faces obscured. After taking the money, they fled on foot. No vehicle was seen leaving the scene.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Man sentenced for sex with girl

An Alabama man who traveled to Eastern Washington to have sex with a 14-year-old girl he met through an interactive video game was sentenced this week to nine years in federal prison.

Morgan D. Jones, 28, was arrested at Palouse Falls State Park in June 2008 with a girl he’d persuaded to travel with him from Boise following a cross-country trek from Birmingham, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court for Eastern Washington.The girl was reported as a runaway, and Jones was found five days later with her. He was accused of having sex with her and giving her alcohol and prescription drugs.Jones pleaded guilty in April to one count of travel for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct.

Under Tuesday’s sentencing, Jones will be under court supervision for 50 years after he’s released, be required to register as a sex offender and will pay $4,000 in restitution.

Police reopen probe in shooting

EVERETT – Everett police are reopening their investigation of a shooting earlier this year that left Shawna Forde, an anti-immigrant crusader now accused of murder in Arizona, with apparent gunshot wounds to her arm.

The Herald of Everett reports the investigation was reopened because police became aware that Forde spoke to two women in two different states on the phone on the night of the alleged shooting, describing the incident to both women and saying that events were unfolding as they spoke. The women told the newspaper, however, Forde spoke to them at different times.

Police reopened the investigation into the alleged Jan. 15 shooting after the newspaper informed them of the phone calls Forde made.

Forde is in jail awaiting trial in Arizona after she was charged with murder in June. Authorities in Pima County say Forde and two men dressed up as Border Patrol agents and broke into the southern Arizona home of a man they thought was a drug dealer, hunting for money or drugs to sell. They found neither, but killed the man and his 9-year-old daughter, according to authorities.

Forde was the leader of the anti-illegal immigrant group called Minutemen American Defense. She had moved from Everett to Arizona.

Man throws bike in actor’s path

LEAVENWORTH, Wash. – The Washington State Patrol says actor James Caviezel suffered minor injuries when a man hurled a bicycle into the path of his motorcycle about 14 miles southeast of Leavenworth.

Caviezel, who portrayed Jesus in Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ,” was injured Thursday afternoon. Trooper Rich Magnussen says the actor was taken to Cascade Medical Center in this northcentral Washington city for treatment of cuts and bruises.

Magnussen says the 40-year-old Caviezel, of Woodland Hills, Calif., was wearing a helmet, and adds, “it could have been a lot worse.” The trooper says he doesn’t know why the actor was in the Leavenworth area.

Caviezel was born in Mount Vernon, Wash.

There was no indication why the man tossed the bike into the path of Caviezel’s 2006 Harley-Davidson but Magnussen says mental issues may be involved. Troopers plan to forward their investigation to the Chelan County prosecutor’s office for possible charges against a 42-year-old Wenatchee man.

Engineer found guilty of espionage

A federal judge on Thursday found former Boeing Co. engineer Dongfan “Greg” Chung guilty of six counts of economic espionage and other charges for hoarding 300,000 pages of sensitive documents in his home, including information about the U.S. space shuttle and a booster rocket.

“The trust Boeing placed in Mr. Chung to safeguard its proprietary and trade secret information obviously meant very little to Mr. Chung,” U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney wrote in his 31-page ruling. “He cast it aside to serve the PRC (People’s Republic of China), which he proudly proclaimed as his ‘motherland.’ ”

Federal prosecutors accused the 73-year-old stress analyst of using his 30-year career at Boeing and Rockwell International to steal the documents. They said investigators found papers stacked throughout Chung’s house that included sensitive information about a fueling system for a booster rocket – documents that employees were ordered to lock away at the end of each day. They said Boeing invested $50 million in the technology over a five-year period.


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