April 23, 2011 in City

In brief: Murder results in 27-year term

From Staff Reports

A Nespelem, Wash., man has been sentenced to 27 years in prison for the murder of a woman on the Colville Indian Reservation in 2006.

Ryan Martin Seideman, 24, was sentenced to 327 months for second-degree murder Thursday.

The body of Lillian Jolene Lee, 42, was found in her home on March 20, 2006. Seideman was arrested in January 2009 after his DNA was identified in a bloodstain on Lee’s underwear. Lee was stabbed at least 30 times, according to court documents.

A jury convicted Seideman in December. He remains in the Spokane County Jail awaiting transport to federal prison.

Ex-deputy fails sobriety tests

A man with a history of driving while intoxicated was arrested again early Friday in Spokane Valley.

James L. Crabtree, who was a Spokane County sheriff’s deputy in the 1980s, was arrested on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine and driving while under the influence after a traffic stop about 1:15 a.m.

Crabtree, 49, was stopped for driving with a non-operating left headlight.

He failed field sobriety tests, and a sheriff’s deputy found a baggie of methamphetamine in his pocket. Crabtree agreed to give a blood test after speaking to an attorney over the phone.

Crabtree, who seriously injured a deputy sheriff in a cocaine-induced crash in 2001, was arrested in November on suspicion of drunken driving after motorists noticed him passing out at the wheel of his car. His blood-alcohol level was under the legal limit for driving, and he hasn’t been charged.

Crabtree was jailed on $10,000 bond after appearing in Spokane County Superior Court on Friday.

Voting under way for Obama visit

Voting has begun in the nationwide Race to the Top commencement challenge for a presidential visit.

Six high schools, including Bridgeport High School in north central Washington, have posted videos along with snippets of their application on the White House website: www.whitehouse.gov/ commencement. Now it’s up to the public to vote.

The public has until midnight Friday. The top three will be announced May 2 and President Obama will choose the winner later that week.

Bridgeport High School, with 150 students, is 90 percent Hispanic with 100 percent qualified for free and reduced lunch. Many of the students are first generation high school students, yet 82 percent are college-bound at graduation.

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