Federal authorities are assisting in the investigation of a homemade bomb found by Spokane police while taking an alleged parole violator into custody.
The suspect, identified Thursday as 25-year-old Michael James Pauckert, surrendered to police late Wednesday following a standoff with officers at a home in the 1400 block of West Alice Avenue. The pipe bomb was found in the home’s garage.
The bomb squad rendered the device safe at 5:30 a.m. Thursday, police said. The bomb squad includes an FBI agent who is continuing to assist in the investigation, which could lead to additional charges, police said.
Pauckert was described by officers as a fugitive sex offender from Kootenai County who reportedly had been staying at the home with his girlfriend and was armed with a pistol. Police contacted him about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, when his girlfriend and her child were out of the home, and Pauckert initially refused to surrender.
He surrendered after the local SWAT team arrived in an armored vehicle and took up positions outside the home.
Pauckert was convicted of lewd conduct with a child and two counts of statutory rape in October 2006, according to online records.
Wind, sun expected for Memorial Day
A windstorm is likely to kick off the Memorial Day holiday period today, and forecasters said damaging gusts out of the northeast are possible in valleys of Northeast Washington and far North Idaho.
A high wind warning with gusts to 55 or 60 mph is possible in channeled areas opening to the north. In similar events in the past, trees were felled at Priest Lake and docks damaged at Deer Lake, according to the National Weather Service.
Northeast wind gusts to 32 mph are possible in Spokane and gusts to 34 mph in Coeur d’Alene.
Winds are expected to continue with less velocity on Saturday.
Weather through the weekend should bring a mix of clouds and sun with mild days in the middle 60s and cool nights in the 40s along with a small chance of rain.
Robber sentenced to 10 years in prison
A Spokane man has been sentenced to about 10 years in prison for a gunpoint robbery last year.
Jeremy L. Standon, 30, has an extensive criminal history that includes convictions for first-degree robbery, unlawful possession of a firearm, money laundering, drug possession, second-degree identity theft, first-degree burglary and theft of a firearm.
He recorded his second first-degree robbery conviction – and second strike under the state’s three-strikes law – when he pleaded guilty in late April. Now he’s headed to prison on a 129-month sentence that will include credit for 364 days already served in jail after being sentenced this week in Spokane County Superior Court.
Co-defendant John Gibson Dean, 30, is awaiting trial.
Police say Dean and Standon robbed three people of money, jewelry and electronics after being allowed inside a home at 1415 N. Post St. on May 9, 2011.