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In brief: Former officer admits more crimes

Sun., May 19, 2013

TACOMA – A former Lakewood police officer previously convicted for stealing from a fund to benefit the families of four officers shot in 2009 has pleaded guilty to more charges related to that case.

KOMO-TV reported that 36-year-old Skeeter Manos pleaded guilty on Friday in Tacoma to identity theft and forgery charges for stealing the identity of a certified public accountant and forging documents in his name.

He was sentenced to nine more months in prison, which will be added to a 33-month federal prison sentence.

Manos has been in federal prison since last September, serving time for his prior federal conviction for wire fraud.

Guilty plea in air bag knockoffs case

A Vancouver, Wash., man pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to conspiracy to traffic counterfeit automobile air bags, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney’s office.

Vitaliy Yaremkiv, 25, was arrested April 2 after being indicted on the charge by a grand jury in Seattle.

Between June 2011 and June 2012, Yaremkiv sold more than 900 counterfeit vehicle air bags he had purchased from a source in China. He faces a sentence of 10 months to 10 years in prison. A sentencing hearing is set for Aug. 23.

Through his home-based business, Vital Auto Parts and Sales, according to the news release, Yaremkiv imported counterfeit Honda, Subaru and Toyota air bags from sources in China and elsewhere and advertised and sold the items online as the genuine product. He sold at least 964 of the counterfeit air bags via eBay with sales totaling $137,243. Individual Honda-branded counterfeit air bags were sold for $110.

As part of his punishment, Yaremkiv has agreed to pay restitution of $137,243 to Honda and Toyota.

Celebrating, man accidentally shoots self

ROSEBURG, Ore. – Authorities in Southern Oregon say a man out in the woods for some target shooting wounded himself as he twirled his gun in one hand and used the other for a celebratory fist bump with his nephew.

The Roseburg News-Review reported that 49-year-old David Boyd of Wildwood, Mo., was hit in the abdomen Thursday by a bullet from his .22-caliber semi-automatic. He was in fair condition Friday at the hospital.

The paper said he was in Oregon to visit his nephew, 20-year-old Daniel Karnes, of Roseburg.

The two told a deputy they had set up empty shotgun shells as targets, and after Boyd hit a few, Karnes went to congratulate him. Karnes said he noticed the gun twirling as they bumped fists, and then it went off.


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