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Shooting suspect’s mom: He can’t stay here

When a judge ruled that a 19-year-old man arrested after a shooting at Hoopfest Saturday deserved a substantial bond, she noted that his mother has said he isn’t welcome at home.

“She stated she does not want the defendant to stay with her if he is released,” Judge Debra Hayes said Tuesday before approving a $200,000 bond for Adam Doe.

Hayes called Doe and alleged Hoopfest gunman Miguel C. Garcia, 19, a “tremendous risk to this community and many innocent and defenseless bystanders.”

Both men appeared in court Tuesday via video from the jail. Garcia was given a $750,000 bond for three counts of first-degree assault; Doe is charged with unlawful posession of a firearm and third-dgree assault.

The assault charge stems from Doe allegedly reaching for gun when approached by police, which led to an officer drawing his gun. But the officer didn’t fire because of the large crowd, leading to what he described in court documents as a violent struggle with the teenager.

Doe is due back in court today for violating his release conditions on assault and riot charges connected to a stabbing in October.

Read more in my story here.

June 29: Hoopfest shots not ‘surprising’

June 26: Two hospitalized after shooting at Hoopfest

Off-duty cop helped catch Hoopfest suspects

An off-duty Spokane police detective witnessed the Hoopfest shooting Saturday and helped investigators identify the suspects. Suspected gunman Miguel C. Garcia, 19, is to appear in Spokane County District Court today on assault charges.

He remains in jail with 19-year-old Adam Doe, who’s accused of unlawfully possessing the gun used in the shooting.

Two suspects, Tyrone Carell, 21, (left) and Kalen Bedford, 19, are out of jail after being cited for misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Carell was released from prison in February after serving about 15 months for four counts of second-degree assault.

A third man, Marquis Johnson, (right) remains in custody on a probation violation. Johnson was released from prison June 7; he’d been there since April 2007 for two second-degree assault convictions stemming from a shooting in 2006 that didn’t injure anyone.

The gang-related gunfire that left three bystanders wounded was disturbing but not unexpected, as I explain in a story you can read here.

Past coverage:

June 28: Shooting suspect already charged in stabbing

June 27: Shooting hurts 3, leads to 5 arrests

Did Shooting Give Hoopfest Black Eye?

Spokane’s biggest Hoopfest in history is behind us but not before a gang-related shooting gave the event a black eye. Luckily the shooting happened right in front of an off-duty policewoman who played an integral role in bringing the incident to a swift conclusion. Detective Stacey Carr had volunteered for a charity event in the park along with her 11-year-old daughter when she saw the shooting happen. Carr discretely followed the suspects until she could guide other officers to the scene on her cell phone. “I saw his hands out like he’s holding a gun, but I don’t see the gun … [and] he turns around and he looks like he’s firing but again I don’t see the gun and I hear the pop, pop,” Carr said. The bullets intended for a rival gangster ended up hitting two innocent bystanders who did not want to be identified/Jeff Humphrey, KXLY. More here. (SR Photo)

Question: Did the shooting really give Hoopfest a black eye? Or will most people simply shrug it off as something that can happen anywhere that crowds gather today?

Suspects in gang murder: 1 jailed, 3 to go

A man charged in connection with a fatal shooting in January was arrested on Sunday.

Christopher J. "Baby Boy" Route, 24, (left) is in jail on a probation hold and a felony charge of first-degree rendering criminal assistance after being booked into jail about noon.

He's accused of helping cover up the gang-related murder of John S. Williams on Jan. 17.

According to court documents, Route and other reputed gang members attended a birthday party at Casey's Restaurant and Lounge before taking a limousine to an after party at 5405 N. Crestline.

Route, who was charged with assault in connection with a gang murder in 2005, told police he stayed at the party for only about 30 minutes and left when a fight broke out. 

 Route said he didn't know anything about the shooting, but detectives say he was present when Williams punched out a car window, then was shot to death, allegedly by Edward "TD" Thomas (right).

Thomas then put the murder weapon, a Ruger mini 30, in a rental car driven by Eric "Smalls" Burton, according to court documents.

Burton's cousins, Cedric E. "Dirty" Burton and James C. Henderson, 33, on rendering criminal assistance charges. 

Thomas still is a fugitive wanted on first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder charge. Wanted on rendering criminal assistance charges are Route's cousin (and Cedric Burton's brother), John E. Burton, 27 (no picture available); and Marc A. "Bookie" Carter (left).

Anyone with information on the three is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online. Tipsters don't have to leave their name to collect a reward but should leave a code name or number.

Past coverage: June 3: Seven charged in January gang murder

Shooting suspect charged in Oct. stabbing

UPDATE: Court appearances were moved to Tuesday in District Court.

A suspect arrested in shooting at Hoopfest on Saturday already is charged in a gang-related stabbing outside a downtown Spokane night club last fall.

Adam Doe, 19, is due in Superior Court this afternoon on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and third-degree assault on law enforcement.

Also set to appear is Miguel C. Garcia, 19, on two counts of first-degree assault. Garcia is accused of firing a gun about 6 p.m. Saturday near Spokane Falls Boulevard and Howard Street as thousands gathered downtown for the annual three-on-three basketball tournament.

The bullets hit two women and grazed a third victim. Both women were treated and released from Sacred Heart Medical Center within three hours, according to hospital records.

Also arrested in connection with the shooting were Marquis D. Johnson, 21, on a probation violation and Tyrone Carell, 21, and Kalen Bedford, 19, on disorderly conduct charges. Neither Carell nor Bedford remains in jail.

Doe is scheduled for trial Sept. 20 on assault and riot charges related to an Oct. 28 stabbing near Club Uno, 515 W. Sprague.

Five other men were charged; Parrish J. Johnson pleaded guilty to riot; charges against William Alexander-Durr were dismissed. Rashjel G. Cage, 24, and Rakee D. Cage, 23, have pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree assault. John D. Proctor, 24, is set for trial in September.

The stabbing injured Kenneth R. Budick and Charles L. Lucious, according to documents. Witnesses said one of defendants said, “There’s Kenny! Murder One Crips!” before the attack, according to court documents. Budik was a victim in a shooting in 2007 that killed gang member Adama Walton.

Police said Saturday's shooting occurred when two rival gangs squared off, but details of the confrontation haven't been released.

Suspect in murder admits to crack charge

A Spokane man accused of lying to police his knowledge of a fatal shooting in January faces at least 20 months in prison for a crack cocaine conviction when he’s sentenced later this summer.

Eric “Smalls” Burton, Jr., recently pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. He’s to be sentenced Aug. 9. 

Burton had 26 baggies of crack cocaine when Spokane police stopped him last August. The officers knew Burton had a Department of Corrections warrant for his arrest, said Burton’s lawyer, Chris Phelps.

Phelps said the arrest was “ripe for pretrial suppression” because of issues with the police search, but “we have voluntarily declined to pursue those.” Phelps said the case had been sent to federal prosecutors, but they declined to pursue it unless Burton didn’t plead guilty as charged.

Burton’s standard sentencing range calls for 20 to 60 months; Deputy Prosecutor Eugene Cruz said last week he’ll recommending the low end.

Burton also is charged with first-degree rendering criminal assistance for allegedly lying to police about what he knew about the murder of John S. Williams on Jan. 17.

Burton was arrested the day of the murder after police found the Ruger mini-rifle used to kill Williams in a rental car Burton drove to the scene, but the first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm charge was dismissed in April because Deputy Prosecutor Mark Cipolla said “there is insufficient evidence to proceed with the prosecution of this case until further investigation,” according to court documents.

The new rendering criminal assistance charge was filed against Burton early this month. He was arrested June 2 and posted $50,000 bail the next day.

His cousins, Cedric E. “Dirty” Burton and James C. Henderson, remain in jail on charges connected to the murder.

The accused triggerman, Edward “TD” Thomas, remains a fugitive, as do Marc A. “Bookie” Carter, John E. Burton, 27, and Christopher J. Route, 23.

Past coverage: June 3: Seven charged in January gang murder

Bust targets drugs, guns, illegal immigrants

A two-day gang sweep in Grant County that authorities said arrested violent criminals targeted mostly illegal immigrants and felons wanted for probation violations.

Law enforcement seized Ecstasy, methamphetamine and marijuana and suspected stolen property, including guns, and arrested 32 people, 11 of whom had previously been deported but returned to the country illegally, said John Turley, Grant County undersheriff. 

In light of a news release from the U.S. Marshals Office, Turley clarified that none of the warrants involved homicide charges, and that gang members wanted for attempted murder in Grant County have not been arrested.

Among those arrested was a teenage gang member injured in a fatal shooting in March between Mattawa and Beverly. Carlos D. Leyva, 17, was killed; the boy was shot in the ankle. He was arrested this week with an illegal shotgun, marijuana and ammo, Turley said.

The sweep arrested members of rival gangs, including a suspected leader, Arthur Frank Cardenas, 31, on a probation violation. Cardenas is pictured at left.

Pictured above, left to right and top to bottom:

Juan R. Baeza, Josue E. Trinidad, Jose Ruvio Lopez. Edgar A. Sanchez, Santiago Gonzalez Herrejon, Alfredo Garay.

Read my full story on the bust here.

3-strikes suspect backs out of pro se plan

Here’s one to cross off your list of upcoming spectacles: the Timothy “Stoney Boy” Lucious attempted-murder trial.

Lucious, who faces life in prison under the three-strikes law, recently backed out on a plan to act as his own attorney after representing himself for about two weeks.

Lucious’ pro se request was approved May 20 after he described himself as “the only one with an undivided loyalty to the defense of these charges.”

Superior Court Judge Ellen Kalama Clark reappointed Lucious’ his public defender, Steven Reich, on Friday at Lucious’s request, and the trial was pushed back from June 24 to Aug. 2 to allow Reich to make up for lost time.

Lucious, 39, is charged with six counts of attempted murder for a a July 24 shooting that injured two women after a cross-town melee.

Shooting suspect part of crack investigation

Although a shooting in northeast Spokane on Thursday likely wasn’t gang-related, the Los Angeles man accused in the incident was arrested earlier this year in a crack cocaine investigation targeting several gangs.

Members of one of the gangs, the Atlantic Drive Compton Crips, were allegedly involved in a January fatal shooting – the only homicide in the city of Spokane so far this year.

Andrew T. Burns, 36, is in jail on an assault charge after witnesses told police he fired at least three shots at Kenneth R. Grooms, 40.

Read the rest of my story here.

Murder charges filed in gang slaying

Seven people have been charged in connection to a Jan. 17 gang-related slaying in Hillyard.

Edward L. “TD” Thomas (right) is wanted on charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder after police say he shot John S. Williams in the face with a Ruger mini 30 rifle and fired shots at another man.

Wanted on conspiracy and rendering criminal assistance charges are Marc A. “Bookie” Carter, John E. Burton, 27; and Christopher J. Route, 23.

Already in jail on the charges are cousins Cedric E. “Dirty” Burton, 23; Eric “Smalls” Burton, Jr., 25; James C. Henderson, 33. The three appeared in District Court today via video feed from the jail today.

Cedric Burton has been in jail since early May, when detectives arrested him in Los Angeles. His public defender said he had traveled south to attend the funeral of his cousin, Aaron D. Bascomb, a Long Beach 22-year-old who was shot and killed in Inglewood, Calif. April 9.

Lingering hostility between two gangsters who have a child with the same woman may have been what sparked the most recent fatal shooting.

Read my full story on the murder investigation here.

Pictured above, from left to right, first row: Thomas, Carter and Route. Second row: Cedric Burton, Eric Burton and Antonio Cook, who is charged with illegally posessing the murder weapon. Pictures of John Burton and James Henderson were not available.

Past coverage:

March 9: Homicide case ‘not a simple investigation’

Reward offered for tips on stabbing suspect

A man accused of stabbing another man in what police believe may have been retaliation for an earlier fight is wanted by Crime Stoppers.

The organization is offering a reward for tips that help arrest Jacob M. Maravilla, 20.

Maravilla (right) is wanted on several charges, including first-degree assault, in connection with a Feb. 10 attack at 907 E. Wabash. A resident, Michael P. Dennis, suffered a non-lief threatening stab wound to his back.

Oscar Rodriguez, 24, was arrested last week and remains in jail. Another suspect, Richelle R. Swinkels, 20, was arraigned in Superior Court Wednesday and was given an August trial date. A warrant has been issued for a fourth suspect, Meghan L. Jeske, 21, after she did not show up for her arraignment yesterday.

Witnesses said Rodriguez punched one victim, and woman struck him with a hammer. Maravilla was identified was Dennis' attacker, according to the court documents.

Maravilla was arrested the next week on charges of first-degree burglary and second-degree assault, but the investigation was ongoing and charges weren't filed until May 10. A warrant was issued May 13.

Maravilla, whose moniker is Baby Joker, is considered a gang associate and repeat offender.

He has convictions for driving on a suspended license, possession of a dangerous weapon and possession of a stolen vehicle and last gave 1508 E. Hartson in Spokane as his home address.

Past coverage:

May 21: Suspects named in retaliatory Feb. stabbing

Felony warrant issued for missing gangster

A man named in an ongoing homicide investigation is wanted on an escape from community custody charge.

Edward L. “TD” Thomas, 24, hasn’t been located by his Department of Corrections supervisor since on or about Jan. 19, according to Superior Court documents filed last month.

Now he’s wanted on two felony charges of escape from community custody and bail jumping. The bail jumping allegedly occurred in June 2009 on a first-degree robbery and second-degree assault case.

Thomas is believed to have been at the party on Jan. 17 in which John S. Williams was shot to death.

One witness told detectives that Williams was shot to death after he punched out a passenger-side window in a car in which Thomas was riding, according to court documents. “His whereabouts are currently unknown,” prosecutors wrote of Thomas.

Thomas has a felony conviction for riot resulting from an incident two years ago in which a woman was attacked and her purse stolen at 6128 N. Wiscomb.

Also charged in that case is Cedric E. Burton, who remains in jail.

Thomas and Burton were charged in a gang-related murder in 2005. Both have been named in documents related to the ongoing Williams’ murder investigation.

Lawyer: Court mishap led to fugitive status

A man wanted by Crime Stoppers since December was released from jail on his own recognizance after a judge said notification of his arraignment had been mailed to California instead of his Spokane address.

Charles Willy Jackson, 24, is accused of shooting out the back window of a Hummer during a confrontation in in a parking lot across the street from Club Uno, 515 W. Sprague Ave., early Nov. 22. He’s charged with second-degree assault, third-degree malicious mischief and possession of a controlled substance (cocaine.)

A second suspect, Cedric E. Burton, is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder for allegedly trying to run over two men, Bradley Hollibaugh and Jacob Schreiber, just before the shooting.

A warrant was issued for Jackson’s arrest after he didn’t show up for an arraignment in December. But Jackson didn’t know he’d been charged, said his public defender, Ed Carroll, in court Tuesday.

Jackson turned himself in as soon as he realized there was a warrant, Carroll said. Jackson’s girlfriend is pregnant and he doesn’t plan on leaving Spokane, where he’s been since his arrest.

“Everyone thought” he’d gone to California, Carroll said. Prosecutors asked for $25,000 bond, but Judge Ellen Kalama Clark released Jackson on his own recognizance after noting that his arraignment notice had been sent to California instead of his Spokane address.

His standard release conditions prohibit him from contacting Burton, who remains in jail after being arrested in Los Angeles May 4. He was back in court Monday on a new harassment charge and a new warrant for a 2008 robbery case and got $50,000 bail for each charge. The robbery charge stems from when Burton allegedly attacked a woman and stole her purse inside 6128 N. Wiscomb on April 3, 2008.

Burton’s public defender, Mark Hannibal, said the warrant was filed after a judge rejected a $1.5 million bail request from prosecutors.

“It looks like, your honor, they were grumpy at the court at Mr. Burton’s expense,” Hannibal said.

Jury acquits gunman in rapper Dolla’s killing

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury has acquitted a man of killing Atlanta rapper Dolla during a shooting at an upscale Los Angeles mall.

Jurors on Friday rejected prosecutors’ contentions that the killing of Dolla, whose real name was Roderick Anthony Burton II (left), was a callous act of apparent revenge.

Burton and his accused shooter, Aubrey Louis Berry, had been involved in a fight at an Atlanta club less than two weeks before the shooting last May.

Berry (right) hugged his attorney after the verdict was read while Burton’s family sobbed.

Berry’s attorney had contended the shooting was an act of self-defense, emphasizing that Burton glorified a violent gangster lifestyle in his rap lyrics and online videos.

The rapper was a protege of hip-hop artist Akon. 

According to an LA Times story available on the AP wire, gangster rap has long drawn fire for its violence-laced lyrics. Critics have blamed the genre for inciting real crime. Some successful rappers have been accused of violent crimes, and in other cases, suspects have told authorities that gangster rap songs provoked them to violence.

But the murder trial of Berry, a 24-year-old events promoter from Atlanta, is unusual in the way it has focused attention on the artistic work of someone who was the victim of violence.

Read the full story by clicking the link below.

Lawyer: Fugitive was in Cali for cuz’s funeral

A Spokane man accused of trying to run two men over with his car last fall left the state to attend his cousin’s funeral in the Long Beach/ Compton area of California.

But Cedric E. Burton, 23, wasn’t allowed to leave the county, and he never sought permission to do so.

Now he’s back in Spokane County Jail after being arrested in Los Angeles County.

His public defender, Mark Hannibal, said Thursday that Burton had a round-trip plane ticket that would have put him back in Spokane in time for his next court appearance on attempted murder charges.

“It was a family-type emergency,” Hannibal said.

A warrant was issued for Burton’s arrest after his girlfriend told police he’d assaulted her and threatened to take their young daughter to California.

Prosecutors said that violated Burton’s release condition on the attempted murder charges from last fall.

Judge Ellen Kalama Clark, saying she was “real concerned about Mr. Burton’s behavior,” increased Burton’s bail on two counts of bail jumping from 10,000 to $30,000. She also increased his bail on the attempted murder charges to $200,000 from $100,000. That’s in addition to a new harassment charged filed today that includes a $100,000 bond.

Deputy Prosecutor Eugene Cruz, sitting in for Mark Cipolla, had requested $1.5 million bail. Shortly after Clark rejected that request, prosecutors filed an additional charge against Burton relating to an alleged violation connected to a 2008 case. He’ll be back in court on that charge, along with the new harassment charge, today.

Hannibal said prosecutors “overcharged” Burton for the alleged incident last fall.

“I’m a little bit surprised that the state’s charged that as two count of first-degree attempted murder,” he said.

Court documents show police investigated the incident as a second-degree assault case.

A second suspect, Charles Willy Jackson, still is wanted. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead to his arrest.

Police say Burton, who has convictions for drug dealing and second-degree assault, is a gang member and was present at a party in January in which John S. Williams was shot to death, according to court documents related to theongoing investigation. Burton’s previous conviction for second-degree assault stems from a fatal gang shooting in 2005. The list of defendants in that case includes at least four men involved in the ongoing Williams murder investigation.

Past coverage:

May 3: Warrant issued for accused would-be killer

Gangster will act as his own lawyer at trial

A Spokane gangster facing life in prison for a shooting last summer is now representing himself.

Timothy L. “Stoney Boy” Lucious, 39, (right) will act as his own lawyer at his trial, which is set to begin June 24.

Lucious is charged with six counts of attempted first-degree murder for a July 24 shooting that injured two women after a cross-town melee.

“I am the only one in my case who cares enough about justice to go to the levels that need to be gone to, to show my innocence,” Lucious wrote in a motion filed May 17. “…It is my belief that I am the only one with an undivided loyalty to the defense of these charges.”

Superior Court Judge Ellen Kalama Clark approved Lucious’s request this morning and ordered Lucious’ public defender, Steven Reich, to provide his case materials.

Clark rejected Lucious’ request to push back his trial and re-interview witnesses, but Lucious was to participate in two new witness interviews with Deputy Prosecutor Mark Cipolla after the hearing.

The convicted felon faces life in prison under Washington’s three-strikes law.

Past coverage:

March 15: ‘Hardball’ means more charges for gangster

Jan. 19: Attempted murder charges dropped

July 24: Two women shot in crosstown melee

Gangster’s sister charged with perjury

The sister of a Spokane man sentenced to 15 years in prison for a gang-related shooting is accused of lying while under oath last fall.

Jasmine N. Singh, 26, pleaded not guilty Monday to one count of first-degree perjury in connection with testimony at an evidence hearing Nov. 23 before Superior Court Judge Kathleen O’Connor.

Singh told Deputy Prosecutor Larry Haskell during that hearing that she never talked to her brother, Anthony D. Singh, about his case, but police recorded jail phone calls between the two that show otherwise, according to court documents.

Anthony Singh, 22, was sentenced to 15 years in prison after a jury convicted him in December for a July 2008 shooting that didn’t injure anyone but made his Crips gang affiliations the center of the trial.

Jasmine Singh, who said her brother is not a gang member, appeared in court on the felony perjury charge today after receiving a summons.

Her public defender, Dana Beard, asked Judge Linda Tompkins to allow Singh to skip the jail booking process, saying it violated her due process rights, is an unfair burden and is “embarassing.”

Tompkins declined.

Singh said after court that the accusation against her is false.

“They’re charging me for something in Anthony’s case that I had nothing to do with,” she said.

Past coverage:

Feb. 11: Gang ties mean long sentence for gunman

Dec. 14: Crips gangster on trial for ‘08 shooting

Gang task force arrests well-known felon

A 29-year-old man with an extensive criminal history but only brief stays in prison is back in jail after an arrest Friday by the local gang task force.

Joseph A. Bercier, a self-proclaimed member of the Sureno gang, was wanted on a fourth-degree assault charge after his girlfriend, Diedra West, told police on Wednesday that he’d assaulted her at her home in the 11507 E. Mission Ave., where he’s lived for a couple months. 

West told police that Bercier, a convicted felon, had a gun, according to a warrant used to search a green Ford Explorer on Friday.

Police set up surveillance on the Mission Avenue location Friday and saw Bercier open the trunk of a the Explorer before leaving in a gold Chevrolet Tahoe. He was arrested by members of the Spokane Violent Crime Gang Enforcement Team that afternoon.

Bercier has been involved in police investigations and chases for several years.

His criminal history dates back to a malicious mischief conviction in Douglas County when he was 15. It includes at least six adult felonies, including posession of a controlled susbtance and unlawful possesion of a firearm and a conviction in April 2009 for second-degree robbery in connection with a shooting in July 2008. Bercier eluded capture at least once after that shooting.

He’s been a Crime Stoppers fugitive several times and once had a special $250 reward for his arrest eluding police in a stolen car after the July shooting. But he’s never served much time in prison.

News archives show he received 20 months in prison with credit for 20 months already served for a May 2009 conviction for theft of a motor vehicle. He was sentenced to 22 months about that same time for the robbery conviction, but he was in state prison only from May to October, according to the state Department of Corrections.

Bercier returned to state prison for two weeks in March for violating his release conditions. Now he’s back in jail on a Department of Corrections hold and new misdemeanor assault

Witness in 2 gang crimes sought by police

A witness in criminal cases against two reputed Spokane gangsters hasn’t been staying in contact with court officials, and Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help arrest her.

Summer R. Abrahamson, 32, is to testify in the upcoming attempted-murder trial of Timothy Lucious, who faces life in prison under the three-strikes law for a shooting last summer.

Abrahamson also is the alleged victim in a first-degree robbery and second-degree assault case against Antono E. Cook, Jr., 29.

Cook is accused of punching Abrahamson and stealing a knife Sept. 6 in a fight over a sexually suggestive text message, according to court documents. Cook also is charged with illegally possessing the gun used in the Jan 17 murder of John S. Williams.

In Lucious’s case, Abrahamson was with a group of women when a fight that began at a bar festered at a party, then erupted on the other side of the city with two women shot and another punched unconscious. Lucious is the alleged shooter.

Prosecutors want Abrahamson jailed to assure her presence at trial.

“Based on her numerous unfavorable contacts with law enforcement and the courts, it is doubtful she would voluntarily appear for trial,” according to court documents.

Abrahamson has previous convictions for robbery, drugs, assault and malicious mischief.

A $100,000 material witness warrant was issued April 23. Crime Stoppers offered a reward for tips on her location this week.

Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS, or submit tips online here.

Warrant issued for accused would-be killer

A Spokane gang member accused of trying to kill two people by running them over with his car last fall is wanted by police after an alleged domestic dispute.

Police say Cedric E. Burton, 23, assaulted his girlfriend on April 13 and threatened to take their young daughter to California so she “would never see her again,” according to court documents filed in Superior Court.

Prosecutors say that incident violated the terms of Burton’s release from jail on two counts of attempted first-degree murder, and Crime Stoppers issued a reward on Friday for tips that lead to his arrest.

Burton is accused of trying to run over two men, Bradley Hollibaugh and Jacob Schreiber, in a parking lot across the street from Club Uno, 515 W. Sprague Ave., early Nov. 22. Hollibaugh and Schreiber got inside a 2007 GMC Hummer, which then had its back window shot out by a man who was with Burton in a Chevrolet Camaro, Charles Willy Jackson, according to police.

 Jackson, 23, (right) who told police he lived in Lancaster, Calif., has been wanted since mid-December on charges of second-degree assault, third-degree malicious mischief and possession of a controlled substance (cocaine).

Burton, posted $7,500 on Dec. 14 after about two weeks in jail, last gave his address as 5914 N. Ash in Spokane. He has felony convictions for delivery of controlled substance and second-degree assault.

Police say Burton is a gang member and was present at a party in January in which John S. Williams was shot to death, according to court documents related to the ongoing investigation.

In January 2009, Burton was arrested with another gang member, Eric Burton, who’s charged with possessing the gun that killed Williams.

Also arrested in relation to that stop was Edward L. Thomas, 24, who detectives say fled to California shortly after Williams’ murder and hasn’t been located. One witness told detectives that Williams was shot after he punched out a passenger-side window in a car in which Thomas was riding, according to court documents.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help arrest Jackson and/or Cedric Burton. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or submit tips online here.

UPDATE: Cedric Burton was arrested May 4 in Los Angeles County.

2 gang-related assaults reported in Spokane

Spokane police are investigating two assaults in the last four days that may be gang related.

The first occurred April 3 near North Cincinnati Street and East Mission Avenue about 12:30 a.m. An 18-year-old said he was attacked by three people, one who “possibly fired a gun at him,” according to police. His injuries are not life threatening.

The second occurred early Tuesday in north Spokane. Staff at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center called police after a 33-year-old stabbing victim was brought to the emergency room “by associates,” police said.

One person reportedly admitted the incident was gang related and occurred about midnight, police said. The victim was stabbed several times but his injuries were not life threatening.

Anyone with information on either assault is asked to call 509-625-GANG (4264). Callers can remain anonymous.

Homicide case ‘not a simple investigation’

Witnesses to Spokane’s only homicide this year share a common theme, police say: All were there, but all say they know nothing about the early morning shooting that left a man dead in an alley.

Six weeks after John S. “Q” Williams, 38, was killed outside a birthday celebration attended by Atlantic Drive Crips gang members, four men have been charged with drug or gun crimes connected to the shooting, but police haven’t identified the killer.

“This is not a simple investigation,” said Jennifer DeRuwe, spokeswoman for the Spokane Police Department.

Those arrested include Eric Burton Jr., (right) and Antonio E. Cook, Jr. (left).

A similar gang-related homicide in 2007 ended in an unusual plea deal that gave the alleged shooter credit for about a year served in the county jail and a conviction for manslaughter after a jury couldn’t reach a verdict. (Read about here.)

Details in newly filed court documents reveal similar problems for investigators trying to solve the city’s latest gang-related homicide: uncooperative witnesses who have criminal backgrounds, gang loyalties, a disdain for police and a fear of retaliation.

Read the rest of my story here.

Past coverage: Police find gun used in slaying

2 shootings reported last weekend

Two gang-related shootings were reported in Spokane on Valentine’s Day.

No one was injured in either shooting. In the first incident, officers responded to the 800 block of East Lyons about 1:45 a.m. for the report of multiple shots fired, and arrived to find a car had been damaged by multiple gunshots.

Later that morning, a similar shooting occurred near North Nevada and East Joseph, police said.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call (509) 625-GANG (4264). Anonymous tips are accepted.

The Spokane Violent Crime Gang Enforcement Team is investigating  The SVCGET is comprised of officers from Spokane, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Border Patrol, Washington State Patrol, state Department of Corrections, the FBI, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

Detectives still are investigating a Jan. 18 homicide they believe is gang related. Read more on that deadly shooting here.

Exceptional sentence for gang member

A reputed gang member sentenced to 15 years in prison for a shooting that didn’t injure anyone was given an exceptionally high sentence because of issues with the statutory maximum and firearms enhancements.

Anthony D. Singh, 21, could only serve a maximum of 120 months for his convictions if all served concurrently.

With two firearms enhancements, that meant he’d essentially only serve a year or so for his assault conviction and go unpunished for his other crimes, Deputy Prosecutor Larry Haskell argued and Superior Court Judge Kathleen O’Connor agreed.

So O’Connor ordered Singh to serve the 120-month concurrent sentence for second-degree assault, drive-by shooting and unlawful possession of a firearm before serving a 60-month concurrent sentence for witness tampering and conspiracy to commit assault, instead of serving the sentences at the same time.

“Otherwise, Mr. Singh will not receive appropriate punishment,” she said.

Singh, a father of two, worked at Taco Time at the time of the shooting. He got the job after another judge in a different case chastised him for never having one, said his lawyer, Thomas Cooney.

“He was very proud of the fact that he obtained that job,” Cooney said.

Cooney has said he’ll appeal Singh’s convictions. Read my story on Singh’s case here.

Crack bust targets gang members

A drug bust in Spokane that uncovered crack cocaine targeted members of the same gang that detectives believe has ties to an unsolved homicide last month.

Sheriff’s detectives raided two homes Wednesday as part of an ongoing investigation into suspected drug dealing by members of the Atlantic Drive Crips gang, according to search warrant filed in Spokane County District Court.

Andrew T. Burns, 35, of Los Angeles, was arrested at 14827 E. Mission in Spokane Valley, where detectives seized crack cocaine, money and a 2006 Dodge Charger, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Detectives also seized marijuana from a home at 2502 E. Marshall.

The investigation stems from tips that Atlantic Drive gangster were selling large amounts of crack cocaine, according to a search warrant.

Affiliates of that gang were present at a party on Jan. 17 that ended with the shooting death of 38-year-old John S. Williams III.

Drug or gun charges have been filed against at least two party goers, but no one has been charged with murder.

Suspect arrested in weekend stabbing

A man who told a judge two weeks ago that he planned to “make better decisions” and “be a parent” is back in Spokane County Jail after police say he stabbed two men early Saturday.

Michael R. “Mikey Mike” Gardner was booked into jail Tuesday, three days after an early morning fight at 616 S. Helena that sent Larry L. Lucious, 49, and Michael T. Lomax, 26, to the hospital with stab wounds to their stomachs.

Police think Gardner, 23, was one of three men involved in the stabbed, which occurred about 3 a.m. at the apartment of Tamika L. Hill, 26.

Hill told police she was watching Michelle Gardner’s three children but one wasn’t feeling well, so she left them at Gardner’s apartment with “an unknown white female,” according to a search warrant filed Tuesday.

The women argued about that later, then Hill heard a fight in the living room and saw Michael Gardner and two others fighting with Lucious and Lomax.

Neither victim cooperated with police, according to court documents, and detectives believe the case is gang-related.

Detectives found crack cocaine on a dinner plate underneath the bathroom sink, along with a plastic bag of crack in a bedroom dresser drawer, according to a search warrant.

Gardner was released from jail just weeks ago after pleading guilty to an assault charge for a July 24 shooting.

Gardner had been charged with two counts of attempted murder, but those charged were dropped in a plea deal that gave him a year of probation and credit for about four months served in jail on a third-degree assault charge. Lawyers say he punched a woman after intervening in a fight.

The suspected shooter, Timothy L. “Stoney Boy” Lucious, 38, (right) remains in Spokane County Jail on attempted murder and assault charges. His trial is set to begin Fe. 22.

It’s unclear if Timothy Lucious and Larry Lucious are related.

At his sentencing Jan. 19, Gardner, a father of two, told Judge Michael Price that he planned to make “better decisions” and “move forward with my life, get school taken care of and be a parent.”

Gardner is due back in Spokane County Superior Court today on new charges of first-degree robbery and two counts of first-degree assault, according to jail records.

Past coverage:

Attempted murder charges dropped

Two women shot in crosstown melee

‘This isn’t a time for just yakking’

Sentencing for a Spokane man was delayed today after a judge demanded more information from the defense.

Anthony D. Singh, 21, faces about 16 to 18 years in prison for a shooting in a downtown parking lot that didn’t injure anyone but brought his gang affiliations the focus of a jury trial last month.

At issue during the late afternoon hearing before Judge Kathleen O’Connor were sentencing-related matters like Singh’s offender score, sentencing range and the defense’s briefing.

“This isn’t a time for just yakking about it, counsel,” this is a time for analysis and case law, O’Conner told Deputy Prosecutor Larry Haskell and defense lawyer Thomas Cooney.

The lawyers argued in the courtroom after the hearing before storming away. The new sentencing date is set for Feb. 10. Singh, who O’Connor said was at one point considering acting as his own attorney, objected to the delay.

Singh’s ties to the violent Crips street gang were key to the prosecution’s case, which netted Singh convictions for second-degree assault, conspiracy to commit second-degree assault, drive-by shooting, first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and witness tampering. The jury acquitted him of witness intimidation.

Singh has been in jail since July 30, 2008, four days after a bullet struck Alex Tauala in his right shoe in a parking lot near Sprague and Stevens. Prosecutors say the shooting was in response to a challenge from Tauala and stemmed from a culture of retaliation and intimidation rife in gang life.

Cooney has said he plans to appeal. He filed an unsuccessful motion earlier this month asking for a new trial because a Spokane police officer mentioned one of Singh’s previous criminal convictions in front of the jury.

Singh “was convicted on his propensity to commit crime and for being a bad person who is a gang member, rather than on admissible character evidence,” Cooney wrote.

Past coverage: Crips gangster on trial in Spokane

Bar stabbing may be gang related

Here’s Sara Leaming’s report:

The owner of a downtown Spokane night club says his employees stopped a gang “hit” outside of his business early Wednesday night, during which two men were sent to the hospital with minor stab wounds.

Jordan Troutt, the owner of Uno Supper Club and Lounge, said in a press release that club bouncers intervened after a man walking by his club at 515 W. Sprague Ave. was attacked by a group who later identified themselves as members of a Crip street gang set.

Spokane police confirmed the Violent Crime Gang Enforcement Team is investigating the incident.

The melee began just after 12:30 a.m., when a crowd loitering in a parking lot across the street attacked a 22-year-old man walking in front of Club Uno. None involved were patrons of the club.

Bouncers chased and held at least them until police arrived. Arrested were John D. Proctor, 24, Rakee D. Cage, 22, and Adam Doe, 18, police said. The three remain in the Spokane County Jail.

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