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INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) M-Bone of the rap group Cali Swag District, which scored a hit last year with the song “Teach Me How to Dougie,” was killed in a weekend drive-by shooting as he sat in a car outside a liquor store, police said Monday.
The motive for Sunday night's shooting was under investigation, Lt. James Madia said.
The 22-year-old Inglewood man, whose real name is Mante Ray Talbert, was sitting alone in his car shortly after 10:30 p.m.
“Another car pulled alongside, gunshots were fired, and the victim was struck twice in the head,” Madia said.
Talbert died at a hospital.
Witnesses gave varying descriptions of the fleeing car, Madia said.
Talbert was “the victim of a random act of violence,” said a statement from Cali Swag District's publicist, Greg Miller.
“He was a hardworking, passionate artist and dancer that will be deeply missed,” Miller said.
Bandmate C-Smoove tweeted Monday that his life changed drastically in the blink of an eye, and added “rip mbone.”
Cali Swag District's hit “Teach Me How to Dougie” is based on the “Dougie” dance, which first appeared in Texas and is noted for its leaning stances, shoulder and arm movements.
The dance was not only performed in dance clubs and the streets but by celebrities as well, from Wolf Blitzer to Washington Wizards star John Wall; even first lady Michelle Obama recently performed the dance as part of her “Let's Move” initiative.
“Teach Me How to Dougie” spent several months in the top 10 of Billboard's hot rap songs. The group also performed the dance on several television shows.
A Colville methamphetamine addict has been ordered to spend five years in federal prison after a search of his home revealed guns and video tapes of him using methamphetamine.
Michael Wayne Alexander, 55, allowed people to use meth at his home on Valley Westside Road in Colville since at least 2000 until January 2009, when a search warrant revealed meth, heroin, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and ammunition for.357 caliber and .45 caliber firearms.
Polcie found a .357 caliber Ruger revolver and a .45 caliber Remington handgun in a storage unit belonging to Alexander. They also found video tapes showing Alexander using meth with other people in his home and shop.
He pleaded guilty in February to being an unlawful user of controlled substances in possession of a firearm and maintaining a drug-involved premises.
He was sentenced last week in U.S. District Court to five years in prison, followed by three years probation.
“Those who are involved in the use of illegal substances while possessing firearms pose a dangerous threat to our communities and will be responded to accordingly.” U.S. Attorney Michael Ormsby said in a prepared statement.
The man who boasted online about taking part in racist protests of taco-trucks in Coeur d’Alene and now faces an illegal weapons charge was the victim of government entrapment, his brother says.
Jeremiah Daniel “J.D.” Hop, 29, was set up earlier this month by an FBI informant who suggested the two of them go shooting and even supplied the shotgun that federal authorities now accuse him of illegally possessing, said Michael Hop, the suspect’s younger brother.
J.D. Hop has a previous felony conviction, which prohibits him from possessing firearms.
“The FBI took him out shooting and then arrested him,” Michael Hop said. “If an informant hands you a gun and asks you to shoot it, that’s entrapment in my book.”
A member of the Hells Angels motorcycle club pleaded not guilty Monday to gun and drug charges.
Michael Ryan Fitzpatrick, 33, was booked into Spokane County Jail after his arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Cynthia Imbrogno in U.S. District Court in Spokane.
Fitzpatrick is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, conspiracy to manufacture 100 or more marijuana plants, conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, conspiracy to distribute marijuana, distribution of cocaine and three counts of distribution of marijuana.
He faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted.
Two others are charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and marijuana, but their names are redacted in the indictment, which was returned last week.
Fitzpatrick was arrested on a marijuana charge March 3 but was allowed to leave jail the next day, and Spokane County prosecutors never formally charged him. Now he's at the Spokane County jail without bail on the federal indictments.
A hearing to determine if Fitzpatrick should be allowed to leave jail on bail is set for Thursday. He's represented by Chris Phelps.
A self-described skinhead says he has prepared a speech to read at his federal bench trial this afternoon for allegedly assaulting an accused child molester.
James D. Bacon, 23, is charged with misdemeanor assault for punching Darrell W. Monzingo, 44, as the men shared a holding cell at the Thomas S. Foley United States Courthouse on March 10. The assault was captured on video, accoridng to a trial brief.
In an April 9 jailhouse letter to The Spokesman-Review, Bacon said he is a member of the Valhalla-Bound Skinhead movement, which was founded by Keegan Van Tuyl. Van Tuyl is scheduled to be released from federal prison in September. Authorities consider him extremely dangerous.
Bacon said his three-page speech will shock the judge.
“However, it is written with an eloquent passion from my heart,” Bacon wrote. “It is by no mean's vulgar, & it addresses my beliefs as a skinhead, as a man, & as a person utterly disgusted with sex offenders.”
Bacon wrote that he hopes victims of sex crimes can be consoled by “knowing that people like myself are fighting in their honor.”
Bacon, who was convicted of armed robbery in 2004, was wanted for a felony drug violation and Department of Corrections warrant when he ran from police near Wellesley Avenue and Regal Street on Dec. 7.
Police arrested him in a struggle, then realized he was armed with a sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun.
Monzingo, whose trial is set for September, faces up to 30 years in prison after Spokane police found child pornography during a search of his home in the 3400 block of E. Fairview Ave. on Dec. 16. He's charged with manufacturing the material.
- Thursday Poll: You'd better be careful if you're considering breaking into a home in Hucks Nation. 143 of 192 respondents (74.45%) said they'd shoot someone who was breaking into their house. 33 of 192 respondents (17.19%) said they would not. 16 of 192 (8.33%) were undecided.
- Today's Poll: Which observance means more to you — Earth Day or Good Friday/Easter?
A Whitman County man who bragged online about being involved with racist taco-truck protests in Kootenai County pleaded not guilty to a federal gun charge today.
A bail hearing for Jeremiah Daniel “J.D.” Hop, 29, is set for Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. before U.S. Magistrate Cynthia Imbrogno.
Hop, who is at the Spokane County Jail, was arrested Wednesday morning. He told Imbrogno he had “just a little stress, that's all,” when she asked if he suffered from mental conditions that might prohibit his understanding of the court proceedings.
Hop, who was convicted in California of third-degree rape of a child in 2005, is not a member of the Aryan Nations but is involved in racist circles.
Under the name WhitePhoenix, a man who identified himself as Hop wrote on the racist website Stormfront about his work protesting taco stands in the Coeur d’Alene area.
Sisyphus: This is usually where I pull out my Mayberry analogy. I still view most of Idaho as Mayberry. And I prefer to react as Andy Griffith, not Barney Fife. I grew up with guns. I know how to use them. Family members own guns. I insisted my kids learned how to use them safely. But I don’t see the need to have one handy. I acknowledge that may change. Ironically there are campgrounds I just won’t go to because of the prevalence of alcohol and guns used in concert. I’ve rarely had a need for a gun to protect myself from large predators. But I’ve definitely been scared of my fellow man a time or two. (Wikipedia photo of Don Knotts as Mayberry character Barney Fife)
Question: Do you view Idaho as Mayberry, as Sisyphus does?
Three Spokane men have been charged with a series of felonies for their alleged roles in firearm thefts last December.
Steven Charles Corkery, Jr., 27, is accused of burglarizing a home in the 4400 block of East 16th on Dec. 6, then pawning stolen property, including two firearms.
Investigators believe Corkery and his brother, Thomas J. Corkery, 29, burglarized the home and were driven from the scene by Lucky Joe Guzman, 27.
Steven Corkery, who has felony convictions for theft and malicious mischief that prohibit him from possessing firearms, then pawned a stolen shotgun and bow, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Steven Corkery also is accused of pawning a .357 Magnum revolver that had been stolen from a home n the 13500 block of North Muzzy Road on Nov. 23.
He appeared in Superior Court Friday on charges of residential burglary, possession of a stolen firearm, second-degree theft, two counts of theft of a firearm and two counts of first-degree trafficking in stolen property.
Guzman and Thomas Corkery, who also has a felony conviction for theft, are charged with second-degree theft, residential burglary and two counts of a theft of a firearm.
A Spokane man is accused of pointing a loaded shotgun at a man in retaliation for a marijuana theft.
Steven T. Casados, 21, is jailed on a first-degree assault charge after witnesses told police he arrived at an apartment in the 900 block of East Eighth Avenue armed with a shotgun Tuesday about 8:15 p.m.
Casados reportedly kept his finger on the trigger when he approached the alleged thief's brother, police said. Casados told the man his brother had “robbed him of a quarter pound of weed,” police say.
One woman said she heard Casados say “I'm not playing; this is serious” and heard a gunshot “within a couple of seconds” of Casados leaving the apartment, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Casados also is accused of breaking an apartment window with a rock about a week ago.
He told police the broken window was “a forewarning for him to pay me back,” according to the affidavit.
Casados' bond was set at $50,000 at his first appearance Thursday before Superior Court Judge Michael Price.
A felon accused of stealing the gun used in a gang-related murder last year has been charged with five burglaries.
Robert J. Frates, 27, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to four counts of felony second-degree burglary and one count of attempted second-degree burglary.
He's accused of breaking into Sunny Buns Tanning, 2821 E. 27th Av., on March 15, Smart Smoke, 12924 W. Sunset Highway, Metro Sign and Banner, 1403 N. Greene, and another building in Airway Heights on March 25.
He's also charged with attempted-second-degree burglary for a break-in March 26 at Super Sonic Blind Cleaners, 3612 E. Broadway Ave.
Police arrested Frates that day after an officer followed him using a GPS tracker affixed to Frates' Bronco.
Last June, Frates told police he'd to traded four stolen firearms to a man for $600. One of the guns was the Ruger mini 30, which was used to kill John S. Williams. Edward L. “TD” Thomas is scheduled to stand trial June 20 for Williams' murder.
HUNTING — A landowner just emailed me photos of three toms strutting Wednesday morning.
The were about 10 feet where I plan to be sitting with my 12 gauge over my knees when Washington's wild turkey hunting season opens Friday at 5:31 a.m.
And now I'm starting to wonder if I have everything together. License? Yep. Ammo, camo and calls? Yep. Bottle of wine for the landowner? Yep.
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These are the things I'm thinking about today. To heck with work.
A masked gunman robbed a store north of Hayden Tuesday night and specifically requested a pack of Marlboro Red cigarettes.
The man entered the Alpine Country Store, 17568 North Highway 95, about 11 p.m. and forced the clerk to empty the cash register while pointing a gun at her, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department.
The man fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. A sheriff’s dog tracked the robbery to a where investigators believe he may have escaped in a vehicle, possibly a blue Dodge Intrepid.
The robber is described as 5-foot-11 and wearing a brown “Bomber” type jacket, gloves, black pants a black hat and a black mask.
A felon suspected of stealing a handgun from a Spokane County sheriff's detective's squad car last April has been indicted by a federal grand jury.
James W. Peterschick, 29, faces up to 10 years in federal prison for felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful concealing and storing stolen ammunition and unlawful possession and sale of a stolen firearm.
Investigators believe Peterschick smashed out a window on Detective Leroy Fairbanks' government-issued vehicle April 21 at 5830 N. Division St. and stole fishing poles and a backpack containing electronics, a Glock handgun, handcuffs, a flashlight, badge and IDs for the Sheriff’s Office and FBI.
A jail inmate looking for a break on drug charges told detectives of a dumpster at Garland Avenue and Post Street where most of the items had been dumped.
Peterschick, who was arrested in February 2010 for a suspected burglary spree in Pullman, was released from jail after no charges were filed but has been in custody since March on new drug charges.
A grand jury indicted him on the federal charges today in U.S. District Court in Spokane.
A dispute between two law partners that sent one to jail following an armed confrontation at their Spokane office in 2007 continues today as a messy civil lawsuit lingers in court.
Connie Powell and Dean White's law partnership unraveled into a feud marred by allegations of extramarital affairs and physical abuse, including a Nov. 7, 2007, fight that began outside a bar and culminated in their office, where police said White held a gun to Powell’s head in their law firm, threatening to kill her.
White was sentenced to 30 days in jail in 2008 after an Alford plea to charges of third-degree malicious mischief and unlawful imprisonment involving domestic violence in connection with the gun incident. Powell filed a lawsuit against White and his wife, Vita White, seeking money for defamation and emotional damages as well as a court-ordered solution to how to split up the law firm’s assets.
Dean White filed a counterclaim alleging Powell had taken money from the law firm after his arrest and tried removing him from the name of the corporation without court approval. He also alleges Powell used the firm’s money to pay for her current office at 1316 W. Dean Ave.
Craig Mason, who works at Powell’s law firm, was hired to represent Powell but ordered off the case Nov. 10, 2009, by Adams County Superior Court Judge Richard Miller after Vita White’s lawyer, Dennis Cronin, noted Mason could be called as a witness at trial.
Mason recently notified The Spokesman-Review that he's back on the case after successfully appealing Miller's decision to the Division III Supreme Court Commissioner.
The Washington State Supreme Court rejected a request from Cronin to overturn the ruling, Mason said in an email last Thursday.
“Finally, I can get put back on the case,” Mason wrote.
A suspected serial burglar tracked by police using a GPS device is believed to have stolen the gun that was later used in a gang-related murder.
Robert J. Frates’ arrest on Tuesday is his third since December, when police picked him up on suspicion of breaking into several sports card stores in Spokane Valley.
No charges have been filed in that case, but Frates, 27, has a trial scheduled in June for charges related to the sale of stolen property, including several firearms.
One of those firearms, a Ruger Mini rifle, was used in the shooting death of John S. Williams on Jan. 17, 2010, police said.
A man suspected of robbing three Spokane convenience stores last weekend rushed to a car crash to help a father and three children one year ago today.
Joseph D. Maine, 23, was working in his backyard with his brother when he heard the crash at 32nd and Ray on April 1, 2010. He and his brother rushed to the scene.
“Hearing those little kids screaming. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. I almost wanted to cry,” said Maine, who said he had two children of his own.
One year later, Maine is in the Spokane County Jail, after being arrested Wednesday for robberies Saturday at Mike's Grocery, 2025 N. Hamilton St., and at Zip Trip, 2005 N. Hamilton, and the Broadway Mini Market, 10304 E. Broadway Ave., on Sunday.
The victims on Sunday reported seeing the butt of a handgun in the robber's waistband.
Maine told friends he robbed the stores because he need money to pay bills, police say. The robber at Mike's Grocery reportedly told the clerk, “Sorry, bro. Gotta pay the bills,” according to a probable cause affidavit.
A tip led police to Maine, who told officers he was an unemployed heroin addict with a family to support. He said he used a BB gun during the robberies and “even apologized to the clerks because he had bills to pay,” according to the affidavit.
Police seized a black Daisy BB gun from a home where Maine was staying in the 3800 block of South Bowdish Road. Police also found drugs in Maine's jeans and noted in the affidavit that Maine asked them to “remove used needles from under his daughter's mattress.”
Maine remains in the Spokane County Jail on $100,000 bond.
Maine served time in jail last year for several counts of third-degree driving while license suspended.
He's pictured above last April.
The sergeant at arms of the Washington chapter of the Hells Angels has been indicted by a federal grand jury.
Ricky W. Jenks, 33, faces up to 10 years in federal prison after the jury indicted him in U.S. District Court for felon in possession of a firearm. He pleaded not guilty to the indictment on Friday and remains in the Spokane County Jail without bond.
Jenks, whose felony convictions include manslaughter, was the only suspect arrested at the clubhouse after investigators found eight firearms. The five other men at the clubhouse during the March 3 raid were from out of town and are not prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition, prosecutors say.
One of those men, Hells Angel member Jameal A. Hadeed, has claimed ownership of five of the eight firearms, according to court documents filed Tuesday. Another, Travis I. Vanweerdhuizen has claimed ownership of one.
But prosecutors have said four of the five men with Jenks at the clubhouse arrived in Spokane via airplane and did not check firearms.
Prosecutors are refusing to release the affidavit that authorized the search because it “contains material regarding an ongoing investigation,” documents said.
Another Hells Angel arrested March 4, Michael R. Fitzpatrick, 33, was jailed on a marijuana charge but released the next day.
SHOOTING — When driving down U.S. Highway 93 through Hamilton, there's no need to do a double-take when you see the sign hanging above the Radio Shack Super Store, reports the Ravalli Republic.
You read it right. Customers who buy Dish Network will be rewarded with a firearm.
“I think it really, really fits the Bitterroot Valley,” said Steve Strand, who has owned Hamilton's Radio Shack for about seven years.
Strand, along with store manager Fabian Levy, told the paper he wanted to generate more foot traffic at their location. So far, the gun giveaway has worked like a charm.
“It's been really successful,” Levy said.
Here's a news release from Sgt. Dave Reagan:
A 23-year-old Spokane man was arrested Wednesday evening after a deputy discovered drugs and a pistol inside his vehicle during a traffic stop.
Deputy Daryl Smith was southbound on Market from Hawthorne Road about 7:30 p.m. when he saw a blue car ahead of him with a defective license plate lamp. He stopped the car and identified the driver as Rodney E. Barce, 200 E. Wedgewood.
Barce’s driver’s license is suspended and Smith arrested him. The deputy identified the female passenger to see if she could drive the car away, but she too had a suspended license. She was the registered owner of the car and gave the deputy permission to search it.
Smith opened the trunk and discovered a loaded .22-caliber pistol and two plastic baggies, one containing marijuana and the other cocaine. During interviews with both Barce and the female passenger, he determined that the woman knew nothing of the gun and drugs, and that they belonged to Barce.
A criminal records check revealed that Barce has a prior conviction for a crime of violence, third-degree assault, which makes it unlawful for him to possess firearms.
Smith drove Barce to the Spokane County Jail and booked him for the misdemeanor license and marijuana violations and felony counts of Possession of Cocaine and First-Degree Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.
A convicted robber jailed on federal gun charges is accused of assaulting an alleged child molester at the federal courthouse.
James D. Bacon, 23, (pictured) is charged with misdemeanor assault for punching Darrel W. Monzingo, 44, as the men shared a holding cell at the Thomas S. Foley United States Courthouse on March 10.
Another defendant in the cell, Fabian Vaksman, said Bacon punched Monzingo after Monzingo refused to discuss his charges, which include two counts of production of child pornography.
Bacon “made statements to the effect that he hated sex offenders,” Vaksman told U.S. Marshals. Vaksman also noted blood on Monzingo's face; Marshals say his lower lip was split.
Bacon and Monzingo were Spokane County Jail inmates but were at the courthouse for hearings before U.S. District Judge Wm. Fremming Nielsen.
Monzingo, whose trial is scheduled in September, faces up to 30 years in prison after Spokane police found child pornography during a search of his home at 3403 E. Fairview Ave. on Dec. 16.
Bacon pleaded guilty March 10 to felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and faces up to 10 years in prison when he's sentenced in June. The new assault charge, filed today, carries a maximum six months incarceration and a fine of up to $5,000.
Bacon, who was convicted of armed robbery in 2004, was wanted for a felony drug violation and Department of Corrections warrant when he ran from police near Wellesley Avenue and Regal Street on Dec. 7. Police arrested him in a struggle, then realized he was armed with a sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun.
A convicted killer arrested in a widespread methamphetamine investigation was sentenced to seven years in prison Monday for a gun charge.
Christopher Clay Gober, 32, was on probation when a search was conducted on his hotel room in Coeur d'Alene last April.
Investigators say they found used syringes, two meth pipes, a box of .38 ammunition and lockbox inside his Dodge Charger that contained a loaded .38 caliber pistol and six rounds of ammo.
Gober is prohibited from possession firearms or ammo because of felony convictions that include manslaughter, escape, aggravated assault and intimidating a witness.
In 1998, he was sentenced to nine years in prison for shooting a Spokane Valley man to death in what Gober said was self defense. Gober originally was charged with first-degree murder for the death of Jeremy Moore, 20, who died on Dec. 23, 1997.
He was out of prison only a short while when he was arrested in the current case, which stems from a federal methamphetamine investigation that led to prison sentences for several people.
He's been attending anger management and drug addiction classes while in state prison for probation violations and is committed to continuing his rehabilitation, according to documents prepared by his public defender.
In addition to 84 months in prison, U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge ordered Gober to serve three years probation and perform 100 hours of community service.
A Coeur d'Alene methamphetamine dealer arrested at gunpoint by the city's police chief was sentenced Monday to 14 years in federal prison.
Daniel W. Bisher, 36, was arrested in a sweeping methamphetamine investigation that has resulted in prison sentences for several North Idaho residents. He pleaded guilty in December to conspiracy to distribute meth, distribution of meth and unlawful possession of a firearm.
Bisher, who has previous felony convictions, will serve 168 months in prison, be on probation for five years, forfeit two firearms and perform 100 hours of community service, U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge ruled Monday.
Bisher was one of several people believed to have been supplied by Hector Palomera-Palomeras, who was sentenced last year. Bisher also was linked to the sale of methamphetamine in Montana.
He fled a stolen motorcycle Aug. 10 when Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Wayne Longo, backing up a patrol officer, chased him through the Appleway Avenue and Government Way area.
Bisher had a loaded .40 caliber Glock handgun in his jacket and a knife in his pants pocket upon his arrest, as well as methamphetamine. Bisher told the FBI after his arrested that he'd bought about four pounds of methamphetamine from a source and Washington and from people involved with Palomera-Palomeras.
Other defendants sentenced in the case include Brenda Barron, Amber Larsen, Harold R. “Hank” Dillon, Daniel Napier, Charlotte Wilson, Randi Peil, Gregory Herron and N'Quala Bigman.
An undercover police investigation Saturday led to the seizure of six firearms as well as methamphetamine, scales and packaging materials at a north Spokane home.
Jeffery S. Finney, 30, is accused of selling two of the guns to a confidential informant being followed by members of the Spokane Police Department's drug unit.
Police followed Finney and the informant to a location in north Spokane County, where Finney picked up three other firearms for sale. He was arrested as they returned to the Spokane area.
Police then executed a search warrant at his apartment, 13110 N. Addison St., and seized the drug evidence, according to an affidavit. Finney was arrested with a loaded a Colt MK IV Series 80, which police seized, as well as the guns for sale: a .38, a cap and ball revolver, a Mossberg 500-A shotgun, a Bolt action M77 Ruger rifle and a Hawken black Powder Rifle.
Finney is a convicted felon, which prohibits him from possessing weapons. His felony convictions include delivery of methamphetamine, third-degree assault and second-degree burglary.
In 2001, he fled the Public Safety Building just as a judge was to sentence him to jail for domestic violence. He was caught hiding behind a garbage bin behind Russell Van Camp's law office west of the courthouse on West Broadway Avenue, according to news archives.
An accidental shooting last summer was linked to a suspected burglary ring involving $123,000 in stolen gold and silver coins, court documents allege.
Joseph S. Denison, 19, brought the Colt Python .357 Magnum revolver to a party in Deer Park on Aug. 21, where it accidental discharged and caused a non-life threatening injury to a young woman, according to court documents.
The gun was one of 10 stolen from a home at 5501 E. Handy Road in August, detectives say.
Denison pleaded not guilty to 31 felony charges Wednesday that include several counts of burglary and theft of a firearm. He is not in custody.
Patrick Hayes Wellman, who is in federal custody on Ecstasy and gun charges, is charged with 10 felonies related to the case.
The alleged burglary spree between April and September, including a burglary on Sept. 7 in the 32000 block of North Rimrose Drive in which seven firearms, 85 ounces of gold coins and 1,500 ounces of silver was stolen.
The home belongs to Denison's ex-girlfriend's father, who told police Denison knew of the valuables and knew how to access them.
Detectives believe Wellman also participated in that burglary, along with Anthony D. Fuerte, 18, and Denison's brother, George A. Denison, 20, who also face felony charges.
A 19-year-old Spokane man is in custody after a federal drug informant recorded him discussing how he'd stolen firearms and would “shoot it out with the cops” if he was approached.
Patrick Hayes Wellman was arrested on Friday just yards from Glover Middle School and within 1,000 feet of Shadle Park High School, where he attended, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Earl Hicks.
He appeared in U.S. District Court on Wednesday and is being held without bail at the Spokane County Jail.
Investigators found hundreds of Ecstasy tablets in a safe at Wellman's apartment at 221 S. Adams in Spokane Valley, as well as marijuana on a coffee table and several bongs that “all smelled pretty bad,” Drug Enforcement Administration agent Sam Keiser testified on Wednesday.
The DEA began investigating Wellman after a confidential informant told them Friday that Wellman sold large quantities of Ecstasy and repeatably said he could obtain as many pills as he wished.
The informant was to buy 100 pills from Wellman for $450. During a recorded conversation, Wellman allegedly boasted to the informant of stealing firearms; when the informant asked what he would do if stopped by police, Wellman responded “Well, I'm not going to go down easy. I'm going to shoot it out with the cops,” Keiser testified.
That comment led police to initiated a traffic stop after tailing Wellman as he drove in Spokane last Friday. Five police vehicles blocked Wellman's car, and he was arrested without incident, Keiser said. He had a loaded .44 revolver in the car, Keiser said.
Wellman called his girlfriend from jail and told her a possible name of the informant, then asked her to inform two of his friends. The informant told the DEA he received a message from an unknown number saying “We know you're a snitch. You're dead.”
Asked by Wellman's public defender if the informant, who was previously arrested on drug charge, won't face criminal charges because of his cooperation, Keiser said, “if it's enough to warrant that, then yes.”
Wellman faces federal charges of possession with intent to distribute Ecstasy and carrying a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime. He's also charged in Spokane County Superior Court with residential burglary, first-degree theft, second-degree car theft, and six counts of theft of a firearm.
The sergeant at arms of the Washington chapter of the Hells Angels will remain in jail after a federal judge ruled there was probable cause to hold him on a gun charge.
Ricky W. Jenks, 33, is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
His public defender, Kailey Moran, said prosecutors have no evidence Jenks possessed any of the loaded guns found at the Hells Angels Spokane clubhouse on March 3, just that his jacket was near them.
But Judge James Hutton said prosecutors need only to show that Jenks had knowledge of the firearms and had the ability to control them, not that he physically possessed them.
If police spotted the guns so easily, “one would infer that Mr. Jenks would also be able to see these firearms,” Hutton said Wednesday.
Moran said the federal warrant authorizing the search of the clubhouse remains sealed but that it is a document-based warrant targeting another suspect, not Jenks.
Jenks, whose felony convictions include manslaughter, was the only local Hells Angels at the clubhouse. Another was from Tacoma and four others had flown in from out of state. None checked firearms when traveling and none are prohibited form possessing weapons because they aren't felons, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Aine Ahmed.
Investigators originally reported finding six firearms. Ahmed said Wednesday that investigators found two others in an additional search.
Another Hells Angel arrested in March, Michael R. Fitzpatrick, 33, wasjailed on a marijuana charge but released the next day.
He was to be arraigned Wednesday, but county prosecutors haven't yet filed charges.
A pistol-packing St. Maries, Idaho, woman was arrested in Spokane Valley Sunday after an officer found methamphetamine in her 1993 Mercury Cougar during a traffic stop, police said today.
Brenna Ann Haynes, 21, told Officer Juan Rodriguez her driver's license might be suspended and that she had a syringe and baggie of drugs in her pocket when she was stopped for failing to use her turn signal near Sprague Avenue and McDonald Road.
Rodriguez determined she was correct on both accounts, Sgt. Dave Reagan said.
When Rodriguez asked to search the car, Haynes said she'd locked the keys inside but “added that he might be able to see the pistol stuffed between the front seats,” Reagan said.
Rodriguez arrested the woman on meth and gun charges after determining she didn't have a concealed weapons permit. He obtained a search warrant for the Cougar and recovered a Smith and Wesson .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol loaded with 13 bullets.
A second magazine with 13 bullets also was located on the back seat, as well as a bong, marijuana pipe, digital scale and methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), a horse supplement commonly used to cut methamphetamine, Reagan said.
A ranking member of the Hells Angels will remain in jail without bail after his arrest last week on a federal gun charge.
Ricky W. Jenks, 33, poses a threat to the community based on his criminal history and the seriousness of the allegation, U.S. Magistrate Judge Cynthia Imbrogno said Tuesday before approving a request from the U.S. Attorney’s Office to keep Jenks in custody.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Van Marter said Jenks has a “disturbing history of violence” that includes manslaughter and has been aided by his association with the Hells Angels.
A suspected thief shot multiple times by a Stevens County sheriff’s deputy disputed law enforcement reports Sunday that he was armed with a pistol even though authorities say they recovered a gun and several other stolen items at his home.