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High Noon: Loving Father Or Bomb Maker?

Authorities know him as the man arrested for building two pipe bombs in a murder for hire plot for former Aryan Nations attorney Edgar Steele. Close friends of Larry Fairfax however describe him as a family oriented, loving husband. Family friends Susan and John Crump still can’t believe Fairfax is being linked to a murder for hire plot. “People do strange things, they do things they wouldn’t normally do when their family is involved,” Susan Crump said. The couple described the 49-year-old father of two as a family man who cares about his friends and community. “This guy would give you the shirt off his back and give you money if you needed it,” John Crump said/Tania Dall, KXLY. More here.

Question: Are you still capable of being surprised by the illegal actions of someone that you know and respect?

Informant forgets to tell FBI about pipe bomb

A man who approached federal agents last week about an alleged murder-for-hire plot hatched by a former lawyer for the Aryan Nations may have left out a key detail: He’d already rigged an explosive to the intended victim’s car.

 Larry Andrew Fairfax, 49, remains in federal custody after appearing in U.S. District Court in Coeur d’Alene on Wednesday on firearms charges related to a pipe bomb attached to the bottom of Edgar Steele’s wife’s SUV Tuesday. Auto shop employees found the explosive Tuesday during an oil change.

Although federal agents won’t confirm whether it was Fairfax who tipped them last week to the alleged murder plot, citing rules for protecting the identity of confidential informants, they said Wednesday they are not looking for any additional suspects in the case.

“There’s no pending public safety threat,” said Don Robinson, supervisory agent for the FBI’s Coeur d’Alene office.

Fairfax was arrested Tuesday at Coeur d’Alene police headquarters after he told investigators he made the bomb at his home on Ponderosa Road near Sagle, about six miles from Steele’s Talache Road home, which was raided by federal agents Friday.

Read the rest of my story here.

Past coverage:

June 16: Steele: ‘This is a very emotional situation’

June 16: Bomb found on SUV registered to suspect

Suspect Caught In Murder-for-Hire Plot

A suspected second contract killer has been arrested in a murder-for-hire plot linked by authorities to the former Aryan Nations lawyer. Larry Andrew Fairfax was taken into custody Tuesday night in Coeur d’Alene and is suspected of planting the pipe bomb that was found on Cyndi Steele’s SUV earlier, according to U.S. District Court documents filed today. Fairfax allegedly had been hired by the intended victim’s husband, Sagle attorney Edgar Steele, to plant the bomb, which was discovered during an oil change/Spokesman-Review. More here.

Steele Enters Plea, Bomb Found In SUV

Steele, known for his unsuccessful defense of the Aryan Nations in the landmark 2000 case that bankrupted the racist group, pleaded with U.S. District Court Judge Candy Dale to release him from jail before next week’s bail hearing to tend to his clients and “put my affairs in order.” “I’m certainly no threat to witnesses or jurors and there’s no evidence, absolutely no evidence, to support that,” Steele said. But Assistant U.S. Attorney Traci Whelan told Dale that developments “within the last few hours” show Steele is “a substantial risk to the public,” and the judge ordered Steele held pending next week’s hearing/Meghann M. Cuniff, Sirens & Gavels. More here. Also: Coeur d’Alene Press story.

  • Cutline: Firefighters conduct a search of the vehicle after what looked like a pipe bomb was removed at the Fast Lane Quick Lube in Coeur d’Alene on Tuesday. (SR Photo: Kathy Plonka/SR)

Question: Do you agree with prosecutors that Aryan Nations attorney Edgar Steele is a flight risk?