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SHOOTING — Tom Knapp, 62, a modern shotgun virtuoso who revived exhibition shooting in the 1980s, died on April 26 in Minnesota.
Knapp, who performed in Spokane several times sponsored by Benelli, was especially notable for being the first to throw 10 clay targets in the air and blast them all before they could hit the ground.
- See the video above of Knapp's world-record-setting shoot with slow-mo verification.
A modern-day shooter who displayed more than a hint of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West showmanship, he also was an easy-going spokesman for the shooting sports who could let his shotgun do the talking, whether holding it upside down or above his head.
He started exhibition shooting in 1987.
In 2010, he retired after 20 years of shooting with Benelli, but he picked up again with CZ-USA.
A tip of the hat to one of the good guys.
A Bonner County man who served 10 years in prison for the shooting death of his girlfriend in 1999 could be headed to federal prison under a recent indictment.
George John Bondurant is accused of possessing a a Remington 20-gauge shotgun on May 8, according to a grand jury indictment returned this week in U.S. District Court in Coeur d'Alene.
He faces up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years' probation if convicted.
Bondurant is prohibited from possessing firearms because of a felony conviction for involuntary manslaughter in 1999.
Bondurant was 21 when he was accused of shooting to death his girlfriend, Kathryn Oliver, at their home on Shingle Mill Road, northeast of Sandpoint, in February 1999.
Boundurant told investigators Oliver committed suicide. A 911 call played at his sentencing included him begging the emergency workers to hurry to the house as he held the dying Oliver in his arms. But Oliver's family described domestic abuse she suffered at the hands of her husband. Read the story from his sentencing in October 1999 here.
Bondurant served 10 years in prison, including credit for time served in jail. He was released from the Twin Falls Community Work Center on Feb. 27, 2009, according to the Idaho Department of Corrections.
A grand jury indicted him on the new charge Tuesday.
An 18-year-old man accused of carjacking a woman who was with her infant remains jailed on $40,000 bond.
Dustin M. Lange is accused of pointing a shotgun at Rachelle Bergman and "racking it" as she was trying to load her newborn baby into her 1998 Ford Escort about 8:40 p.m. Friday in the employee parking lot at Northern Lights Brewery, 1003 E. Trent Ave., police say.
Bergman told police Lange said he would "blast her" if the keys were not in the car, according to court documents prepared by police. Lange also pointed the gun at Bergman's friend Hannah Fretheim, police say. Bergman said she was able to get her 10-day-old son out of the car before Lange stole it.
Police found the Escort in the parking lot of a FedEx warehouse, 4220 E. Broadway Ave., where they say Lange ran through the building still staffed by employees and hid in a trailer at a loading dock.
Fretheim and Bergman identified Lange as the gunman, and police booked him into jail. Officers say they found seven small bags of marijuana and one larger bag, as well as a scale, with Lange after his arrest. They found the shotgun in the wheel well of a truck trailer.
Lange appeared before Superior Court Judge Annette Plese Tuesday on charges of theft of a motor vehicle, second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, theft of a motor vehicle, first-degree assault, first-degree robbery and second-degree burglary (for the FedEx entry.)
Lange was convicted as a juvenile of taking a motor vehicle without permission on Nov. 10 - a day before his 18th birthday, police say.
An invitation to smoke marijuana turned into a robbery last weekend in Spokane because the suspect feared contracting herpes from a water pipe.
Aziem L. Richardson invited the teens to an apartment at 1119 W. Augusta Ave., to smoke marijuana in celebration of his 19th birthday, which was Saturday.
Richardson left after several minutes and returned with a shotgun and threatened the teens, telling them "I heard your or your girlfriend has herpes and we have been sharing a bong," according to a search warrant. "If I get herpes, I'm gong to kill you both."
Richardson, who has two previous felony convictions for robbery as a juvenile, ordered the men to empty their pockets and stole a wallet and cellphones, police said.
Police used a search warrant to retrieve the stolen property from the apartment just after midnight Sunday, as well as a shotgun, bong and shotgun shells.
Richardson remains in jail on $30,000 bond for first-degree robbery.
A self-described skinhead will spend nearly 10 years in prison for a federal gun charge.
James Daniel Bacon, who deputies say damaged a jail house door during a recent tantrum, has spent more than a third of his life in jail.
The 23-year-old's lawyer cited that when asking for him to receive a sentence of just 70 months instead of the 92 to 115 recommended by federal prosecutors.
"Prison clearly has not reformed Mr. Bacon to date," according to a sentencing memorandum by John B. McEntire. A lengthier prison sentence "will further engrain into Mr. Bacon violence and aggression - more so if he is designated to an Administrative-Maximum United States Penitentiary, which is likely the case," McEntire continued.
Bacon has been in solitary confinement at the Spokane County Jail since his arrest in December 2010. McEntire said anger, destruction of property and attacks on jail staff "are the exact type of conduct that (an expert) mentions as being a byproduct of solitary confinement."
A doctor who evaluated Bacon in April said his intelligence and insight make him a good candidate for behavioral therapy to address his antisocial personality disorder, McEntire said.
U.S. District Judge Wm. Fremming Nielsen rejected McEntire's request last Thursday and ordered Bacon to spend 115 months in prison, with credit for time served in jail. Bacon was arrested Dec. 7 after running from Spokane police with a sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun. He pleaded guilty to felon in posession of a firearm.
He also was convicted of misdemeanor assault for punching a man charged with producing child pornography when the two shared a holding cell at the federal courthouse in March.
A Whitman County man arrested on federal gun charges last month had several guns and a large collection of ammunition when investigators searched his properties, a new indictment alleges.
Jeremiah Daniel “J.D.” Hop, 29, faces two counts of felon in possession of a firearm and a forfeiture charge that demands he give up four rifles, a 12-gauge shotgun, and more than 150 rounds of shotgun shells and other ammunition.
A grand jury indicted him on the new charges this week in U.S. District Court.
Hop was convicted in California of third-degree rape of a child in 2005, a felony that prohibits him from possessing firearms or ammunition.
Hop was arrested during an FBI investigation April 20 for allegedly possessing an Izhmash 12-gauge semi-automatic shotgun on March 25.
His brother, Michael Hop, said he was set up by an FBI informant who supplied the shotgun after suggesting they go shooting.
Hop has bragged online about being involved with racist taco-truck protests in Kootenai County. He remains in custody without bail at the Spokane County Jail.
A skinhead jailed on a federal gun charge could be charged with an additional felony for damaging a jail door.
James Daniel Bacon, 23, allegedly slammed the door to a jail day room backwards against a concrete wall so hard that the middle and bottom hinge bolts broke from the concrete.
Bacon refused to stop and was forcefully removed from the room by the jail's crisis response team, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office said. He was placed in a restraint chair, where he told a jail deputy that "he had nothing to say other than to ask what charges he now faces," according to a news release.
The room will be out of service for about two weeks as the door frame is replaced.
Bacon could be charged with felony malicious mischief, depending on how much the repair costs.
Bacon says he is a member of the Valhalla-Bound Skinhead movement, which was founded by Keegan Van Tuyl.
He recently was convicted of misdemeanor assault for punching a man charged with producing child pornography.
He's been in jail since Dec. 7 after running from Spokane police with a sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun. He's charged in U.S. District Court with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Authorities believe Bacon is trying to draw attention to himself.
He told The Spokesman-Review in a jailhouse letter that he had a speech planned at his bench trial for the assault, but no one from the newspaper went. He also sent the newspaper a copy of the speech he read, but that was ignored, too.
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.
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.
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 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 felon caught by Spokane police with a sawed-off shotgun last month has been indicted by a federal grand jury.
James D. Bacon, 23, faces up to 10 years in prison for allegedly possessing the 12-gauge shotgun and ammunition when police officers chased him down on Dec. 7, according to documents filed this week in U.S. District Court.
Bacon was wanted for a felony drug violation and Department of Corrections warrant when he ran from police near Wellesley Avenue and Regal Street.
Police arrested him in a struggle, then realized he was armed with the shotgun.
Bacon was on probation for fourth-degree assault and has other convictions for obstructing an officer and escape from community custody.
He's been in the Spokane County Jail since Dec. 7 and is expected to appear on the new federal charges.
Two Spokane police officers chased down and arrested a wanted man who was armed with a sawed-off shotgun this week.
Officers Jeff McCollough and Terry Preuninger learned James D. Bacon, 23, (pictured) wanted for a felony drug violation and a Department of Corrections violation, was at the corner of Wellesley Avenue and Regal Street about 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday, according to the Spokane Police Department.
They recognized him when they approached the intersection and ordered him to stop, but Bacon fled on foot, running a block before he slipped and fell on the snow behind a house, a news release said.
When the officers approached Bacon, they recognized him and ordered him to stop. Ignoring their commands, Bacon fled on foot, running a block before he slipped and fell on the snow behind a house, the news release said.
McCollough (left) and Preuninger (right) caught up to him and attempted to arrest him, but Bacon resisted, according to the release. Bacon had a can of pepper spray in a holster on his right hip and kept pulling at something on his left hip, police said. Preuninger got a hold of Bacon’s hand and discovered he was trying to pull out a sawed-off shotgun he had concealed in his pants on his left hip.
Bacon is on probation for fourth-degree assault, according to news archives, and has other convictions for obstructing an officer and escape from community custody.
He appeared in Superior Court on Wednesday and remains in jail on $50,000 bond and a probation hold.
An initial report said the arrest happened Thursday because of incorrect information provided by police.
A gunman killed in a shootout with police last week had attempted suicide several times, been hospitalized at Eastern State Hospital and was described as “volatile and explosive” in a state psychiatrist’s report two years ago.
Ethan A. Corporon saw drug-induced images of aliens and spaceships, dreamed of killing himself with a shotgun and described intense mood swings that experts said made him dangerous and likely to commit crimes, according to a June 2008 report by Dr. William Grant, forensic psychiatrist at Eastern State Hospital.
In a 2005 interview with another doctor, Corporon said “what do I have to do to get some attention, kill someone?” and said he had access to a shotgun.
A 22-year-old Alaska man is accused of pointing a shotgun at a group of people in downtown Coeur d’Alene on Saturday.
Jason H. Fennimore was arrested after the alleged victims told police of the shotgun after an officer stopped the car in which Fennimore was riding for driving the wrong way in the 300 block of North Third Street about 2:30 a.m.
The victims said Fennimore pulled the gun from the trunk at threatened them after he and his friends “said something to the victim group, making the stop,” according to a news release. Police found a double-barrel, 12-gauge shotgun in the trunk.
Fennimore, who appeared on past seasons of the reality TV show “Deadliest Catch,” is in Kootenai County Jail on one count of aggravated assault.