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Sirens & Gavels archive for Jan. 1, 2009


Hearing delayed for killer's boyfriend

Brian Moore's big day will have to wait.A hearing on a motion to dismiss murder charges against Moore, accused of helping Shellye Stark kill her husband, was delayed today because the prosecutor is having hip surgery. Judge Sam Cozza set the new hearing for Sept.…

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Judge silences defendant with duct tape

Here's an AP report on an unusual move by an Ohio judge: CANTON, Ohio — An Ohio judge unhappy with repeated interruptions from a robbery suspect ordered a deputy to put duct tape over the defendant's mouth. Canton Municipal Court Judge Stephen Belden says the…

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Courthouse watch: 9.2.09

A judge set bond at $500,000 today for a 61-year-old Coeur d'Alene man accused or raping a 13-year-old girl. Ronald G. Sever faces charges of rape, kidnapping and lewd conduct with a minor after the girl ran to a neighbor’s house crying and the neighbor…

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Big day tomorrow for killer's boyfriend

Will the charges against the boyfriend of the woman convicted of killing her husband stand? We'll find out tomorrow in Spokane County Superior Court. Lawyers in the Brian L. Moore case are set to argue a motion to dismiss first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit…

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 1, 2009

Signs announce the installation of time-delay safes at the Walgreens store  at Division Street and Empire Avenue in Spokane. (CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON / The Spokesman-Review)

$100,000 warrant for OxyContin robber

A man accused of robbing two Walgreens didn't show up to his sentencing today in Spokane County Superior Court, leading to a $100,000 warrant for his arrest.Adam J. Dally, 25, is accused of robbing the store at 2830 S. Grand Blvd on Nov. 26 and…

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Courthouse watch: 9.1.09

A career criminal whose defense attorney said he'd "about run himself out of rope" at his sentencing four years ago is back in the court system, accused of something police say he does for a living: burglary. Christopher J. Cannata, 37, was scheduled to plead…

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MONDAY, AUG. 31, 2009

Crime Stoppers mug shot matchup

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information that leads to the capture of these four people. Can you match the mug shot with the allegation? Click the link below for the answers.Alleged crimes: second-degree theft, nine counts of forgery, first-degree possession of stolen property…

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SpoCannabis founder pleads innocent 

The legal battles brewing in the city over medical marijuana continued today as Darren McCrea pleaded innocent to seven drug-related felonies.Police raided McCrea’s home last year after months of investigation triggered by a tip that McCrea, the founder of the medical marijuana support group SpoCannabis,…

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Barry Buchmann, 57, faces 10 counts of possession of child pornography. (The Spokesman-Review)

Pinehurst man charged with child porn

A North Idaho man man was arrested today on suspicion of possessing child pornography. Barry Buchmann, 57, is in Shoshone County Jail after a raid at his apartment at 610 Lewiston Ave. in Pinehurst, according to the Shoshone County Sheriff's Office. The sheriff's office and…

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Courthouse watch: 8.31.09 

A woman who stole OxyContin from a pharmacy where she worked - and that closed after being inundated with prescription drug crime - will be on probation for the next year.Lisa A. Roth pleaded guilty to three counts of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance…

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FRIDAY, AUG. 28, 2009

Courthouse watch: 8.28.09

At least eight guards filled the room where inmates go for their first Superior Court appearances today. They were there with murder defendant Cole K. Strandberg, and they'll likely be back early next week: Strandberg's probable cause papers weren't complete, so his appearance was delayed.…

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Spotlight: Eddie Ray Hall's mullet

Eddie Ray Hall's rise to fame can be traced to this article, published in 1998. Authorities used him as an example of how much criminals cost society, estimating Hall cost about $1 million. Hall gave an extensive interview to the newspaper, and the power mullet…

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THURSDAY, AUG. 27, 2009

Surveillance photo of a pharmacy robbery at the South Regal Street ShopKo 9:42 p.m. Aug. 24, 2009. The robber is described as a white male in his 20s with dark stubble and approximately 6 feet, 3 inches tall. (Courtesy of Crime Stoppers)

Do you recognize this man?

The company that makes OxyContin is offering a $1,000 reward for information that solves a Spokane pharmacy robbery Sunday. A man in his 20s with dark stubble and possibly a black wig walked into Shopko, 4515 S. Regal Street, at 9:42 p.m. and handed the…

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Courthouse watch: 8.27.09

A teen charged in the gruesome murder of his pregnant girlfriend appeared in court again today on a separate second-degree arson charge. Robbie W. Bishop, 19, has already pleaded not guilty to the charge and had been released from Spokane County Jail, but his arrest…

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 26, 2009

Scott  Shupe poses with dozens of marbles from his collection Friday, July 15, 2005.  Shupe has more than 300,000 marbles in his collection.  (Joe Barrentine / The Spokesman-Review)

Then and now: Scott Shupe 

Before Scott Shupe made news for getting busted in Oregon with four pounds of marijuana, he was spotlighted for an unusual collection: more than 300,000 marbles. The 54-year-old Spokane man faces drug charges after he was arrested Friday with a stash he said was meant…

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Courthouse watch: 8.26.09

A convicted sex offender who twice attacked victims in women’s bathrooms should remain in a secure facility for the rest of his life, a jury ruled today. The decision classifies Shawn Dale Botner, 36, as a violently sexual predator who has a mental abnormality or…

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TUESDAY, AUG. 25, 2009

Courthouse watch: 8.25.09

Shawn Dale Botner’s adult life has been one of continual clashes with law enforcement. The convicted sex offender, who twice attacked victims in women’s bathrooms, now awaits a jury’s decision on whether he ever will be a free man. The jury went home Tuesday without…

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Reward offered in road rage assault

The mystery of the road rage van continues. Spokane County Sheriff's detectives have been trying to track down the driver of a van who faces a vehicular assault charge for allegedly dragging a motorcyclist during a fight on North Division Street on Aug. 14. Detectives…

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Thompson supporters rally on Facebook 

The evolution of Facebook over the years, particularly the last six months or so, has been astonishing. When I learned of the social networking web site in 2004, it was reserved for students at specific universities. An email address ending an .edu was required, and…

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MONDAY, AUG. 24, 2009

Robbie  Bishop ( front right ) appears via closed circuit video in the Superior Court of Judge Sam Cozza Monday August 24, 2009. CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Courthouse watch: 8.24.09

The teenager charged with stabbing his pregnant girlfriend to death was released from jail in the spring because there was no room in mental health services, court documents show.Robbie W. Bishop, 19, appeared in court via video today, charged with second-degree murder for the brutal…

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Charge upgraded in fatal boat crash

A man accused of causing a fatal boating accident on the Spokane River in Coeur d'Alene Saturday was charged Monday with manslaughter. John F. Klinefelter, 45, of Coeur d'Alene, remains in Kootenai County Jail on $50,000 bond after a boat he was operating struck a…

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