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Sirens & Gavels

Wanted: Two Whipples

An accused armed robber failed to appear in court earlier this month, and Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information that leads to his capture.

Joseph E. Whipple, 21, (left) and Jimmy D. Dempsey, 17, were each due in Spokane County Superior Court May 20 on charges of first-degree robbery in a case featured in this blog post.

Whipple didn't show, and Crime Stoppers sent his mug shot and a brief description of his charges to the media today.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online at

Joe Whipple is the second Whipple making the news today.

Jeffrey Anthony Whipple, 44, escaped from a work crew with two other prisoners near Avery, Idaho, Sunday night or early this morning. Read a story on that here.

There is no indication whether the two are related.

UPDATE: Jeffrey Whipple was arrested on 6/2/09. Read about his arrest here. UPDATE 6/23/09: Joseph Whipple has been arrested.

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