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Sirens & Gavels

Courthouse watch: 6.12.09

Suspects on today's Spokane County Superior Court docket included a woman whose cat-packed house was raided after a neighbor found what turned out to be broken freezer filled with dead felines and called authorities.

Once described as an animal advocate, Penny K. McIntosh, 57, faces ten counts of first-degree animal cruelty after 85 cats and four dogs were seized from a small house she rented at 2812 W. Sharp Ave. last summer.

Her neighbor described his situation as "like living next to a human toilet," in a story you can read here.

McIntosh and her attorney, Dave Hearrean, were due to ask for a trial extension today

Two accused OxyContin robbers were also on the docket .

Adam J. Dally, 25, is accused of using a gun to rob the Liberty Lake Walgreens of nearly 900 OxyContin pills Dec. 5. He's also charged with first-degree robbery for a Nov. 26 at the South Hill Walgreens, 2830 S. Grand Blvd. That Walgreens was robbed again Sunday in a case that remains unsolved. Read about it here.

Liberty Lake Detective Ray Bourgeois spent months building a case against Dally, who traveled to Seattle after the robbery, according to previously published reports.

People who led Bourgeois to Dally included a former girlfriend who claimed to have been having sex with him in exchange for drugs and heard him brag about robbing the pharmacy, records show.

Dally joined Sunshine VanCleave on the pre-trial conference docket. VanCleave is accused of robbing a Deer Park pharmacy in a story you can read here.

She discussed her addiction in a major story on OxyContin back in January that you can read here.

Also on the docket was Scott A. Johnson, 49.

He's charged with bail jumping and possession of stolen property but is part of a larger Washington State Patrol investigation involving Pinnacle realty found Joe Ward.  

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