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Sirens & Gavels

Courthouse watch: 5.29.09

Friday's smorgasbord of suspects on the Spokane County Superior Court docket include an accused OxyContin robber, a teenager charged with attempted murder for a shooting spree in a motel parking lot and a man connected to Pinaccle Realty founder Joe Ward, who is the subject of a major Washington State Patrol investigation into a suspected stolen property and drug ring.

Joshua G. Dixon, 26, is charged with first-degree robbery for an alleged OxyContin heist in January with Richard T. Ludvik.

Dixon was arrested that night and told police he'd driven Ludvik to the Walgreens at 29th Avenue and Grand Boulevard in exchange for a couple of pills, court appears show.

Ludvik turned himself in a month later. Mark Hannibal is defending Dixon; Larry Steinmetz is the prosecutor. Read a story on the case here.

Anthony R. Covert, 18, is charged with attempted first-degree murder, possession of a stolen firearm, second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault.

He's accused of spraying 10 bullets at two men in a parking lot at the West Wynn Motel, 2701 W. Sunset Blvd., in November, records show. Read a story on that case here. Alan Rossi represents Covert; Dale Nagy is the prosecutor.

But the hidden gem on Friday's docket was David K. "Ink" Sankey, 34, who's accused of firing shots on Joe Ward's property overlooking Long Lake in December. Ward is pictured left.

Sankey is charged with second-assault and harassment against his girlfriend, Chelce Zimmerman, after witnesses told police he'd held a gun to her head in "retaliation for Chelce sleeping with Joseph Ward," court papers show. Sankey's lawyer is David Loebach; the prosecutor is Gayle Ervin.

Sankey's arrest came about a month before WSP raided Ward's home, seizing stolen property and methamphetamine and launching an investigation that was recently forwarded to the Spokane County Prosecutor's Office and involves more than 200 criminal charges and several suspects, according to WSP.

Charges have not been filed, and Ward remains free on bond.

Ward's alleged accomplice, longtime felon Scott Johnson, remains in Spokane County Jail. Read a story on the January raid here.

Dixon, Covert and Sankey were each granted trial extensions by Judge Ellen Kalama Clark.

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