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Sirens & Gavels archive for Nov. 19, 2009

THURSDAY, NOV. 19, 2009


Gerrin LaFleur, 3, picks up his feet and lets his father, Les LaFleur, carry him by his child restraint up Government Way during Bloomsday 2008 on Sunday, May 4, 2008. At right is his sister, Alzera, 6. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Father charged in death of boy, 4 

A vehicular homicide charge was filed Thursday against the father of a 4-year-old who died near Mount Spokane in August. Lester C. LaFleur, 35, will be arraigned Dec. 2. Gerrin P.R. LaFleur died Aug. 19 during a family firewood-gathering trip in the foothills near North…

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Joe Pickert, right, was executive director of both organizations when the Morning Star Boys’ Ranch deeded real estate to the Morning Star Foundation. Ranch executive director Richard I. Petersen, left, said charitable organizations often form foundations. “There was no attempt to defraud anybody,” he said.danp@spokesman.com (Dan Pelle)

Ranch moves assets before abuse trial

Morning Star Boys’ Ranch has moved the bulk of its assets, including securities and real estate worth millions of dollars, to a nonprofit foundation in advance of the first trial over sexual abuse lawsuits against it. In 2007, the ranch transferred more than $12 million…

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Poison maker contests prison sentence

A Spokane Valley man serving 10 years in federal prison for making a deadly poison is asking to have his sentence and conviction overturned because one of the government’s expert witnesses was later fired for misconduct in other criminal cases. Kenneth Olsen, a former computer…

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Pharmacy employee tackles armed robber 

A Coeur d'Alene pharmacy employee tackled a masked armed robber and held him for police Wednesday night. Jason Anthony Wahl, 28, will appear in Kootenai County District Court this afternoon after police arrested him at the Shopko pharmacy, 217 W. Ironwood Drive. Wahl is accused…

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