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Sirens & Gavels archive for Jan. 1, 2010

FRIDAY, FEB. 12, 2010

Exceptional sentence for gang member  

A reputed gang member sentenced to 15 years in prison for a shooting that didn't injure anyone was given an exceptionally high sentence because of issues with the statutory maximum and firearms enhancements. Anthony D. Singh, 21, could only serve a maximum of 120 months…

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THURSDAY, FEB. 11, 2010

Crack bust targets gang members

A drug bust in Spokane that uncovered crack cocaine targeted members of the same gang that detectives believe has ties to an unsolved homicide last month. Sheriff's detectives raided two homes Wednesday as part of an ongoing investigation into suspected drug dealing by members of…

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Robber headed to familiar place: prison 

A man sent to prison for shooting his teenage girlfriend in 2005 is headed back there after pleading guilty to second-degree robbery. Reza Abghari, 26, was sentenced to 15 months in prison this morning by Judge Sam Cozza. He was arrested Oct. 28 with Nedzad…

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2 jurors dismissed from Boys' Ranch case

Two jurors will be removed from deliberations in the Morning Star Boys' Ranch sexual abuse case because of misconduct. The two discussed the case outside of deliberations, which led Superior Court Judge Kathleen O'Connor to dismiss them this morning. Two alternate jurors will be brought…

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 10, 2010

Surveillance camera images of a man who robbed the Grocery Outlet on North Division Street in Spokane on Tuesday, June 23, 2009. (Courtesy of Spokane Police Department)

DNA on fake beard nabs robbery suspect

A seven-month-old robbery may be solved thanks to DNA from a fake beard worn by the culprit.Donald R. Wright, 35, was arrested today in connection with the June 23 robbery at the Grocery Outlet at 7810 N. Division after the state crime lab matched his…

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Ex-caregiver gets 30 days for scheme

A caregiver who tried to steal money from a dead man will spend a month in jail, a judge ruled today.Ronald L. Brown, 41, has 10 days to report to the Spokane County Jail to serve a 30-day sentence imposed this morning by Superior Court…

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Serial robber gets 10 years in prison

A 20-year-old man who as a teenager terrorized Spokane payday loan stores in a drug-fueled armed robbery spree was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday.Before Zachary T. Allen apologized for his crimes, family members described a sweet boy with a bright future who lost…

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Idaho contemplates new fees on criminals

Anyone who's ever sat through even a few felony dockets in just about any courthouse nationwide probably has noticed the same overwhelming pattern among criminals: They tend to be dirt poor, often as a result of their own poor choices but, no matter how the…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 9, 2010

More than your average neighbor feud 

When a north Spokane man awoke last weekend to the sound of his car alarm and found his window smashed, police traced fresh footprints leading from the crime scene to a neighbor’s home.It was no surprise to the victim – he told police he’s known…

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Canadian coke smuggler: I'm guilty

A Canadian man arrested with 38 kilos of cocaine last fall recently pleaded guilty to a federal cocaine charge. Michael B. Yuill, 36, (left, dressed as Shrek for Halloween 2005 in a picture from his hometown paper, the Observer), pleaded guilty to possession with intent…

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Plea deal accepted in March murder

A man who rejected a plea deal last month in connection with a fatal stabbing changed his mind and will spend the next year in prison after pleading guilty today. Christopher R. Harper, 28, had been charged with second-degree murder following the March 3 stabbing…

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Spokane Valley fire investigators are looking for the man in this photo in connection with a Jan. 18, 2010, fire at HICO Village. Officials believe the fire was intentionally set.  (Courtesy of Spokane Valley Fire Department)

Arson suspect caught on tape

Fire investigators think the man pictured is responsible for an arson fire behind a Spokane Valley convenience store last month. The fire was reported just after 6 p.m. on Jan. 18 behind the Hico Village at 1201 North Barker Road. The Spokane Valley Fire Department…

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MONDAY, FEB. 8, 2010

Rape alleged at Spokane church

A man is accused of raping a woman early Saturday at a Spokane church where he works. Police arrested Michael J. Bosch, 47, early Saturday after a woman said he attacked her in the basement of Mending Fences Ministry, 1906 E. Sprague, according to court…

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Robbery nets $83, 2 felony charges

A convenience store robbery that landed a Spokane man in jail on felony charges netted $83, according to court documents. Jakob B. McMath, 25, appeared in Superior Court today on charges of first-degree robbery and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. McMath was arrested late…

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Police: Man drugged woman before rape

A 20-year-old Spokane man is accused of drugging a woman, then raping her after a church function last fall. Adric T. Watson is in jail on $10,000 bond after appearing in Spokane County Superior Court Monday on one count- of second-degree rape. Watson turned himself…

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At about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 3rd, a man entered the GTX Truck Stop at 18723 E. Cataldo and used a counterfeit $100 bill to purchase scratch lottery tickets.  He was described as a white male in his 50’s who had a beard. 

    On the following Thursday, a man entered the Shell convenience store at 13823 E. Broadway and used a counterfeit $100 bill to purchase $50 in scratch lotto tickets.  He was given $50 in change. 

    The employee in the second theft described the suspect as a white man in his 40’s who was about 5’04” tall and balding.  He estimated his weight at about 165 pounds. 

    Officers who examined the counterfeit bills described them as looking very authentic. 
    Security video at one of the businesses captured the suspect’s image.  Anyone with information regarding his identity is encouraged to call Crime Check at 456-2233.  (Spokane County Sheriff's Office)

Man wanted for passing fake money

A man passed counterfeit $100 bills at two store last week, and detectives are looking for help identifying him. The man used one bill to buy lottery scratch-it tickets at the GTX Truck Stop, 18723 E. Cataldo, on Feb. 3 at 2:30 p.m. The next…

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9th Circuit rejects Spokane man's appeal

A Spokane sex offender with a long list of lawsuits against various entities recently lost an appeal to one of the country's highest courts.Robert M. Waggy argued to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that his arrest in 2004 on a bench warrant was…

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 The Rev. Joseph Weitensteiner waits in the fourth-floor hallway of the Spokane County Courthouse to testify in the Morning Star Boys’ Ranch trial on Wednesday. 
 (Dan Pelle)

Ranch trial could go to jury Tuesday

Closing arguments are expected tomorrow in the Morning Star Boys' Ranch sex abuse trial. The lengthy trial is the first of more than a dozen cases that could go to trial in Spokane County Superior Court.On Thursday, the Rev. Joseph Weitensteiner (pictured above) said that…

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FRIDAY, FEB. 5, 2010

Tucker puts Stevens on leave 10 

A Spokane County deputy prosecutor who announced this week that he’s running for his boss’ job has been placed on paid leave and faces possible discipline.Prosecutor Steve Tucker said his complaints against David Stevens are “obviously” connected to Stevens’ decision to challenge him in the…

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Meth lab busted in Bonner County

Bonner County authorities raided a methamphetamine lab and arrested two men Thursday after a three-month investigation. Louis Gillette, 52, (left) and Allan Krebs, (right) 64, were jailed on $100,000 bail after investigators found a meth lab at Krebs' home at 4433 Colburn Culver Road, the…

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Bust nabs 80 pounds of marijuana

The suspected leader of an interstate marijuana distribution ring was arrested this week after investigators seized more than 80 pounds of marijuana, his Mercedes Benz and several guns, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office. Trent R. Harris, 27, of Kennewick was arrested Wednesday by…

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THURSDAY, FEB. 4, 2010

Stevens challenging Tucker for prosecutor 

Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor Dave Stevens has announced that he’ll challenge his boss, Prosecutor Steve Tucker, in the August primary. Both Tucker (right) and Stevens (left) are Republicans, and the battle is off to a tough start. “Until I came here, I’ve never seen a…

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Jury clears doctor in drug case

A jury cleared a former North Idaho doctor this week of allegations that he overprescribed drugs nearly a decade ago. Chris Arthur Christensen was acquitted on three federal charges in U.S. District Court in Coeur d’Alene after a week-long jury trial. It was the second…

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Sheriff: Critics are ill-informed 'whiners'

BOISE - A Kootenai County human rights group sent a letter to the Idaho Legislature on Thursday saying criminals are going free in Benewah County because the sheriff there refuses to sign a cooperative agreement with the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Police.Benewah County Sheriff Bob Kirts…

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