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Sirens & Gavels archive for Dec. 30, 2010

THURSDAY, DEC. 30, 2010

Dried leaves are visible in containers of incense not intended for human consumption at Enhale Smoke Shop in Tucson, Ariz., on Dec. 14, 2010. Federal authorities are planning to ban some of the chemicals found in a legal substance that they say, when smoked, gives a high similar to marijuana's but is potentially more dangerous.  (Greg Bryan / (AP Photo/Arizona Daily Star, Greg Bryan))

Pharmacy board bans synthetic pot 

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state pharmacy board has voted to adopt a rule that would ban the sale and possession of synthetic marijuana. The board's emergency rule would mirror new Federal Drug Enforcement Administration rules banning five chemicals used to make synthetic marijuana.…

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Court OK's solitary for death row inmate

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The state Supreme Court ruled today that it was OK for corrections officials to move a death row inmate to solitary confinement after a special housing unit that allowed him more privileges was closed due to budget cuts. In a 7-2…

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Man to forfeit $1.4 mil in cash, cars

A Spokane Valley businessman pleaded guilty Wednesday to several counts of hiding financial transactions concerning the sale of stolen metals and agreed to forfeit about $1.4 million in cash, property and vehicles purchased with proceeds of the illegal transactions. Craig A. Dickson entered a plea…

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Driver in police shooting gets 77 months

A Spokane woman who was driving a stolen SUV when her passenger allegedly fired shots at a police officer has been sentenced to more than six years in prison. Margaret D. Shults, 23, pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery earlier this month and was sentenced to…

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Pieces of a 2002 Acura, stolen in a carjacking this morning, were scattered along Indiana Avenue after the driver, who died, lost control and struck a tree. The impact split the car in two pieces seen at left by investigators and in the middle of the photo next to the right tree.  (Mike Prager / The Spokesman-Review)

Boyfriend in fatal crash gets 15 years

A Spokane man involved in a carjacking that led to a fiery crash that killed his girlfriend has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. Michael L. Olson, 32, pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery and two counts of tampering with a witness and was sentenced…

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Burglary spree earns man 29 months

A burglary spree at Spokane convenience stores last winter recently earned a 30-year-old man about two years in prison. Michael L. Yamaguchi was sentenced to 29 months in prison for burglary and car theft charges related to eight burglaries, a few in which cars stolen…

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