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Sirens & Gavels archive for June 3, 2010


School PTO thief must repay $22,000

A former elementary school PTO treasurer is to repay $22,000 in stolen donations after pleading guilty to two felony theft charges this week. Theresa L. Dewitt also was sentenced to a year probation in a plea deal approved Tuesday in Superior Court. The longtime Whitman…

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$50,000 for Barefoot Bandit's surrender 

SEATTLE (AP) — An anonymous donor is offering to pay a notorious Washington state teen burglar $50,000 if he turns himself in by next Tuesday.Everett bounty hunter Mike Rocha announced the offer on Thursday. He says it's genuine: The money's been placed in the trust…

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DEA: Tri-Cities man supplied CdA cocaine

A Coeur d'Alene man accused of leading a cocaine distribution ring for at least 10 years is believed to have obtained the drugs from a Kennewick man. New documents filed in U.S. District Court allege Manuel Rivera supplied James Roy "Slim" O'Neill (left) with cocaine…

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Cash smuggling suspect held without bail

A Canadian man arrested at the U.S. border with $520,000 in unreported cash will remain in federal custody without bail. Richard Paul Neumeyer, 66, of Kelowna, B.C., pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a grand jury indictment charging him with bulk cash smuggling - a felony…

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Killer gets life in prison under 3 strikes law 

Convicted killer and career burglar David K. Brewzcynski received Wednesday the only sentence available to him — life in prison without the possibility of parole. Brewczynski, 44, was convicted of bludgeoning and shooting 80-year-old Kenneth Cross on Sept. 20, 2008. The April murder conviction was…

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Rapist who drugged woman faces 6 months 

A 20-year-old man pleaded guilty Wednesday to raping a woman he met at a church function. Adric T. Watson (right) was charged with second-degree rape but instead pleaded guilty to third-degree rape and is expected to receive a six-month prison sentence. Deputy Spokane County Prosecutor…

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