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Sirens & Gavels archive for June 8, 2010


3-strikes suspect backs out of pro se plan

Here's one to cross off your list of upcoming spectacles: the Timothy "Stoney Boy" Lucious attempted-murder trial. Lucious, who faces life in prison under the three-strikes law, recently backed out on a plan to act as his own attorney after representing himself for about two…

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Traffic camera critic remakes PD website

BLUFF CITY, Tenn. (AP) — After a Tennessee police department let its website expire, the site was snatched up by a new owner — a man who uses it to gripe about traffic cameras that issue speeding tickets.Computer network designer Brian McCrary says he discovered…

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Geiger to help inmates define right, wrong

The Geiger Corrections Center will soon become an interim version of the treatment-focused “community corrections center” that is to be part of a jail-construction bond measure next April. Although Geiger will be available for overflow from the Spokane County Jail, its new mission will be…

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Trial begins today in Fairchild rape case

Opening statements are set for this afternoon in the trial of a man accused of raping a woman in a Fairchild Air Force Base interrogation room. Michael W. Fassbender, 32, is charged with three counts of aggravated first-degree rape and one count of second-degree assault…

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2 level 3 sex offenders register locally

Another day, another level 3 sex offender registers as a transient in Spokane County. For the fourth time since May 27, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office has announced that a sex offender considered likely to reoffend will be living a transient lifestyle. The latest is…

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Police officers escort Joran Van der Sloot, second right, during a press conference at a police station in Lima, Saturday, June 5, 2010. The young Dutchman wanted in the murder of a 21-year-old Peruvian woman, and who also remains the lone suspect in the 2005 disappearance of U.S. teen Natalee Holloway, arrived in Peru's capital Saturday to face justice, after being handed over by Chilean police on Friday at the two countries' border. (AP Photo/Karel Navarro) (Associated Press / Associated Press)

Holloway suspect confesses to Peru murder

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Dutchman Joran van der Sloot, long the prime suspect in U.S. teen Natalee Holloway's 2005 disappearance in Aruba, has confessed to killing a young woman in his Lima hotel room last week, a police spokesman said. Police Col. Abel Gamarra, head…

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Appeal to 9th Circuit delays Otto Zehm trial

With a jury pool waiting in another room, a federal judge Monday postponed the criminal trial against Karl F. Thompson Jr. after prosecutors announced their intention to appeal his ruling that barred evidence showing Otto Zehm had not committed a crime before Thompson confronted him.…

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