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Sirens & Gavels archive for June 14, 2010

MONDAY, JUNE 14, 2010

Polygraph clears robbery suspect's driver 

No charges will be filed against a Spokane man arrested on suspicion of driving the getaway truck in an OxyContin robbery at a North Side Walgreens last week.Although David L. Ratener, 55, was driving the truck, he passed two lie detector tests that showed he…

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1st on Sirens: Edgar Steele's mugshot

Edgar J. Steele, the lawyer who represented the Aryan Nations, is due in U.S. District Court in Coeur d'Alene at 3:30 p.m. today on a felony charge of using interstate commerce to commission murder for hire. Steele was arrested Friday at his Sagle home, accused…

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Gamblers plead not guilty in $540,000 theft

A Spokane couple who described themselves to police as successful gamblers are accused of stealing nearly $540,000 from a Spokane rental agency. George L. and Kathy A. Bagwell pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree theft today. The couple had worked for real estate…

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Ex-Aryans lawyer arrested in murder plot

A North Idaho attorney who defended the Aryan Nations and its founder, Richard Butler, is scheduled to appear in federal court today on charges he arranged to have his wife and mother-in-law killed. Edgar J. Steele, 64, (left, in 2001) was arrested Friday at his…

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Major heroin bust includes E. Wash. arrest

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Federal authorities say 23 people have been arrested in Washington as part of a national crackdown on Mexican drug trafficking organizations operating in the U.S. The dragnet included at least one arrest in Eastern Washington near Yakima. Agents arrested the 23…

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