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Sirens & Gavels archive for June 17, 2010


Trio of child molesters registers in Spokane

Three sex offenders considered likely to re-offend recently registered in Spokane County. Joe Louis Barton, 47, (right) is living in the 1100 block of West York after serving 216 months in prison for raping a 7-year-old girl in 1986. He's no longer on probation. Delores…

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Police: Man had 166 pot plants too many

A hunter led investigators this week to a man they say "interprets the medical marijuana law a little differently than we do." Benjamin A. Rice-Erso, 26, was released from Spokane County Jail on his own recognizance today after appearing in Superior Court on a felony…

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Jury acquits ex-survival instructor of rape

A former survival instructor smiled Wednesday as a Spokane jury read its decision to exonerate him of three counts of first-degree rape. Michael W. Fassbender, 32, asked his attorney, Christian Phelps, if he was free to go and left with his friends and family. Fassbender…

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