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Sirens & Gavels archive for June 2010


Jury convicts mom who took kids years ago

A jury has convicted a woman of custodial interference for taking her children from Spokane 12 years ago. Jill D. Haugen, 48, was found guilty after a short trial before Judge Neal Reilly this week. She has not yet been sentenced. Custodial interference carries a…

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Rape trial's crime scene is military facility

National security questions have been raised during the Spokane rape trial of a civilian contractor who, according to court testimony, took a woman he just met over the Internet into one of the military’s most secure facilities. Asked outside the courtroom Wednesday if the U.S.…

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Dealer w/ 'mental demons' gets 15 years 

A Shoshone County, Idaho man involved in a methamphetamine ring that obtained the drug in Spokane will spend more than 15 years in prison. Michael R. Opland, 52, was sentenced Tuesday to 188 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and for failing to…

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SPD Guild endorses Bugbee for prosecutor 

The Spokane Police Guild has endorsed Chris Bugbee for Spokane County prosecutor. Guild President Ernie Wuthrich told Bugbee of the endorsement in a letter sent to his campaign headquarters. “Through your many years of service to the Spokane community you have developed a reputation as…

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N. Idaho prosecutor joins Spokane Co. race

A Kootenai County deputy prosecutor joined the race for Spokane County's top prosecutor today. Jim Reierson, who lives in Spokane, said he prefers “The Law and Order Party,” Jim Camden reports at Spin Control. Reierson, 59, ran for the job four years ago as a…

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5 CdA meth dealers sent to federal prison

Four associates of an ex-Coeur d'Alene methamphetamine dealer serving 13 years in federal prison were sentenced to their own prison terms this week. Brenda Barron, 46, is at the Sea Tac federal prison in Western Washington. Now her daughter, 25-year-old Amber Larsen, is set to…

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EWU grad on trial in teacher sex scandal

An Eastern Washington University graduate is accused of having sex with a teenage student while a gym teacher in Yakima. The 17-year-old student testified Tuesday that he had sex with Michele Leingang Taylor, 31, in the back seat of her pickup truck in a Kmart…

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Driver on trial for disabled man's death

A 37-year-old Spokane man is on trial for vehicular homicide after he ran over a man with Parkinson's disease in 2007. William L. Hagy struck and killed 51-year-old Robert Kenyon, who was crossing at an unmarked crosswalk on Nov. 20, 2007, at the intersection of…

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Judge upholds Hells Angel's jail release

A federal judge has rejected a prosecutor's request to hold a Canadian Hells Angel without bail on drug and money laundering charges. Brian L. Hall, 43, will be allowed to leave the Spokane County Jail and return to British Columbia if he posts a $400,000…

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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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MONDAY, JUNE 7, 2010

Charge: Man voted twice in '08 election 

A Stevens County man has been charged with a felony after investigators say he voted twice in the 2008 election. Handwriting experts believe Alan Dennis Christensen, 34, filled out paperwork allowing him to vote in Stevens County and in Oregon, according to documents filed in…

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Child rapist, molester living as transient

A child rapist considered likely to reoffend is living as a transient in Spokane County, the sheriff's office announce today. Edwin L. Kedish, 54, served 80 months in prison after being convicted of third-degree rape of a child and first-degree child molestation in Pend Oreille…

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Corvette, motor home seized in Ponzi probe

The president of a Spokane-based company under investigation for an alleged $50 million-plus Ponzi scheme is to give up a motor home and Corvette, according to a legal notice published last week. An Internal Revenue Service official declined comment on the probe involving Doris Nelson,…

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City to buy warehouse for police evidence

Fifteen months after voters rejected a tax to pay for a new police evidence building, city officials say they can open an improved facility without new taxes. The city announced this week plans to buy a warehouse in East Central Spokane and convert it to…

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