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MONDAY, JUNE 7, 2010

Ex-jail deputy charged with assaulting inmate

A former Spokane County Jail deputy fighting his dismissal over use of force has been charged with misdemeanor assault in the same incident. Wayne S. Green (right) is accused of grabbing inmate Daniel Clinger, son of a now former Spokane Fire Department captain Ron Clinger…

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Shooting suspect part of crack investigation

Although a shooting in northeast Spokane on Thursday likely wasn’t gang-related, the Los Angeles man accused in the incident was arrested earlier this year in a crack cocaine investigation targeting several gangs.Members of one of the gangs, the Atlantic Drive Compton Crips, were allegedly involved…

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FRIDAY, JUNE 4, 2010

Police still looking for carjacked Buick 

Police still are looking for car stolen at gunpoint in north Spokane May 27. Brian E. Gorder, 32, is accused of carjacking the 2008 Buick Lucerene in the K-Mart parking lot, 6606 N. Division, then using it in a robbery at Washington Trust Bank, 3810…

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Husband gets 30 years in Valentine's murder

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — A judge has handed a 30-year prison sentence to a Lewiston man convicted of murdering his wife on Valentine's Day last year. A Nez Perce County jury had convicted Gary Mallory II of strangling Charlene Mabie Mallory, a 48-year-old who married…

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Killer's lover admits to weapons charges

The boyfriend of a Spokane prostitute who murdered her husband has pleaded guilty to two federal weapons charges in California. Brian L. Moore, 43, is expected to be sentenced to about two years in prison - but he'll be credited for time already served. He's…

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Spokane police are looking for, from left, Edward Thomas on charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder; Marc Carter on a charge of conspiracy to commit second-degree assault; and Christopher Route on a charge of first-degree rending criminal assistance. The three men were at large as of June 3, 2010. (Courtesy of Spokane Police Department)

Murder charges filed in gang slaying

Seven people have been charged in connection to a Jan. 17 gang-related slaying in Hillyard. Edward L. "TD" Thomas (right) is wanted on charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder after police say he shot John S. Williams in the face with a Ruger…

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'Excited delirium' axed from Zehm defense 

After years of Spokane Police officials claiming that Otto Zehm suffered from “excited delirium,” a defense attorney said Thursday that he will avoid offering any evidence or expert testimony about the disputed medical condition often cited by police agencies to explain controversial in-custody deaths. Defense…

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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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Holloway suspect sought in Peru murder 

LIMA, Peru (AP) — A young Dutchman previously arrested in the 2005 disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway is the prime suspect in a weekend murder of a Peruvian woman, police said Wednesday. Joran van der Sloot is being sought in the Sunday killing of…

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Jury: Ex-Spokanite should die for murder 

A 1999 West Valley High graduate convicted of rape and murder in Reno, Nevada should die for his crimes, a jury ruled today. James Michael Biela, whose mother lives in Spokane Valley and sister works for the Spokane Police Department, will be sentenced to death…

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Feds fight to keep Hells Angel in custody

A member of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang who fought extradition to the United States for two years was granted bail by a U.S. magistrate in Spokane, but federal prosecutors are appealing the decision. Brian Lee Hall, 43, has been in the Spokane County Jail…

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Victim's grandma embraces killer's mother

RENO, Nev. (AP) — It was a single act of compassion in a courtroom chamber of horrors for the families of a convicted rapist and killer, his victims and their families. Minutes after the guilty verdict was read, Brianna Denison's grandmother extended her hands to…

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Developer charged in drugs, sex, theft probe

A once-prominent Spokane land developer has been charged with several felonies related to an alleged drug and stolen property ring investigators believe he ran from his Long Lake home. Joseph G. Ward, 62, is due in Spokane County Superior Court within the next two weeks…

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Boy shot in head recovering in Spokane

A 10-year-old Grant County boy is recovering at Spokane hospital after being shot in the head in a drive-by shooting. A bullet struck Malcolm Sanchez as he slept in his bed in a mobile home in the 8000 block of Road 10.5, three miles northwest…

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