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Sirens & Gavels archive for Sept. 2010

FRIDAY, SEPT. 10, 2010

Fugitive's claim to fame: 21 mug shots

Fourteen years ago, a fugitive apprehension organization touted a suspect's 36 convictions in 10 years when asking for tips on his location. This week, it focused on his impressive number of mug shots: 21. Frank Anthony Orden, 42, is wanted for possession of a controlled…

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Gang murder suspect arrested in Compton

A Spokane gang member accused of shooting to death a rival outside a party in January was arrested today in Compton, Calif., police announced tonight. Edward L. "TD" Thomas, 25, wanted since June for first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder, was captured by the fugitive…

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Witnesses: 7-Eleven run-in led to stabbing 

A man accused of stabbing another man in downtown Spokane claimed self defense and said the victim made him "go crazy," according to court documents prepared by police.Eugene A. Young, 36, told police he had "mental health issues" after he was arrested about 7:10 p.m.…

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Unregistered child rapist sought by police

UPDATE: Spokane County sheriff's Sgt. Dave Reagan announced Monday that Eillison is actually in prison. Thanks, Dave.A convicted child rapist with a history of not checking in with authorities is wanted by police for failing to register as a sex offender. Robert R. Ellison, 28,…

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 The execution chamber at the Washington State Penitentiary is shown as viewed from the witness gallery, in this Nov. 20, 2008, file photo, in Walla Walla, Wash. Cal Coburn Brown is scheduled to die Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, for the murder of Holly Washa in 1991. If the execution is carried out, Brown  will be the first person executed in Washington since 2001. (Ted Warren / (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File))

State prepares for 1st execution since '01 

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — In a state where executions are uncommon, Cal Coburn Brown's lethal injection on Friday will be the first time since 2001 that Washington has carried out its capital punishment. Barring a last-minute stay of execution from the state or U.S. Supreme…

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Sheriff ruing flap over deputy's vacation 

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich is frustrated and caught off-guard by the public reaction to the decision to allow Deputy Brian Hirzel to leave for vacation just hours after he shot and killed a Spokane Valley pastor late last month. Knezovich acknowledges that everything with…

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Murder charges dropped in Hoopfest case 

Spokane County prosecutors will not pursue the dozens of attempted murder charges filed against four men arrested after shots were fired at Hoopfest. Deputy Prosecutor Steve Garvin said in court documents filed this week that he will instead seek assault charges against the men, whose…

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Tips sought on off-the-grid child molester

A convicted child molester already on probation for failing to register as a sex offender is wanted by police for failing to register again. Joshua J. Wilson, 18, was convicted of second-degree child molestation in 2006.He pleaded guilty to failure to register as a sex…

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Murder plot victim slams federal prosecutors 

In a 16-page affidavit prosecutors suggested may have originated with her jailed husband, alleged murder plot target Cyndi Steele rails against a plea deal arranged with FBI informant Larry Fairfax and accuses the U.S. Attorney's Office of violating her rights as a victim. The document,…

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Plea delayed for informant in murder plot

A plea hearing for the hit-man-turned-informant in an alleged North Idaho murder plot was postponed Tuesday because the suspect was reluctant to acknowledge that the pipe bomb he’s accused of placing under the would-be victim’s car could have exploded. The move to delay the approval…

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 7, 2010

Plea deal halted after suspect complains 

A Spokane gang member set to plead guilty today to several felonies changed his mind at the last minute and is now set for trial. Cedric E. "Dirty" Burton (right), accused of helping a murder suspect avoid arrest, told Judge Tari Eitzen that he was…

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Police say group stole man's bling, pants

An $18,000 piece of jewelry worn during the filming of a rap music video led to a robbery and assault that included theft of the victim’s pants, according to court documents filed Friday. Spokane police gang unit members as well as police and sheriff’s SWAT…

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Stevens Co. warns of convicted rapist

The Stevens County Sheriff's Office is warning of a sex offender who is considered likely to reoffend and lives in Colville. Daniel I. Buchmann, 38, is not wanted by authorities, but he is on probation for a 2001 conviction for fist-degree rape and first-degree kidnapping…

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Deputy says he saw armed man approach 

Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Hirzel told investigators Friday that he saw Pastor Wayne Scott Creach approaching his unmarked patrol car from a distance of about 30 feet with a gun in his hand before they had a verbal confrontation. Hirzel said in a videotaped…

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 3, 2010

Supremacist w/ assault rifles to stay jailed 

A judge today ordered a white supremacist and convicted felon charged with unlawfully possessing two assault rifles and a handgun to stay in custody pending trial. Wayde Lynn Kurt, 52, also is suspected of using counterfeit identification cards to obtain a post office box and…

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Attorney seeks stay for death row inmate

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Attorneys for a death row inmate who is scheduled to be executed this month have filed a request for an emergency stay with the Washington state Supreme Court. Cal Coburn Brown argues that his death sentence should be reversed because information…

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Michael Clyde Ward, 63 (Shoshone County Sheriff's Office)

Mug shot spotlight: Idaho heroin suspect

A three-month investigation into heroin dealing has led to the arrest of a 63-year-old man in Shoshone County. Michael Clyde Ward, who lives on Burke Road, was arrested on Wednesday when the North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force served a search warrant at Ward’s address,…

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Man gets 5 years for 600 child porn videos 

A Spokane man with no previous criminal record was ordered Thursday to serve 5 years in federal prison for possessing child pornography. Richard L. Parham, 58, had nearly 600 explicit videos on his computers when investigators raided his home in July 2008. A Washington State…

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Killer's boyfriend: 'I have lost everything'

Murder charges against Brian L. Moore, boyfriend of convicted killer Shellye Stark, were filed Aug. 26 - exactly one year after he was indicated on U.S. District Court in the Central District of California on two federal weapons charges. Moore was sentenced Monday to 21…

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Deal set for informant in Edgar Steele case

A Sagle man who investigators say was hired by Edgar Steele to kill Steele’s wife and mother-in-law is expected to plead guilty to federal weapons charges next week. Larry A. Fairfax, 49, faces a maximum 10 years in prison but federal sentencing guidelines show he…

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Sheriff: Ending vacation could taint probe

The interview that should finally explain why a deputy shot and killed a Spokane Valley pastor will come Friday morning – after the deputy returns from a week-long vacation approved by Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich. Deputy Brian Hirzel left town the day after an…

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