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Sirens & Gavels archive for April 11, 2011

MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2011

Hundreds of state convictions in doubt

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — At least 17 criminal convictions in Whatcom County could be overturned on appeal because jurors were questioned inside a judge's chambers, possibly violating the defendants' rights to a public trial. The Bellingham Herald reports appeals courts have been overturning cases based…

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Plea deal expected for Barefoot Bandit

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington's "Barefoot Bandit," who is accused of evading authorities for two years as he pilfered cars, boats and airplanes in a daring cross-country crime spree, could wind up reaching a blanket plea agreement that would avoid trials in more than a dozen…

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Armed man surrenders to pepper spray

A domestic violence suspect arrested after a standoff in north Spokane on Saturday made statements about "shooting it out with police" and "suicide by cop," police said today. James Michael Vandyke, 41, is to appear in Spokane County Superior Court this afternoon on a second-degree…

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Suspect's nickname is profane word 

A man whose nickname is a profane word faces a charge of leading organized crime for an alleged check forgery ring in Spokane County. Rai A. "Sh***y" Goulsby, 45, (pictured) is accused of directing two sisters to cash forged payroll checks from McDonald's. Shakayla Fay…

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Chronic drunken driver arrested for DUI

A chronic drunken driver convicted of vehicular homicide in 1990 was arrested early Thursday on suspension of drunken driving. Lance Dean Falcon, 44, of Plummer, Idaho, had a blood-alcohol level of .167 and .162 in two breathe samples submitted at the Spokane Public Safety Building…

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