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Sirens & Gavels archive for April 13, 2011


Shupe avoids prison in medical pot case 

Spokane medical marijuana dealer Scott Q. Shupe will avoid prison on drug-trafficking charges. “In this case it was clear you didn’t intend to break the law, which is in a state of flux as we speak,” Spokane County Superior Court Judge Tari Eitzen said during…

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Cops: Missing woman may have drowned

Investigators believe a Kamiah, Idaho, woman missing since April 1 may have drowned in the Clearwater River. They're not sure if Lavina Hietala's disappearance was the result of foul play and are asking for information on the activities of her grandson, Justin M. Hietala, from…

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Charge upgraded in Wenatchee murder

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — The charge against a Wenatchee man accused of killing a 17-year-old girl has been upgraded to first-degree murder. Chelan County Prosecutor Gary Riesen amended the charge Tuesday against Christopher Scott Wilson. He has been held since October on a second-degree murder…

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Audio experts to testify at Steele trial 

A forensic audio examiner with the FBI and a private forensic consultant are expected to be called as prosecution witnesses at Edgar Steele's trial. David Snyder works for the FBI in Quantico, Va., and has reviewed reports by defense experts regarding the authenticity of audio…

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Probe continues into Sh***y Goulsby

Police continue their investigation into Rai A. "Sh***y" Goulsby this week, serving search warrant on his car and laptop computer. Goulsby, 45, was arrested last week on a leading organized crime charge for allegedly directing a check forgery ring. Goulsby reportedly told police he manufactured…

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