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Sirens & Gavels archive for April 21, 2011

THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2011

Eddie Ray Hall sentenced to 16 years

One of Spokane’s most notorious career criminals is headed to federal prison for 16 years. Eddie Ray Hall, who turns 47 next month, was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Spokane to 195 months in prison. He cried as family members spoke of their…

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Edgar Steele trial drew volunteer jurors

Here's a report from Betsy Z. Russell: BOISE - When a federal court prepared to select a jury in Coeur d’Alene last month to try former Aryan Nations lawyer Edgar Steele on charges including murder for hire, the court got a rare surprise: Some people…

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Prop. 8 judge speaking at GU tonight

The federal judge who ruled California's Proposition 8 unconstitutional will be speaking today at Gonzaga Law School. Retired U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker will be discussing cameras in the courtroom in a lecture titled “Hauptmann’s Ghost." "The lecture’s title refers to the media frenzy surrounding…

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Taco protester arraigned on gun charge

A Whitman County man who bragged online about being involved with racist taco-truck protests in Kootenai County pleaded not guilty to a federal gun charge today. A bail hearing for Jeremiah Daniel “J.D.” Hop, 29, is set for Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. before U.S. Magistrate…

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Alert police sgt. nabs car theft suspect

An alert police sergeant followed a suspicious driver in Spokane Valley Wednesday night and discovered that the vehicle was stolen and the driver was wanted on warrants Justin C. Luce, 31, 12500 E. Eighth Ave., was booked into Spokane County Jail on possession of a…

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Kay Buck, left, executive director of the Coalition to Abolish Slavery Trafficking, speaks at a news conference Wednesday, April 20, 2011, to announce the filing of a human trafficking lawsuit that stretches across California , Hawaii, and Washington. Anna Park, regional attorney for the EEOC in the Los Angeles District, center, and Chanchanit Martorell, executive director for the Thai Community Development Center, listens in. (Nick Ut / (AP Photo/Nick Ut))

Wash. farms named in trafficking suit

Kay Buck, left, executive director of the Coalition to Abolish Slavery Trafficking, speaks at a news conference Wednesday, April 20, 2011, to announce the filing of a human trafficking lawsuit that stretches across California , Hawaii, and Washington. Anna Park, regional attorney for the EEOC…

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Tips sought on unregistered sex offender

UPDATE: Morton was arrested on April 22. A Spokane sex offender is wanted on a felony warrant for failure to register. Damon Sean Morton, 20, was convicted of indecent liberties with force in Spokane County in 2006. He was registered at an address on South…

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Spokane man accused of child rape

A Spokane man is accused of raping a young girl Richard Lee Syers, 40, was arrested on charges of first-degree child molestation and first-degree child rape on Tuesday. He's accused of assaulting the girl last month. Syers is a friend of the alleged victim's mother.…

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Prostitute attacked in torture chamber

SEATTLE (AP) — A text message helped save a prostitute who was chained and tortured for hours — including by electrical shock — in a room with 8-inch-thick walls, chains, ropes and paddles, police said. Authorities allege that in addition to repeatedly shocking the 24-year-old…

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