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Sirens & Gavels archive for April 2011

MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2011

86'd from Walmart, return leads to arrest

A Spokane woman banned from all Walmarts was arrested for felony burglary Sunday after returning to the Spokane Valley store. Billee Jo Koller, 36, tried to steal more than $80 in men's clothing from the store at 15727 E. Broadway Ave., according to the Spokane…

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Crash in stolen Honda leads to 2 arrests

An early-morning crash involving a stolen Honda led to two arrests and the discovery of drug material in the driver's purse today in north Spokane. Rachel A. Banks, 24, and her passenger, Randy A. Fisher, 24, ran from the car after Banks crashed into the…

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Man gets 27 years for '06 murder 

A Nespelem, Wash., man has been sentenced to 27 years in prison for the knife-murder of a woman on the Colville Indian Reservation in 2006. Ryan Martin Seideman, 24, was sentenced to 327 months for second-degree murder on Thursday. He'll be on probation for five…

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Skinhead promises speech at bench trial 

A self-described skinhead says he has prepared a speech to read at his federal bench trial this afternoon for allegedly assaulting an accused child molester. James D. Bacon, 23, is charged with misdemeanor assault for punching Darrell W. Monzingo, 44, as the men shared a…

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Eddie Ray Hall: Man or myth?

Eddie Ray Hall's lawyer, Ron Van Wert, said at sentencing last week that he was concerned about bias in the community regarding his client's perceived criminal history. Van Wert said Hall's history has been well documented by the media and referenced a song by Spokesman-Review…

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Grand jury indicts Hells Angel member

A grand jury has indicted a member of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang on federal drug and gun charges. Michael Ryan Fitzpatrick, 33, is accused of conspiring with two unidentified people to distribute cocaine and marijuana. Fitzpatrick was arrested on a marijuana charge March 4,…

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In this undated photo released by the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. Anthony Garcia is shown. Garcia, 22, was convicted Wednesday, April 20, 2011, of first-degree murder and shooting at an occupied vehicle. Garcia a Southern California gang member who had a murder storyboard tattooed on his chest was convicted for killing a gang rival. The tattoo detailed the shooting of 23-year-old John Juarez in Pico Rivera on Jan. 23, 2004. (Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department) ( (Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department))

Tattoo leads to murder conviction in LA

LOS ANGELES — The process was routine. Los Angeles County Sheriff's homicide investigator Kevin Lloyd was flipping through snapshots of tattooed gang members. Then one caught his attention. Inked on the pudgy chest of a young Pico Rivera gangster who had been picked up and…

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FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2011

Repeat DUI suspect Crabtree jailed again 

A man with a history of driving while intoxicated was arrested again early today in Spokane Valley. James L. Crabtree, who was a Spokane County sheriff's deputy in the 1980s, was arrested on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine and felony driving while under the influence after…

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Child molester sentenced for child porn

A child molester was sentenced today to 12 years in federal prison for possession child pornography. Donald D. Holloway, 51, of Valley, Wash., received a longer sentence because of previous conviction in Stevens County for second-degree and third-degree child molestation. The level 3 sex offender…

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Murder victim may have been tortured

A 19-year-old woman accused of helping murder a Cheney man told a friend she was with the victim the day of the murder and watched as her brother and another man beat him for hours. Breeanna C. Sims (left) said her brother, Justice E. Sims,…

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MLK bomb suspect not due in court today

UPDATE: Harpham's arraignment was moved to Monday. Kevin William Harpham is to be arraigned on a hate crime charge in U.S. District Court today at 1:30 p.m. A grand jury indicted the Martin Luther King, Jr. march bomb suspect Thursday. Harpham, who has been in…

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Ruling a setback for Steele’s defense

BOISE - Edgar Steele’s defense won’t be able to call two expert witnesses it lined up to question the authenticity of FBI tapes of Steele talking with Larry Fairfax about an alleged murder-for-hire plot against Steele’s wife, Cyndi, a federal judge in Boise ruled Thursday.…

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Gov. Chris Gregoire signs a bill to ban motorcycle profiling in the state on April 13. Sen. Jim Hargrove, D-Hoquiam, dressed in his riding leathers, leans in to see the bill along with other members of various motorcycle groups, including Robert Christopher, fourth from left. (Jim Camden)

Cop killer attends biker bill signing? 

Robert Christopher is possibly pictured fourth from left at the bill signing April 13. OLYMPIA – One of the bikers gathered around the table as Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a bill outlawing “motorcycle profiling” may have been a member of an outlaw gang whose conviction…

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Man's 1974 traffic violation dismissed

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — A Rhode Island man has finally settled a warrant issued for a traffic violation in Massachusetts nearly four decades ago. Michael Young, of Warwick, R.I., asked a judge in Attleboro District Court on Tuesday to dismiss a driving to endanger charge…

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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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Kirkpatrick 5-year tenure nears end

When Anne Kirkpatrick was interviewed to be Spokane’s police chief, she was asked how long the city could expect her to stay. Her answer was frank: about five years. Nearly five years later, that position hasn’t changed. Kirkpatrick confirmed Tuesday that she has suggested Mayor…

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Washington is 10th least-violent state

Washington is one of the most peaceful states in the nation, according to a new study that examined various factors such as homicide and violent crime rates. Idaho ranked 16th. The Institute for Economics and Peace, a nonpartisan think tank, examines violence from an economic…

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