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Sirens & Gavels archive for May 2011

THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011

Did Cyndi Steele read Fairfax's diary? 

Edgar Steele's lawyers, Robert McAllister and Gary Amendola, obtained selections of Larry Fairfax's handwritten journal notes last week after U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill issued a ruling he now says was a mistake. Now prosecutors are investigating whether McAllister and/or Amendola orders by allowing…

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11 felonies for burglary, credit card theft

A Spokane Valley man was arrested on suspicion of burglary and theft after a police officer recognized him from surveillance photos. Ryan P. Haddigan, 36, (right, allegedly) is accused of burglarizing a home in the 3600 block of South Vercler Lane and stealing credit cards…

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Reunion with deputy leads to arrest 

A transient was arrested early today after a Spokane County sheriff's deputy recognized him from previous arrests in Idaho. Having been arrested before is hardly probable cause to be rearrested, but, according to the sheriff's office, Timothy Karl Turnbull, 52, (pictured) had a suspended driver's…

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TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2011

MONDAY, MAY 9, 2011

Police are asking for help in identifying a potential suspect in a residential burglary.
Surveillance photos at the Washington Trust Bank ATM on Sullivan Road in Spokane Valley captured images of a man in a black hat, dark glasses and jacket using the victim's credit card last Tuesday just before 9 a.m. 
The suspect arrived and left southbound on Sullivan on foot.
Anyone with information on the man's identity is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233 or Spokane Valley police Detective Mark Renz at (509) 477-3330. (Spokane Valley Police Department)

Camera catches man w/ stolen credit card

Police are asking for help in identifying a potential suspect in a residential burglary. Surveillance photos at the Washington Trust Bank ATM on Sullivan Road in Spokane Valley captured images of a man in a black hat, dark glasses and jacket using the victim's credit…

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FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2011

3 suspects charged w/ aggravated murder

Three suspects in the homicide of Nicholas J. Thoreson, whose body was found in the trunk of his burning Thunderbird last month, face life in prison without the possibility of parole under charges filed this week. Taylor James Wolf, 20; Justice Edward Dean Sims, 18;…

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Sandpoint attorney Edgar Steele talks with the media about the McGuckin children of Sagle and how he now represents the family at a news conference Thursday evening in Sandpoint, May 31, 2001.  (File / The Spokesman-Review)

Jury convicts Edgar Steele on all counts 

Idaho U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson is pictured after the verdict. In back, from left to right, are two unidentified officials, Assistant U.S. Attorney Traci Whelan, FBI Special Agent Mike Sotka and Assistant U.S. Attorney Marc Haws. Above that photo is a slideshow of photos showing…

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Cell 'pocket dials' 911, leading to arrest

CLAY, N.Y. (AP) — An ill-timed, inadvertent 911 call led police to three larceny suspects overheard planning break-ins in upstate New York. Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh says police already looking for a suspicious person got the unlikely assist when one of the men "pocket…

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DUI suspect stops for food before arrest

NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio say a woman insisted on picking up some fast food before she allowed an officer to charge her with drunken driving. The Plain Dealer newspaper of Cleveland reports police in suburban North Royalton got a call about…

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Suspect gives K-9 props after capture

A police dog caught an armed robbery suspect in north Spokane on Wednesday. Steven A. Shoffner, 22, of Medical Lake, told police that K-9 Stryder did a great job and that officers would not have found him were it not for the dog, according to…

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Arrest made in '92 Spokane Valley murder

After nearly two decades, Spokane County sheriff’s detectives solved a case that had long gone cold: the shooting death of a Spokane Valley business owner that shocked the community. Patrick Kevin Gibson, 58, was arrested for first-degree murder about 6:50 a.m. Wednesday in Stanwood, Wash.…

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Jury in Steele case asks to deliberate late

Eleven women and one man will continue deliberating Thursday in the murder-for-hire trial of Edgar J. Steele in U.S. District Court in Boise. Deliberations began about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday and ended about 7 p.m. The jury asked to hear the recordings and tapes played at…

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Steele's defense points to Fairfax set up

There's no doubt that the federal government has evidence in its case against Edgar Steele, his lawyer says, but all that evidence points back to Larry Fairfax, who claims to have been hired by Steele to kill his wife and mother-in-law. The pipe bomb strapped…

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Prosecutor lays out case against Steele 

Though Edgar Steele's fingerprints are not on the pipe bomb that was strapped under his wife's car, Assistant U.S. Attorney Marc Haws told jurors in his closing argument that the 65-year-old North Idaho lawyer's "legal fingerprints" are all over it. Haws played portions of the…

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Defense rests; Ed Steele doesn't testify 

Defense lawyers in the Edgar Steele murder-for-hire trial rested their case this morning without calling Steele to the stand. Lawyers are working on jury instructions now. Closing arguments are expected today. Prosecutors predicted their argument will take an hour. Steele's defense said they will take…

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Fairfax to call book 'An Act of Defiance'

Larry Fairfax, the main witness in the Edgar Steele murder-for-hire trial, plans to write a book based on the case called "An Act of Defiance: Built on Lies and Deceit by the FBI." Daryl Hollingsworth, who met Fairfax and Steele in the Bonner County Jail,…

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Edgar, Cyndi Steele allowed to meet today

Edgar Steele will be allowed to visit with his wife and alleged victim today before deciding if he will testify today in his murder--for-hire trial in U.S. District Court in Boise. Steele's lawyer, Robert McAllister, said his client requested the meeting. "At this time i…

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TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2011

Video shows driver flee arrest at 90 mph 

Above is a video showing a 24-minute police chase last weekend that ended with the arrest of Sergey A. Alekseyev, 19. A sheriff's Air-1 tracked Alekseyev's 1996 Honda Accord from northbound Freya Street to the 5800 block of Yale Road. The pursuit began just after…

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Cops: Man left crack cocaine in patrol car

A Spokane gang member accused of helping a murder suspect now faces federal drug charges for 38 grams of crack cocaine found in a patrol car after his arrest. A confidential informant arranged a drug buy with Christopher "Baby Boy" Route, 24, at a convenience…

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Murder victim remembered in obituary

A 22-year-old man found shot in the head in the trunk of his burning Thunderbird was remembered in an obituary Sunday as a caring, fun-loving man who loved country western music, movies and "wearing his trademark bling." Nicholas J. "Nick" Thoreson enjoyed spending time with…

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Expert may not testify; Steele still could  

A defense expert who says he found anomalies in FBI recordings of murder-for-hire suspect Edgar Steele will not be able to testify remotely from his tropical vacation, a judge ruled this morning. Defense lawyers did not subpoena George Papcun, who is vacationing in Bora Bora…

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