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Sirens & Gavels archive for Feb. 29, 2012

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 29, 2012

Sex offender admits child porn charge

A registered sex offender admitted today to possessing child pornography at his home in Hayden Lake, Idaho. John Patrick McClaren, 46, faces up to 15 years in prison when he's sentenced June 19 in U.S. District Court in Coeur d'Alene, according to the U.S. Attorney's…

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Bank manager sentenced for $400k theft

A woman who embezzled $400,000 from the bank she managed in North Idaho for 12 years is to spend 2 1/2 years in prison. Mary Ann Head, 59, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Coeur d'Alene after pleading guilty in December to making…

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5 cited for porn shop indecent exposure 

Five people were cited for indecent exposure during an undercover police investigation at a Spokane Valley porn store Tuesday. Undercover detectives walked through the Hollywood Erotic Boutique in the 9600 block of East Sprague Avenue and observed five acts of indecent exposure, according to the…

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N. Idaho man sentenced for child porn 

A Hayden Lake man is to spend more than six years in federal prison for possessing child pornography. Charley Brigham Leighton II, 41, also is to be on probation for 15 years, forfeit the computer and media used in the crime and register as a…

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Couple charged in armed robbery spree

A couple accused of robbing a video game store with a pellet gun in January has been charged with five other gunpoint robberies. Merle A. Andrew Jr., 36, and his girlfriend, suspected getaway driver Nicole N. Stearns, 29, (pictured) are accused of robbing an elderly…

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Big meth dealer gets 10 years in prison 

A Spokane man who transported large amounts of methamphetamine to the Inland Northwest from Southern California is to spend 10 years in federal prison. James Stewart, 50, also is to forfeit drug proceeds of $180,000, perform 120 hours of community service and be on probation…

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Man pleads not guilty in fatal stabbing

A man accused of stabbing another man to death in downtown Spokane pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a second-degree murder charge. David J. Fagundes, Jr., 34, is accused of killing Casey W. Anderson, 23, during a fight that included Anderson peppery spraying Fagundes, according to…

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