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Sirens & Gavels

TUESDAY, SEPT. 8, 2009

Courthouse watch: 9.8.09

Two men accused of robbing the Garland Theater in July were due in Spokane County Superior Court today. Allen R. Corker, 20, and Joshua A. Taylor, 20, were to appear via video on charges of first-degree robbery in connection with a July 3 incident. Witnesses…

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Surveillance photo of a pharmacy robbery at the South Regal Street ShopKo 9:42 p.m. Aug. 24, 2009. The robber is described as a white male in his 20s with dark stubble and approximately 6 feet, 3 inches tall. (Courtesy of Crime Stoppers)

1 man, 2 OxyContin robberies

Spokane police think one man is responsible for two unsolved OxyContin robberies at South Hill pharmacies in the past two weeks. The robberies occurred Aug. 24 at the Shopko at 4515 S. Regal St., and Sept. 5 at the Rite Aid across the street, 4514…

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Deputy Greg Lance (left) and Detective Dave Ellis (right) talk to Craig McGuire, 55, after his arrest for child pornography possession on Sept. 8, 2009. (Meghann M. Cuniff / The Spokesman-Review)

Child porn suspect's home: Hilltop or Helltop?

The manager of the Hilltop trailer park, where detectives say a man sent child pornography to a New Hampshire police detective he thought was a 14-year-old boy, said raids happen there frequently. “The owner calls it Helltop,” Larry Mobley said. “We’ve had so many raids…

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 4, 2009

Courthouse watch: 9.4.09

A man who failed to show up for a scheduled plea in an OxyContin robbery case is back in jail.Adam Dally, 25, had his first appearance today after a bail bondsman picked up him yesterday. Dally was to enter a plea and be sentenced on…

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Courthouse watch: 9.3.09 

Murder suspect Robbie W. Bishop's arraignment was delayed today so he can undergo mental evaluations at Eastern State Hospital. Spokane County Superior Court Judge Jerome Leveque granted the stay request from Prosecutor Tony Hazel and public defender Anna Nordtvedt. Bishop, 19, is charged with second-degree…

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Deputies arrest a familar name

Spokane County Sheriff's deputies arrested a familiar name Monday: Erica J. Jennings. That's the woman Spokane police detectives interviewed during their investigation of the still unsolved stabbing death of William "Billy" O. Floyd, 22, on Aug. 15. Police detective John Miller filed a search warrant…

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Hearing delayed for killer's boyfriend

Brian Moore's big day will have to wait.A hearing on a motion to dismiss murder charges against Moore, accused of helping Shellye Stark kill her husband, was delayed today because the prosecutor is having hip surgery. Judge Sam Cozza set the new hearing for Sept.…

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Judge silences defendant with duct tape

Here's an AP report on an unusual move by an Ohio judge: CANTON, Ohio — An Ohio judge unhappy with repeated interruptions from a robbery suspect ordered a deputy to put duct tape over the defendant's mouth. Canton Municipal Court Judge Stephen Belden says the…

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Courthouse watch: 9.2.09

A judge set bond at $500,000 today for a 61-year-old Coeur d'Alene man accused or raping a 13-year-old girl. Ronald G. Sever faces charges of rape, kidnapping and lewd conduct with a minor after the girl ran to a neighbor’s house crying and the neighbor…

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Big day tomorrow for killer's boyfriend

Will the charges against the boyfriend of the woman convicted of killing her husband stand? We'll find out tomorrow in Spokane County Superior Court. Lawyers in the Brian L. Moore case are set to argue a motion to dismiss first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit…

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 1, 2009

Signs announce the installation of time-delay safes at the Walgreens store  at Division Street and Empire Avenue in Spokane. (CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON / The Spokesman-Review)

$100,000 warrant for OxyContin robber

A man accused of robbing two Walgreens didn't show up to his sentencing today in Spokane County Superior Court, leading to a $100,000 warrant for his arrest.Adam J. Dally, 25, is accused of robbing the store at 2830 S. Grand Blvd on Nov. 26 and…

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Courthouse watch: 9.1.09

A career criminal whose defense attorney said he'd "about run himself out of rope" at his sentencing four years ago is back in the court system, accused of something police say he does for a living: burglary. Christopher J. Cannata, 37, was scheduled to plead…

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MONDAY, AUG. 31, 2009

Crime Stoppers mug shot matchup

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information that leads to the capture of these four people. Can you match the mug shot with the allegation? Click the link below for the answers.Alleged crimes: second-degree theft, nine counts of forgery, first-degree possession of stolen property…

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SpoCannabis founder pleads innocent 

The legal battles brewing in the city over medical marijuana continued today as Darren McCrea pleaded innocent to seven drug-related felonies.Police raided McCrea’s home last year after months of investigation triggered by a tip that McCrea, the founder of the medical marijuana support group SpoCannabis,…

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Barry Buchmann, 57, faces 10 counts of possession of child pornography. (The Spokesman-Review)

Pinehurst man charged with child porn

A North Idaho man man was arrested today on suspicion of possessing child pornography. Barry Buchmann, 57, is in Shoshone County Jail after a raid at his apartment at 610 Lewiston Ave. in Pinehurst, according to the Shoshone County Sheriff's Office. The sheriff's office and…

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Courthouse watch: 8.31.09 

A woman who stole OxyContin from a pharmacy where she worked - and that closed after being inundated with prescription drug crime - will be on probation for the next year.Lisa A. Roth pleaded guilty to three counts of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance…

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FRIDAY, AUG. 28, 2009

Courthouse watch: 8.28.09

At least eight guards filled the room where inmates go for their first Superior Court appearances today. They were there with murder defendant Cole K. Strandberg, and they'll likely be back early next week: Strandberg's probable cause papers weren't complete, so his appearance was delayed.…

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Spotlight: Eddie Ray Hall's mullet

Eddie Ray Hall's rise to fame can be traced to this article, published in 1998. Authorities used him as an example of how much criminals cost society, estimating Hall cost about $1 million. Hall gave an extensive interview to the newspaper, and the power mullet…

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THURSDAY, AUG. 27, 2009

Surveillance photo of a pharmacy robbery at the South Regal Street ShopKo 9:42 p.m. Aug. 24, 2009. The robber is described as a white male in his 20s with dark stubble and approximately 6 feet, 3 inches tall. (Courtesy of Crime Stoppers)

Do you recognize this man?

The company that makes OxyContin is offering a $1,000 reward for information that solves a Spokane pharmacy robbery Sunday. A man in his 20s with dark stubble and possibly a black wig walked into Shopko, 4515 S. Regal Street, at 9:42 p.m. and handed the…

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Courthouse watch: 8.27.09

A teen charged in the gruesome murder of his pregnant girlfriend appeared in court again today on a separate second-degree arson charge. Robbie W. Bishop, 19, has already pleaded not guilty to the charge and had been released from Spokane County Jail, but his arrest…

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 26, 2009

Scott  Shupe poses with dozens of marbles from his collection Friday, July 15, 2005.  Shupe has more than 300,000 marbles in his collection.  (Joe Barrentine / The Spokesman-Review)

Then and now: Scott Shupe 

Before Scott Shupe made news for getting busted in Oregon with four pounds of marijuana, he was spotlighted for an unusual collection: more than 300,000 marbles. The 54-year-old Spokane man faces drug charges after he was arrested Friday with a stash he said was meant…

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