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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 26, 2009

Courthouse watch: 8.26.09

A convicted sex offender who twice attacked victims in women’s bathrooms should remain in a secure facility for the rest of his life, a jury ruled today. The decision classifies Shawn Dale Botner, 36, as a violently sexual predator who has a mental abnormality or…

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TUESDAY, AUG. 25, 2009

Courthouse watch: 8.25.09

Shawn Dale Botner’s adult life has been one of continual clashes with law enforcement. The convicted sex offender, who twice attacked victims in women’s bathrooms, now awaits a jury’s decision on whether he ever will be a free man. The jury went home Tuesday without…

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Reward offered in road rage assault

The mystery of the road rage van continues. Spokane County Sheriff's detectives have been trying to track down the driver of a van who faces a vehicular assault charge for allegedly dragging a motorcyclist during a fight on North Division Street on Aug. 14. Detectives…

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Thompson supporters rally on Facebook 

The evolution of Facebook over the years, particularly the last six months or so, has been astonishing. When I learned of the social networking web site in 2004, it was reserved for students at specific universities. An email address ending an .edu was required, and…

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MONDAY, AUG. 24, 2009

Robbie  Bishop ( front right ) appears via closed circuit video in the Superior Court of Judge Sam Cozza Monday August 24, 2009. CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Courthouse watch: 8.24.09

The teenager charged with stabbing his pregnant girlfriend to death was released from jail in the spring because there was no room in mental health services, court documents show.Robbie W. Bishop, 19, appeared in court via video today, charged with second-degree murder for the brutal…

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Charge upgraded in fatal boat crash

A man accused of causing a fatal boating accident on the Spokane River in Coeur d'Alene Saturday was charged Monday with manslaughter. John F. Klinefelter, 45, of Coeur d'Alene, remains in Kootenai County Jail on $50,000 bond after a boat he was operating struck a…

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FRIDAY, AUG. 21, 2009

Man who posed as DEA agent sentenced 

He didn't mean any trouble when he told the guys he was with the Drug Enforcement Administration - he just wanted to mess with them. But Steven E. Escallier's attempt to "have some fun," as his lawyer put it, backfired when the men called police.…

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Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick emphasizes her department's commitment to protecting residents from racist harassment at a news conference Friday, Aug. 21, 2009, near the state line. The event was held in reaction to the recent distribution of racist fliers in Coeur d'Alene. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Officials promise 'boldness' against Aryans 

Criminal citations and civil lawsuits are options. But the recent surge in racist activity is best dealt with by a unified community dedicated to rejecting discrimination and hate, leaders from across the Inland Northwest said Friday.“We have been vested with the authority and the power…

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THURSDAY, AUG. 20, 2009

Courthouse watch 8.20.09

A 24-year-old convicted robber told a judge today how he went from living with his girlfriend and their 7-year-old daughter to putting a knife to a man’s throat to get a pharmacist to hand over a bag of OxyContin pills. “How did you get to…

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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: delivery of a controlled substance, harassment – threats to kill, second-degree…

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 19, 2009

Keller trial underway in Texas 

The national spotlight in the legal world this week is on a Texas judge accused of blocking a death row inmate's access to a last-minute appeal. The trial of Sharon Keller has incensed both sides of the death penalty debate and is being covered heavily…

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Bad day for STA 

If the allegations are to believed, Spokane Transit Authority had a bad day yesterday.Two men appeared in Spokane County Superior Court today on felony charges related to two altercations involving STA buses that occurred two hours apart Tuesday evening.Michael W. Maltos, 47, is charged with…

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Man survives 3 crashes on 1 road 

The only survivor of a crash on Lovell Valley Road near Plummer, Idaho has survived two other one-car crashes on that same road.Joseph M. Matt, 24, of Worley, was thrown from a 1997 Jeep Cherokee about 1:10 p.m. on Tuesday after the car left the…

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Courthouse watch: 8.19.09

A crime spree that saw a teen rob stores of thousands of dollars at gunpoint ended with a suspect crying in front of detectives after lying to protect his friends, according to a probable cause affidavit.Daniel I. Neace, 19, appeared in Spokane County Superior Court…

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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 malicious mischief and third-degree driving while license suspended, violation of…

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TUESDAY, AUG. 18, 2009

Documents give new details in fatal fall 

The Louisiana couple involved in the fatal fall at the Coeur d'Alene Resort were arguing and drinking that night, court documents show. Witnesses heard Lynea M. Sprung Hambrice, 36, telling Ian E. James, 38, to stop hurting her about 12:15 a.m. on July 30 -…

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Courthouse watch: 8.18.09

A murderous road trip that saw a paranoid schizorphenic take the lives of two college students earned the man a lifetime in prison. John Delling, 23, received two life sentences today from 4th District Judge Deborah Bail in Boise. Delling pleaded guilty earlier this year…

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Craigslist prostitution hits Wenatchee

In a nice underscore to my story last month that explored Craigslist prostitution stings in North Idaho, the Wenatchee World reports two Seattle-area women were arrested last week for working as prostitututes out of the Cedars Inn in East Wenatchee.The AP's pickup of the World…

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MONDAY, AUG. 17, 2009

Public safety news from the Inland Northwest and beyond.