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WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2012

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2012

Man pleads guilty in bank fraud case

An Arizona man who helped a North Idaho woman commit bank fraud has pleaded guilty. Charles Earl Baker, 32, faces up to 30 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and five years of probation when he's sentenced June 19 in U.S. District Court in Coeru...

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MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2012

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 29, 2012

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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TUESDAY, FEB. 28, 2012

THURSDAY, DEC. 8, 2011

Ex-bank manager admits $400k theft 

A North Idaho woman who embezzled from the bank she worked at for more than a decade has been ordered to pay $400,000 in restitution. Mary A. Head, 58, pleaded guilty Wednesday to making false entries in the books and records of a federally insured...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 1, 2011

Spokane resident Carey Smith was honored by Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick for helping track a bank robber in July. (Spokane Police Department)

Chief honors woman who tracked robber

Citizen Award recepient Carey Smith and Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick. (Spokane Police Department photo) A Spokane woman who helped police catch a bank robber last summer was honored today by Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick. Carey Smith was driving north on North Monroe Street near...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16, 2011

This surveillance photo is from a robbery on Tuesday in Coeur d'Alene at the Washington Trust Bank. (Coeur d'Alene Police Department)

Man gets 5 years for CdA bank robbery

A Spokane bank robber already headed to prison for 10 years was sentenced Tuesday to five years for orbbing a bank in Coeur d'Alene. Michael Richard Kent, 40, is to serve the sentence the same time as his 129-month sentence in Spokane County Superiro Court...

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MONDAY, OCT. 10, 2011

Bank robbery suspect arrested in Ore.

A man suspected of robbing a north Spokane bank last week was arrested on Saturday in Portland, Ore. Jeremiah J. Pickup, 21, was arrested about 4 a.m. Saturday at a hotel, said Spokane police Officer Tim Moses. Pickup's booking photo is featured at right. A...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 19, 2011

This image shows a woman suspected in a robbery at a Chase Bank branch on West Francis Avenue in Spokane at around noon Monday, May 9, 2011.  Detectives would like to speak with anyone who may have seen her walking on West Francis Avenue between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday.  Witnesses can reach investigators by calling Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Bad Hair Bandit suspect was school nurse

A former prison nurse suspected of robbing at least 20 banks in four states also worked as a school nurse in Western Washington during the crime spree. Suspected "Bad Hair Bandit" Cynthia Lynn Van Holland's bail was increased to $500,000 when she appeared in court...

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FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2011

Police say suspect admitted bank heist

Police say a sex offender admitted to robbing a bank Wednesday in north Spokane. Lawrence A. Wideman, 43, remains in jail on $150,000 bond for first-degree robbery. Police pulled him from the Spokane River after a chase that began with a gunpoint robbery at Wells...

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THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2011

Woman with $26k in bra pleads guilty

A woman who had $26,000 in her bra when booked into the Spokane County Jail is to repay another $7,500 after pleading guilty to first-degree theft. Lukeisha A. Harris, 25, was credited for three days already served in jail after her arrest in March 2010....

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2011

This surveillance photo is from a robbery on Tuesday in Coeur d'Alene at the Washington Trust Bank. (Coeur d'Alene Police Department)

Man pleads guilty to CdA bank robbery

A man who robbed two Spokane banks will serve his 10-year prison sentence the same as a pending sentence for a Coeur d'Alene bank robbery. Michael Richard Kent, 39, pleaded guilty to bank robbery Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Coeur d'Alene for a Jan....

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2011

This image shows a woman suspected in a robbery at a Chase Bank branch on West Francis Avenue in Spokane at around noon Monday, May 9, 2011.  Detectives would like to speak with anyone who may have seen her walking on West Francis Avenue between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday.  Witnesses can reach investigators by calling Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Bad Hair Bandit on FBI's wanted list

SEATTLE — A Washington bank robber known for wearing a variety of unattractive wigs is featured in a new wanted poster on the FBI website. The “Bad Hair Bandit” is the first bank robber from the FBI's Seattle division to appear on the national website...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2011

This image shows a woman suspected in a robbery at a Chase Bank branch on West Francis Avenue in Spokane at around noon Monday, May 9, 2011.  Detectives would like to speak with anyone who may have seen her walking on West Francis Avenue between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday.  Witnesses can reach investigators by calling Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Bad Hair Bandit robs Moses Lake bank

A serial bank robber dubbed "the Bad Hair Bandit" is believed to have robbed a bank in Moses Lake on Tuesday. A wigged woman matching the description of the robber thought to be responsible for 14 bank robberies since December entered Sterling Savings Bank and...

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THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011

This image shows a woman suspected in a robbery at a Chase Bank branch on West Francis Avenue in Spokane at around noon Monday, May 9, 2011.  Detectives would like to speak with anyone who may have seen her walking on West Francis Avenue between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday.  Witnesses can reach investigators by calling Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Was the Bad Hair Bandit here last year?

A serial bank robber dubbed "the Bad Hair Bandit" may have robbed two north Spokane banks last year. The FBI is investigating whether a woman believed to be responsible for 14 robberies since last December also struck two Banner Bank locations in Spokane last summer....

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FRIDAY, FEB. 25, 2011

This surveillance photo is from a robbery on Tuesday in Coeur d'Alene at the Washington Trust Bank. (Coeur d'Alene Police Department)

Bank robber charged w/ CdA hold-up

A man sentenced to 10 years in prison for robbing two Spokane banks faces additional time in federal custody for an alleged hold up at a Coeur d'Alene bank. Michael R. Kent, 38, is charged with bank robbery for a Jan. 12, 2010, heist at...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 16, 2011

2-time bank robber sentenced to 10 years

A longtime fraud convict who robbed two Spokane banks in December 2009 is to spend a decade in prison. Michael R. Kent, 39, was sentenced to 129 months in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to two counts of first-degree robbery. Kent also was ordered to...

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