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MONDAY, AUG. 30, 2010

Suspects in gang murder headed to prison

Two cousins charged in a gang-related mucrder are headed to prison on unrelated convictions. Cedric E. "Dirty" Burton, 23, was sentenced to 63 months in prison on Friday for second-degree assault. Eric "Smalls" Burton, Jr., 25, also was sentenced recently to 20 months in prison...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 6, 2010

Last Hoopfest suspect now in Spokane 

The last of four men charged with attempted murder for a shooting at Hoopfest has been transported to the Spokane County Jail. Marquis D. Johnson, 21, (right) appeared in Superior Court today on two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, 10 counts of attempted...

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19 arrested in gangs, drugs, guns sweep

One man was targeted by gunfire twice in 5 weeks. Another already faces an attempted murder charge for a June shooting. And several others are alleged to have sold large quantities of crack cocaine and methamphetamine throughout Spokane. Those men were among 19 suspects arrested...

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Hoopfest suspect was on home detention

A teenager arrested in connection with a shooting at Hoopfest last month was prohibited from leaving his home unless he was at school or with his parents. That allegation from prosecutors gave Adam Doe, 19, his third felony charge related to the June 26 shooting...

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2 plead innocent to murder-related charges

Two men pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges related to a fatal gang-related shooting in January. James C. Henderson, 33, is charged with first-degree rendering criminal assistance and conspiracy to commit second-degree assault, though his public defender, John Stine, said the case is "pretty thin."...

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More bail imposed on Hoopfest suspect

A teenager arrested in connection with a shooting at Hoopfest on Saturday will need to pay an additional $50,000 bond to get out of jail, and if he does get out, he'll be on home detention. Prosecutors requested the additional bond for Adam Doe for...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 2010

Off-duty cop helped catch Hoopfest suspects

An off-duty Spokane police detective witnessed the Hoopfest shooting Saturday and helped investigators identify the suspects. Suspected gunman Miguel C. Garcia, 19, is to appear in Spokane County District Court today on assault charges. He remains in jail with 19-year-old Adam Doe, who’s accused of...

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MONDAY, JUNE 28, 2010

Suspects in gang murder: 1 jailed, 3 to go

A man charged in connection with a fatal shooting in January was arrested on Sunday. Christopher J. "Baby Boy" Route, 24, (left) is in jail on a probation hold and a felony charge of first-degree rendering criminal assistance after being booked into jail about noon....

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Shooting suspect charged in Oct. stabbing 

UPDATE: Court appearances were moved to Tuesday in District Court. A suspect arrested in shooting at Hoopfest on Saturday already is charged in a gang-related stabbing outside a downtown Spokane night club last fall. Adam Doe, 19, is due in Superior Court this afternoon on...

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MONDAY, JUNE 21, 2010

Suspect in murder admits to crack charge

A Spokane man accused of lying to police his knowledge of a fatal shooting in January faces at least 20 months in prison for a crack cocaine conviction when he's sentenced later this summer. Eric "Smalls" Burton, Jr., recently pleaded guilty to one count of...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 2010

Juan R. Baeza, Josue E. Trinidad and Jose Ruvio Lopez
 (Grant County Sheriff's Office)

Bust targets drugs, guns, illegal immigrants

A two-day gang sweep in Grant County that authorities said arrested violent criminals targeted mostly illegal immigrants and felons wanted for probation violations. Law enforcement seized Ecstasy, methamphetamine and marijuana and suspected stolen property, including guns, and arrested 32 people, 11 of whom had previously...

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3-strikes suspect backs out of pro se plan

Here's one to cross off your list of upcoming spectacles: the Timothy "Stoney Boy" Lucious attempted-murder trial. Lucious, who faces life in prison under the three-strikes law, recently backed out on a plan to act as his own attorney after representing himself for about two...

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MONDAY, JUNE 7, 2010

Shooting suspect part of crack investigation

Although a shooting in northeast Spokane on Thursday likely wasn’t gang-related, the Los Angeles man accused in the incident was arrested earlier this year in a crack cocaine investigation targeting several gangs.Members of one of the gangs, the Atlantic Drive Compton Crips, were allegedly involved...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 4, 2010

Spokane police are looking for, from left, Edward Thomas on charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder; Marc Carter on a charge of conspiracy to commit second-degree assault; and Christopher Route on a charge of first-degree rending criminal assistance. The three men were at large as of June 3, 2010. (Courtesy of Spokane Police Department)

Murder charges filed in gang slaying

Seven people have been charged in connection to a Jan. 17 gang-related slaying in Hillyard. Edward L. "TD" Thomas (right) is wanted on charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder after police say he shot John S. Williams in the face with a Ruger...

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THURSDAY, MAY 27, 2010

Reward offered for tips on stabbing suspect 

A man accused of stabbing another man in what police believe may have been retaliation for an earlier fight is wanted by Crime Stoppers. The organization is offering a reward for tips that help arrest Jacob M. Maravilla, 20. Maravilla (right) is wanted on several...

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Felony warrant issued for missing gangster

A man named in an ongoing homicide investigation is wanted on an escape from community custody charge. Edward L. "TD" Thomas, 24, hasn't been located by his Department of Corrections supervisor since on or about Jan. 19, according to Superior Court documents filed last month....

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Lawyer: Court mishap led to fugitive status

A man wanted by Crime Stoppers since December was released from jail on his own recognizance after a judge said notification of his arraignment had been mailed to California instead of his Spokane address. Charles Willy Jackson, 24, is accused of shooting out the back...

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FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2010

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MONDAY, MAY 17, 2010

Gangster's sister charged with perjury

The sister of a Spokane man sentenced to 15 years in prison for a gang-related shooting is accused of lying while under oath last fall.Jasmine N. Singh, 26, pleaded not guilty Monday to one count of first-degree perjury in connection with testimony at an evidence...

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Gang task force arrests well-known felon

A 29-year-old man with an extensive criminal history but only brief stays in prison is back in jail after an arrest Friday by the local gang task force. Joseph A. Bercier, a self-proclaimed member of the Sureno gang, was wanted on a fourth-degree assault charge...

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Witness in 2 gang crimes sought by police

A witness in criminal cases against two reputed Spokane gangsters hasn't been staying in contact with court officials, and Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help arrest her. Summer R. Abrahamson, 32, is to testify in the upcoming attempted-murder trial of Timothy...

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MONDAY, MAY 3, 2010

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