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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 24, 2010

Gunman in botched carjacking sentenced

Unable to complete sentences between tears, 56-year-old Donald Young explained how being shot in a botched carjacking last year “messed up” his life.The man responsible, Joseph P. Ellery, 31, (pictured) pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree assault in exchange for prosecutors dropping other charges, including first-degree...

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Militia man guilty in Idaho grenade case

A self-described militia leader pleaded guilty this week to federal gun charges connected to a grenade manufacturing operation at his trailer in Spirit Lake, Idaho.Kenneth B. Kimbley Jr., 58, discussed bombing local bridges with an undercover federal agent and made threatening statements toward President Barack...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 19, 2010

Killer's beau jailed on $2 million bail

A 2007 murder case in which a jury rejected the killer’s claims of forced prostitution and other abuse continued in Superior Court today as the convict’s boyfriend appeared on murder charges.Brian L. Moore, 44, remains in Spokane County Jail on $2 million bail after appearing...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 17, 2010

Report: Gunman was volatile, explosive 

A gunman killed in a shootout with police last week had attempted suicide several times, been hospitalized at Eastern State Hospital and was described as “volatile and explosive” in a state psychiatrist’s report two years ago.Ethan A. Corporon saw drug-induced images of aliens and spaceships,...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 16, 2010

Man killed in police shootout identified

A gunman shot and killed by police last week near a busy north Spokane intersection was identified Monday as Ethan A. Corporon, 29. Corporon died of two gunshots wounds to his torso and lower extremities, the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office said after completing an...

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MONDAY, NOV. 15, 2010

Spokane police are looking for a gunman suspected of three armed robberies in two days.
Surveillance photos from Conoco, 3501 E. Francis Ave., show a man in a blue hooded sweatshirt pointing a gun at a clerk and demanding cash on Sunday about 7:45 p.m.
He left with an undisclosed amount of money.
Police believe the same man may have robbed a store at Kwik Stop & Go, 4713 N. Crestline, about 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, then again on Sunday about 9:30 a.m.
Police describe the robber as a light-skinned, Hispanic or Native American man.
Anyone with information on a suspect is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233. 
 (Spokane Police Department)

1 man suspected in 4 Hillyard holdups

Spokane police are looking for tips on a serial robber suspected of targeting Hillyard convenience stores. The latest holdup occurred Friday when police say a man with a handgun stole money from the Qwik Stop, 3021 E. Wellesley Ave., about 12:45 a.m. after pulling a...

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SATURDAY, NOV. 13, 2010

Gunman shot, killed by Spokane police

A gunman suspecting of shooting at a home was shot and killed by Spokane police officers Friday after abandoning his truck outside a busy restaurant and firing at officers, witnesses said. The man, whose name has not been released, died on the lawn in front...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 12, 2010

THURSDAY, NOV. 11, 2010

Cops seek pot suspect w/ 'shopping list'

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips on the location of a Spokane woman arrested for a marijuana grow during a burglary investigation. Detectives found marijuana plants at Allison E. Hubbard's home at 106045 E. 6th last summer after a busted burglar, Jonothon A....

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TUESDAY, OCT. 19, 2010

Bike-riding bank robbery suspect ID'd

A 33-year-old man with no substantial criminal record appeared before a U.S. magistrate today, accused of robbing a north Spokane bank at gunpoint last week. Lucas G. Woodard also is being investigated for a series of robberies that began in December and typically involved a...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 7, 2010

Heroin suspect faces federal gun charge

A suspected heroin dealer arrested after a Spokane police SWAT team standoff in June has been indicted by a federal grand jury. Jacob E. Snizik, 25, is charged with one count of felon in possession of a firearm under an indictment filed this week in...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 20, 2010

Glenn Beck inspired alleged grenade maker 

A Spirit Lake man accused of making grenades in his home over the Fourth of July weekend fears a communist takeover but has never threatened anyone, his lawyer said in recently filed court documents. Though federal agents have emphasized statements Kenneth B. Kimbley, Jr., 58,...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 13, 2010

18 years for addict busted after casino win

A Spokane methamphetamine dealer arrested after trying to collect a casino jackpot while on the lam was sentenced Friday to 18 years in prison. Michael D. “Bull” Luce, 31, avoided arrest for weeks despite a federal indictment filed nearly a year after 2 1/2 pounds...

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Killer's boyfriend: 'I have lost everything'

Murder charges against Brian L. Moore, boyfriend of convicted killer Shellye Stark, were filed Aug. 26 - exactly one year after he was indicated on U.S. District Court in the Central District of California on two federal weapons charges. Moore was sentenced Monday to 21...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 13, 2010

TUESDAY, AUG. 10, 2010

Hate-crime suspect gets 9 years for firearm

One of three Coeur d’Alene brothers accused of racially harassing a Hispanic man last August was sentenced today to nine years in prison for being a felon in possession of a handgun. Ira Tankovich (pictured), 48, will be eligible for parole in three years. Adding...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 6, 2010

Theft charge dropped against killer's dad

Identity charges have been dismissed against the father of a prostitute convicted of murdering her husband. The dismissal of the first-degree identity theft charge against Curtis A. Johnson, 69, comes about a month before his daughter's boyfriend, Brian L. Moore, (pictured) is expected to be...

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Burglary ring leads to marijuana grow house

A string of apartment burglaries led police to a marijuana growing operation after the theft suspects admitted to stealing hydroponic grow equipment. William F. Searight, 22, is to be arraigned today on charges related to nine burglaries at Spokane Valley apartment complexes in March. Jonothan...

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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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Missing lady's husband pleads to gun charge

The husband of a Clarkston woman last seen shortly after she filed for divorce will remain in federal custody after pleading guilty to a federal weapons charge Tuesday in Coeur d'Alene. Charles A. Capone pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm,...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 25, 2010

2 arrested after raids net drugs, 15 guns

An interagency drug team arrested two men in Grant County this week on gun and drug charges. Illegal immigrant Manuel Alvarez-Meraz, 36, (right) was arrested early Tuesday with marijuana and 13 guns during a raid at 13497 Road B.8 SE, near Royal City. Along with...

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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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Career criminal in denial gets 15 years

A career criminal was ordered to spend 15 years behind bars recently, but not before he argued that he wasn't actually a career criminal. Casey D. Beckham felt his burglary convictions didn't qualify as violent felonies under the federal Armed Career Criminal Act, which mandates...

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