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TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2011

Man gets house arrest in grenade case

A North Idaho man who was arrested as part of a federal probe into illegal explosives manufacturing in Spirit Lake will be on house arrest for eight months and probation for five years. Steven E. Winegar, 52, of Harpster, Idaho, was sentenced Monday in U.S....

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Cabbie shot in head in 2003 faring well

Eight years ago, longtime Spokane cab driver Jack Gordon felt the passenger in the back seat press a gun barrel to his right temple. Gordon agreed to hand over the money in his pocket but extended his hand only a few inches before the gun...

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THURSDAY, JULY 7, 2011

South Hill Subway robbed at gunpoint

A South Hill sandwich shop was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday night. A man walked into Subway, 3014 E. 29th Ave., at 8:40 p.m. and demanded money from the store clerk. He displayed what appeared to be a handgun and left with an undisclosed amount of...

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Man jailed after odd encounter with infant 

A man prohibited from possessing firearms was arrested with a gun in a Spokane cemetery last weekend after confessing his love to a baby and asking if he could be her "Uncle Bob," police say. The child's mother was at the Fairmount Cemetery, 5200 W....

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2011

Cookie jar fingerprints lead to arrest

Fingerprints on a cookie container recently helped police identify suspects in a burglary last summer. A forensic specialist located the print on a container of animal crackers that had been disturbed during a burglary in a home in the 7800 block of North Debby Lynn...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2011

This handout photo provided by Nick Gonzalez for editorial purposes only, shows a police rifle left unattended on a patrol car outside a busy downtown area on Tuesday, June 28, 2011, in Seattle. A Seattle police spokesman says the department has launched an investigation into the incident. Rifles are assigned only to officers who have additional training and are usually kept in the trunk or between the driver and passenger seats. ((AP Photo/Nick Gonzalez))

Seattle police leave rifle unattended

This handout photo, provided by Nick Gonzalez for editorial purposes only, shows a police rifle left unattended on a patrol car outside a busy downtown area on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Nick Gonzalez) SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle police spokesman says the department is embarrassed after officers...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011

People line up outside Haven Drugs pharmacy to view and bring flowers and memorials Wednesday, June 22, 2011 in Medford, N.Y. Police on Wednesday arrested, David Laffer, a 33-year-old man in the shooting deaths of four people at a pharmacy during a weekend painkiller robbery. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek) ((AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek))

4 shot dead in NY pharmacy robbery

People line up to view and bring flowers and memorials Wednesday at outside Haven Drugs pharmacy in Medford, N.Y. Four people were shot to death there during a weekend painkiller robbery. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek) By FRANK ELTMAN,Associated Press CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — Two years...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2011

Gang suspect jailed for assault, gun theft 

A suspected gang member is in jail on gun and second-degree assault charges after an alleged assault on his ex-girlfriend. Tayone D. "K-Row" Akers, 19, has a $100,000 bond after appearing in Spokane County Superior Court on Thursday. Akers is accused of choking a woman...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2011

Man who shot off-duty deputy indicted

A Grant County man already serving four years for shooting an off-duty sheriff's deputy in 2008 faces up to 10 more after a federal grand jury indicted him on weapons charges Tuesday. Robbie Joe Marcher (left) was convicted at trial of second-degree assault, failing to...

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MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2011

3-time armed robber gets 51 months

A man who robbed three convenience stores at gunpoint in March has been ordered to spend about four years in prison. Joseph D. Maine, 23, (pictured last year) was sentenced last week to 51 months in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of first-degree...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2011

Serial burglar sentenced to 10 years

A serial burglar is to spend 10 years in prison and pay more than $14,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to 17 felonies. Robert J. Frates, 27, burglarized tanning salons, tattoo shops and other small businesses in a burglary spree that ended in late March...

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Judge bars gang terms at Jenks' trial 

Prosecutors are prohibited from referencing the terms "Hells Angels," "Mongols" and "gangs" in the upcoming trial of club Sergeant at Arms Ricky Jenks. U.S. District Judge Justin Quackenbush said federal prosecutors can refer to Jenks' membership in a "motorcycle club" only. He said the other...

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TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011

Skinhead's lawyer: Jail only worsens him

A self-described skinhead will spend nearly 10 years in prison for a federal gun charge. James Daniel Bacon, who deputies say damaged a jail house door during a recent tantrum, has spent more than a third of his life in jail. The 23-year-old's lawyer cited...

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FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2011

FBI: Racist felon had ammo, 5 firearms

A Whitman County man arrested on federal gun charges last month had several guns and a large collection of ammunition when investigators searched his properties, a new indictment alleges. Jeremiah Daniel “J.D.” Hop, 29, faces two counts of felon in possession of a firearm and...

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Ex-Senate candidate faces gun charge

A former state Senate candidate faces new weapons charges after police say he brought a knife and loaded gun into a veterans hospital in Walla Walla. Roy H. Murry, 26, reportedly told his doctor that he carries a firearm "24-7" during an examination April 8,...

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FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011

Skinhead accused of damaging jail door

A skinhead jailed on a federal gun charge could be charged with an additional felony for damaging a jail door. James Daniel Bacon, 23, allegedly slammed the door to a jail day room backwards against a concrete wall so hard that the middle and bottom...

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'Bicycle Bandit' faces 17-22 years

A bike-riding bank robbery who terrorized local bank tellers for almost a year faces between 17 and 22 years in prison after pleading guilty in U.S. District Court Thursday. Lucas G. Woodard, 34, pleaded guilty to nine counts of armed bank robbery that netted a...

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THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011

Cops: Road rage with gun yields heroin 

A convicted felon is accused of brandishing a gun during a road rage incident on U.S. Highway 395 that led to the discovery of heroin. Brian L. Sellers, 34, is in jail on felony assault, gun and drug charges after the alleged victims called police...

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Plea expected in bank robbery spree

A Spokane man suspected of a series of armed bank robberies is expected to plead guilty today. Lucas G. Woodard, 34, faces up to 25 years in prison. The Federal Bureau of Investigation believes he may be the bicycle-riding bank robber responsible for a spree...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011

Grand jury indicts man for gun threats

A Worley, Idaho, man has been charged with assault for allegedly threatening two people with a gun. Timothy R. Allen, Jr., 19, was arrested March 12, accused of assault Daniel J. Hutchins by pushing him with the firearm and threatening him and of assaulting Sharleen...

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TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2011

$100 offer helps bust robbery suspects

Spokane police paid a confidential informant $100 for information that helped arrest two robbery suspects last week. The informant, who had been arrested on a Washington Department of Corrections warrant, told police that he saw a TV and laptop computer in Jeremy L. Standon's apartment...

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MONDAY, MAY 16, 2011

Reward for tips on suspect in gun theft

UPDATE 5/20: Guzman is in jail. A Spokane man accused of helping two brothers steal firearms in a burglary is wanted by authorities. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help arrest Lucky Joe Guzman, 27. Investigators believe Guzman drove Steven Charles Corkery,...

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Drive-by shooting kills 'Dougie' rapper

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) M-Bone of the rap group Cali Swag District, which scored a hit last year with the song "Teach Me How to Dougie," was killed in a weekend drive-by shooting as he sat in a car outside a liquor store, police said Monday....

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FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2011

Man gets 5 years for Colville meth house

A Colville methamphetamine addict has been ordered to spend five years in federal prison after a search of his home revealed guns and video tapes of him using methamphetamine. Michael Wayne Alexander, 55, allowed people to use meth at his home on Valley Westside Road...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2011

Brother: FBI set up taco truck protester

The man who boasted online about taking part in racist protests of taco-trucks in Coeur d’Alene and now faces an illegal weapons charge was the victim of government entrapment, his brother says. Jeremiah Daniel “J.D.” Hop, 29, was set up earlier this month by an...

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