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TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2011

Hells Angel arraigned on federal charges

A member of the Hells Angels motorcycle club pleaded not guilty Monday to gun and drug charges. Michael Ryan Fitzpatrick, 33, was booked into Spokane County Jail after his arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Cynthia Imbrogno in U.S. District Court in Spokane. Fitzpatrick is charged with...

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MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2011

Skinhead promises speech at bench trial 

A self-described skinhead says he has prepared a speech to read at his federal bench trial this afternoon for allegedly assaulting an accused child molester. James D. Bacon, 23, is charged with misdemeanor assault for punching Darrell W. Monzingo, 44, as the men shared a...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2011

Taco protester arraigned on gun charge

A Whitman County man who bragged online about being involved with racist taco-truck protests in Kootenai County pleaded not guilty to a federal gun charge today. A bail hearing for Jeremiah Daniel “J.D.” Hop, 29, is set for Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. before U.S. Magistrate...

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MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2011

3 men charged in burglary, gun thefts

Three Spokane men have been charged with a series of felonies for their alleged roles in firearm thefts last December. Steven Charles Corkery, Jr., 27, is accused of burglarizing a home in the 4400 block of East 16th on Dec. 6, then pawning stolen property,...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2011

Marijuana theft leads to shotgun threat 

A Spokane man is accused of pointing a loaded shotgun at a man in retaliation for a marijuana theft. Steven T. Casados, 21, is jailed on a first-degree assault charge after witnesses told police he arrived at an apartment in the 900 block of East...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011

Suspected serial burglar pleads innocent

A felon accused of stealing the gun used in a gang-related murder last year has been charged with five burglaries. Robert J. Frates, 27, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to four counts of felony second-degree burglary and one count of attempted second-degree burglary. He's accused of...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2011

Masked gunman robs North Idaho store

A masked gunman robbed a store north of Hayden Tuesday night and specifically requested a pack of Marlboro Red cigarettes. The man entered the Alpine Country Store, 17568 North Highway 95, about 11 p.m. and forced the clerk to empty the cash register while pointing...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2011

Jury indicts man for cop's stolen gun

A felon suspected of stealing a handgun from a Spokane County sheriff's detective's squad car last April has been indicted by a federal grand jury. James W. Peterschick, 29, faces up to 10 years in federal prison for felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful...

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MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011

Lawyers' feud continues in messy lawsuit 

A dispute between two law partners that sent one to jail following an armed confrontation at their Spokane office in 2007 continues today as a messy civil lawsuit lingers in court. Connie Powell and Dean White's law partnership unraveled into a feud marred by allegations...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2011

Burglary suspect linked to murder gun

A suspected serial burglar tracked by police using a GPS device is believed to have stolen the gun that was later used in a gang-related murder. Robert J. Frates’ arrest on Tuesday is his third since December, when police picked him up on suspicion of...

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Joseph Maine, then 22, witnessed the one-car accident at 32nd and Ray, April 1, 2010, and raced to the scene with a car jack to assist the father and three children trapped in the car. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Robbery suspect also a heroic rescuer

A man suspected of robbing three Spokane convenience stores last weekend rushed to a car crash to help a father and three children one year ago today. Joseph D. Maine, 23, was working in his backyard with his brother when he heard the crash at...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011

Grand jury indicts Hells Angels leader

The sergeant at arms of the Washington chapter of the Hells Angels has been indicted by a federal grand jury. Ricky W. Jenks, 33, faces up to 10 years in federal prison after the jury indicted him in U.S. District Court for felon in possession...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2011

Felon arrested w/ pistol, cocaine, weed

Here's a news release from Sgt. Dave Reagan: A 23-year-old Spokane man was arrested Wednesday evening after a deputy discovered drugs and a pistol inside his vehicle during a traffic stop. Deputy Daryl Smith was southbound on Market from Hawthorne Road about 7:30 p.m. when...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2011

Alleged child molester assaulted in cell

A convicted robber jailed on federal gun charges is accused of assaulting an alleged child molester at the federal courthouse. James D. Bacon, 23, (pictured) is charged with misdemeanor assault for punching Darrel W. Monzingo, 44, as the men shared a holding cell at the...

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Man in '97 slaying gets 7 years for gun

A convicted killer arrested in a widespread methamphetamine investigation was sentenced to seven years in prison Monday for a gun charge. Christopher Clay Gober, 32, was on probation when a search was conducted on his hotel room in Coeur d'Alene last April. Investigators say they...

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Meth dealer nabbed by chief sentenced

A Coeur d'Alene methamphetamine dealer arrested at gunpoint by the city's police chief was sentenced Monday to 14 years in federal prison. Daniel W. Bisher, 36, was arrested in a sweeping methamphetamine investigation that has resulted in prison sentences for several North Idaho residents. He...

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Undercover probe nets meth, 6 firearms

An undercover police investigation Saturday led to the seizure of six firearms as well as methamphetamine, scales and packaging materials at a north Spokane home. Jeffery S. Finney, 30, is accused of selling two of the guns to a confidential informant being followed by members...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2011

Police: Teens stole $123k in silver, gold

An accidental shooting last summer was linked to a suspected burglary ring involving $123,000 in stolen gold and silver coins, court documents allege. Joseph S. Denison, 19, brought the Colt Python .357 Magnum revolver to a party in Deer Park on Aug. 21, where it...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2011

Teen arrested on Ecstasy, gun charges 

A 19-year-old Spokane man is in custody after a federal drug informant recorded him discussing how he'd stolen firearms and would "shoot it out with the cops" if he was approached. Patrick Hayes Wellman was arrested on Friday just yards from Glover Middle School and...

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Judge OKs charge against Hells Angel

The sergeant at arms of the Washington chapter of the Hells Angels will remain in jail after a federal judge ruled there was probable cause to hold him on a gun charge. Ricky W. Jenks, 33, is charged with being a felon in possession of...

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MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2011

Gun, meth, bong lead to woman's arrest 

A pistol-packing St. Maries, Idaho, woman was arrested in Spokane Valley Sunday after an officer found methamphetamine in her 1993 Mercury Cougar during a traffic stop, police said today. Brenna Ann Haynes, 21, told Officer Juan Rodriguez her driver's license might be suspended and that...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2011

MONDAY, MARCH 7, 2011

Man shot by deputy denies being armed

A suspected thief shot multiple times by a Stevens County sheriff’s deputy disputed law enforcement reports Sunday that he was armed with a pistol even though authorities say they recovered a gun and several other stolen items at his home. “I woke up with my...

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Spokane cemetery gunfire leads to arrest

A man upset because he couldn't locate a family member's grave fired a gun in a Spokane cemetery Sunday, leading to his arrest, police said today. Jeffrey B. Holcomb, 32, was arrested after police respond to a report of shots fired at Fairmont Memorial Gardens,...

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SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2011

2nd man in Hells Angels raid leaves jail

A Hells Angels member arrested on a marijuana charge Thursday in Spokane was released from jail on his own recognizance Friday. Michael Ryan Fitzpatrick, 33, was booked into jail Thursday on one felony charge of delivery of a controlled substance after selling marijuana in a...

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