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Sirens & Gavels hydrocodone archive

SATURDAY, JULY 20, 2013

Sacred Heart drug theft amount ‘incredible’

For almost four years, hundreds of thousands of powerful, highly controlled prescription narcotics disappeared from Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center’s outpatient pharmacy and no one noticed. Between January and March alone, 745 hydrocodone pills were stolen each day, a police report says. Three months ago,...

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FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2012

Drugs, guns seized near Valley school

Sheriff's investigators arrested a suspected methamphetamine dealer this week after a month's long investigation that yielded not only drugs but three guns. His Spokane Valley home's backyard is connected to the playground of Trentwood Elementary School. Gang and drug detectives obtained search warrants for the...

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MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012

2 more suspects ID'd in drug robbery

Two suspected accomplices have been charged with robbing a Spokane clinic of prescription drugs in December. Shawn Savynjo Struck, 41, was arrested this weekend on a second-degree robbery charge for allegedly helping Brian Lee "Rowdy" Riley rob the Spokane Falls Family Clinic, 120 W. Mission...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 3, 2012

Fugitive arrested in Center of Universe 

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A man who failed to appear in court on charges he caused a disturbance at a Missoula hotel was taken into custody by a bail bond company after a standoff at a Wallace, Idaho, hotel. Michael Dell Babinski, 42, was booked...

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MONDAY, JAN. 30, 2012

Cops: Paintball gun-toting robber ID'd 

A 26-year-old convicted felon has been identified as a suspect in a robbery with a paintball gun at a Spokane clinic last month. Brian Lee "Rowdy" Riley, 26, is in jail on a first-degree robbery charge for the Dec. 29 drug heist at the Spokane...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 26, 2012

Cops search home in drug robbery probe

Detectives searched a home recently to look for evidence in an armed robbery at a clinic last month No arrests have been made, and the investigation into the Dec. 29 drug heist at the Spokane Falls Family Clinic, 120 W. Mission Ave., continues. A pharmacy...

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SATURDAY, OCT. 1, 2011

A Coeur d'Alene man was arrested in Oregon Thursday with 10 pounds of marijuana.
Seth Anthony Mtichell, 22, was stopped for a traffic violation while driving a 2004 Ford F-150 on Highway 97 north of Madras at milepost 78 about 12:30 p.m. 
Troopers found oxycodone and hydrocodone and arrested Mitchell for two drug charges, then obtained a search warrant and found the marijuana, according to Oregon State Police3.
Mitchell faces an additional charge of unlawful possession, distribution and manufacture of a controlled substance.
He was booked into the Jefferson County Jail.
 (Oregon State Police)

CdA man busted in Ore. w/ 10lbs of pot

A Coeur d'Alene man was arrested in Oregon Thursday with 10 pounds of marijuana. Seth Anthony Mitchell, 22, was stopped for a traffic violation while driving a 2004 Ford F-150 on Highway 97 north of Madras at milepost 78 about 12:30 p.m. Troopers found oxycodone...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 23, 2011

Ex-postal worker sentenced in mail theft 

An ex-postal supervisor and Air Force veteran will be on probation for five years for stealing prescription medication from mail. Mark Charles Raley, 46, of Spokane also will pay $5,045 in restitution under a sentence imposed this week in U.S. District Court in Spokane. He...

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FRIDAY, JULY 1, 2011

Chronic prescription forger arrested again

A Spokane woman arrested on prescription forgery charges six times in one year returned to jail again this week less than two weeks after pleading guilty to four felonies. Theresia L. Beckett, 56, was out of jail on bond awaiting sentencing when she was arrested...

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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 3, 2011

Drug fraud suspect arrested 6x in 1 year 

A Spokane woman arrested on felony prescription forgery charges six times in one year has been jailed on an usually high bond of $125,000. Theresia L. Beckett, 56, has at least eight pending felony charges related to alleged prescription forgeries at Spokane pharmacies since last...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 14, 2011

Prescription leads to arrest, not 90 pills

A forged prescription intended to garner 90 Hydrocodone pills instead led to the arrest of a 20-year-old Spokane Valley man on Thursday. Employees at Walgreens, 2702 N. Argonne Road, suspected Robert G. Morey was handing them a forged prescription and called 911 after an employees...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 14, 2010

Raid reveals meth, cash, Hydrocodone

A Spokane man was arrested this morning with a half-ounce of methamphetamine, $5,000 and a quantity of Hydrocodone. Gerald A. Oglesbee, 41, (pictured in 2007) was booked into Spokane County Jail on three counts of delivery of meth and one count of possession of meth...

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MONDAY, OCT. 18, 2010

Church pastor popped for pilfering pills

A Spokane church pastor accused of stealing prescription medication from a parishioner left jail this weekend and was ordered to remain free pending trial after he appeared before a Superior Court judge today. Greg Scott Glover, 35, was arrested Friday after a Spokane Valley police...

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MONDAY, JAN. 25, 2010

Doctor on trial for overprescribing 

The second trial of a former Shoshone County doctor accused of overprescribing drugs is set to begin this week in U.S. District Court in Coeur d'Alene. Christopher Arthur Christensen faces three counts of prescribing methadone, hydrocodone and/or alprazolam, an anti-anxiety drug, "outside the scope of...

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