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MONDAY, SEPT. 22, 2014

Ephrata pot shop fights trademark lawsuit

An embattled Ephrata pot shop has fired a lofty salvo in response to a trademark infringement lawsuit filed against it by the marijuana media juggernaut that publishes "High Times" magazine. In its response to a lawsuit filed last month in U.S. District Court for Eastern...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 29, 2014

First Stevens Co. pot shop opens its doors

The first retail marijuana store in Stevens County has opened its doors for business, though employees say they're suffering from the same lack of product that has plagued other stores in the region. Savage THC in Clayton, Washington, opened last week and is keeping regular...

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Trial pushed in 'Kettle Falls 5' case 

The controversial federal trial of a marijuana growing co-operative calling themselves the "Kettle Falls 5" has been delayed so that defense attorneys can review new evidence obtained by prosecutors. U.S. District Court Judge Fred Van Sickle granted a continuance of the trial last week. The...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2013


Several firearms found inside foreclosed home

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office detectives found several firearms inside a South Hill home where a man shot and killed himself Sunday. Detectives seized five assault rifles and four hand guns from the 4500 block of East Sumac Drive where 62-year-old Warren C. Schrempp, Jr. was...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 26, 2013

Feds nearing end of pot legalization review 

The U.S. Justice Department reportedly is nearing the end of its review of Washington and Colorado's new laws legalizing marijuana and could be announcing soon how it will respond. The issue is that while voters in Washington and Colorado have legalized pot under state laws,...

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MONDAY, NOV. 12, 2012

Gregoire looking for guidance from feds on pot 

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state Gov. Chris Gregoire will meet with Deputy Attorney General James Cole to discuss the state's recent passage of a measure to legalize and tax the sale of marijuana for recreational use. Gregoire spokesman Cory Curtis said that the governor...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 15, 2012

This piranha was seized from a South Hill apartment on Friday. (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Piranhas, alligator seized on South Hill

Piranhas and a small alligator were seized from a South Hill apartment on Friday. (submitted photos) Piranhas offered for trade on Craigslist led state fish and game agents to seize several of the exotic, human-eating fish from an apartment on Spokane’s lower South Hill. The...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 10, 2012

Man, 78, sent to prison for pot dealing

A 78-year-old man who allowed drug traffickers to use his property just south of the Canadian border in Ferry County will spend 2 1/2 years in federal prison, a judge ruled Thursday. Alvin Oliver Shields had 700 pounds of marijuana on his property when federal...

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TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2012

Medical pot robbery reported in Valley

Two men were arrested for a gunpoint robbery in Spokane Valley on Sunday that the victim said targeted medical marijuana. Veniamin Glushchenko, 20, and Krysta Rose Jones, 21, are accused of robbing a man at a home in the 17400 block of East Coach Avenue....

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Police eluder left prison 3 months ago

A Spokane man released from prison in April is back behind bars after leading police on a chase in a stolen car, authorities allege. Zachary J. Schackel, 26, is to be arraigned today on charges of theft of a motor vehicle and attempting to elude...

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Murdered man's apartment burglarized

The family of a Western Washington man shot and killed nearly two weeks ago went to his Liberty Lake apartment to collect his things, only to find it burglarized and his newly purchased assault rifle missing. Ryan Crews Mumm, 20, had been living in the...

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TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2012

Pot thief shot in head sent to prison 

A Spokane man who was shot in the head while trying to steal marijuana plants from a home last fall has sentenced to prison. Joseph A. Gariepy, 41, was shot by Darcee Kapfer as he and Raymond Paul Bates, 49, tried to steal marijuana plants...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2012

Cops: Gun malfunction stopped murder

A Spokane man who police say would have killed a man had his gun not malfunctioned has been charged with attempted murder. Carlos Himminez "Atlanta" Hodges, 38, was armed with a handgun when he confronted Kenneth Watkins at Watkins' home in the 1000 block of...

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3 Oregon men admit to Idaho pot grow

Three Oregon men have pleaded guilty to growing large amounts of marijuana in Boundary County, Idaho. Robert Wayne Baucum, 56, of Scio (left), Ronald Clifford Underwood (right), 55, and Raymond Earl Hogle, 50 (bottom left), both of Albany, grew marijuana in barns on property owned...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2012

4th suspect arrested in '09 home robbery 

A fourth suspect has been arrested in a gunpoint home-invasion robbery that occurred nearly three years ago. Travis J. Kulhavy, 28, is accused of robbing four people at a home in the 500 block of East Garland Avenue on Oct. 8, 2009. Co-defendant Brian L....

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FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2012

Shock player: God told me to start fire

A pro football player who leapt from his burning third-floor apartment in Liberty Lake Thursday said he started the blaze with a marijuana blunt because God told him to, authorities say. Kevin Marcus Ellison, 25, a starting linebacker/defensive back for the Spokane Shock arena football...

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Stoned-while driving case hangs, again

A second jury in nine months failed to agree Tuesday whether a Deer Park man’s marijuana use caused a fatal crash, highlighting the lack of accepted standards to determine when motorists should be considered too stoned to drive. A Spokane County jury deliberated only about...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2012

Judge won't reverse medical pot rulng

A judge has refused to reverse a decision about a marijuana search that local law enforcement says could hinder their ability to investigate pot cases. U.S. District Judge Frem Nielsen said Monday that his decision to prohibit prosecutors from using marijuana plants and other evidence...

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