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Sirens & Gavels marijuana archive

MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2012

Ruling puts marijuana searches in limbo

A recent court ruling that deemed a drug raid illegal has raised questions about how law enforcement in Spokane County investigate marijuana growers. Sheriff’s detectives had reason to believe marijuana was being grown at a northeast Spokane County home when they raided it Nov. 2,...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2012

When are you too stoned to drive?

The vehicular homicide trial of Jonathon Bales raised an interesting legal question that a defense attorney made his focus during opening arguments: At what point does a driver become impaired after smoking marijuana? Deputy Spokane County Prosecutor Mary Ann Brady argued to the jury Monday...

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2nd trial begins in fatal scooter crash

Testimony began Tuesday in the second vehicular homicide trial against a Spokane man who killed a woman riding a scooter north of Spokane in 2010. Jonathan P. Bales, 22, is facing a second trial after a jury deadlocked and could not come to a unanimous...

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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, MAY 21, 2012

Okla. fugitive in Spokane prompts probe

Spokane police are investigating why an Oklahoma fugitive ended up here with a large amount of marijuana and cash. Police on Friday obtained a search warrant for Mitchell R. Green, Jr.'s cellphone in hopes it will lead to what they suspect is a marijuana trafficking...

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FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

Man w/ 700 lbs of pot pleads guilty

A 78-year-old man who allowed drug traffickers to use his property just south of the Canadian border in Ferry County has pleaded guilty. Alvin Oliver Shields had 700 pounds of marijuana on his property when federal agents searched it in 2009. Now he faces 30...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2012

Man who shot burglar charged w/ assault

A homeowner in Medical Lake accused of shooting a fleeing 14-year-old burglary suspect in the back last December has been charged with assault. In new court documents, Spokane County sheriff’s detectives outline a shooting they believe went beyond homeowner Justin Jeffrey Brown defending his property...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2012

2 sentenced in CdA bar cocaine case

A Coeur d'Alene man involved in a large cocaine distribution ring that was based in part out of a Sherman Avenue bar has been sentenced to four years in prison. Christopher McFarland, 49, (left) also is to be on probation for five years and has...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012

This Dec. 18, 1984 file photo shows Don Nichols, right, standing with his son, Dan Nichols, left, as they pled not guilty in court in Virginia City, Mont. Standing with them is attorney, Steve Ungar. The U.S. attorney’s office in Montana has filed federal drug and weapons charges against Dan Nichols, part of the father and-son duo convicted in kidnapping a world class athlete in 1984, killing a would-be rescuer and eluding authorities for months, April 19, 2012. ((AP Photo/File))

Warrant issued for '80s 'mountain man'

This Dec. 18, 1984 file photo shows Don Nichols, right, standing with his son, Dan Nichols, left, as they pled not guilty in court in Virginia City, Mont. Standing with them is attorney, Steve Ungar. (AP Photo/File) By MATT GOURAS,Associated Press HELENA, Mont. (AP) —...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2012

CdA man arrested w/ 10 lbs of pot

A Coeur d'Alene man was arrested in southern Oregon Wednesday with 10 pounds of marijuana. Robert J. Nuszkiewicz, 50, was stopped for a traffic violating about 9:30 a.m. on Interstate 5 near milepost 90 in the Canyonville area. An Oregon State Police drug dog discovered...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2012

Feds: Dad gave marijuana to young kids

A medical marijuana patient arrested in Yakima Monday told authorities he provided marijuana to his three young children. Troy Mallard Craig, 32, said two of his children also have medical marijuana cards, according to a complaint filed today in U.S. District Court. Agents with the...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2012

These 10 pounds of marijuana were seized during a traffic stop near Bend, Ore., March 7. Marcus George Heidenreich, 30, of Coeur d'Alene, was arrested.
 (Oregon State Police)

3 Idaho residents busted w/ pot in Ore. 

This photo from Oregon State Police shows ten pounds of marijuana seized during a traffic stop involving three North Idaho residents near Bend, Ore., March 7. Three North Idaho residents were stopped near Oregon last week with 10 pounds of marijuana, police said today. Marcus...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2012

Spokane man wanted for gun assault

A Spokane man accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint the day after Christmas is wanted by Crime Stoppers after failing to show up for court. Nicholas M. Cornelius, 23, is charged with second-degree assault, unlawful imprisonment and residential burglary for the gunpoint attack at...

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MONDAY, FEB. 20, 2012

Suspended driver arrested after chase 

A driver with a suspended license who fled a traffic stop in his 2006 Ford Mustang was arrested on a bevy of charges late Sunday, officials said today. David B. Middleton, 44, stopped his black Mustang near East Sprague Avenue and North Farr Road about...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2012

Man sentenced for herpes-related heist 

A 19-year-old man is to spend about seven years in prison for an armed robbery that was sparked by his fear of contracting herpes from a shared marijuana pipe. Aziem L. Richardson pleaded guilty to two counts of first degree robbery for a July incident...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 14, 2012

Grand jury indicts men in marijuana grow 

Eight pounds of marijuana and more than 1000 plants seized from a Spokane County home in November has led to federal charges against six suspects. A grand jury this month indicted Jerad J. Kynaston, 23 (pictured left), Samuel M. Doyle, 25 (pictured right); Brice C....

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THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2012

24 lbs. of pot in Ore. leads to Spokane

The discovery of 24 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop in Oregon led police to arrest a suspected distributor in Spokane this week. The investigation began when Kevin C. McKeag, 28, of Chattaroy, was arrested near Roseburg, Ore., Feb. 2 after a drug dog...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1, 2012

Indiana man sentenced in CdA for pot

An Indiana man who grew marijuana in Latah County is to spend 18 months in federal prison under a sentence imposed this week in Coeur d'Alene. Kevin Brett Waters, 45, said he planted 67 plants on co-defendant Dawn C. Wilson's property in Kamiah before leaving...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 13, 2012

Jury clears grandma of pot grow charge

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A southwestern Pennsylvania grandmother says she's no marijuana grower, just a woman who wanted something that would look pretty next to her tomatoes. A Fayette County jury cleared 67-year-old Alberta Kelley of drug possession and manufacture charges on Jan. 6 after...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 4, 2012

$40k bond for shotgun carjack suspect

An 18-year-old man accused of carjacking a woman who was with her infant remains jailed on $40,000 bond. Dustin M. Lange is accused of pointing a shotgun at Rachelle Bergman and "racking it" as she was trying to load her newborn baby into her 1998...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 23, 2011

Boy shot in pot theft was hit in back

A 14-year-old* boy was shot in the back when he tried to burglarize a marijuana grow room in Medical Lake on Monday, documents show. The boy, who was in satisfactory condition after undergoing surgery to remove a .45-caliber bullet, ran from the room in the...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21, 2011

Pot involved in shooting of teen suspect 

A teenager who was with the 13-year-old boy shot during a Monday burglary had stolen marijuana from the same home less than a week before. The boy who was shot remains in satisfactory condition at a local hospital after undergoing surgery following the shooting in...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 16, 2011

This Dec. 13, 2011 photo released by the Oregon State Police shows the interior of a car driven by two men arrested Monday night after leading Oregon State Trooper Clay Core on a 100 mph chase along Interstate 5 south of Eugene, Ore., while ripping open half-pound bags and flinging marijuana buds out the window. Troopers and deputies recovered approximately 5 pounds of marijuana along the roadway and from the car. Core says that the pot was "pelting my car" as the chase continued. ( (AP Photo/Oregon State Police))

Fleeing Ore. men hurl marijuana from car

This Dec. 13 photo released by the Oregon State Police shows the interior of a car driven by two men arrested Monday night after throwing marijuana out the window during a high-speed police chase. EUGENE Ore. (AP) — An Oregon state trooper says he was...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 18, 2011

In this undated photo provided by the Ohio State Highway Patrol shows a gift-wrapped package containing 25 individually wrapped packets of marijuana. Ohio troopers making a traffic stop say they found the pot present. The State Highway Patrol says the 28 pounds of pot discovered in the car's trunk is valued at more than $63,000. Robert Gomez has been charged with trafficking and possession of marijuana and possession of criminal tools, both felonies, and a misdemeanor count of driving under suspension. ( (AP Photo/Ohio State Highway Patrol))

Wash. man caught w/ gift-wrapped pot

This undated photo provided by the Ohio State Highway Patrol shows a gift-wrapped package containing 25 individually wrapped packets of marijuana. SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Ohio troopers making a traffic stop say they found a pot present: a gift-wrapped package containing 25 individually wrapped packets...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 17, 2011

FBI: Indicted racist had terrorism plans

A reputed white supremacist convicted last month of a gun charge related to an alleged domestic terrorism plot has been indicted by a grand jury for an alleged identity theft scheme. Wayde Lynn Kurt, 53, is accused of producing fraudulent identification cards for a "task"...

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