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Sirens & Gavels marijuana archive

THURSDAY, JAN. 13, 2011

THURSDAY, DEC. 30, 2010

Dried leaves are visible in containers of incense not intended for human consumption at Enhale Smoke Shop in Tucson, Ariz., on Dec. 14, 2010. Federal authorities are planning to ban some of the chemicals found in a legal substance that they say, when smoked, gives a high similar to marijuana's but is potentially more dangerous.  (Greg Bryan / (AP Photo/Arizona Daily Star, Greg Bryan))

Pharmacy board bans synthetic pot 

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state pharmacy board has voted to adopt a rule that would ban the sale and possession of synthetic marijuana. The board's emergency rule would mirror new Federal Drug Enforcement Administration rules banning five chemicals used to make synthetic marijuana....

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FRIDAY, DEC. 10, 2010

FRIDAY, NOV. 19, 2010

Mead pot shop burgled 2x in 1 week

Detectives are investigating the second burglary at a Mead medical marijuana dispensary in a week.Spokane County sheriff's deputies responded to a commercial burglary alarm at Evergreen Medical Inc., 12004 N. Market, about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday and found the south side door open with the Plexiglas...

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MONDAY, NOV. 15, 2010

2 marijuana grows found after shooting

Spokane drug detectives are investigating two marijuana grow operations found after a gunman was killed in a shootout with police on Friday. The Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office is conducting an autopsy right now on the gunman, who was killed after witnesses said he fired...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 12, 2010

Joint, not cigar, celebrates baby's birth

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Police say a new father faces drug charges because he lit up a marijuana joint, instead of a cigar, to celebrate his child's birth at a western Pennsylvania hospital.Police aren't identifying the man found smoking the pot in a designated smoking...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 11, 2010

Cops seek pot suspect w/ 'shopping list'

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips on the location of a Spokane woman arrested for a marijuana grow during a burglary investigation. Detectives found marijuana plants at Allison E. Hubbard's home at 106045 E. 6th last summer after a busted burglar, Jonothon A....

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TUESDAY, OCT. 26, 2010

Spokane man busted with 20 lbs of pot 

A Spokane man recently was arrested in Oregon with 20 pounds of marijuana. Ryan Michael Buley, 25, was driving a 2002 Mercury Cougar when an Oregon State Police trooper stopped him on Friday about 2:16 p.m. for failing to maintain a lane of travel, according...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 14, 2010

This is a portion of what investigators estimate to be 20 pounds of marijuana seized in Bonner County on Oct. 13, 2010. (Bonner County Sheriff's Office)

20 lbs of pot seized in Bonner County

About 20 pounds of marijuana was seized from a home in Bonner County on Wednesday. Marcus S. Starks, 42, and Laura D. Baker, 51, were trimming marijuana from a recently harvested grow near an elementary school when Bonner County Sheriff's Office investigators contacted them at...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 5, 2010

Feds: U.S. judge used cocaine w/ stripper

By GREG BLUESTEIN, Associated Press Writer ATLANTA (AP) - A veteran federal judge faces drug and firearms charges after an exotic dancer at an Atlanta strip club told authorities he used cocaine, marijuana and other illegal drugs with her. Senior U.S. District Judge Jack T....

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 30, 2010

Angela Gilbert struggles to hold back tears as she stands outside a Hillyard apartment building holding a photo of her sister, Rebecca McCollough and her children, Wednesday Sept. 29, 2010. Police say McCollough's 1-year-old son Santiago was beaten to death by her boyfriend Tuesday night. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Accused child killer mad over lack of pot

A 22-year-old Spokane man already under investigation for abusing a baby girl was arrested late Tuesday after his girlfriend’s 1-year-old son was found beaten to death in their Hillyard apartment. James R. “J.R.” Cooley, 22, (left) told detectives he squeezed and shook little Santiago McCreight...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 17, 2010

Police get search warrant for man's rectum 

Spokane police officers recently obtained a search warrant for a man's rectum. The 31-year-old Spokane man was arrested Sept. 10 on misdemeanor warrants after a traffic stop just before 1 a.m. Police found a knife, marijuana, a digital scale and cash in his backpack, according...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 15, 2010

From this Spokane Valley strip mall  Paul  Ellis sold medical marijuana until he was busted by the Spokane Sheriff's department recently. In the window is reflected a WSP office across the parking lot. Photographed Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Cops raid pot shop 100 ft from WSP office

A Greenacres man who operated a medical marijuana dispensary about 100 feet from a Washington State Patrol office could face felony drug charges in the latest example of Spokane County’s tough stance on the confusing voter-approved law. Paul E. Ellis, 52, was described by detectives...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 12, 2010

Idaho farmer unwittingly tends to pot crop

JEROME, Idaho (AP) — Authorities say a southern Idaho farmer unknowingly watered and fertilized more than 300 marijuana plants while tending to his corn field. The Jerome County sheriff's office says the farmer found the plot of pot growing between his tall, green stalks of...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 4, 2010

Burglary ring leads to marijuana grow house

A string of apartment burglaries led police to a marijuana growing operation after the theft suspects admitted to stealing hydroponic grow equipment. William F. Searight, 22, is to be arraigned today on charges related to nine burglaries at Spokane Valley apartment complexes in March. Jonothan...

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FRIDAY, JULY 9, 2010


Hells Angel's federal bail greatly reduced

A Canadian Hells Angel in federal custody at the Spokane County Jail had his cash bail requirement drastically reduced Thursday in U.S. District Court. Brian L. Hall, 43, will be allowed out of custody if he posts $100,00 cash bond and a $300,000 surety bond,...

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TUESDAY, JULY 6, 2010

TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 2010

Men admit to kidnapping, assaulting burglar

Two men who kidnapped and assaulted a burglary suspect will serve time for the crime. Jesse T.R. Bushnell, 19, (right) was sentenced to 15 months in prison after pleading guilty Friday to second-degree kidnapping and second-degree attempted assault. Chaz P. Crow , 21, was sentenced...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 25, 2010

Officials: Knife-wielding man a public drunk

A transient suspected of threatening three people with a hunting knife in downtown Spokane late Thursday has been cited for consuming alcohol in public twice in the last eight days.Now Wilfred Dale Corse, 48, is in jail on new misdemeanor charges after police say he...

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2 arrested after raids net drugs, 15 guns

An interagency drug team arrested two men in Grant County this week on gun and drug charges. Illegal immigrant Manuel Alvarez-Meraz, 36, (right) was arrested early Tuesday with marijuana and 13 guns during a raid at 13497 Road B.8 SE, near Royal City. Along with...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 2010

Police: Man had 166 pot plants too many

A hunter led investigators this week to a man they say "interprets the medical marijuana law a little differently than we do." Benjamin A. Rice-Erso, 26, was released from Spokane County Jail on his own recognizance today after appearing in Superior Court on a felony...

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MONDAY, JUNE 14, 2010

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9, 2010

Judge upholds Hells Angel's jail release

A federal judge has rejected a prosecutor's request to hold a Canadian Hells Angel without bail on drug and money laundering charges. Brian L. Hall, 43, will be allowed to leave the Spokane County Jail and return to British Columbia if he posts a $400,000...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2, 2010

Feds fight to keep Hells Angel in custody

A member of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang who fought extradition to the United States for two years was granted bail by a U.S. magistrate in Spokane, but federal prosecutors are appealing the decision. Brian Lee Hall, 43, has been in the Spokane County Jail...

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