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Sirens & Gavels oxycontin archive

TUESDAY, JAN. 7, 2014

TUESDAY, DEC. 3, 2013

Wiretaps scrutinized in multi-state drug case

A case involving 62 defendants and allegedly $20 million worth of California drugs sold on the West Coast continues its circuitous trek through the federal courts, with some suspects objecting to the government’s use of wiretapping in the investigation. Federal authorities announced raids in February...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2012

Vegas woman accused in OxyContin ring 

A Las Vegas woman and her father are accused of helping distribute large amounts of OxyContin that included sales tracked in Eastern Washington. Tiffany Diane Frehner, 31, and John Lawrence Frehner, 57, are charged in connection with a federal complaint filed in January against Frehner's...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 2012

Man accused of robbing local pharmacy

A 30-year-old man has been arrested for robbing a north Spokane pharmacy of Oxycodone. Paul Raymond Hunt, Jr., was arrested Monday for the June 5 robbery at Rite Aid, 12420 N. Highway 395. Pharmacy employees identified him as the man who showed up at the...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2012

13-time felon accused of gun burglary 

A burglary suspect accused of stealing a truck and gun from a northwest Spokane home is a repeat offender with a 19-year history of property crimes, police say. Grant Douglas Brough, 35, was one of two men who ran from a traffic stop near East...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 28, 2012

Serial robbery suspect pleads not guilty

Pepper spray apparently didn't deter a drug-seeking pharmacy robber in Deer Park: Police believe he tried robbing the store two more times. Aaron David Kenny Miller, 24, pleaded not guilty today to first-degree robbery, second-degree robbery and attempted second-degree robbery for holdups at the Medicine...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 27, 2012

Sketch shows pharmacy robbery suspect 

Detectives today released a sketch of a possible suspect in two gunpoint robberies at a Deer Park pharmacy. The first robbery at the Medicine Shoppe pharmacy, 11 E. H St., occurred Dec. 5 about 4:40 p.m. when a man demanded OxyContin and displayed a silver...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 19, 2012

Calif. OxyContin sales traced to E. Wash.

A suspected large-scale OxyContin dealer in Southern California was arrested after the DEA tracked drug sales into Eastern Washington. Robert Beron is accused of selling large amount of OxyContin to Mitchell Hargan, Marisol Hernandez, Jaime McGahuey and Kim Chavez of Wenatchee. The DEA began investigating...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 16, 2011

Suspect ID'd in ice cream shop robbery

A gunpoint robbery at a Spokane ice cream shop in the middle of winter has been solved nearly a year after the crime, prosecutors allege. Michael W. Robison, 24, was arraigned this week on a first-degree robbery charge for the Jan. 9 hold-up at Basin...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 26, 2011

$100k in jewelry found after safe heist

About $100,000 in stolen jewelry was recovered Thursday after police arrested a burglary suspect who claimed to be addicted to OxyContin. Cody Michael Sutton, 20, is accused of burglarizing a home in Veradale after the owner's 12-year-old son allowed him inside about 4 p.m. thinking...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 25, 2011

CdA lawyer ordered back to prison

A Coeur d'Alene defense lawyer and former deputy prosecutor is going back to prison after a judge ruled he'd violated his probation on OxyContin charges. Shawn C. Nunley, 40, was ordered to prison late last week after his probation officer said he smelled faintly of...

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MONDAY, AUG. 8, 2011

Church burglaries lead to 23 felonies

A series of church burglaries last year has led to 23 felony charges against four suspects. The burglaries, which police say began when the main suspect and his mother stole a purse from a Mormon church, were done to feed the man's OxyContin addiction, according...

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FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011

Overheated car leads to heroin bust

Things went from bad to worse for a Colbert man whose car overheated outside a liquor store Thursday night. Eric Joseph Powell, 24, was arguing with his female passenger in his overheated Toyota Corolla about 11:30 p.m. when Deputy Robert Brooke arrived to see why...

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THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011

Drug suspects lose meth, children in raid

A Spokane man awaiting trial on methamphetamine charges was arrested today during a SWAT team raid at his home. Gerald A. Ogelsbee faces new meth charges in an investigation that led to four children being taken by Child Protective Services today, according to the Spokane...

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MONDAY, FEB. 21, 2011

Woman accused of OxyContin fraud

An additional '1' on an OxyContin prescription didn't earn a Deer Park woman the pill haul police say she wanted. An employee at Medicine Shop Pharmacy in Deer Park called police Friday after Bowman attempted to fill a prescription for 160 Oxycontin pills. The prescribing...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 2, 2011

THURSDAY, JAN. 27, 2011

Valley theft, burglary spree earns 2 years

A crime spree that included vehicle prowling, burglary and prescription fraud earned a 23-year-old Spokane Valley woman about two years in prison this week. Jenalee Jean Hall, who police say is a cousin of Eddie Ray Hall , was sentenced Tuesday to 25 months in...

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MONDAY, DEC. 13, 2010

OxyContin robber sentenced to 3 years

A man who robbed a Spokane pharmacy of OxyContin last May was sentenced recently to nearly three years in prison. Robert K. Morris, 27, pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted robbery and was sentenced to 34 1/2 months in prison and ordered to pay $134 restitution....

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 1, 2010

Tips sought on accused armed robber

UPDATE 12/2: Morris was arrested based on an anonymous tip.A man accused of robbing a Spokane pharmacy of OxyContin last May is wanted by police after failing to show up for a court date. No charges were filed against the unsuspecting driver of Robert K....

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TUESDAY, OCT. 19, 2010

CdA lawyer imprisoned for OxyContin

A Coeur d'Alene defense lawyer and former deputy prosecutor was sent to prison recently after police said he recruited a client to help feed his OxyContin addiction. Shawn C. Nunley, 39, was sentenced to five years in prison with eligibility for parole in two years...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 6, 2010

This surveillance image shows a man police believe to be Nicholas "Niko" Burden, 31, just before a gunpoint OxyContin at the Albertsons pharmacy at 57th and Regal on July 23. Police say Burden shot himself during a police chase following an OxyContin robbery at Rite Aid on 29th Avenue on Aug. 3. He was pronounced dead Aug. 4. (Spokane County Sheriff's Office)

Police: Oxy robber dead after shooting self

A suspected serial OxyContin robber who shot himself after a police chase Tuesday died at a Spokane hospital the next day. Nicholas T. “Niko” Burden, 31, worked as a car salesman and lived with his girlfriend and baby daughter before detectives say he began feeding...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 2010

This surveillance image shows a man police believe to be Nicholas "Niko" Burden, 31, pulling a gun at the Albertsons pharmacy at 57th and Regal, which was robbed of OxyContin on July 23. Police say Burden shot himself during a police chase following a robbery at Rite Aid on 29th Avenue on Aug. 3. (Courtesy of Spokane County Sheriff's Office)

1 man sought in 2 OxyContin robberies

,One "very dangerous" man is responsible for two gunpoint OxyContin robberies at different Albertsons pharmacies in Spokane County this month, police announced today. Detectives released photos of the robber pulling a gun near a young girl July 23 at the store at 57th and Regal...

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TUESDAY, JULY 27, 2010

SATURDAY, JULY 24, 2010

A masked gunman robbed a South Hill pharmacy of OxyContin on July 23, 2010.
The robber pointed a semi-automatic pistol at employees at the Albertsons at 57th and Regal just after 9 a.m. (Spokane County Sheriff's Office)

Pictures show armed OxyContin robber

A gunman robbed a South Hill pharmacy of OxyContin Friday morning.The robber pointed a semi-automatic pistol at employees at the Albertsons at 57th and Regal just after 9 a.m.The man pulled the gun from his waistband as he approached the pharmacy from the dairy section...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 14, 2010

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