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MONDAY, AUG. 6, 2012

Taco truck protestor gets 7 years for guns 

A Whitman County man who bragged about being involved with racist taco-truck protests in Kootenai County has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison for unlawful gun possession. Jeremiah Daniel "J.D." Hop's lawyer, Roger Peven, asked for him to receive between 15 and 21...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2012

Plea replaces life sentence w/ 3 years

A Spokane man whose three-strikes trial was halted because of concerns about racist comments made by jurors has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge. Bobby S. Galloway, 24, was sentenced to three years in prison for third-degree assault after pleading guilty last week before Superior...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2012

Witness sought in three-strikes case

Police are looking for a witness in an assault case that could put the defendant in prison for life. Morgan S. Snider, 23, (right) is expected to testify in the first-degree assault trial of Bobby S. Galloway, but police said this week that she still...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 26, 2012

Conn. mayor blasted for 'taco' quip

By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN,Associated Press NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The mayor of a working-class city roiled by allegations of police discrimination against Hispanics faced scathing criticism Wednesday from officials including the governor for saying he "might have tacos" as a way to do something for...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 10, 2012

MONDAY, DEC. 19, 2011

Spokane racist guilty of beating inmate 

A Spokane white supremacist scheduled to be released from federal prison last month was convicted today in Oklahoma of assaulting another inmate. Keegan Chance Van Tuyl, 29, likely will be sentenced at least four months from now for the charge of inflicting serious bodily harm...

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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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THURSDAY, NOV. 3, 2011

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 12, 2011

Murder spree suspects headed to Wash.

GENE JOHNSON,Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — A boyfriend-and-girlfriend duo suspected in a murder spree that left four people dead in three Western states are expected to be returned to Washington state within a month to face charges that could bring the death penalty. David "Joey"...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 11, 2011

Supremacists wanted to 'kill more Jews'

By GENE JOHNSON,Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — Authorities have recovered bloody clothing, a knife and stolen credit cards that they believe were in the possession of a couple accused of going on a deadly crime spree across the Pacific Northwest, according to an affidavit. Prosecutors...

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MONDAY, OCT. 10, 2011

4th victim ID'd in alleged murder spree

Four homicide victims – including an African-American man shot in the head at close-range in Eureka, Calif. – are now being linked to a jailed couple with extensive criminal records and white supremacy beliefs. Read Bill Morlin's report for the Southern Poverty Law Center here....

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THURSDAY, OCT. 6, 2011

California Highway Patrol Officer Duane Nokes takes David Joseph Pedersen into custody following a traffic stop on Marysville Road and Gettys Court near Yuba City, Calif. on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011. Pedersen and his girlfriend Holly Ann Grigsby are wanted for a murder in Washington state and the disappearance of a teenager in Oregon. (AP Photo/Appeal Democrat, David Bitton) ((AP Photo/Appeal Democrat, David Bitton))

Racist in murder spree has Idaho ties 

California Highway Patrol Officer Duane Nokes takes David Joseph Pedersen into custody following a traffic stop on Marysville Road and Gettys Court near Yuba City, Calif. on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Appeal Democrat, David Bitton) A white supremacist suspected of murdering two people in Washington and Oregon...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 31, 2011

Aryan in hate crime faces 5 years to life 

A Coeur d'Alene man and reputed racist faces five years to life in prison if convicted of a hate crime under Idaho's repeat offender law. Joel Townsend Diekhoff, 29, an associate of local Aryan Nations member Jerald O'Brien, remains in the Kootenai County Jail on...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 30, 2011

Aryan in hate crime jailed on $50k bond 

A Coeur d'Alene man and reputed racist remains in jail on $50,000 after appearing in court on a hate-crime charge Monday. Joel Townsend Diekhoff, 29, an associate of local Aryan Nations member Jerald O'Brien, was arrested Saturday after Demetrius K. Lee, 39, said a white...

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FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2011

Racist knocked out by hate-crime target 

A self-proclaimed skinhead was knocked unconscious by a black man after threatening to stab him last weekend in Bayview, Idaho, officials said Friday. Daren Christopher Abbey, 28, was booked into jail on malicious harassment charge after being treated at a hospital for facial fractures, according...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2011

Racial remarks overturn murder case 

By GENE JOHNSON,Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state Supreme Court overturned a man's murder conviction Thursday because of what one justice described as "repugnant" racial comments made by the prosecutor during the trial. Kevin L. Monday Jr., who is black, was convicted in...

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FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2011

FBI: Racist felon had ammo, 5 firearms

A Whitman County man arrested on federal gun charges last month had several guns and a large collection of ammunition when investigators searched his properties, a new indictment alleges. Jeremiah Daniel “J.D.” Hop, 29, faces two counts of felon in possession of a firearm and...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2011

Brother: FBI set up taco truck protester

The man who boasted online about taking part in racist protests of taco-trucks in Coeur d’Alene and now faces an illegal weapons charge was the victim of government entrapment, his brother says. Jeremiah Daniel “J.D.” Hop, 29, was set up earlier this month by an...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2011

Taco protester arraigned on gun charge

A Whitman County man who bragged online about being involved with racist taco-truck protests in Kootenai County pleaded not guilty to a federal gun charge today. A bail hearing for Jeremiah Daniel “J.D.” Hop, 29, is set for Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. before U.S. Magistrate...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011

DOJ launches probe of Seattle police

SEATTLE (AP) — The Justice Department today launched a formal civil rights investigation of the Seattle Police Department following the fatal shooting of a homeless woodcarver and other incidents of force used against minority suspects. Seattle U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan and the assistant attorney general...

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SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 2011

Kevin William  Harpham, 36, of Colville, appears before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cynthia Imbrogno in U.S. District Court on Wednesday, March 9, 2011, in this illustration.  Harpham is facing charges of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and possession of an unregistered explosive device. (MOLLY QUINN mollyq@spokesman.com)

Who is bomb suspect Kevin Harpham?

He grew up in rural Eastern Washington, played football in high school and worked at a fast-food restaurant as a teen. Childhood friends remember him as quiet and normal – far from the angry racist that Kevin William Harpham portrayed himself as in more than...

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SATURDAY, FEB. 12, 2011

Online posts lead to officer's resignation 

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) — A sheriff's lieutenant in Douglas County, Colo., being investigated for posting controversial comments from his county computer while on duty has resigned. Denver's KMGH-TV reports that Lt Jeff Egnor, with the sheriff's department for 13 years, resigned Tuesday in the...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 20, 2011

Racist leader resentenced in Spokane 

A white supremacist imprisoned for violating his federal probation was resentenced in Spokane recently after prosecutors acknowledged a language glitch in the original judgment. Keegan C. Van Tuyl, 28, (left) is in the Spokane County Jail awaiting transport to federal prison after he was sentenced...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 16, 2010

New trial request alleges jury misconduct

Two Coeur d’Alene brothers convicted in October of a hate crime have requested a new trial, accusing the presiding juror of misconduct. William Tankovich Jr. (below) and his brother Frank Tankovich (right) were convicted of felony malicious harassment and conspiracy to commit malicious harassment for...

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MONDAY, DEC. 21, 2009

Men deny hate crime allegations

Three brothers accused of harassing a Coeur d’Alene man because of his ethnicity say they simply asked to buy electrical equipment from the man and were stunned when he pulled a gun on them. Ira Gino Tankovich, 47, Frank James Tankovich, 46, and William Michael...

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