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Sirens & Gavels u.s. attorney's office archive

FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2015

TUESDAY, DEC. 4, 2012

Crackdown on illegal firearms possession

Two gun-toting North Idaho men prohibited from possessing firearms because of prior criminal records are headed to prison. George J. Bondurant, 35, of Bonners Ferry, was ordered Monday to serve 10 months in prison after a shotgun was found in the backseat of his car...

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Rogue lumber employee guilty in fraud

An unauthorized sales agreement between a rogue North Idaho lumber employee and a Spokane company has led to a felony conviction in federal court. Trevor Mokry, 32, received about $581,000 from The Pallet Place for lumber he sold them from Stimson Lumber Company in Plummer,...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2012

1 officer cleared, 1 charged in shooting

(AP and staff reports) — A Nez Perce Tribal Police officer has been cleared in the fatal shooting of a Lewiston man, but one of his colleagues could be in trouble. U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson announced Thursday that the officer who shot 46-year-old Jeffery Allen...

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Feds: Woman stole from CdA tribal group

A Spokane woman is accused of stealing nearly $30,000 from the Coeur d'Alene Tribal Housing Authority. Debora J. Zimmerman, 46, was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury for embezzlement from an Indian tribal organization, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Wednesday. An arraignment date has...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 20, 2011

5 women plead guilty in fake cash scam 

Five of 10 people indicted in a counterfeit money scheme have pleaded guilty, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced today. Jessica A. Crabtree, 28; Brittney R. Hearn, 24; Robin Knuttgen, 52; Brandy Mueller, age 22; and Melissa A. Smith, 27, faces up to 20 years in...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 15, 2011

Sex offender gets 10 years for child porn

A Cheney man who already went to federal prison for distributing child pornography using his former co-worker's stolen identity is to return for a 10-year sentence for another child porn charge. John Alan Harmon, 58, is to serve 120 months in federal prison and will...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 1, 2011

Feds want Ed Steele to serve 50 years

A North Idaho attorney convicted of hiring a hitman to kill his wife should spend 50 years in prison for his "chillingly calculated" crimes, prosecutors said in recent court filings. Edgar J. Steele, 65, is to be sentenced Nov. 9 at 9 a.m. in U.S....

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 29, 2011

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder walks into the Thomas C. Wales Conference Room at the U.S. Federal Courthouse on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011 in Seattle. The Federal Government and family of Thomas Wales are launching a new campaign to find the killer of the former Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Wales back in October 2001. He was shot and killed while in his home in October 2001.  ((AP Photo/, Joshua Trujillo))

Tips sought on prosecutor's '01 slaying

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder walks into the Thomas C. Wales Conference Room at the U.S. Federal Courthouse on Wednesday in Seattle. (AP Photo/, Joshua Trujillo) By DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP, Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder sought help from the public on...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 12, 2011

Meth dealer in Ward case gets 5 years

A methamphetamine dealer and former associate of a Spokane real estate company founder was sentenced recently to five years in federal prison. Shad A. Johnson, 39, of Rathdrum, is to perform 200 hours of community service and will be on probation for five years after...

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MONDAY, JULY 25, 2011

Tribe member guilty of manslaughter

A federal jury in Spokane convicted a 22-year-old Colville tribal member of involuntary manslaughter Friday. Rudy M. Garcia was acquitted of first-degree murder and other lesser included offenses following a two-week trial in U.S. District Court, said Tom Rice, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office....

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MONDAY, JULY 18, 2011

Native American tribe sues over raid

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A Washington state Native American tribe is suing several Mississippi municipalities over allegations that their law enforcement officials illegally invaded tribal lands during an FBI-led raid earlier this year. The target of the Feb. 16 search was property that belongs to...

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TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2011

Regional meth dealer pleads guilty

A Spokane man who sold large amounts of methamphetamine in the Inland Northwest pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Coeur d'Alene. James Stewart, 49, faces up to life in prison when he's sentenced in October. Stewart, who has a previous methamphetamine conviction in...

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FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2011

A federal building that houses the Seattle Military Processing Center is seen Thursday, June 23, 2011, in Seattle. Two men have been arrested in a plot to use machine guns and grenades in an attack on the military recruiting station there that also houses a daycare, the U.S. Justice Department said Thursday. Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, also known as Joseph Anthony Davis, of Seattle, and  Walli  Mujahidh, also known as Frederick Domingue Jr., of Los Angeles, were arrested Wednesday night. ((AP Photo/Elaine Thompson))

2 Seattle terror plot suspects arraigned

A federal building that houses the Seattle Military Processing Center is seen June 23 in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) SEATTLE (AP) — The two men charged with planning to attack a Seattle military recruiting station have pleaded not guilty. An indictment released by the U.S....

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FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011

Montana pot provider warns others

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A medical marijuana provider indicted on federal drug charges warned other Montana caregivers Friday to shut down their businesses or risk being the next arrested. Jason Burns, of Helena, said federal agents told him before his arraignment Thursday that the Department...

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Mobster 'Gorgeous' avoids death penalty

By TOM HAYS, ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK (AP) — A combative, fashion-conscious mobster already serving a life prison term dodged a death sentence on Wednesday for ordering a gangland hit while taking control of a once-fearsome crime family. An anonymous jury deliberated less than two...

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Ormsby bros. on 2 sides of medical pot 

There's an odd family dynamic in U.S. Attorney Mike Ormsby's shut-down-or-face-federal-prosecution warning to Spokane-area medical marijuana dispensaries Wednesday. His younger brother, state Rep. Timm Ormsby (D-Spokane, pictured left), is among the Washington legislators trying to legalize and regulate the production and sale of medical marijuana...

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Feds warn local marijuana dispensaries 

Medical marijuana dispensaries in Spokane face federal prosecution if they do not end their operations immediately, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday. Federal authorities hope for voluntary compliance but are prepared “for quick and direct action against the operators of the stores,” according to a...

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Federal prosecutor's son jailed in Idaho

The son of a North Idaho federal prosecutor is in the Bonner County Jail for a drunken vehicle prowling spree last December. Christopher Alan Cook, 22, was ordered this week to serve 30 days in jail for misdemeanor theft after a felony burglary charge was...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 24, 2010

1 of 20 meth suspects gets 77 months

A Coeur d'Alene man was sentenced this week to 6 1/2 years in federal prison for his role in a large group of methamphetamine distributors. Larry McMillan, 31, received 77 months in prison Monday after pleading guilty in September to possession with intent to distribute...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 4, 2010

Artifact pillager gets probation, park ban

A Kettle Falls man who collects historic artifacts will be banned from Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area and serve three years probation for removing archaeological resources worth about $2,000. Sandie Rae McNeil, 45, also will be on home detention for 30 days and will pay...

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Olson confirmed as U.S. attorney for Idaho

The U.S. Senate has unanimously confirmed Wendy J. Olson as the next U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho. U.S. District Court Judge Lynn Winmill will swear in Olson on Friday. Olson had been working as an assistant under U.S. Attorney Thomas Moss, who held...

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MONDAY, JUNE 14, 2010

Major heroin bust includes E. Wash. arrest

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Federal authorities say 23 people have been arrested in Washington as part of a national crackdown on Mexican drug trafficking organizations operating in the U.S. The dragnet included at least one arrest in Eastern Washington near Yakima. Agents arrested the 23...

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Ormsby 'hooked' on the law at a young age

Mike Ormsby can blame his godfather if the U.S. Senate confirms him as the next U.S. attorney for Eastern Washington. At age 11, Ormsby got worked up over something he viewed as unfair. He then spoke to his godfather, the late Mike Hemovich, about his...

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Ormsby nominated for U.S attorney

Spokane attorney Mike Ormsby was nominated Wednesday to be the next U.S. attorney for Eastern Washington. The White House announced that Ormsby, a partner at K & L Gates LLP who works with local governments and public entities on municipal finance matters, is being nominated...

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