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News >  Spokane
Nov. 11, 2008, midnight
A Spokane firefighter fired for having sex with a 16-year-old girl in a city firehouse in 2006 is believed to have engaged in similar conduct with another teenage girl 19 months later, but it took investigators and prosecutors almost a year to investigate and bring criminal charges. Daniel W. Ross is now charged with fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation, and could face up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine if convicted.

News >  Spokane
Nov. 8, 2008, midnight
David L. Byrnes, the Homeland Security coordinator for 10 Eastern Washington counties, was fired from his $87,000-a-year job last week, three weeks after being arrested for drunk driving in Stevens County. Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezvoich confirmed Friday that he fired Byrnes Oct. 30 “for violating Sheriff’s Office rules and regulations.”

News >  Spokane
Nov. 2, 2008, midnight
Very few World War II veterans alive today can say they followed Gen. George Patton onto the beaches of Normandy before joining his soldiers for the fierce fight against Nazis through France and Germany. Even fewer can say they saved lives of U.S. soldiers, French freedom fighters and even German SS troops in the days after the bloody and deadly D-Day Invasion of June 6, 1944.

News >  Spokane
Oct. 29, 2008, midnight
The computer guru behind a Spokane-based diploma mill operation who was caught with 11,000 images of child pornography was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison – the longest term given any of eight defendants in the case that spanned the globe. Kenneth Wade Pearson was given six months for conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud – the diploma mill operation – and a concurrent 48-month sentence for receipt of child pornography.

News >  Spokane
Oct. 19, 2008, midnight
On these crisp fall days before Halloween, pumpkins usually are seen lined up on porches or tables, not under the icy waters of an area lake. But that’s where a couple of the big orange gourds ended up Saturday – 25 feet under the surface of Lake Coeur d’Alene.

News >  Spokane
Oct. 9, 2008, midnight
A convicted Spokane con man and key figure in the multimillion-dollar collapse of a Montana bank was sent back to federal prison for three more years Wednesday after he declined to challenge new allegations of wrongdoing. John Earl Petersen’s supervised release – a form of parole – was revoked for failing to disclose personal financial transactions after his release from federal prison.

News >  Spokane
Oct. 8, 2008, midnight
The estranged wife of a Spokane police detective felt threatened in the days before her marriage broke up, her best friend told a Superior Court jury Tuesday. Bobbie Overhoff, the wife of Police Sgt. Dave Overhoff, testified in the felony harassment trial of the Overhoffs’ longtime friend, suspended detective Jay Mehring.

News >  Spokane
Oct. 7, 2008, midnight
The deputy prosecutor in the felony harassment trial of a suspended Spokane police detective referred to it in court Monday as a “stupid case” that he didn’t take willingly. “You think I wanted to file this stupid case? You’re wrong,” deputy prosecutor Mark Lindsey told defense attorney Chris Bugbee while the judge and jury were out of the courtroom.

News >  Spokane
Oct. 3, 2008, midnight
The estranged wife of Spokane police Detective Jay Mehring was as shocked as anyone last year when her husband of 18 years was arrested on a felony harassment charge and placed on unpaid leave, a Superior Court jury was told Thursday. Lisa Mehring called his attorney, Chris Bugbee, and asked, “What’s going on?” Bugbee told the jury in opening statements. She made similar calls to the prosecutor and her marriage counselor, Bugbee said.

News >  Spokane
Oct. 2, 2008, midnight
A Spokane police sergeant, who refused a pretrial interview with an attorney for police Detective Jay Mehring, was ordered Wednesday to answer questions in court. The unusual deposition by Sgt. Dave Overhoff, ordered by Superior Court Judge Michael Price at the request of defense attorney Chris Bugbee, came before a jury was selected in Mehring’s felony harassment trial.

News >  Spokane
Sept. 27, 2008, midnight
A man who fraudulently performed annual inspections on airplanes paid $10,754 in restitution when he was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Spokane. James M. Sebero, a former Bonner County sheriff’s deputy who lives in LaClede, Idaho, will be barred from doing any work on aircraft for the next five years while he is on federal probation.

News >  Spokane
Sept. 24, 2008, midnight
A former used car dealer must make $286,000 in restitution to buyers and funding sources after pleading guilty to four felonies in Spokane County Superior Court. As part of a plea bargain, Theodore N. Saroff avoided a jail term but must complete 12 months of probation and make the restitution.

News >  Spokane
Sept. 17, 2008, midnight
A 40-year-old Colville man faces a three-count federal indictment, including one count that he threatened to kill the family of a federal law enforcement officer. Travis Eugene Krausse was arraigned Tuesday in U.S. District Court. Magistrate Judge Cynthia Imbrogo ordered him held in jail until a detention hearing on Thursday.

News >  Spokane
Sept. 17, 2008, midnight
A 40-year-old Colville man faces a three-count federal indictment, including one count that he threatened to kill the family of a federal law enforcement officer. Travis Eugene Krausse was arraigned Tuesday in U.S. District Court. Magistrate Judge Cynthia Imbrogo ordered him held in jail until a detention hearing on Thursday.

News >  Spokane
Sept. 16, 2008, midnight
Federal charges are being brought against a 68-year-old Pend Oreille County man accused of illegally selling Native American artifacts, cultural items and human remains, including some from the Custer Battlefield, and possessing federally protected birds. Kenneth L. Milette, who lives near Newport, Wash., is scheduled to surrender and appear for an arraignment Thursday in U.S. District Court in Spokane before Magistrate Judge Cynthia Imbrogno.

News >  Spokane
Sept. 13, 2008, midnight
Sentencing was postponed Friday for a former Bonner County, Idaho, sheriff’s deputy who admitted to falsifying aircraft maintenance records and now faces more serious charges of getting $1.5 million in Veterans Administration payments by falsely claiming to be a paraplegic. James M. Sebero was scheduled to be sentenced by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Justin Quackenbush, but the hearing was postponed until Sept. 26 when questions arose about the defendant’s financial status and $10,744 in restitution he must make as part of a plea bargain.

News >  Spokane
Sept. 12, 2008, midnight
A federal judge has dismissed all criminal charges against six men associated with operating a commercial driving school in Spokane. The six were arrested earlier this year after the FBI cracked a ring that agents said paid bribes to a state contractor and used foreign-language interpreters to help Bosnian immigrants cheat on tests to become truck drivers.

News >  Spokane
Sept. 9, 2008, midnight
A federal judge has dismissed the city of Spokane and two of its police detectives from a lawsuit brought by a teenage girl who contends she was raped two years ago in a city fire station by an on-duty firefighter. Senior U.S. District Court Judge Fred Van Sickle granted a motion for summary judgment dismissing the city and its detectives before the case went to a jury trial but left in place remaining damage claims sought by the teenager against fired city firefighter Daniel W. Ross.

News >  Spokane
Sept. 6, 2008, midnight
The security supervisor for The Spokesman-Review was arrested Friday on four felony charges alleging rape and molestation of a young girl over a period of 10 years. Robert J. Robel was arrested at 11:20 a.m. while working at the security desk in the lobby of the newspaper by two members of the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force.

News >  Spokane
Aug. 30, 2008, midnight
A former federal security guard avoided jail time Friday when he was placed on community supervision after pleading guilty in state court to a felony voyeurism charge. Darin Earl Wanless confessed to using computer-linked security cameras in the U.S. Courthouse complex in downtown Spokane to watch women undress in the West 809 condominiums at Main and Lincoln and in the Davenport Hotel at Sprague and Lincoln.

News >  Spokane
Aug. 28, 2008, midnight
Joseph Duncan likely will be transferred soon from Boise to the U.S. penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind. – the prison where condemned federal inmates are executed. The 45-year-old sex predator and killer could be held there or in some other high-security federal prison until his appeals run out – a process that could take three or four years, or maybe longer.

News >  Spokane
Aug. 27, 2008, midnight
A former Bonner County sheriff’s deputy who feigned being a paraplegic collected an estimated $1.5 million in Veterans Administration benefits before being indicted last week in Spokane, U.S. Attorney Jim McDevitt said Tuesday. James M. Sebero is charged with three counts of making false statements on documents he filled out to begin receiving disability payments after his discharge from the U.S. Air Force in the 1970s.

News >  Spokane
Aug. 21, 2008, midnight
The incident commander on the Thirtymile fire that killed four young firefighters in 2001 will serve three months in jail under work-release supervision as one condition of three years of federal probation. The sentence was imposed Wednesday on Ellreese N. Daniels, a 47-year-old U.S. Forest Service employee, four months after he struck a plea bargain to avoid going to trial on involuntary manslaughter charges.

News >  Spokane
Aug. 14, 2008, midnight
Before Joseph Duncan kidnapped and sexually abused two children near Coeur d’Alene in 2005, he stalked a musical activity school for preschoolers on Spokane’s South Hill, authorities revealed Wednesday. The confessed killer used a Global Positioning System device to electronically record the geographic coordinates of Kindermusik, a private music-motion school located near 14th and Adams, a federal death-penalty jury was told Wednesday in Boise. The jury will decide if Duncan lives the rest of his life in prison or is put to death.

News >  Spokane
Aug. 6, 2008, midnight
Steven Karl Randock Sr., described by a prosecutor as the chief financial operator of a Spokane-based diploma mill, was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison after his defense attorney made an impassioned plea for home detention. Randock got the same sentence given to his wife, Dixie Ellen Randock, on July 2 after they both pleaded guilty earlier this year to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud.