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News >  Idaho
Aug. 5, 1995, midnight
Tim Bishop, who held the title of colonel with the Aryan Nations, was considered the No. 2 person at the Hayden Lake-based white supremacy group. Photo by Sandra Bancroft-Billings/The Spokesman-Review

News >  Idaho
Aug. 5, 1995, midnight
Hecla Mining Co. is offering a $2,000 reward for the return of 500 pounds of explosives stolen last weekend in North Idaho, officials announced Friday. The "stick powder" explosive was stolen by thieves who used an acetylene torch to remove a padlock off a metal door on a munitions bunker at the Lucky Friday mine, near Wallace.

Aug. 4, 1995, midnight
Investigators nervous about this month's anniversary of the Randy Weaver siege continue the hunt for thieves who stole 500 pounds of mine explosives. The theft last weekend from the Lucky Friday mine, near Wallace, occurred about the same time as burglaries at two other explosives bunkers in the Silver Valley.

News >  Spokane
Aug. 4, 1995, midnight
A federal prosecutor successfully blocked the release from jail of a man being investigated for a reported plot to blow up the federal building in Spokane. Darwin Michael Gray, 27, asked to get out of jail for a three-day furlough, but Assistant U.S. Attorney Earl Hicks said he poses a threat to the public. Gray is at the center of a continuing investigation of an alleged plot to use a fertilizer bomb to destroy the U.S. Court House at Riverside and Monroe, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Earl Hicks.

Aug. 1, 1995, midnight
Investigators are trying to find 500 pounds of explosives stolen Sunday in a daring daylight burglary at a North Idaho silver mine. Authorities say the theft is the first major one in the region in more than a decade. The highly explosive "stick powder" was stolen from the Lucky Friday mine near Mullan after a similar break-in at the Coeur mine near Osburn.

News >  Spokane
July 27, 1995, midnight
A 23-year-old North Idaho man caught with a pipe bomb in the Spokane Valley is being held in jail without bond after a detention hearing in U.S. District Court. Jeremy R. Oscarson, of Oldtown, was ordered detained Wednesday after U.S. Magistrate Cynthia Imbrogno determined he posed a danger or could flee. Oscarson is charged in a federal criminal complaint with possession of a pipe bomb.


July 22, 1995, midnight
Political trends, including the militia movement and repeal of affirmative action programs, prove the Aryan Nations message is spreading, says founder Richard Butler. As the message spreads, many joining his white supremacy movement are Vietnam veterans who feel betrayed by their government, Butler said Friday. The loss of faith in government is fueled by events such as Waco and Ruby Ridge, Butler told reporters at the outset of this weekend's Aryan World Congress.

July 22, 1995, midnight
1. Supremacist serenade. Attendees of the Aryan Nations World Congress show their appreciation for an old Supremes hit on Friday. Photo by Sandra Bancroft-Billings/The Spokesman-Review 2. Members of the dance troupe, Class Act, perform "Stop! In the Name of Love" outside the Aryan Nations compound Friday. 3. Aryan Nations members take in show Friday. Photo by Sandra Bancroft-Billings/The Spokesman-Review

News >  Spokane
July 19, 1995, midnight
A man who served five years in prison for pointing a gun at his sociology professor now faces a federal indictment for mailing threatening letters. Donald W. Petersen, 48, threatened the lives of two Washington State University sociology professors whom he apparently believes blocked his path to a doctoral degree in 1973. Deputy U.S. marshals arrested Petersen on Monday as he was released from the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla after finishing his firearms sentence.

July 15, 1995, midnight
The removal of the No. 2 man at the FBI for his role in the Randy Weaver siege in North Idaho isn't quieting critics. Weaver's attorney, Gerry Spence, says he has evidence suggesting FBI Director Louis Freeh should have known that the man he promoted in May to be the bureau's second-in-command approved illegal shoot-to-kill rules. Freeh removed Larry Potts Friday as the FBI's deputy director after another FBI supervisor admitted destroying documents showing that Potts OK'd the rules of engagement.

News >  Spokane
July 13, 1995, midnight
A fugitive Spokane espresso stand owner will be returned from Montana where he was caught using a phony Massachusetts driver's license, authorities say. Darryl Hronek failed to surrender as he promised last summer to begin serving a 120-month sentence at a federal prison in Sheridan, Ore.

News >  Spokane
July 13, 1995, midnight
A man with suspected ties to the year-old Spokane chapter of the Hells Angels faces charges of possessing chemicals used to make methamphetamines. Lucky Beau Carey Jr., 23, is accused in a federal complaint of possession of a precursor chemical, with intent to manufacture methamphetamine.

News >  Spokane
July 12, 1995, midnight
A man under investigation for allegedly plotting to bomb the U.S. Court House in Spokane faces sentencing in October for growing marijuana. Darwin Michael Gray, a 27-year-old unemployed insulation installer, pleaded guilty to manufacturing marijuana and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He and his attorney, federal defender Gerald Smith, struck a plea bargain on July 5 with federal prosecutors, court documents show.


News >  Spokane
June 27, 1995, midnight
A convicted tax cheater who failed to report to prison got sassy Monday with a federal judge, and now he may be found in contempt of court. Richard E. Peters, 65, a retired Spokane contractor, will spend 11 days in the Spokane County Jail before the contempt hearing.

June 25, 1995, midnight
Execution-style murders and other violence are being tied to a flood of illegal methamphetamine in the region. Authorities say the methamphetamine - and the violence it breeds - is filling a void created when agents knocked out a huge cocaine network with Operation Doughboy last year.

News >  Spokane
June 20, 1995, midnight
Federal investigators in Spokane are still trying to find the source of two sophisticated pipe bombs that turned up six months ago.< The bombs - similar to homemade hand grenades - are made with explosive powder packed in a metal CO2 cannister.

News >  Spokane
June 20, 1995, midnight
Restaurants can refuse service to Hells Angels wearing their club insignia, a Spokane County judge has ruled. District Court Judge Mike Padden said members of the biker club aren't a "protected class" under anti-discrimination provisions of state or federal law.


News >  Spokane
June 9, 1995, midnight
A Spokane man who became the first person convicted under a new federal child pornography law will serve 6 1/2 years in federal prison. Eric R. Butler, 45, was arrested last November at a motel in Enterprise, Ore., during a sting operation carried out by postal inspectors and a child pornography task force.

May 27, 1995, midnight
Copyright 1995, The Spokesman-Review Random acts involving bombs, poison and firearms have investigators wondering whether right-wing extremists are using "leaderless resistance" to terrorize the United States. The concept shuns leaders and identifiable organizations and instead uses small groups of people who work independently toward the same goal.

May 27, 1995, midnight
The concept of "leaderless resistance" is promoted by some militia groups and white supremacists. It involves small groups of people working independently toward common right-wing goals. Investigators wonder whether these recent acts are evidence of leaderless resistance: April 19, Oklahoma City - Federal building was bombed in the deadliest terrorist act committed in the United States. Three men are tied to the bombing and others being sought.

News >  Spokane
May 24, 1995, midnight
A retired Spokane contractor will serve two years in federal prison for failing to report more than $1 million in stock profits. Richard E. Peters, who was sentenced Monday, also must pay $199,090 in restitution and $7,259 for the costs of prosecution. U.S. District Court Judge Frem Nielsen ordered Peters to serve one year of supervised parole after he is released from prison.

News >  Spokane
May 23, 1995, midnight
The 36th and final conviction has been tallied in Spokane's Operation Doughboy, which broke up a major cocaine distribution ring that operated for years. Robin Muller, 44, of Belmont, Calif., will be sentenced Aug. 4 after pleading guilty Friday to conspiracy to distribute more than 5 kilograms (11 pounds) of cocaine.