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News >  Idaho
May 20, 1995, midnight
A bill collection agency paid $25 at a sheriff's auction for Grover Marks' legal standing in a $40 million Gypsy civil rights suit against the city and county of Spokane. After making the purchase, Bonded Adjustment Co. sold it May 9 to the city for $3,163, public records show.

May 19, 1995, midnight
Grover Marks, right, and his son Bobby are angry about the city's purchase of Grover's interest in a pending civil rights suit. Photo by Kristy MacDonald/The Spokesman-Review


News >  Spokane
May 14, 1995, midnight
Unrealistic expectations are being placed on the U.S. legal system, state Attorney General Christine Gregoire told Gonzaga Law School graduates on Saturday. The nation's courts must "look beyond the view of the day" to protect basic constitutional values, Gregoire told 164 law school grads and their families.

News >  Spokane
May 14, 1995, midnight
Those preaching hatred of government are making police the most visible targets, Spokane County Sheriff John Goldman said Saturday at an observance for slain officers. The sheriff called for an "end to the hatred and divisiveness which threatens to destroy our nation." "All too often, that hatred is blindly aimed at government," Goldman said, later making reference to last month's bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building.

News >  Spokane
May 5, 1995, midnight
Two Spokane gun-training advocates are critical of a plan by two Democratic senators to halt a nearly century-old firearms program. Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., are urging Congress to rescind the $2.5 million in taxpayer money for this year's Civilian Marksmanship Program. The Pentagon-funded program, administered through the Department of Civilian Marksmanship (DCM), provides firearms training to civilians.

News >  Spokane
April 29, 1995, midnight
1. Liddy 2. Gary Huddleston of Oklahoma City, marches with in front of WKY-AM radio in protest of the station, which carries the G. Gordon Liddy program. Photo by Associated Press

News >  Spokane
April 27, 1995, midnight
A Spokane cocaine dealer arrested in Operation Doughboy must serve 68 months in federal prison and pay half the cost of his imprisonment. Gregory S. Brebner, 38, will pay the federal government $60,497 for the time he spends in prison, U.S. District Judge Frem Nielsen ordered Tuesday. Brebner pleaded guilty in January to eight counts of distribution of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute the drug.

News >  Spokane
April 26, 1995, midnight
The former owner of an Italian restaurant in Spokane faces arrest on a multiple-count federal indictment accusing him of selling cocaine. Michael A. Godwin, 38, who operated Ristorante Spezia on West Francis, is charged with conspiracy to distribute more than a pound of cocaine. He also is charged with distribution of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.


April 22, 1995, midnight
April 19, the date of the Oklahoma City bombing, is an important day among some factions of the militia movement. A flier circulated among militia supporters last month reported that Richard Snell, a white supremacist who murdered two people, was scheduled for execution April 19 in Arkansas.

April 22, 1995, midnight
Members of the Michigan Militia are shown during a December, 1994, training exercise in Saline, Mich. File photo by Associated Press

April 21, 1995, midnight
The deadly terrorism in Oklahoma City closely matches a story line from a novel used in the past as a game plan by white supremacists. The FBI hasn't connected any group to the bombing, but investigators are scrutinizing white supremacists among hundreds of leads. Supremacists who formed The Order in the Pacific Northwest in 1983 followed ideas from the novel, "The Turner Diaries," written under an assumed name by the leader of the former American Nazi Party.

News >  Spokane
April 20, 1995, midnight
Even if the federal government abused its discretion, a Spokane woman cannot sue the U.S. Marshal Service for the murder of her brother, a judge says. Lili Vedadi had sought $10 million, contending a federally protected witness had killed her brother, Iraj "George" Vedadi, in Spokane in 1991.

News >  Spokane
April 19, 1995, midnight
A Spokane attorney must appear in Superior Court on Friday to explain why he shouldn't be found in contempt for failing to appear for a repressed-memory sex trial. Attorney Bill Strzelec Jr. was ordered Tuesday to appear before Superior Court Judge Robert Whaley.

News >  Spokane
April 19, 1995, midnight
A judge acquitted a prostitute and heroin addict Tuesday of involving her 10-year-old daughter in drug sales in the first case of its kind prosecuted in Spokane. Kathryn Ann Hall was found not guilty by Superior Court Judge Harold Clarke. He said there is no evidence linking the woman to her daughter's sales of crack cocaine to undercover police.

News >  Spokane
April 18, 1995, midnight
Kathryn Ann Hall is led to the courtroom Monday. Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review


April 14, 1995, midnight
1. Montana roundup Ravalli County deputies and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials raid Cal Greenup's ranch near Darby on Thursday. Photo by Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review 2. Cal Greenup fedds his herd of 10 elk in March. Police confiscated the unlicensed elk Thursday night. File/The Spokesman-Review

News >  Spokane
April 12, 1995, midnight
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News >  Spokane
April 11, 1995, midnight
A Spokane man confessed Monday to a string of robberies that ended when his cohort was shot in the eye and critically wounded. Ryan D. Bartlett confessed to five Spokane armed robberies during a three-week period in late 1993 and to attempting a sixth holdup.

April 8, 1995, midnight
Sheriff Steve Tomson was confident the suspect would be arrested. Photo by Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review


News >  Spokane
April 4, 1995, midnight
A man who faces trial next week for five Spokane-area holdups and a bungled sixth attempt was convicted Monday of five unrelated felonies. Ryan D. Bartlett, 25, was found guilty of residential burglary, second-degree robbery, two counts of vehicle theft and attempting to elude an officer. He was convicted by Superior Court Judge Harold Clarke, who reviewed police reports after the defense and prosecution agreed to the facts of the Feb. 16, 1993, incident.

News >  Spokane
April 2, 1995, midnight
Eight Spokane-area bars and lounges identified in a major cocaine investigation won't face action against their state liquor licenses, officials say. The State Liquor Control Board reviewed investigative files from the Operation Doughboy case, which revealed that cocaine was sold repeatedly at 10 Spokane-area bars and lounges.