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News >  Spokane
Feb. 3, 1995, midnight
Six Montana men face federal drug indictments as an outgrowth of Spokane's "Operation Doughboy" cocaine investigation. The arrests came about after Clarence "Cip" Paulsen III, a main figure in the Spokane investigation, pleaded guilty in November to federal drug charges. As part of his plea agreement, Paulsen agreed to identify people who had bought cocaine from him, court document say.


News >  Spokane
Jan. 31, 1995, midnight
Superior Court Judge Robert Whaley has been nominated to the federal court. Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review


News >  Spokane
Jan. 21, 1995, midnight
A federal judge, questioning a last-minute legal maneuver by the Justice Department, is dismissing a bail-jumping charge against an accused drug dealer. The ruling Friday by U.S. District Judge Frem Nielsen eliminates, at least for now, the prospect that prosecutors would force defense attorney Mary Schultz to testify against her client, Steven Hell. Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Shogren subpoenaed Schultz, contending he needed her to testify next week whether she told Hell when to be in court for a pre-trial hearing.

News >  Spokane
Jan. 21, 1995, midnight
A man who took a 13-year-old runaway from Spokane to Mexico faces a federal sex crime charge. Jose Guel-Perez, 29, is accused in a federal complaint of transporting a child interstate for the purpose of engaging in a sex act, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Rice. He was arrested Jan. 12 by U.S. Customs officials and FBI agents after attempting to return to the United States from Mexico.

News >  Spokane
Jan. 21, 1995, midnight
A man who surrendered after being accidentally released from the Spokane County Jail must remain there until his trial on federal drug charges. Benny Ray Smith, 27, who has been convicted twice of drug offenses, would pose a danger to the community if released from jail, U.S. Magistrate Cynthia Imbrogno ruled Friday.

News >  Spokane
Jan. 20, 1995, midnight
A Spokane defense attorney must testify as a prosecution witness against her client, a federal judge ruled Thursday. If attorney Mary Schultz refuses to testify, she could be found in contempt of court and sent to jail. "There really isn't a choice for me here," Schultz said after the ruling, stopping just short of saying she won't answer questions if put on the witness stand.

News >  Spokane
Jan. 20, 1995, midnight
It took a U.S. District Court jury less than an hour Thursday to convict Edward P. Collicott of three federal drug-dealing charges. The conviction means the 50-year-old Spokane man, with nine prior felony convictions, faces the likelihood of a minimum 30 years in prison. Under federal sentencing standards, Collicott's four prior drug convictions put him in line for the mandatory sentence.

News >  Spokane
Jan. 18, 1995, midnight
A heroin addict whose criminal record spans 24 years faces 30 years in federal prison if convicted of three federal drug charges. Edward P. Collicott, 50, went on trial Tuesday in U.S. District Court, accused of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.

News >  Spokane
Jan. 15, 1995, midnight
State liquor investigators are reviewing FBI files to determine whether to sanction 10 Spokane-area bars and lounges identified in a major cocaine case. Operation Doughboy culminated in mid-August with two dozen arrests. Since then, most of the suspects have pleaded guilty and agreed to answer investigators' questions in exchange for lighter prison sentences.

News >  Spokane
Jan. 12, 1995, midnight
U.S. Bank officials say they're still trying to figure out how $750,000 in check deposits disappeared shortly before Christmas. The checks were picked up at U.S. Bank branches in Lewiston and Colfax and Rosalia, Wash., by a contract courier service, authorities say. But instead of arriving at a processing center in Spokane, the checks "mysteriously disappeared," FBI agents say.

News >  Spokane
Jan. 11, 1995, midnight
A series of crimes involving pipe bombs, drugs, extortion, stolen cars and $750,000 in missing bank deposits is being tied to three men and two juveniles. Authorities said Tuesday they are beginning to sort out the various crimes after two of the suspects were arrested following a five-hour standoff with police Friday.

News >  Spokane
Jan. 10, 1995, midnight
A Spokane home builder was sentenced Monday to three years in prison for his part in a cocaine distribution ring that authorities dubbed "Operation Doughboy." Robert F. Dawson, 27, must serve 37 months behind bars, then complete five years of supervised release. During that five-year period, Dawson must submit to random searches of his car and home and undergo drug testing.