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Radio Host Indicted On Fraud Charges

Radio host Harry I. "Sonny" Bloch was charged Thursday with defrauding investors of nearly $21 million by promoting phony deals on his financial advice show. The allegations were contained in an indictment and a Securities and Exchange Commission complaint against Bloch, who fled the United States in March and has been broadcasting from the Dominican Republic ever since.

Extradition Planned In Fraud Case

Kootenai County Prosecutor Bill Douglas says he will begin extradition proceedings for contractor Ronald G. Stratton, who is accused of fraud. Officials in southeast Kansas collared Stratton for a driving violation this week. Douglas said Stratton had been living in Kansas to escape a $100,000 warrant in Idaho.

Rapist’s Escape Hinders Justice

George Paul Anton had every reason to run when a 1st District judge let him skip closing arguments in his rape trial Friday. Anton lives in Texas and, at age 68, was facing three rape counts that could land him in the Idaho state prison for the rest of his life. Besides, his trial wasn't going very well - with his accuser, a state investigator, another alleged victim, a counselor and his own son testifying about his insatiable lust for teenage girls. Anton, a former Coeur d'Alene resident, had nothing to lose.

Man Found In Creek Had Been A Fugitive

A man found dead Sunday in Wolf Lodge Creek was supposed to appear in court in March. But Timothy P. Williams, 39, never showed up.

Fugitives Arrested Without Further Gunfire

A Kansas murder suspect and his brother, sought since a Friday shootout with a sheriff's sergeant, were captured Monday in the woods along the Cowlitz River. Following a citizen's tip, officers tracked Terry Terhune, 26, and Curtis Terhune, 29, to a brushy spot along the river near the retirementvacation community of High Valley, just northeast of Packwood. The two had been camping in the area, Lewis County Sheriff John McCroskey said.

Rape Suspect Found Guilty Still Missing

Authorities Monday still had not located a former Coeur d'Alene man who wasn't in court Friday when a jury found him guilty of three rape charges. George P. Anton, 68, left for the Spokane airport Friday before the jury decided his fate. He promised to be back for the verdict but never returned.

Police Issue Sketch Of Serial Rapist Recent Victim Provided Description Of Attacker

Police have released a composite sketch of a man sought in eight rapes and one attempted rape in King, Pierce and Thurston counties. A recent victim gave a description for the sketch, and cameras at a Kent convenience store and several automatic teller machines have caught the man's image as he has used cards stolen from his victims, police said.

Man On The Run With $98,000 Ex-Lax Refund The Ex-Lax Refund Check Was Made Out In The Amount Of His Zip Code, Not The $1.99 Cost

A Seattle-area man apparently is on the run, after claiming a popular laxative didn't work, asking for a refund and then pocketing the $98,002 the manufacturer sent him by mistake. Sandoz Pharmaceutical Corp., makers of Ex-Lax, discovered the irregularity soon after it issued the check to Barry Lyn Stoller, of Kent, Wash. The amount equaled Stoller's ZIP code, 98002, instead of the $1.99 refund he had requested.

Guide Skips Out On Sentencing

A river guide who blew up the wildest rapid on the Salt River didn't show up for sentencing and is believed to have fled the country. William K. Stoner, 34, was one of five men who had been scheduled to be sentenced in the case Monday.

Arson Suspect Was Easy For Brazilian Police To Find A Mexican Tourist In Rio Rented The $250-A-Month Apartment For Pang About A Week After They Met On The Beach

Martin Pang had a newfound friend rent him a place to live in Rio de Janeiro but was easy to locate and arrest, and he has caused no problems in jail, Brazilian police say. Pang is being held in a Rio jail pending extradition proceedings to face murder charges in the death of four firefighters during an arson fire that destroyed his parents' business warehouse on Jan. 5.

Brazil Seeking Seattle Fire Suspect

A Brazilian court has issued an arrest warrant for the man accused of setting a January warehouse fire that killed four Seattle firefighters, a newspaper reported. The arrest document for Martin Pang was prepared by a U.S. attorney in Seattle and was recently agreed upon by U.S. State Department and Brazilian government officials, a legal source told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Police Arrest Suspect In Shooting Death

Spokane police arrested a suspect in a Compton, Calif., murder after spotting him driving across a center line Thursday night. Leroy Duplessis, 20, 702 S. Bernard, is wanted on a murder warrant by the Compton police in the retaliation-killing of a 29-year-old man last March. "He's not a very nice guy," Compton police Sgt. John Swanson said Friday.

Box Search Yields Little In Arson Case Pang Still At Large As Suspect In Fatal Warehouse Fire

Authorities investigating the warehouse arson that killed four firefighters found about $130 in a safe-deposit box rented by Martin Pang, according to documents released Monday. There were no new developments in the search for Pang, 39, a fugitive sought for questioning in the Jan. 5 fire at the Mary Pang Food Products warehouse owned by his parents, police spokesman Sean O'Donnell said Monday.

Suspect In Fatal Fire May Be Headed For Seattle Pang Indicated He Would Drive Back From L.A., Meet With His Lawyer And Turn Himself In

A man sought in a fire that destroyed a food-products warehouse and killed four firefighters was believed headed back to Seattle from California to surrender, his lawyer said Tuesday. Allen Ressler, representing Martin Pang, said he spoke with his client on Monday. Pang indicated he would drive from the Los Angeles area back to Seattle to meet with his lawyer and turn himself in, Ressler said.

Suspect In Carjacking Cases Wanted For Jumping Bail

A man minor injuries Friday afternoon in a two-car collision downtown. The officer, Rob Boothe, was responding to a fight at Second and Howard about 5:25 p.m., said police spokesman Dick Cottam. Boothe was driving east on First Avenue with lights flashing and sirens sounding. He stopped for a red light at Monroe and let some cars pass, Cottam said. As Boothe crossed Monroe, his patrol car was hit on the driver's side by a 1983 Nissan traveling south about 30 mph, Cottam said. Neither Boothe nor the driver of the Nissan, Chris Wille, was hospitalized. Both cars were driven from the scene. Police are investigating the traffic accident, but no citations were issued. Wille said he couldn't recall if the patrol car was running with lights or siren and that it seemed "to come out of nowhere." APPLE program sets open house The Spokane School District 81 APPLE program will hold two open houses to explain the parent participation programs now operating in three city schools. Parents interested in enrolling their elementary school-age children in an APPLE program for the 1995-96 school year must attend one of the open houses to begin the enrollment process, according to the district. The APPLE program is designed to give parents a more active role in the classroom and in planning for the school year. The APPLE open houses are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. in the District 81 Administration Building, N200 Bernard. Fair offers info on parks jobs Information on more than 400 seasonal jobs with the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department will be available at a job fair next Saturday in the Riverfront Park Pavilion lobby. The event will provide information on spring and summer openings for ride attendants, grill cooks, cashiers and other outdoor recreation jobs. Employees will work 15-20 hours per week during the spring, and 30-40 hours per week during the summer. For more information, call 625-6673. `Lean on Me' principal to speak Joe Clark, the former high school principal and educator depicted in the movie "Lean on Me," will speak at Gonzaga University on Wednesday. A former Army drill instructor, Clark is known for the disciplinary steps he took as the principal of Eastside High in Paterson, N.J. On his first day in September 1983, a stabbing took place at school. After two years of Clark's leadership, Eastside High was declared a model school by New Jersey's governor. President Reagan also named him a model educator. His book, "Laying Down the Law," explains his emphasis on discipline and his desire to challenge students and to confront those who misbehave. Admission costs $2 for his 8 p.m. speech, "From Disgrace to Amazing Grace."