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Thursday, October 29, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Scope of drug case causes court problems

A courtroom packed with attorneys and 21 of the 62 defendants tied to a massive Oxycontin distribution ring between Spokane and Los Angeles appeared in court today as a federal judge tried to set guidelines for how the complex case will move forward.

‘Final solution’ threats bring 13-year prison term

A man with ties to white supremacists who bragged about wanting to kill President Barack Obama received a 13-year sentence Thursday for a weapons charge, the latest conviction in what his defense attorney called “a running battle with the government.” Wayde L. Kurt, 54, also told associates he was saving money for a “final solution,” a bombing that would dwarf the deadly 1995 attack on Oklahoma City, according to court testimony.

Twisp man pleads guilty in wolf killing case

A Twisp man pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring to kill a protected wolf and send its pelt to a friend in Canada in return for the friend’s help in illegally killing a moose.

New federal judge hit bench running

Within a couple hours of the U.S. Senate’s approval of Thomas Rice’s appointment as a federal judge last week, Rice was whisked into a courtroom and sworn in to serve the lifetime appointment. “I ran upstairs and had an impromptu swearing-in on (March 8) by Judge Frem Nielsen,” he said.

Bike bandit pleads guilty to nine counts

A hooded, BMX bike-riding Spokane man who terrorized local bank tellers for almost a year pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to nine counts of armed bank robbery that netted more than $166,000. Lucas G. Woodard, 34, faces between 17 and 22 years in prison after admitting he was the so-called Bicycle Bandit. Woodard would don a hooded sweatshirt, cover his face, display a black handgun and ask tellers to count backward from 500 before he pedaled away on his bike.