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Monday, October 19, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Spokane’s Michael Ormsby assigned to handle case against Ammon Bundy’s attorney

A federal prosecutor from Spokane has been named to handle the citation given to Ammon Bundy’s attorney, who was tackled and shocked with a Taser by U.S. Marshals in October after arguing with a judge in Portland. Michael Ormsby, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, filed a notice of appearance Tuesday and assigned Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Ohms to represent the government in the case, which is scheduled to be heard at 9 a.m. Friday in Portland.

Man in fake ethanol project pleads guilty to fraud

A Spokane ethanol project promising rich financial returns to dozens of local investors turned out to be a fraud. The man behind the scheme, 55-year-old businessman Robert J. Braun, pleaded guilty this week to five counts of wire and securities fraud and will spend three years in federal prison and repay almost $1.5 million to investors, according to federal court records.

Medical pot dispensaries hope legalization opens new doors

Among the antique stores and other shops of Spokane’s historic Garland District is a door painted with a happy snowman. Inside, the merchant is peddling medical marijuana while harboring hopes of soon expanding into the recreational market and cashing in on what many are calling the next great economic frontier. The Herbal Connection quietly sells marijuana to card-carrying medicinal customers, as do nearly a dozen other medicinal pot shops currently operating in the Spokane area. The commerce continues despite raids and warnings in 2011 by federal agents that closed more than 40 medical marijuana dispensaries across Spokane.

Man who sought sex with girl gets 12 years

A Michigan man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty in March to grooming a 13-year-old Ferry County girl and then traveling across the country to have sex with her. Timothy A. Shelly, 47, formerly of Wyandotte, Mich., admitted to enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity and traveling interstate to have sex with a minor. As part of the sentence Thursday by U.S. District Judge Robert Whaley, Terry must register as a sex offender for life.