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FBI drone use includes tie to MLK parade bombing

WASHINGTON – Operating with almost no public notice, the FBI has spent more than $3 million to operate a fleet of small drone aircraft in domestic investigations, according to a report released Thursday by a federal watchdog agency. The unmanned surveillance planes have helped FBI agents storm barricaded buildings, track criminal suspects and examine crime scenes since 2006, longer than previously known, according to the 35-page inspector general’s audit of drones used by the Justice Department.

Police ratcheting up security for MLK march

Spokane police have a message for anyone considering participating in the Martin Luther King Jr. Unity March on Monday: “The bad guys aren’t going to win, and they need to come down and show them that,” said Lt. Joe Walker.

Unity March planners urge vigilance, pushback after bomb attempt

Sue Kellogg got an uneasy chuckle when she learned that domestic terrorist Kevin W. Harpham claimed in court Tuesday that he wasn’t intending to hurt anyone with his homemade bomb, but rather just sound a loud protest by aiming it at the glass walls of the Eye Care Team building on Main Avenue. “We had staff and customers in the (lobby of the) building that morning,” said Kellogg, who owns the building with her husband. “Sending a lot of exploding glass into the building would not have been less lethal … than setting if off in the parade.”

MLK bomb maker gets 32 years in prison

Leaving a bomb laced with anti-coagulant along the planned route of the Martin Luther King Day Unity March was merely a “creative idea” to protest multiculturalism, domestic terrorist Kevin W. Harpham told a Spokane judge Tuesday.

Harpham pleads guilty to placing MLK Day bomb

The man accused of planting a bomb along the route of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day march acknowledged his guilt this morning as part of a plea deal that could send him to prison for the next three decades.

Harpham expected to accept plea deal in MLK bombing

Domestic terrorism suspect Kevin W. Harpham, accused of building and planting a backpack bomb along the route of Spokane’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Unity March, is expected to accept a plea bargain today. Harpham is scheduled for a change of plea hearing this morning in U.S. District Court. He previously had pleaded not guilty to the charges, and his trial was scheduled to begin Monday.

FBI to build more bombs in MLK Day trial

A federal judge has ordered FBI experts to construct three bombs similar to the one allegedly planted at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Unity March on Jan. 17, as preparations continue for suspect Kevin W. Harpham’s Sept. 12 trial. Agents already tested three devices at FBI headquarters in Quantico, Va., but Harpham’s lawyers were not informed until afterward. Defense expert Jerry Taylor, a retired Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent, is to observe the new detonations, and the FBI is to build up to three additional devices to detonate at his request, U.S District Court Judge Justin Quackenbush said.

Bomb plot trial delayed till August

The trial of domestic terrorism suspect Kevin W. Harpham was delayed Friday from May 31 to Aug. 22 following a request for more time from defense attorneys. Kim Deater, of Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington and Idaho, asked for the delay to prepare a defense for Harpham, who faces several felony charges in connection with a bomb found Jan. 17 along the planned route of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Unity March.

Judge delays Harpham trial to August

The trial of domestic terrorism suspect Kevin W. Harpham was delayed today from May 31 to Aug. 22 following a request for more time from defense attorneys.

Harpham booking photo released

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office has released the booking photo of domestic terrorism suspect Kevin W. Harpham.

Rally to feature NAACP leader

The head of the nation’s largest civil rights organization will lead a march in Spokane on Sunday to commemorate the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who was killed April 4, 1968. Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, will speak at the Demand Justice and Promote Peace event, which will include a march from the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena to Riverfront Park.

NAACP leader coming to Spokane for march

The head of the nation’s largest civil rights organization will lead a march in Spokane on Sunday to commemorate the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Suspected would-be bomber pleads not guilty

Kevin W. Harpham pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he left a bomb that investigators say could have caused multiple casualties along the planned route of a Unity March to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joe Harrington simply read in court the indictment that was handed down late Tuesday by a grand jury. Harpham appeared in an off-white jumpsuit with “Spokane County Jail” stenciled on the back.

Harpham pleads not guilty to attempted MLK day bombing

Kevin W. Harpham pleaded “not guilty” today to charges that he left a bomb that investigators say could have caused multiple casualties along the planned route of a Unity March to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Embracing core mission

A bomb was found on the morning of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day march in Spokane. It didn’t go off. Forums about racism and violence have been held, and now the YWCA is launching a Stand Against Racism campaign. “We haven’t paid enough attention to the ‘eliminate racism’ part of our mission,” said Trish McFarland, executive director of the YWCA of Spokane. The Y’s mission statement is “eliminating racism, empowering women.”