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September 13, 2013 at 9:01 AM
By Gina Cole
Skagit Valley Herald / MCT
MOUNT VERNON — A man accused of burglarizing the Sedro-Woolley Museum naked pleaded not guilty Thursday in Skagit County Superior Court.
Kevin Quinn of Sedro-Woolley is charged with second-degree burglary and taking a motor vehicle without permission.
Museum security footage showed a naked, bleeding man trying to spell out letters with sticks that appeared to be broken off of various items in the museum’s garage.
Quinn, 21, was arrested Sept. 1 after a Sedro-Woolley man told police Quinn stole his Ford F150 pickup. Quinn led sheriff’s deputies to the truck, which was parked at the museum and full of sawdust, according to the affidavit in the case.
The garage to the museum had been broken into, but not the museum itself.
Deputies found beer cans with blood on them that matched some beer cans in the truck. Museum property also had blood on it.
Quinn had a fresh wound on his hand that was still bleeding, according to the affidavit.
Quinn, who has six prior felony convictions, is in the Skagit County Jail with bail set at $25,000.
August 15, 2013 at 1:00 PM
STEVENSON, Skamania County (AP) — A Stevenson man accused of blowing up his dog pleaded not guilty Thursday in Skamania County Superior Court.
Christopher Wayne Dillingham is charged with possessing an explosive device, reckless endangerment, a fireworks violation and animal cruelty.
If convicted, the 45-year-old could face up to 20 years in prison.
KATU reports Dillingham remains in jail on $500,000 bail.
He was arrested early Aug. 5 after neighbors reported hearing the blast. Deputies found a yellow lab, named Cabela, decapitated.
According to court papers, Dillingham said he killed the dog because an ex-girlfriend had “put the devil in it.” He also said he was preparing for the rapture.
July 9, 2013 at 2:03 PM
It looks like California rap artist Charles Tony “Guerilla Black” Williamson will be performing for a captive audience.
Williamson pleaded guilty today in federal court in Seattle to running a credit-card scam that involved stealing credit card numbers here and elsewhere, and using them in other states.
Williamson, 33, of Torrance, Calif., was on what the U.S. Attorney’s Office is calling the “user end” of the fraud, buying credit-card numbers in bulk so he and his associates could use them for fraud.
Prosecutors allege Williamson possessed more than 27,000 stolen credit-card numbers in 2011 and 2012 and used some of them to purchase more than $150,000 in merchandise. Williamson was indicted by a Seattle grand jury in July 2012, following the investigation into point-of-sale hacking at a restaurant in the Magnolia neighborhood and a retail store in Shoreline.
He was released pending trial, and re-arrested when California police and the U.S. Secret Service’s Electronic Crimes Task Force found he was still at it, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Williamson pleaded guilty to conspiracy, bank fraud, aggravated identity theft, access-device fraud, unauthorized access to a protected computer. The bank fraud charge carries a maximum term of up to 30 years in prison, and the identity-fraud charge carries a mandatory two-year sentence. In all, he faces up to 55 years in prison and fines of $1.5 million.
Prosecutors say Williamson used the names, “Guerilla Black,” “MRBUSINESSMAN62,” and “BLACKDOLLA.”
Williamson had modest success as a rap artist out of South-Central Los Angeles, releasing a 2004 album “Compton” that included a well-received single and a video by the same named performed with reggae artist Beenie Man.
Two codefendants, David Benjamin Schrooten, 21, a Dutch citizen arrested in Romania, where he operated a website making the credit-card numbers available for fraud, was sentenced in February 2012 to 12 years in prison. Christopher A. Schroebel, 21, of Keedysville, Md., who hacked into point-of-sale computers, received seven years.
Williamson will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez on Oct. 10.
May 29, 2013 at 1:49 PM
The Army staff sergeant charged with slaughtering 16 villagers during one of the worst atrocities of the Afghanistan war has agreed to plead guilty in a deal to avoid the death penalty, his attorney told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
Staff Sgt. Robert Bales is scheduled to enter guilty pleas to charges of premeditated murder June 5 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord south of Seattle, said lawyer John Henry Browne. A sentencing-phase trial set for September will determine whether he is sentenced to life in prison with or life without the possibility of parole. The judge and commanding general must approve a plea deal.
Browne previously indicated Bales remembered little from the night of the massacre, but he said the soldier will give a full account of what happened before the judge decides whether to accept the plea.
Browne told The Seattle Times that his client, in the proposed plea deal, is not fighting the charge that the murders were premeditated. But in the sentencing phase, Brown said that the defense will argue that there were mitigating factors to the crime, and that Bales should receive life with parole.
Browne said he hopeful the plea deal will gain the approval of the commanding general.
Lt. Col. Gary Dangerfield, a spokesman for I Corps at JBLM, said Wednesday that a plea hearing was scheduled for Bales on June 5, but said he could not provide details about the hearing.
Bales, an Ohio native and father of two from Lake Tapps, Wash., slipped away from his remote southern Afghanistan outpost at Camp Belambay early on March 11, 2012, and attacked mud-walled compounds in two slumbering villages nearby.
Most of the victims were women and children, and some of the bodies were piled and burned. The slayings drew such angry protests that the U.S. temporarily halted combat operations in Afghanistan. It was three weeks before American investigators could reach the crime scenes.
Bales was serving his fourth tour in a combat zone, and the allegations against him raised questions about the toll multiple deployments were taking on American troops. For that reason, many legal experts believed it that it was unlikely that he would receive the death penalty, as Army prosecutors were seeking. The military justice system hasn’t executed anyone since 1961.
Nevertheless, the plea deal could inflame tensions in Afghanistan. In interviews with the AP in Kandahar in April, relatives of the victims became outraged at the notion Bales might escape the death penalty and even vowed revenge.
“For this one thing, we would kill 100 American soldiers,” said Mohammed Wazir, who had 11 family members killed that night, including his mother and 2-year-old daughter.
“A prison sentence doesn’t mean anything,” said Said Jan, whose wife and three other relatives died. “I know we have no power now. But I will become stronger, and if he does not hang, I will have my revenge.”
Three of Jan’s other family members were wounded, including his 7-year-old granddaughter, who was shot in the head.
Seattle Times staff reporter Hal Bernton contributed to this report.
January 25, 2013 at 10:04 AM
MOUNT VERNON (AP) — A man who threatened to shoot up schools if his gun rights were taken away because of the Connecticut school shooting was sentenced Thursday in Mount Vernon to three months in jail.
The Skagit Valley Herald reports 19-year-old Korry Martinson of Sedro-Woolley pleaded guilty to felony harassment in an unusual plea agreement with prosecutors.
If a mental health evaluation indicates he could pose a danger to the community, the plea will remain. But, if the evaluation yields no concerns for future behavior, he could withdraw his felony plea and plead guilty to gross misdemeanor harassment instead.
Martinson made the threat on Facebook Dec. 14, the same day as the mass school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
December 19, 2012 at 8:26 AM
The Associated Press
COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — A 27-year-old Spokane-area woman has reached a plea agreement after being charged with abandoning her young children along Interstate 90 in Post Falls in October.
Shannon Duval’s attorney Larry Purviance says Duval has agreed to plead guilty to one count of felony injury to a child in exchange for prosecutors recommending a probationary sentence. Purviance says the hearing is scheduled for next month. Duval remains in custody.
A construction worker found the boys, ages 3 and 6, along the road at about 9 a.m. on Oct. 30. The boys said their mother had run out of gas and had gone for help and that it was dark and raining when she left.
Duval was arrested that evening at a residence in the Spokane area.
The children were placed in foster care.
October 8, 2012 at 9:01 AM
Dinh Bowman, 29, pleaded not guilty to first degree murder with a firearm.
Dozens of Noll’s friends attended the brief arraignment hearing at the King County Courthouse, many wearing buttons featuring a photo of the slain man and the slogan, “Cheers to Yancy Noll.”
Brad Kenny, who was friends with Noll for 22 years, said they believe that police and prosecutors have the right suspect in custody.
“We do believe justice will be served,” Kenny said.
Bowman, who was charged with murder late last month, is accused of pulling his car alongside Noll’s vehicle at a stoplight and firing five times, striking Noll three times in the head, according to charging documents. A 9-mm bullet casing was found next to Noll’s car, a spent bullet was found in his dashboard and another bullet, shot through a window, was found inside a nearby house, the papers say.
A tipster apparently gave Seattle police detectives key information they needed to make the arrest. The anonymous caller had seen a Crime Stoppers bulletin, featuring a sketch of the gunman’s profile that was created from witness descriptions, according to charging documents.
The caller provided Bowman’s name and address and said Bowman had anger-management issues, according to the charging papers. The caller also said Bowman drove a silver BMW like the one described in the shooting and likely owned a gun, the papers say. The caller also told a detective that Bowman “might be capable of committing such a crime.”
Bowman’s house is just over a half-mile from the intersection where Noll was shot. Police records and Facebook indicated Bowman had a weapons permit.
Noll, 43, was a wine steward at the Capitol Hill QFC.
Bowman is being held in the King County Jail.
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