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May 10, 1990 | BARRY SIEGEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ida Ballasiotes' first thought, upon hearing the criminal history of the man who'd raped and killed her daughter, came in the form of a question. What was this guy doing out of jail? she wondered. After all, the authorities had known Gene Raymond Kane was dangerous. He'd attacked two other women 13 years before, and he'd been sitting in prison ever since. He'd received no treatment during that time, mainly because a mental hospital considered him too dangerous to handle.
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October 13, 2001 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal prosecutor who also was a leading figure in the national gun control movement died early Friday after he was shot at his home, apparently with a gun fired through a window as he worked at his computer, authorities said. Thomas C. Wales, a white-collar crime prosecutor who had mobilized one of the nation's most far-reaching gun control initiative campaigns, died within hours of the 10:40 p.m. Thursday shooting.
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July 26, 1998 | BARRY SIEGEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Monday, Jan. 12, unfolded for Dr. Eugene Turner as did most of his days. Between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., he saw a stream of patients at the Peninsula Children's Clinic here on the northern edge of Olympic National Park. All left feeling safe and cared for. So did their parents. Turner, a pediatrician who'd practiced in Port Angeles for 27 years, had that effect. With his tear-shaped eyes and white thinning hair and craggy features, the 62-year-old doctor conveyed boundless concern.
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August 28, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A teenager was convicted of killing four members of his family and was sentenced to life in prison without parole. William Lembcke, 16, was convicted of four counts of aggravated first-degree murder in the Dec. 23 shooting deaths of his parents, his sister, 18, and his brother, 11, at their home in Addy, about 50 miles north of Spokane. Jurors deliberated less than two hours. Stevens County Superior Court Judge Larry Kristianson called Lembcke "a monster" as he handed down the punishment.
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July 12, 1995 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nobody can say for sure when this sweet town, a place of apple orchards, cafe counters with fresh cherry pie and a slow-moving river, once named the fourth-best little city in the country, lost its innocence. Maybe it was when two 12-year-old boys, playing on the banks of the Columbia last August, got a rock thrown at them by a migrant farm worker, then leveled their rifles and pumped 18 rounds into his body.
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March 3, 1995 | From Associated Press
A gunman killed his pregnant mail-order bride and one of her friends, and critically wounded another woman in a courthouse as they waited to testify Thursday in the couple's annulment hearing, authorities said. Timothy C. Blackwell met and married his wife, Susana Remerata Blackwell, in the Philippines two years ago. They separated two weeks after she came to the United States.
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June 21, 1992 | From Times and Wire Reports
A man who said God told him to confess walked into a police station and said he was involved in the 1991 ax murders of two people, including an Anaheim man, authorities said. Lotolua Ilaoa, 28, was questioned and arrested for investigation of two counts of first-degree murder, Pierce County sheriff's spokesman Curt Benson said. Until his confession, Ilaoa had not been considered a suspect in the slayings of Manuel Medina, 27, of Anaheim and Ricardo Gaxiola, 22, of Tijuana.
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August 16, 1995 | Associated Press
Sixteen-year-old Brian Bassett and a 17-year-old friend have been charged with three counts of first-degree murder after Bassett's parents were shot to death and his 5-year-old brother was drowned in a bathtub. Prosecutors say Bassett had been kicked out of the house by his parents because of his increasingly violent behavior.
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August 20, 1996 | BARRY SIEGEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It should have been a satisfying moment, if not cause for celebration. A jury had just declared Jason Soler and Jason Twyman guilty of second-degree murder in the brutal beating of 21-year-old Joey Levick. Justice had been served; the assailants would pull long time. Hardly anyone felt satisfied, though. Levick's mother, Melva, didn't. Nor did King County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Patricia Eakes. Nor, for that matter, did the jurors who'd just convicted Soler and Twyman.
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April 19, 1988 | Associated Press
The daughter of the first person in the nation charged with causing death by tampering with over-the-counter drug capsules is prepared to testify for the prosecution, government lawyers said Monday. The disclosure was contained in a pretrial brief filed by Assistant U.S. Atty. Joanne Maida as jury selection began in the trial of Stella Nickell, 44, in U.S. District Court.
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May 26, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A black youth accused of assaulting a white man during Seattle's Feb. 27 Mardi Gras riot will not be charged with a hate crime. King County prosecutor Norm Maleng said that Khalid Adams' statement that he "most likely" kicked the man because he was white was not enough for a hate-crime prosecution. Adams, 17, was charged with joining a group of young men who were kicking the man on the ground. Prosecutors would have had to show that he joined the melee intending to target a white victim.
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May 20, 2001 | From Associated Press
Former LAPD Detective Mark Fuhrman has written a new true-crime book accusing Spokane police of bungling a murder investigation, an allegation they hotly deny. In "Murder in Spokane: Catching a Serial Killer," to be released Tuesday, Fuhrman contends that Robert L. Yates could have been caught two years earlier if police had relied less on technology and more on footwork and intuition. Yates, who confessed to killing 14 people, was arrested in April 2000.
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April 26, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A live-in caretaker in Everett has been charged with having her 13-year-old daughter and four other teenagers beat her client's son to death with baseball bats, then using her two younger children to help clean up the home. Barbara Marie Opel, 37, and her daughter's 17-year-old boyfriend, Jeffrey James Grote, pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated first-degree murder in the death of Jerry Duane Heimann.
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March 1, 2001
Two Los Angeles men are wanted for questioning in the shooting death of a 3-year-old girl in Spokane, Wash., last month. Spokane police believe Anthony Lawrence Wright, 27, and William Rolando Peralta, 22, returned to Southern California after the Feb. 9 shooting, in which a woman was also injured. A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to their arrests, police said. Spokane Police Det.
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January 7, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A 16-year-old boy who confessed to shooting his parents and two siblings to death told authorities in Addy, Wash., that an argument with his father over household chores led to the slayings. William L. Lembcke was ordered held without bail in the deaths of his father, Robert H. Lembcke, 49, a self-employed logger; his mother, Diana, 43, who suffered from multiple sclerosis; his sister, Jolene, 18; and one of his brothers, Wesley, 12.
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January 1, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A body found in a shallow grave near the Tulalip Indian Reservation in northwest Washington was identified as a Russian mail-order bride who hadn't been seen since September. The woman's American husband of two years was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder. Anastasia Soloveva King, 20, was 39-year-old Indle King Jr.'s second mail-order bride, the Herald of Everett reported Saturday. Police were led to the body by an anonymous phone tip.
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March 7, 1991 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kathleen Daneker had been married only one day when she went to get some over-the-counter medicine in her bathroom. When she did not return, her husband called her, then rapped on the closed door. He tried to open the door but it would not budge. He forced it open only to find her unconscious body slumped on the floor, authorities said.
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September 2, 2000 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Everybody knew who they were. They were the pack of bullies, a fixture in American neighborhoods as long as there have been kids and summers. They were the ones who leaned against the fence, smirking, when told to run on home. They were the kids who picked up rocks and threw them through windshields; who grabbed a bicycle that had been left on the front porch. "Monsters," one woman called them. "Babies," somebody else said. What nobody imagined was that they might be killers.
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September 2, 2000 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Everybody knew who they were. They were the pack of bullies, a fixture in American neighborhoods as long as there have been kids and summers. They were the ones who leaned against the fence, smirking, when told to run on home. They were the kids who picked up rocks and threw them through windshields; who grabbed a bicycle that had been left on the front porch. "Monsters," one woman called them. "Babies," somebody else said. What nobody imagined was that they might be killers.
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June 5, 2000 | Associated Press
A mother who was attending a funeral for her 3-year-old daughter was led away by sheriff's officers and held in connection with the girl's death. Aretha Sconiers, 26, who has served time for a drug conviction and had eluded police for a week, was jailed Saturday on suspicion of homicide by abuse. Zy-Nyia Nobles died May 27 of blunt-force blows. Detectives attended the funeral on the chance that Sconiers might come, police said.
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