Crime Briefs

Washington state man sentenced in felony charges related to vehicle theft

Steve McKheean, 31, of Bothell, Wash., was sentenced Oct. 7 in District Court on felony charges of possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) with intent to deliver.

As part of the sentence ordered by Judge Michael Griffin, McKheean was ordered to serve a minimum of three years and a maximum of six with the Idaho Department of Correction, and pay a total $1,280.50 in court costs, fines and restitution. Of this, prison time was suspended and McKheean was placed on a 365-day retained jurisdiction. Pending completion, McKheean will be recommended to be either placed on probation or to serve his prison sentence.

McKheean was one of three individuals arrested April 24 following a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 12, in which it was found they were driving a vehicle stolen from Portland, Ore. Of the other two, charges were dismissed against Stephanie L. Shields, 30, of Lebanon, Ore., and Theodore Christensen, 46, of Vancouver, Wash., is set for sentencing Oct. 28.

Idaho County Prosecutor Kirk MacGregor handled the case. McKheean was represented by public defender Robert VanIdour.

Prison time pending for former carnival worker sentenced on physical therapy burglary

Joseph R. Ultimo, 38, of East Rutherford, N.J., was sentenced Oct. 7 in District Court on a felony burglary charge, stemming from a July 5 break-in at Syringa Hospital Physical Therapy in Grangeville.

As part of the sentence ordered by Judge Michael Griffin, Ultimo was ordered to serve a minimum of two years and a maximum of five with the Idaho Department of correction, and to pay $240.50 in court costs and $50.40 in restitution. Of this, the prison time was suspended and Ultimo was placed on retained jurisdiction for 365 days. Pending completion, Ultimo will be recommended to be either placed on probation or to serve his prison sentence.

Ultimo, then an employee of Paradise Amusements of Post Falls, was arrested for burglarizing the West North Street facility and stealing a Dell laptop and stereo system.

Special Prosecutor Zachary Pall handled the case. Ultimo was represented by public defender Christopher Lamont.

Prison time pending probation completion on felony bad check conviction

Karl J. Luhrs, 23, of Kamiah, was sentenced Oct. 4 in District Court on one felony count of issuing checks without funds; two additional charges were dismissed.

As part of the sentence ordered by Judge Michael Griffin, Luhrs was ordered to serve a minimum of one year and a maximum of two with the Idaho Department of Correction, Pay a total $740.50 in fines and court costs, and $170.26 in restitution. Of this, prison time was suspended and Luhrs was placed on supervised probation for two years.

Charges resulted from a series of incidents from May 11-14, 2012, in which he pass three bad checks at Tom Cats Sporting Goods in Kooskia.

Idaho County Prosecutor Kirk MacGregor handled the case. Luhrs was represented by public defender Christopher Lamont.

Grangeville man sentenced on charges of lewd conduct with a minor

Prison time is pending for Mark D. Johnson, 31, of Grangeville, who was sentenced Oct. 4 in District Court on two felony counts of lewd conduct with a minor under 16.

As part of the sentence ordered by District Judge Michael Griffin, Johnson will serve a minimum of five years and a maximum of 10 with the Idaho Department of Correction (with credit for 179 days of jail served); pay a total $1,540.50 in fines and court costs, and $5,000 in restitution to the victim, and to register as a sex offender. Of this sentence, the prison time was suspended and Johnson was placed on 365 days of retained jurisdiction. Following this, Johnson will be recommended to be either placed on probation or to serve his 5-10 prison sentence.

Charges against Johnson resulted from a series of incidents that occurred in Grangeville stemming back to 2011 – when the victim was age 15 – and again in 2012, with the last being earlier this February at his residence.

As part of a plea agreement, two additional charges against Johnson in this case of felony sexual battery of a minor child were dismissed.

Idaho County Prosecutor Kirk MacGregor handled the case. Johnson was represented by public defender Christopher Lamont. GPD Officer Wes Walters investigated the case, assisted by Idaho County Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Kantner and Idaho State Police Trooper Joshua Larsen.

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