Fugitive of gang links arrested in California after traffic stop

A deputy stopped a car driven by 39-year-old Richie W. Michelson, who was allegedly speeding Sunday at Dalton Gardens.

DALTON GARDENS, Idaho — A recent traffic stop led to the arrest of a man wanted on a federal warrant for murder, according to the Kootenay County Sheriff’s Office, As reported by our news partners, Coeur d’Alene Press.

A deputy pulled over a car driven by Richie W. Michelson, 39, that was allegedly speeding Sunday at Dalton Gardens. It is discovered that Michelson is wanted on a full extradition warrant for a murder that took place in California.

The deputies said the warrant was entered into the National Crime Information Center’s database in July, but additional details were not available on Tuesday.

Michaelson was also wanted on a separate California warrant for violating the terms of his probation.

Authorities said he waived his right to an extradition hearing on Tuesday afternoon. This means that the US Marshals Service or another law enforcement agency will take him back to California.

Kootenay County Sheriff Bob Norris said the arrest demonstrates that there is no such thing as a “routine traffic stop.”

“We have to be vigilant and on our toes every time traffic stops,” he said.

Michelson, also known as “Noodles,” has ties to the Nuestra Familia prison gang, according to court documents.

Court documents also show that Mickelson was convicted in 2013 of conspiracy to racketeering and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute both felonies. In 2017, he received a sentence of three years in prison with supervised probation.

The charges were originally filed in connection with the deaths of two people who were found in a burnt-out apartment in Oakland, California in September 2011.

The Mercury News reported in 2013 that an autopsy revealed that the victims had multiple stab wounds. Authorities said they believed the fire was a cover-up for the killings.

Two members of the Nuestra Familia gang were later convicted of using fire to commit a felony, as well as obstruction of justice, and were sentenced to lengthy prison terms.

Mickelson reportedly breached the terms of his probation multiple times between 2017 and 2021, according to court documents.

He was arrested several times in the state of California during that time and charged with offenses including possession of a stolen vehicle, misdemeanor spousal abuse, felony stalking and 11 counts of violating a protective order.

Mickelson was released from jail in Alameda County, California, in May and ordered to enter a 90-day residential treatment program at an addiction recovery center.

Although he had a Coeur d’Alene address at the time of his arrest, it is unclear how long Michaelson had been in the area or if he had completed court-ordered treatment in California.

Police said he had no criminal history in Kootenay County.

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