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Posted: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 10:00 am

SANDPOINT — A Bonner County man was arrested Monday in connection with a fire that damaged a home in Hope last month.

Lawrence Wayne Cross Jr. is charged with first-degree arson, according to the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office. Cross is slated to make an initial appearance today in Bonner County Magistrate Court.

Sheriff’s officials put out a news release Monday seeking the whereabouts of Cross, but by day’s end he was in custody.

“He’s been apprehended,” Undersheriff Bob Bussey said.

Cross, who also goes by the nickname “Bunky,” was sought on a $100,000 arrest warrant stemming from a June 26 structure fire that damaged a home in the 300 block of Grandview Avenue.

Fire broke out at the modest home overlooking Lake Pend Oreille shortly after 7 p.m. Firefighters from the Hope and Sam Owen fire districts knocked quickly knocked down the fire and there were no reports of injuries.

Detectives discovered evidence that accelerants were used to start and aid the fire, the sheriff’s office said in a news release. Cross was reportedly seen leaving the scene minutes before the fire was detected.

The home remained partially encircled in yellow police tape on Monday. A fire-damaged couch sat in a backyard and windows on the rear corner of the home were sealed with press board panels.

The fire occurred at the home of a man who was arrested on June 23 for firing a semiautomatic pistol toward his wife during a domestic dispute.

Raymond Wayne Gamboa, who is charged with aggravated assault and unlawful possession of a firearm, was being held at the Bonner County Jail when the fire happened.

A day after Gamboa’s arrest, dispatchers received reports of threats, a burglary and an out-of-state inquiry about Idaho’s eviction laws, according to a log of calls received by dispatchers. All three calls related to a residence on Grandview.

Gamboa, 50, is being held in lieu of $50,000 and preliminary hearing in his case is set for Wednesday in magistrate court. The court will also take up a defense motion to reduce Gamboa’s bond.

Cross, 51, has been subpoenaed as a witness in Gamboa’s criminal case, court documents indicate.

Court records further show that Cross is scheduled to be tried in 1st District Court next month on a felony theft charge dating back to August 2012.

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  • ShockedX posted at 8:01 pm on Fri, Jul 12, 2013.

    ShockedX Posts: 3

    Just wondering how you know what happened. I mean what Raymond Gamboa did? Feeling sorry for wife..... Crazy stuff and this kinda affects me. Want to talk to Pam Gamboa can you help? Thanks

  • truth seeker posted at 10:19 am on Mon, Jul 8, 2013.

    truth seeker Posts: 1

    Interesting that you mention his brief stint on the volunteer fire department in Clark Fork...before he stole the department credit cards and used them for his own desires. Isn't he also being charged for an ATV theft this month? I know a slew of other people that have had things come up missing, including his own family, where Bunky is the only suspect but he swears he didn't do it or know anything about it. It is about time that law enforcement has caught up with him. Surprised that they haven't put him in jail for the over $70,000 in child support he has yet to pay from last I heard. This man needs to be held accountable for all of the many crimes he has committed, yet he always talks his way out. He is a master manipulator. Just ask him, he loves to gloat about what he has gotten away with, unless he is trying to impress you, then you will still be getting the false facade.

  • Poison Ivy posted at 5:26 pm on Sat, Jul 6, 2013.

    Poison Ivy Posts: 8

    Sorry SW, I'm with Rhonda, I think it's a "strange twist" Someone that once put out fires and save homes and/or lives has now become the fire starter himself [rolls-eyes]. Not something you read about everyday in Bonner County!!!

    Hey Bee, what gives? No mention he used to be a Clark Fork Firefighter????

    Hope he doesn't see the light of day for some time.

  • Sandpoint Worker posted at 1:13 pm on Sat, Jul 6, 2013.

    Sandpoint Worker Posts: 100

    lol - strange twist? I'm pretty sure that Bunky being how Bunky is had nothing to do with him being a CF Fireman Rhonda.

  • Instinctive Triggers posted at 11:49 am on Sat, Jul 6, 2013.

    Instinctive Triggers Posts: 2

    Weird thing is Cross was sitting next to Gamboa when he shot at his wife. Cross saw it coming grabbing Gamboa's pistol as the shot was fired, taking the weapon and passing it off to someone else that was helping Gamboas wife move out of the residence. Cross then remained in the house acting as a go between for the police and Gamboa who initially had thoughts of suicide by cop. Gamboa was going to go out like he had another gun, run at the police, hoping they would shoot him.. After over an hour he forced Cross leave the house then came out himself with a hatchet and I believe the other weapon was a knife. BCSO kept their cool in a situation that too often goes bad.

  • Rhonda posted at 11:24 pm on Wed, Jul 3, 2013.

    Rhonda Posts: 141

    He used to be a Clark Fork fireman ....Another strange twist. [whistling]

  • Rhonda posted at 12:39 am on Wed, Jul 3, 2013.

    Rhonda Posts: 141

    Well, well, well .......What are the odds of sitting in jail with the person that tried to burn your house down!?!

  • ski2work posted at 4:21 pm on Tue, Jul 2, 2013.

    ski2work Posts: 633

    Well done!

  • Sandpoint Worker posted at 1:12 pm on Tue, Jul 2, 2013.

    Sandpoint Worker Posts: 100

    Yes, Bunky is a nuisance to say the least.

  • jules posted at 12:39 pm on Tue, Jul 2, 2013.

    jules Posts: 32

    Thank you Bonner County Sheriff dept. Please keep him in there, we are all tired of being ripped off. Bonner County 1 Bunky 0 [beam]