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Courthouse watch: 6.3.09

Suspects on today’s court docket included a man accused of a brazen residential burglary that was foiled when a neighbor called 911.

Wendall D. Bagley, 24, and his brother, Joe M. Bagley, 23, were arrested last April after a stolen truck smashed a through a fence in Spokane Valley neighborhood, news archives show.

Police arrested Wendall Bagley that day, but Joe wasn’t found until two days later. Wendall charged with residential burglary, first-degree theft, theft of a motor vehicle and attempting to elude a police vehicle.

Court papers show the elder Bagley drove the burglary victim’s truck from the home in the 14100 block of East Mission Avenue, then crashed through a fence at 21st Avenue and Becker Court before being arrested after a brief foot chase.

Read a brief about the case here.

Wendall Bagley had an omnibus hearing today. Court records show his younger brother pleaded guilty to similar charges this week. I’ll pull the documents on that tomorrow.

First appearances today include Jon Strine, accused of a vehicular homicide for a car-motorcycle crash in downtown Spokane.

Read a story on the crash here, and check back tonight for an update on the case.

Suspects scheduled to plead innocent today included former Crime Stoppers fugitive Dmitry Stepanov, who’s accused of stealing and pawning vehicle GPS devices, court papers show.

Stepanov was featured in the inaugural addition of Courthouse watch here.

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