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Double murder suspect may be in Las Vegas

The reward for information leading to the capture of a Spokane man accused of gunning down two men in a dispute over a car trade is up to $1,750.

An anonymous donor recently gave $500 to Crime Stoppers, and another has said he’ll give $1,000.

The organization had already offered $250 for tips that help arrest Merle W. Harvey, 27.

“For information on a double homicide, there’s an inflation factor here,” said Spokane police Lt. Dave McGovern.

A search warrant filed Tuesday shows a tipster told investigators he or she knew of a man who'd received a call from Harvey on Sept. 27 saying he was in Las Vegas with his sister.

Police found that man's phone number through a child abuse report filed Sept. 28, according to a search warrant that seeks call records for that number.

At least one of the donors is a friend of victim Jack T. Lamere, who was shot to death with Jacob J. Potter, 45, on Sept. 26 while working on a car at 1310 W. Boone Ave.

Read the rest of my story here.

Look for another story this week exploring Lamere's ties to outlaw motorcycle gangs.

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