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Courthouse watch: 10.8.09

A tip that originated from drunken bragging gave Spokane Valley police officers the information they needed to bag one burglary suspect and develop probable cause to book another one.

Jesse Leroy Brown, 18, was arrested late Wednesday night after he allegedly got drunk on stolen booze and bragged to others, said Sgt. Dave Reagan, police spokesman.

Brown appeared in Spokane County Superior Court today on three counts of second-degree burglary. He’s accused of breaking into the Hotteez night club, 20 N. Raymond St.; the Broadway Mini Market, 10304 E. Broadway Ave.; and Beyond Beads Gallery, 12021 E. Sprague Ave.

Leon M. Gibson, 21, (right) also is wanted in the burglaries. During the run of crimes, police say the two tried to kick through walls separating the Beyond Beads Gallery from the adjacent Puffin Glass Studios at 12023 E. Sprague Ave., but were unsuccessful.

A search warrant was served early today at Gibson’s residence, which led to a search at a second address in Spokane Valley.

Between the two locations, officers recovered about 50 bottles of alcoholic beverages taken from Hotteez in addition to stolen computers, flat-screen televisions, a laptop computer and 200 packs of Ace brand cigarettes, Reagan said.

Anyone with information about Gibson is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

He is described as white, 5-foot-6 and 160 pounds with brown hair and eyes.

In the “small world” category, court documents show Gibson is the boyfriend of Erica J. Jennings, who was arrested in August for possession of a controlled substance.

Jennings was interviewed in the still unsolved murder of William O. “Billy” Floyd, 21, who was stabbed to death Aug. 15.

Jennings, 26, had challenged Floyd and his friend “to come and meet for a fight” but called the next morning to ask why they never showed. That’s when Floyd’s friend told Jennings Floyd had been killed. (Read more here.)

After her arrest on a meth charge after an unrelated traffic stop, Jennings told deputies Gibson and his uncle, Matthew Barshaw, were to trade stolen guns to one of her friends for meth.

Jennings said Gibson and Barshaw had stolen the guns from an Airway Heights home, according to court papers.

Charges were filed against Gibson Sept. 1.


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