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FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2012

Men accused of extorting grandmother 

A 22-year-old Spokane man is accused of extorting his grandmother by conspiring with his friend to tell her he was being kidnapped for ransom, police say. Tevan T. Williams and his alleged accomplice, Riley D. Hull, 22, were arrested Wednesday after Williams' grandmother said she'd...

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THURSDAY, JULY 5, 2012

NorthTown Mall sex offender arraigned

A Spokane sex offender out of jail on $250,000 bond pleaded not guilty today to charges related to an alleged incident with a 5-year-old girl at the NorthTown Mall last month. Richard Michael Payne, 55, faces a potential life sentence if convicted of indecent exposure...

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Wallace's wrist, risk factors at hearing

Five weeks before Charles Robert Wallace shot two Spokane County sheriff’s deputies, he sat in a federal courtroom in downtown Spokane, his hand in a cast, as his lawyer told a judge he needed drug addiction treatment instead of jail. The 41-year-old suspected heroin trafficker’s...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 4, 2012

'Take a Midol' remark leads to assault 

A dispute over a dinged car in a parking lot led to an assault arrest when a woman brandished a weapon after being told to “take a Midol,” Spokane police say. Shawna M. Sweet, 23, is accused of striking Derek Boyer’s hand with the butt...

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TUESDAY, JULY 3, 2012

51-time felon accused in car prowlings 

A 51-time felon who was told by a judge 10 years ago that "the system's had enough of you" is back in jail for property crimes police suspect are related to his severe heroin addiction. Brian Lee Danner, 40, was stopped last week in the...

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Straub tapped for Spokane police chief

The embattled top law enforcement official in Indianapolis will be among those considered for Spokane’s next chief of police. Mayor David Condon confirmed to The Spokesman-Review that he asked Indianapolis Public Safety Director Frank Straub to apply for the opening here, and Straub has told...

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SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 2012

A 21-year-old Spokane man was arrested for vehicular assault after crashing his truck head-on into a semi truck on Thursday and injuring his passenger.
Joseph A. Hussey's blood-alcohol level registered at .224 before he was jailed on a vehicular assault charge for the crash in the 3900 block of East Broadway Avenue, according to the Spokane Police Department.
The legal limit for driving is .08.
Police say he smelled of intoxicants and told them he was going home to the Valley from the Satellite bar downtown.
Hussey also slurred his speech and failed field sobriety tests, police say. 
He was booked into he Spokane County Jail on the felony charge. (Spokane Police Department)

Man blows .224 after head-on crash

The Spokane Police Department provided this photo of the crash on the SPD Facebook page. A 21-year-old Spokane man was arrested for vehicular assault after crashing his truck head-on into a semi truck on Thursday and injuring his passenger. Joseph A. Hussey's blood-alcohol level registered...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2012

3 arrested after downtown beating

Three men were arrested after another man was beaten unconscious in downtown Spokane Wednesday night. Witnesses reported three men, one armed with a baseball bat, assaulting the man near West 2nd Avenue and South Jefferson Street about 8 p.m. One of the men kicked the...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2012

Sex offender released on $250k bond 

A Spokane sex offender facing a potential life sentence for allegedly molesting a girl at the NorthTown Mall is out of jail. Richard Michael Payne, 55, posted $250,000 bond through a bonding company and was released from Spokane County Jail about 10 p.m. Wednesday. Payne...

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Car prowling surge reported in Spokane

Spokane police are combating a surge in vehicle prowling with a new public awareness campaign aimed at preventing it. The "Remove it or Lose it" campaign, which officially begins July 9, aims to help citizens remember to keep valuables out of plain sight in their...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2012

Wanted: Woman w/ 254 police contacts

A 25-year-old Spokane woman who police say they've contacted 254 times is again wanted for violating her probation. Desarae M. Dawson, a former Crime Stoppers fugitive, was sentenced in February to 17 days in Spokane County Jail after pleading guilty to riot and escape from...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2012

Deputies recovering as probe continues

Two sheriff’s deputies shot by a fugitive heroin trafficking suspect last week continue to recover as detectives continue to investigate the crime spree that ended in the shooter’s suicide. Deputy Matt Spink (left), who was shot once in his leg, was released on Friday. Deputy...

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MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2012

SWAT helps arrest biker assault suspect

The Spokane police SWAT team helped arrested a domestic violence suspect on Sunday after officers learned he might be armed and have ties to a local biker gang. Jerry W. Clark, 40, was jailed on a second-degree assault charge. Police were investigating a report that...

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Wallace had been to drug rehab before 

Charles Robert Wallace, who shot two sheriff's deputies last Tuesday before leading police on a chase that ended with his suicide, had been to drug rehab long before a judge allowed him to leave jail to give it another chance last month. He completed "intensive...

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SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2012

Jesse Hugh Johnson scratches his head as he lies with a bandaged thigh in a hospital bed on Monday at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. Johnson was shot in the leg by a Spokane police officer while armed with what turned out to be a BB gun. (Tyler Tjomsland)

Man shot by police jailed on $10k bond

Jesse Johnson scratches his head as he lies with a bandaged thigh in a hospital bed on Monday at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. (SRphoto/Tyler Tjomsland) A man who was shot by a Spokane police officer as he confronted another man with what...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2012

Mary Rock waves her cane Wednesday as she stands in her backyard in front of a door, center, where she says Charles Wallace entered her home in north Spokane. (Tyler Tjomsland)

Woman, 87, describes fight w/ Wallace

Mary Rock waves her cane Wednesday as she stands in her backyard in front of a door, center, where she says Charles Wallace entered her home in north Spokane. (SRphoto/Tyler Tjomsland) Mary Rock, 87, moved from Los Angeles to Spokane 10 years ago to escape...

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Wallace's release baffles Knezovich

The county’s top law enforcement officer expressed outrage Wednesday that a suspected heroin dealer facing his fourth stay in prison was released from jail just weeks before shooting two deputies in a gunbattle north of Spokane. Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich waved a thick packet...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2012


As police closed in on a suspect in the shooting of two Spokane County sheriff's deputies, Tuesday, June 19, 2012, the suspect fired repeatedly at pursuing cars, then shot himself in Deer Park at U.S. Highway 395 and Crawford Road. (The Spokesman-Review)

Cop shooter robbed woman, 87, of car

A suspected heroin trafficker believed to have shot two sheriff's deputies stole an 87-year-old woman's car before he fatally shot himself during a police pursuit Tuesday. Police said late Tuesday that the woman chased Charles Robert Wallace, 41, out of her house and hit him...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2012

Jesse Hugh Johnson, 24, scratches his head as he lies with a bandaged thigh in a hospital bed on Monday, June 18, 2012, at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Wash. Johnson was shot in the leg by a Spokane police officer while armed with what turned out to be a BB gun. Authorities also said he had methamphetamine on him. (Tyler Tjomsland)

Man shot by Spokane police speaks out

Jesse Johnson scratches his head as he lies with a bandaged thigh in a hospital bed on Monday at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. (SRphoto/Tyler Tjomsland) Jesse Hugh Johnson says he thought no one else was around when, armed with a BB gun,...

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Home-invasion suspect bragged to others

A Spokane man arrested for a May 31 home-invasion robbery had reportedly been bragging about his crimes, including to a woman who herself was a home-invasion victim. David F. Smith, 40, remains jailed on $150,000 bond after appearing in Spokane County Superior Court Monday on...

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MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2012

Assault suspect jailed on $1 mil. bond

An assault suspect charged in connection with a murder at a Spokane motel in November has been jailed on $1 million bond after police caught him returning from an out-of-state flight. Stafone N. “Stix” Fuentes, 27, (pictured) is prohibited from traveling out of state under...

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SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2012


Suspect arrested in May 31 home robbery

Spokane police on Friday arrested a suspect in a May 31 gunpoint home-invasion robbery. David F. Smith, 40, is believed to have robbed a home in the 1600 block of West Spofford Avenue. Police say a resident was hit with a handgun, but no shots...

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