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7th suspected brothel owner arrested

The owner of two Spokane businesses suspected of being prostitution fronts was released from jail Thursday after being arrested Wednesday.

William R. Westover, 41, faces money laundering and promoting prostitution charges after a 14-month investigation culminated in raids at eight suspected brothels.

Westover owns the Far East Oriental Spa, 213 E. Sprague Ave., and the Asian Spa, 3130 N. Division St. Investigators with the Airway Heights Police Department developed confidential informants after a prostitution sting at Northern Quest Casino.

One of those informants applied for jobs with Westover and told detectives he had her display her naked breasts. Another informant said she gave Westover a massage and had sex with him, accepted payment, then declined his job offer.

Also, according to court documents, “during an interview with a confidential informant, Westover told the confidential informant that she could use a condom for a client the first time she saw the client but was not permitted after that.”

Police reviewed Westover's bank records and found he'd made 41 large deposits between January 2010 and April 2012 totally $165,000.

Six people connected to five other suspected brothels were released from jail Wednesday.

Police drug informant assaulted, robbed

An informant tasked by the Spokane police drug unit with buying methamphetamine was instead robbed by the suspected dealer.

Drug detectives listening on electric monitoring attached to the informant heard a scuffle after the man went inside a home in the 1200 block of West Chlean Avenue to try to buy meth from Daniel J. McKenzie, 24, (pictured) last Thursday.

A detective contacted the informant outside the home nearby and was told McKenzie had robbed him of the $60 police gave him to buy drugs.

The informant said McKenzie agreed to sell him meth, then punched him in the head and pushed him down the stairs.

Police obtained a search warrant for the residence, and the informant identified McKenzie as the assailant.

McKenzie remains jailed on a Washington Department of Corrections probation hold and a new charge of first-degree robbery.

Police seize meth, heroin, cash, gun

Spokane police seized meth, heroin, cash and a handgun from an apartment at 406 E. Montgomery on July 14. (Spokane Police Department photos)

Spokane police seized heroin, methamphetamine, a handgun and nearly $800 from a suspected drug home last week.

 Penni L. Cornwell, 46, was arrested during an early-morning search at her apartment at 406 E. Montgomery Ave. on Thursday, where police say two undercover drug purchases had occurred.

The Spokane Police Department's special investigative unit began looking into Cornwell after an informant told them Cornwell received heroin from a man who purchased large amounts in Seattle.

 The same confidential informant, who is being paid, recently led Spokane police to a large heroin bust at the Bel-Air Motel, according to a search warrant used to seize items from Cornwell's apartment.

Police searched Cornwell's apartment one day after she told the informant she had “plenty” of heroin for sale, according to the search warrant.

Cornwell has a felony conviction in 2005 for distribution of methamphetamine. She was arrested on two counts of delivery of heroin and one count of felon in possession of a firearm and remains in jail.

See more photos at the Spokane Police Department's Facebook page.

$100 offer helps bust robbery suspects

Spokane police paid a confidential informant $100 for information that helped arrest two robbery suspects last week.

The informant, who had been arrested on a Washington Department of Corrections warrant, told police that he saw a TV and laptop computer in Jeremy L. Standon's apartment that was believed to have been stolen from a home at 1415 N. Post St. May 9.

The informant said Standon, 29, received the items from John G. Dean, who stole them in a robbery, but police say both Standon and Dean, 29, were involved. (Standon is pictured right; Dean is below.)

Police say the two were allowed inside the home May 9 about 11 p.m. and that once inside, Dean displayed a black semi-automatic pistol and ordered three people to “pull out your pockets.”

Dean continued to hold the gun as Standon retrieved $150, a 16-inch imitation gold chain, two lap top computers and a 40-inch Toshiba flat screen TV, according to a search warrant.

Police spotted Standon and Dean in the drive through at Jack in the Box in downtown Spokane May 13 about 8 a.m.

Both men were booked into jail; police say Dean had a Glock 22, .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol that was stolen in Wilbur, Wash., on March 30. Dean remains jailed on gun charges; Standon is jailed on a probation hold and a felony drug charge.

A 2010 Crime Stoppers graduate, Standon's criminal history includes convictions for driving on a suspended license, money laundering, drug possession, second-degree identity theft, first-degree burglary, theft of a firearm, first-degree robbery, unlawful possession of a firearm, second-degree theft, malicious mischief and vehicle prowling.

A 2009 Crime Stoppers graduate, Dean's criminal history includes convictions for riot, making false statements, refusing to cooperate, forgery, theft, harassment, obstructing an investigation, a dozen probation violations and the obligatory driving while license suspended.

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