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Manslaughter charge in mother’s death

A Spokane man has been charged with manslaughter after investigators say he neglected his elderly mother while in a drunken stupor last year.

Glen Douglas Rosier, 67, left jail on $10,000 bond this weekend after his arrest on two felony charges for the death of his mother, Verna Rosier, 89.

Verna Rosier, 89, died at a hospital in February 2011 after family friend found her badly neglected inside his home at 1300 W. Woodside Place, where he’d cared for his ailing mother for 11 years, according to court documents.

The friend said Glen looked sick and made comments about wanting to hurt himself.

 She found his mother, who had heart disease, lying on her bedroom floor in urine-soaked clothes with dried blood on her body and bruises on her head.

“It’s just really sad,” Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor Patrick Johnson said Monday. “He just went off the deep end, and his mom died.”

A sheriff’s deputy tried to interview Verna Rosier at the hospital but said she was unable to answer questions coherently. She died four days later.

Another sheriff’s deputy contacted Glen Rosier at the home, which he described as extremely cluttered, and said he was drunk and wearing only underwear and a tank top. Rosier told the deputy his mother often fell to the floor and that he sometimes tried to get her back in bed but often just covered her with a blanket and tried to make her as comfortable as possible, court documents allege.

He was taken into protective custody to undergo a mental evaluation.

Glen Rosier’s sister told investigators she and other family members tried to check on her mother several times but were denied access to the home by Glen.

Rosier is charged with second-degree manslaughter, with second-degree criminal mistreatment filed as an alternative charge. Johnson said the case went through several reviews by prosecutors before a charging decision was made.

Several members of Rosier’s family attended his court appearance and requested he be ordered not to contact them, which Superior Court Judge Annette Plese granted.

Rosier declined to speak with reporters.

Verna Rosier was born in Canada and moved to the U.S. in 1938, according to her obituary. Her obituary said she “entered the Irish universe” after her death and was “greeted by the entire clan waving four-leaf clovers and toasting a little Irish whiskey.”

Elderly theft suspect arrested again

A man accused of draining a 106-year-old woman's retirement savings was arrested in Spokane after missing a court appearance.

John H. “Herb” Friedlund, 78, failed to appear for an arraignment on a witness tampering charge last month in Spokane County Superiro Court. He was arrested Wednesday on a $10,000 warrant and appeared in court Thursday where Judge Jerome Leveque allowed him to be released from jail on his own recognizance.

Friedlund faces theft charges in Stevens County for allegedly stealing money from Frances T. Swan, whom he was caring for in Kettle Falls.

Deputies found Swan covered in filth and begging for food in May after Friedlund asked them to retrieve his medicine from the home before he was taken to jail in an animal cruelty investigation.

Friedlund left jail in June on $25,000 bond by Carl “Rich” Jessen, an agent with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Prosecutors allege Friedlund spent Swan's money on vehicles, a horse trailer and a man’s surgery in Texas.

Friedlund is accused of calling that man, Steven M. Smith, in August asking him to tell investigators that Swan authorized previous money transfers from Friedlund to Smith totaling about $225,000. Authorities believe the calls took place in Spokane County.

Past coverage:

Aug. 4: Caretaker's alleged spending outlined

Aug. 2: Elder neglect suspect arrested for felony theft

Aug. 2: Theft charges likely in 106-year-old's case

June 21: Man held after police find famished woman

Elderly-abuse suspect arrested again

The man charged with mistreating and stealing retirement funds from a 106-year-old Kettle Falls woman was arrested Wednesday and charged with witness tampering. John H. “Herb” Friedlund, 78, was arrested early this morning at a residence in Deer Park.

Stevens County prosecutors said that Friedlund contacted a witness in the theft case, Steven Smith of Anna, Texas, and told Smith to say that 106-year-old Frances T. Swan authorized previous money transfers from Friedlund to Smith that totaled about $225,000.

Read the rest of Tom Clouse's story here.

Past coverage:

Aug. 4: Caretaker's alleged spending outlined

Aug. 2: Elder neglect suspect arrested for felony theft

Aug. 2: Theft charges likely in 106-year-old's case

June 21: Man held after police find famished woman

Man who stole from elderly gets 1 year

A Spokane man who burglarized retirement homes was sentenced Tuesday to about a year in prison.

Pavel V. Altukhov, 24, is to serve 12.75 months in prison and pay $3,260 restitution after pleading guilty in Spokane County Superior Court to three counts of first-degree theft and second-degree theft.

Altukhov stole jewelry and other items from elderly residents at retirement communities on the South Hill and in Spokane Valley before police arrested him in December. They found more 1,000 pieces of jewelry in his car.

Witnesses said Altukhov posed as a family member of a resident and didn’t appear out of place until residents began reporting stolen items like TVs and jewelry.

He also approached residents in their rooms and offered services such as appraisals as he stole items, police said.

One victim told KREM news that she's still missing her engagement ring from her husband of 62 years.

  

Man gets 6 mos. for mistreating mother

A 49-year-old Spokane man is to spend six months in jail for mistreating his elderly mother.

Scott Patrick Morris' mother, Patricia Morris, who has Alzheimer's disease, suffered from ulcers on her heels and ankles as well as bruising around her eyes, ears and arms when a social worker became concerned for her after Morris was admitted to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in December, according to court documents.

Morris had previously said he didn't want his mother at a care center and he would care for her 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

His mother lost 20 pounds between October and December 2010 and suffered extensive bruising and abrasions on her body, as well as other health problems.

A friend of Morris told police that he blamed her nursing center for her health problems and had threatened to shoot the staff, documents say.

Morris was arrested for first-degree criminal mistreatment in May. He pleaded guilty to felony second-degree criminal mistreatment Friday and was sentenced to six months with credit for 95 days served.

Caretaker’s alleged spending outlined

The man charged with draining 106-year-old Frances T. Swan’s retirement funds bought vehicles and a horse trailer and even paid for a man’s surgery in Texas, prosecutors alleged in court Wednesday.

 John H. “Herb” Friedlund, 78, of Kettle Falls, was released from jail Wednesday on the $25,000 bond posted in June by Carl “Rich” Jessen, an agent with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

While the court record has not yet been filed, Deputy Prosecutor Lech Radzimski said in court that as part of nine counts of theft, Friedlund is accused of spending Swan’s money on a surgery for a young man named Steven Smith in Texas, who in total received about $200,000 from Swan’s account, Radzimski said.

Friedlund, who also faces felony criminal mistreatment charges in the case, allegedly also bought a bulldozer, pickup, hay truck and several other items that appeared to provide no benefit to Swan, for whom he had the power of attorney. As a condition of his release, Friedlund was ordered to surrender his passport, checkbook, credit cards and any other means of accessing Swan’s accounts. Friedlund’s power of attorney over Swan’s accounts was removed Tuesday.

Past coverage:

Aug. 2: Elder neglect suspect arrested for felony theft

Aug. 2: Theft charges likely in 106-year-old's case

June 21: Man held after police find famished woman

Elderly-abuse suspect accused of theft

COLVILLE – The man charged with mistreating a 106-year-old Kettle Falls woman was arrested Tuesday at a hearing initially set to allow him to appoint a new attorney to represent him in his criminal matters.

 When John H. “Herb” Friedlund, 78, appeared before Superior Court Judge Al Nielson, he was arrested on nine felony theft charges. The charges allege he raided the retirement accounts of Frances T. Swan, who was discovered May 26 begging for food in her Kettle Falls home, which was riddled with dog feces, rotting food, guns and ammunition.

Read the rest of Tom Clouse's story here.

Past coverage:

Aug. 2: Theft charges likely in 106-year-old's case

June 21: Man held after police find famished woman

Man’s use of elderly woman’s cash probed

The investigators who rescued a 105-year-old woman in late May from a squalid Kettle Falls, Wash., home are now looking into whether the woman’s care provider was also improperly using her money.

Stevens County sheriff’s Detective James Caruso said he and other deputies on Tuesday again searched the home where on May 26 they found Frances Swan, who has since turned 106, begging for food in a house that was filled with trash, rotting food, dogs and feces.

Read the rest of Tom Clouse's story here.

Past coverage:

June 21: Man held after police rescue famished woman, 105

Woman, 105, found living in squalor

Stevens County deputies discovered a 105-year-old woman begging for food after being asked by an animal cruelty suspect to retrieve his medicine from the squalid Kettle Falls home before taking him to jail.

The woman, Frances Swan, was rescued and now is recuperating at a Colville nursing home, while her self-described caretaker, 78-year-old John H. Friedlund, was charged today with felony criminal mistreatment in connection with the May 26 discovery. Swan, who turns 106 on Wednesday, is believed to be one of the state’s oldest residents.

Read the rest of Tom Clouse's story here.

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