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Felon had 12 guns, 12k ammo rounds

A convicted felon accused of illegally possessing guns had 12 firearms and more than 12,000 rounds of ammunition when federal agents searched her home last week, a new grand jury indictment alleges.

Donna R. Perry, alias Douglas Perry, 60, pleaded not guiltyTuesday to a federal charge of felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. She's been in jail since she was arrested March 14 at her home near North Crestline Street and East Empire Avenue.

A judge on Tuesday recommended Perry undergo a mental health evaluation.

Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives began investigating Perry after a retired detective contacted them March 12 and said he'd observed Perry buying ammo and a pistol magazine at the White Elephant store, 12614 E. Sprague Ave., in Spokane Valley, according to court documents. The detective knew Perry is a felon prohibited from possessing firearms.

Agents identified Perry in part through a photo the detective took of her blue 1992 Geo Metro.

They learned from the Washington Department of Licensing that the owner had changed his name from Douglas Perry to Donna Perry in 2000 and had changed his gender from male to female. Police compared a driver's license photo of Perry to the photo provided by the detective.

Federal agents say Perry had 12,499 rounds of ammunition in her home, as well as various pistols, rifles and shotguns.

Perry has felony convictions for possession of an unregistered firearm (pipebombs) in 1988 and felon in possession of firearms and ammunition in 1995.

She pleaded not guilty to the new federal indictment Tuesday in U.S. District Court and remains at the Spokane County Jail without bail.

Felon busted after cop sees ammo buy

A federal raid at a northeast Spokane home Wednesday occurred after a retired police detective observed a known felon buying ammunition.

Donna R. Perry, alias Douglas Perry, 60, is in jail on a federal charge of felon in possession of a firearm after she was arrested at her home near North Crestline Street and East Empire Avenue.

Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives began investigating Perry after the detective contacted them March 12 and said he'd observed Perry buying ammo and a pistol magazine at the White Elephant store, 12614 E. Sprague Ave., in Spokane Valley, according to court documents.

The retired detective showed agents a photo of the receipt and a cell phone photo and video of Perry buying the items. Agents showed Matt Conley, manager of the store at 1730 N. Division St., a photo of Perry, and Conley said Perry had been buying black powder and black powder firearm components on a monthly basis for the past few years.

Store owner Pat Conley confirmed he was presented at the Valley store when Perry bought several rounds of .22 caliber and 9 mm ammunition. Pat Conley also said Perry had been a regular customer for years. A store employee said he frequently sees Perry at gun shows carrying a large bag.

Agents identified Perry in part through a photo the retired detective took of her blue 1992 Geo Metro.

They learned from the Washington Department of Licensing that the owner had changed his name from Douglas Perry to Donna Perry in 2000 and had changed his gender from male to female. Police compared a driver's license photo of Perry to the photo provided by the detective.

Perry has felony convictions for possession of an unregistered firearm (pipebombs) in 1988 and felon in possession of firearms and ammunition in 1995.

Perry is to appear in U.S. District Court tomorrow. She remains in the Spokane County Jail.
  

$200k bond for man jailed after standoff

A 24-year-old man prohibited from possessing firearms because of a felony conviction remains in jail on $200,000 bond after he was arrested during a SWAT team standoff early Wednesday.

 Jeffrey C. Salvage appeared in Spokane County Superior Court on a charge of first-degree robbery after two women were confronted at 3006 N. Hamilton Street  at 10:40 p.m. Tuesday by two men, one of whom was armed with a handgun, accoridng to the Spokane Police Department.

The gunman demanded their purses, and the women dropped them and ran, police said. The second man told the gunman “don't touch them” and was detained for questioning but not arrested, according to court documents.

The man told police he'd been drinking with Salvage and other friends when Salvage went outside with a gun, gunshots sounded, and he came back inside and said he was out of bullets. The alleged robbery occurred about an hour or two later, according to court documents.

Police recovered a Bryco Arms. 380 semi-automatic pistol while executing a search warrant at 2924 N. Hamilton, where a several-hour SWAT team standoff led to Salvage's arrest. They also recovered a debit card stolen in the robbery; other items were found in the street.

Salvage has previous felony convictions for second-degree burglary and second-degree robbery, as well as money laundering and riot.

Felon indicted in stolen firearms probe

A Spokane man arrested in an undercover police probe into illegal firearm sales has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

Jeffery S. Finney, 31, faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of unlawful possession and sale of a stolen firearm, unlawful possession and disposition of a stolen firearm and felon in possession of firearm and ammunition.

Finney was arrested in March after selling two guns to a confidential informant who was working with the Spokane Police Department's drug unit. Police followed Finney and the informant to a location in north Spokane County, where Finney picked up three other firearms for sale.

Police executed a search warrant at Finney's apartment, 13110 N. Addison St., and seized methamphetamine, scales and packaging materials, according to an affidavit.

Finney is a convicted felon, which prohibits him from possessing weapons. His felony convictions include delivery of methamphetamine, third-degree assault and second-degree burglary.

In 2001, he fled the Public Safety Building just as a judge was to sentence him to jail for domestic violence. He was caught hiding behind a garbage bin behind Russell Van Camp's now-former law office west of the courthouse on West Broadway Avenue, according to news archives.

Finney is to be arraigned on the federal charges Friday and remains in the Spokane County Jail.

Middle-finger salute leads to gunfire

A father and son were arrested Wednesday after a neighborhood dispute that began with a middle finger led to a pistol being fired into the ground.

Stephan R. Day, 53 is accused of firing the pistol while his son, Stephan D. Day, 18, is accused of trying to hide his father's guns before police arrived. Police say the incident began about 9:15 p.m. when the elder Day “extended his middle finger” at a neighbor and his friends, according to a news release by Spokane Valley police Sgt. Dave Reagan.

The neighbor said Day has a history of harassment. He and his friends were leaving when Day again flipped them off, so they “decided to return and respond in kind,” Reagan said. Day retrieved a .44-caliber pistol from his home and fired it into the ground at the men's feet, who retreated and called 911. No one was injured.

Police arrived to find the victims hiding behind a car and saw a man later identified as Day, Jr., drop a gun over the fence at the home. Police ordered him to drop the weapon and located three rifles on the ground, as well as two guns along the fence line. Day, Jr., was arrested for possession of a pistol by a minor and evidence tampering.

His father, who has felony convictions that prohibit him from possessing firearms, was arrested for five counts of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and single counts of harassment – threats to kill and reckless endangerment.

Police seized the pistol as well as a .330-magnum rifle, a 7mm rifle, a .45-caliber muzzle-loader rifle and a final rifle of unknown caliber. The Days are due in Superior Court today.

Man jailed after odd encounter with infant

A man prohibited from possessing firearms was arrested with a gun in a Spokane cemetery last weekend after confessing his love to a baby and asking if he could be her “Uncle Bob,” police say.

The child's mother was at the Fairmount Cemetery, 5200 W. Wellesley Ave., with her infant daughter and a friend when a man with two dogs approached, rubbed her shoulder and picked up the baby from her stroller without permission, according to court documents.

The suspect, later identified as Robert F. Asterino, Jr., 46, held the child for several minutes before becoming distracted by a couple approaching with their own dogs, according to police. When he bent over to place the baby back in her stroller, the woman observed the handle of a handgun in his waistband. He also had a beer bottle in his front pocket, she told police.

The woman's friend said she was frightened “and did not feel she could tell him to put the baby down due to his large size, his strange demeanor and the fact that he had been drinking,” according to court documents.

Spokane police used a search warrant to recover from Asterino's 1968 Chevy pickup a 9mm glock with 16 rounds in the magazine, as well as an extra bullet. He was jailed on a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm, which was later dismissed. 

This story has been updated from its published version. A reference to an earlier felony conviction in New Mexico was deleted after Asterino provided evidence that the charge had been reduced to a petty misdemeanor. Also, information of the dismissal of the firearm charge was added. 

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