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Felon wanted after missing trial date

A longtime Spokane felon who didn’t show up for his trial on theft and stolen property charges is wanted by police.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help arrest repeat offender Kevin Leon Schimpf, 52, who has a 26-year criminal history in Spokane County.

A warrant was issued after Schimpf didn’t show up for his trial  in September on charges of second-degree theft and first-degree trafficking in stolen property.

Police say he stole car keys from a finance counselor at Holy Family Hospital, then stole fishing equipment and a GPS device from his car and pawned them.

That was in July 2008. The two-years-in-the-making trial still hasn’t happened.

Schimpf, 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds, last gave 3803 W. Greenwood Ave. in Spokane as his home address. His criminal history includes convictions for possession, delivery and manufacture of controlled substances; third-degree theft, DUI, driving while license suspended and probation violations.

Anyone with information on his current location is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.

Drunken wrestling turns deadly in Grant Co.

A wrestling match between two fishing buddies turned deadly this weekend in Grant County. 

The Auburn, Wash., men were drunk Sunday at Banks Lake, just off milepost 2 at state Route 155 near Coulee City, when one challenged the other to a wrestling match, officials said.

“Sometime during the altercation between the two one of them stopped breathing,” according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.

The survivor, Valeriy Blinkov, 46, called 911at 3:59 a.m. with a third companion.

Blinkov cooperated with investigators, and he was released to his family pending further investigation.

He told detectives he’d tried to persuade the victim, Anatoliy P. Mitskavich (pictured), to wait “until they were more sober,” the sheriff’s office said.

An autopsy on Mitskavich, 41, will take place today at the Forensic Institute of Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake

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