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Man with 12+ felony cases sentenced

A man charged with more than 12 felonies within seven months is headed to prison for 10 years after a hearing recently in Spokane County Superior Court.

George W. Butrick, 33, still has not resolved a federal charge of felon in possession of a firearm but did resolve about a dozen cases last week when he pleaded guilty to second-degree theft, two counts of first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, first-degree robbery, second-degree burglary and possession of a controlled substance.

He was ordered to pay $1,325 restitution and and serve 129 months in prison.

Butrick was arrested in fall 2009 after stealing an ATM from a convenience store but posted bail on about a dozen charges a couple months later. He was arrested again in February after threatening a bail bondmen at gunpoint, and he was also charged in a violent home-invasion robbery that targeted a woman with a safe full of cash in January.

Police say Butrick worked with Ronald Foreman, who has been charged with leading organized crime.

Man w/ 12+ felony charges adds a few more

A man charged with more than 10 felonies since last fall is now accused of an armed home-invasion robbery that targeted a woman with a safe full of cash.

George W. Butrick, 32, (left, allegedly) appeared in Superior Court Tuesday on robbery charges connected to a Jan. 26 incident at an apartment in the 700 block of North Monroe Street.

Matthew L. Short, 43, also is charged in the case and is due in court soon.

A third suspect has not been identified, but court documents show police believe a felon arrested after a standoff late last month, 25-year-old Dustin C. Rauscher (right), is a person of interest.

The alleged victim, Ardythe M. McGough, told police she knew Short and recognized him and Butrick when they forced their way into her apartment and stole cash and valuables, according to court documents.  McGough identified Butrick through a photo on the TV news, and through a photo montage.

She said Butrick and the unidentified man were armed with handguns and threatened to kill her before tying up her friend, William O. Armstrong, with zip ties and stealing his cash and cell phone, then cash from a safe, according to court documents.

Armstrong followed the robbers and heard Short speak on the phone with someone referred to as “Swift” and “Dustin.”

Short’s girlfriend told police that Short and Rauscher “are close personal acquaintances (homies) and have been for a number of years,” according to court documents. Short denied knowing Rauscher, police said; Butrick said Rauscher was living at Butrick’s home while Butrick is in jail.

Butrick was arrested in the fall but posted bail on about a dozen charges in December. He returned to jail in February after allegedly threatening a bail bondsman with a gun.

Police say Butrick worked with Ronald Foreman, who has been charged with leading organized crime.

Police: Repeat offender linked to ATM burglar

When police found Dustin C. Rauscher, he had a sawed off shotgun and enough shaved keys to steal a fleet of Nissan cars.

That was in 2007. 

Three years and a prison stint later, Rauscher is back in police custody, this time accused of holing up in an apartment during a four-hour SWAT team standoff that ended with his surrender early Thursday.

Described by police as a prolific car thief, 25-year-old Rauscher is considered one of the city’s top 10 repeat offenders.

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Spokane police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer DeRuwe said Rauscher is an associate of accused ATM burglar/drug dealer/gun possessor/bail bondsman threaten-er George W. Butrick.

Butrick is in jail on about a dozen state charges ranging from drugs to assault, as well as one federal charge of felon in possession of a firearm.

Police say Butrick worked with Ronald Foreman, who has been charged with leading organized crime.

Accused fraud leader: charge ‘prepostrous’

A convicted methamphetamine maker accused of masterminding a multi-state check fraud ring that bilked Spokane businesses out of thousands of dollars denies the allegations

“I understand what they’re accusing me of,” said Ronald R. Foreman in Spokane County Superior Court Friday. “I just think it’s preposterous.”

The Spokane Valley man was arrested outside his surveillance camera-equipped home at 13718 E. 21st Ave. Thursday evening as the SWAT team prepared for a raid triggered by what detectives say is a massive financial fraud.

Police think Foreman, 43, manufactured counterfeit checks and identifications to support an expensive lifestyle and buy meth, according to the Spokane Valley Police Department.

More arrests are expected as police continue to investigate up to a dozen people who may have been working for Foreman, including a man jailed last month after a bail bondsman told police he’d threatened him with a gun.

George W. Butrick, 32, is charged with forgery for a fraudulent check cashed Oct. 29, according to court documents. Butrick told police Foreman gave him the check in exchange for tires and that Foreman was known to make fake checks and IDs.

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Read more about Butrick:  Gunman threatens bail bond employee

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