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Man’s case is perfect ‘welcome back’ post

A report from the Coeur d’Alene police report caught my attention a couple weeks ago.

A flower shop owner said a man who claimed to be an Iraq war veteran duped her out of a $100 order, and police said the suspect had recently been jailed for similar crimes. After some initial reporting I wavered on whether it was worth a story. Then I left for two weeks.

Imagine my reaction when I learned the same guy made news after he failed to return to the Kootenai County Jail after a one-day furlough and was arrested in Seattle with the help of a TV news crew.

Registered sex offender Ferrell David Arnold II, 32, (right) returned to custody after talking to a TV news crew at Seattle’s Hempfest, who recognized him and alerted authorities.

Arnold had been given a furlough Aug. 18 after pleading guilty to grand theft and forgery in two cases. He was to be sentenced Oct. 15; the plea deals dropped two felony theft and fraud charges.

The forgery conviction stemmed from him reportedly stealing checks and debits cards from a girl’s mother’s home after he met the girl at a Coeur d’Alene bar.

Like the alleged flower shop theft, Ferrell allegedly lied to the victims about his military service. One victim “is active military and said he was able to find several lies in Ferrell’s stories of being in the military and just returning from Afghanistan,” according to a July 21 report from Spokane police. Arnold also allegedly stole a debit card and cash from a woman he stayed with after meeting at a Coeur A’lene bar. (The Coeur d’Alene Press wrote a hilarious story about the theft here.

Arnold also is charged with failing to register as a sex offender. He was convicted of lewd conduct with a minor under 16 in Washington County, Idaho, in 1997, according to state records.

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department released his photo the media late Aug. 19 after he skipped town, but that didn’t stop Arnold from yakking away to a Seattle TV station while hanging out in a busy park.

Judge: No jail furlough for Strollin’ Nolan

A man with more than 50 criminal convictions who 12 years ago escaped from police headquarters, then mailed back his handcuffs, was denied a furlough from jail Friday to deal with the recent death of his mother.

Fred W. Nolan, Jr., requested a leave from Geiger Corrections Center to help get his late mother’s affairs in order, but Spokane County Superior Court Judge Ellen Kalama Clark ordered he stay behind bars and cited his dozens of felony convictions.

Nolan, 40, is being held on $5,000 bail for burglary and malicious mischief charges. He was arrested in June, accused of break-ins at offices in the Empire Health Services building at 601 W. Fifth Ave. Police found a green Otter Pop popsicle wrapper in the building that was submitted for fingerprints; green liquid was located throughout the offices, according to court records.

Nolan has at least 51 criminal convictions, mostly for theft and burglary, dating back to 1983. (See his record here.)

He’s served five prison sentences, including a three-year stint after he escaped from the Public Safety Building while handcuffed in 1997. The stunt earned him the nickname “Strollin’ Nolan.”

Past coverage:

Whatever happened to: Strollin’ Nolan

Handcuffed man escapes from police interrogation room

Doug Clark: Handcuffed escapees blames missteps

Doug Clark: Career burglar doesn’t seem like a good loan risk

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