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Woman sentenced in drug-binge attack

A woman who robbed a disabled man at knife point with her boyfriend last year has been sentenced to about seven years in prison.

Jeanette E. Menghini, 44, was given 87 months in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and second-degree taking a motor vehicle without permission last week in Spokane County Superior Court.

Menghini was arrested in September 2010 with her boyfriend, Ronald J. Schneider, who told police he was on a seven-month drug binge when he broke into a man's room at the Airway Express Motel, 3809 S. Geiger Blvd. and robbed him of cash, prescription drugs and his car at knife point, according to court documents.

Schneider was under investigation for a stolen car ring in Spokane and in Great Falls, Mont., where he resided. He's now serving 29 months in prison in Washington after pleading guilty to second-degree taking a motor vehicle without permission in April.

Menghini's extensive criminal history includes convictions for delivery of controlled substances, possession of controlled substances with intent to deliver and second-degree robbery.

She was twice wanted by Crime Stoppers before her case was resolved.

Woman wanted in drug-binge robbery

Crime Stoppers if offering a reward for tips that lead to the arrest of a woman accused of robbing a disabled man at knife point with her boyfriend last year.

Jeanette E. Menghini, 44, is wanted on a first-degree robbery charge after failing to show up for a court hearing this month. Her trial was to start today, according to court documents.

Menghini was arrested in September with her boyfriend, Ronald J. Schneider, who told police he was on a seven-month drug binge when he broke into a man's room at the Airway Express Motel, 3809 S. Geiger Blvd. and robbed him of cash, prescription drugs and his car at knife point, according to court documents.

Schneider was under investigation for a stolen car ring in Spokane and in Great Falls, Mont., where he resided. He's now serving 29 months in a Washington prison after pleading guilty to second-degree taking a motor vehicle without permission in April.

Menghini, 5-foot-7 and 135 pounds, last gave a home address in the 11900 block of East Broadway Avenue in Spokane Valley, according to Crime Stoppers.

Anyone with information on his current location is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online. Tipsters do not have to give their name to collect a reward but should leave a code name or number.

Woman wanted in drug-binge robbery

A drug robbery suspect released from jail because no charges had been filed now has a warrant out for her arrest.

Jeanette E. Menghini, 43, is wanted on a first-degree robbery charge after failing to show up for an arraignment Oct. 6. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead to her arrest.

Menghini was arrested in September with her boyfriend, Ronald J. Schneider, who told police he was on a seven-month drug binge when he and Menghini broke into a man’s hotel room and robbed him of cash, prescription drugs and his car at knife point, according to court documents.

Schneider, 38, also is under investigation for a stolen car ring in Spokane and in Great Falls, Mont., where he resides. Great Falls police have traveled to Spokane to examine stolen vehiclen and motorcycles Schneider is suspected of selling at the Tire Shop, 2515 E. Trent Ave., Tire Shop owner Bryan K. Rapp, 47, is in jail on drug and stolen property charges; Washingotn State Patrol detectives searched the business with Spokane police Sept. 15.

Schneider reportedly confessed to the robbery at Airway Express Motel, 3809 S. Geiger Blvd., and said he and Menghini planned to “hide out” at Northern Quest Casino but were stopped in the parking lot by police.

Schneider has pleaded not guilty to several felonies and has been in jail since his arrest, but Menghini was released within three days because no charges had been filed.

Menghini, 5-foot-7 and 140 pounds, has convictions for delivery of controlled substances, possession of controlled substances with intent to deliver and second-degree robbery. Her last known address was 11910 E. Broadway #21 in Spokane Valley.

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

Mont. man’s drug binge ends in Spokane

A Great Falls, Mont., man who told Spokane police he was on a seven-month drug binge is accused of an armed robbery that led detectives to a suspected stolen vehicle ring.

Ronald J. Schneider, 38, (left) and his girlfriend, Jeanette E. Menghini, 43, (right) are accused of breaking into a disabled man’s motel room at knifepoint on Sept. 10, then stealing his 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix, prescription drugs and $6,000, according to court documents filed this week. 

Spokane County detectives found him with a motorcycle stolen in Great Falls - leading detectives there to travel to Spokane to interview the suspect.

Schneider led Great Falls police to several locations in the north central Montana town which were searched last week, according to The Great Falls Tribune. Police recovered at least six vehicles in Spokane that had been stolen from Great Falls, the paper reported.

Police there said about 20 additional arrests are expected.

Also arrested in Spokane was Daniel A. Wakeford, who allegedly possesed a stolen motorcycle.

Schneider told police he’d spent the last seven months high on methamphetamine, OxyContin “or anything he can get his hands on,” according to a search warrant.

Schneider also said a man named Kentucky alerted him to an old man at the Airway Express Motel, 3809 S. Geiger Blvd., with cash and prescription medication, according to the warrant.

The warrant authorized Spokane County sheriff’s detectives to search a white 1998 Doge Ram truck, license plate JIMSRYD. Motel employees alerted detectives to the truck after Thomas A. Scharp, 53, who’s lived at the motel for about two years, said he’d been robbed at knife point.

Schneider reportedly confessed to the robbery and said he and Menghini planned to “hide out” at Northern Quest Casino but were stopped in the parking lot by police. Scharp “positively and unhesitatingly” identifiied the two, according to a probable cause affidavit prepared by police.

The couple is to be arraigned Wednesday.

Schneider remains in the Spokane County Jail; Menghini and Wakeford were released last week because neither has been formally charged.

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