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Car in road reveals stolen truck, warrants

A police corporal located a vehicle stolen from Lincoln County early today in Spokane Valley.

Cpl. Dave Ellis arrested four people on warrants with the help of sheriff's deputies after he contacting a man and woman triyng to move an Olds Cutlass from he middle of Valleyway Road near University Road about 2:18 a.m., according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.

A man standing next to a truck in the driveway of a home believed to be connected to the Cutlass walked into the backyard, and deputies determined the truck was stolen. They contacted the home and found four people with warrants.

Arrested were David B. Buswell, 31, on a misdemeanor warrant for third-degree malicious mischief; Amanda M. Powers, 28; for felony escape from community custody; John P. Oak, 44, for misdemeanor failure to transfer title and Ronald E. Martell, 50, for a warrant for third-degree driving while license suspended.

Oak also was arrested in January for allegedly forging a $15 Spokane County Jail check for more than 200 times the amount.
  

Police: Man jailed for forging jail check

A former inmate due $15 for money not used at the Spokane County Jail earned himself another stay behind bars by forging the check for more than 200 times the amount, sheriff's officials say.

John P. Oak, 44, was arrested Jan. 12 for forgery and second-degree theft after he tried to withdraw money from Banner Bank in Rockford, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.

Jail staff on Jan. 11 noticed Oak had cashed a check from the jail for $3,042.21, though jail records showed the check was originally written for $15.

Oak received $1,000 in cash and deposited the rest in his account, according to the Sheriff's Office. Bank employees notified police Jan. 12 that Oak had tried to withdraw more funds but was denied. Deputy Jeremy Jeske stopped a vehicle as it traveled north on Highway 21 from the bank and arrested Oak, who was a passenger.

Two other passengers, John M. Hamilton, 49, and Amanda M. Powers, 28, were arrested and booked on outstanding warrants.  The driver of the vehicle was released shortly after the traffic stop and is not facing charges, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Oak has been released from jail and is to be arraigned on Jan. 24, according to online court records.

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