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1 arrested for gunpoint motel robbery

A 35-year-old man has been charged with a gunpoint robbery at a Spokane motel that netted $150.

Shawn James Combs was arrested Tuesday for the Feb. 2 hold-up at the Select Inn Motel, 1420 W. 2nd Ave.

Combs is accused of robbing the motel owner after inquiring about a job while carrying a hammer, then returning with a handgun, according to court documents.

A man who accompanied Combs to the motel said they rode bicycles there, and Combs told him he needed to collect money from the owner. The man did not participate in the robbery but was bitten by a police K-9 after the heist and contacted by officers. He identified Combs from a photo montage, as did the motel owner.

Prosecutors summonsed Combs to court after filing charges April 9, but he didn't show up and a $100,000 warrant was issued for his arrest.

He remains in the Spokane County Jail after appearing in court today.
  

K-9, ‘copter catch car theft suspect

A sheriff's dog tracked a car theft suspect who fled a crash in Spokane Valley early today.

The K-9, Brax, located Justin C. Luce, 32, hiding near a tree about two blocks from the crash near 600 N. Walnut Road, which occurred after Luce fled a traffic stop near Walnut and Broadway Avenue about 3 a.m., according to the Spokane Valley Police Department.

Officer Juan Rodriguez located the crashed car unoccupied with a shaved key inside the ignition. A sheriff's helicopter and Brax tracked Luce to the tree.

Police found a backpack in the stolen vehicle that contained marijuana. Officers say it and several burglary tools found in the car belonged to Luce.

Luce is to be sentenced March 26 for a burglary in Kootenai County that's connected to the theft of a high-end triathlon bicycle recovered by Coeur d'Alene police just in time for Ironman.

Luce also has a conviction in Spokane County for car theft that stemmed from a similar police chase in the Valley last April.

Neighbor helps busts burglary suspects

A citizen’s report of suspicious activity in north Spokane County led to the arrest of two suspected burglars this afternoon, the sheriff's office.

A neighbor in the 7000 block of North Stevens Street observed the men looking into windows at a home before one climbed over the fence. Spokane County sheriff’s deputies responded and found a door and basement window open.

Deputy John Cook and his K-9, Ekko, and the other deputies located the suspects hiding in the home after they used a patrol car's loudspeaker to try to get them to surrender.

The suspects, whose names have not yet been released, received medical treatment for minor injuries at the scene. They face felony burglary charges.

4 arrested in SWAT standoff w/ gas, K-9

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Four people were arrested after police pumped tear gas and released a K-9 into a north side apartment this morning during a six-hour SWAT team standoff.

A Spokane police dog, Stryder, entered the apartment before police and fought with robbery suspect Bobby S. Decaney, 35, until officers took Decaney into custody. Also arrested were Maceo L. Williams, 27; Michael J. Hall, 25; and Nicole M. Coffey, 27.

Police were looking for Decaney and Williams on suspicion of robbery and assault for a mugging Thursday evening.

Officers had contacted a 22-year-old woman at Providence Sacred Heart Hospital about 8:45 p.m. and learned she’d been choked unconscious and robbed by three people in the 1300 block of Southeast Boulevard. She knocked on a nearby door and was helped by the homeowner.

Descriptions of the attackers and their vehicle led police to Decaney’s apartment at 13110 N. Addison, where Officer Cory Lyons located the suspect vehicle, which contained some of the victim’s property.

Lyons and Officers Ron Van Tassel, Chris Douville and Reserve Officer Gobble tried to contact Decaney and Maceo about 2:30 a.m., but they refused to come out and the gang unit and SWAT team were called to assist.

Neighboring apartments were evacuated. Police described apartment managers as “extremely helpful” and said they helped find shelter for misplaced tenants and provided a warm place for a police command center. The tear gas and dog were released about 9 a.m.

Hall and Coffey were arrested after refusing to surrender or cooperate with police.

Police are still investigating whether they were involved in the mugging, said Officer Jennifer DeRuwe, spokeswoman for the Spokane Police Department.

K-9, police nab 2 of 3 burglary suspects

Two juvenile burglary suspects were arrested after a break-in at a North Freya Street gas station early today. 

Spokane police Officer Deanna Storch arrived at the Exxon Gas Station, 502 N. Freya St., about 12:57 a.m. to see one suspect outside a broken window with two more climbing out.

The three ran, and Officers David Stone and Michael Schneider caught one running northbound, according to a news release by Sgt. Kevin King.

Officer Paul Gorman and his K-9, Maximus tracked a second suspect about three blocks away along the east side of the Freya Street Bridge.

The 15- and 16-year-old suspects were booked into juvenile detention for second-degree burglary. The third suspect was not located.

He's described as a white or Hispanic male, about 5-foot-7 “with a very thing build.” He was wearing a white t-shirt and yellow shorts.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

K-9 nabs ‘jingling’ burglary suspect

A burglar described only as a man who jingled as he ran away was captured by a Spokane County sheriff’s K-9 team and patrol deputies early today.

Sheriff's K-9 Jet found Brian James Blankenship, 44, hiding in a bush at a home on East Salmon after a homeowner said he'd surprised a burglary in his garage in the 100 block of West Falcon about 5:15 a.m., according to a news release by Sgt. Dave Reagan.

The only description offered by the homeowner was that the thief made a “jingling” noise as he ran, but deputies Mark Melville and Bob Bond were able to track him with the help of Jet.

Blankenship surrendered to police and was booked into jail on a felony residential burglary charge. He had a pocketful of coins that jingled as he moved, Reagan said.

Suspect at large in trailer park fight

Spokane police are looking for a 24-year-old man after a fight at a trailer park that involved a gun early today.

Julian D. Morrison (right) is wanted for first-degree burglary and is considered armed after an incident at the Wishing Well trailer park, 4911 N. Florida St.

Officers arrived about 1:37 a.m. and were told by a woman that an acquaintance had entered her home, assaulted someone and brandished a gun before leaving in a Dodge Stratus driven by another man, according to a news release.

 Officer Mike McCasland spotted the Stratus at North Freya Street and East Empire Avenue as officers were responding to the scene. The driver refused to stop and jumped out of the car with his passenger at East Buckeye Avenue and North Stone Street, police say.The vehicle stopped after hitting a curb.

Officer Craig Hamilton and his K-9, Leo, located the driver, 31-year-old Josephus McDonald, in the 2600 block of North Lee Street. He was booked into jail on charges of first-degree burglary and attempt to elude police.

McDonald (pictured left in 2007) has been described by police as a founder of one of Spokane's larger homegrown Crips gangs, according to this 2007 article.

Anyone with information on Morrison's location is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Citizen helps police find fleeing fugitive

A citizen helped officers find a fleeing fugitive early this morning in west Spokane, police said.

Christopher A. Hill, 31, was wanted on suspicion of bank robbery in Pendleton, Ore., and on a $250,000 bail jumping charge related to a meth possession case in Benton County when the Pacific Northwest Violent Crimes Task Force told Spokane patrol units he was in the area about 2 a.m., according to a news release.

Hill drove away from police in the area of U.S. Highway 195 and South Thorpe Road, but an alert citizen who watched the chase from her home called 911 and said she'd seen the man turn his headlights off and turn down Canyon Woods Road.

Hill again fled officers but high-centered his truck on a boulder, police said. Spokane police K-9 Leonidas found Hill about 60 feet from the truck. He was booked into jail on the warrant, as well as a new charge of attempting to elude police and harming a police dog for allegedly punching Leonidas and trying to pry open the dog's mouth, according to court documents.

“This is yet another fine example of Spokane's citizens assisting officers in apprehending a wanted individual,” Officer Teresa Fuller wrote. “Our community is always doing a great job of being that extra set of eyes and ears for us so, “THANK YOU!”“

Fugitive’s police chase is 2nd this year

Spokane County sheriff's deputies arrest Kevin L. Hodgson after a freeway chase Wednesday. (SRPhoto/Colin Mulvany)

A man who already served jail time this year for eluding police was arrested at gunpoint Thursday following a high-speed freeway chase.

Kevin Lyle Hodgson, 38, fled police at the Hico at East Sprague Avenue and North Mullan Road before ditching his car and running across Interstate 90 into Spalding Auto Parts, where police and a K-9 tracked him down.

“The defendant did not make much of a statement except to note that he had been stupid,” deputies wrote in an affidavit.

Hodgson's ex-girlfriend called police to report he'd been harassing her, she said he was about ready to stop for gas at the Hico, had a handgun and would potentially ram any police vehicles that tried to stop him, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office. Hodgson ran from deputies at Hico and jumped into a Honda Civic at a nearby car wash as the owner was vacuuming it. The Civic was found crashed at 11021 E. Augusta.

Hodgson has warrants in District and Municipal courts and was sentenced in March to 43 days in jail for a police chase in February.

In that case, Hodgson fled police during a traffic stop in north Spokane and was shocked with a Taser.

Hodgson returned to jail Thursday on charges of theft of a motor vehicle, second-degree robbery, second-degree assault, attempting to elude police, obstructing a public officer and second-degree driving with a suspended license. He's due in Superior Court this afternoon.

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