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Man accused of holding girl, 2, at knifepoint

A 22-year-old man is accused of holding a 2-year-old girl at knifepoint during a confrontation with tribal police on the Spokane Indian Reservation.

Samuel G. Laverdure appeared in U.S. District Court in Spokane on Thursday, where he’s charged with kidnapping after investigators say he held a girl hostage after police were invited inside his trailer regarding a domestic dispute on May 10.

Laverdure first gave a false name, but when police confronted him about an arrested warrant he pulled a knife and grabbed a 2-year-old girl.

Police shocked him with a Taser after he charged at an officer with the girl, according to an affidavit.

Laverdure already is a convicted felon, including conviction in 2005 for assault and obstructing a law enforcement officer. He’s in custody at the Spoakne County Jail.

Hunt still on for alleged bank robber’s driver

A bank robbery suspect who used a carjacked vehicle as his transportation was arraigned on two felonies Tuesday as police continue to search for his getaway driver.

Police still haven’t determined who was driving the stolen Buick Lucerene when Gorder got into the car as a passenger after allegedly robbing Washington Trust Bank, 3810 N. Maple, on May 28.

Gorder was arrested the next day, but he refused to talk to detectives and police didn’t recover the Buick for several days.

Now they’re searching Gorder’s cell phone records for clues about how might have driven him from the bank robbery. If you have any information, all Crime Check at 456-2233.

Gorder pleaded not guilty today to charges of first-degree escape and first-degree burglary connected to an alleged crime spree that began when he escaped from a work release center May 25.

He’s already pleaded not guilty to robbery and attempted kidnapping charges. Prosecutors will be seeking an exceptionally long sentence.

Past coverage:

June 1: Carjacking suspect has history with ‘Cops’

Men admit to kidnapping, assaulting burglar

Two men who kidnapped and assaulted a burglary suspect will serve time for the crime.

Jesse T.R. Bushnell, 19, (right) was sentenced to 15 months in prison after pleading guilty Friday to second-degree kidnapping and second-degree attempted assault.

Chaz P. Crow , 21, was sentenced earlier that week to a year and 10 days in jail for the same charges; he’ll be credited for time served. Crow’s sentence was a few days longer than prosecutors recommended - Judge Jerome Leveque said he deserved it.

Crow and Bushnell were arrested in April after an attack on a suspected burglar who reportedly bought marijuana from Crow and was caught leaving Crow’s apartment with a rifle and a half-ounce of pot, according to court records.

The men dragged the burglar from his apartment hours later and beat him until he told them where to find some of the items. They kidnapped him again later that night and demanded the stolen marijuana.

Firefighters found the victim walking near the Palouse Highway and Valley Chapel Road with a broken nose, concussion and wounds “all about his head and body,” according to court documents prepared by Spokane police.

Charges against a 17-year-old boy arrested with Crow and Bushnell have been dismissed.

Past coverage:

Police: Pot dealer tortured burglary suspect

Police: Robber held toddler at knifepoint

A home-invasion robber held a toddler at knife-point to coerce a woman who later used a MySpace photo to identify him, according to police.

The suspect, Pierre J. Davis, 21, appeared in Spokane County Superior Court on Tuesday, more than four months after police say he held a knife to a 2-year-old boy’s throat while demanding debit card information from the boy’s mother.

Detectives used interviews and a search warrant for cell phone records to develop a case against Davis after the woman spotted his photo on MySpace. He was booked into jail on Monday. Court documents do not identify two additional suspects but said each was armed with a knife. 

Read the rest of my story here.

It’s not the first time Davis has been linked to a crime connected to the once-popular social networking site.

He has a conviction for riot in connection with a February 2008 gang-related shooting that stemmed from a message posted on a Murder 1 Crips gang member’s MySpace page. The message targeted a rival gang, the Blocc Hustler Crips, of which Davis was reportedly a member, according to court documents. Read more here.

Donation account created for reunited family

A donation account has been created to help a father who’s reuniting with his sons after more than a decade.

A reader who wishes to remain an anonymous set up the account for Bill Connington. Connington’s ex-wife, Jill D. Haugen, is accused of taking the couple’s sons from Spokane 12 years ago, despite a court order granting Connington custody.

Connington, who works in maintenance at the NorthTown Mall, didn’t hear from them again until police Milton, Pa., located them in December.

The boys are to move to Spokane this summer to live with Connington. Donations could help buy furniture for the teens and help Connington visit them before the move.

To donate, visit any U.S. Bank.

Read more about the case in my Sunday story: Rebuilding a fractured family

Teen torture suspects due in court today

Two teens accused of kidnapping and torturing a suspected burglar are in police custody.

Jesse T.R. Bushnell, 19; (left) and Jesse R. James, 17, are due in Superior Court this afternoon via video from the jail, where they’ve been since Tuesday.

Bushnell and James are accused of helping Chaz P. Crow, 20, kidnap and torture a burglar on two occasions last week.

Crow was arrested Thursday and is to be arraigned this afternoon on two counts of first-degree kidnapping, one count of first-degree burglary and two counts of second-degree assault: torture.

The suspects are accused of kidnapping a man they caught burglarizing Crow’s home, then beating him until he told them where to find some of the stolen items. Bushnell then pistol-whipped  the man with the stolen rifle, police said.

The attackers kidnapped the man again from a home at 2525 E. 53rd later that night and demanded the stolen marijuana, according to court documents. Bushnell reportedly poked the alleged victim repeatedly with a metal wire during the long car ride, according to court documents.

Read more about the case here.

Police: Drug dealer, teens tortured burglar

Two teenagers and a Spokane man are accused of kidnapping and torturing a suspected burglar.

Police believe Chaz P. Crow, 20; Jesse T.R. Bushnell, 19; and Jesse R. James, 17, kidnapped Russell Cole on two occasions in revenge for Cole stealing from Crow’s apartment, according to court documents filed this week.

Crow is in jail on a $5,000 cash-only bond after appearing in Spokane County Superior Court today.

James and Bushnell are not in custody, and Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help catch Bushnell. (Bushnell is pictured at left.)

Two other suspects have not been identified.

The case began last weekend when detectives say the suspects spotted Cole, who reportedly bought drugs from Crow, leaving Crow’s apartment with valuables, including a rifle and a half-ounce of marijuana.

The suspects are accused of dragging Cole from his apartment at 3005 E. 35th hours after the burglary, then beating him until he told them where to find some of the stolen items. Bushnell then pistol-whipped Cole with the stolen rifle, police said.

The attackers left but kidnapped Cole again from a home at 2525 E. 53rd later that night and demanded the stolen marijuana, according to court documents.

Firefighters found Cole walking on near the Palouse Highway and Valley Chapel Road with a broken nose, concussion and wounds “all about his head and body,” according to court documents prepared by Spokane police.

James’ brother, Martin Garcia, lives at the home on 53rd. Garcia told police the men bound Cole’s hands with black electrical tape before tying a bandanna around his eyes.

James reportedly apologized to Garcia and assured him they wouldn’t kill Cole, but Crow said “You don’t know that,” according to court documents.

The men drove about 40 minutes to a field before pulling Cole from the car and assaulting him.

Crow, Bushnell and James are charged in Spokane County Superior Court with two counts of first-degree kidnapping, one count of first-degree burglary and two counts of second-degree assault: torture.

The assault charge alleged the men inflicted harm “which by design did cause such pain or agony as to be the equivalent of that produced by torture.”

Ex-caretaker accused of kidnapping woman

 A man already accused of assaulting a woman he used to care for now is accused of kidnapping her from the Coeur d’Alene Casino, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department. 

John M. Costa, 47, of Chewelah, appeared in Kootenai County District Court today after he was arrested Saturday about 4:20 p.m. on suspicion of first-degree kidnapping.

He’s accused of kidnapping a 49-year-old woman he used to care for from the Coeur d’Alene Casino, then taking her to a hotel in Plummer to try to persuade her to drop battery charges against him in Washington, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Costa faces possible assault charges in Benewah County for the incident at the hotel.

Security detained Costa after he took the woman back to the casino, where her son and caregiver found her. Deputies responded to the casino for a report of a man causing a disturbance.

The woman was taken to Kootenai Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Court documents show Costa was not facing criminal charges in Washington involving the woman, but the Department of Social and Heath Services sought a protection order  for the victim after she declined to press charges against Costa.

The woman was hospitalized Jan. 27 after Costa allegedly assaulted her and threatened her with a gun. He’d been staying at her home “because of her care needs and his house was flooded due to a pipe breaking.”

He’s now in Kootenai County Jail on $50,000 bond.

Report: Trucker helped rescue rape victim

A Cheney man is accused of kidnapping a woman and raping her before she escaped to safety with the help of a passing trucker.

Charles V. Huckabee, 47, has been in Spokane County Jail on $100,000 bail since his arrest March 16.

The woman told police Huckabee attacked her on March 8 after the two left “an informal bonfire gathering” at a bar in Medical Lake. He told her they were going to friends home but drove erratically to a trailer park, where he forced her to ingest a “small, dark solid substance” that she said effected her balance, according to court documents prepared by Cheney police.

“He basically terrorized her into submissive compliance to his demands,” according to court documents.

Huckabee told police the sex was consensual. The woman said she ran from the trailer and was driven by a tucker to a Cheney fast food restaurant.

Huckabee’s arraignment is scheduled for March 30 on charges of first-degree rape, first-degree kidnapping and unlawful imprisonment.

Huckabee, who reportedly told the victim he’d served 12 years in prison, had been arrested a day before the alleged attack after his wife said he’d threatened her, according to court documents.

News archives show he was involved in a big methamphetamine bust as a Cocolalla, Idaho resident in 1997.

Mom in ‘98 kidnapping due in Spokane soon

A woman accused of kidnapping her sons from her ex-husband 12 years ago is expected back in Spokane this week to face a felony charge after fighting extradition from Pennsylvania.

Jill D. Haugen, who also is known as Jill Connington, has been in a Pennsylvania jail since Dec. 29, when police arrested her on suspicion that she picked up her sons for a visit in 1998 but never returned them.

The boys, now 17 and 15, were living with Haugen in Milton, Pa., where she was going by the name Ann Thompson.

Spokane police are expected to travel to Pennsylvania this week to get Haugen, who faces one charge of child custodial interference, said Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor John Love. The felony carries a maximum penalty of about a year in jail. The boys were set to return to their father, William Connington of Spokane.

“The bigger picture is here’s a father who hadn’t seen his kids for 10 years, and thought he probably never would see his kids again,” Love said.

Haugen, 48, said as said that she is a victim of domestic violence and her sons are victims of sexual abuse. Police say there’s no merit to her claims. She faces a $25,000 bail in Spokane County, the same amount she’s been held on in Pennsylvania.

William Connington testified at an extradition hearing in Northumberland County on Friday, according to The Daily Item in Sunbury, Pa.

“She ran because she knew she was going to lose the kids. Not because of anything else,” he said, according to an article you can read here.

Police: Knife-point kidnapping closes U.S. 95

An estranged Spokane couple shut down U.S Highway 95 near Athol today after police say the man held the woman hostage at knife point.

Damien L. Bunch, 27, (right) was arrested after police investigating a crash about 7:15 a.m. found him holding Deanna Lafrombois, 29, at knife point inside a car at milepost 444, the State Police reported.

Police were able to rescue Lafrombois after about 30 minutes spent negotiating with Bunch. Lafrombois was taken to Kootenai Medical Center with knife wounds.

Bunch faces charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault, aggravated battery and possession of methamphetamine. He’s already on probation in Spokane County after pleading guilty to harassment in December. He was credited for 58 days served in jail.

In February, Bunch and Lafrombois petitioned for divorce, according to news archives.

Bunch also has convictions in Spokane for domestic violence harassment and first-degree criminal trespass from 2007.

Kidnap suspect facing extradition to Spokane

MILTON, Pa. (AP) — A woman accused of kidnapping her own sons after their father was awarded custody about 12 years ago has been arrested in central Pennsylvania and faces extradition to Spokane.

The woman was arrested Tuesday at her home in Milton, Pa., where she was going by the name Ann Thompson, but police say she was known in Spokane as Jill Haugen. Police say she fled with her sons when they were 4 and 5 years old and has been living in Milton for two years.

The woman said today that she is a victim of domestic violence and her sons are victims of sexual abuse. Police say there’s no merit to her claims.

Milton is about 115 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

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