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Child seized after police find pot plants

A 30-year-old man was arrested and his child was taken into protective custody after police found six marijuana plants in a shed in the back of his home Tuesday.

Spokane Valley police found Christopher Anthony Tonnessen's 2-year-old son sitting in the dirt among broken toys, wires, dog feces, sharp tools and string fencing after a neighbor called Crime Check about 7:15 p.m. to a report a child wearing only a diaper who appeared to be locked out of the home in the 11000 block of East Valleyway Avenue, according to a news release.

Police looked though a window and Tonnessen sitting at a computer with a”very large” marijuana bong next to him. Officer Darin Powers stood at the window with the child for nearly a minute before Tonnessen responded to his knocking on the window. Powers said the home smelled of marijuana “and the stench of decaying food, unwashed clothing and other filth,” according to the release.

“The kitchen was so full of dirty dishes containing uneaten and rotting food, mold and insects it appeared to the officer that no one could cook there,” the release said.

Tonnessen had a medical marijuana card that expired 18 months ago, police said. He also had a large bowl of marijuana and several other bongs in the home, as well as a jar of marijuana within reach of the child, police said.

Tonnessen allowed police to search the home and showed them the plants in the back shed. Police also found three plants outside the shed in the yard.

Child Protective Services transported the boy to a relative, and a dog was turned over to Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Services.

Tonnessen was booked into the Spokane County Jail on a felony count of manufacturing a controlled substance.

Tuna, lost wallet busts robbery suspect

A box of Chicken of the Sea tuna and a lost wallet recently led to felony charges against a Spokane man suspected of robbing a medical marijuana patient at gunpoint.

Jesse Ryder Bender, 29, is in jail on $35,000 bond after appearing in Superior Court on two counts of unlawful imprisonment and two counts of first-degree robbery. He was arrested Feb. 21 after being released from jail Jan. 3 because prosecutors hadn't yet filed charges.

Bender was first arrested Dc. 30 while working at the High Nooner in downtown Spokane.

Detectives identified Bender as a suspect through a wallet left at the scene of the Dec. 28 robbery , in the 8000 block of E. South Riverway Ave. in Spokane Valley. Fingerprints on a box of Chicken of Sea also were identified as belonging to Bender, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Police say Bender asked a woman at the home if she'd ordered Chicken of the Sea when she answered the door, then forced his way into the home and gunpoint and tied the woman up. Her son had a medical marijuana card and maintained a small grow operation at the home.

Bender and another man not identified in court documents are accused of binding the woman and her other son with zip ties and stealing marijuana plants while the pot patient was at work.

Detectives discovered Bender's wallet in the grow room and contacted him at the sandwich shop, where he told them he may have lost his wallet on the bus.

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