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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.

Police dog busts 3 burglary suspects

A Spokane police dog helped his handler arrest three burglary suspects late Monday.

Arlyanne M. Ellicott, 21, fought with K-9 Maximus before Officer Paul Gorman arrested her on suspicion of burglary in the 5000 block of North Lacey Street, police said today.

Gorman and Officer Michael Russo were responding to a report of a burglary in progress at 11:13 p.m. when they saw a broken window at the vacant home, then saw a man throw a furnace motor out a window. 

Ellicott fled the home and tried to scale a six-foot fence before Maximus caught up with her, police said.

Gorman noticed a large knife discarded on the basement stairs and called for others in the home to exit. He released Maximus when there was no response, police said.

The dog found suspect Bryant T. Graham, 38, hiding in the basement, then on a second trip found Harry D. Lashbrook, 47, hiding in the attic under insulation.

Ellicott, Graham and Lashbrook were treated at a hospital for dog bites before being booked into the Spokane County Jail on charges of residential burglary and first-degree malicious mischief, where they remain on $10,000 bond.

In a news release, Sgt. Kevin King said the case “illustrates how quick and effective police K-9s are.”

“Police K-9s can perform a search quicker, more thoroughly and more safely than their human counterparts,” King wrote.

It's been a busy few days for Maximus, who's pictured with Gorman.

On Saturday, he tracked a domestic violence suspect for two blocks, leading to the man's arrest.

Police dog catches fleeing fugitive

A Spokane police dog tracked a man for two blocks after a domestic dispute Saturday, leading to the suspect's arrest.

Maximus, Officer Paul Gorman's K-9, found Leo Kenneth Landon, 30, hiding in the backyard of a home in the 1600 block of West 11th Ave., after responding to a domestic dispute at 1617 W. 12th Ave., at 11:13 p.m., police said.

Landon's wife told police her husband had a felony warrant for escape and had ran northbound as officer arrived. Officers set up a perimeter the neighborhood and brought in Maximus.

Landon “quickly surrendered” when he heard the dog, police said.

Landon was booked into jail for a felony warrant for escape from community custody.

Police dog catches burglary suspects

Two suspected burglars were arrested early today after they were tracked from the scene by both the business owner and a Spokane police dog. 

Travis P. Milhous, 26, (top) and Clifford N. Mayo, 31, (bottom) are accused of breaking into a RVs Northwest at 18919 E. Broadway Ave.

The business owner learned of a tripped alarm about 3 a.m. and saw two men climb a fence and run from the scene when he drove up, police said.

Police spotted two sets of “clearly defined” shoe prints in fresh snow and matched Milhous' shoe to them after Officer Paul Gorman's K-9, Maximus, (pictured) found him at East Laberry Drive and East Bloom Circle.

Mayo was located at 19500 E. Sprague Ave., and police matched his shoe to another print.

The owner of RVs Northwest also identified the men as the burglars, police said.

Both men have previous felony convictions and are due in Superior Court this afternoon on second-degree burglary charges. Mayo was treated at a hospital for dog bites before being booked into jail.

Man accused of assaulting police dog

A Spokane man sought on a car theft warrant faces an additional felony charge for allegedly attacking a police dog. 

Cephas W. Parham, 34, choked Spokane police Officer Paul Gorman’s K-9 Maximus during a pursuit in the Shadle Park area.(Gorman and Max are pictured.)

Parham appeared in Superior Court on Monday on a felony charge of harming a police dog, a class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. 

Police were trying to arrest Parham on a warrant for possession of a stolen motor vehicle when he ran from a home at 4207 N. Cannon on Oct. 25.

Maximus caught up with Parham three times, but Parham (pictured) assaulted the dog each time, police said. Gorman used a neck restraint maneuver to stop Parham from choking Maximus, who was thrown into a brick wall by his collar and also sustained injuries to the inside of his mouth, according to court documents.

“These injuries would be difficult to articulate based on obvious inabilities on the canine’s part to communicate injury and pain,” police wrote.

Parham was treated for dog bites at hospital before being booked into jail.

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