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Man gets motorcycle back after 37 years

Don Arndt never thought he'd see his Honda XL 250 motorcycle again after it was stolen from the backyard of his house in 1975 when Arndt was 25. Now 62, he received a call from the Washington State Patrol Thursday that his bike had been recovered. (SRPhoto/Colin Mulvany)

When Don Arndt’s motorcycle was stolen from the backyard of his old Spokane Valley home in 1975, he quickly lost hope of ever seeing it, but he never gave up his endorsement to ride.

He hasn’t been on a bike since, but he’d recently been thinking about buying a new one and rekindling an old hobby. Now an unexpected reunion has put Arndt in the driver’s seat sooner than expected. And it’s a familiar one.

Read the rest of my story here.

SWAT helps arrest biker assault suspect

The Spokane police SWAT team helped arrested a domestic violence suspect on Sunday after officers learned he might be armed and have ties to a local biker gang.

Jerry W. Clark, 40, was jailed on a second-degree assault charge.

Police were investigating a report that Clark had badly assaulted his girlfriend tried to conduct a traffic stop on Clark's car early Sunday, but he sped away before ditching his car and running, according to the Spokane Police Department.

Officers lost him, so the Spokane police Patrol Anti-Crime Team watched several locations throughout the day to try to find him. They spotted him returning to his home in the 1100 block of West Providence Avenue and was arrested.

He appeared in court today on charges of second-degree assault and eluding police.

Clark's criminal history includes an arrest when he was 25 for stealing children's toys. He also was kidnapped and assaulted when he was 22.

1 pound of heroin seized in Spokane

About a pound of heroin was found in a home near the Northtown Mall in Spokane today during a SWAT team raid that also seized assault rifles, motorcycles and $10,000.

 Daniel Edward Inwood, 53, was arrested at his home at 559 E. Crown Ave. after drug detectives and the Spokane police SWAT team arrived about 8:20 a.m.

Detectives obtained a search warrant for the home after a confidential informant bought heroin from the home on Tuesday.

Detectives were alerted to the home by an anonymous tipster who called Crime Check May 1 to complain about drug activity at the home.

A police sergeant told KHQ -TV that the heroin seized in the home was the most he'd seen in one place during his 28 years in law enforcement.

Police also found two assault rifles, a revolver, a shotgun, a pistol, gun sights and ammunition. Four of the motorcycles seized were Harley Davidsons from 1960, 1985, 1998 and 2007. Police also seized a 2004 Chopper, according to the search warrant.

Inwood has 12 felony convictions, including six for drug crimes. He walked away while on work release from Geiger Corrections Center at the Interstate Fairgrounds in 2003, which earned him a Budnick Award from Spokesman-Review columnist Doug Clark.

Motorcycle sounds help break burglary

The sounds of motorcycles led sheriff's deputies in Pend Oreille County to identify two burglary suspects this week.

Sean T. Ponder, 26, and Reesa M. Yancy, 23, were arrested last week after a residential burglary on Deer Valley Road near Newport.

They're accused of stealing motorcycles, tools and guns from the home on Tuesday. Deputies were canvassing the neighborhood for leads when they heard motorcycles in the distance, according to the Pend Oreille County Sheriff's Office. They drove closer to the noise and contacted homeowners who directed them to the home where the motorcycles came from.

Ponder and Yancy were arrested at the home. Deputies recovered the stolen items, as well as other suspected stolen property.

While driving the suspects to jail, deputies heard a report of another burglary nearby. They listened to a description of the stolen items and realized they matched goods found with Ponder and Yancy, the sheriff's office said.

Police ticket boy after toy bike hits SUV

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Police in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez ticketed a 6-year-old boy for reckless driving, driving without a license and not having his toy motorcycle registered after he crashed it into an SUV.

The boy's mother, Karla Noriega, says police also impounded the child-sized motorbike that her son got for Christmas after he ran into an SUV at a park on Dec. 27.

Noriega says she decided to go to the media and make the case public after finding out she would have to pay what she calls a “ridiculous” $183 in fines before she could recover the toy motorbike.

She says authorities dropped the fines and released the motorcycle to her son Gael on Wednesday after local newspapers published her story.

Tips sought on motorcycle-riding robbers

Spokane police are asking for helping identifying two people on a motorcycle who stole a disabled woman's purse last week. 

The woman was loading groceries into her vehicle in the Huckleberries market parking lot, 926 S. Monroe St., about 4 p.m. on Oct. 20 when two people on a motorcycle drove up grabbed her purse and fled through the parking lot.

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

2 motorcyclists clocked at 110 mph

A motorcyclist was arrested after a chase that began when police clocked him driving 110 mph on U.S. Highway 195 Thursday.

Another motorcyclist driving alongside the biker at 110 mph escaped after crashing his bike in Moscow, Idaho, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.

The arrested rider, Ryan J. Peil, 22, of Cheney, told deputies he didn't know the other driver and apologized for fleeing arrest. He was booked into jail on a charge of eluding police and is to appear in Superior Court today.

Peil and the other rider were driving side-by-side while southbound on the 60 mph highway when Deputy Greg Lance, who was northbound, turned around and tried to stop the pair. The two easily escaped Lance and his Ford SUV, which has a top speed of about 95 mph, the Sheriff's Office said.

Deputy Ray Miller tried to stop the riders at 195 and Plaza Road, but the two slowed to about 20 mph then sped away while passing traffic in a prohibited area.

The motorcyclists split up, and Miller followed Peil into Rosalia, where citizens alerted him to a building Peil was hiding behind. Peil was arrested without incident.

Whitman County sheriff's deputies, along with Pullman and Washington State University police, chased the second motorcyclist to Moscow, where they found a helmet and jacket at the crash site but no rider.

Sgt. Dave Reagan said the crashed bike belongs to a man with warrants in Kootenai County but he did not identify him.

Mom’s stolen truck leads to son’s arrest

A woman's report of a stolen pickup led to her son's arrest in a separate car theft, authorities said today.

Robert Kevin Reeder, 43, was arrested after Spokane Valley police saw him driving away in a red Ford pickup that had been stolen from M2 Tech Services, 4207 E. Rowan Ave., overnight, according to a news release.

Reeder's mother had called police to her home at North Burns Road to say her son had loaned her pickup to someone to move items but it hadn't been returned.

Police haven't recovered that pickup, but they did recover the red pickup, as well as a motorcycle,  air compressor and two tube-type heaters that had been stolen from M2 Tech Services. A lawnmower also was stolen; police say the thief cut a padlock on the firm's storage lot.

Reeder was booked into jail on charges of third-degree possession of stolen property and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

Cop killer attends biker bill signing?

Robert Christopher is possibly pictured fourth from left at the bill signing April 13.

OLYMPIA – One of the bikers gathered around the table as Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a bill outlawing “motorcycle profiling” may have been a member of an outlaw gang whose conviction for killing a Portland police officer in 1979 was overturned.

A photo of the bill-signing, first published in The Spokesman-Review, has law enforcement officials studying the faces and patches on some motorcyclists who applauded as the bill was signed, then posed with Gregoire and several legislators.

Read the rest of Jim Camden's story here.

Trial begins in fatal ‘09 motorcycle crash

Gary Keller remembers the crash that killed his wife and left him paralyzed: He said it started with a silver flash.

“I remember a big crash, and I remember flying through the air and hitting the ground, and I was in a lot of pain,” Keller, 61, said Thursday in the opening day of a trial in Spokane County Superior Court for Jon A. Strine on charges of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.

Prosecutors say Strine, a Spokane stockbroker, was drunk and speeding in his 2002 silver Mercedes when his car slammed into Keller and his wife, Lorri Keller, 48, (pictured) on their Yamaha motorcycle on June 2, 2009, at West Fourth Avenue and South Browne Street in Spokane. Both were wearing full-masked motorcycle helmets.

Carl Oreskovich, considered one of the region’s premier defense attorneys, called the crash “a terrible, tragic, horrific accident” but said Strine made just a simple driving error just before the crash – a last-minute lane change – not a criminal act.

“Although this may have been a bad driving decision, it was an ordinary bad driving decision,” Oreskovich said. “It wasn’t a criminal bad driving decision.”

Read my full story here.

Past coverage:

June 25, 2009: Driver sued over deadly wreck

June 4, 2009: School district on crash victim: 'Everybody just loved her'

Xanax, not alcohol, a factor in pole crash

A woman who police say sheared a power pole with her car Thursday, leading to the injury of a pursing motorcycle officer, was not drunk but may have been under the influence of prescription medication, according to court documents filed Friday.

No alcohol was detected on Susan L. Troyer after a breath test, but she admitted to taking the anti-anxiety drug Xanax that morning and said she’d left work early because she wasn’t feeling well, according to an affidavit prepared by Spokane police.

 “She said that she thought it was the Xanax that was making her feel strange,” according to the affidavit. “She said she doesn’t normally take it in the morning, she usually take it at night.” 

Troyer was released from jail on her own recognizance Friday after appearing in Spokane County Superior Court on a charges of vehicular assault and felony hit and run.

She was arrested Thursday morning after her 1997 Honda Accord crashed into a power pole, and a downed power line that got stuck to the car’s bumper flung backward and wrapped around Officer Tyler Cordis’ neck, police said. 

Cordis (right) was pursuing Troyer after he saw her driving recklessly on Northwest Boulevard near G Street. Troyer struck the pole then stopped a couple blocks away, where witnesses said she tried to flee before police arrived.

Troyer, who has no criminal record, told police her brakes “went out,” according to an affidavit.

Troyer is the wife of Spokane International Airport Police Chief Peter L. Troyer, who filed for divorce last month.

She works as an administrative assistant to the vice president for nursing at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, her public defender said Friday.

Downed wire snags bike cop during chase

A Spokane police motorcycle officer was yanked from his bike Thursday morning when a line from a falling utility pole wrapped around his neck after he turned to pursue an out-of-control car. 

The officer was rushed to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries to his neck. The 9:30 a.m. incident closed Northwest Boulevard from Providence Avenue to D Street for nearly four hours.

Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer DeRuwe said the motorcycle officer, a veteran whose identity wasn’t disclosed, was pulled off his motorcycle by the utility line, which was attached to the pole damaged by the out-of-control car. The driver of the car he was pursuing was Susan Troyer, the wife of Spokane International Airport Police Chief Peter L. Troyer. She is pictured above sitting on the grass.

Read the rest of Mike Prager’s story here.

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