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Man back in jail on rape charges

A 20-year-old former Post Falls church volunteer accused of raping teen girls is back in jail on new charges.

Jordan C. Vernon was arrested Tuesday on three counts of felony rape of a minor. He’s in Kootenai County Jail on $100,000 bail.

Vernon faces five additional rape charges stemming from his first arrest on Dec. 28, said Dave Beck, a detective/sergeant with the Post Falls Police Department.

Police had said Jan. 6 that the new charges would be filed because a 16-year-old came forward after learning of Vernon’s arrest.

A 14-year-old and 17-year-old girl had already accused Vernon of inappropriate contact between 2007 and 2009, which launched a police investigation in September, Beck said.

Police think Vernon used his position as youth leader in training at Real Life Ministries to take advantage of the girls, Beck said. Idaho law doesn’t differentiate between rape and statutory rape.

Past coverage:

More charges likely in sex abuse case

Ex-church leader accused of rape

Ex-church leader accused of sex abuse

A former Post Falls church youth leader was arrested last week on suspicion he had sexual and inappropriate contact with multiple minor girls from the congregation.

Jordan Vernon, 20, (right) is accused of allegedly having sex with at least two girls ages 14 and 17, and having inappropriate contact with at least two others ages 12 and 14 while serving as a youth leader in training at Real Life Ministries in Post Falls from 2007 to 2009, said Post Falls Police Detective Sgt. Dave Beck.

Vernon was arrested Dec. 28 for sexual battery of a minor child under the age of 16, lewd conduct with a minor child under the age of 16, and statutory rape for having sexual intercourse with child under 18, among other charges, police said.

Luke Denman, 28, (left) a relative of Vernon, was also arrested for intimidating a witness.

Denman allegedly went to the church after learning authorities planned to arrest Vernon, and threatened a church member, Beck said.

Man, 20, accused of graffiti spree

A year-long graffiti spree in Post Falls has been connected to a 20-year-old man, police said today.

Grayson Kalin Shults was booked into Kootenai County Jail on one count of felony malicious injury to property after detectives with the Post Falls Police Department searched his apartment on a tip.

Detectives found items linking Shults to the 21 graffiti crimes reported over the last 10 months, according to a news release. Grayson also implicated himself in the crimes, police said.

The graffiti included the phrase “Great White” or initials “G.W.” and was found on streets, businesses and government buildings. Damage is estimated at $3,000.

A news release said the crimes “plagued the downtown Post Falls area.”

Check out a profile picture for Grayson K. Shults here.

Men accused of beating, robbery in Post Falls

Two Post Falls men are in Kootenai County Jail today after being arrested in connection with a beating and robbery outside a bar in Post Falls last week.

Jacobe J. Blake, 24, (left) and Michael A. Butts, 23, (right) were arrested Thursday and have been booked for aggravated battery and robbery.

Butts also was charged with felony drug possession after officers found a plastic bag of methamphetamine in his wallet, Post Falls police said today.

They appeared in Kootenai County District Court on Friday and are being held on $100,000 bond.

The alleged incident occured at Bob’s 21 Club, 212 E. Seltice Way, when theb victim was seeking a ride home from two men who beat him and robbed him of $160 in the club’s parking lot.

The victim reported being choked, kicked and punched, causing serious injuries including a fractured eye socket and cracked rib.

The men also threatened him with a knife, police said.

Rathdrum woman accused of $450,000 fraud

 A Rathdrum woman was arrested Monday on suspicion of embezzling more than $450,000 from a Post Falls doctor’s office.

Yolanda M. Williams, 36, is charged with grand theft and forgery for allegedly making fraudulent online transfers from the bank account of Post Falls Family Medicine into her personal bank account, Post Falls police said.

(Williams’ mug shot, taken today at the Kootenai County Jail, is at the right. Her Department of Licensing photo is at the left. It’s unclear what year the licensing photo was taken, but I would venture to guess it was a while ago.)

Here’s the rest of Sara Leaming’s report:

Williams, who worked as an office manager, began making withdrawals from the business accounts as far back as July 2003. The thefts were discovered Oct. 5, when management at the practice noticed funds were missing.

Williams is accused of altering bookkeeping records to erroneously show payments were made to various vendors, when they were not.

She also is accused of taking unauthorized checks from the business, forging them and depositing them into her own bank account.

Court records dated Oct. 20 show the clinic is seeking $451,289 in damages from Yolanda and Corey Williams.

Williams reportedly was cooperative with investigators when questioned about the missing money. She was booked into the Kootenai County Jail, where she remained Monday night.

The Post Falls Police Department called it the biggest fraud case they’d investigated.

Post Falls joins OxyContin crime club

Post Falls police have released photos of an OxyContin robbery Wednesday.

An employee at Walgreens, 706 E. Seltice Way, called 911 just after 5:33 p.m. and said a man with a bandanna covering his mouth handed her a note saying he had a gun and demanding the prescription pain killer.

Police were already en route to the store to respond to a silent hold-up alarm.

The photos show a man in an orange and tan billed beanie hat walking down an aisle at 5:29 p.m., talking to a pharmacy employee at 5:33 p.m., then walking out of the store at 5:35 p.m.

He wore a white hooded sweatshirt with tan sleeves, dark jeans and dark sunglasses. Witnesses described him as in his early 20s with a thin build, slight facial hair and about 5-foot-8 to 6-feet tall. Anyone with information is asked to call the Post Falls Police Department at (208) 773-3517.

Police don’t know if the robbery is connected to this robbery Sunday night at a north Spokane Rite Aid (the robber fled in a SUV with Idaho plates; the company that makes OxyContin is offering a reward).

While pharmacy robberies have plagued Spokane, Kootenai County has seen only a few in the last couple of years.

Walgreens installed time release safes in all Washington stores this summer (read about it here), and no robberies have been reported at those stores since.

Spann’s driving record spans many years

A man who injured a pedestrian in a hit and run crash in Post Falls was arrested for drunken driving shortly after the incident, but officers didn’t connect him to the crime until hours later, according to the Post Falls Police Department.

Jade R. Spann, 35, was arrested when he tried to pick up his car from a tow yard Wednesday after police identified him as a suspect in the crash through witness statements, according to a news release.

Police say he hit a 41-year-old man near Third Avenue and Ross Point Road at 11:07 p.m. Tuesday.

The man suffered a broken arm, police said.

Spann has a long history of driving-related arrests, including convictions for drunken driving, reckless driving and driving the wrong way on a highway.

He was booked into Kootenai County Jail.

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