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Tipster claims reward in Cowell murder

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — A man who wrote a letter pointing to Christopher Scott Wilson as the suspect in a Wenatchee slaying is claiming a reward of up to $38,000.

Theo A. Keyes wrote a letter to police telling them that Wilson (pictured) had once begun choking another girl. That led officers to take a DNA sample that linked him to the death of Mackenzie Cowell, a beauty school classmate.

The body of the 17-year-old was found along the Columbia River in February 2010 near Crescent Bar. She had been struck in the head, strangled and stabbed to death.

Wilson pleaded guilty to manslaughter in a plea deal and was sentenced May 23 to 14 years in prison.

The Wenatchee World reports ( ) the 32-year-old Keyes has already received a $2,000 reward from Cowell's mother.

Tips helped nab 29 fugitives in 2010

Crime Stoppers received 795 tips and solved 33 cases in 2010, leading to more than $3,400 in rewards, the organization announced. Not all the money has been collected.

Most of it resulted from the arrests of 29 fugitives, the resolution of four criminal cases and the payment of five rewards regarding weapons at schools.

The “Keep Guns Outta Schools” program pays $75 for information that leads to the seizure of a weapon on school property. In total, 234 suspects were arrested after being featured on the Crime Stoppers website, Spokane-area television programs and Washington’s Most Wanted, a program featuring unsolved crimes and fugitives from all over Washington.

Since its inception in 2008, program has paid out $156,845.

“In many instances, local crimes would have gone unsolved had not a tipster provided a key tip that led police to its resolution,” according to a news release.

Check out the Crime Stoppers website here.

Tip on text in arson fire gets teens $1,500

Two teenagers will receive $750 each today for tipping fire investigators to a text message that helped arrest five people, including a man now accused of murdering his pregnant girlfriend, for an arson fire at a Spokane Valley elementary school last June.

The fire, which began in a garbage can under a play area at Adams Elementary School, 14707 E. Eighth Ave., caused $1,500 in damage, according to the Spokane Valley Fire Department. 

Robbie W. Bishop, 20, is charged with second-degree arson; four girls also were arrested.

The NW Insurance Council and Arson Alarm Foundation are providing the rewards. Adams Elementary Principal Jeff Dufresne will be receiving the money on their behalf at a ceremony today at 9:30 a.m.

Bishop remains in jail on the arson charge as well as two counts of second-degree murder for the July 22, 2009, stabbing death of 33-year-old Robin M. Anderson, who was pregnant with Bishop’s child.

Bishop has mental health problems and was released from jail before the murder because Eastern State Hospital officials said they didn’t have room for him.

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