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Ex-tribal jail deputy acquitted of rape

A former jail deputy on the Spokane Indian Reservation has been acquitted of accusations that he raped an inmate.

A jury found Clifford Arlen Matherly not guilty of two rape charges Thursday in U.S. District Court in Spokane.

Matherly was arrested in June after a grand jury indicted him on charges he raped a woman while she was under his supervision  at the Bureau of Indian Affairs jail in May 2008. He was released from jail pending trial.

The acquittal came after a two-day trial.
  

FBI: Tribal jail deputy raped inmate

A former jail deputy on the Spokane Indian Reservation is accused of raping an inmate.

Clifford Arlen Matherly, 35, was arrested at a gas station in Chewelah, Wash., on Monday, according to the FBI.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Cynthia Imbrogno ordered Matherly released from Spokane County Jail on Tuesday after he pleaded not guilty to a grand jury indictment. He’s to report to all court hearings and is prohibited from contacting the alleged victim, who prosecutors say still lives in the community.

Read the rest of my story here.

Robbery nets cash, beer, ‘Fuzzy Navel’

Three men were arrested over the weekend for a robbery at convenience store on the Spokane Indian Reservation.

 David V. Wyman, 26, (pictured) and Alfred H. Wynne, 25, are accused with Miles Standingrock of robbing Pappy's Korner Store, 6394 West End Road in Fruitland, on Dec. 26.

A clerk said the men stole $180, a 30-pack of Keystone Light, a 12-pack of Coors and a bottle of Boone's Farm Fuzzy Navel before leaving in her 2006 Chevy Cobalt.

The clerk identified the suspects through photo montages provided by a Spokane tribal police detective. All three are Spokane Indians and are charged in U.S. District Court.

Wynne and Wyman, who had been wanted since October on a Department of Corrections warrant for escape from community custody, were booked into the Spokane County Jail New Year's Day. Wyman has previous convictions for robbery and assault.

Man accused of holding girl, 2, at knifepoint

A 22-year-old man is accused of holding a 2-year-old girl at knifepoint during a confrontation with tribal police on the Spokane Indian Reservation.

Samuel G. Laverdure appeared in U.S. District Court in Spokane on Thursday, where he’s charged with kidnapping after investigators say he held a girl hostage after police were invited inside his trailer regarding a domestic dispute on May 10.

Laverdure first gave a false name, but when police confronted him about an arrested warrant he pulled a knife and grabbed a 2-year-old girl.

Police shocked him with a Taser after he charged at an officer with the girl, according to an affidavit.

Laverdure already is a convicted felon, including conviction in 2005 for assault and obstructing a law enforcement officer. He’s in custody at the Spoakne County Jail.

Youth Center director accused of child rape

The director of the Spokane Tribe’s Youth Center is accused of raping a teen boy during an alcohol-fueled party in March.

Rodney R. McCoy, 42, appeared in U.S. District Court Wednesday. He’s being held without bail at the Spokane County Jail pending a bail hearing next Monday.

The investigation began when the alleged victim, an inmate at Martin Hall Juvenile Detention Center in Medical Lake, told a counselor he’d been sexually abused by “the youth center director” on the Spokane Indian Reservation, according to court documents.

The boy told police he drank beer and hard liquor before McCoy forced him to perform oral sex at McCoy’s home on March 2.

The boy said McCoy was worried about losing his job if minors were caught drinking at his home “but if (the boy) stole it, it was okay,” according to a court documents filed Wednesday.

McCoy told police he was very intoxicated that night but remembered walking in on the boy and another man, then fondling one of them, documents said.

Fired agent wins big in federal court

A former federal law enforcement agent, who was fired after he investigated police corruption on the Spokane Indian Reservation, has won a $400,000 lawsuit against the Bureau of Indian Affairs for malicious prosecution.

The ruling in U.S. District Court for Eastern Washington by senior Judge Justin Quackenbush was an emphatic condemnation of the bureau for the treatment of its own agent, Duane Garvais (right), at the behest of the Spokane Tribe.

“The BIA maliciously caused the institution and continuation of unfounded criminal proceedings against Duane Garvais in Spokane Tribal Court in retaliation for the proper performance of his duties in investigating thefts by BIA patrol officers with close connections to the Tribe,” Quackenbush ruled Wednesday after a non-jury trial.

Read the rest of Kevin Graman’s story here, with links to past coverage.

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