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Ex-NFL player hopes for return of rings

Police recovered this 1985 Super Bowl ring belonging to to Stefan Humphries after it was stolen in a burglary in June. Other memorabilia still is missing. (SPDphoto)

A former pro football player whose championship rings were stolen when his home was ransacked in Spokane says he’s hopeful he’ll see the memorabilia again.

“But we’ll see,” said Stefan Humphries, former director of St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute. “It’s like a nightmare.”

Humphries, who played on the 1985 Chicago Bears Super Bowl championship team, said he’s devastated by the loss but won’t let it sour his outlook on Spokane, where he lived for seven years before accepting a job in Nevada last month.

Read the rest of my story here.

Rose Bowl ring stolen in Spokane found

A Rose Bowl championship ring belonging to former Spokane doctor and ex-pro football player Stefan Humphries was among items recovered during a recent police investigation into a series of burglaries in the Spokane area.

But police still are looking for a Denver Broncos AFC Championship ring and a gold and diamond 1985 Chicago Bears Super Bowl pendant belonging to Humphries, the former medical director at St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute now working in Nevada. (Humphries was the drummer in the team's Super Bowl Shuffle video.)

Members of the Spokane Police Department's targeted crimes unit located the ring and other stolen property in a hotel room in Post Falls, Idaho, after arresting repeat offender Jonathan R. Andersen, 24, on June 21. Anderson was driving a vehicle stolen from Dishman Dodge on East Sprague Avenue that contained thousands of dollars worth of stolen gold, silver and diamond jewelry.

Then on July 3, Joseph Whipple, 24, (pictured) Solomon Monkiewicz, 20, and a juvenile were arrested for a burglary in the 2300 block of West Rainer Court. Police linked the three to a home in the 1800 block of East Decatur and found tens of thousands of dollars in stolen property there.

High-end watches and firearms remain missing, along with the NFL ring and pendant.

Whipple, Monkiewicz, Andersen, Milo Laulaulo, 25, and Kelsi Bendewald, 22, faces a slew of felony charges for the burglaries, including property and gun charges. Bendewald and Laulaulo were with Anderson when he was arrested last month.

Child prostitution concerns at Super Bowl

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — As thousands of football fans descend on Texas for Sunday's Super Bowl, law enforcement agencies are keeping watch for a different kind of out-of-town visitor: pimps selling children for sex.

Cities that host the big game often attract a bustling sex trade. This year, Texas authorities and advocacy groups are stepping up their anti-prostitution efforts, especially where young girls are concerned.

“Most people don't know that our children are being brutalized this way, and we have to stop it,” said Deena Graves, founder of Traffick911, a Texas organization that launched the “I'm Not Buying It” campaign for Super Bowl XLV. “We need to get mad. We need to get angry about what's happening to our kids right here.”

For weeks, volunteers have been canvassing neighborhoods in Dallas and other cities, distributing door hangars and posters with information. Others have placed coasters in restaurants and bars. Traffick911 has also made public-service announcements, some featuring current and former NFL players.

“As a man and as a father of two beautiful girls, I'm not buying it — and neither should you,” Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff says in one television ad. “If you're one of these men buying these young girls, I'm telling you that real men don't buy children. They don't buy sex.”

Pimps hawking young girls see the thousands of men who travel to the Super Bowl each year as a gold mine of potential clients. Police in and around host cities have tried for years to crack down on prostitution by conducting stings or increasing patrols during Super Bowl week. Only in recent years have underage girls come to light in increasing numbers.

“This is a very large issue. We want people to know what human trafficking looks like,” said Thomas Lawrence, an assistant Dallas police chief. Last year's Super Bowl in Miami drew as many as 10,000 prostitutes, including children and human trafficking victims, police said.

Read the rest of the story by Associated Press writer Angela K. Brown by clicking the link below.

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