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Traffic stop reveals meth, stolen property

A suspected methamphetamine dealer was arrested early today after deputies spotted him driving on a suspended license, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office said.

Anthony L. Haines, 23, had a checkbook and credit card stolen in a burglary when deputies stopped his 1984 Oldsmobile Cutlass at West Dean Avenue and North Cedar Street about 3 a.m., according to a news release. One of the checks was written to Haines and dated after the theft.

Haines was arrested for driving on a suspended license. Deputies found a cigarette package with seven baggies of meth on Haines, then found a larger baggie of methamphetamine in a sunglasses case in his car.

“Despite it being 3 a.m., Haines received nine calls on his cell phone during the investigation.,” according to a news release.

Haines was booked into jail on charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, forgery, second-degree possession of stolen property and third-degree driving while license suspended.

Cop’s car probe leads to teen’s pot arrest

A Spokane Valley police officer concerned about a month-old expired license and non-transferred car title ended up arresting a teenager on marijuana charges Thursday night, the police department announced today.

Officer Nathan Bohanek identified Justin R. Bavuso, 18, as the owner of a Ford Crown Victoria, which had been reported sold in October but did not have a transferred title and had plates that expired in December, police said.

Bohanek learned Bavuso had an expired driver's license, and “the stage was set,” according to a news release by Sgt. Dave Reagan. He stopped the car a short while later at Third Avenue and Pines Road and arrested Bavuso, then saw marijuana in the car “in plain view,” Reagan said.

Bavuso had a drug scale in the car and $200 in cash, police say. Reagan emphasized in his news release that the cash was in “mostly twenty, ten and five-dollar bills.”

Bavuso was booked into jail on a felony marijuana charge and misdemeanor charges of driving while suspended and failure to transfer title.

Arrestee’s choice of driver a bad one

Deputies say a Spokane woman caught driving with a suspended license picked the wrong friend to pick up the car: another woman with a suspended license.

Dawn R. Kortness, 37, was stopped Monday in Rockford for driving a 1997 Ford with an alleged defective license plate light and illegally tinted windows.

She was arrested for the suspended license and for a felony drug warrant, then asked if her passenger, Regeena M. Vaughn, 42, could drive the Ford, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.

But Deputy Chuck Sciortino said Vaughn appeared to be under the influence of drugs and called for a tow truck after learning her driver's license was suspended. He found an empty baggie with traces of methamphetamine as well as 16 tablets of Oxycodone and Buspirone scattered on the Ford's floorboard.

Vaughn did not have a prescription for the drugs and was arrested. Both women have previous convictions for driving with a suspended license and are due in Superior Court this afternoon.

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