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SWAT nabs 1 of 2 robbery suspects

A Spokane man who went to prison for a fight with off-duty police officers is now wanted on robbery and kidnapping charges.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead to the arrest of Kenneth J. Kheel, who is accused with Jarred T. Many, 22, of robbing two men at 1124 W. Nora Ave. on June 17.

Many was arrested at the home about 10:30 p.m. Monday by Spokane police SWAT team members and hostage negotiators. Police pumped tear gas into the home and found Anthony L. Haines, 24, hiding in the basement but not Kheel.

Haines was arrested on unrelated warrants; Kheel, 21, is still at large.

Police believe Many and Kheel escorted two men who showed up at the home to buy a ring last month, then pushed them to the floor and beat and pistol whipped them before holding them at gunpoint and stealing their money. The robbers also allegedly threatened to kill the victims if they called police, Officer Jennifer DeRuwe said in a news release. Spokane police major crimes Detective Neil Gallion developed information identifying Many and Kheel as suspects.

Anyone with information on Kheel's location is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (509) 327-5111.

Kheel was released from prison last September after being sentenced in June 2009 to two years in prison with credit for 143 days served for second-degree assault. He had been arrested in January 2009 after off-duty police Sgt. Brad Thoma suffered a minor stab wound during a confrontation with Kheel outside the Steam Plant Grill.

Thoma said Kheel and another man were harassing his fiancé, Spokane police Officer Amy Ross.

Valley SWAT standoff turns up empty

A SWAT team surrounded a Spokane Valley home for several hours Thursday hoping to apprehend a suspected thief with a long rap sheet, but he wasn't home.

  Michael G. Grant, 37, has warrants for being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm.

Police also believe he is connected to stolen vehicles that have been dumped in the Valley and other thefts.

Read Chelsea Bannach's story here.

Grant was featured in a 2005 article in which he accused then-Mayor Jim West of sexually abusing when West was a sheriff's deputy. He said the alleged abuse led to his deep-seated distrust of law enforcement.

Suspect arrested in Pullman robbery

A suspect has been arrested in a home-invasion robbery in Pullman earlier this week.

Matthew E. White, 35, of Clarkston, is in the Whitman County Jail on charges of robbery, kidnapping, burglary, theft and harassment.

Tips helped police identify him as one of two men who tied up and robbed a Pullman man at gunpoint Tuesday.  Police and the Whitman County SWAT team searched White's home in the 2800 block of 6th Avenue in Clarkston just before 8 p.m. Thursday.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Pullman police at (509) 334-0802.

Surveillance photos and videos of the suspects can be viewed here.

SWAT team called to hostage situation

A sheriff's SWAT team helped arrested a fugitive Tuesday after officers said he may be holding hostages at a home in north Spokane County.

Jeremy Rian Albright, 30, left a home in the 6500 block of North Normandie Lane after two teenage boys left the home at the behest of their mother, who called them from work at the request of a SWAT team member, according to the sheriff's office.

Albright has been wanted since February on a $25,000 warrant for second-degree assault.

Members of the Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force saw Albright inside the home through open blinds about 4:30 p.m. and set up containment before knocking on the door. The teen boys approached the door but retreated, Sgt. Dave Reagan said in a news release.

The SWAT team was called because investigators felt the boys may have been held against their will, and because Albright is considered a violent offender and was rumored to be armed.

Albright was arrested without incident. Sheriff's officials did not report finding a weapon.

No one was injured, but the SWAT team broke basement windows during the standoff, Reagan said.

Drug suspects lose meth, children in raid

A Spokane man awaiting trial on methamphetamine charges was arrested today during a SWAT team raid at his home.

Gerald A. Ogelsbee faces new meth charges in an investigation that led to four children being taken by Child Protective Services today, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.

Oglesbee was arrested at 1724 E. 1st Ave. about 7 a.m. The sheriff's SWAT team and drug detectives also raided a home at 4005 E. Fifth Ave., where they arrested Cheryll M. Anstine, 41, Diania Anstine, 63, and Tianna R. Hurd, 29.  A 17-year-old boy also was arrested on a warrant for second-degree trespass.

The four children at the home were 8 to 16 years old. Investigators also recovered a 1990 Acura Integra stolen from the Northtown Mall Wednesday, less than 24 hours after the theft. They recovered also the vehicle owner’s credit cards and checkbooks and seized other items associated with identity theft, according to the sheriff's office.

Oglesbee and Cheryll Anstine each face four counts of delivery of meth related to drug sales to a confidential informant.

Diania Anstine and Hurd face single counts of delivery of a controlled substance. Police found OxyContin, Ambien and methamphetamine today, which may lead to further charges.

Oglesbee was arrested on meth delivery charges last December, along with Hurd, and left jail on $5,000 bond. His trial in that case is set to begin July 11.

CdA shooter arrested on heroin charge

A man who shot two men in downtown Coeur d’Alene in what a grand jury ruled was self defense  jail returned to on a heroin charge after a SWAT team raid in Post Falls.

Adam M. Johnson, 27, was in a room with a syringe loaded with heroin when police arrived on Friday with a search warrant.

Johnson, the founder of a telecommunications company and a member of the Post Falls Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, “denied ownership of the syringe and advised me that he did not know who it belonged to,” according to a report by Post Falls police Detective Brian Williamson.

When he was arrested, Johnson had on him a plastic straw with brown residue, police say, which is typically used to ingest drugs.

Johnson told The Spokesman-Review on Tuesday that he’s passed a drug test and had no knowledge of drugs in the home until the raid.

Read my full story here.

Johnson was featured in The Spokesman-Review a weekend before the shooting in a story about the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.. He was also featured in 2007 in a story about his business, Convertec.

Man gets 93 mos. for gunfire over $40

A Spokane man arrested during a SWAT team standoff on Christmas Eve will be celebrating the holidays behind bars for several more years.

Robert T. Finkbeiner, 45, was sentenced recently to 93 months in prison for first-degree assault. Finkbeiner was arrested last March after he shot a woman during a fight over a $40 debt.

The victim suffered a non life-threatening wound to her leg.

Finkbeiner was out of jail on bond when police tried to arrest hm on Christmas Eve at 121 S. Haven. A SWAT team used teargas to help take him into custody. He was sentenced Tuesday.

German police officer trains with SPD

A police cadet from Germany recently spent four weeks training with the Spokane Police Department.

Jens Muth spent time with various units, including the SWAT team, drug unit and gang unit. Muth rode with officers during each patrol shift and also trained with the K-9 unit.

Muth's relationship with the department began four years ago when he was visiting friends in Spokane. He rode along with Officer Rob Boothe and stayed in contact with him.

Muth began his law enforcement career as a government attendant (wachpolizei) in 2002, said Officer Jennifer DeRuwe, SPD spokeswoman. By 2008, Muth was studying to become a police public official (kriminal kommissar). He was required to undergo three training sessions.

After learning basic skills, he was invited to spend four weeks with a police department in another country, so he contacted Boothe.  Assistant Chief Jim Nicks approved the internship, which began Jan. 22 and saw Muth live with a Spokane police employee's family.

Muth returned to Hessian, Germany, on Sunday after a “fantastic experience” in Spokane, DeRuwe said.

Gunfire over $40 leads to standoff

A Spokane man celebrated the holiday in jail after he was teargassed and arrested during an hours-long Christmas Eve standoff.

Robert T. Finkbeiner, 44, is set for trial next month for allegedly shooting a woman in her leg last March during a fight over a $40 debt.

Two young children were in the room when Finkbeiner pulled the gun, police said. Finkbeiner was allowed to leave jail pending trial on assault, burglary and robbery charges, but a warrant was issued Dec. 7 after prosecutors said Finkbeiner had contacted the alleged victim, Rachel A. Mitchell, 24, several times recently to try to persuade her not to testify.

“Mitchell stated she has full intent to show up in court against Finkbeiner because he should not get away with shooting her over $40,” according to court documents.

Finkbeiner also is charged with five counts of unlawful possession of a firearm for guns seized at his apartment at 1924 W. Gardner in March.

Finkbeiner was living at 121 S. Haven St. when police tried to arrest him about 9:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

A SWAT team used chemical agents to help take him into custody. Finkbeiner remains in jail on $50,000 bond. His girlfriend, Julie K. French, was arrested on second-degree rendering criminal assistance after telling police he wasn't at the house. French was released on her own recognizance on Christmas.

Heroin suspect faces federal gun charge

A suspected heroin dealer arrested after a Spokane police SWAT team standoff in June has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

Jacob E. Snizik, 25, is charged with one count of felon in possession of a firearm under an indictment filed this week in U.S. District Court.

Snizik is accused of possessing a Para-Ordnance .45 ACP caliber pistol on June 17, the night police said he tried to run from a SWAT team in the 6800 block of North Napa Street but retreated to his home and armed himself. He surrendered without incident a short while later after a SWAT sergeant talked to him over the phone, police said.

Police say they seized five firearms and found heroin and drug sale supplies in Snizik’s home.

Snizik is in Spokane County Jail on one count of possession of a controlled substance and five counts of unlawful possession of a firearm. His trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 18 in Superior Court.

If convicted of the new federal firearm charge, Snizik faces up to 10 years in prison, or at least 15 if he’s found to be an armed career criminal.

Snizik has previous convictions for second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, residential burglary, second-degree theft, first-degree theft and three counts of possession of a controlled substance.

Police say group stole man’s bling, pants

An $18,000 piece of jewelry worn during the filming of a rap music video led to a robbery and assault that included theft of the victim’s pants, according to court documents filed Friday.

Spokane police gang unit members as well as police and sheriff’s SWAT teams raided two homes Thursday in an ongoing investigation targeting eight suspects.

Three suspects, Monica R. “Boo” Sanders, 32, Tasha M. Tensley, 26, and Roderick J. Thomas, 21, remain in Spokane County Jail on $75,000 bond each after appearing in court Friday. Police still were looking for five others late Friday.

The group is accused of beating Jeffrey J. Frazier, 29, and shocking him with a stun gun before stealing his jewelry, including the diamond-studded, acorn-shaped gold medallion, then removing his jeans.

Read my full story here.

Extortion claim leads to $2,500, SWAT team

A 28-year-old Spokane man suspected of kidnapping and extortion remains in Kootenai County Jail after escaping a friend’s home during a SWAT standoff Thursday in Post Falls, only to be caught later.

Post Falls police responded to a house at 204 W. 17th Ave. just before noon Thursday, where Joshua M. Moses allegedly held and beat up Joshua M. Branam, 34, on Saturday, Post Falls police Chief Scot Haug said.

Police believe Branam, of Coeur d’Alene, owed Moses money, but the investigation is ongoing. Branam’s family paid Moses $2,500 for his release, Haug said.

The homeowner told officers as they toured the scene of the beating  that Moses was in the house, and that he had a gun. Officers called the SWAT team, but Moses sneaked out the back door, Haug said.

Police apprehended Moses around 6:30 p.m. at the Post Falls Club, a bar at 611 E. Seltice Way. A 15-year-old runaway also was arrested today in connection with the Saturday incident. Branam was arrested Wednesday on an outstanding warrant, Haug said.

2nd SWAT search for man comes up empty

A Spokane police SWAT team in training got real-life experience today after tip that a fugitive who sparked a standoff in April was in an east Spokane neighborhood.

But the search in the area of East Mallon Avenue and North Helena Street showed no sign of domestic violence suspect Pedro J. Garcia (pictured), who police believe may be armed, said Officer Glenn Bartlett.

“We had a SWAT team that was training anyway, so we called them out,” Bartlett said. “They were able to go and clear the area to verify that he was not there.”

In April, Garcia, 35, was reported to be suicidal when police arrived in the 2900 block of E. Diamond to check on the safety of a woman there. When the SWAT team entered the home after a four-hour standoff,

Garcia wasn’t inside. More than two months later, he still being sought on charges of domestic violence, violating a protection order, burglary, unlawful imprisonment and harassment.

Anyone with information on his location is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Family dispute leads to SWAT team arrest

A 22-year-old Cheney man was arrested by a SWAT team this morning after his father told police he threatened him with a rifle and hit him with an ashtray.

Mitchell W. Blakely was booked into Spokane County Jail on a charge of second-degree assault after the 10 a.m. arrest at his Lance Hill Road residence.

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team made the arrest because Blakely had past contacts with police, had several dogs, access to firearms and no telephone, authorities said. Blakely was arrested without incident.

He was treated at the scene for injuries suffered in the quarrel with his father.

Two .22-caliber rifles were taken from the residence, including one with a homemade silencer.

Repeat offender jailed after SWAT standoff

A repeat offender was arrested early today after he surrendered to a SWAT team outside a northeast Spokane apartment. 

Dustin C. Rauscher, 25, was booked into Spokane County Jail on a felony arrest warrant for attempting to elude police, and new charges of unlawful imprisonment and second-degree assault. 

The arrest occurred after the Spokane Violent Gang Enforcement Team received an anonymous tip that Rauscher was at an apartment at 2309 E. Euclid Ave.

While officers tried to get someone to open the door about 8 p.m. Wednesday , they heard a woman screaming for help. Officers forced their way inside and found Rauscher assaulting the woman, then got her out while Rauscher ran upstairs.

Police said Rauscher threatened to kill officers if they tried to arrest him and “made it clear” he would not go back to jail. He surrendered about 1 a.m.

Rauscher was arrested in 2007 after found him with 27 shaved Nissan keys and a sawed off shotgun. He was sentenced to 43 months in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition and first-degree possession of stolen property.

Rauscher also has convictions for attempting to elude, hit and run collision, reckless driving, domestic violence assault and interfering with reporting of a domestic violence assault. He has multiple convictions for possession of stolen property, according to Crime Stoppers.

Man sought after SWAT comes up empty

Spokane police are looking for a domestic violence suspect they believe escaped before officers surrounded his Hillyard home for four hours on Saturday.

Police say Pedro J. Garcia, 35, was reported to be suicidal when they arrived at 2900 E. Diamond shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday to check on the safety of a woman there, according to the Spokane Police Department.

When the SWAT team entered the home after a four-hour standoff, Garcia wasn’t inside.

Now he’s being sought on charges of domestic violence, violating a protection order, burglary, unlawful imprisonment and harassment.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Meth maker accused of check fraud ring

A multi-state check fraud ring police say was masterminded by a convicted methamphetamine maker led to the SWAT-team arrest of the suspect Thursday night.

Ronald R. Foreman, 43, is to appear in Superior Court today on one charge of leading organized crime via video feed from the jail and could face an additional felony for allegedly possessing methamphetamine, police said today.

Foreman is thought to be the ringleader of up to a dozen people who, since December, have been writing fraudulent checks in Washington, Idaho and Oregon, police said. More arrests are expected.

Court records show he was arrested on similar charges two months ago, as well as bank robbery charges in 2008. The robbery charges were dropped after he pleaded guilty to eight counts of riot, according to news archives. In 2003, he was sentenced to 29 months in prison for manufacturing methamphetamine.

Foreman surrendered peacefully Thursday about 6 p.m. as the SWAT team was preparing to enter his home at 13718 E. 21st Ave.

Detectives think Foreman manufactured counterfeit check and identifications “which were used by confederates to bilk banks and businesses out of thousands of dollars in cash and merchandise,” according to a news release. Checking account numbers often were stolen from outgoing mail at residential and roadside mailboxes, police said.

“Victim businesses included Leo’s Studio, Our Golden Flax, Vorpahl-Wing Securities and Sterling Savings,” the news release said. “Some checks were produced to look like payroll checks while other phony checks were used to purchase merchandise.”

Investigators also seized 15 computer hard drives, a safe, at least 13 laptop computers, a pair of flat-screen televisions and other computer components from Foreman’s home Thursday, which was wired with surveillance cameras.

Authorities found ingredients that could be used to make explosives at a building in Spangle, but no evidence was found that Foreman intended to do so and the substances were not seized, police said.

Leading organized crime carries a hefty sentence. Read about a conviction that sent a woman to prison for 12 years here.

2 men sought in gunpoint home invasion

Two men held another man at gunpoint in his Spokane apartment last night while demanding drugs, according to the Spokane Police Department.

Now the SWAT team is looking for the suspects, Taveus M. Brown (left), 30; and Wesley I. Veazie (right), 22.  The SWAT team searched a home at 1921 E. 4th Ave. about 4 p.m. today but didn’t find them. Police say Brown lives there with a woman, who was arrested today. Officers then shot at least three rounds of tear gas into the home before discovering the home empty.

Brown and Veazie are accused of bursting into the victim’s apartment at 2500 E. South Riverton about 8:15 p.m. Tuesday.

The men face charges of first-degree kidnapping and first-degree burglary.

Brown’s extensive criminal history includes convictions for conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, theft, riot and second degree unlawful possession of a firearm. 

Veazie has convictions for making a false statement, fourth-degree assault, obstructing an officer, conspiracy to possession of a controlled substance, theft, riot and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm

SWAT team nabs robbery suspect

A man police believe robbed a coffee stand was arrested Friday after a SWAT team standoff.

Shawn Michael Westlie, 41, hid inside a home in the 2100 block of Montgomery Avenue in west Spokane when police arrived about 3:30 p.m. but surrendered about 90 minutes later without incident, said Officer Glenn Bartlett.

Detectives believe Westlie robbed Best Espresso, 5226 N. Division St., at gunpoint Wednesday, Bartlett said.

The robber had a silver handgun and matched the description of a would-be robber earlier that day at the Jack in the Box restaurant at Hawthorne Road and North Division about 3 miles away, but police don’t know if the crimes are connected, Bartlett said.

“We’re definitely looking into it,” Bartlett said. Police didn’t find a gun on Westlie Friday but were preparing to search the home about 6 p.m.

Westlie has a history of burglary and theft dating back to at least 1997, according to news archives.

His most recent conviction was in February 2009 when he pleaded guilty to third-degree theft and was credited for 21 served in jail and put on probation for a year.

He made the news a couple of times in the late 90s.

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