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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.

Tip leads to arrest in July bank robbery

A tip from a concerned citizen led to the arrest Friday of a suspect in a July bank robbery.

Christopher A. Horn, 25, is accused of robbing the Washington State Employees Credit Union, 2523 Northwest Blvd., on July 18 about 12:20 p.m. He appeared in Superior Court today on a first-degree robbery charge and remains in jail.

Spokane police say Horn, wearing a baseball cap and Aviator sunglasses, demanded cash from a bank teller but never displayed a weapon. He told employees not to touch the alarm.

The sunglasses were left at the scene and submitted by detectives for DNA evidence, but the results are not yet back. Police did note in court documents that fingerprints on the glasses did not match Horn's.

Detectives began investigating Horn Feb. 28 based on the tip from the concerned citizen. Employees at the bank looked at photo montages; one positively identified Horn as the robber.

Horn is a convicted felon who most recently was credited for a day served in jail after pleading guilty last month to solicitation to commit possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.

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.

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