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Convicted killer arrested in CdA stabbing

Police on Wednesday arrested a convicted killer accused of trying to kill another man in a stabbing Monday night north of Coeur d’Alene.

 James H. Kountz, 56, was arrested about 5:40 p.m. in the same wooded area near U.S. Highway 95 and Wilbur Avenue where he stabbed another transient, James R. Hoglen, 42, on Monday.

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Murder suspect’s mental state questioned

A man who told detectives he murdered another methamphetamine addict in a fight over cigarettes will undergo a mental health examination. 

Acquaintances of suspect Shane Caleb Smith, 38, told investigators he is known as “Psycho Shane” and sometimes speaks of imaginary people and vivid hallucinations.

He also often accused people at gunpoint of things they did not do, witnesses told police.

Smith, who is pictured just after his arrest courtesy KHQ-TV, is accused of shooting Warren Scott Flinn on May 12.

Flinn, 44, died at a hospital May 16. 

Smith told detectives he and Flinn (right) had been out “scrapping” for metal near the railroad tracks on Lake Road when they began to argue over cigarettes.

Smith was arraigned on a second-degree murder charge Tuesday in Spokane County Superior Court. He was not given a trial date; rather, he was ordered to appear in court July 27 for an update on whether he's competent to stand trial.

Murder suspect known as ‘Psycho Shane’

Acquaintances of a man arrested for the shooting death of another suspected methamphetamine user told detectives he was dangerously unstable and often accused people at gunpoint of things they did not do.

A witness in the investigation of Warren Scott Flinn’s homicide said suspect Shane Caleb Smith, 38, is known as “Psycho Shane” and sometimes speaks of imaginary people and vivid hallucinations, according to court documents filed Wednesday.

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Smith is pictued in 2004. He now has long, scraggly hair that extends past his shoulders.

Suspect arrested in Valley homicide

Detective Michael Drapeau and investigators with the Spokane County Sheriff's Office remove evidence from a house at 6704 E. Third Ave. in Spokane Valley Tuesday. (SRphoto/Colin Mulvany)

A suspect was arrested today in Spokane Valley for the May 12 shooting death of a 44-year-old man.

Shane Caleb Smith, 38, is accused of murdering Warren Scott Flinn, who was found badly injured May 13.

Flinn (pictured) died May 16 at a local hospital of what the medical examiner’s office ruled were gunshots to his head.

Read the rest of my story here.

Update: Detectives believe Smith shot Flinn in a fight over cigarettes. Read more here.

Man badly assaulted; tips sought

Deputies responding to a report of a possible trespasser found the victim of a violent assault, and they're asking for help to figure out what happened.

 Warren Flinn was found in the 300 block of North Lake Road on Sunday, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office said today.

Medics and major crimes detectives were called to the scene. Detectives believe Flinn is a transient, and they are looking for information about his previous whereabouts, associates and this assault.

Anyone who's had contact with Flinn in the last couple of months is asked to call Detective Kirk Keyser at (509) 477-6611.

Anonymous tips can be submitted online.

Reunion with deputy leads to arrest

A transient was arrested early today after a Spokane County sheriff's deputy recognized him from previous arrests in Idaho.

Having been arrested before is hardly probable cause to be rearrested, but, according to the sheriff's office, Timothy Karl Turnbull, 52, (pictured) had a suspended driver's license and a warrant from the Idaho Department of Correction.

Turnbull was stopped after Deputy Chuck Sciortino spotted him driving a car without a seat belt in the West Plains area.

Sciortino had previously arrested Turnbull while a Kootenai County sheriff's deputy. He ordered Turnbull out of the car to arrest him after learning of the suspended license and warrant. A baggie of methamphetamine feel from Turnbull as he stood up, a news release said.

Turnbull was booked into jail for the driver's license misdemeanor and a felony drug charge. He may face fugitive charges related to the warrant and felon in possession of ammunition charge for bullets found under the driver's seat of his car.

Turnbull has previous drug convictions in Kootenai and Boundary counties, according to the Department of Correction.
   

Transient faces 10-12 years for slaying

A Spokane transient faces 10 to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaguther for the beating death of a man last April. 

Roland E. Benton II pleaded guilty Friday to first-degree manslaughter with a deadly weapon in the slaying of Douglas J. Klages, 46.

Klages' badly beaten body was discovered by hikers April 30 in a small cave at Camp Caro Community Park at Dishman Hills.

 Detectives retracing Klages' final hours found surveillance video of Klages leaving a Spokane Valley Rosauers store with Benton the day his body was discovered. Benton was arrested May 5.

Benton, who appeared in Spokane County Superior Court before Judge Sam Cozza, initially was charged with first-degree murder. The lesser charge to which he pleaded guilty carries a sentencing range of 102 to 126 months.

The deadly weapon adds two years to the sentencing range, and Benton will not be eligible for an early release based on good behavior. His sentencing is set for April 25. “The victim's family members were present and were satisfied,” Deputy Prosecutor Jim Kaufman said. Klages is pictured with his two daughters. Past coverage: May 5: Homicide victim hoped for fresh start

Tips sought on 3 fugitive sex offenders

UPDATE 3/14: Rice and Gilmore are in custody.

A sex offender living as a transient in Spokane County now has a warrant out for his arrest.

David Wayne Rice, 21, (left) is accused of not registering as a sex offender as his child rape and child molestation convictions require.

Rice recently registered as a transient; the sheriff's office announced that registration last week without knowing of the $50,000 warrant, Sgt. Dave Reagan said. Rice, a level 3 sex offender, was convicted in Grant County in 2005. He also has a previous conviction for failure to register.

Two other Spokane County sex offenders are wanted for failure to register.

James Richard Gilmore, 22, (right) was convicted of indecent liberties in Spokane County in 2005.

Gilmore, 5-foot-7 and 160 pounds, last gave a home address in the 100 block of East Main in Spokane. A $25,000 arrest warrant was issued on March 9. Gilmore is a level 1 sex offender, the classification considered least likely to reoffend.

 Level 1 sex offender Jody Michael Thomas, 40, (left) has an out-of-state sex crime conviction from 1988.

Thomas, 5-foot-2 and 115 pounds, last gave home address in the 9500 block of East Eighth in Spokane Valley.

A $25,000 warrant was issued in Spokane County March 10 for failure to register.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help arrest Rice, Gilmore or Thomas.

Anyone with information on their current locations is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.

Child rapist is now a Spokane transient

A convicted child rapist considered likely to reoffend is living as a transient in Spokane County, the sheriff's office announced today.

David Wayne Rice, 21, was convicted of first-degree rape, first-degree child molestation and second-degree child molestation in Grant County in 2005.

His victims were a 7-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl.

Rice was released from prison in October 2007 but returned in September 2009 after failing to register as a sex offender. He was sentenced to 22 months in prison with credit for 130 days served in jail.

Rice remains under supervision by the state Department of Corrections. He's a level 3 sex offender, the classification considered most likely to reoffend.

Rice is not wanted by authorities, but the sheriff's office wants the public to be aware of his presence.

2 child molesters register as transients

Two sex offenders considered likely to reoffend have registered as transients in Spokane County, the Sheriff's Office announced today. ,

Russell Allen Clinger, 45, (right) was released from prison in 2006 after being convicted of first-degree child molestation in 2000. His victim was a 7-year-old girl. Clinger is being supervised by the state Department of Corrections.

Christopher Michael Foster, 26, (left) was released from prison in August 2009 after serving five years for third-degree rape of a child in Spokane County. His victim was a 14-year-old runaway.

Foster also was convicted of first-degree child molestation in 1999 in Pend Oreille County and was incarcerated for two years. His victim was a 6-year-old female stranger. Foster is no longer under DOC supervision.

Clinger and Foster are level 3 sex offenders, the classification considered most likely to reoffend.

Neither is wanted by authorities, but the Sheriff's Office wants the public to be aware of their presence.

A registry of all registered sex offenders in Spokane County is available here.

2 sex offenders register as transients

Two sex offenders considered likely to reoffend will be living as transients in Spokane County, the Sheriff’s Office announced today.

Jesus Lopez, 37, (right) was released from prison in 2005 after being convicted of first-degree rape in Grant County in 1994. His victim was a 27-year-old female who was not a stranger.

Keith Noel Vervair, 42, (left) was convicted of indecent liberties involving a 23-year-old woman 1994, and luring a child, a 15-year-old girl, according to news archives. 

Vervair’s extensive criminal record includes convictions for drugs, assault, trespassing and violating a no contact order.

Lopez and Vervair are level 3 sex offenders, the classification considered most likely to reoffend.

Neither is wanted by law enforcement, but authorities want the public to be aware of their presence.

Officials: Knife-wielding man a public drunk

A transient suspected of threatening three people with a hunting knife in downtown Spokane late Thursday has been cited for consuming alcohol in public twice in the last eight days.

Now Wilfred Dale Corse, 48, is in jail on new misdemeanor charges after police say he took a fighting stance when confronted at 11:37 p.m. near South Maple Street and West Fourth Avenue.

Corse dropped the knife when the two officers pulled their guns, Officer Dave Daddato said in a news release.

Police had arrived to find Corse confronting a woman and two men with the knife, but Corse does not face assault charges because the victims fled before they were interviewed, Daddato said.

Corse said he confronted the three because he believed they stole his guitar or knew its location, police said.

Corse has been cited for consuming alcohol in public seven times since August 2006, including citations on May 26, June 17 and June 24, according to Spokane Municipal Court records. His drinks of choice include High Gravity, Busch and Natural Ice, records show.

Corse was booked into Spokane County Jail just after midnight today on $750 bond for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and a misdemeanor weapons charge.

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