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Dumpster dive leads to felony arrest

A man arrested for being inside a dumpster outside a drug store was booked into jail on a felony charge after police found methamphetamine in his backpack.

Darrell Leon Brunson, 47, told Deputy David Westlake he believed it was legal to be inside a store dumpster when Westlake found him hiding in the dumpster outside Walgreens, 7905 N. Division St., about 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

“When Deputy Westlake asked why he was not making a noise as he approached, Brunson did not have an answer,” according to a news release by Deputy Craig Chamberlin, spokesman for the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.

Walgreens employees requested trespassing charges be pursued against Brunson. Westlake found the meth in a plastic baggie inside Brunson's backpack and says it tested positive for the drug.

Brunson has previous convictions for drugs and trespassing.

Spokane stabbing suspect turns self in

A Spokane man accused of stabbing his ex-girlfriend's new beau turned himself into police Thursday.

Ezra Lawerence Bedeski, 35, faces a first-degree assault charge for the stabbing Tuesday about 9 p.m. outside the Walgreens at 2105 E. Wellesley Ave.

The victim, Jared Reichenberg, 26, needed 13 stitches for a large cut on his neck. Reichenberg said he was going to Walgreens to pick up his girlfriend when he saw Bedeski yelling at her.

Reichenberg told him to leave her alone, and Bedeski “bum rushed him,” according to court documents. There is a restraining order between Bedeski and the woman, according to court documents.

Police attempted to track Bedeski with a police dog Tuesday night but were unsuccessful.

Bedeski was booked into jail Thursday after showing up at the Public Safety Building and requesting a lawyer. He remains in jail on $20,000 bond after appearing today in Spokane County Superior Court.

Chronic prescription forger arrested again

A Spokane woman arrested on prescription forgery charges six times in one year returned to jail again this week less than two weeks after pleading guilty to four felonies.

Theresia L. Beckett, 56, was out of jail on bond awaiting sentencing when she was arrested for the same thing she's been arrested for six other times since last June: forging a prescription and trying to pass it at a local pharmacy.

She was arrested Wednesday at Deaconess Pharmacy, 800 W. 5th Ave., for allegedly trying to collect on a forged prescription for Ambien.

Beckett earned the ire of Superior Court Judge Michael Price last month when she was arrested for the sixth time.

“I've seen Ms. Beckett time in and time out,” Price said at the time. “I'm certainly not trying to be gruff or rude to her, but…every time she bonds out, arguably, she just goes right back out and does it again, possibly within hours.”

Beckett's bond was set at $150,000 Thursday.

She's expected back in court for four no-bail warrants for the cases she's awaiting sentencing on. Her lawyer, Tim Note, told Price he was “speechless” over her latest arrest.

Drug fraud suspect arrested 6x in 1 year

A Spokane woman arrested on felony prescription forgery charges six times in one year has been jailed on an usually high bond of $125,000.

Theresia L. Beckett, 56, has at least eight pending felony charges related to alleged prescription forgeries at Spokane pharmacies since last June.

Beckett was arrested June 16, July 20, Sept. 26, Oct. 14 and April 12 but was out of jail on $60,000 bond when she was arrested again Wednesday at a Walgreens in Spokane Valley.

Beckett is accused of forging a prescription for hydrocodone at the pharmacy, 15510 E. Sprague Ave. Deputies said she tried to flee the business before she was arrested.

Prosecutors asked Judge Michael Price to impose the extraordinarily high bond after Beckett's latest arrest.
Her lawyer, Tim Note, said he “understands the state's frustration.”

Price said the prosecutor's request was reasonable.

“I've seen Ms. Beckett time in and time out,” Price said. “I'm certainly not trying to be gruff or rude to her, but…every time she bonds out, arguably, she just goes right back out and does it again, possibly within hours. I have some real concerns for Ms. Beckett.”

Beckett was convicted of six counts of prescription fraud in 2008 and given two years of probation.

Man jailed in police chase, robbery spree

A man faces several felony charges after allegedly punching someone in the face, stealing their car, and robbing two Walgreens pharmacies before fleeing from police Wednesday evening.

Jordan M. Lewis, 21, is jailed on charges of second-degree assault, first-degree theft, three counts of first-degree robbery and eluding.

He allegedly made off with an undisclosed amount of a prescription drug in the first robbery, about 8:15 p.m. at 12315 N. Division St.;  it was unclear Wednesday whether he made off with any in the second, said

Sgt. John Roys of the Spokane Police Department. Lewis allegedly told employees he had a weapon, but was actually unarmed, Roys said.

He robbed the second store, 1708 W. Northwest Blvd., about 9 p.m. An officer who was staking out the area saw the stolen car, a Subaru SUV, parked behind a nearby business. Lewis led him on a short pursuit before he was caught at Buckeye Avenue and Cannon Street.

“There were drugs on the ground, drugs all over the car,” Roys said. “It appeared like he was ingesting some of the drugs.”

As a result, Lewis was taken to a local hospital and was later booked into Spokane County Jail, where he remained Thursday night on $30,000 bond.

The driver of the Subaru, who Lewis allegedly punched in the face before stealing the car, was treated at a local hospital for some facial injuries, police said.
  

Tips sought on ‘09 Idaho Oxy robberies

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North Idaho law enforcement is asking for help solving two OxyContin robberies from 2009.

The robberies - one an attempted - occurred Sept. 30, 2009, at Walgreens, 706 E. Seltice Way, in Post Falls at 5:28 p.m., and on Oct. 27 at the Walgreens at 260 W. Honeysuckle Ave. in Hayden at 5:59 p.m.

The robber left empty handed in Hayden after store clerks said none of the powerful painkiller was in stock. 

Surveillance photos (right) show him wearing black pants and a dark blue and black North Face winter coat with the hood over an orange billed beanie hat. A video is posted above.

Police said today that he displayed a silver handgun and wore black Vans type shoes, with brown or light colored soles.

The billed beanie hat in that robbery appears to be  the same beanie worn during the robbery in September.

In that case, a man with a bandanna covering his mouth (pictured above) handed an employee a note saying he had a gun and demanding the drug. He wore a tan and white sweatshirt and a fleece jacket.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that solve either robbery. Anyone with information is asked to call (208) 667-2111 or 1-800-222-TIPS. Tipsters do not have to give their name to collect a reward but should use a code name or number.

OxyContin robber sentenced to 3 years

A man who robbed a Spokane pharmacy of OxyContin last May was sentenced recently to nearly three years in prison.

Robert K. Morris, 27, pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted robbery and was sentenced to 34 1/2 months in prison and ordered to pay $134 restitution.

Morris escaped the Walgreens at Division Street and Empire Avenue May 22 with just a small amount of pills; the stores have been keeping OxyContin in time-lock safes since fall 2009.

No charges were filed against Morris’ unsuspecting driver after the man passed a polygraph test. Morris was sentenced on Thursday and is in Spokane County Jail awaiting transport to state prison.

Tips sought on accused armed robber

UPDATE 12/2: Morris was arrested based on an anonymous tip.

A man accused of robbing a Spokane pharmacy of OxyContin last May is wanted by police after failing to show up for a court date.

No charges were filed against the unsuspecting driver of Robert K. Morris, 27, after the driver, a senior sound engineer for local radio stations, said he’d met the young man at a bar and was giving him a ride home.

But prosecutors charged Morris with first-degree robbery, and he pleaded not guilty and was allowed to leave jail pending trial. A $50,000 warrant for his arrest was issued after he didn’t show up for a Nov. 10 court hearing. Now Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead to his arrest.

Morris was first arrested May 22 after police say he robbed the Walgreens at Division Street and Empire Avenue. The robber escaped with just a small amount of pills; the stores have been keeping OxyContin in time-lock safes since fall 2009.

Morris, 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds, has previous convictions for city theft, unlawful imprisonment, fourth-degree assault and harassment. He last gave his address as 17714 S. Wolfe Road in Cheney.

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

Polygraph clears robbery suspect’s driver

No charges will be filed against a Spokane man arrested on suspicion of driving the getaway truck in an OxyContin robbery at a North Side Walgreens last week.

Although David L. Ratener, 55, was driving the truck, he passed two lie detector tests that showed he knew nothing of the alleged robbery by a young man whom he was driving from a downtown bar May 22. Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor Larry Steinmetz notified Ratener’s attorney, Tim Note, of the decision last week. 

Ratener got his truck back the next day. He also “got crash course in the justice system,” Ratener said today. 

Ratener was arrested with Robert K. Morris on May 22 after police said Morris robbed the Walgreens at Division Street and Empire Avenue of OxyContin, then fled in Ratener’s truck.

Morris, 26, is to be arraigned on a first-degree robbery charge June 21, but Ratener passed a police-administered polygraph that cleared him of wrongdoing, according to a letter by Steinmetz.

Today, Ratener said that Morris had told him he needed a ride to the Walgreens area to pick up money from a friend. Ratener parked his truck about a block from the store, and Morris returned a few minutes later and said they could leave. Nothing seemed suspicious. Minutes later, police were behind Ratener’s truck. He pulled over and their lights flashed; he looked over and saw Morris swallowing pills, he said.

“I didn’t know the Walgreens had been robbed until the police told me,” Ratener said. “Once they told me what happened it was like ‘how the hell did I get involved in this?’”

Between the robbery and the police stop, Ratener drove back by the pharmacy – another fact that helped his defense, Note said.

Still, “I don’t believe there’s anything Mr. Ratener could have said to avoid getting arrested,” Note said. “It looked bad.”

Ratener spent two days in jail before he was released on his own recognize after appearing in Spokane County Superior Court. He said he used skills learned in survival training in the military to get by.

Note said Ratener case was one of the most bizarre he’s seen.

He learned of the robbery in the news and “pictured some scraggly haired doper looking” man when he arrived at the jail to interview Ratener.

But the senior sound engineer for several Spokane radio stations hardly matched Note’s image of him.

Ratener’s upper middle-class lifestyle, Note said, affords him “no motive for a robbery.”

Past coverage: May 25: Driver was victim of circumstance, lawyer says

Robbery driver is sound pro for local radio

Just after police arrest two people described as major sources of OxyContin in the region, Spokane County see its first pharmacy robbery in several months.

But the incident early Saturday at 12 E. Empire Ave was “not the typical OxyContin theft,” the accused getaway driver’s lawyer said in court Monday.

David L. Ratener, 55, is the senior sound engineer for seven Spokane radio stations. He says he met the other suspect, 26-year-old Robert K. Morris, at a bar Friday night.

“I think he was purely a victim of circumstance on this,” said Ratener’s lawyer, Tim Note.

Read my story: Driver was victim of circumstance, lawyer says

2 men accused of 3 robberies in CdA

Three robberies in Coeur d’Alene late Wednesday and early today are believed to be the work of two men arrested with OxyContin stolen from a pharmacy. 

Michael D. Frank (right), 20, and Stephen J. Beck (below, left), 23, were arrested after police spotted them in Nissan that matched the description of the getaway car used in an attempted robbery Piggies Deli & Market, 2001 E. Sherman Ave., about 8:30 p.m.

In that case, a store clerk refused to hand over cash to the gunman, who fled in the Nissan.

  Police say Frank and Beck robbed Walgreens, 335 W. Appleway Ave., of a small amount of OxyContin about 5 a.m. after another failed robbery attempt at Taj Market, 1003 N. 15th St., about midnight.

Witnesses to the Piggies incident described the getaway driver as a woman, but Sgt. Christie Wood said only Frank and Beck appear to be responsible for the crimes.

Wood said the men are not suspects in other robberies in the area. The men were booked into Kootenai County Jail on robbery charges.

Beck was wanted on a misdemeanor warrant in Oneida County, Idaho and has a previous conviction in Montana for drug possession. Frank, alias Michael Daniel Lehti, went to prison for robbing a woman at gunpoint outside the Silver Lake Mall in 2007. He’s on parole, police said.

Photos show OxyContin robbery suspects








Surveillance photos show two men who police believe robbed a Post Falls pharmacy of OxyContin on Sunday.

The men did not display a weapon but handed an employee a threatening note demand the powerful prescription painkiller about 11:10 a.m.

The robbers entered and exited through the front door of Walgreens, 706 E. Seltice Way, and were last seen leaving on foot, police said.

Both men are described as in their late 20s to early 30s.

One suspect has a medium build and round face with a mustache and slight beard, along with short, dark hair. He wore a black baseball hat, wire-framed glasses, a black long-sleeved shirt, dark jeans and white tennis shoes.

The second suspect has a thin build, “pointed features,” dark, trimmed hair, a lsight beard and wore a blue, long-sleeved shirt, tan pants, a brown belt and brown shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to call Post Falls polite at (208) 773-3517 or (208) 777-COPS. Tips can be submitted anonymously at www.postfallspolice.com.

The same Walgreens was robbed Sept. 30.

Church pastor tips police to robbery suspect

A church pastor helped detectives identify a suspect in a robbery Monday night at a North Idaho pharmacy.

Egan B. Logan IV, 39, of Twin Lakes, was arrested today on charges of robbery and possession of a controlled substance.

Detectives say demanded anxiety medicine from the Hayden Walgreens about 8:45 p.m. Monday, then left $300 on the counter before fleeing with the drug.

The 100 pills of Adderall were valued at $550, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department.

The pharmacist told detectives the robber said “I guess I will have to rob you” when she said she couldn’t give him the drug without a prescription.

A local church pastor contacted the Sheriff’s Department today and said she’d had contact with a possible suspect. Detectives met Logan at the Rathdrum Police Department, where he reportedly admitted to the robbery.

He’s in custody at the Kootenai County Jail and is due in court Wednesday.

Robber leaves $300 for $550 in Adderall

A would-be customer without a prescription demanded anxiety medicine from a North Idaho pharmacy Monday night, then left money on the counter before fleeing with the drug.

The man asked a pharmacist at Walgreens, 260 W. Honeysuckle Ave. in Hayden, for Adderall about 8:45 p.m., then told the woman “I guess I will have to rob you” when she said she couldn’t give him the drug without a prescription, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department.

The man left with about 100, 30 mg pills valued at $550, according to the Sheriff’s Department, after placing $300 on the counter.

The robber did not display a weapon, and the pharmacist described him as “calm” to deputies, according to a report.

The man is described as white with a mustache, in his mid- to late-40s with a white and red baseball hat, a tan Carhart jacket, a green shirt, blue jeans and white shoes. He appeared 5-foot-9 to 5-foot11, about 220 pounds.

The man left in a black 4-door Toyota, possibly an Avalon or Camry, with a rear spoiler.

The same Walgreens was robbed of OxyContin Sept. 30. Read about it here.

Post Falls joins OxyContin crime club

Post Falls police have released photos of an OxyContin robbery Wednesday.

An employee at Walgreens, 706 E. Seltice Way, called 911 just after 5:33 p.m. and said a man with a bandanna covering his mouth handed her a note saying he had a gun and demanding the prescription pain killer.

Police were already en route to the store to respond to a silent hold-up alarm.

The photos show a man in an orange and tan billed beanie hat walking down an aisle at 5:29 p.m., talking to a pharmacy employee at 5:33 p.m., then walking out of the store at 5:35 p.m.

He wore a white hooded sweatshirt with tan sleeves, dark jeans and dark sunglasses. Witnesses described him as in his early 20s with a thin build, slight facial hair and about 5-foot-8 to 6-feet tall. Anyone with information is asked to call the Post Falls Police Department at (208) 773-3517.

Police don’t know if the robbery is connected to this robbery Sunday night at a north Spokane Rite Aid (the robber fled in a SUV with Idaho plates; the company that makes OxyContin is offering a reward).

While pharmacy robberies have plagued Spokane, Kootenai County has seen only a few in the last couple of years.

Walgreens installed time release safes in all Washington stores this summer (read about it here), and no robberies have been reported at those stores since.

$100,000 warrant for OxyContin robber

A man accused of robbing two Walgreens didn’t show up to his sentencing today in Spokane County Superior Court, leading to a $100,000 warrant for his arrest.

Adam J. Dally, 25, is accused of robbing the store at 2830 S. Grand Blvd on Nov. 26 and the Liberty Lake store on Dec. 5. An investigation by Liberty Lake police led to his arrest, according to court documents.

Liberty Lake Det. Ray Bourgeois spent months building a case against Dally, who was in Seattle when an arrest warrant was issued, records show.

People who led Bouregois to Dally included a former girlfriend who claimed to have been having sex with him in exchange for drugs and heard him brag about robbing the pharmacy, records show. 

Witnesses said Dally used a gun in the robbery, stealing nearly 900 OxyContin pills. He’s accused of brandishing a gun in the South Hill Walgreens robbery, too.

Employees from the store were in Judge Sam Cozza’s courtroom today to testify at Dally’s plea and sentencing, but Dally, who is free on $50,000 bail, never showed. 

His public defender, Al Rossi, said Dally had left a message about 5 p.m. yesterday saying he couldn’t make it.

Rossi’s secretary got the message the next morning but didn’t tell him about it until 45 minutes before the 10 a.m. court appearance, he said.

Cozza issued the arrest warrant when Dally failed to show by noon.

This all happened the day I wrote a story on Walgreens new secruity safes. Read it here.

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