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3rd man arrested in Rosalia murder

In this January 1997 photo, Marcus Schur, then eight-years-old, uses a wet-vac to suck up the remaining water in a family friend's kitchen after homes along Pine Creek in Rosalia flooded. Schur was murdered in Whitman County in December 2011. (SR archives)

A third suspect has been arrested in the December murder of a 23-year-old Rosalia man whose body recently was recovered from a Whitman County creek.

Lorin Travis Carlon, 35, is accused of helping murder suspects Frank Lazcano, 24, of Pine City, and Daniel Lazcano, 20, of Spokane, try to avoid arrest after the shooting death of Marcus Allen Schur, officials say.

Whitman County sheriff's deputies arrested Carlon Monday on a felony charge of first-degree rendering criminal assistance.

The Lazcano brothers were arrested Friday and remain jailed on murder charges.

Schur's body was pulled from the creek at the south end of Bonnie Lake March 25 after a fisherman spotted his body. An autopsy showed he was shot to death.

Schur had been missing since a dinner party on Dec. 27.

Host Nick Backman told The Spokesman-Review last week that Schur fled the rear door of a home in Malden when one man burst in and chased him out.

Backman said Schur's arms and legs were bound when his body was removed from the lack. He said the chase may have proceeded a home burglary.

Detectives still are investigating a motive, Whitman County Undersheriff Ron Rockness said today.

“Of course, the whole town of Rosalia assumes they know the motive,” Rockness said.

Rockness said the suspects knew Schur since childhood.

Schur's mother, Grace Schur, said memorial service plans are not yet finalized. A donation fund to help with expenses has been set up at the Bank of Fairfield.

Schur's uncle, Gene Schur, of Spokane, said he was shocked to learn of his nephew's murder from a TV news station.

“It happens to other people, but when it actually hits home it makes you more aware of what's going on in the community,” he said.

It's the first mruder arrest in Whitman County since 2005. A murder-suicide was reported there in 2010.

Jail escapee arrested in north Spokane

A Whitman County Jail inmate who escaped with 18 days remaining on his sentence was arrested in Spokane on Sunday in after committing at least one burglary in Dayton, officials said today.

Ronald A. Rutledge, 29, was doing maintenance work outside the jail in Colfax when he fled on foot Saturday night. The convicted burglar had nearly completed his four-month sentence but now faces ” a much lengthier stay behind bars” for the escape, the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

Rutledge called the Sheriff’s Office about 7:30 p.m. Sunday and arranged to turn himself in. He was arrested at a home in north Spokane just after 9:30 p.m., according to the news release.

Detectives tracked Rutledge to Dayton after learning he’d stolen a truck from a home near Colfax. They believe he stole a “substantial amount of cash” during a home burglary in Dayton, then stole another car and drove to Spokane.

Sheriff’s officials have recovered most of the stolen property, including both vehicles.

Rutledge is due in Whitman County Superior Court this afternoon.

Boyfriend of injured woman questioned

Detectives investigating the case of a woman found seriously injured on a Whitman County road have secured evidence and questioned several people, including the victim’s boyfriend.

Kristen E. Grindley, 23, remains in critical condition at Sacred Heart Medical Center. She’s been unconscious since she was found in a pool of blood on Pullman-Albion Road about 1:40 a.m. Wednesday.

Investigators think she fell from a vehicle or was hit while in the road.

“We do have a vehicle in mind,” said Whitman County Sheriff Brett Myers. “We have had that vehicle since shortly after the incident.”

Grindley graduated in May from Washington Sate University, where her boyfriend is believed to be a student, Myers said.

Detectives have applied for search warrants and will be reviewing cell phone call histories, Myers said.

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