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Vacant house burns again

Spokane Valley Fire Department crews responded to the fourth fire to break out in a vacant house at 806 N. Park Road Wednesday night just after 8:30 p.m. The first crews on the scene found 30-foot high flames shooting out of the roof and heavy fire in the front and the back of the house, said Assistant Fire Marshall Bill Clifford in a press release.

It appears to be an arson fire, Clifford said. The home has been vacant for several years and fire crews have responded to three other fires there. The home is now a total loss, he said. Anyone with information on how the fire started is asked to call the department at 928-1700. Photo courtesy the Spokane Valley Fire Department.

Four teens charged with arson

Four teenagers suspected of setting 20 arson fires since the end of June behind businesses in the area of Sprague Avenue and Sullivan Road and at Central Valley High School were arrested this week. All the fires were set in Dumpsters, trash cans, recycling bins and recycling donation boxes.

“All of these were late night, very early morning fires,” said Spokane Valley Fire Department Assistant Fire Marshal Bill Clifford. “Sometimes there were as many as three fires in one night.”

The incident at the school involved six garbage cans set on fire at 3:22 a.m. on Sunday. Most of the Dumpsters and other containers were destroyed, Clifford said. Their value is estimated at more than $16,000.

All four teens are facing second-degree arson charges and have been booked into the Spokane County Juvenile Detention Center.

Arson and murder suspects arrested

In two separate incidents yesterday, police arrested a 15-year-old boy suspected of setting multiple arson fires and a 22-year-old man suspected in a triple murder outside Lodge Grass, Mont., on the Crow Indian Reservation.

Sheldon B. Chase was arrested during a traffic stop near the Spokane Valley Mall only a few hours after local law enforcement received a wanted flyer for the murder suspect. Click here for more details.

Crews from the Spokane Valley Fire Department responded to two arson fires between midnight and 9 a.m. on Wednesday. Three dumpsters were reported on fire behind a strip mall on the northwest corner of Sprague and Evergreen at 12:41 a.m. They were quickly put out and there was little damage. A caller reported at 9 a.m. that bushes were set on fire near the Numerica Credit Union at 14610 E. Sprague just a few blocks away.

The 15-year-old admitted setting the fires and also admitted to stealing a bicycle in Liberty Lake, said assistant fire marshal Bill Clifford. He will be charged with four counts of second degree arson and one count of third degree theft. Anyone in Liberty Lake missing a 10-speed bike can call the Fire Department at 928-1700 to describe it.

Three arrested for arson, a fourth sought

Aleksander Shingarey. Photo courtesy the Spokane Valley Fire Department.

Three people have been arrested in connection with a recent arson fire in the 4400 block of East 15th in Spokane Valley and fourth person, Aleksander N. Shingarey, 23, is now wanted on a charge of first degree arson.

Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is offering a reward for information that leads to Shingarey's arrest. He is 5' 06' tall and weighs 145 pounds. He has brown hair and hazel eyes. His last known address was in the 4000 block of East 23rd in Spokane. According to the Spokane Valley Police Department his nine year criminal history includes convictions for riot, assault, minor in possession of alcohol, DUI, disorderly conduct and negligent driving. Anyone with information on his whereabouts can call (800) 222-TIPS. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

Sergey A. Kravchenko, 27, and Maksim P. Oboznyy, 21, were both arrested on Friday. Roman I. Ryakhovskaya, 21, turned himself in on Saturday. All remain in the Spokane County Jail with a $100,000 bail.

The arson fire, which caused over $100,000 in damage, was reported at 3 a.m. on July 24 while the family living there was out of town. Neighbors reported seeing a dark colored car drive away with its lights off. The Spokane Valley Fire Department's arson dog, Mako, alerted on several areas inside the home, indicating that accelerants were used.

The family was able to identify possible suspects, said Fire Marshal Kevin Miller. “They gave us some possible suspects, then we ran those guys down,” he said. “It appears that they were acquaintances with the family.”

Family loses home to arson

A family returned from camping Sunday night to a rude shock. Their rental home had burned in a fire that fire investigators believe was arson. The Spokane Valley Fire Department was called to the 4400 block of East 15th at 3 a.m. Sunday morning. When firefighters arrived they saw fire and heavy smoke coming from the front of the house, said assistant Fire Marshal Bill Clifford. The fire had apparently burned inside for some time before it was noticed since no one was home.

Neighbors reported seeing a dark colored car drive away with its lights off, said Clifford. The department's arson dog, Mako, was brought in to sniff for accelerants. “He found several spots inside the home,” Clifford said. Anyone with information on the arson is asked to call Crime Check at 456-2233.

The damage to the home is estimated to be at least $100,000. The home was insured, but the family of two adults and three children who were renting the house did not have renters insurance.  

Spokane Valley arsonist sentenced to 10 years in prison

Arsonist Anthony W. Sotin was sentenced to 10 years in prison today in a Federal courtroom after the judge gave him a lecture and said he'd like to send him to prison longer, given his lengthy criminal history and previous conviction for arson. He is 42 years old and his first brush with the law was at age 14. Sotin pleaded guilty to lighting his own car on fire on Jan. 12 and a burning a commerical building in the 13400 block of East Nora on Feb. 9. Reporter Tom Clouse has the full story here.

Thursday’s highlights

Greenacres Middle School students jam the seventh-grade hallway at 10:10 a.m. Tuesday as they pass between classes. The school is at maximum capacity with 756 students. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak

Take a look at today's Valley Voice for news on what is happening in the Spokane Valley area. We've got a little bit of everything today - schools, fire department and the city council.

Since the Central Valley School District bond failed, the natural question that comes up is “Now what?” Reporter Lisa Leinberger talked to Superintendent Ben Small, who is considering his options and plans to make recommendations to the school board at the March 14 meeting.

Anthony W. Sotin, who was arrested last month on two counts of arson and one count of wire fraud, was in Federal court this week to accept a plea deal that has him pleading guilty to two arson charges in exchange for a reduced sentence of 10 years in prison.

The Spokane Valley Fire Department has been reducing their response times and plans to reduce them even more in the next five years. They've got several different options they're looking at to accomplish this. And the Spokane Valley City Council discussed concerns over the process to update the city's Shoreline Master Program, which the city inherited from Spokane County when it incorporated.

Coming Thursday

We've been working hard on Thursday's Valley Voice for the last couple of days, so here's a preview of what you'll find tomorrow. Reporter Lisa Leinberger talked to the Central Valley School District about what is next now that the bond has failed at the polls. The district has been struggling with overcrowding and old buildings.

Response times are trending down at the Spokane Valley Fire Department and they are looking at what they can do to reduce them further over the next five years. It's all part of the accreditation process the department is going through and if they're successful they'll be the first department in Eastern Washington to be accredited. There are only six in Western Washington out of a total of 200 worldwide.

Also this week suspected arsonist Anthony W. Sotin was in Federal Court to plead guilty to two arson charges. He was arrested last month and indicted by a Federal grand jury.

Coming on Saturday

Saturday's Valley Voice is going to be packed with good stuff. Even though Monday is a holiday, I plan to drop in and post some links. But if you can't wait that long, tomorrow you can check out our newly redesigned Voices web page that just pops with pictures.

The Fairfield City Council held a public hearing this week to discuss a proposal to add a 6 percent utility tax on electrical bills to help pay for street maintenance. A crowd of about 20 residents turned out, which is a large showing in a town of only 587 residents.

The Spokane Valley Fire Department arrested Anthony W. Sotin in connection with two recent arson fires. He was indicted by a Federal grand jury this week. His lengthy criminal record includes a previous conviction for arson.

Both Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake have been having problems with garage burglaries lately. Police urge people to lock up at night to foil the thieves that are apparently roaming the neighborhoods in the early morning hours looking for crimes of opportunity.

Reporter Lisa Lienberger talked to some Ness Elementary students who spent part of their day recently helping hand out food for Second Harvest at Millwood Presbyterian Church.

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