Tracks in fresh snow led police to a suspect accused of stealing a snowblower from a house nine blocks away.
Police didn’t recover the snowblower, but they said they did find that the suspect was carrying a small amount of cocaine.
Police were called to a house in the 3500 block of East Hartson about 8:45 p.m. Sunday.
The victim told police that someone had stolen a $700 snowblower from her yard. The victim said she and two neighbors followed the snowblower’s tire tracks to a house at 2625 E. Hartson.
Police retraced the tracks to the East Hartson residence and questioned a man living at the residence. He denied taking the missing snowblower, but police said the soles of the man’s shoes matched the footprints found with the snowblower’s tire tracks.
Police arrested Mark G. Holden, 44, and booked him into jail on a second-degree theft charge. During a routine search of the suspect, authorities found a small quantity of crack cocaine in his clothing.
Holden then was booked on a count of possession of a controlled substance.
Gang members suspected in knifing
Gang members may have assaulted a woman with a knife Sunday night, but the victim and her two friends refused to give details about the assault.
Police were called to a residence in the 1300 block of West 14th Avenue about 10:30 p.m. and found a 19-year-old woman bleeding from a knife wound to the head.
The victim and two female witnesses told police that two women had entered the apartment and demanded money from the victim.
When the woman refused, one assailant pulled a knife and beat and slashed the victim. The suspects took cash and jewelry, then left the apartment along with a male who had remained outside.
Police say the suspects apparently are affiliated with a gang, but the two witnesses and the victim wouldn’t provide police with a detailed description of the suspect and her accomplices.
The victim was treated at a local hospital and released.
An intruder broke into a house at 20000 W. Lance Hill Road, southwest of Cheney, and stole nearly everything but a Christmas tree.
The victim told sheriff’s deputies that when she returned home from work Saturday evening, the front door had been forced open and the house was ransacked, with contents of drawers dumped on the floor.
She said the thieves took a 25-inch color television set, a clear glass music box decorated with pewter edges and blue enamel flowers, a Swiss Army knife, two pairs of gold earrings and assorted rings and bracelets.
Two calves fatally shot
Sheriff’s deputies area are seeking information about the shooting deaths of two calves just north of Rosalia. The shootings occurred between 8:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and 9 a.m. Dec. 14.
The two 1-year-old calves were drinking from a water trough in a fenced field when they were shot from the road by a .22 caliber handgun or a pellet gun, said sheriff’s deputy David Reagan.
Police found a trail of blood leading from the water trough to the spot where the calves died.
Sheriff’s deputies are asking that anyone with information about the shooting call Crime Check at 456-2233.