February 21, 1997 in Nation/World

Fbi Joins Hunt For Colville Brothers Pair Formally Charged With Shooting At Police In Ohio, May Be Returning To Northwest

By The Spokesman-Review
 

Two survivalist brothers from Colville are the subjects of a nationwide manhunt after being formally charged with shooting at police in Ohio.

Chevie Kehoe, 24, and his brother, Cheyne Kehoe, 20, were named Wednesday in an indictment returned by a grand jury in Clinton County, Ohio.

The FBI is joining the hunt for the pair, who may be returning to the Northwest.

The two brothers share interests in firearms, survivalism and anti-government, militia philosophies, authorities and acquaintances say.

Chevie Kehoe has practiced polygamy and traveled the country with his wives, frequently staying at survivalist and white supremacy enclaves.

Authorities are now looking for a 1977 Executive motor home with green trim and Montana license plates.

The pair are believed to be driving the motor home after fleeing a campground near Frankfort, Ohio. A young woman and at least two small children are believed to be with the fugitives, authorities say.

Chevie Kehoe, who has ties with skinheads and other white supremacists in this area, lived in Spokane late last year, authorities say.

Charges filed against the pair stem from two shootouts with police last Saturday in Wilmington, Ohio. A passer-by was slightly wounded in the second gunbattle.

Chevie Kehoe was driving a 1977 Chevrolet Suburban that was stopped by police for expired license tabs, Ohio authorities said.

His brother opened fire on two police officers as the driver attempted to flee and get back in the vehicle, authorities said.

The exchange was captured on a dashboard video camera in an Ohio State Patrol cruiser, ultimately leading to the identification of the suspects.

Several guns were found inside the Suburban. Authorities now say none of those match serial numbers on weapons taken from an Arkansas gun dealer who was murdered with his family.

Chevie Kehoe has been sought since last summer for questioning in those 1995 murders. He was charged Thursday with three counts of felony assault and three counts of attempted murder of a police officer for the Ohio shoot-outs.

He also was indicted on single counts of carrying a concealed weapon, possession of criminal tools, improper transportation of a firearm and two counts of fleeing.

His brother was indicted on two counts of attempted murder of a police officer, two counts of felony assault and one count of carrying a concealed weapon.

In Colville, several people who remembered the Kehoe family were reluctant to talk about the suspects.

“There’s nobody up here that’s going to tell you anything, even though some of us know these people,” one Stevens County man said.

The brothers are the sons of Kirby Keith Kehoe and his wife, Gloria, who are believed to have moved to Stevens County in the late 1980s.

The parents apparently no longer live in Stevens County. They most recently were living in northwestern Montana.

“We believe they were homeschooled,” Colville School Superintendent Rick Cole said of the brothers.

Chevie Kehoe was born in Orange Park, Fla., where the family lived for a time before moving to Stevens County.

Like their parents, the brothers follow itinerant lifestyles, working odd jobs and frequently traveling to Oklahoma and Arkansas.

They apparently spent several days in the private campground near Frankfort, Ohio, living in the motor home. After the shootouts, they are believed to have stolen a car, which was found abandoned about two miles from the campground.

Authorities say the motor home left the campground early Sunday.

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