June 19, 1997 in Washington Voices

Return Of Lost Wallet Earns Reward For Sixth-Grader

Jonathan Martin S Staff writer
 

The honesty of Trevor Mabbott, a Westview Elementary sixth-grader, was rewarded last week when he turned in a lost wallet containing $70 in cash.

Mabbott found the wallet in downtown Spokane last week and turned it in to the Public Safety Building. The wallet was returned to its owner.

Mabbott was rewarded with a gift certificate for dinner with his family.

“Most of the publicity about youngsters seems to be negative, but as police officers we also see the great majority of kids are good, and Trevor is symbolic of them,’ said officer Tim Conley. “It’s nice to recognize honesty.”

Kidnapping attempted

A man in a white Mazda pickup truck tried to kidnap a North Spokane woman last week at the intersection of East Mission and Calispel.

The 30-year-old woman was walking on East Mission in the Logan neighborhood at 1:15 a.m. June 13 when the driver pulled up next to her and asked if she wanted a ride.

Denied, the man got out of the truck and grabbed the woman’s jacket. She shook free, and ran north on Calispel, with the man pursuing.

She jumped over a fence into a yard near Mission and Normandie, and the man returned to his truck.

Police searched the area for a brown-haired white male, about 40 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, and for the truck, which had a canopy and blue stripes, but found nothing matching the description.

Marijuana bust

For the second day in a row, police sniffed out a marijuana growing operation in north Spokane.

Police went to a house at 2612 W. Wabash about 5 p.m. Monday to check on a reported runaway.

While they were talking to the resident, one of the officers smelled what he thought was marijuana.

The man gave authorities permission to search his house, but then collapsed on the lawn from an apparent seizure. When he came to, he told police they couldn’t go inside.

Officers got a search warrant instead.

Once in the home, officers found a dozen pot plants, bags full of marijuana, a container of seeds, grow lights, timers, fans and other equipment, according to a report.

Several firearms also were seized, police said.

Rodney Rockford, 33, was arrested and booked into jail on a charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture.

His wife, 35-year-old Stephanie Rockford, also was arrested and booked on the same charge.

On Sunday, police reported finding 100 marijuana plants and a sophisticated growing operation at 2720 E. Rowan after an officer smelled the aroma of pot in the neighborhood.

John Walter Bridge, 36, was arrested in that case.

The two cases don’t appear related.

Arrest made for theft, possession

Shoplifting a $2 greeting card is not exactly a Hallmark moment. But when security guards stopped 27-year-old Nora Adams as she was leaving with the stolen card, they found baggies of black tar heroin and methamphetamine, according to police.

Adams was arrested for theft and drug possession, and booked into jail.

Employees nab shoplifting suspect

Employees of North Division’s General Store chased a shoplifter across the busy north Spokane thoroughfare before grabbing the 38-year-old man.

Martin A. Schadler was arrested for third degree assault and booked in the Spokane County Jail.

Employees told police the store alarm rang as Schadler left with an automobile part.

Several employees followed him out the door and across a parking lot. They told police that Schadler swung the part at them, ran across North Division and continued north, with employees still pursuing.

A car pulled up, and Schadler tried to get in. But the employees grabbed Schadler, and the man surrendered.

, DataTimes The following fields overflowed: CREDIT = Jonathan Martin Staff writer Staff writer Kevin Blocker contributed to this report.


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