December 5, 2005 in City

FBI assists investigation, search for missing girl

Compiled from staff and wire reports The Spokesman-Review
 

Lakewood, Wash. The FBI has joined the investigation into the disappearance of a 10-year-old girl missing since Friday.

While the ground search has been called off, agents worked with Lakewood police Sunday and provided sonar equipment to search American Lake.

Adre-Anna Jackson disappeared Friday after she had left her apartment for a five-minute walk to Tillicum Elementary School. Family members said they didn’t realize she was missing until late Friday afternoon because they didn’t know the school was closed because of snow.

On Saturday, Lakewood police searched the girl’s apartment as well as nearby American Lake for clues to the girl’s disappearance.

Up to 120 searchers and family members have knocked on doors, handed out fliers and searched nearby parks and neighborhoods for the girl, but they have turned up few if any leads, said Lakewood Assistant Police Chief Dave Hall.

Her mother said the fourth-grader was carrying a black and pink backpack. She was wearing bluejeans, possibly a blue shirt, white tennis shoes and possibly a puffy black coat or jacket. She is just under 5 feet tall, weighs approximately 78 pounds and has brown hair with reddish highlights.

North Side church burglarized

A burglar who broke into Lidgerwood Presbyterian Church last week got away with a speaker and a full stomach.

Someone entered the church, 4449 N. Nevada St., sometime between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, Spokane Police said in a news release. No signs of forced entry were found, and church officials said all keys to the building have been accounted for.

The burglar tried unsuccessfully to enter two offices in the church but did open a refrigerator and freezer in the kitchen. Some food was eaten, and some food thawed because the doors were left open, the release said.

The stolen speaker was black and had the brand name Peavey.

Man injured at party in Pullman

A man was sent to the Pullman Regional Hospital early Sunday with a small amount of bleeding on his brain after being hit on his head with a beer bottle at a party.

Pullman police arrested Kyle M. Seipp, 22, in connection with first-degree assault after the 1 a.m. incident.

Police said Seipp reportedly had been causing problems at the party earlier in the night. When the victim tried to escort Seipp out of the party at 2290 N.E. Westwood Drive in the “T” building, Seipp allegedly struck him on his head with the bottle.

A hospital spokeswoman said Sunday afternoon that the victim was in good condition and likely would be released by the end of the day.

Seipp is being held in the Whitman County Jail.

Teen detained in robbery attempt

A 16-year-old boy was booked into juvenile detention Friday afternoon in connection with a robbery attempt at the 7-Eleven store at 924 E. Empire Ave.

Witnesses had described the suspect as a white male wearing a red shirt and bluejeans but no shoes or coat.

Spokane police officer Russ Coffman saw a young man fitting the description in a driveway near the store and stopped him. The boy told Coffman he had been in the 7-Eleven and said his shoes had come off after he had run from someone who had grabbed him.

A witness at the store identified the boy as the suspect.

Police later identified the boy as the person on a videotape who had robbed the same store Nov. 11, when two half-cases of beer were stolen.

Reward offered for man’s arrest

A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of a man wanted for eluding law enforcement.

James Michael Boller, 26, recently lived in Spokane Valley. He has 10 convictions on his criminal record, including ones involving burglary, forgery and drugs, Spokane Police spokesman Dick Cottam said in a news release.

Boller is 6 feet 1, weighs 265 pounds and has brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information on Boller’s whereabouts can contact Secret Witness at (509) 327-5111. Callers do not have to give their name to be eligible for the cash reward.


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