In brief: Suspect sought after police chase
Spokane police are seeking help in finding a man believed to have stolen a vehicle before successfully eluding an officer.
About 1:30 p.m. Friday, Cpl. Jim Muzatko attempted to make a traffic stop on a suspicious vehicle near Perry Street and Sanson Avenue, Officer Devin Presta said in a press release.
The driver fled the scene and eventually stopped the car and ran on foot. He ran in the back door of an occupied residence before running out the front, police said.
Other officers responded, and Spokane County sheriff’s deputies brought in a search dog and a helicopter to look for the suspect.
He was never located, but the investigation revealed that the car had been stolen. Inside, officers found stolen property and methamphetamines.
Muzatko was able to determine the fleeing suspect was 23-year-old Jeremy Millard, Presta said in the release.
Millard is facing charges of attempt to elude, residential burglary, second-degree possession of stolen property and possession of methamphetamines.
Anyone with knowledge of Millard’s whereabouts is asked to call 911.
Officer suffers minor injuries in crash
A police officer responding to a robbery alarm suffered minor injuries Saturday in a multiple-car crash in north Spokane.
The incident occurred at 5:39 p.m. near the intersection of Nevada Street and Lincoln Road, according to Cpl. Michael Carr, of the Spokane Police Department.
Two patrol cars with their lights and sirens activated were headed east on Lincoln in response to an alarm on North Market Street. The first patrol car cleared the intersection, but the second was struck by a van driven by a 72-year-old woman traveling north on Nevada, Carr said.
The impact forced the patrol car into a third vehicle waiting to turn on Nevada, said Carr.
The officer and the woman who hit the patrol car were taken to a hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries and released. The officer suffered a bruised right wrist while the woman, who was complaining of chest pains, experienced some swelling in her hands.
The names of the officer and woman were not released.
Former CNN reporter to speak
A former television reporter will discuss on Wednesday the role the media plays in setting world opinions of the United States.
Former CNN correspondent Ralph Begleiter will speak on “Global Media & The Power of Images – Or Why ‘They’ Hate Us and Why it Matters.”
Begleiter’s speech is presented by the World Affairs Council of Spokane, and the event will be held 6 p.m. Wednesday at the EWU Riverpoint Campus, 600 N. Riverpoint Blvd., in Room 20 of the Student Academic Center.
Man accused of trying to rape teen
A 21-year-old man is in jail after police said he broke into a Shadle Park home and tried to rape a 15-year-old baby-sitter.
Richard Allen Turner likely entered the home through an unlocked window and, armed with a knife, tried to rape the girl at about 2 a.m. April 15, said Spokane police spokesman Cpl. Tom Lee.
When children inside the home woke up, Turner fled, Lee said.
Turner’s home address is close to where the attack occurred, near the intersection of Ash Street and Rowan Avenue. He was arrested Friday.
Turner faces first-degree burglary, first-degree armed robbery and attempted first-degree rape charges.
Two sex offenders move to area
Spokane police want residents to know that two level 3 sex offenders with the potential to offend again have recently moved to the area.
Jeffrey W. Naftel, 49, and Albert R. Bohen, 57, are not wanted by police at this time but have moved to Spokane.
Bohen was charged with indecent liberties involving sexual assault on children in 1993 in Spokane County and has an extensive history of repeated sexual attacks on children and women, according to police.
Bohen is living in the northeast part of Spokane with a caretaker, and he is constantly supervised. He is not supposed to leave his home without his caretaker.
Bohen is 5-foot-6, 207 pounds and has gray hair and blue eyes.
Naftel is a transient and has reported being in the Spokane area. He pleaded guilty to raping 5- and 7-year-old boys and one count of child molestation in Chelan County in 1991.
Naftel is 5-foot-10, 220 pounds and has brown hair and hazel eyes.
Naftel is no longer supervised by the state Corrections Department.
Bonner County, Idaho
Valley man injured in motorcycle crash
A Spokane Valley man was hurt Saturday afternoon after a motorcycle crash in Bonner County, according to the Idaho State Police.
Edward A. Frehse, 45, was headed west on Dufort Road, when he tried to pass a vehicle on a blind corner, about one mile west of the Spirit Lake cutoff. According to the ISP, Frehse swerved to miss an oncoming vehicle, went off the roadway and struck several rocks. The BMW motorcycle caught on fire and Frehse, who was wearing a helmet, was thrown off and landed in a small creek. The accident happened about 3:15 p.m.
He was taken by MedStar to Deaconess Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition before he was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.