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In brief: Credit card message a scam

Sun., March 2, 2008

Spokane County sheriff’s Deputy Mark Gregory learned about a new scam firsthand Saturday when he received a text message, purportedly from Horizon Credit Union, that his credit card had expired and needed to be renewed by calling a toll-free number.

When he called, a recording asked for his credit card number, according to a press release by Sgt. Dave Reagan.

The deputy learned from Horizon’s credit card fraud department that this scam has surfaced in several states in recent days. Anyone who gave out bank account or credit card information after responding to a similar text message is advised to call their bank.

Nina Culver

Stabbing suspects arrested

Two intoxicated stabbing suspects were arrested late Friday after they tried to sit next to a uniformed Spokane police sergeant in a gas station mini-market.

Police were called to North Bowl, 125 W. Sinto Ave., about 11:15 p.m. A 55-year-old man received a small cut on his neck and facial injuries, Officer Brian Eckesley said in a press release. The man’s coat was cut several times with a knife during the incident near Al’s Motel, 1421 N. Division St.

A witness called police with a description of the two suspects. The pair had gone to the Chevron station at Division Street and Cataldo Avenue, where they approached the uniformed sergeant. The sergeant arrested them after hearing descriptions broadcast over the radio.

Patrick L. Lozeau, 62, and Martin L. Roman Nose, 40, were arrested on second-degree assault charges. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call (509) 242-TIPS.

– Nina Culver

Call to police brings arrests

A north Spokane County resident helped catch a pair of vehicle prowlers shortly before 6 a.m. Saturday in the 9700 block of North Stevens Street.

The resident spotted a teenager breaking into cars while another teen acted as a lookout, said Sgt. Dave Reagan of the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office in a press release.

The witness called 911 and followed the youths until deputies arrived.

The two tried to hide in a business complex at N. Division Street and Hoerner Avenue.

Deputies arrested 16-year-old and a 17-year-old males on charges of second-degree theft, third-degree theft and second-degree vehicle prowling.

Deputies recovered two stolen credit cards and a stolen cell phone from the 16-year-old, Reagan said.

Nina Culver


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