April 9, 2010 in City

Region in brief: Woman, children found in Portland


A Spokane mother whose children have been ordered back into state custody has been located in Portland.

Patricia Lyons, 25, left Spokane after police say she stabbed her ex-boyfriend on Saturday.

Child Protective Services determined the incident violated court restrictions, and her 5-year-old daughter, Athena Lyons, and 2-year-old son, Ronnie Adams, are to return to state custody.

Portland police found Athena at an elementary school Thursday afternoon, where they say Lyons had recently enrolled her. Police found Lyons at a motel with her son, and officers are coordinating her return to Spokane.

Police think Lyons may have left town before she knew she’d lost custody of her children, said Officer Jennifer DeRuwe.

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Armed robbery suspects in custody

Two men suspected of a home-invasion robbery in Spokane last month are now in police custody.

A Spokane police dog, Bennie, captured Wesley I. Veazie, 22, after he ran from a traffic stop near North Lincoln Street and West Boone Avenue about 6:20 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

Officers conducted the stop with members of the U.S. Marshals Service. Las Vegas police on Wednesday captured Veazie’s suspected accomplice, Taveus M. Brown, 30.

The men are suspected of bursting into another man’s apartment at 2500 E. South Riverton Ave. on March 2 and holding him at gunpoint.

Veazie is in Spokane County Jail on $100,000 bail after appearing in Superior Court Thursday; Brown is in jail in Las Vegas. They face charges of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary and attempted first-degree robbery.

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Federal grants help states with wolves

Ten states, including Washington and Idaho, will receive grants for nonlethal activities designed to reduce wolf predation of livestock and to compensate ranchers for the loss of animals.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the $1 million program last week.

“Wolf populations are expanding in several parts of the nation, and this grant program gives us another tool to help states minimize conflict where wolves and human activities overlap,” said Rowan Gould, acting Fish and Wildlife director.

Idaho will receive $140,000 through the Wolf Compensation and Prevention Program. Washington will receive $15,000.

Staff reports

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