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In brief: Sex offenders register in county

Three sex offenders considered likely to reoffend recently registered in Spokane County.

Joe Louis Barton, 47, is living in the 1100 block of West York Avenue after serving 216 months in prison for raping a 7-year-old girl in 1986. He’s no longer on probation.

Delores M. Hegge, 31, is living in the 1300 block of North Foothills Drive. She was sentenced to 21 months in prison in 1995 for first-degree child molestation. Her victim was a 10-year-old boy. She is not on probation.

Jeffrey W. Naftel, 52, is living as a transient in Spokane County. He was convicted of first-degree child rape and first-degree child molestation in 1991 in Chelan County. His victims were 5- and 7-year-old boys. He’s not on probation.

Barton, Hegge and Naftel are level 3 sex offenders, the classification considered most likely to reoffend. None is wanted by law enforcement, but authorities want the public to be aware of their presence.

Suspects arrested

in street robbery

Three suspects were arrested in a brazen holdup robbery on Tuesday in which one of three robbers fired a shot in the air as the thieves drove away, police said.

Brandon L. Glore, 22, Frank R. Marusic, 20, and a 17-year-old boy were arrested on Tuesday. The adults were booked into Spokane County Jail, and the juvenile went to Spokane County Juvenile Detention.

Officer Jennifer DeRuwe, police spokeswoman, said two of the robbers confronted a man as he was walking to work about 5:30 a.m. near the intersection of North Helena Street and East Desmet Avenue.

One of them pointed a long-barreled rifle at the victim and ordered him to empty his pockets. He turned over cash and an MP3 player.

Officers later recovered a rifle as well as some money.

Mining camp to be

for day use only

The Colville National Forest will cut off vehicle access to Gypsy-Copper Mining Camp on July 1 and convert the site to day use only.

The site north of Sullivan Lake contains the forest’s oldest standing structure, an 1898 “powder house” built to store blasting powder for nearby mines.

Forest Service officials said the road closure and camping ban will help deter vandalism. In recent years, people have altered the cabin’s structure, dug pits, cut down trees and left junk vehicles and human waste in the area.

People interested in helping with restoration, historic interpretation or the possibility of future camping at the site should contact Carl Burdick at (509) 446-7500.

Hunter discovers

pot growing site

A hunter led investigators this week to a man they say “interprets the medical marijuana law a little differently than we do.”

Benjamin A. Rice-Erso, 26, was released from Spokane County Jail on his own recognizance after appearing in Superior Court on a felony charge of manufacturing a controlled substance.

Investigators raided his mother’s home in the 15100 block of South Valley Chapel Road on Wednesday after a tipster said he saw marijuana plants on the 10-acre parcel while hunting with a GPS unit, according to a search warrant.

A detective flew over the site in a helicopter, leading to a raid that seized 181 marijuana plants and 5 pounds of harvested bud. Detectives also seized $3,200 found in a gun safe, according to the search warrant.

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Dave Reagan said Rice-Erso, who has a medical marijuana license, equipped two trucks with reservoirs so he could drive water to the outdoor grow site.

State posts actions

on care facilities

Washington state has made it easier to find out about the quality of care at long-term care facilities by posting enforcement actions on the Department of Social and Health Services website.

For information about adult family homes, visit www.adsa.dshs.wa.gov/ Lookup/AFHPubLookup .asp and enter a city, county or ZIP code. For boarding homes, visit www.adsa.dshs.wa.gov/ Lookup/BHPubLookup .asp.

If action has been taken, the words “This facility has enforcement letters” will appear under the name of the home. The site links to the letters detailing what action has been taken against the facility and why.

Woman injured

in fight at party

A young woman cut on both thighs was listed in stable condition at a Spokane hospital after a party turned into a fight on Spokane’s North Side.

Spokane police were called to the fight in the 1800 block of North Normandie Street about 2 a.m. Thursday, while an officer downtown spotted a driver who turned out to be the victim driving toward the hospital at a high rate of speed.

An officer pulled the woman over and discovered she was bleeding; the officer escorted her to the hospital.

At the Normandie address, police learned that the woman’s vehicle windows were smashed with a baseball bat and golf club by two men in a fight involving about 20 people. The injured woman and witnesses were unsure how she was cut.

No arrests were made, and police are asking that anyone with information about the incident call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.



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