June 9, 2012 in City
In brief: Large amount of heroin, guns taken from North Side home
About a pound of heroin was found in a home near the NorthTown Mall in Spokane on Friday during a SWAT team raid that also seized assault rifles, motorcycles and $10,000.
Daniel Edward Inwood, 53, was arrested at his home at 559 E. Crown Ave. after drug detectives and the Spokane police SWAT team arrived about 8:20 a.m.
Detectives obtained a search warrant for the home after a confidential informant bought heroin from the home on Tuesday.
Detectives were alerted to the home by an anonymous tipster who called Crime Check on May 1 to complain about drug activity.
A police sergeant told KHQ-TV that the heroin seized was the most he’d seen in one place during his 28 years in law enforcement.
Police also found two assault rifles, a revolver, a shotgun, a pistol, gun sights and ammunition. Four of the motorcycles seized were Harley-Davidsons from 1960, 1985, 1998 and 2007. Police also seized a 2004 chopper, according to the search warrant.
Inwood has 12 felony convictions, including six for drug crimes.
Washington Supreme Court upholds murder convictions
In a split decision, the Washington Supreme Court has upheld the murder convictions of two men implicated in the kidnapping, torture and execution-style killing of another man in 2005 over $800 worth of methamphetamine.
The court, in a 5-4 decision, upheld the aggravated first-degree murder conviction of Theodore M. Kosewicz, 44, and felony murder conviction of Robert A. Brown, 47, who were both convicted of the murder of 25-year-old Sebastian Esquibel.
Esquibel was discovered on Jan. 16, 2006, under a wood pile. He was bound by jumper cables and shot in the head. Testimony indicated that he had been kidnapped and tortured for two days before he was killed.
While upholding the Kosewicz conviction, four justices dissented on the murder conviction against Brown. The Division III Court of Appeals earlier had dismissed both first-degree kidnapping convictions of Kosewicz and Brown.
Since Brown did not take part in the killing, four justices questioned the legal basis for his conviction and said the the case should be sent back to Spokane County for a new trial.
Group protests federal rule on contraception insurance
More than 100 protestors gathered Friday at the federal courthouse in Spokane to protest new federal health insurance rules.
Robin Luciani, the local captain for the Nationwide Rally for Religious Freedom, said 110 people came to the Spokane event to protest a federal rule that will require health insurers to cover contraception. The rule is part of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordability Act.
The rally and dozens of others across the country were organized by the Coalition to Stop the Health and Human Services Mandate, which is made up of dozens of religious groups and organizations opposed to abortion rights.
Churches would be exempted from the contraception rule, but not religiously affiliated hospitals, colleges or charities. Critics argue that it violates protections for religious freedom.
“Our government does not have the right to tell us how to practice our faith or violate our conscience, according to the First Amendment,” Luciani said.