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In brief: Drugs, cash found during traffic stop

Tue., Sept. 25, 2012

A Spokane Valley traffic stop early Sunday morning netted the arrest of one man who had nine outstanding felony warrants and a bag that contained cash, cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Jeremy Howe was patrolling in the area of Third Avenue and South Carnahan Road when he stopped a vehicle for multiple traffic violations, sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Craig Chamberlin said in a news release.

He noticed the passenger, 50-year-old Tracy Thornton, clutching a black satchel between his legs, the news release said. A female deputy arrived and searched the driver, 34-year-old Lanelle Whitaker, who was found to have $1,500, Chamberlin said.

She was ticketed for driving with no valid driver’s license and released.

Burglar makes off with spoons, coins

A Spokane County woman told sheriff’s deputies a burglar cleaned out her coin collections and spoons from all over the world while she slept Sunday night.

The 73-year-old homeowner called deputies after she awoke and realized that someone had come through an unlocked window at her home in the 1100 block of East Lake Road, sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Craig Chamberlin said in a news release. The burglar made away with the spoon collection and also several coin collections, including presidential gold coins, Chamberlin said.

A house that neighbors say is occupied by squatters caught fire Monday night.

Firefighters quickly knocked down flames as seven engines converged on the home on the 100 block of East Providence Avenue.

Spokane Fire Battalion Chief Joel Fielder said the living room and a back bedroom were damaged.

There was little furniture in the house. Fielder noted that many empty whiskey and beer bottles were scattered about the floor.

Many of the windows in the house were broken out and the back door was open.

“Some people have been squatting there for a year and half,” said neighbor Dale Fattu. “It’s been a problem house.”

Road work to cause delays on East Trent

Trent Avenue east of Sullivan Road to the Idaho state line will be reduced to one lane this week due to construction work.

Flaggers will direct drivers through the construction area one direction at a time. Expect delays.

The crack-sealing project continues through Thursday and possibly Friday, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Trent is also state Highway 290 and a major route between Spokane and North Idaho.

Children found in trunk of speeding car

SEATTLE – The Washington State Patrol said troopers found three children locked in the trunk after pulling over a speeding car on Interstate 405 near Bothell.

Spokesman Keith Leary said Anna Boyle, 28, and her fiancé, Aaron Johnson, 27, were booked into Snohomish County Jail Sunday on investigation of multiple charges, including drug possession and reckless child endangerment.

Boyle, who was driving the car, didn’t tell troopers about the children until they heard thumping sounds from the trunk.

Leary said troopers opened the trunk and found Boyle’s children – ages 5, 7, and 8 – and a small dog. They were taken into protective custody.


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