March 16, 2013 in City

In brief: Man with long record held in 2012 downtown burglaries

From Staff And Wire Reports

The repeat offender known as “Strollin’ Nolan” is behind bars – again – on suspicion of burglarizing several downtown businesses last year, including Greater Spokane Incorporated.

Detectives deemed him a suspect in December for the downtown thefts but were unable to find him when a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Nearly four months later, Spokane police tracked him down and arrested him on a bench warrant last week for first-degree trafficking of stolen property, Spokane police spokeswoman Monique Cotton said. His bond is set at $10,000.

Nolan has more than 50 convictions between 1990 and 2004 for burglary and theft.

He got attention in 1997 when he escaped police custody by walking out of a Public Safety Building interrogation room covering his handcuffed wrists with a coat.

He later returned the handcuffs to authorities in the mail.

Arrest made in crimes at SCC; link possible to South Hill cases

A man connected to thefts in the Lincoln Heights area has been arrested by Spokane police officers for driving a stolen vehicle, police say.

Police found Thomas M. Clement, 39, on Wednesday near Ralph Street and Riverside Avenue driving a vehicle reportedly connected to two car theft cases and a burglary on the Spokane Community College campus earlier this month, a Spokane Police Department news release said.

Clement entered campus locker rooms and used bolt cutters to steal car keys from lockers, the release said.

Investigators also believe Clement is connected to a series of commercial burglaries on the South Hill that targeted Radio Shack, Hastings, GameStop, Ace Hardware and others. Two other suspects believed to be working with Clement were arrested in February for the crimes.

Clement is charged with two counts of burglary, theft of a motor vehicle and first-degree trafficking of stolen property.

House hears bill that would remove anti-gay sex statute

HELENA – A House panel heard a measure Friday that would remove an obsolete Montana law that criminalizes gay sex by labeling it a deviate sexual behavior on par with bestiality.

Senate Bill 107 seeks to remove that language from the existing statutes, reflecting a 1997 Montana Supreme Court ruling that said the law prohibiting gay sex is unconstitutional.

The measure to strike the law has already passed the state Senate in a 39-11 vote, but now is before the House Judiciary Committee – the same panel that killed a similar bill in 2011.

Opponents argued the measure goes against Montana’s values, and say the Montana Supreme Court disregarded those values in its ruling in the 1997 case, Gryczen v. Montana.

Camping trip killing accomplice gets three-year prison sentence

MEDFORD, Ore. – A woman accused of helping a Medford woman kill her husband on a camping trip in Northern California has been sentenced to three years in prison.

The Medford Mail Tribune reported that 27-year-old Amber Lubbers had pleaded guilty in Siskiyou County to being an accessory after the fact. The sentence was imposed Thursday.

Lubbers was present when 34-year-old Michael MacCallum was shot to death, and she helped in a cover-up attempt, a Siskiyou district attorney said.

MacCallum’s body was found Nov. 20.

MacCallum’s wife, Patricia MacCallum, 26, faces a first-degree murder charge, with a trial to begin Aug. 1.

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