May 7, 2014 in City
In brief: Colville police officer jailed on suspicion of rape
A Colville police officer has been jailed in Chelan County on suspicion of raping a child.
Scott Arms, 43, faces a charge of first-degree child rape, jail records indicate. He is being held on a $25,000 bond.
Investigators arrested Arms after a school counselor told them of the alleged assault, according to KHQ. Arms was arrested at a home in Douglas County. He splits time between Colville and the Wenatchee area.
Arms was an investigator in the high-profile case against two Colville fifth-graders accused of threatening to rape and kill a classmate in early 2013.
Man shot by officers held pellet gun
The gun brandished by a homicide suspect who was shot and killed by police April 29 was a pellet gun, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation into Jeremy Arnold’s fatal encounter with police at 2512 N. Standard St. in Spokane, the scene of a stabbing death.
The confrontation began when Arnold rammed a pickup truck through a police barricade. A KXLY video shows Arnold getting out of his truck only feet away from officers with what appears to be a gun in his hand.
“The way he got out of the vehicle, pointing it at officers, obviously he wanted the officers to have the perception that it was a real gun,” said Sheriff’s Office spokesman Deputy Craig Chamberlin. “It looked like a legitimate handgun and the guys had about two seconds to make a decision.”
At the time, Arnold was a person of interest in the death of Tracy Fergerstrom, 46. Arnold had a lengthy and violent criminal history and had served two multiyear prison terms. He was most recently released from prison in June 2011.
Neighbors help nab burglary suspect
Neighbors near Finch Arboretum helped police catch a suspected burglar with an extensive felony record Tuesday. Lelbert L. Williams, 42, was jailed on suspicion of car theft and burglary.
Police were called at 8 a.m. to investigate a suspicious person in the 3200 block of West Trinity, according to the Spokane Police Department. The man was reportedly trying vehicle doors and walking through backyards. Officers were unable to find the man but gathered a description from witnesses.
Later in the morning, residents in the 1200 block of F Street called police about a suspicious man matching the description given earlier. Williams ran from officers briefly but was arrested without incident, police said.
Man allegedly forces way into store
A 26-year-old Spokane man is facing a first-degree burglary charge after allegedly assaulting a food wholesaler employee and forcing his way into the business after hours, claiming God would judge the workers.
Karl Prekker was booked into Spokane County Jail after 10 p.m. Monday. An employee of the Cash and Carry store on North Division Street said Prekker drove up to the store after 9 p.m., more than three hours after the store closed to the public. Prekker was speaking erratically as the employee entered the store, according to court documents. Prekker then pushed the employee into a checkout stand, yelling “You guys will be judged by God,” another witness told police.
The employee restrained Prekker until authorities arrived. Prekker was not armed, according to court documents. During his arrest, Prekker said God told him to enter the store, according to officers.
Foot in shoe found near Seattle pier
SEATTLE – A Port of Seattle spokesman said a human foot in a white sneaker has been found on the shore at a park near Seattle’s Pier 68.
The Seattle Times reported that port spokesman Peter McGraw said volunteers cleaning the park found the shoe and foot Tuesday. Port police turned both over to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Since 2007, there have been roughly a dozen cases in which a human foot encased in a tennis shoe has washed ashore in regional waters. A number of them were found in British Columbia. In a couple of cases, investigators determined the feet belonged to men who had been reported missing.