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A Spokane methamphetamine dealer ordered to spend 15 years in federal prison is trying to get his sentence overturned, in part because it was investigated by a now-fired Spokane police officer.
David Brian Hill’s request is the latest twist in an investigation into potentially questionable partnerships between Spokane County law enforcement officers and local bail bondsmen and bounty hunters.
The investigation restarted earlier this year, and two Washington State Patrol employees, Dave Bolton and Jeff Thoet, spent six weeks on paid leave amid possible criminal allegations. The two returned to work late last month, but the investigation into their work with unlicensed bounty hunter Dennis Kariores is ongoing.
Ten years before Charles Wallace shot two Spokane County sheriff's deputies, he had an encounter with a now former Spokane police officer who's the subject of a criminal probe regarding his search and seizure procedures.
Wallace contested the search of his car and home conducted by Officer Alan Edwards on May 13, 2002. His public defender asked a judge to throw out the evidence on the grounds it was obtained illegally.
But Superior Court Judge Neal Rielly, now retired, denied the motion to suppress, and Wallace ended up pleading guilty and going to prison for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver cocaine and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver heroin, as well as second-degree escape for escaping from Geiger Corrections Center.
When still fighting the charges, Wallace signed an affidavit supporting his lawyer's efforts to suppress the evidence obtained by Edwards, who was fired last February for lying to an on-duty officer to obtain contact information for a woman he'd met at a bar.
Edwards was suspended for two weeks last fall after being on paid leave for seven months amidst a criminal probe into his use of an unlicensed bounty hunter to catch fugitives. That probe was recently reopened, and Edwards remains a target.
In the affidavit filed Nov. 27, 2002, Wallace stated he was driving his 1988 Toyota MR2 with a valid driver's license, valid registration and valid proof of insurance in the car when he was stopped about 11:30 p.m. "for no apparent reason."
Wallace said his power window was not working, so he opened the door and started to get out of the car until Edwards ordered him back inside.
Wallace said he held his license, registration and insurance through the open window when Edwards said to Officer Greg Thieschafer "That's him. Take him out," according to the affidavit. Thieschafer handcuffed Wallace and placed him in the back of a patrol car while Edwards started searching through the car. Edwards located heroin in the trunk.
Police also found heroin, cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia at Wallace's home in the 1200 block of West Alice Avenue. Wallace's wife at the time, Jessica Wallace, signed an affidavit contesting the legality of that search, too.
Jessica Wallace said she was home with her two-week-old baby and her younger brother when police officers, including Edwards, arrived and told her her husband had been arrested. One of the three officers said they needed to search the home.
Jessica Wallace said she was told police would get a search warrant for the home if she didn't let them in.
"In my mind, I felt I had no choice other then to let them enter and search my home," according to the affidavit. "I was extremely frightened fearful and did not know what to do. As I result, I let them into the house." The officers found something, then returned with a search warrant for a locked bedroom, according to the affidavit.
Reilly denied the motion to suppress in December 2002. Charles Wallace pleaded guilty in January 2003.
A Spokane police officer fired for lying to a co-worker to obtain the address of a woman he met at a bar told investigators he was going through personal problems and was concerned for the woman’s safety because he’d seen her interacting with a known felon.
Alan Edwards, who was fired in March, said he thought the woman showed interest in him as he left the Sullivan Scoreboard on Dec. 15 to give a friend a ride home. He returned to the bar about midnight and saw the woman talking to another man, whom he described “as a felon kind of bad guy.”
The release of the internal investigation into Edwards (right) comes at the same time officials say Edwards still is under a criminal investigation for his use of unlicensed bounty hunter Dennis Kariores (left) to illegally enter homes.
An unlicensed bounty hunter facing criminal charges for his work with Spokane-area law enforcement is to remain jailed on $250,000 bond, a judge ruled today.
Dennis J. Kariores, 42, returned to Spokane this weekend after he was arrested Feb. 9 in Pensacola, Fla., on a $150,000 warrant for first-degree burglary, unlawful imprisonment and second-degree kidnapping for allegedly using illegal apprehension techniques.
Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno increased Kariores' bond today after Deputy Prosecutor Dale Nagy said he was a flight risk with connections to the bail bond industry. Nagy called for $500,000 bond; Kariores' lawyer, Mark Hodgson, objected, saying Kariores is presumed innocent and had been planning to turn himself in.
"Mr. Kariores was actually at the airport coming back to Spokane to deal with these charges," Hodgson said. "He got picked up before he could get on the plane."
Karories is to be arraigned April 10 at 9 a.m. If he does post the $250,000 bond, he's prohibited from contacting Angels or All City bail bond companies, whose employees are involved in Kariores' criminal case.
Kariores left Spokane last year after learning of the investigation, according to court testimony.
Former Spokane police Officer Alan Edwards, who was fired last month, was suspended for two weeks for arranging a ruse with Kariores that involved using a fugitive to help them gain access to a home they were otherwise not legally authorized to enter.
Kariores' criminal charges stem from allegedly unlawful contacts with citizens in February 2010 and August 2010. Other law enforcement officers have admitted to working closely with Kariores. Read much more here.
Kariores has told The Spokesman-Review he was only doing as the police told him.
A woman who said a Spokane police officer she'd met at a bar showed up uninvited at her home told a dispatcher she didn't know how he got her address "and it's kind of creeping me out because he now knows where I live."
The incident led to Officer Alan Edwards being fired from the Spokane Police Department after officials determined he'd lied to another officer to get the woman's address.
Edwards, who was off duty and drinking at the Sullivan Scoreboard in Spokane Valley when he met the woman, told the officer he was investigating the woman for stealing his friend's debit card.
Spokane County's 911 center released a recording of the woman's phone call Monday after a request by The Spokesman-Review under the state public records act. The call is cut short to protect the woman's identifying information and home address, officials said.
Officials initially described the call as a 911 call, but the recording shows the woman called Crime Check and said she'd met a man the night before at a bar "and he was saying he was a cop."
"What ended up happening is I came home and probably about 45 minutes later somebody was banging on my door, and this was like at 3:30 in the morning, and it was him," the woman said "….I'm quite certain he didn't follow me because it was sometime after I got home. It was at least 45 minutes after I got home."
"He was banging on my door to the point where he woke up my neighbors," the woman continued. "I have no idea how he found my house, and it's kind of creeping me out because he now knows where I live."
The incident occurred early Dec. 16. Edwards was fired March 1.
Edwards returned to work last fall after 10 months of paid administrative leave amidst allegations of criminal conduct involving an unlicensed bounty hunter. He was suspended without pay for two weeks for arranging a ruse with a felon that allowed him to access a home without a search warrant.
Bail bondsmen and the unlicensed bounty hunter are are facing criminal charges related to the probe.
A senior Spokane police officer has been fired for misusing city equipment to obtain the home address of a woman he met at a bar.
Alan D. Edwards, 47, had recently returned to the police force from an unrelated suspension when the new complaint was lodged, this time after a woman called 911 in the pre-dawn hours of Dec. 16 reporting someone at her door.
It turned out to be Edwards, whom she’d met several hours earlier while at the Sullivan Scoreboard tavern in Spokane Valley.
Edwards, who was off duty, contacted an on-duty officer and said he was investigating a theft and needed the woman’s address. He told the officer, whose name has not been released, he was at a bar when the woman stole his friend’s credit card. But police say Edwards was not investigating a crime - he simply wanted information about the woman for personal purposes.
Federal agents have arrested an unlicensed bounty hunter whose alleged apprehension techniques led to felony charges and a criminal investigation against a Spokane police officer.
Dennis Kariores, 42, was taken into custody today in Pensacola, Fla., on a $150,000 warrant for first-degree burglary, unlawful imprisonment and second-degree kidnapping, according to the U.S. Marshals.
The federal Gulf Coast Regional Task Force arrested Kariores after agents here learned he'd fled to Navarre, a small city just outside Pensacola.
Kariores called The Spokesman-Review Wednesday and said he planned to turn himself in.
Spokane police Officer Alan Edwards was suspended for two weeks for arranging a ruse with Kariores that involved using a fugitive to help them gain access to a home they were otherwise not legally authorized to enter. (Other law enforcement officers have admitted to working closely with Kariores. Read much more here.)
Kariores has been a fugitive since Aug. 30, when he was charged for allegedly unlawfully detaining suspects while acting as an unlicensed bounty hunter.
According to court documents, Kariores and licensed bond agents John P. McCormick, 43, and Eric W. Houchin, 40, unlawfully stayed inside a home in the 1100 block of North Nelson Street in February 2010 and grabbed a woman while trying to contact her husband for failing to uphold his bond agreement with All City Bail Bonds. The woman was not wanted by police, which meant the bondsmen had no authority to detain her.
The men are charged with first-degree burglary and unlawful imprisonment for the incident.
Charles E. Dasenbrock, 26, is charged with second-degree kidnapping, along with Kariores, for an Aug. 26, 2010, incident in which the men detained a fugitive at a home in Spokane Valley and transported him to Spokane, where Edwards arrested him. Prosecutors say neither had the authority to apprehend and transport the man against his will. McCormick, Houchin and Dasenbrock have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial.
Kariores said he was only doing as the police told him.
Kariores, a convicted felon, applied for a recovery agent license with the state of Washington in March 2009 but was rejected.
In his application, he said he’s worked with police in Spokane County and North Idaho and has arrested more than 500 people in six years. “I am known as the guy to go to when they can’t find people, whether it be in Washington or out,” Kariores wrote.
A Spokane police officer who spent 10 months on paid leave while investigators probed the extent of his working relationship with an unlicensed bounty hunter is back on patrol.
Senior Officer Alan D. Edwards, 47, was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing but was found to have violated departmental policy by engineering an improper “ruse” to gain otherwise illegal entry to a Spokane home in 2009 while searching for stolen property. The city ordered him suspended without pay for two weeks and to undergo additional training in criminal procedure and report writing. He also was removed from the SWAT team until the training is completed.
A senior Spokane police officer has been on paid leave for seven months as detectives probe his ties to a self-styled bounty hunter and convicted felon who’s facing kidnapping and burglary charges related to his apprehension techniques.
Senior Officer Alan D. Edwards is not facing criminal charges, his attorney says, and police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick said the case should be resolved shortly, while declining to discuss details.
Kirkpatrick suspended Edwards from the police force on Jan. 23 amid what she said were possible criminal charges and an internal investigation, which Officer Jennifer DeRuwe said is ongoing. The 21-year police employee continues to receive his $76,886 annual pay as the criminal probe continues.