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Lawyer: Court mishap led to fugitive status

A man wanted by Crime Stoppers since December was released from jail on his own recognizance after a judge said notification of his arraignment had been mailed to California instead of his Spokane address.

Charles Willy Jackson, 24, is accused of shooting out the back window of a Hummer during a confrontation in in a parking lot across the street from Club Uno, 515 W. Sprague Ave., early Nov. 22. He’s charged with second-degree assault, third-degree malicious mischief and possession of a controlled substance (cocaine.)

A second suspect, Cedric E. Burton, is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder for allegedly trying to run over two men, Bradley Hollibaugh and Jacob Schreiber, just before the shooting.

A warrant was issued for Jackson’s arrest after he didn’t show up for an arraignment in December. But Jackson didn’t know he’d been charged, said his public defender, Ed Carroll, in court Tuesday.

Jackson turned himself in as soon as he realized there was a warrant, Carroll said. Jackson’s girlfriend is pregnant and he doesn’t plan on leaving Spokane, where he’s been since his arrest.

“Everyone thought” he’d gone to California, Carroll said. Prosecutors asked for $25,000 bond, but Judge Ellen Kalama Clark released Jackson on his own recognizance after noting that his arraignment notice had been sent to California instead of his Spokane address.

His standard release conditions prohibit him from contacting Burton, who remains in jail after being arrested in Los Angeles May 4. He was back in court Monday on a new harassment charge and a new warrant for a 2008 robbery case and got $50,000 bail for each charge. The robbery charge stems from when Burton allegedly attacked a woman and stole her purse inside 6128 N. Wiscomb on April 3, 2008.

Burton’s public defender, Mark Hannibal, said the warrant was filed after a judge rejected a $1.5 million bail request from prosecutors.

“It looks like, your honor, they were grumpy at the court at Mr. Burton’s expense,” Hannibal said.

Tips sought on downtown bar assailants

Spokane police are looking for tips identifying two assailants who attacked a man early Saturday outside the Blue Spark, 15 S. Howard Ave.

The assault occurred between midnight and 1 a.m. and sent the victim to a hospital with head trauma.

One man was described as white, bald, 6-feet tall and 200 pounds with a black t-shirt and possibly in his early 30s. The second man was described as black, in his 30s, 6-foot-1 with a medium build.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Suspects named in retaliatory Feb. stabbing

Four suspects were named recently in a February stabbing that police believe may have been retaliation for an earlier fight.

Oscar T. Rodriguez, 24, was arrested Tuesday on eight assault and burglary charges connected to a Feb. 10 attack that left Michael P. Dennis with a stab wound in the left side of his back.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Jacob M. Maravilla, 20. Two other suspects, Meghan L. Jeske, 21; and Richelle R. Swinkels, 20, have been summoned.

The four are accused of an early-morning break-in and assault at 907 E. Wabash Feb. 10.
Dennis' brother, Andrew Heatwole, told police he and friends were drinking and playing dice when several people pulled up in three cars and confronted him outside the home.

A man Heatwole identified as Rodriguez punched him in the face as the group entered the home, and a woman struck him with a hammer, according to court documents.

The other man said “something to the effect of, 'you messed with my homegirl Dawn!'” - reportedly in reference to an earlier assault at the home.

Dennis was sleeping when the group burst in but awoke and confronted them. He was stabbed in the back and treated at a hospital for a non-life threatening injury.

Maravilla and Swinkels were arrested the next week, but charges weren't filed until May 10.

Court documents show detectives were tipped on Feb. 24 that Rodriguez may have been involved. Swinkels then came forward and provided the knife police say was used in the stabbing. Dennis later picked Rodriguez and Maravilla out of a phone lineup.

A suspect arrested the day of the attack, 39-year-old Preston R. Tensley, has not been charged. Witnesses first identified Tensley as one of the attackers but then identified Rodriguez in his place.

‘One-man crime wave’ accused of assault

A Maryland fugitive described by local police as a “one-man crime wave” is accused of assaulting a nurse at Deaconess Medical Center Wednesday night.

Ricky W. Everett, 33, appeared in Superior Court this afternoon on a third-degree assault charge after hospital staff and jails deputies said Everett dug his fingernails into a nurse’s right hand, causing a cut and red marks, according to court documents. The nurse was trying to put a breathing mask on Everett when he became uncooperative about 9:40 p.m., documents allege.

Everett’s bail was set at $200,000 today. That’s in addition to $150,000 bond set Wednesday for a theft of a motor vehicle charge.

Everett, who has 30 felony convictions in six states, was arrested Tuesday after police said he paid for a Honda Accord with a bad check. Police on Wedensday searched a Queen Avenue home (pictured above) where he’d been staying.

Everett left federal prison in March after serving time for impersonating a U.S. marshal in Oregon. In court documents, federal prosecutors described Everett’s mental state as “a puzzle, to say the least.”

Spokane detectives say he carries a Taser and has told citizens he’s a police officer.

Anyone who has had contact with Everett or has accepted a check from Ricky’s PI Service is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Everett’s probation officer and a Portland police detective “are glad he’s gone because he caused a lot of trouble,” said Deputy Prosecutor George Gagnon at Everett’s first Superior Court appearance on Wednesday.

Read my story: ‘One-man crime wave’ with 30 felonies hit Spokane

‘Muscle’ in mom-daughter robbery: Guilty

A Spokane man who prosecutors say helped a mother and daughter beat and rob a man last fall pleaded guilty to three felonies today but was given an extra week before sentencing to allow him to say goodbye to his family.

Prosecutors will recommend Robert L. Hensley, 21 and already a four-time felon, receive nearly five years in prison for the Nov. 29 kidnapping, robbery and beating of Jeremy Brotherton.

Brotherton was working at Denny’s in Spokane Valley when Hensley and, allegedly, Alisson D. Taylor, 34, (aka Alisson D. Hall) and Breeanna C. Sims, 18, picked him up and said they had money Taylor owed him.

Instead, Hensley assaulted Brotherton to the point where he lost consciousness as they drove to his apartment at 9015 E. Cataldo. Hensley further assaulted Brotherton inside the apartment after he (and Sims, allegedly) forced Brotherton into a room as Taylor helped, according to court documents.

Taylor devised the plan “to feed her addiction to hydrocodone pills” and recruited Hensley as “the muscle,” Deputy Prosecutor Larry Haskell said today.

Hensely is a Sureno gang member, according to court documents. He pleaded guilty today to first-degree robbery, residential burglary and unlawful imprisonment. Haskell dimissed other felonies ” to reward Mr. Hensely for stepping forward and taking a gaint chunk of responsiblity for what happend that day.” Hensley faces 57 months in prison under the plea agreement. The high-end of his standard sentencing range is 75 months.

Sentencing was set to May 26 to allow Hensley time “to see his family and children and just say goodbye,” said his public defender, Thomas Cooney.

Sims and Taylor are out of jail on bond. Trials for the mother-daughter duo are set for June.

Gang task force arrests well-known felon

A 29-year-old man with an extensive criminal history but only brief stays in prison is back in jail after an arrest Friday by the local gang task force.

Joseph A. Bercier, a self-proclaimed member of the Sureno gang, was wanted on a fourth-degree assault charge after his girlfriend, Diedra West, told police on Wednesday that he’d assaulted her at her home in the 11507 E. Mission Ave., where he’s lived for a couple months. 

West told police that Bercier, a convicted felon, had a gun, according to a warrant used to search a green Ford Explorer on Friday.

Police set up surveillance on the Mission Avenue location Friday and saw Bercier open the trunk of a the Explorer before leaving in a gold Chevrolet Tahoe. He was arrested by members of the Spokane Violent Crime Gang Enforcement Team that afternoon.

Bercier has been involved in police investigations and chases for several years.

His criminal history dates back to a malicious mischief conviction in Douglas County when he was 15. It includes at least six adult felonies, including posession of a controlled susbtance and unlawful possesion of a firearm and a conviction in April 2009 for second-degree robbery in connection with a shooting in July 2008. Bercier eluded capture at least once after that shooting.

He’s been a Crime Stoppers fugitive several times and once had a special $250 reward for his arrest eluding police in a stolen car after the July shooting. But he’s never served much time in prison.

News archives show he received 20 months in prison with credit for 20 months already served for a May 2009 conviction for theft of a motor vehicle. He was sentenced to 22 months about that same time for the robbery conviction, but he was in state prison only from May to October, according to the state Department of Corrections.

Bercier returned to state prison for two weeks in March for violating his release conditions. Now he’s back in jail on a Department of Corrections hold and new misdemeanor assault

Family dispute leads to SWAT team arrest

A 22-year-old Cheney man was arrested by a SWAT team this morning after his father told police he threatened him with a rifle and hit him with an ashtray.

Mitchell W. Blakely was booked into Spokane County Jail on a charge of second-degree assault after the 10 a.m. arrest at his Lance Hill Road residence.

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team made the arrest because Blakely had past contacts with police, had several dogs, access to firearms and no telephone, authorities said. Blakely was arrested without incident.

He was treated at the scene for injuries suffered in the quarrel with his father.

Two .22-caliber rifles were taken from the residence, including one with a homemade silencer.

Gunman in Halloween shooting gets 35 years

A Spokane man who shot and killed another man outside a downtown bar after a Halloween celebration in 2008 was sentenced today to 35 years in prison.

Jonathan H. Espinoza received 339 months for first-degree murder and 93 months for first-degree assault, police said in a news release.

Espinoza, 26, killed Joshua D. Ridgely, 22, and injured two of Ridgely’s friends, Ryan R. Jackson and Michelle M. Wilcox, in a shooting outside The Blvd Tavern on Nov. 1, 2008.

Espinoza opened fire on a crowd after grabbing a gun from a friend, Matthew R. Jones. Jones, 26, told police he’d fired one shot into the air before Espinoza grabbed the weapon and said “This is how you do it.”

Jones pleaded guilty last summer to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Past coverage:

April 26, 2010: Shooter pleads guilty in Halloween murder

June 11, 2009: Man pleads guilty in killing

Nov. 3, 2008: Shooting victim always wore smile

Police: Robber held toddler at knifepoint

A home-invasion robber held a toddler at knife-point to coerce a woman who later used a MySpace photo to identify him, according to police.

The suspect, Pierre J. Davis, 21, appeared in Spokane County Superior Court on Tuesday, more than four months after police say he held a knife to a 2-year-old boy’s throat while demanding debit card information from the boy’s mother.

Detectives used interviews and a search warrant for cell phone records to develop a case against Davis after the woman spotted his photo on MySpace. He was booked into jail on Monday. Court documents do not identify two additional suspects but said each was armed with a knife. 

Read the rest of my story here.

It’s not the first time Davis has been linked to a crime connected to the once-popular social networking site.

He has a conviction for riot in connection with a February 2008 gang-related shooting that stemmed from a message posted on a Murder 1 Crips gang member’s MySpace page. The message targeted a rival gang, the Blocc Hustler Crips, of which Davis was reportedly a member, according to court documents. Read more here.

Injured baby still improving at hospital

A 2-month-old baby who suffered what Spokane police initially feared would be fatal injuries continues to improve at a hosptial, family said.

SkyeLynn A. Jamison is to be released next week, a family member said Saturday on a Facebook page created for the girl.

SkyeLynn's father, 18-year-old Tyler L. Jamison, pleaded not guilty today to a charge of first-degree assault. He was arrested last month.

Read a story on his arraignment here.

Past coverage:

April 12: Injured baby improving at Spokane hospital

April 8: Police: Baby brain dead after assault by father

Court upholds ‘road rage’ sentencing

By Kevin Graman

The state Court of Appeals let stand the sentencing condition imposed on a Spokane motorist who assaulted a bicyclist during a road rage incident two years ago – that he keep his anger in check.

When a jury convicted Dylan T. Anstrom, 32, of second-degree malicious mischief and fourth-degree assault last year, Spokane County Superior Court Judge Tari Eitzen gave him two years’ probation, provided that he had no further road rage incidents.

Anstrom appealed, saying the condition violated his due process rights. This week, the Court of Appeals for Division III refused to review his appeal because he could not show that “he has been harmed by the condition in any way.”

In July 2008, Anstrom was driving near the Centennial Trail when he drove up behind two bicyclists and started honking his horn before speeding past them, nearly hitting one of them.

When Anstrom stopped at a traffic light one of the bicyclists rode up and told Anstrom he had nearly caused a serious accident, according to court documents.

Enraged and believing the bicyclist had damaged his car, Anstrom chased the bicyclist through a nearby parking lot. Unable to catch the first bicyclist, Anstrom stopped the second bicyclist and demanded to know the name of the first.

When the second bicyclist refused to give him the name, Anstrom knocked him off his bicycle, kicked him, punched him, threw the bicycle on top of the cyclist and then threw the bicycle against a telephone pole, according to court documents .

Witness in 2 gang crimes sought by police

A witness in criminal cases against two reputed Spokane gangsters hasn’t been staying in contact with court officials, and Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help arrest her.

Summer R. Abrahamson, 32, is to testify in the upcoming attempted-murder trial of Timothy Lucious, who faces life in prison under the three-strikes law for a shooting last summer.

Abrahamson also is the alleged victim in a first-degree robbery and second-degree assault case against Antono E. Cook, Jr., 29.

Cook is accused of punching Abrahamson and stealing a knife Sept. 6 in a fight over a sexually suggestive text message, according to court documents. Cook also is charged with illegally possessing the gun used in the Jan 17 murder of John S. Williams.

In Lucious’s case, Abrahamson was with a group of women when a fight that began at a bar festered at a party, then erupted on the other side of the city with two women shot and another punched unconscious. Lucious is the alleged shooter.

Prosecutors want Abrahamson jailed to assure her presence at trial.

“Based on her numerous unfavorable contacts with law enforcement and the courts, it is doubtful she would voluntarily appear for trial,” according to court documents.

Abrahamson has previous convictions for robbery, drugs, assault and malicious mischief.

A $100,000 material witness warrant was issued April 23. Crime Stoppers offered a reward for tips on her location this week.

Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS, or submit tips online here.

Insanity leads to acquittal in machete attack

A man arrested in a machete attack that sliced a Spokane teenager last summer has been acquitted of the crime by reason of insanity.

Douglas W. Harmon, the brother of the man who went on an apparent LSD-fueled shooting spree in Spokane in 1971, was accused of attacking a teenage couple with the blade outside Harmon’s Spokane apartment June 17.

Eddie Ramsey required more than 100 stitches after the machete sliced his face from his life ear to his jaw, shattered a bone in his life wrist and took a chunk out of his hair

Harmon was charged with assault but quickly transported from the jail to Eastern State Hospital. He pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity on April 14, and Judge Ellen Kalama Clark acquitted him that day, according to court records.

His brother, Larry Harmon was 21 when he stormed St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church with a .22-caliber rifle Nov. 11, 1971, killing a janitor and injuring four others before being shot to death by police.

The men’s late father, E. Glenn Harmon, was a journalist and prominent Spokane attorney who represented The Spokesman-Review and Spokane Chronicle.

Past coverage:

June 24: Suspect in machete attack is brother of GU gunman

June 18: Machete victim: ‘I thought I was going to die’

Mont. fugitive brawls with Spokane deputies

A Montana fugitive accused of assaulting two Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies early Sunday remains in jail.

Michael J. Daniels, 26, was arrested after deputies said he struck one of them in the leg before brawling with the other after a foot chase through a north Spokane neighborhood.

Daniels, 26, is in custody on $10,000 bond after appearing in Superior Court Monday of third-degree assault against a law enforcement officer, obstructing a police investigation, resisting arrest, and fourth-degree assault.

The fourth-degree assault charge stems from Daniels alleging assaulting a 27-year-old man in a home in the 400 block of East Hawthorne Road “over a years-old family dispute,” according to the Sheriff’s Office. Daniels has two felony escape warrants out of Great Falls.

His accomplice, Eric B. Fowler, also is charged with fourth-degree assault and possession of a marijuana and remains in jail on $500.

Teen killer accused of assault at Spokane jail

A teenager sentenced last week to 10 years in prison for the strangulation murder of a Spokane woman is accused of assaulting another jail inmate Tuesday night.

Deputies say Matthew T. Shope, 19, attacked Joshua J. Mulvey, 26, in the Spokane County Jail just before 7 p.m., according to court documents filed today.

Mulvey (right), who’s being held on theft charges related to an alleged cross-country Craigslist rip off, suffered a fractured bone in his face and briefly lost consciousness, jail deputies said. He was treated at a Spokane hospital, according to court documents.

Shope appeared in Superior Court today on one count of second-degree assault.

Shope was sentenced April 20 to 134 months in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder for the Oct. 6, 2008, strangulation death of 28-year-old Jennifer L. Siria. His accomplice, Michael A. Quinones, 29, was sentenced to 25 years in prison March 25 after pleading guilty to first-degree murder.

Last fall, investigators say Shope wrote letters to the estranged wife of jail inmate David E. Epley after he and Epley grew close in jail.

Teen torture suspects due in court today

Two teens accused of kidnapping and torturing a suspected burglar are in police custody.

Jesse T.R. Bushnell, 19; (left) and Jesse R. James, 17, are due in Superior Court this afternoon via video from the jail, where they’ve been since Tuesday.

Bushnell and James are accused of helping Chaz P. Crow, 20, kidnap and torture a burglar on two occasions last week.

Crow was arrested Thursday and is to be arraigned this afternoon on two counts of first-degree kidnapping, one count of first-degree burglary and two counts of second-degree assault: torture.

The suspects are accused of kidnapping a man they caught burglarizing Crow’s home, then beating him until he told them where to find some of the stolen items. Bushnell then pistol-whipped  the man with the stolen rifle, police said.

The attackers kidnapped the man again from a home at 2525 E. 53rd later that night and demanded the stolen marijuana, according to court documents. Bushnell reportedly poked the alleged victim repeatedly with a metal wire during the long car ride, according to court documents.

Read more about the case here.

‘She wasn’t fleeing. She was just moving.’

A woman found in Portland with two children who’d been ordered to return to state custody is back in Spokane.

Patricia J. Lyons, 25, is in jail on $15,000 bond after she pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Spokane County Superior Court.on one count of second-degree assault.

Spokane police say she stabbed her 50-year-old ex-boyfriend April 3. The alleged stabbing caused Child Protective Services to order Lyons’ 5-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son back to state custody, but Lyons left Spokane before police could locate them.

Police and CPS urged the public to keep an eye out for Lyons before Portland police found her daughter at an elementary school on Thursday. Police found Lyons and her son at a nearby motel. Police took the children into protective custody but couldn’t arrest Lyons because Spokane County hadn’t issued a warrant.

Her lawyer, David Partovi, said in court today that the case has been blown out of proportion.

“She wasn’t fleeing. She was just moving,” Partovi said.

Lyons entered a not guilty plea during her first appearance today.

Partovi helped Lyons turn herself in Monday night.

Fugitive mother returns to Spokane

A woman found in Portland with two children who’d been ordered to return to state custody is back in Spokane.

Patricia J. Lyons, 25, is due in Spokane County Superior Court on one count of second-degree assault after police say she stabbed her ex-boyfriend April 3.

The alleged stabbing caused Child Protective Services to order Lyons’ 5-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son back to sate custody, but Lyons left Spokane before police could locate them.

She was on the run for several days before Portland police found the girl at an elementary school on Thursday.

Lyons recently enrolled the girl at the school after telling officials at a Spokane school she was moving out of state.

Police found Lyons at a motel with her son. Lyons was booked into Spokane County Jail Monday at 8:10 p.m.

Jury convicts gunman in neighbor dispute

A Stevens County man faces about 7 years in prison for a neighbor dispute that erupted in gunfire last May.

A jury recently convicted John Lewis Eberly, Jr., of assault and burglary after he fired a shot through his neighbor’s front door, then broke into the house and brawled with the woman. The woman suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

The May 15, 2009, incident stemmed from a dispute over a gate that had been installed on a nearby road.

Eberly confronted the victim outside her home, then fired his handgun through her door after she went inside and locked it. The victim ran to a nearby home to call police. She later discovered her phone line had been cut.

The jury convicted Eberly of second-degree assault and burglary but couldn’t reach a verdict on an attempted murder charge after deliberating for about 18 hours, according to Stevens County Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen.

Eberly faces 84 to 94 months in prison with credit for about a year served in jail.

Rasmussen wrote about this case in his weekly column. He also mentioned it in a previous column while opining about neighbor disputes.

In one dispute, Rasmussen said, “As I reviewed the numerous reports of officer contacts with the parties, I was amazed at the trouble that can develop between folks who both say that they just want to be left alone.”

Read the columns by clicking the link below.

3 months for urinator who ‘accosted’ kids

By Thomas Clouse

A man facing a lengthy prison sentence instead pleaded guilty today to a list of charges that resulted from him waving a gun at a group of mostly teenagers.

 Phillip J. Koller, 61, was charged with several counts of first-degree assault for an incident that occurred on June 6, 2009, at his apartment, located near Wellesley Avenue and Assembly Street.

According to the victims, most of whom were teenagers, they saw Koller urinating behind his apartment. When they confronted him, Koller yelled back and threatened to get a gun. He went inside and came outside with a handgun and began waving it around, defense attorney Byron Powell said in court testimony.

“I apologize to those kids I accosted. It was reprehensible behavior on my part,” Koller told Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno. “All my problems come from when I’ve been drinking.”

Deputy Prosecutor Larry Steinmetz agreed to reduce the charges to one count of second-degree assault, five counts of fourth-degree assault and one count of disorderly conduct in exchange for a guilty plea.

“Instead of locking him up and throwing away the key, I felt it would be better to seek treatment,” Steinmetz said.

Moreno sentenced Koller, who has two previous DUI convictions, to three months in prison. He was also given credit for 16 days he previously served in jail.

“I find your candor and sense of responsibility refreshing,” Moreno said.

Man pleads guilty to ‘08 murder of baby

A Spokane man who murdered a 7-month-old girl, then assaulted her older brother, faces 12 to 20 years in prison when he’s sentenced next month. 

Jereme J. Bassett, 24, has been in Spokane County Jail since March 20, 2008, the day his now ex-girlfriend brought her daughter, Nevaeh Alana Miller, to Sacred Heart Medical Center with head trauma so severe doctors said recovery was hopeless.

Bassett recently pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and third-degree assault of a child and will be sentenced May 3.

“I wish he would have burned in Hell instead, but it sounds like this is the best deal we’re going to get,” said Nevaeh’s grandmother, Deborah Parks. “It’ll never replace what he took from us.”

The assault conviction stems from Bassett choking Nevaeh’s 8-year-old half-brother and slamming him into a bed after the children’s mother, Jennifer Wilcox, rushed Nevaeh to the hospital. The boy had commented to Bassett that Nevaeh “was brain dead,” according to court documents.

Bassett was unemployed and regularly watched Nevaeh and the boy while Wilcox worked.

Wilcox returned the day of Bassett’s arrest to find her baby unresponsive in the room she and Bassett shared at the West Wynn Motel on Sunset Boulevard.

Bassett had called her earlier to say Nevaeh had fallen and hit her head but seemed OK. He told police he tried to revive the child, then smoked marijuana with two friends who were visiting.

Nevaeh was pronounced dead on March 22, 2008. Her organs were donated to three babies. Parks said she stays in contact with the parents of the baby who received Nevaeh’s heart.

“That’s made a big difference,” she said.

Bassett has past convictions for possession of a controlled substance, residential burglary, and attempted first-degree theft. His criminal history calls for a standard sentencing range of 144 to 244 months.

Spokane County Superior Court Judge Annette Plese approved Bassett’s plea deal on Thursday, the same day Spokane police announced the arrest of 18-year-old Tyler L. Jamison on accusations that he assaulted his 2-month-old daughter, SkyeLynn.

Past coverage:

Girls organs given to 3 babies

Troubles started early for man accused in baby’s death

Police: Drug dealer, teens tortured burglar

Two teenagers and a Spokane man are accused of kidnapping and torturing a suspected burglar.

Police believe Chaz P. Crow, 20; Jesse T.R. Bushnell, 19; and Jesse R. James, 17, kidnapped Russell Cole on two occasions in revenge for Cole stealing from Crow’s apartment, according to court documents filed this week.

Crow is in jail on a $5,000 cash-only bond after appearing in Spokane County Superior Court today.

James and Bushnell are not in custody, and Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help catch Bushnell. (Bushnell is pictured at left.)

Two other suspects have not been identified.

The case began last weekend when detectives say the suspects spotted Cole, who reportedly bought drugs from Crow, leaving Crow’s apartment with valuables, including a rifle and a half-ounce of marijuana.

The suspects are accused of dragging Cole from his apartment at 3005 E. 35th hours after the burglary, then beating him until he told them where to find some of the stolen items. Bushnell then pistol-whipped Cole with the stolen rifle, police said.

The attackers left but kidnapped Cole again from a home at 2525 E. 53rd later that night and demanded the stolen marijuana, according to court documents.

Firefighters found Cole walking on near the Palouse Highway and Valley Chapel Road with a broken nose, concussion and wounds “all about his head and body,” according to court documents prepared by Spokane police.

James’ brother, Martin Garcia, lives at the home on 53rd. Garcia told police the men bound Cole’s hands with black electrical tape before tying a bandanna around his eyes.

James reportedly apologized to Garcia and assured him they wouldn’t kill Cole, but Crow said “You don’t know that,” according to court documents.

The men drove about 40 minutes to a field before pulling Cole from the car and assaulting him.

Crow, Bushnell and James are charged in Spokane County Superior Court with two counts of first-degree kidnapping, one count of first-degree burglary and two counts of second-degree assault: torture.

The assault charge alleged the men inflicted harm “which by design did cause such pain or agony as to be the equivalent of that produced by torture.”

Wanted mother, 2 kids found safe

A Spokane mother whose children have been ordered to return to state custody has been located in Portland.

Patricia Lyons, 25, left Spokane after police say she stabbed her ex-boyfriend on Saturday.

Child Protective Services determined the incident violated court restrictions, and her 5-year-old daughter, Athena Lyons, and 2-year-old son, Ronnie Adams, are to return to state custody.

Portland police found Athena at an elementary school this afternoon, where they say she was recently enrolled by Lyons.

Police found Lyons at a motel with her son, and officers are coordinating her return to Spokane. Police believe Lyons may have left town before she knew she’d lost custody of her children, said Officer Jennifer DeRuwe.

“That’s why it didn’t make it to an Amber Alert,” DeRuwe said.

2 gang-related assaults reported in Spokane

Spokane police are investigating two assaults in the last four days that may be gang related.

The first occurred April 3 near North Cincinnati Street and East Mission Avenue about 12:30 a.m. An 18-year-old said he was attacked by three people, one who “possibly fired a gun at him,” according to police. His injuries are not life threatening.

The second occurred early Tuesday in north Spokane. Staff at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center called police after a 33-year-old stabbing victim was brought to the emergency room “by associates,” police said.

One person reportedly admitted the incident was gang related and occurred about midnight, police said. The victim was stabbed several times but his injuries were not life threatening.

Anyone with information on either assault is asked to call 509-625-GANG (4264). Callers can remain anonymous.

Police: Wanted woman on lam with 2 kids

A Spokane mother whose children have been ordered to return to state custody was spotted Tuesday in Portland.

Patricia Lyons, 25, is wanted on a second-degree assault charge after police say she stabbed her ex-boyfriend on Saturday.

Child Protective Services determined the incident violated court restrictions, and her 5-year-old daughter, Athena Lyons, and 2-year-old son, Ronnie Adams, are to return to state custody.

But police can’t find Lyons, and they think she may have left town not knowing she’d lost custody of her children, said Officer Jennifer DeRuwe.

“That’s why it didn’t make it to an Amber Alert,” DeRuwe said.

Lyons cancelled counseling appointments and told her employees at her daughter’s school “that she is moving out of state,” police said Wednesday.

Lyons “is not in a healthy mental state” and the children may be at risk, police said. She may be driving a white Chevy Lumina with Washington license plates 229 XWX.

Anyone with information on Lyons should call 911.

Tips sought on driver v. pedestrian assault

Police are seeking tips on a driver they believe intentionally hit a pedestrian near a Spokane elementary school last week.

The victim was struck at 200 W. Nebraska, across the street from Madison Elementary School, about 4:30 p.m. on March 26.

Officers believe the crash was not an accident. But investigators exhausted leads and police said today that the case remains unsolved.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (509) 327-5111 or (800) 222-TIPS, or submit tips online.

Tipsters do not have to give a name but should provide a code name or number.

Robbery targeted suspect’s ex-boyfriend

A home-invasion robbery in north Spokane early Wednesday targeted the ex-boyfriend of one of the suspects.

The victims told police they were attacked by a group that included a woman who was 8 months pregnant. That suspect, who has not been arrested, used to date on of residents at 815 W. Bellwood, David M. Anderson, according to court documents.

Anderson was at work when the group entered his apartment about 4 a.m. armed with hammers and crowbar and stole electronics.

Anderson’s girlfriend, 19-year-old Katherine E. Scott, and his roommate, 22-year-old Aaron D. Miller, beaten with a crowbar and bound with zip ties during the robbery, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies arrested 20-year-old Donald M. Holley, 30-year-old Oshien R. Pendell and 19-year-old Megan N. Wilson on Wednesday. Miller said at least two others were involved, and detectives are looking for additional suspects.

Holley is in jail on $75,000 bond after appearing in court Tuesday on charges of first-degree theft, first-degree robbery and second-degree assault. Pendell has a $35,000 bond for the same charges; Wilson’s is $10,000.

2 beaten with crowbar in home invasion

Home-invasion robbers awakened two north Spokane apartment residents this morning by beating them a crowbar before stealing electronics.

The suspects, 20-year-old Donald M. Holley, 30-year-old Oshien R. Pendell and 19-year-old Megan N. Wilson, were arrested after deputies spotted them in a 1996 Isuzu Rodeo at the crime scene.

Pendell ran away as Holley and Wilson were arrested, according to the Sopkane County Sheriff’s Office, but Spokane police dog Maximus captured him.

The three are accused of entering an apartment on West Bellwood Drive early this morning, where a 22-year-old and 19-year-old woman were beaten with a metal crowbar before their hands were tied with zip ties, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The man broke free and called 911.

Deputies found a TV, headphone and stereo components stolen from the apartment inside the Isuzu. 

Pendell, Wilson and Holley faces charges of first-degree armed robbery, second-degree assault and first-degree theft. Detectives are looking for additional suspects.

Shooting ruled assault, not attempted murder

A Spokane man who shot another man at a park nearly two years acted maliciously, but he didn’t try to kill his victim, a jury ruled Friday.

Aleksandr V. Pavlik, 26, was convicted of first-degree assault but acquitted of first-degree attempted murder for a shooting in the Mission Park parking lot on May 19, 2008, that injured Gabriel Leenders.

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Police: Fight over $40 debt leads to shooting

A shooting in a Spokane apartment last weekend where two young children live landed a 44-year-old man in jail on an assault charge.

Robert T. Finkbeiner is accused of shooting Rachel A. Mitchell in her left leg during a fight over a $40 debt at 813 E. Sinto on Sunday.

Mitchell was visiting a friend when Finkbeiner confronted her about money he said her boyfriend, a Spokane County Jail inmate, owed him, according to court documents filed Wednesday. Mitchell told police Finkbeiner shot her in the left leg. Her friend’s 3-year-old and 9-month-old children were in the room when he pulled the gun, police said.

Police learned of the case when Mitchell went to a hospital with a gunshot wound. She initially lied to investigators about what happened, according to court documents.

Finkbeiner was booked into jail Tuesday after police searched his apartment at 1924 W. Gardner. He appeared in Superior Court Wednesday on one count of first-degree assault.