Everything tagged

Latest from The Spokesman-Review

Man admits shooting driver in head

A 26-year-old man who was shot in the head early Saturday has been identified as Shane Reilly.

Reilly is at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. Court documents filed today say he is on life support and is not expected to survive.

Suspect Robert Dean Startin, 27, remains in jail on $750,000 bond after appearing in Superior Court today on a first-degree assault charge.

According to court documents, Startin told detectives he was walking home from the Ironhorse Saloon when he joined Reilly - whom he referred to as “the big guy” - and three others as they drank around a fire at 615 S. Woodruff.

Read my full story here.

Man jailed in police chase, robbery spree

A man faces several felony charges after allegedly punching someone in the face, stealing their car, and robbing two Walgreens pharmacies before fleeing from police Wednesday evening.

Jordan M. Lewis, 21, is jailed on charges of second-degree assault, first-degree theft, three counts of first-degree robbery and eluding.

He allegedly made off with an undisclosed amount of a prescription drug in the first robbery, about 8:15 p.m. at 12315 N. Division St.;  it was unclear Wednesday whether he made off with any in the second, said

Sgt. John Roys of the Spokane Police Department. Lewis allegedly told employees he had a weapon, but was actually unarmed, Roys said.

He robbed the second store, 1708 W. Northwest Blvd., about 9 p.m. An officer who was staking out the area saw the stolen car, a Subaru SUV, parked behind a nearby business. Lewis led him on a short pursuit before he was caught at Buckeye Avenue and Cannon Street.

“There were drugs on the ground, drugs all over the car,” Roys said. “It appeared like he was ingesting some of the drugs.”

As a result, Lewis was taken to a local hospital and was later booked into Spokane County Jail, where he remained Thursday night on $30,000 bond.

The driver of the Subaru, who Lewis allegedly punched in the face before stealing the car, was treated at a local hospital for some facial injuries, police said.
  

Jury deadlocks in police shooting trial

A hung jury led to a mistrial today in the case of a man charged with assault after he was shot by Spokane County sheriff's deputies.

A new trial will be held for Michael E. Young, 56, who is charged with two counts of second-degree assault after deputies said he pointed a gun at them as they responded to reports that he was suicidal.

Deputies Walter Loucks, Darell Stidham and Scott Bonney shot Young outside his home at 11709 E. Fairview Ave., on Dec. 27, 2009.

A neighbor who witnessed the shooting said Young never pointed his gun at deputies but refused orders to drop it.

The jury of five women and seven men began deliberating about 10:30 a.m. today and announced they were deadlocked about 3 p.m. The trial began Monday.

Young's lawyer, James Kirkham, said the jury was divided 6-6.

Past coverage:

March 2: Man shot by deputies on trial for assault

Man shot by deputies on trial for assault

Trial began Monday in the case of a man charged with assault after he was shot by Spokane County sheriff's deputies.

Michael E. Young, 56, is charged with two counts of second-degree assault after deputies said he pointed a gun at them as they responded to reports that he was suicidal.

Deputies Walter Loucks, Darell Stidham and Scott Bonney shot Young outside his home at 11709 E. Fairview Ave., on Dec. 27, 2009.

Young had reportedly threatened to kill himself and was armed with a .40-caliber Glock. A neighbor who witnessed the shooting said Young never pointed his gun at deputies but refused orders to drop it.

Loucks and Sgt. Dale Golman received life-saving awards for their work on Young after he was shot, but a review by sheriff's officials criticized the move.

“Was it possible their rapid response saved the suspect's life? Possibly,” according to a report by Daniel Knight, the sheriff's lead firearms instructor. “But rushing up to someone who was armed and just fell to the ground is dangerous…The deputies could have stayed in position and assessed the situation for a short period of time before making the approach to ensure their safety.”

Golman is credited with helping control Young's bleeding; Loucks established an airway to keep Young breathing, according to a sheriff's office report. Sheriff's officials recommended reiteration training on how to respond to injured suspects and to “continue to reinforce the concept of 'shoot until the threats ceases to exist.'”

Young is represented by private defense lawyer James Kirkham. Patrick Johnson is prosecuting and Judge Sam Cozza is presiding.

A similar jury trial ended in acquittal last month.

Fugitive assailant may be in CdA area

A fugitive wanted for failing to check in with the Idaho Department of Corrections may be in the Coeur d'Alene area. 

Bonner County authorities say Grant “Bear” Timothy Larson, 31 (left), is possibly at a motel with friend Rok Tugmother Bass, 33 (below), and a woman identified only as Amanda. 

They no longer believe Larson is with Marie Thompson, who they said last week may have been traveling with the fugitive to Canada

. The North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force released updated information today based on tips.

Larson, 5-foot-7 and 210 pounds, has numerous tattoos, including “savage” and “oso tight” on his neck.

He was convicted of third-degree assault in king County in December and allowed to move to Idaho, but he didn't check in with authorities as required. Now he's wanted for escape from community custody. He's also wanted on assault and battery charges from 2008.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the task force at (208) 666-5747 or the Bonner County Dispatch at (208) 265-5525.

Driver soon regrets drunken pick-up

An Athol man quickly regretted picking up a drunk man who was laying in the middle of a downtown Coeur d'Alene street last weekend.

According to police, Micah A. Wulff, 25, allowed the man into his truck just before 3 a.m. on Saturday but kicked the man out while northbound on Ramsey Road.

The angry man struck Wulff's truck, then swung at Wulff with a metal baton when confronted, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department.

The man then “racked” the slide of a pistol and pointed it at Wulff. Wulff drove away and called police.

An Idaho State Police trooper arrested suspect Mason D. Brown, 22, in the 2400 block of West Dakota Avenue.

Brown had a handgun and said he was from Spokane Valley, according to a news release. He was booked into jail on charges of attempted aggravated battery, aggravated assault and intoxicated person with a firearm.

King County assailant wanted in Idaho

A man on probation for assault in King County is wanted by Idaho authorities after failing to check in with the state Department of Corrections.

Grant “Bear” Timothy Larson, 31, may be traveling to Canada with Marie Thompson, 25, and their four-month-old baby, according to the Bonner County Sheriff's Office.

Larson was convicted of third-degree assault in King County in December and allowed to move to Idaho, but he didn't check in with authorities as required.

Now he's wanted for escape from community custody. He's also wanted on assault and battery charges from 2008.

Investigators believe Larson and Thompson are driving a white 1997 Toyota Rav 4, Idaho license plate, 7B7802, that belongs to Thompson's mother.

Larson, 5-foot-7 and 210 pounds, has numerous tattoos, including “savage” and “oso tight” on his neck.

Anyone with information is based to contact the North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force at (208) 666-5747 or the Bonner County Dispatch at (208) 265-5525.

Suspect says ISP fired at fleeing vehicle

A fugitive shot by an Idaho State Police corporal claims he was driving away from the man when shots were fired. 

“Why did you shoot us in the heads while we were driving away from you. (sic) That’s not protocol,” Mark Marion Maykopet, 24, wrote of Cpl Dan Howard in a letter sent to The Spokesman-Review from the Kootenai County Jail. Maykopet also claims he was unarmed, but investigators say they found two firearms in his vehicle.

Maykopet was married to Christie O’Leary Little, 40, who was killed when Howard fired on the Jeep Cherokee following a high-speed chase initiated after Howard pulled the car over for speeding.

Howard has refused to talk with investigators from the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department.

A Kootenai County marriage license shows Little was divorced and refers to her as Christie Ann O’Leary of Butte.

“I love her more than you can imagine,” Maykopet wrote. He said he met her in April when she was released from prison in Butte. “We fell in love. No one wanted to see us happy but we didn’t care.”

Read Alison Boggs' story here.

Past coverage:

Feb. 18: ISP corporal fired fatal shots

Feb 9: Fugitive shot dead by Idaho State Police trooper

ISP corporal fired fatal shots at fugitive

An Idaho State Police report confirms that Cpl. Dan Howard fired the shots that killed one person and injured another after two Montana fugitives rammed his patrol car on Feb. 7.

Mark Marion Maykopet, 24, of Butte, was treated at Kootenai Medical Center then jailed on a $1.5 million bond.

His passenger, Christie O’Leary Little, 40, also known as Christie Ann Little, was killed.

Following the incident, detectives found two guns on the floor of the Jeep Cherokee driven by Maykopet, the report said. A fully automatic 9 mm was found behind the rear seat with an empty 32-round magazine.

A .25 caliber pistol was found under the passenger seat toward the rear with an eight-round magazine, but the chamber was not loaded.

Read Alison Boggs' story here.

Past coverage:

Feb 9: Fugitive shot dead by Idaho State Police trooper

Drug robbery targets chronic DUI suspect

A violent home-invasion robbery in Spokane Valley last month targeted a former sheriff's deputy with a history of DUI crashes.

James L. Crabtree, 49, was struck in the head with a claw hammer early Jan. 21 by a man who demanded “dope and money,” according to charging papers filed Wednesday against suspects Matthias “Payback” Piggot and Sandy K. Perreira, both 29 (pictured left to right). 

The man, who detectives believe was Piggot, had arrived at the apartment in the 12700 block of East Shannon Avenue with a woman Crabtree said had been at his home two days earlier, police say. Detectives believe that woman was Perreira.

Crabtree told police he grabbed a folding knife but dropped it after he was threatened with the hammer. He told his attackers he didn't have any drugs or money, so the two left with his checkbook, wallet and credit cards, according to court documents. Crabtree suffered a concussion in the attack. His girlfriend, Cheryl L. Dassow, told police the robbers threatened to harm them further if they reported the attack.

Perreira faces an additional forgery charge for cashing a check on Crabtree's Numerica Credit Union account. She also faces drug and malicious mischief charges for an unrelated incident last December. 

Piggot's criminal history includes convictions for domestic violence and attempting to elude police. In June, he was suspected of stabbing a man in Spokane Valley but an uncooperative victim halted the police probe. He also was present when Andrew T. Burns allegedly shot a man last June.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help arrest Piggot, who last gave an address in the 2900 block of North Maple Road, and Perreira, who last gave an address in the 800 block of East Sitka Avenue.

Anyone with information on their locations is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.

In November, Crabtree, (left) who worked as a Spokane County sheriff's deputy in the 1980s and caused a crash that injured Lt. Earl Howerton in 2001, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after motorists noticed him passing out at the wheel of his Cadillac and blocked in his car. Police found an open can of Four Loko in the car. But Crabtree's blood-alcohol level was under the legal limit for driving, and prosecutors haven't yet filed charges.

Hoopfest shooter faces 9 years in prison

The Hoopfest gunman who opened fire on rival gang members last year, injuring three bystanders in the downtown Spokane crowd, pleaded guilty today to assault charges.

Miguel C. Garcia, 19, was originally charged with 10 counts of attempted first-degree murder but instead pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm.

He’s expected to serve nearly nine years in prison but sentencing was delayed until April 12.

Because he used a gun in the commission of the assaults, six years of the agreed upon 105-month sentence would be served as part of a weapon enhancement.

Read Tom Clouse's story here.

Past coverage:

Feb. 11: 3rd man in Hoopfest shooting sentenced

Oct. 1: Deal gives Hoopfest suspect light sentence

Sept. 13: Hoopfest suspect pleads to riot, gun charges

June 29: Hoopfest shots not 'surprising'

Drive-by shooting targets club bouncer

A Spokane man upset that a club bouncer approached his girlfriend sprayed the man's home with bullets in a recent drive-by shooting, police say.

Derek L. Wilson, 24, (pictured above, in 2007) appeared in Superior Court Monday via video from the jail, where he is charged with seven counts of first-degree assault and seven counts of drive-by shooting for Feb. 3 gunfire at a home at 2812 E. Hoffman Ave. in Hillyard.

No one was injured in the shooting, which resident John Seyler, a bouncer at Raw, 723 W. 1st Ave., told police occurred hours after he'd approached a woman he'd frequently kicked out of bars for being underage.

The woman, later identified as Kassandra Darby, just recently turned 21 and was allowed to stay at the bar, but her boyfriend, later identified as Wilson, was angry with Seyler for approaching her, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Seyler said he saw the two in a black Audi at a convenience store at Market and Wellesley later that morning and noticed them watching him. They followed him to the residence on Hoffman; shots were fired about five minutes later. Bullets entered the home, where Seyler, three other adults and two children were staying.

Darby told police she'd been “manhandled” by a bouncer but denied knowing anything about a shooting.

Police found a .380 caliber handgun believed to have been used in the shooting at Wilson's ex-girlfriend's apartment at 4223 N. Progress Road and located a .380 caliber unfired bullet in Wilson's Audi. Wilson was arrested for driving while suspended on Feb. 4 and has been in jail since. Prosecutors filed the 14 felony charges on Friday.

Wilson is considered a gang associate by police.

He has previous convictions for second-degree robbery in 2005 and for second-degree assault in 2007 after a shooting at the skate park under Interstate 90 in downtown Spokane.

The picture above is from that arrest.

Drunk man can’t recall shooting sis’ car

A 19-year-old Nespelem man was so drunk he didn't realize he'd targeted his sister when he fired shots at people and cars on the Colville Indian Reservation in September 2009, according to court documents.

Robert L. Picard III is to serve 84 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to three counts of assault . A co defendant, John Edward McGinnis, 24, pleaded guilty to one count of assault last November and is to be sentenced in April.

According to court documents prepared for Picard's defense, McGinnis had recently been released from prison when Picard and others picked him up after a night of heavy drinking on Sept. 20, 2009. The men drove around Nesplelem looking shooting at cars after McGinnis said he was looking for someone, according to court documents.

“Mr. Picard was extremely intoxicated to the extent that he is unable to recall much, if anything, from that night. Ultimately, he had no idea who was in the vehicles that he shot at,” according to a sentencing memorandum prepared by his public defender, Jaime Hawk. “He was particularly saddened to later learn that his own sister was an occupant of one of the vehicles.”

Picard was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Spokane. He's at the Spokane County Jail waiting transport to federal prison.

Suspects ID’d in Zip Trip mace attack

Get Adobe Flash player

UPDATE: Sweetland and Smith were arrested on Feb. 16.

Spokane police have identified two suspects in a convenience store robbery in which a clerk was attacked with bear mace.

 Crime Stoppers issued a reward offer today for tips that helps arrest Daniel A. Sweetland (left) and Alexander J. Smith (right), both 21, who are wanted for first-degree robbery.

Detectives identified the men through tips obtained after a surveillance video of the Nov. 28 attack at Zip Trip, 1523 W. 10th Ave., was released to media (see above).

They believe Smith entered the store first and asked for cigarettes to distract the clerk while Sweetland entered with the mace and stole an 18-pack of Bud Lite, according to court documents filed Friday. The clerk suffered eye pain and blurry visions for about two days after Sweetland's attack, police said.

Sweetland, 5-foot-5 and 145 pounds, has a 13-year arrest history but no convictions, according to Crime Stoppers. Smith, 5-foot-4 and 160 pounds, has an 11-year arrest history but also no convictions.

Sweetland last gave an address in the 700 block of East Heroy Avenue in Spokane Valley. Smith last gave an address in the 900 block of East Central Avenue in Spokane.

Anyone with information on their location is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.

Bar owner attacked in Spokane Valley

A Spokane Valley tavern owner was robbed of her purse and suffered a bloody nose as she arrived at the business Sunday morning, police said today.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help arrest the person who attacked the 61-year-old woman about 10:20 a.m. at Poppy's Tavern, 415 S. Dishman-Mica Road.

A man put her in a choke hold as she was facing the business' door, then punched her twice in the face, knocking her to the pavement, according to a news release. The man stole her purse and shopping bags and ran east toward a nearby mobile home park, where police officers later found the stolen items in a heap outside a trailer.

Officers also found the robber's red and gray jacket, black baseball hat and black gloves. They believe he ditched the items after seeing police converge on the area.

The victim received minor head injuries but did not require hospital treatment.

Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.

Reward for tips on alley robbery suspect

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead to the arrest of a robbery suspect. Corbin C. Royce, 22, is accused assaulting a man and stealing his wallet in a downtown Spokane alley last fall.

Keith McKay told police he met up with Royce, known to him as Kyle, and others at the Spokane Transit Authority Bus Plaza on Nov. 22 and walked with them to Money Tree on West Third Avenue to cash a $25 check.

Afterward, Royce attacked McKay in an alley near 1st Avenue and Madison Street when Royce punched him in the head until he lost consciousness. McKay broke a tooth and also lost his glasses and $1,500 hearing aid, according to a probable cause affidavit. 

A second suspect was been identified in court doucments. McKay identified Royce through a photo montage. A $25,000 warrant for first-degree robbery was filed Feb. 3.

Now tipsters can get a cash reward for turning him in.

Royce, 6-feet tall and 195 pounds, is a transient who also has warrants in Western Washington.

Anyone with information on his current location is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.

3rd man in Hoopfest shooting sentenced

A teenager involved in a shooting at Hoopfest last summer was credited for time already served in jail after pleading guilty to two felony assault charges this week.

Adam Doe, 19, remains in jail pending the resolution of riot and assault charges related to an October 2009 stabbing outside Club Uno in downtown Spokane. Trial is set for March.

Doe pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree assault and third-degree assault related to the June 28 shooting at Hoopfest that hit three bystanders. Police say the shooting occured when the men approached rival gang members.

The accused gunman, Miguel C. Garcia, remains in jail on several assault charges. Spokane police say Garcia passed the gun to Doe after the shooting, and Doe fought with an officer trying to detain him. Doe was on house arrest at the time after his release from jail on the Club Uno stabbing charges.

Another accomplice in the Hoopest shooting, Marquis Johnson, was given an exceptionally low sentence of six months after pleading guilty to second-degree assault last October.

A third suspect, Rashjel “Reggie” Cage, is to receive a light sentence for gun and riot convictions once he testifies at Garcia's trial.

All four men had originally been charged with about a dozen counts of attempted murder.

Past coverage:

June 29: Hoopfest shots not 'surprising'

Jurors want to pay man they acquitted

CLEVELAND (AP) — At least three jurors in Cleveland say the evidence was so thin against a man jailed for weeks in an assault case that they want to give him their juror pay.

The jury quickly acquitted 19-year-old Demrick McCloud on Friday. He'd been charged with leading other teens to beat a high school student and threaten him with a gun on Oct. 13. McCloud was arrested that day and held in jail until the trial.

The three jurors tell The Plain Dealer newspaper there was a “sheer lack of evidence,” so they'll each give McCloud the $100 they were paid for jury service if he earns a high school equivalency degree.

A prosecutor's spokesman maintains in a statement that the victim was steadfast in identifying McCloud as an attacker.

Several probes into DOC officer’s death

MONROE, Wash. (AP) — Several investigations are under way in the strangling death of Monroe Correctional Officer Jayme Biendl.

Monroe police must wrap up their investigation of suspected inmate Byron Scherf, a Spokane area sex offender, before the Monroe Correctional Complex can conduct its own investigation, The Daily Herald of Everett reported Wednesday.

 Police served more search warrants in the past few days and are wrapping up interviews and collecting evidence, Monroe police spokeswoman Debbie Willis said.

 “They're slowing down, but it's continuing,” she said Tuesday.

The newest search warrants were for records and paperwork documenting Scherf's life, she said. That includes records for housing, education and his brief stint in the military. Investigators also are looking through his medical records, including his history of medications and psychological evaluations.

As of Tuesday night, Scherf had declined to speak with investigators, Willis said.

Scherf, 52, is a convicted rapist serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

The state Department of Labor and Industries also is investigating. It will determine whether state workplace safety laws were violated, agency spokesman Hector Castro said. That agency is required by law to finish its investigation in six months. If those officials find something wrong, they can issue citations and fines.

And, Gov. Chris Gregoire wants an independent review by the federal National Institute of Corrections.

Biendl, 34, was found Jan. 29 in the prison chapel at the Washington State Reformatory.

Monroe police will forward their completed investigation to Snohomish County prosecutors, who will decide on charges. Killing a corrections officer can lead to the death penalty in Washington.

Monroe Correctional Complex Superintendent Scott Frakes said he must wait until police are finished before investigating what happened the night Biendl was killed. Among other things, he wants to know why it took more than an hour to find Biendl after Scherf was apprehended in the chapel lobby.

Teen sentenced for ‘09 fatal beating

A teenager involved in the fatal beating of a Spokane man in November 2009 was sentenced recently to five months in jail.

Justin A. Summa, 18, also will be on probation for a year after pleading guilty to second-degree assault.  He had been charged with second-degree murder for the beating death for Kent S. Moses.

A second suspect, Nicholas X. Parrish, 19, is in jail awaiting trial on a first-degree murder charge.

Police say Parrish and Summa were drunk when they attacked Moses, 60, in an alley behind Moses' home near Bridge Avenue and Nettleton Street on Nov. 29, 2009. Moses later died at hospital. A shoe print on his face helped identify the suspects.

Summa’s girlfriend told detectives that Parrish was the assailant and Summa had tried to stop him. She also said Parrish had returned to the alley to rifle through Moses’ pockets and beat him again, which led to the premeditation allegation against him, according to court documents.

Summa served five days in jail before posting bond in December 2009. He returned to finish his five-month sentence on Feb. 2 after pleading guilty before Superior Court Judge Tari Eitzen.

Prosecutors offered the second-degree assault plea deal on the fourth day of an evidence hearing. Parrish's trial is set to begin May 9.

DOC changes policies after officer slain

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The state Department of Corrections is changing some of its procedures in response to the killing of a female guard at the Monroe prison last weekend.

Jayme Biendl was found strangled in the prison's chapel last Saturday night. An inmate has been arrested in the killing.

Corrections Secretary Eldon Vail said Friday that prisons immediately will begin counting staff members whenever an offender is missing; officers will begin regularly checking in on guards who serve at duty posts alone; and prisons will start conducting drills on the use of silent alarms on the hand-held radios that guards carry.

In addition, the department says it will no longer hold modified lockdowns once a month at the state's eight major prisons. The lockdowns coincided with furloughs of nonessential staff to save money. Spokesman Chad Lewis says that stopping the lockdowns will make the prisons safer because those nonessential staff members will be present.

Biendl had previously complained that she didn't feel safe working alone in the prison chapel.

Man sentenced for robbing credit union

A bank robber turned in by his girlfriend's mother will spend about two years in prison.

Eric C. Mason, 42, was sentenced to 28 months and will be credited for 166 days served in the Spokane County Jail after pleading guilty Wednesday to second-degree robbery, second-degree assault and first-degree theft.

Mason robbed the Spokane Teachers Credit Union, 8703 N. Indian Trail Road, on April 23. He did not display a weapon.

girlfriend's mother told police her daughter drove him to the robbery, leading to Mason's arrest in August.

Mason's public defender, Anna Nordtvedt, asked for him to receive 22 months; Deputy Prosecutor James Kaufman called for 29 months. Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno handled the sentencing.

Mason has previous felony convictions for drugs and burglary in Whatcom County in 2004. He is in jail awaiting transport to prison.

2 prior attacks on women at state prison

SEATTLE (AP) — Two other women were assaulted in the past six months at the Washington state prison where a female guard was strangled, adding to questions about the safety of prison workers.

Officer Jayme Biendl, 34, was killed Saturday night in a chapel at the reformatory unit for medium-security inmates at the Monroe Correctional Complex, about 30 miles northeast of Seattle.

Union officials have questioned why she was alone after complaining to supervisors about being the only guard working in the chapel without anyone checking on her. Gov. Chris Gregoire on Monday called for an outside investigation focusing on whether prisons are adequately staffed.

Police say their prime suspect is inmate Byron Scherf, serving a life sentence after convictions for two violent rapes, including one in which the victim was bound and set on fire. He had served as a chapel volunteer after a decade of good behavior behind bars.

Scherf, 52, was found by guards outside the chapel after he missed a head count, and he told them he had tried to escape but changed his mind. Biendl's body was found about an hour later when she failed to check in at the end of her shift.

Police say there is no evidence Biendl was raped; she was fully clothed and wearing a coat when found.

Monroe prison Superintendent Scott Frakes said that on Sept. 24, an inmate put his hands on the neck of a counselor.

“He somehow inappropriately grabbed her,” Frakes told The Daily Herald of Everett.

The case was investigated as a possible fourth-degree assault, a gross misdemeanor.

On Aug. 24, a female custodian reported being grabbed by an inmate in a maintenance department office.

Frakes said she was able to pull away from the inmate and run out of the room. She took a medical leave and recently returned to a different job, he said.

That case remains under investigation. No charges have been filed in either incident.

Monroe police say they also investigated two reported assaults on male workers at the complex last year, including one in which a guard broke his wrist after being tackled by an inmate in a unit for mentally ill offenders.

Frakes said the greatly outnumbered officers and prison staff also routinely endure such things as having feces thrown at them, being spit on and bumped into.

He said he would like the state Legislature to make such incidents crimes.

Prison guards seek assault compensation

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A few days after a state corrections officer was killed in a state prison, prison guards lobbied for a change in law that would allow them to collect money from the inmates who assault them.

Supporters of the bill say it's not about the money, but about deterrence.

Attorney Brandon L Johnson says that taking money from the inmates will limit their access to everyday foods and other goods that they are allowed to purchase in prison. Inmates who work make little money, sometimes as low as $.65 an hour.

The bill sets inmate income deductions for prison guards of 20 percent for gross wages, 15 percent from any gratuities and 20 percent from all other deposits.

Officials say that 34-year-old prison guard Jayme Biendl was killed Saturday night at Monroe Correctional Complex's chapel by a convicted rapist.

Police: Man attacked officers with bat

A man was arrested after charging at two Spokane police officers with a baseball bat early Saturday morning.

Michael A. Bernal, 29, was arrested after Officers James Erickson and James Christensen responded to the 200 block of East Crown Avenue at 1:57 a.m. for a 911 hang-up call. A dispatcher had called back, and a woman told the dispatcher she could not speak freely.

When officers knocked on the door, Bernal allegedly “whipped the door open, armed himself with a baseball bat and then swung it at the officers, almost hitting them both,” police said in a news release.

Police said Bernal refused to drop the bat. As he charged at officers with the bat, the woman, whom police did not identify, grabbed him around the waist. Police said he then threw the bat at the officers, broke free and yelled, “Bring it on!”

All three ended up on the ground when they tried to arrest him. During the struggle, Bernal grabbed one of their flashlights in “another apparent attempt to assault the officers,” police said.

Officers Bernal on two counts of second-degree assault. They determined there was no crime committed between Bernal and woman.

Gunfire at Spokane police earns 13 years

A Spokane man who opened fire on a police officer during a two-day crime spree was sentenced Wednesday to 13 1/2 years in prison.

Tony E. Dawson, 21,(left) pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and attempted first-degree robbery and was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Sam Cozza to 162 months.

The charges say Dawson was with Greg Sharkey, Jr., on Dec. 23, 2009,  when he fired several shots at Spokane police Officer Kristopher Honaker, who was not injured.

Dawson was a passenger in a stolen Suburban when they inadvertently drove by the area where one of them had allegedly shot a teenager in the back the night before. Honaker, (right) who was monitoring the area, recognized the stolen Subaru and followed it. 

Margaret D. Shults, 23, who police say was driving the Suburban, told investigators Dawson ordered her at gunpoint to keep driving, then fired several shots at Honaker.

Dawson said he did not want to go back to prison and threatened Shults that if she stopped the vehicle, “he had no problem killing either Shults or Sharkey,” documents state.

Shults was sentenced to 77 months in prison last month after pleading guilty to first-degree robbery.

Dawson had several previous felony convictions, including first-degree robbery and second-degree escape. He had been charged with nearly a dozen counts of attempted murder for the shooting spree; he'll be sentenced in that case next month. Sharkey, 26, remains in jail on similar charges.

Suspect: Gunfire, robbery targeted meth

A suspect in a home-invasion robbery in which a woman was shot told police he intended to steal two ounces of methamphetamine, according to court documents filed Monday.

 Bradley Bain Cooper, 36, is jailed on $250,000 bond after appearing in Superior Court Monday on a first-degree burglary charge.

He was arrested with a BB gun after an officer spotted him running from 11309 E. 40th Ave., just after the robbery was reported about 12:34 a.m. on Sunday.

The victim, Tammi L. Putnam, was shot in each leg and lost a tooth during the altercation in the kitchen. The men fled empty handed.

Putnam was treated at a hospital for a pellet wound to each thigh as well as her mouth injury.

“She told officers she had no idea what the suspects were looking for, but that she did occasionally provide housing to people who use controlled substances,” according to a news release by Sgt. Dave Reagan.

Cooper, a repeat offender with several felony convictions, told police his friend, whose name has not been released, shot the woman.

Woman shot, loses tooth in break-in

A Spokane Valley woman who admitted to housing drug users suffered a gunshot wound to her thigh and lost a tooth during an attempted home-invasion robbery early Sunday.

One man remains at large, but, Spokane Valley police arrested suspect Bradley Bain Cooper, 36, a longtime felon who they say was carrying a high-powered BB or airsoft gun shortly after the incident.

Police believe Cooper and the other man broke into the woman's home in the 11300 block of East 40th Avenue wearing gloves and ski masks. The woman fought the first man until a second man appeared with a handgun and threatened to shoot her, police said.

The woman realized she'd been shot in the thigh and soon lost a tooth during the altercation in the kitchen. The men fled empty handed. The woman was treated at a hospital for a pellet wound to each thigh as well as her mouth injury.

“She told officers she had no idea what the suspects were looking for, but that she did occasionally provide housing to people who use controlled substances,” according to a news release by Sgt. Dave Reagan.

Cooper is due in Spokane County Superior Court this afternoon via video from the jail, where he was booked on one count of first-degree burglary.

He's a repeat offender whose previous convictions include first-degree possession of stolen property, first-degree theft, second-degree burglary, hit and run, and domestic violence harassment and at least seven probation violations, according to a 2008 Crime Stoppers news release.

Anyone with information about Sunday's incident is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Robbery targets medical pot patient

A home-invasion robbery targeting a medical marijuana patient led to the arrests of two suspects this week.

Nicholas S. Gardner, 28, and his girlfriend, Jill A. Benton, 26, are in jail on robbery, assault and kidnapping charges for allegedly attacking John J. Beck, 30, on Jan. 15 at his home in the 5400 block of North Lincoln Street. 

Beck has a medical marijuana prescription and grows a small amount in his basement, according to police. He'd met Benton on two occasions when she stopped by about 12:30 p.m. last Friday and stayed for about 10 minutes.

About 15 minutes after she left, two men - one with a gun and the other with a baseball bat - knocked on Beck's back door, then pushed him into the house, according to police.

They asked where his “stash” was and tied Beck's hands behind his back and feet together using electrical cords. One of the robbers said “we got the gimp” during a phone call, then fled, Beck told police.

Benton told police she'd stopped by Beck's to look for her $350 sunglasses. She said “she has no idea about any robbery,” Spokane police wrote in a search warrant. But police say her phone records showed a call just before 1 p.m. through a tower near Beck's home.

Gardner was given $150,000 bond after appearing in Superior Court Thursday. Benton's bond is at $20,000. A third suspect has not been identified.

New details released on prison attack

A man who killed his cellmate at the Spokane County Jail in 2004 attacked his cellmate at Airway Heights Corrections Center after the man refused to bow before him and worship him as God, according to newly filed court documents.

Convicted killer and assault suspect Michael L. West, 34, (right) appeared in Superior Court via video feed from the jail Wednesday as several sheriff's deputies stood guard. He was handcuffed for hearing, unlike other inmates.

West is charged with first- and second-degree assault for an alleged attack on Airway Heights cellmates Chad E. Bolstad (bottom left) and Gary L. Welch (bottom right) in which he gouged out Bolstad's left eye, according to police.

West had been at the medium-security prison about two weeks before the Oct. 10 attack.

According to a probable cause affidavit, West screamed and chanted that he was Lucifer and all shall praise him after he was arrested.

When a detective introduced himself, West “began to tell him he was going to murder him and his family as well as 144,000 others who do not follow his word.” 

Police said West was handcuffed without incident after they discovered what the chief described as a “very intense crime scene.”

At one point, West said “I just killed my chimo celly and pulled his f–ing eyes out,” according to the affidavit.

Later, video records West laughing while discussing the attack.

“I put my thumbs in his brain man popped his eyes out what he deserves he got,” West said, according to the affidavit. 

Bolstad, who's to be released in 2015 for a 2007 beer robbery that involved stabbing, suffered a broken cheek bone and lost vision in the attack.

Welch, who's due out in August for forgery, theft and drug convictions and was only slightly injured, told police, West “was acting all crazy and making statements that he was God and the Son of Christ” prior to the attack, according to an affidavit.

“West was pacing around and also saying he was the Devil and both he and Bolstad had to worship him because the end times were coming,” Welch reportedly told police. West chanted “Give me the apple” as he attacked Bolstad, Welch said.

West's bond was set at $150,000 during his first appearance Wednesday. Kari Reardon is his public defender; Larry Steinmtez is prosecuting the case. His arraignment is set for Feb. 1.