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A father was arrested on suspicion of vehicular assault Monday after a one-car crash that injured his 5-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter in south Spokane County.
Murder charges have been dropped against a Spokane man arrested for the homicide of a 62-year-old Stevens County woman.
Robert Cody Wirtz, 30, was released from jail on Tuesday, about a month after statements by his 4-year-old son led detectives to identify him as a suspect in the death of Narleen B. Campton, who was beaten to death in her home in Northport, Wash., near the Canadian border, in late November.
A 4-year-old boy’s nightmares about “a dead lady” and his description of how she died led homicide detectives to arrest his father in the slaying of an elderly Stevens County woman, according to new court documents.
The boy’s mother contacted Child Protective Services on Nov. 24 - two days before the decomposing body of Narleen B. Campton, 62, was discovered in her Northport home about 10 miles south of the Canadian border.Re
A woman accused of fracturing her baby's skull at a Spokane bus station last summer is wanted on a felony warrant.
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead to the arrest of Whitney A. Manges, 25, who a witness said was “swaying and staggering” when she picked her 7-month-old son after dropping him while trying to board a bus on Aug. 9.
The boy cried and appeared lethargic after the incident at the STA station in the 1300 block of East Sprague Avenue outside the Union Gospel Mission women's shelter. Police contacted Manges as she sat on a bench at the STA Plaza, where she said she was on Xanax and another drug she couldn't identify, according to court documents.
Police said the baby was filthy but in good physical health, but Manges was not capable of properly caring for him so he was taken by Child Protective Services. Police were called to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center two days later after the boy's foster parents noticed a lump on his head that an emergency room doctor said was a skull fracture.
Detectives seized Manges' medical records, and prosecutors charged her last months with assault of a child in the third-degree and reckless endangerment, both felonies. The last charge alleges she was intoxicated or under the influence of a controlled substance when the assault occurred.
A $15,000 warrant was issued for Manges' arrest on Nov. 7. Anyone with information on her location is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.
Spokane police are investigating a mother for possible assault charges after her baby suffered a skull fracture when she dropped him while boarding an STA bus.
A bus passenger saw the woman drop the 7-month-old boy as she tried to board in the 1300 block of East Sprague Avenue outside the Union Gospel Mission women's shelter on Aug. 9.
The witness said the boy cried a little bit and appeared lethargic as his mother picked up him and got on the bus and was “swaying and staggering,” according to a search warrant filed recently to obtain the woman's medical records.
The witness thought the woman was on drugs and said the boy was filthy, according to the warrant.
Police contacted the woman as she sat on a bench at the STA Plaza, where she said she was on Xanax and another drug she couldn't identify. The officer was “extremely concerned about her ability to care for the baby,” whom he said didn't appear to have been washed for some time.
“The baby appeared to be in good health other than the poor hygiene,” according to the search warrant.
The woman was arrested on a warrant for driving while suspended while the child was taken by Child Protective Services.
The baby's foster mother alerted police two days later to a lump on the boy's head, which an emergency room doctor said was a skull fracture. Police investigating possible assault charges have seized the mother's medical records to try to determine her level of impairment when she dropped the boy.
A 30-year-old man was arrested and his child was taken into protective custody after police found six marijuana plants in a shed in the back of his home Tuesday.
Spokane Valley police found Christopher Anthony Tonnessen's 2-year-old son sitting in the dirt among broken toys, wires, dog feces, sharp tools and string fencing after a neighbor called Crime Check about 7:15 p.m. to a report a child wearing only a diaper who appeared to be locked out of the home in the 11000 block of East Valleyway Avenue, according to a news release.
Police looked though a window and Tonnessen sitting at a computer with a”very large” marijuana bong next to him. Officer Darin Powers stood at the window with the child for nearly a minute before Tonnessen responded to his knocking on the window. Powers said the home smelled of marijuana “and the stench of decaying food, unwashed clothing and other filth,” according to the release.
“The kitchen was so full of dirty dishes containing uneaten and rotting food, mold and insects it appeared to the officer that no one could cook there,” the release said.
Tonnessen had a medical marijuana card that expired 18 months ago, police said. He also had a large bowl of marijuana and several other bongs in the home, as well as a jar of marijuana within reach of the child, police said.
Tonnessen allowed police to search the home and showed them the plants in the back shed. Police also found three plants outside the shed in the yard.
Child Protective Services transported the boy to a relative, and a dog was turned over to Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Services.
Tonnessen was booked into the Spokane County Jail on a felony count of manufacturing a controlled substance.
A two-week old girl and an 18-month-old boy were taken from a Spokane Valley apartment during a methamphetamine investigation early Thursday, police said today.
Detectives with the Spokane police drug unit arrested Matthew P. Maffia, 34, (pictured) and Kayli N. Hamilton, 24, were arrested for possession of meth with intent to deliver.
Police seized meth, paraphernalia, scales and cell phones from the apartment, 12020 E. Marietta #17, spokeswoman Officer Jennifer DeRuwe said in a news release.
The children were placed with Child Protective Services and referred to Spokane County's Drug Endangered Children program, which provided medical evaluations and follow-up care.
Police also found two revolvers and a rifle at “a nearby location” that could bring more charges against Maffia, who has felony convictions that prohibit him from possessing firearms. The serial number on One of the revolvers was ground out, leading police to believe it is stolen.
Maffia's extensive criminal history includes 16 felony convictions for drugs and stolen property, DeRuwe said.
A Spokane man awaiting trial on methamphetamine charges was arrested today during a SWAT team raid at his home.
Gerald A. Ogelsbee faces new meth charges in an investigation that led to four children being taken by Child Protective Services today, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.
Oglesbee was arrested at 1724 E. 1st Ave. about 7 a.m. The sheriff's SWAT team and drug detectives also raided a home at 4005 E. Fifth Ave., where they arrested Cheryll M. Anstine, 41, Diania Anstine, 63, and Tianna R. Hurd, 29. A 17-year-old boy also was arrested on a warrant for second-degree trespass.
The four children at the home were 8 to 16 years old. Investigators also recovered a 1990 Acura Integra stolen from the Northtown Mall Wednesday, less than 24 hours after the theft. They recovered also the vehicle owner’s credit cards and checkbooks and seized other items associated with identity theft, according to the sheriff's office.
Oglesbee and Cheryll Anstine each face four counts of delivery of meth related to drug sales to a confidential informant.
Diania Anstine and Hurd face single counts of delivery of a controlled substance. Police found OxyContin, Ambien and methamphetamine today, which may lead to further charges.
Oglesbee was arrested on meth delivery charges last December, along with Hurd, and left jail on $5,000 bond. His trial in that case is set to begin July 11.
A Spokane Valley man already accused of abusing his dog has been charged with felony assault against a child.
Jeffrey S. Brown, 40, is accused of beating his 4-year-old stepson at the home they shared with Brown's wife and the couple's 18-month old son at 14819 E. Fourth Ave.
Brown remains in Spokane County Jail on $50,000 bond after appearing before Superior Court Judge Greg Sypolt today on one count of second-degree assault of a child. That's in addition to $10,000 bond already imposed for a first-degree animal cruelty charge
According to court documents, the victim's mother noticed unusual bruising on the boy Dec. 27 and took him to a hospital, then fled Spokane with her children “in cooperation with Child Protective Services.”
Brown was arrested in February after animal protection officers found his 1-year-old brown dog, Gizmoto, with a broken femur sustained during months of abuse.
Brown released ownership of the dog to SCRAPS, and the organization paid for the dog to be examined. SCRAPS director Nancy Hill said Wednesday that the veterinarian took the dog in but said she wasn't sure if it had been adopted yet.
In an interview with a sheriff's detective, Brown initially denied hurting the boy but then said he'd been too forceful on several occasions and needed counseling to control his temper.
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.
Photo: Colleen Beimer, from Bonney Lake, cries while holding a picture of her grandchildren. Richard Roesler - The Spokesman Review
Lawmakers, parents and a local prosecutor on Thursday blasted state child-protection officials, saying the state is too quick to remove children from their families.
“The system is broken. The children are forgotten,” said Stevens County Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen. He said he found “a culture of deceit and deception” among Child Protective Services workers in Colville.
The standing-room-only crowd, numbering about 100, was full of parents and grandparents, some holding photographs of children.
Thursday’s meeting was called by state Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, who’s been highly critical of state officials for months in a case involving grandparents’ efforts to get custody of their 3-year-old granddaughter.
“Lies are put on desks,” Roach said on the Senate floor later in the day. “Children are being hurt.”
A spokeswoman for the Department of Social and Health Services said officials take such allegations very seriously.
“If someone believes that any of our staff have been dishonest, falsified documents or have retaliated against families, we ask that people report this to the Children’s Administration or Office of the Family and Children’s Ombudsman,” said Sherry Hill.
“The first priority of the Children’s Administration is the safety of children,” she said. “Our goal is to keep children in their home as long as they are safe.”
Of the child abuse and neglect cases investigated, she said, fewer than 20 percent result in the children being placed in foster care. And when that does happen, Hill said, “we then work toward reunification with the family if that is possible.”