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Fugitive rapist flees police in stolen car

A fugitive sex offender armed with a knife and driving a stolen vehicle led officers on a chase through west Spokane today, Spokane police said. 

Chris L. Gilbert, 40, drove in reverse for several blocks after Officer Terry Preuninger, tipped that Gilbert (left) had a warrant, approached him in the 1100 block of West Jackson Avenue about 2:30 p.m.

He lost control, then slowed to let a woman out of the car before speeding away. Preuninger struck the back bumper of Gilbert’s Honda with his police cruiser, forcing it into a spin and bringing it to a stop. Gilbert raised his hands but then sped away again, this time westbound on Grace Avenue through Monroe as Preuniger got out of his cruiser.

” Gilbert was clearly unconcerned for the heavy afternoon traffic on Monroe Street,” according to a news release.

Officers Erin Raleigh and Bruce Palmer helped block Gilbert’s car and arrest him. Police say he had two knives - one with a blade more than a foot long.

Police found suspected stolen property in the Honda, which was stolen from the area of Ash Street and Glass Avenue Saturday night. Its plates were stolen from another car Sunday in the 1100 block of West Spofford.

Gilbert was booked into jail on charges of attempting to elude a police officer, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, possession of stolen license plates and a warrant for failing to register as a sex offender.

He has convictions for third-degree rape, as well as theft, possession of stolen property, malicious mischief, reckless driving, refusal to cooperate, domestic violence assault, violation of a no contact order, unlawful possession of a firearm and driving while license suspended, according to Crime Stoppers.

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.

38-year fugitive found running chapel


HELENA, Mont. — A hitchhiker originally sentenced to be executed for the 1951 killing of a Montana man who picked him up during a blizzard has been found running a wedding chapel under an assumed name in Arizona 38 years after he skipped out on parole.

Frank Dryman was found after the victim’s grandson hired an investigator who tracked the fugitive to his Arizona City notary and chapel business, where he was known as Victor Houston.

Now 78, Dryman is awaiting extradition proceedings today, a day after his arrest by the Pinal County sheriff’s office.

Dryman initially received a hanging sentence after a quick trial in 1955. His case became the focus of a battle over the death penalty and frontier justice, and he received a new sentence of life in prison with the help of the Montana Supreme Court.

In 1969, after just 15 years in prison, he was paroled. The Montana Department of Corrections said that today, the soonest a person convicted of murder could gain parole is 30 years. Dryman disappeared three years later. No Montana offender had been missing longer. “He just went into thin air in 1972,” said Clem Pellett, the victim’s grandson. “I don’t think that my grandfather’s death was well represented; it just got lost in all the ideologic conversation of the time.”

Pellett, a surgeon in Bellevue, Wash., pursued the case after first learning details last year while digging through old newspaper clippings in storage. He said the issue was never discussed in the family. Pellett said he was driven by a sense of curiosity, and does not feel like he needs any revenge since he never knew his grandfather Clarence, and knew little about the murder.

Newspaper clippings from the time say that Clarence Pellett stopped to pick up Frank Dryman in 1951 during a spring blizzard near Shelby, a small town in northern Montana. Pellett, who ran a small cafe, was shot seven times in the back as he tried to run away, according to the accounts.

The private investigator hired by the grandson used scores of documents the family dug up from old parole records, the Montana Historical Society and Internet searches to trace Dryman to the Cactus Rose Wedding Chapel. Pellett told Montana corrections officials of the discovery. Officials said Dryman acknowledged his identity to officers.

A call to the wedding chapel Wednesday was not answered.

The Montana Department of Corrections said that Dryman will be sent back to the state prison. He will face a parole revocation hearing within the next few months — and possible resumption of his life in prison sentence.

Pellett said he has learned his family has a long, coincidental history with Dryman. Records show that Pellett’s great aunt once testified in support of Dryman when the then 16-year-old was accused of robbing a liquor store.

“She came to his defense so that he was not labeled as a delinquent,” Pellett said.

Pellett, who only decided to hire a private investigator on a whim during a dinner party conversation, said he is not driven to see Dryman punished.

“The legal system will handle it,” the grandson said. “Whatever they decide is fine with me. I mean he is 78 years old.”

But Pellet, 56, said would like to finish writing the family history of the long trial.

“I want to see if he wants to talk to me,” Pellett said. “I just want to get information. There are holes in the story he could really add to.”

Reward offered for tips on burglary suspect

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information that leads to the arrest of a man suspected in a recent pair of residential burglaries.

Marcus R. Jolly, 27, is wanted for possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

He was named as a burglary suspect last week after his alleged accomplice, Anthony T. Falasco, 28, was arrested with a Mitsubishi Outlander stolen from 12000 block of East 24th Avenue, according to Spokane Valley police.

The men also are accused of stealing a Dodge Durango and “cleaning out” a home in the 11100 block of East 22nd Avenue, police said.

Police found an illegal shotgun, a pipe bomb and more stolen property at an apartment on South Havana Street Friday night where they’d heard Jolly was staying.

But Jolly wasn’t there, and Crime Stoppers today announced a reward for tips on his location.

Jolly’s11-year Spokane County criminal history includes convictions for third-degree theft, first-degree theft, second-degree identity theft, first and second-degree possession of stolen property and second-degree taking a motor vehicle without owner’s permission., according to Crime Stoppers. His last known address was 1328 E. Rich Ave.

Anyone with information about Jolly’s asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or submit tips online here.

Disbarred lawyer captured in Mexico

He lived the high-life he’d become accustomed to in Spokane, escaping to southern Mexico and bragging about his exploits on a Web site that nearly led to his capture.

But after evading authorities for more than a decade, disbarred Spokane lawyer and developer Claude Irwin, Jr, is set to return to Spokane County to face the creditors and investors he’s accused of duping out of millions of dollars in a failed lakeside development in North Idaho.

Federal agents arrested Irwin, 62, Wednesday night as he stepped off a plane in Los Angeles, part of an international ruse arranged by the U.S. Marshals Office.

He’s awaiting extradition to Spokane County on a felony theft warrant filed in 1998, a year after he vanished and left his multimillion-dollar, 390-acre real estate development near Harrison, Idaho, Powderhorn Ridge Ranch, facing at least $3 million in unpaid judgments and claims.

“He needed to come home,” said Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Eric Marks in Spokane.

Once in Spokane, Irwin be held without bail.

Irwin’s arrest came after a tipster contacted a Spokesman-Review reporter in August with questions about the case and information about Irwin’s possible location and new identity in Mexico.

The newspaper, as is customary, urged the tipster to alert law enforcement to any information regarding potential criminal matters, and – with the tipster’s permission – helped arrange for the tipster and federal marshals to contact each other.

Irwin was nearly caught in 2000 after a reporter found a web site he’d created.

The pictures above were taken from that site. Irwin labeled the top photo “Ayatolla.”

Read the rest of my story: Fugitive developer captured in international ruse

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