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Friday's story about the former owners of Vision Quest gyms had only as much information as was supplied to us by a PR company.
Today (Sept. 12) we got to talk with partner Jeff Carlson. Three key points:
* He isn't a Spokane native, correcting the story's first statement that two Spokane "natives" were buying Oz Fitness and rebranding it. "I was born in Seattle and grew up there, but I spent a lot of time visiting Spokane," he said. His business partner, Chip Schwerzel, is from Spokane originally.
A PR sheet mistakenly said Carlson was a Spokane native.
* Second: the new business name will be mὔv Fitness. The U will have an umlaut, and Carlson said he couldn't give a great reason for that choice.
* They also plan to expand the business, both in focus and in geography. The four sites in Spokane will all add personal training, something Oz Fitness hadn't offered, Carlson said. He also plans to grow the business. Eventually it will look to move into the Seattle area, at some future point.
A Spokane woman is accused of stealing a federal Homeland Security officer's passport and and using it to pawn two stolen rifles.
Investigators identified Amanda Wayne Macklin, 23, as a suspect after finding her number in Double Eagle Pawn's phone records. They say she called the pawn shop on Nov. 21 asking if a passport could be used to sell items there, then went to the East Sprague Avenue store and sold the stolen guns for $475 using a passport belonging to Shannon L. Hart.
Hart was at Oz Fitness at 603 E. Holland in Spokane on Nov. 20 when someone prowled her vehicle and stole her Homeland Security identification card, her passport and a Sig Sauer .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol, according to court documents.
Agents with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms obtained surveillance video of a woman pawning the rifles, which were stolen in a burglary Nov. 21 at a home in the 12000 block of North Denver Street. Macklin's family members identified her as that woman, according to court documents. Macklin told them she dumped Hart's passport and pistol into a dumpster, investigators say.
Federal agents also obtained a recording of Macklin telling her mother in a phone call from the Spokane County Jail that she pawned the guns and burglarized other homes to support her and her sister's drug habit. Macklin and her sister, Jordan Newkirk, already are charged with several felonies for an alleged burglary ring.
In the Dec. 26 break-in, the thieves used a spring-loaded punch to break holes through a lower window at a home in the 100 block of West Falcon Avenue and stole thousands of dollars in jewelry, including a ring that contained the ashes of the homeowner's mother.
Police in Kent, Wash, had noted the unusual burglary tool in Macklin's Kia Spectra when they arrested her there four days before the burglary.
Spokane County sheriff's Detective Mark Newton noted in his report that he and his partner have been detectives for 45 years total and have never found anyone in possesses of such a device, which he said would shatter normal glass but didn't at the Falcon Avenue home because the glass was tempered.
"If one were to use such a punch on a normal piece of glass, the punch would shatter the glass leaving no indication a punch was used," Newton wrote in court documents.
Macklin was charged in that case in March. Prosecutors filed six new gun and property crime charges May 25 for theft of Hart's passport. Then a federal grand jury indicted her last week on a charge of unlawful possession and barter and disposal of a stolen firearm and misuse o a passport for allegedly dumping Hart's gun and passport.
Detectives are looking for other potential victims of a Spokane man accused of drugging a woman and falsely portraying himself as a Coeur d'Alene police officer to another.
Terence M. Washington, 36, who is out of jail on bond, was first contacted by police after he rear ended another motorist at 16th Avenue and Progress Road on Feb. 7 and demanded to be taken to jail because he was drunk, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office said today. He provided a Florida driver's license that police say was suspended.
Police contacted the owner of the Mitsubishi Washington was driving, who told them Washington lived with her and that he had been sleeping all day "and felt very drowsy as if she had been drugged," according to a news release by Sgt. Dave Reagan. The woman said she was missing a bottle containing 13 Ambien tablets and gave police a cup of water from which she said Washington had forced her to drink.
A tow truck driver found an empty bottle of Ambien near the crash scene. Washington's passenger told police she'd met him on the dating website PlentyofFish.com and that he'd identified himself as a Coeur d'Alene police officer "who was in the process of being hired by the U.S. Marshal’s Office," Reagan said.
Jail staff found 10 Ambien tablets in Washington's jacket. Toxicology tests showed traces of Ambien in the cup of water the Mitsubishi owner provided to police.
The woman said Washington recommended she get an Ambien prescription to help her sleep. She said she allowed Washington to stay one night at her home after meeting him at Oz Fitness and that he'd refused to leave.
Police booked the suspect on a fourth-degree assault charge after finding evidence that he'd beaten the woman, Reagan said. Washington also faces drunken driving and driving while suspended charges for the crash, and police are recommending he also be charged with delivery of a controlled substance for drugging the woman, Reagan said.
Detectives are concerned Washington may have drugged other women after claiming to be a police officer. They urge anyone who's had contact with him to call Detective Kirk Keyser at (509) 477-3786.
Washington posted $5,000 bond Feb. 9.
An arraignment scheduled for Feb. 16 was stricken because prosecutors haven't yet filed charges.