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2 felons nabbed after South Hill gunfire

Gunfire on the South Hill Sunday didn’t injure anyone but shot out the back window of a car. How the gun discharged is a point of dispute.

Spokane police say one suspect, Andrey Y. Fedin, 22, told them a friend accidentally shot the gun while they were passing the gun back and forth in his car outside 3218 E. 34th Ave. Fedin also told police the friend and another man, Aleksandr N. Shingarey, 22, were following them with the gun as he tried to get away, according to court documents filed today in Superior Court.

But Fedin’s friend Slava Reznikov said outside Fedin’s court appearance that Fedin said Shingarey and another man shot out the window after he refused to buy them alcohol.

Reznikov said he was with Fedin just before the shooting and heard the gunshot from his home a few blocks away.

“Andrey took the gun from them, put the safety on and called police,” he said.

Court documents say Fedin told officers that he confronted the shooter, which led to Shingarey taking the shooter’s side and Fedin calling police.

Police found a Ruger .22 handgun with a silencer in tall grass near the home. They said Shingarey denied knowing anything about a gun and said the window had been shot out three days ago.

Police haven’t arrested the third man, who allegedly fired the weapon. The men are convicted felons, which means they’re prohibited from possessing firearms.

Fedin and Shingarey were booked into Spokane County Jail for unlawful possession of a firearm.

Shooting suspect part of crack investigation

Although a shooting in northeast Spokane on Thursday likely wasn’t gang-related, the Los Angeles man accused in the incident was arrested earlier this year in a crack cocaine investigation targeting several gangs.

Members of one of the gangs, the Atlantic Drive Compton Crips, were allegedly involved in a January fatal shooting – the only homicide in the city of Spokane so far this year.

Andrew T. Burns, 36, is in jail on an assault charge after witnesses told police he fired at least three shots at Kenneth R. Grooms, 40.

Read the rest of my story here.

Hayden man accused of shooting at deputies

A Hayden man is accused of shooting at Kootenai County Sheriff’s deputies, then surrendering after they returned fire.

Kerry Noel Damiano, 22, was arrested early Saturday after deputies responded to East Chilco Road near Chilco Lake, north of Hayden, about midnight on a report of trespassers causing a disturbance.

Damiano is accused of firing one shot at the deputies before they returned fire and he surrendered.

Damiano was booked into the Kootenai County Jail on one count of aggravated assault.

He has past convictions in Kootenai County for providing false information to law enforcement regarding offense/identity and driving a vehicle without the owner’s consent, according to news archives.

Accidental shooting kills porcupine hunter

A Greenacres man who set out to kill a problem porcupine died today from what investigators believe was an accidental, self-inflicted gunshot.

The shooting occurred about 1 p.m. at a home on 6219 S. Chapman Road, which county property records show is owned by Gary L. Kadow, 67.

Spokane County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Dave Reagan identified the victim as a 67-year-old man but declined to confirm if he was Kadow.

The victim’s wife called 911 about 1 p.m. and said her husband “had accidentally shot himself with a shotgun and was in a field nearby,” Reagan said in a news release.

She said he’d gone outside to kill a porcupine that had fought with one of the couple’s four dogs. Deputies found the man dead.

His wife said he had medical issues, but investigators don’t know if they contributed to the accident, Reagan said.

A woman at the home declined comment.

Police complete probe of fatal shooting

A law enforcement investigation into the fatal shooting of a gunman by a Spokane police officer ast month has been sent to the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

Investigators found that “the only criminal actions committed that day were those of the decedent, 46-year-old Todd White,” Detective Doug Marske said in a news release.

Officer Trevor Nollmeyer, who joined the force in 2003, shot White twice after White opened fire on Nollmeyer and Officer Dion Mason when they arrived at 4127 E. 36th Ave., early March 26. White’s sister and brother-in-law live there and had called police after a neighbor said White, a convicted felon, was in the area with a gun.

White fired at least four shots at officers from a semi-automatic pistol equipped with a laser-sighting device, the sheriff’s office said. He’d been convicted in 2002 of assaulting two Clark County deputies, and his felony convictions made him ineligible to posses a gun.

The investigation was conducted by the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, the Spokane Police Department and Washington State Patrol.

Previous coverage:

April 2: Gunman threatened to cause ‘war zone’

March 30: Gunman assaulted cops in ‘01

March 26: Man killed in police shootout identified

Man shot by police had fired pistol w/ laser

The gunman shot and killed by police Friday had fired four shots at officers from a semi-automatic pistol equipped with a laser-sighting device, law enforcement officials announced today.

Officer Trevor Nollmeyer, who joined the forced in 2003, shot and killed Todd E. White, 46, at 4127 E. 36th Ave. after he and Officer Dion Mason were fired upon while responding to a report of a family dispute involving an armed man. The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office released the names of the officers today.

White was about to confront residents at the home of his sister and brother-in-law over a dispute involving firearms inherited from White’s late father, sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Dave Reagan said in a news release.

White, who pleaded guilty in 2002 to assaulting two Clark County deputies, had been at the scene for about 20 minutes prior to the arrival of Nollmeyer and Mason, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

White’s brother-in-law called police at 6:01 a.m. Police reported gunfire at 6:29 a.m.

White, whose felony convictions made him ineligible to possess a gun, had an electronic police scanner in his pickup, Reagan said.

Previous coverage:

Man killed in police shootout identified

Gunman assaulted cops in ‘01

Man shot by officers assaulted police in ‘01

A gunman shot and killed by Spokane police on Friday had assaulted law enforcement in Vancouver, Wash., eight years ago.

Todd E. White, 46, pleaded guilty to two counts of felony third-degree assault in January 2002 — two months after he attacked two sheriff’s deputies in a Clark County courtroom.

White had a warrant for his arrest stemming from those earlier convictions when police say he fired shots at an officer responding to a report that White was outside his sister’s home with a gun on Friday.

The officer, who has not been identified, fired several shots, and White was later pronounced dead at a hospital. The officer or officers involved in the shooting, who are expected to be publicly identified this week, have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard protocol for police-involved shootings.

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the case with the Spokane Police Department.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Reagan said on Monday that he had no new information. He said he could not say if officers knew of White’s criminal history when they responded to a call for help from White’s brother-in-law, Gary Paul, about 6 a.m. on Friday.

Felons are prohibited from possessing firearms. A suspect’s criminal history can mean increased police response to an initial call but doesn’t change protocol for lethal force.

The incident began when a neighbor called the Pauls on Friday morning to tell them that White was outside the home with a gun, according to the Sheriff’s Office. White and Heidi Paul’s father recently died, and “there was a dispute over some guns that had been inherited,” Reagan said.

Police haven’t said how many shots White fired before he was shot. He collapsed in the Paul’s yard and was pronounced dead about 8 a.m.

Clark County issued a warrant for White in 2005 for not paying fines related to his third-degree assault convictions, according to court records.

When the assaults occurred, White was already in jail for failing to comply with terms of previous felony convictions for trafficking in stolen property and forgery in 1993 and 1995.

White was in an inmate-attorney interview room when an official told deputies he was “not being cooperative, was refusing to sit down and was slamming the door,” according to court documents.

White refused a deputy’s orders and shoved him when the deputy tried to grab his upper arm. The two began punching each other, and another deputy “joined the fight” before White was handcuffed, according to court documents.

White was sentenced to eight months in jail for the assaults.

Police say White, a father of four, lived in Spokane.

Past coverage: Gunman killed in police shootout identified

Shooting suspect arrested after fiery crash

A man accused of a shooting in which a bullet landed near a sleeping toddler was arrested after a fiery car crash Friday night.

Joseph L. Bledsaw, 25, rolled his 1997 Pontiac on Sprague Avenue beneath Interstate 90 after police Officer Chuck Sciortino and Reserve Deputy Bill Duffy tried stopping him on suspicion of speeding near Sprague and Havana about 9:10 p.m., according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

The Pontiac struck a median at Sprague and Havana, and it rolled several times, ejecting Bledsaw. His passenger, Tanya M. Roybal, 26, also was injured.

Roybal was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant. Bledsaw faces charges of first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and unlawful possession of a firearm in connection with a Feb. 27 shooting at the King’s Square Apartment, 15917 E. Sprague.

Police say Bledsaw fired shots into an apartment after a couple complained to police about noise. One of the bullets struck a metal bed post and landed on the blankets covering a 3-year-old girl, police said.

Bledsaw and Roybal were taken to a hospital before being booked into jail.

Bledsaw has a previous conviction for first-degree malicious mischief, as well as a drug conviction in Kootenai County.

Read more: Suspect ID’d in shooting that nearly hit child

Man killed in police shootout had warrant

A shootout with police early Friday killed a Spokane man who investigators say threatened family in a dispute over firearms.

Todd Ely White, 46, died after Spokane police officers returned gunfire in front of the southeast Spokane home of White’s brother-in-law, Gary Paul, and his wife, Heidi Paul.

Police were responding to a report that White was stalking the Pauls at 4127 E. 36th Ave. when White fired shots at an officer who retreated, then returned fire, said Sgt. Dave Reagan of the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

No officers were injured.

White had a warrant for his arrest out of Clark County for violating the terms of felony convictions from 2001, 1995 and 1993. Details of those convictions were not available late Friday, but felons are prohibited from possessing firearms.

Read the rest of my story here.

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.

Read the rest of the story here.

Man targeted by gunfire twice in 5 weeks

A drive-by shooting late Saturday led Spokane police to search a Mercedes Benz and its owner’s apartment on Tuesday.

No one was injured when at least eight shots were fired outside 857 E. Lyons Ave. - the same location of a drive-by shooting last month.

A search warrant filed today identifies the intended victim in both cases as 26-year-old William Alexander-Durr.

On Saturday, Alexander-Durr told police he was standing outside his girlfriend’s apartment when a passenger in a silver 1999 Mercedes Benz fired eight shots.

Police think Alexander-Durr was targeted in another shooting that occurred about 1:45 a.m. on Feb. 14. A car belonging to Alexander-Durr’s girlfriend was damaged in that shooting. At the time, police said it might be related to a shooting near North Nevada and East Joseph later that morning. (Read more here.)

In the most recent case, police learned the suspect vehicle was registered to Adrian A. Washington, 30. Investigators searched his apartment and the Benz on Tuesday. No arrests have been made.

Alexander-Durr was one of several men arrested last fall in connection with a stabbing in front of a downtown Spokane night club. He pleaded guilty Jan. 28 to riot and received credit for two days served in Spokane County Jail. Another defendant, Parrish J. Johnson, 24, received six months in jail after pleading guilty to riot last month.

The men are the only defendants to resolve their charges from the Oct. 28 stabbing near Club Uno, 515 W. Sprague. Trials for Rakee D. Cage, 23; John D. Proctor, 24; Rashjel G. Cage, 24; and Adam Doe, 18, are set for June.

Club bouncers helped apprehend the men after Kenneth R. Budik and Charles L. Lucious were stabbed, according to court documents. Witnesses said one of defendants said, “There’s Kenny! Murder One Crips!” before the attack, according to court documents.

Budik was a victim in a shooting in 2007 that killed a reputed gang member. Although a victim, Budik ended up spending more time behind bars then the man convicted of the slaying because he didn’t cooperate with police. Read about that case here.

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.

Suspect ID’d in shooting that nearly hit child

A 24-year-old man who last lived in Hayden, Idaho, has been identified as a suspect in a February shooting in which a bullet landed near a sleeping 3-year-old girl.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information that leads to the arrest of Joseph L. Bledsaw, who has felony convictions in Spokane and Kootenai Counties. Spokane Valley police say Bledsaw and another man confronted a couple at 15917 E. Sprague Ave. on Feb. 27 about a noise complaint.

Bledsaw was armed, police say, and when the couple retreated inside he fired shots into the apartment wall. One of the bullets passed through the exterior wall a few feet off the floor, striking a metal bed post and landing on the blankets covering a 3-year-old girl, police said.

Bledsaw is wanted on charged of first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and unlawful possession of a firearm because of a previous felony conviction.

He was sentenced to about one year to four years in prison in Idaho in 2004 on three counts of drug possession. He also was convicted of first-degree malicious mischief in Spokane County after crashing into several cars while fleeing a state trooper, according to news archives. (The picture above is from his arrest. Read the story here.)

Bledsaw was listed as a Hayden resident when convicted of violating a no-contact order in July 2009, but Crime Stoppers listed him as a transient in a news release last week.

If you have any information about where he is, 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.

Past coverage: Shooter who nearly hit toddler still at large

Deal drops 11 felonies, gives teen jail stint

A Tri-Cities man was sentenced to 60 days in jail on Monday in a plea deal that dropped 11 felonies that could have sent him to prison for life.

Nicholas W. J. Birden, 19, had been charged with 10 counts of drive-by shooting and attempted first-degree murder in connection with a June 11 shooting in Spokane.

Birden was playing basketball when he became angry and fired a shot at the other players, according to court testimony. No one was injured.

Birden entered an Alford plea to second-degree assault, meaning he didn’t admit guilt but acknowledged enough evidence existed for a conviction.

Suicidal gunman was sued for ‘05 shooting

 The man who shot his wife’s ex-husband before killing himself had been sued for a shooting incident in 2005.

Chad L. Moore, 35, (left) was serving as his own lawyer in a lawsuit filed by 70-year-old Orville Robert Boyd, who accused him of negligence and recklessness in a March 20, 2005, incident near Athol.

Moore and a friend, Ryan W. Beamer, were shooting Glock pistols on a private road about one mile north of Chilco Road when Boyd approached on an ATV with a gunshot to his right chest.

Moore called 911, and Beamer ran up the road to meet medics. Moore told a Kootenai County Sheriff’s deputy he’d been target shooting there since he was a small child, according to a report.  The shooting was ruled accidental, and Moore was never charged with a crime. The police report listed his employer as a Coeur d’Alene lumber company. He told police he’s worked there for 15 years.

Boyd sued Moore and Beamer in 2007. Moore began serving as his own lawyer in September “due to lack of funds,” according to a letter he wrote in the Kootenai County District Court file.

A five-day jury trial is scheduled for August.

Moore was found dead last week after an overnight manhunt. Before he killed himself, Moore shot and killed Ryan William Taylor, 28, the ex-husband of his pregnant wife.

Taylor had confronted Moore at his Hayden apartment March 9 after hearing from his ex that Moore hit her.

A memorial fundraiser was held for Taylor Saturday at The Grail nightclub in Huetter. His funeral took place earlier today.

Past coverage:

Family: Jealousy, abuse led to murder

Grant Co. teen killed in drive-by shooting

A Grant County teenager was killed Sunday in a drive-by shooting that also injured another boy in the ankle.

Carlos D. Leyva, 17, of Beverly, was shot to death about 6:18 p.m. on a road about 5 miles north of Mattawa. Investigators haven’t identified his killer but say the shooting appears to be connected to a gold or tan Nissan-type vehicle.

An unknown number of people inside that vehicle argued with Leyva and two other boys before the shooting in the 1700 block of Road T.5 SW, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.

The three boys were walking between Mattawa and Beverly when the shooting occurred.
The second victim was treated and released at Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake. The third boy was not injured.

Neither witness is cooperating with investigators, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators aren’t sure if the shooting is part of the increase in gang violence the county has seen over the last few years, said Undersheriff John Turley.

Read about a recent homicide in Grant County, a triple murder in December: Man told police he killed for revenge

Shooter who nearly hit toddler still at large

Police are still looking for a man who fired a shot through a Spokane Valley apartment wall last weekend, striking a post of the bed where a 3-year-old girl was sleeping.

A man called police at 10:25 p.m. Saturday and said someone was shooting at his apartment, 15917 E. Sprague Ave., from the parking lot below. A woman found the bullet when she pulled back her daughter’s blankets to check on her after the shooting and the bullet fell to the floor, according to the Spokane Valley Police Department.

Officers found a group of people standing on an upper landing and two bullet casings on the ground in front of them. The caller said he and a friend had been playing cards in another part of the complex and were walking home when they were confronted by two men demanding to know why he had called police about noise.

One of the men, identified only as “Joe,” pulled what appeared to be a gun out of the waistband of his pants, according to police. The caller said he retreated inside, then heard the man slide the action of what sounded like a semi-automatic pistol before shots were fired into his wall.

One of the bullets passed through the exterior wall about 3 feet off the floor, striking a metal bed post and landing on the blankets covering the toddler, police said.

Joe is described as a white and in his late 20s, 6 feet tall and thin. He possibly was left handed and wore a white baseball cap with a dark logo. He had a spider’s web tattoo on his neck.

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

3 teens charged as adults in shooting

Three juveniles arrested in a shooting in downtown Cheney early Sunday will be charged as adults.

Trevien M. Mims, 17; Damon M. Morris, 17; and Clovy Jaramillo, 16, appeared in Spokane County Superior Court Thursday on charges of drive-by shooting, first-degree assault and riot.

The boys, along with 19-year-old Abran L. Gibson,  are accused of a shooting that injured an Eastern Washington University student, Sharanbir S. Grewal, in the hand.

The Spokesman-Review identifies juvenile criminal suspects only if they are charged as adults with serious felonies.

The shooting occurred about 1:18 a.m. following a confrontation in front of the El Rodeo restaurant on Second Street, according to court documents. The suspects are accused of exiting a Jeep Wrangler and arguing with the victim and his friends before Morris revealed the butt of handgun in his waistband, according to court documents.

A public defender described Jaramillo as “the least involved,” and Judge Ellen Kalama Clark set his bond at $20,000.

Mims’s bond was set at $25,000; Morris’s was set at $30,000 after Clark noted he was also charged with possession of a controlled substance for OxyContin allegedly found after his arrest and had a previous drug charge as a juvenile.

Family members for each of the boys described them as good kids and assured the judge they would show up for court. The boys will be held in Spokane County Juvenile Detetion Center unless bond is posted.

Adult suspect in Cheney shooting ID’d

A shooting in downtown Cheney early Sunday led to the arrest of four suspects, only one of whom is over the age of 18.

Abran L. Gibson, 19, was arrested with two 17-year-old boys and a 16-year-old boy after an Eastern Washington University student, Sharanbir S. Grewal, was shot in the hand, police said.

Gibson’s appeared in Spokane County Superior Court today on one count of drive-by shooting and remains in Spokane County Jail.

The three other suspects are in Spokane County Juvenile Detention Center.

The shooting occurred at about 1:18 a.m. following a confrontation in front of the El Rodeo restaurant on Second Street.

Police found a dark blue Jeep Wrangler believed to be used in the shooting parked at the Zip’s fast food restaurant at 911 1st Street, according to court documents.

2 shootings reported last weekend

Two gang-related shootings were reported in Spokane on Valentine’s Day.

No one was injured in either shooting. In the first incident, officers responded to the 800 block of East Lyons about 1:45 a.m. for the report of multiple shots fired, and arrived to find a car had been damaged by multiple gunshots.

Later that morning, a similar shooting occurred near North Nevada and East Joseph, police said.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call (509) 625-GANG (4264). Anonymous tips are accepted.

The Spokane Violent Crime Gang Enforcement Team is investigating  The SVCGET is comprised of officers from Spokane, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Border Patrol, Washington State Patrol, state Department of Corrections, the FBI, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

Detectives still are investigating a Jan. 18 homicide they believe is gang related. Read more on that deadly shooting here.

Another charged in crime spree shooting

Another man has been accused of a shooting that left a teenager wounded and began a crime spree that included shots fired at a Spokane police officer.

Greg Sharkey, Jr., 25, (left) is due in Spokane County Superior Court today on 10 counts of first-degree attempted murder, the sames charges facing 20-year-old Tony E. Dawson.

Police say the men each fired shots at a group of 10 people outside a house party in the 1100 block of W. Frederick Avenue on Dec. 22. A party-goer apparently had shined a laser pointer at the men, according to court documents. Witnesses told police one of the men said “west side” before firing several shots.

Police found shell casings from a .45-caliber handgun - the same gun Dawson is accused of using to shoot at Officer Kristopher Honaker early the next morning. Honaker had been guarding the scene of the earlier shooting. Detectives don’t believe the group drove back to the shooting scene on purpose.

Detectives later learned Sharkey also had fired shots at that group, but he used a .38 caliber Rossi revolver that didn’t leave behind shell casings, Lt. Dave McGovern said today.

Dawson, (right) Sharkey and Margaret D. Shults, 22, are accused of stealing a Suburban minutes before Dawson fired shots at Honaker. Police don’t believe Sharkey had anything to do with that shooting other than being in the Suburban at the time, McGovern said.

Court documents detailing the investigation show the shootings appear to be orchestrated by Dawson, who Shults said had been carrying two handguns the night of the shooting and “was acting like Jesse James.”

She said at one point, Dawson took two guns from his waistband and compared himself to the famous politically minded bandit (a dreadfully inaccurate comparison), declaring “I’m Jesse (expletive deleted) James.”

Past coverage: Accused shooter acted like ‘Jesse James’

Man, 20, accused of shooting at police

Police officer targeted by gunman

Attempted murder charges dropped in July shooting

A man first charged with attempted murder for a July shooting will be released from jail soon after pleading guilty to a lesser charge.

Michael R. “Mikey Mike” Gardner, 23, tried to break up a fight July 24 between two groups of women, which led to him punching a woman after she attacked him, lawyers said today.

Gardner, who was arrested Nov. 1, “had nothing to do” with the shooting of two other women, said his public defender, Thomas Krzyminski.

The accused shooter, Timothy “Stoney Boy” Lucious, 38, remains in Spokane County Jail on attempted murder and assault charges.

“I don’t believe Mr. Gardner’s role reached that level in any way, shape or form,” Krzyminski said.

Deputy Prosecutor Mark Cipolla apparently agreed, and Judge Michael Price this morning approved a plea agreement that gave Gardner four months in jail with credit for 80 days served after he pleaded guilty to third-degree assault. He’ll be on probation for one year.

The incident began with a fight at a north Spokane bar that festered at a party, then erupted near Seventh and Perry when the two groups of women met again.

Lucious, who was arrested Oct. 18, is accused of shooting one woman in the chest and another in an arm. His trial is set for February.

In court today, Gardner, a father of two, told Price he planned to make “better decisions” and “move forward with my life, get school taken care of and be a parent.”

Past coverage: Two women shot in crosstown melee

Accused shooter acted ‘like Jesse James’

A gunman fires into a crowd, hitting a teenager in the back. A carjacker beats a driver with a gun, trying to force her out of her car. Thieves steal an SUV and one of them later fires shots at a police officer.

Spokane police now believe the events of Dec. 22 and 23 are part of a crime spree instigated by a man a friend described as “acting like Jesse James.”

Tony E. Dawson, 20, already was in Spokane County Jail in connection with the attempted carjacking when police say they connected him to the Dec. 23 attack on Officer Kristopher Honaker, who had been guarding the scene of the earlier shooting.

Dawson now faces charges of attempted first-degree murder, attempted first-degree robbery, first-degree robbery, three counts of unlawful possession of a firearm and 10 counts of first-degree assault. If convicted, he could be sent to prison for decades.

“It was all one series of events,” said Spokane police Lt. Dave McGovern. 

Also charged are Margaret D. Shults, 22, (left) accused of first-degree robbery; and Greg Sharkey, Jr., 25, accused of attempted first-degree robbery and first-degree robbery.

A fingerprint on a Ford Bronco, which was targeted by thieves before a Chevrolet Suburban was stolen, helped link Dawson to the crimes, police said.

Interviews led detectives to Shults and Sharkey, (bottom right) who reportedly admitted to stealing the Suburban with Dawson from the 1600 block of East Rowan Avenue early Dec. 23.

Court documents detailing the investigation show the shootings appear to be orchestrated by Dawson, who Shults said had been carrying two handguns the night of the shooting and “was acting like Jesse James.”

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

Dawson reportedly threatened Shults that if she stopped the vehicle, “he had no problem killing either Shults or Sharkey,” documents state.

Read the rest of my story here.

Read previous coverage here.

Suspect in double homicide remains at large

A man accused of helping a double homicide suspect has been arrested, Spokane police announced early this morning.

Mark H. Toner, 33, (left) is in Spokane County Jail on charges of rendering criminal assistance and witness intimidation after being captured without incident at a motel on the Sunset Highway.

The man he’s accused of helping, Merle W. Harvey, 27, remains at large.

Harvey (bottom right) is accused of gunning down two men Saturday night near Boone Avenue and Adams Street.

Police were called to an apartment at 1310 W. Boone Ave about 9:30 p.m., where Jack Lamere was living with his girlfriend. Toner’s first appearance in Spokane County Superior Court is set for 1:30 p.m.

Read Jonathan Brunt’s story on the homicides here. .

One of the victim’s, Jack Lamere, was involved in a major methamphetamine bust in the late 1990s.

Read about it here.

Police haven’t released the name of the second victim.

Another school shooting?

Yes. Another school shooting… Only this time, it took place in Germany. A 17-year old, identified as Tim Kretschmer, entered his high school in Winnenden, Germany, and open fired on his peers and teachers. It seems like it all happened rather quickly.
Entering the high school where he graduated last year, he burst into morning classes and opened fire, taking students and teachers by complete surprise.

“Children were sitting at their tables, with pencils still in their hands, their heads fallen over on the table,” said regional police director Ralf Michelfelder, describing the grisly scene that his officers found. “Most of them had shots in their head — it must have all happened in seconds.”

Kretschmer left the school hurriedly after shooting 9 kids, and 3 teachers. A police chase ensued, and ended at a dead end street where police found Kretschmer dead. He had shot himself in the head. This AP Article from MSNBC included a section where classmates shared with reporters their relationship to Kretschmer and how none of them had ever known him to be a “bad kid.” However one girl had met Kretschmer only a short bit ago and said he had shown her a note that he had written to his parents.
Sabienne Boehm, 12, said she recently had met the shooter and that he had claimed fellow students at the high school had mocked him and teachers there ignored him.

Three weeks ago, she said, he showed her a note. “He wrote to his parents that he’s suffering and he can’t go on,” she told the AP outside a memorial service at a town church late Wednesday.

School shootings such as this one are tragic. This particular one actually wasn’t Germany’s worst school shooting, but it was devastating to say the least. From 1996 up to know there have been at least a dozen major school shootings in the US and other countries. (Mainly Germany, Finland, DeKalb, and Scotland.) This wasn’t the first, and unfortunately, it probably won’t be the last.

Read more here. Also, here’s a video depicting the event a little more:

I don’t know that I have a question for this one, but feel free to discuss this and other school shootings/incidents, or anything relating to this.