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Deputy who refused tests charged with DUI

A Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy who refused a breath test after being stopped by Spokane Valley police pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a drunken driving charge.

Darin M. Schaum, 36, was described as “highly intoxicated” when Officer Todd Miller stopped his Dodge truck on Broadway Avenue west of McDonald Road about 1:30 a.m. on April 16, according to documents filed this week in Spokane County District Court.

Miller said Schaum identified himself as a Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy and said he could find a ride to his home just down the street and that it “was going to cost Schaum his job if (police) didn’t allow him to go,” according to court documents.

Read the rest of my story here.

Past coverage: Deputy faces license suspension

FBI badge, gun stolen from detective’s car

A man arrested in an alleged stolen property crime spree last fall is now accused of stealing a Spokane County Sheriff detective’s gun and FBI identification card during a vehicle prowling last week.

James W. Peterschick, 28, was arrested after a jail inmate looking for a break on drug charges told police he saw Peterschick with the stolen gun on April 21, the day it was stolen from Detective Leroy Fairbanks’ government-issued vehicle, according to court documents.

The tipster told detectives of a dumpster at Garland and Post where most of the items had been dumped, then said Peterschick often stayed at cheap motels in Spokane. 

Detectives found Peterschick at Motel 6, 1508 N. Rustle, as well as two fishing poles stolen from Fairbanks’ vehicle. Investigators believe Peterschick smashed out the car’s window when Fairbanks left it at 5830 N. Division for about 20 minutes, then stole a backpack containing electronics, a Glock handgun, handcuffs, a flashlight, badge and IDs for the Sheriff’s Office and FBI.

Peterschick appeared in Superior Court Monday on charges of trafficking in stolen property, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a controlled substance. He’s out of jail on bond.

In February, Peterschick was arrested in a drug and stolen property crime spree uncovered by a Spokane County sheriff’s deputy when he stopped to check on a stranded SUV.

Charges in deadly crash on hold for school

Prosecutors are waiting until the end of the school year to file vehicular homicide charges against two teens involved in a crash that killed a 19-year-old Spokane woman, Spokane County Sheriff’s Detective Dave Thornburg said today.

Thornburg sent an investigation recommending the charges against Brooke A. Reese and Taylor D. Marean, both 18, on April 5. The teens were said to be racing when their cars collided on southbound Hatch Road near 54th Avenue early Feb. 14, killing Jacoby N. Bryant, 19 (left).

Marean is a student at the University of Washington, and prosecutors are allowing him to finish the term before he’s arraigned on the felony charge, Thornburg said.

Bryant, a 2009 graduate of Lewis and Clark High and a student at Eastern Washington University, was a passenger in Reese’s 1999 Pontiac Grand Am when it collided with Marean’s 2005 BMW, then struck a tree, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Reese reportedly admitted to drinking four shots of Vodka at a party before the deadly crash, according to a search warrant. She faces a possible drug possession charge after detectives found meth in her purse in the Grand Am. Thornburg’s recommendation also includes two counts of minor in possession/consumption of alcohol against Reese and Marean.

Past coverage:

April 5: Charges recommended in crash that killed teen

Big man, little man suspected in burglaries

A small body frame may be helping fuel a string of burglaries in north Spokane.

Detectives believe a smaller man has been breaking through windows to allow his larger accomplice inside, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said today.

A woman arrived home in the 6500 block of North Wall Monday to find the men leaving the apartment with stuffed duffel bags.

Investigators believe they may be connected to other burglaries in the same area.

The suspects are described as black, one big and small. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Boy-for-sale ad linked to Sandpoint teen

An Internet ad offering a 4-year-old boy for $5,000 that launched a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office investigation and drew international attention turned out to be the work of a bored North Idaho teenager.

Sandpoint police tracked the Craigslist ad to a 17-year-old boy, who told an investigator he posted it as a joke.

“He was home with nothing else to do, and he thought it’d be funny,” said Sandpoint police Lt. Corey Coon, who took over the investigation after Spokane County investigators tracked the computer that created the post to that area of North Idaho.

But authorities aren’t laughing. Coon is investigating possible criminal charges such as identity theft, fraud or violation of Idaho’s adoption laws. He hopes to send his report to the Bonner County Prosecutor’s Office by Monday.

Read the rest of my story here.

Past coverage:

April 20: Boy-for-sale Craigslist query switches states

March 17: Boy-for-sale ad triggers investigation

‘Nemesis’ of property owners flees court

A man police call “the nemesis of Spokane Valley property owners” returned to jail Wednesday after fleeing a courtroom and falling in front of the Spokane County Elections Office.

Cole T. Monson, 36, ran from Spokane County District Court Judge Debra Hayes’ courtroom after Hayes revoked his bond on a driving while suspended charge and ordered him jailed, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

Monson shoved a judicial assistant then ran from the courtroom, down the stairs and out the Public Safety Building as a deputy chased him, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Monson fell as he jumped down a short stairwell, then was handcuffed and returned to court by police, where Hayes “reiterated she wanted him taken to jail,” the Sheriff’s Office said.

Monson, a longtime felon arrested in a large stolen property and fuel theft investigation in March, faces new charges of felony third-degree assault and misdemeanor first-degree escape.

Monson may face criminal charges for as many as 120 crimes involving burglary, vehicle prowling, arson, malicious mischief and vehicle theft, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

He’s also a suspect in a federal investigation involving counterfeit money, and is suspected of exchanging stolen property for meth to a woman recently indicted on federal meth charges.

Boy-for-sale Craigslist query switches states

Investigation into a Spokane Craigslist ad that offered a 4-year-old boy for sale has been transferred to another law enforcement agency.

A sheriff’s deputy tracked Internet Provider address information for the posting and believes the post may have originated outside of Washington, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office announced today.

A law enforcement agency in that jurisdiction will continue the investigation “to determine if the ad was a hoax or an actual offer to sell a child,” said Sgt. Dave Reagan.

Police haven’t specified which jurisdiction.

The investigation began March 1 when a Spokane woman told police of a Craigslist ad she spotted on Feb. 28 that offered a boy named Gavin for $5,000.

It included a photo of a small child in a yellow fireman’s helmet and a dark shirt with the word “adventure” on the front.

The ad had been posted just before 11 p.m. the previous day but had been removed by Craigslist when the woman returned to the site after copying the text – but not the photo – into a computer word processing program.

The ad’s author claimed to be the boy’s father.

The author said the boy was a “great kid” but that he could no longer afford to care for him. The boy loves basketball, football and soccer but doesn’t play with cars, refuses to eat vegetables and can scream for hours at a time.

“But he always has a smile on his face. He doesn’t fuss very much, but when he does he just screams for hours. I usually just put him in his closet until he stops and that usually works,” according to the ad.

“It is going to kill me to do this but as I stated before I cannot afford to keep him. His Motherr is out of the picture and my parents no longer talk to me since I’ve had Gavin,” the ad read, according to the search warrant. “So I don’t know what else to do other than find a good family with kids or a couple that wants a son.”

The seller, who identified himself as Rick Obelophy, said he wouldn’t give the boy “to anyone.”

“I want to meet with you and make sure you will be fit parents,” the ad read.

Past coverage:

Boy-for-sale add triggers investigation

Arrested sheriff’s deputy refuses DUI tests

A Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy faces a one-year driver’s license suspension after refusing to take sobriety tests during an off-duty drunken driving arrest early Friday.

Darin Schaum, a 12-year veteran, appeared to be racing or confronting another motorist while driving his personal Dodge pickup about 1:30 a.m. near Broadway Avenue and McDonald Road, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

Spokane Valley police Officer Todd Miller, said Schaum “identified himself as a deputy sheriff and exhibited signs of intoxication,” according to the sheriff’s office.

Read the rest of my story here.

Past coverage:

Ignition device law a test for agencies

Lieutenant legally drunk in crash

Another arrested in robbery w/ crowbar

Another suspect has been arrested in a violent home-invasion robbery two weeks ago.

Robert Andrew Wilson, 24, is in jail on $175,000 bail.

Spokane County Sheriff’s detectives believe he used a crowbar to assault a man and woman in an apartment at 815 W. Bellwood early March 31 before he and a group stole electronics and other valuables. The victims were bound with zip ties, but one broke free and called 911. The woman suffered a fractured shoulder from the crowbar beating, according to court documents.

Deputies arrested three suspects, 20-year-old Donald M. Holley, 30-year-old Oshien R. Pendell and 19-year-old Megan N. Wilson, the day of the robbery. Robert Wilson was booked into jail on Wednesday. 

Megan Wilson and Robert Wilson are cousins, according to court documents. Another suspect, 18-year-old Marissa R. “Sissy” Wilson, is 8 months pregnant with Robert Wilson’s child. Marissa Wilson also is the ex-girlfriend of 25-year-old David M. Anderson, who lives at the targeted apartment but wasn’t home during the invasion.

Court documents identify a sixth suspect as Mikhail A. Vincent, 21. Detectives searched a 1996 Isuzu Rodeo in connection with the case this week.

Wilson appeared in Superior Court Thursday on robbery, burglary, assault and unlawful imprisonment charges.

Past coverage:

Home invasion targeted suspect’s ex-boyfriend

Charges sought in crash that killed teen

Two teenagers involved in a crash that killed a 19-year-old Spokane woman in February face vehicular homicide charges under a recommendation sent to prosecutors Monday. 

Investigators believe Brooke A. Reese, 18, of Spokane, and Taylor D. Marean, 18, of Redmond, were racing when their cars collided on southbound Hatch Road near 54th Avenue early Feb. 14. Jacoby N. Bryant, 19, died at the scene.

“It stands out just because it involves just a bunch of youth - young teenagers - making a bad choice,” Detective Dave Thornburg said. “Ultimately, they’ve affected a lot of lives.”

Read the rest of my story here.

Explosives on I-90 bring out bomb squad

An explosive device was found during a traffic stop on Interstate 90 in Coeur d’Alene Sunday night.

Julianne M. Lewis, of Pasco, and William F. Heavyrunner, of Browning, Mont., were arrested near milepost 13 after Idaho State Police troopers found the device in their vehicle, along with drugs and guns, according to a news release.

A bomb squad from the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office disposed of the device. Idaho State Police declined to release further information, citing an ongoing investigation.

Lewis and Heavyrunner were booked into Kootenai County Jail on charges of reckless driving and possession of a controlled substance.

Heavyrunner also is charged with posession of a dangerous weapon and Lewis is charged with posession of drug parapheranlia.

Robbery targeted suspect’s ex-boyfriend

A home-invasion robbery in north Spokane early Wednesday targeted the ex-boyfriend of one of the suspects.

The victims told police they were attacked by a group that included a woman who was 8 months pregnant. That suspect, who has not been arrested, used to date on of residents at 815 W. Bellwood, David M. Anderson, according to court documents.

Anderson was at work when the group entered his apartment about 4 a.m. armed with hammers and crowbar and stole electronics.

Anderson’s girlfriend, 19-year-old Katherine E. Scott, and his roommate, 22-year-old Aaron D. Miller, beaten with a crowbar and bound with zip ties during the robbery, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies arrested 20-year-old Donald M. Holley, 30-year-old Oshien R. Pendell and 19-year-old Megan N. Wilson on Wednesday. Miller said at least two others were involved, and detectives are looking for additional suspects.

Holley is in jail on $75,000 bond after appearing in court Tuesday on charges of first-degree theft, first-degree robbery and second-degree assault. Pendell has a $35,000 bond for the same charges; Wilson’s is $10,000.

Raids net child porn, meth, 3 arrests

A drug investigation uncovered child pornography at a Spokane Valley apartment this week.

Jacque C. Bos, 49, is accused of selling meth to undercover detectives before they raided his apartment at 2400 N. Wilbur Road on Tuesday.

Along with meth, detectives seized computers and other devices they suspect contain child pornography, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

This morning, detectives arrested a man suspected of selling meth to Bos, Elmer B. Hoiseth, 57, at a mobile home at 7700 W. Westbow, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators believe Bos also bought meth from 45-year-old Phuoc H. Nguyen, who was arrested March 17 after detectievs found meth and the remnant of a lab at his home in the 400 block of East Vicksburg.

On Wednesday, Bos appeared in Superior Court on one charge of delivery of child pornography, and Hoiseth was booked into jail on one charge of delivery of meth. Nguyen was released from jail shortly after his arrest.

Charge: Pot suspect harassed cop via text

 The text messages to the Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy came after a raid at a suspected marijuana grow house. 

“(W)ee can either b friends or enemies,” the cryptic message began, urging police to drop their probe and alluding to dire consequences that could befall the detective’s family members if it continues: “don’t do this 2 ur kid…I’ve got a surprise for you…tic tock tic tock you aint even going to know when it’s coming.” 

Those and hundreds of other sexually explicit, profanity-laced messages filled Detective Jeff Shover’s cell phone in the weeks after he gave his number to a suspect who was vacationing in Hawaii when the grow operation was raided, and claimed she was in danger.

That suspect, 41-year-old Tina Blanchette, has been charged with intimidating a public servant and making harassing phone calls in a case that began as an otherwise routine marijuana probe but has now taken an unusual twist.

Police say the hundreds of text messages, phone calls and emailed images can be traced to her phone. But, Blanchette said in an interview, “You’re only seeing part of the conversation… It’s really humiliating because I’ve been depicted as something completely different.”

(Blanchette is pictured in court on Tuesday, thanks to KHQ.)

Read the rest of my story here.

Stolen property bust linked to ID theft ring

A big stolen property bust that culminated with five raids yesterday appears to be connected to a big identity theft ring detectives uncovered a couple weeks ago.

Ronald R. Foreman is accused of masterminding a multi-state check fraud ring that bilked businesses out of thousands of dollars.

A tipster who helped police with Foreman’s case also said that Foreman planned to rob a methamphetamine dealer named Tracy Pirello, according to a search warrant filed today in Spokane County Superior Court.

Pirello is named in the warrant as an accomplice to John “Animal” Rose, who was arrested with several others Tuesday in a stolen property and drug investigation by the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

Detectives searched Rose’s property at 19201 E. Boone Ave., where other suspects arrested Tuesday allegedly stored stolen goods. Cole T. Monson reportedly got methampethme from Tamara D. Geurin, 28, in exchange for the goods, according to the search warrant.

Geurin already is in jail on federal drug charges, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court. She pleaded not guilty to possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of meth earlier this month.

Monson appeared in court today, along with Rose and the others arrested Tuesday. Read more about them here.

Past coverage: Couple’s ex-lover told police about fraud ring

Bust could solve 100+ burglaries, prowlings

An interstate fuel theft investigation unveiled hundreds of pieces of suspected stolen property Tuesday after law enforcement arrested seven people and seized heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine.

Law enforcement raided five places early Tuesday that Spokane County Sheriff’s detectives say could be connected to more than 100 unsolved burglaries and vehicle prowlings in the county.
Detectives rented a moving truck to haul suspected stolen property from a rented garage in the 6000 block of East Clements Lane northeast of Spokane.

The investigation began in November when Sgt. John Nowels used a computer database to track what he suspected was a trend in commercial burglaries and fuel thefts.

About that same time, Coeur d’Alene police named a suspect in fuel thefts, who Spokane detectives believe is connected to the suspects recently arrested, including Cole T. Monson, 36.

“These people have been very active for a long time,” said Sgt. Dave Reagan.

Read the rest of my story in tomorrow’s Spokesman-Review.

County settles suit over deputies’ fatal fight

Spokane County commissioners approved a $50,000 settlement Tuesday in the May 2007 death of a Spokane Valley man who fought with sheriff’s deputies.

Trent Yohe, 37, lost consciousness after being restrained hand-and-foot, and died 12 days later of what a county medical examiner said was a shortage of oxygen to the brain.

Dr. John Howard attributed the oxygen loss to a combination of drugs, heart disease, “excited delirium” and the way in which Yohe was restrained.

Police define excited delirium as a medical emergency fed by a mix of extreme mental and physical excitement, often fueled by drugs or alcohol. Read the rest of John Craig’s story here.

According to a previous article, the lone civilian eyewitness to the deadly fight said she was afraid of retaliation and initially didn’t tell investigators about seeing a deputy kick Yohe while he was on the ground outside a Spokane Valley trailer.

Read that article here.

Previous coverage: Questions follow suspect’s death here.

Sale ad for 4-year-old prompts investigation

For sale: One 4-year-old boy.

That recent advertisement on a popular classifieds Web site has triggered a sheriff’s investigation into who was behind it. Was it a hoax, a desperate cry for help or something more sinister?

Investigators haven’t determined, but they’ve seized records from Craigslist they hope will hold clues to the author’s identity. For now, they’re remaining tight-lipped about an investigation that began when a Spokane woman spotted a Craigslist ad offering a boy named Gavin for $5,000, and contacted authorities.

“It’s kind of at a delicate point right now,” said Sgt. Dave Reagan, spokesman for the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

A Spokane woman saw the ad late Feb. 28. It included a photo of a small child in a yellow fireman’s helmet and dark shirt with the word ‘Adventure’ on the front. It had been posted a day earlier just before 11 p.m., but had been removed by Craigslist when the woman returned to the site after copying the text - but not the photo - into a computer word processing program.

The ad was written by someone claiming to be the boy’s father. The author said the boy was a “great kid” but he could no longer afford to care for him. The boy loves basketball, football and soccer but doesn’t play with cars, refuses to eat vegetables and can scream for hours at a time.

“But he always has a smile on his face,” according to the ad. “It is going to kill me to do this but as I stated before I cannot afford to keep him. His Motherr (sp) is out of the picture and my parents no longer talk to me since I’ve had Gavin,” the ad read, according to the search warrant. “So I don’t know what else to do other than find a good family with kids or a couple that wants a son.”

The seller, who identified himself as Rick Obelophy, said he wouldn’t give the boy “to anyone.” “I want to meet with you and make sure you will be fit parents,” the ad read. Investigators can’t find any record for Rick Obelophy.

The ad requested interested buyers respond to an anonymous e-mail set up through Craigslist. A request for a search warrant filed Monday by detectives sought records for that e-mail address and any data associated with the ad from Craigslist headquarters in San Francisco.

Investigators aren’t ready to talk about more details, Reagan said.

Selling or buying minor children in Washington is a class C felony.

2 child rapists now living as transients

Two child rapists classified as sex offenders most likely to re-offend are living as transients in Spokane County, the Sheriff’s Office announced today.

Jeffrey R. Evans, 22, (left) was convicted of second-degree child rape in 2001 for an attack on a 12-year-old female family friend.

Evans also was convicted of indecent liberties with forcible compulsion in 2004. His victim was a 6-year-old male relative, according to the Sheriff’s Office. 

Clifford R. Sain, 30, (right) was convicted of first-degree child rape and fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation in 1993 for attacks on 7- and 8-year-old male relatives. He was released from prison in December 1998.

Both Evans and Sain are being supervised by the Department of Corrections.

They are not wanted by law enforcement, but they are level 3 sex offenders and the Sheriff’s Office wants the public to be aware of their presence.

Click here for the Spokane County sex offender database.

Man who steals to ‘make ends meet’ arrested

A man who once said he stole as “to make ends meet” was arrested Friday after sheriff’s deputies said he returned to the scene of a burglary.

Dustin L. Lang, 29, threatened a witness with a knife after being confronted about breaking into a garage at 6500 N. Jensen about 5:50 a.m., according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

A tracking dog found the knife and Lang’s abandoned vehicle, but not Lang, the Sheriff’s Office said.

But Lang, a convicted felon, returned to the scene after deputies left, and another witness called 911. Lang was arrested on charges of first-degree burglary and three counts of vehicle prowling, as an outstanding warrant.

Six years ago, Lang told The Spokesman-Review he viewed stealing as his way to make a living.

“If their garage is as big as my house then, damn, they must have insurance. They’ve got all this stuff and I’ve got nothing…I don’t do it because I like to steal, but I’ve got to make ends meet.” Lang said in an article you can read here.

He ended up pleading guilty to a slew of property crimes and serving 90 days in jail, according to news archives. He was sentenced to 22 months in prison in October 2008 after pleading guilty to four counts of second-degree possession of stolen property.

Valley man robbed, beaten in home

A Spokane Valley man was awakened this morning by home-invasion robbers who hit him over the head and broke his finger before stealing prescription medications and other valuables.

The robbers - one who was armed with a knife - remain at large, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. The men are described as white, 5-foot-11, thin and were wearing gray-hooded sweatshirts and gloves. The man with the knife was said to be in his 20s, the other was described as 35 to 40.

The men forced their way into a home at 8600 E. Broadway about 7:50 a.m. and confronted the sleeping homeowner, who is in his 60s, with the knife, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

They fled with the medications, a handgun and gold coins after assaulting the man, the Sheriff’s Office said.

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

Pot dealers forged medical cards, police say

Two men described as “hiding behind the medical marijuana law” were arrested today during a raid at a home in north Spokane.

Robert P. Thompson, 24, and Eric G. Franklin, 31, had four forged medical marijuana provider forms posted near 105 marijuana plants when detectives raided the home today, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

Those plants were seized, along with several hundred dollars in cash.

The growing operation had been at the home at 1527 E. Rockwell for two years but wasn’t discovered until March 1, when someone smelled marijuana wafting from the home, according to a news release.

Thompson and Franklin were selling the marijuana in the Everett area, detectives said.

The men were booked into Spokane County Jail on one count each of manufacturing a controlled substance.

Voters approved medical marijuana in 1998, and the state Legislature set possession limits in 2008 at a pound and a half per person or 15 plants.

The law also allows a person to provide medical marijuana to one authorized patient “at any one time.” Prosecutors and police say that means providers can have no more than 15 plants; sellers and dispensaries argue the wording allows them to grow 15 plants for each patient.

The first police raid of a Washington medical marijuana dispensary occurred in Spokane last fall when police arrested the owners of the dispensary Change on drug dealing charges. Scott Q. Shupe and Christopher P. Stevens pleaded not guilty to the charges in January.

Past coverage of medical marijuana in Washington:

Pot’s legal ambiguity clouds law enforcement

Medical marijuana seller busted during buying trip

Police arrest medical pot dispensary owners

Protesters ask to keep medical marijuana dispensaries open

New federal orders have no effect on Spokane pot raids

Lt. Jones: Over the limit, under arrest

A Spokane County Sheriff’s lieutenant arrested after an early-morning rollover crash was legally drunk when he was driving, according to newly filed court documents.

Stephen P. Jones, 53, was charged this week with drunken driving for the Jan. 8 crash in Liberty Lake.

A summons filed Wednesday gives him 14 days to appear in Spokane County District Court or an arrest warrant will be issued.

Blood tests put Jones’ blood-alcohol content at .17, more than twice the legal limit for driving.

Read the rest of my story here.

Past coverage:

Sheriff’s lieutenant arrested for DUI

Ignition device law a test for agencies

3 arrested in Pullman-Spokane crime spree

A drug and stolen property crime spree was uncovered early Tuesday when a Spokane County sheriff’s deputy stopped to check on a stranded SUV.

Investigators think 24-year-old Yan Yefremov - who had been out of jail on bail in another case - and James W. Peterschick, 28, were exchanging stolen property for drugs at the Spokane home of 47-year-old Misty A. Maus, at 814 E. Nebraska.

The men were arrested after deputies found a green Ford Explorer with its hazard lights flashing on Highway 195 near Plaza.

A note on the SUV’s steering wheel addressed to “Danny” said “Heather” had gone for gas.

A woman approaching the car carrying a gas can denied being Heather and gave false names, but deputies determined she was 27-year-old Heather I. Halseth, wanted on a felony warrant.

Deputies think Halseth accompanied Yefremov and Peterschick to the Washington Sate University campus earlier that day, where they stole the Ford Explorer and 1982 Honda and ransacked several vehicles of laptop computers and other valuables, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

“Halseth also said that within the last two weeks, Yefremov held a handgun to her head and threatened her life if she ever told police about his activities,” according to court documents.

Investigators arrested Yefremov and Peterschick after they drove up to Maus’ home in the stolen Honda, the Sheriff’s Office said.

More than 100 pieces of evidence were seized from Maus’ home, according to the Sheriff’s Office, including a stolen motorcycle, stolen license plates and stolen laptops, one of which had been stolen in the Pullman car prowlings early Tuesday.

Yefremov and Peterschick appeared in Spokane County Superior Court Wednesday and remain in jail.

Yefremov has a lengthy criminal record and was arrested in December, accused of smash-and-grab burglaries at Pawn One, 3705 N. Market St., and Pounders Jewelry, 3131 N. Division St.

He and Aleksey Y. Solodyankin, 30, are accused of using stolen vehicles to try to break through the buildings.

Read more about that case here.

Spokane sex offender captured in Indiana

Spokane County Sheriff’s investigators will fly to the Indiana next week to bring a sex offender back to Spokane County.

Michael Lee Williams, 30, (left) was convicted of first-degree child molestation in 1991 and 1992, then arrested Feb. 17 in Lawrence County, In., on a Spokane County warrant for failing to register as a sex offender, the Sheriff’s Office announced today.

Williams, a level 2 sex offender, has been living in Indiana with his wife and children, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Williams, who is jailed in Bedford, In., was arrested by Lawrence County authorities after Spokane County Deputy Damon Simmons, a grant-funded sex offender investigator, located him, according to a news release.

Simmons and Detective John Grandinetti will extradite Williams back to Spokane.

Meth found in car involved in fatal crash

Detectives investigating a car crash that killed a teenager in south Spokane last weekend found methamphetamine in the vehicle in which the victim was riding, according to newly filed court documents.

Jacoby Bryant, 19, (left, picture from KHQ.com) died early Feb. 14 when the 1999 Pontiac Grand Am she was riding in collided with a 2005 BMW in what police believe was a race between the vehicles on southbound Hatch Road near 54th Avenue.

Spokane County Sheriff’s detectives found meth in a purse in the Grand Am, and the car’s driver, Brooke A. Reese, 18, told police she’d had four shots of Vodka that night, according to a search warrant filed in District Court.

Reese told investigators she was driving “too fast” when she tried to make a left turn on 54th Avenue and collided with a tree after being struck by the BMW about 2:24 a.m., according to the Sheriff’s Office.

She called deciding the race the BMW’s driver, 18-year-old Taylor D. Marean, “the worst decision of my life,” according to court documents.

“His car was faster, faster than I would have ever thought,” Reese reportedly said.

Reese was treated and released from a local hospital. Neither Marean nor his passenger, Ryan Perrizo, 19, were injured. Marean, who Reese said had been drinking “a lot,” refused to talk to investigators.

Detectives are investigating the three for possible vehicular homicide charges.

Reminder: Police hockey tomorrow

Local law enforcement will take to the ice tomorrow in a hockey game to raise money for the children of the slain Lakewood police officers.

Members of Spokane Police Department and Spokane County Sheriff’s Office will play a hockey game at 5 p.m. tomorrow.

Admission is free with a ticket to the Spokane Chiefs game that night at 7 p.m. Donations will be accepted during the Chiefs game.

The Chiefs will be holding a silent auction to raise money for the children, too, according to a news release.

The game was organized by Officer Brad Moon, Deputy Khris Thompson and the Spokane Chiefs Hockey Club. Members of Lakewood Police Department will be present for both games.

Rapist sought for failure to comply

A man who raped an elderly woman at knife point in 1995 hasn’t been checking in with authorities, and detectives are looking for tips on his location.

 Justin J. Stevens, 33, a level 3 sex offender, was released from prison in 2004 after serving 114 months in prison for first-degree rape. His victim was a 78-year-old woman.

Stevens’ last know address was in the 6000 block of North Rambo Road, and he may be driving a silver 1988 Ford Thunderbird, Washington license plate 331UUJ.

He has tattoos on his left and right arms, chest and left shoulder.

Detectives with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office have made several attempts to find him, leading the state Department of Corrections to issue a warrant for his arrest.

Stevens already is on probation for failing to register as sex offender. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail with credit for 48 served after pleading guilty in August 2008, according to news archives.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts should call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

UPDATE: Stevens was arrested on Sunday, Feb. 14.

Crack bust targets gang members

A drug bust in Spokane that uncovered crack cocaine targeted members of the same gang that detectives believe has ties to an unsolved homicide last month.

Sheriff’s detectives raided two homes Wednesday as part of an ongoing investigation into suspected drug dealing by members of the Atlantic Drive Crips gang, according to search warrant filed in Spokane County District Court.

Andrew T. Burns, 35, of Los Angeles, was arrested at 14827 E. Mission in Spokane Valley, where detectives seized crack cocaine, money and a 2006 Dodge Charger, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Detectives also seized marijuana from a home at 2502 E. Marshall.

The investigation stems from tips that Atlantic Drive gangster were selling large amounts of crack cocaine, according to a search warrant.

Affiliates of that gang were present at a party on Jan. 17 that ended with the shooting death of 38-year-old John S. Williams III.

Drug or gun charges have been filed against at least two party goers, but no one has been charged with murder.

More than your average neighbor feud

When a north Spokane man awoke last weekend to the sound of his car alarm and found his window smashed, police traced fresh footprints leading from the crime scene to a neighbor’s home.

It was no surprise to the victim – he told police he’s known the man since the mid 1990s and suspects him of several other break-ins.

But the case is more than just an apparent feud between two neighbors. The alleged victim is a Spokane County Sheriff’s detective, the car an unmarked patrol cruiser.

And the suspect? The same guy arrested in an undercover sting last fall after investigators say he tried to sell a camera that had been stolen from the same detective’s car last year.

Now, Nick A. Peters, 26,(right) is in jail and facing criminal charges in connection with the Saturday break-in of sheriff’s Detective Bryan Miller’s unmarked police car. And authorities are lamenting a case in which the suspect doesn’t appear to be learning any lessons.

“We’d like to be able to park our cars out front like anybody else,” said Sgt. John Nowels.

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