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Deputies arrest a familar name

Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a familiar name Monday: Erica J. Jennings.

That’s the woman Spokane police detectives interviewed during their investigation of the still unsolved stabbing death of William “Billy” O. Floyd, 22, on Aug. 15. 

Police detective John Miller filed a search warrant Aug. 20 seeking call records for phones belonging to Jennings, 26, and Timothy Lubben, 20. 

Lubben (right) was with Floyd when an altercation broke out at Shannon and Lincoln, then continued to the parking lot of the Spokane Dance Company at Lincoln and Indiana, where Floyd died of a stab wound, according to police.

Lubben and Floyd had argued on the phone with Jennings in the hours before the fight, according to Miller’s search warrant. 

Jennings had challenged them “to come and meet” for a fight but called Lubben Saturday morning to ask why they never showed.  Lubben told Jennings Floyd had been killed, according to the search warrant. (Check out a sketch of a person of interest in Floyd’s death here.)

Jennings is not considered a suspect in the case, but she’s facing a methamphetamine possession charge after an unrelated traffic stop Monday. 

Deputies stopped a car she was riding in for allegedly running a red light. 

Jennings told deputies the driver, Angelic M. Bessermin, had ran the red light while trying to load a drug pipe, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Sheriff’s detectives had no idea about Jennings’ connection to the Spokane police homicide investigation until this morning.

She was released from jail Tuesday.

Police: Pregnant woman was stabbed more than 50 times

The teen accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend stabbed her more than 50 times, according to police.

Robbie W. Bishop, 19, had threatened to kill Robin M. Anderson, 33, before police found her dead in the living room of a Spokane Valley home she’d been living at with Bishop on Aug. 22, according to a search warrant filed Tuesday in Spokane County District Court.

That search warrant was meant to access unseen footage of a KXLY TV news interview with Bishop in jail, but the news station no longer had the footage when police asked for it Tuesday, said news director Jerry Post.

Bishop is in Spokane County Jail on $1,250,000 bond.

He was released from jail in April on unrelated charges because mental health services didn’t have room for him. Read a story on that here.

He’s to be arraigned tomorrow on one count of second-degree murder.

Look for an in-depth story on Bishop and Anderson this weekend.

Reward offered in road rage assault

The mystery of the road rage van continues.

Spokane County Sheriff’s detectives have been trying to track down the driver of a van who faces a vehicular assault charge for allegedly dragging a motorcyclist during a fight on North Division Street on Aug. 14.

Detectives found the van’s previous owner, a Spokane man, who said he sold the vehicle to a man he thought lived in Cheney, said Sgt. Dave Reagan.

The van’s current license plate is Washington plate 102YVY, but it’s registered to a Post Falls church detectives don’t believe exists, Butch Stephen’s Organizational Church, Reagan said.

Now Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information that solves the crime. “It would appear on it’s face that the van has been fraudulently registered, that’s why we’re having trouble tracking it down,” Reagan said. “We need help.”

The incident began when the van cut off a motorcycle while southbound on Newport Highway, according to the Sheriff’s Office

The motorcyclist and his passenger eventually parked when traffic was backed up on North Division and smashed out a side window on the van with his helmet before the van backed over the driver, dragging him about 20 feet.

The van is described as a 1986 full-size black and silver Chevrolet “beater” with a left rear side sanded down and primered. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (509) 327-5111 or submit tips online at www.crimestoppersinlandnorthwest.org.

Caught on tape: thermal imaging

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At today’s quarterly media meeting, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office representatives showed off the thermal imaging capabilities of their helicopter.

Those capabilities help in suspect chases and missing person cases, as seen above.

The first video shows a suspect being apprehended in north Spokane back in January. The thermal imaging device shows the suspect running through yards, then stopping when a police cruiser pulls up and an officer gets out.

The second video is from a July 11 search for a suicidal woman on Browns Mountain. Sheriff’s deputies credit the thermal imaging with finding the woman, who they say was near death.

Anyone missing any sheep heads?

Two sheep heads were found in Spokane Valley this morning.

The heads were found in the middle of Sprague Avenue just after 2 a.m., at different cross streets, Spokane County Sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Reagan told reporter Sara Leaming.

Reagan said deputies think the heads may have fallen off a truck en route to a local rendering plant.

“There’s nothing to indicate it was anything sinister,” he said.

Reagan said a head may have also been found within the Spokane city limits.