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A sheriff's dog tracked a car theft suspect who fled a crash in Spokane Valley early today.
The K-9, Brax, located Justin C. Luce, 32, hiding near a tree about two blocks from the crash near 600 N. Walnut Road, which occurred after Luce fled a traffic stop near Walnut and Broadway Avenue about 3 a.m., according to the Spokane Valley Police Department.
Officer Juan Rodriguez located the crashed car unoccupied with a shaved key inside the ignition. A sheriff's helicopter and Brax tracked Luce to the tree.
Police found a backpack in the stolen vehicle that contained marijuana. Officers say it and several burglary tools found in the car belonged to Luce.
Luce is to be sentenced March 26 for a burglary in Kootenai County that's connected to the theft of a high-end triathlon bicycle recovered by Coeur d'Alene police just in time for Ironman.
Luce also has a conviction in Spokane County for car theft that stemmed from a similar police chase in the Valley last April.
A report of attempted shoplifting at a Spokane Valley department store led to a felony drug arrest after police searched the suspect's car.
Employees at Kohl's, 16301 East Broadway Ave., called 911 Monday and said a woman was inside placing items by the door as a red Nissan Alitmia circled the parking lot. The woman went outside to talk to the female driver, and employees provided the Altima's license plate number to dispatchers, police said today.
Spokane Valley police Officer Jerad Kiehn passed the Niissan while responding to the store. He stopped the vehicle, and the driver, Whitney J. Longmeier, 26, denied being at Kohl's and allowed Kiehn to search her car, police say.
Kiehn found a small metal container in Longmeier's purse that contained a plastic baggie with methamphetamine inside, according to police.
Longmeier was arrested on a felony drug charge as well as a charge of third-degree driving while license suspended.
Her passenger, 22-year-old Laurel E. Broxton, 22, was booked into jail on a warrant for a felony drug charge from last year.
It was a busy weekend Spokane Valley, apparently. Someone broke in to Greenacres Elementary School Saturday at 2:57 a.m., according to a police press release. Officers responded to an alarm to find a window that had been pried out of the wall on the est side of the building. Reporter Meghann Cuniff has more details here; anyone with information on the break in is asked to call Crime Check at 456-2233.
Two Sheriff's deputies made a felony drug arrest Saturday near the Argonne exit on I-90 when they saw a driver commit two traffic infractions right in front of them, according to a police press release. They noticed the driver seemed "excessively nervous and jittery" when they pulled her over. Meghann has more details here.
Police are looking for information on a vandalism and attempted theft at a Spokane Valley elementary school early Saturday.
Officers responded to an alarm at Greenacres Elementary School in the 17915 E. Fourth St. about 2:57 a.m.
They arrived to find a window pried out o the wall on the east side of the school. A projector mounted on a classroom ceiling was hanging by wires.
Officer set up a perimeter and called in a police dog, but officer did not locate a suspect.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.
The Spokane Valley Police Department has announced it is launching an emphasis patrol targeting aggressive drivers. The Aggresive Driver Enforcement Program will use "unmarked non-traditional law enforcement fleet vehicles" to find and fine aggresive drivers, according to a police press release.
Police say they responded to 2,198 calls reporting reckless drivers in the Spokane Valley City limits in 2011. So be warned, they're out there watching for bad driving behavior.
In case you were wondering, they define aggressive driving as two or more moving violations that is likely to endanger other persons or property or any single intentional violation that requires a defensive action by another driver.
Spokane Valley Police recently arrested a Spokane Valley felon on charges of first degree trafficking in stolen property. Victor A. Luna, 30, reportedly purchased stolen items and had other people pawn them for him. The SWAT team made the arrest because of Luna's history of 10 previous felony convictions, according to a police press release. Reporter Meghann Cuniff has more details here, including information about a 2005 story in the SR profiling Luna.
In this Oct. 27, 2005 photo, Parolee Victor Luna, left, listens to his mentors Tom Murphy and Suellen Pritchard during a weekly meeting to help Luna adjust to life outside of prison. Luna was arrested this morning on stolen property charges. (SRphotoarchives)
A 30-year-old felon who pledged to turn his life around several years ago is back in jail after a long-term investigation into stolen property trafficking.
Victor Alonzo Luna was arrested after a SWAT team secured his home in the 12700 block of East 31st Avenue in Spokane Valley this morning, according to the Spokane Valley Police Department.
Luna has 10 felony convictions that include assault, unlawful possession of a firearm, riot burglary and possession of stolen property, which prompted the use of the SWAT team.
Luna was arrested without incident on a charge of first-degree trafficking in stolen property.
The Spokane Valley property crimes unit had been investigating Luna for dealing in stolen property. Detectives observed him purchase several items he believed to be stolen, police say.
Luna told investigators he purchases property from a lot of people and "that he did not want to know if the property was stolen or not," police said. He's prohibited from dealing with pawn shops because of his criminal history, but Luna admitted to enlisting others to pawn property for him, police say.
Luna gave an extensive interview to The Spokesman-Review in 2005 while a member of Going Home, the Washington State Re-entry Project, a pilot program to keep young felons with a history of serious violent crime from victimizing the neighborhoods in which they are released.
At the time, Luna said every day “on the outside” is a major victory.
Spokane Valley police are trying to identify two men who stole tools from the East Valley School District.
Surveillance photos released today show one of the thieves in the maintenance yard in the 18000 block of East Euclid Avenue on Jan. 27.
Police say the thieves entered a fenced area and stole about $300 worth of tools.
Anyone with information on a suspect is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.
A Spokane Valley police officer spotted a speeding car in the 11600 block of East Eight Tuesday morning, but the car sped away when the officer tried to pull the driver over. The officer used the PIT maneuver to stop the fleeing driver after he blew a stop sign at Eighth and Bowdish, according to a police press release. Drugs were allegedly found in the truck and Danny D. Harman, 36, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and attempting to elude a police officer. Reporter Meghann Cuniff has more details here.
An attempted traffic stop for going 10 miles over the speed limit in Spokane Valley Wednesday night turned into police chase with a felony drug suspect, officials said today.
Danny D. Harman, 36, was arrested after Officer Mark Brownell performed a Pursuit Intervention Technique on his vehicle, which involves nudging the back bumper with the nose of the patrol car to force it into a spin that brings it to a stop.
Brownell had tried to pull Harman over for driving 35 mph in a 25 mph zone near the 11600 block of East 8th Avenue when Harman refused to stop, according to the Spokane Valley Police Department.
Brownell found a clear, gallon-size bag in the bed of Harman’s pickup that contained a glass pipe with suspected methamphetamine inside, as well as other baggies and a scale with suspected meth on it.
Harman was sentenced in 2007 to 25 months in prison for attempting to elude a police vehicle, second-degree theft and second-degree burglary.
A teenage girl was stabbed Saturday at the Spokane Valley Mall after a fight broke out and the Spokane Valley Police Department is asking people to provide any photos or video taken during the fight. Anyone with information should call Crime Check at 456-2233. Click here for more details.
The Spokane Valley Police Department is looking for a missing developmentally disabled woman who is considered vulnerable. Brandie L. Hardin, 26, has been missing for several days. She was last seen at the Red Robin in downtown Spokane at 7 p.m. Thursday. She is white, about 5'4" tall, about 170 pounds with brown eyes and red hair. She was wearing jeans, a red coat and a striped black and grey long-sleeved shirt. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at 456-2233. Click here for more details.
Spokane Valley Police arrested Daniel W. De Long, 43, Tuesday night after his former roommate called police to say De Long was threatening him with a knife. According to a police department press release, De Long struggled with officers when they tried to restrain him. He was arrested for second degree domestic violence assault, obstructing law enforcement and resisting arrest. Reporter Meghann Cuniff has more details here.
A man who threatened his former roommate with a knife before ignoring police commands was arrested without incident Tuesday night in Spokane Valley, police said today.
Police say Daniel W. De Long, 43, clinched his fists and "aggressively walked" toward officers after they ordered him to show them his hands.
Officers Lamont Petersen and David Lawhorn physically restrained De Long, 6-feet tall and 290 pounds, when he appeared to be reaching for his waist area, according to a news release.
Police heard De Long was armed when they were dispatched to a home in the 18700 block of East Valleyway Court for a report of a knife threat. They arrived about 8:30 p.m. to find the front door open and could see De Long arguing with the victim. Police found the knife in the kitchen, where they believe De Long dropped it when he heard them arriving.
The victim told police he was drinking with De Long earlier that night, and De Long pushed his way into his home when he answered the door and yelled at him about clothing, then threatened to stab him with the knife.
De Long was booked into jail for felony second-degree assault and misdemeanor obstructing law enforcement and resisting arrest.
A man in a stolen vehicle crashed into a police car during a chase in Spokane Valley earlier today, police said.
The suspect, Joshua G. Garvin, 27, (pictured) was arrested after the short pursuit in the area of East Sprague Avenue and North Willow Road about 4:30 a.m. Officer Nathan Bohanek tried to stop Garvin after a license plate check on the 1990 Honda Accord he was driving said the car was stolen.
Garvin turned northbound on McDonald from Sprague, then drove westbound on Mission and southound on Argonne at speeds of 50 to 80 mile per hour, according to police.
Police continued the pursuit because vehicle and pedestrian traffic was light. Garvin turned east on Sprague and drove the wrong way on the five-lane road, so officers tried to execute a pursuit intervention technique, but
Garvin swerved to avoid the move and hit the patrol car, "causing damage to both vehicles," according to a news release.
Garvin was arrested after a short struggle. Police found meth, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, shaved car keys and suspected stolen property.
Garvin was treated for a minor injury and booked into jail for several felonies, including possession of stolen property, attempting to elude law enforcement, and possession of a controlled substance, in addition to the warrants and misdemeanor charges. More charges could be added if the property found in his possession is determined to be stolen.
Court records show Garvin was arrested in November on charges of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, posession of a controlled substance, residential burglary and posession of marijuana.
A no-bail warrant was issued Dec. 23 for violating the conditions of a felony sentence imposed in 2007.
This is a screen shot of a video vehicle prowling suspect Nathan Calvert posted on his Facebook page.
An alleged car prowler who posted a video of himself with suspected stolen property on his Facebook page pleaded not guilty Tuesday to six felony charges.
Nathan John Calvert, 28, remains in jail on a no-bail state Department of Corrections probation hold after his arraigned before Superior Court Judge Annette Plese on charges of residential burglary, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, vehicle prowling and three counts of second-degree theft.
His trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 21.
Calvert was arrested Dec. 9 after an attorney caught him in his truck. Spokane Valley police say Calvert had a stolen Jeep filled with stolen property.
Calvert told detectives he committed 30 to 40 vehicle prowlings and garage burglaries a night for two to three weeks throughout Spokane County, police say.
Detectives expect to use Calvert's Facebook video as evidence. The video shows Calvert in a vehicle he describes as a Jeep. He focuses on stolen property in the back of the vehicle and says he hasn't decided what he's going to do yet. Then he raps.
A Colorado couple accused of sawing off a dead man's fingers to steal a pistol he was holding was arrested late Friday at a Spokane Valley motel.
Jerod M. Reeves, 29, and Kimberly M. McCaffery, 35, are in the Spokane County Jail after police surrounded the Red Top Motel, 7217 E. Trent Ave., and used a public announcement system before the suspects surrendered.
Police believe the Craig, Colo., couple stumbled upon a murder-suicide scene earlier this month and stole valuables. The victim, 62-year-old William Ahrold killed his 9-year-old son and then himself, according to the Associated Press. The father and son were last seen alive on Dec. 9.
Authorities issued a wanted notice for Reeves and McCaffery last week after surveillance photos showed them using Ahrold's credit cards, according to the Denver Post.
The FBI alerted Spokane Valley police Friday about 2:25 p.m. that the couple used a stolen credit card at a convenience store at East Fourth Avenue and North Sullivan Road after traveling from Portland, Ore. The suspects were "electronically tracked" to the motel about 9:30 p.m., according to the Spokane Valley Police Department. In an article Sunday, the Denver Post included an online review of the motel that said "All you see is prostitutes and meth users there 2 4/7."
Reeves indicated he and McCaffery had sold the stolen pistol, according to police. The suspects face charges of tampering with physical evidence, criminal possession of a financial device (credit cards) and first-degree criminal trespassing.
They're awaiting extradition to Colorado and could appear in Spokane County Superior Court Tuesday as fugitives from justice.
University High School sophomores Ashley Lewis and Lindsey Knight sign holiday cards and attach them to toys for children adopted by their Titan advisory period class. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak
It's another lovely Monday morning, which means it is time for the Saturday Valley Voice highlights. Reporter Lisa Leinberger spoke to students at University High School who participated in the school's annual Adopt-A-Tot toy drive.
The Spokane Valley Police Department has been accredited by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs. They are the only contract law enforcement agency in Washington to take this step. The Spokane Valley City Council voted to lower the speed limit on a stretch of Mission between Flora and Barker in Greenacres. The city is also considering whether to keep the traffic light at Sprague and Progress.
Correspondent Steve Christilaw has a story on second year Freeman boys basketball coach John Graham. He brought a new style of coaching to the school that has apparently been successful.
This is a screen shot of a video vehicle prowling suspect Nathan Calvert posted on his Facebook page. View the video here.
Spokane Valley police say a video posted by a car prowling suspect on his Facebook page that features suspected stolen loot will be used as evidence against him.
"It'd be kind of silly for us not to," said Sgt. John Nowels.
The video, posted two days before his arrest, shows Nathan John Calvert in a vehicle he describes as a Jeep. He focused on a large amount of property in the back and passenger seat and said he hasn’t “really figured out what I’m going to do yet.”
Police believe it's the same stolen Jeep that contained about 100 items of stolen property when Calvert, 28, was arrested Friday after an attorney caught him in his truck and held him until police arrived. Police also suspect Calvert used stolen equipment to film and post the video, which they learned of from The Spokesman-Review.
A woman who identified herself as the mother of Calvert's son commented on the video, criticizing Calvert and accusing him of giving their son a stolen bike.
Nowels said that comment prompted detectives to track the bike to the woman's mother, who said she suspected it was stolen.
"We do have a bike we know got stolen by him that he wouldn't tell us what he did with," Nowels said. "Turns out it's a totally different bike."
But detectives haven't found a police report that mentions the bike.
"We can't really go take it until we know it's stolen or not," Nowels said.
Valley police have posted photos of the unclaimed stolen goods on the department's Facebook page. Calvert told detectives he committed 30 to 40 vehicle prowlings and garage burglaries a night for two to three weeks.
He's in jail on new felony charges and a Washington Department of Corrections probation hold and is due in Superior Court this afternoon on charges of residential burglary, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, vehicle prowling and three counts of second-degree theft.
Jail employees have not responded to a request to interview Calvert.
Reporter Meghann Cuniff has a story in today's paper on a recent vehicle prowling arrest that resulted in the recovery of about 100 stolen items. Spokane Valley Police arrested Nathan J. Calvert, 28, for car theft and residential burglary after a resident caught Calvert rummaging through his car.
Many of the items recovered haven't been reported as stolen, however. Police have posted pictures of the stolen items on the department's Facebook page, so if you have been a recent vehicle prowling vicitim, check it out. Contact the Spokane Valley Police Department at 477-3300 if you recognize something as yours.
This is just a portion of the stolen property recovered after the arrest of Nathan Calvert. More photos are available on the Valley police Facebook page.
Police say a man who prowled at least 30 cars a night throughout Spokane County picked the wrong truck in the Valley recently.
Spokane lawyer Brant Stevens caught up with suspect Nathan John Calvert, 28, after spotting him inside his unlocked truck early Friday in the 1500 block of North Coach Drive, then held him until officers arrived.
“He’d fight for a little bit and then he’d get tired and then he’d stop and he’d try to talk me into letting him up,” Stevens said. “It was kind of an awkward 20 minutes where I’m just laying on the guy waiting for the cops to show up.”
Spokane Valley police are conducting vehicle prowling patrols as the Christmas season gets underway.
An emphasis Tuesday by the property crimes unit led to the arrest of Jeremiah K. Mileham, 21, who was booked into jail on charges of third-degree theft, vehicle prowling and driving while license suspended.
"The Spokane Valley Police Department and the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone: items left in vehicles make targets of opportunity for thieves," according to a news release by spokesman Deputy Mark Gregory. "As you shop, it’s better to keep your valuables with you and if you leave items in your vehicle, place them in the trunk where they can’t be seen."
Spokane Valley police arrested two theft suspects this week after victims found their stolen items on Craigslist.
Dana R. McCauley, 40, is accused of stealing cameras from Wholesale Sports at the Spokane Valley Mall.
Employees told police Monday that a man stole five cameras worth $1,600 in the last week and a half, and that the cameras were being sold online. Spokane Valley police property crimes detectives arranged to buy one of the cameras from McCauley and arrested him on theft and trafficking stolen property charges.
On Tuesday, employees at USF Reddaway reported the theft of four or five flat-screen TVs from the business' loading docks in recent months. One of the TV was advertised on Craigslist by a relative of a contract security guard. The man said he didn't now of its stolen status.
The guard, Aaron D. Edvalson, 31, cooperated with detectives and confessed to stealing four televisions, according to police. He faces theft and stolen property charges.
A suspected gunman took a plunge into a cold koi fish pond but couldn't hidehis smell from the police dog that tracked him to his backyard hiding spot Sunday, police said.
Before being carted off, Aaron P. Williams, 23, of Spokane, was checked for hypothermia. He was booked into the Spokane County Jail on a charge of first-degree assault with a firearm, police said.
Williams is to appear in Superior Court today on that charge and an additional charge of second-degree unlawful posession of a firearm.
The arrest followed a shooting just before 2 a.m. in the parking lot of the nearby Goodtymes Pub, 9214 E. Mission Ave., during a confrontation between two groups of men.
One man suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the leg, police said.
The alleged shooter ran south from the pub and was tracked by the Spokane Valley police dog to a home in the 9300 block of East Sinto Avenue.
A small, semi-automatic handgun that police believe was used in the shooting was found in a nearby mailbox.
A man acquitted of assaulting two police officers who shot him in October 2009 is suing the city of Spokane Valley.
David J. Glidden, 29, was paralyzed by the shooting and is seeking compensation for millions of dollars in medical expenses he’s accrued and expects to accrue. He was holding a pellet gun when shot by officers at his Spokane Valley home Oct. 30, 2009.
A gunman, apparently angered over the meager amount of money, hurled a cash drawer at a restaurant waitress Tuesday night in Spokane Valley.
The man entered Rancho Viejo, 14201 E. Sprague Ave., about 8:45 p.m. and waved a chromed or silver-colored pistol while demanding money.
The waitress told him she had to get keys to the cash drawer and walked part way into the kitchen, where she told the bus boy to call 911. The boy did so, and the 911 operator heard the gunman threatening the waitress, a cook and two women customers. The boy witnessed the robber tear the cash drawer out of the cabinet and throw it at the waitress after discovering it contained only coins.
The drawer hit the woman in her arms, which were crossed over her chest. The man also struck the cook int eh back of the head with the pistol, injuring him slightly.
The robber stole cash from a second drawer before running out the front door.
He's described as black, 30 years old, 5-foot-10 and 200 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to call (509) 456-2233.
Spokane Valley police investigating a large theft and burglary ring are trying to identify a man who pawned stolen property in the city of Spokane.
The man pictured on surveillance video at Pawn One is believed to have concealed a laptop computer under his shirt and given it to an associate who pawned it at Double Eagle Pawn across the street.
Two of three associates have not been located. One associate was interviewed in jail but provided only a first name, which Sgt. Dave Reagan described as "questionable."
"We would appreciate the public's help in identifying this man," Reagan said in a news release. "This investigation is part of a larger Spokane Valley Police investigation into a ring of suspects involved in vehicle prowling, identity theft, burglaries and trafficking in stolen property."
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.
Spokane Valley Police are looking for help in identifying a man involved in a hit and run collision in the Albertson's parking lot at 32nd and Highway 27 earlier this year. The man (pictured above) was wearing a red t-shirt and shorts and has a shaved head, according to Detective Dave Thornburg. He was driving a silver 4-door compact SUV with a covered spare tire on the back. Anyone with information on the identity of the man is asked to call Thornburg at 477-2710. Photo courtesy the Spokane Valley Police Department.
A Spokane Valley man who pointed a starter pistol at officers last week was not shot because his wife was in the line of fire, police announced today.
William Thomas Laroque, 28, said "Well, hello officers" and began calmly walking toward Sgts. Don Manning and Matt Smith when they arrived at his home in the 5300 block of East 8th Avenue after 3:10 a.m. on Thursday, according to a news release from the Spokane Valley Police Department.
Officer Jeremy Howe had been there about three hours earlier after Laroque's wife reported to 911 that he slapped her during an argument. No arrests were made because Howe didn't find evidence of the assault, and Laroque had already fled the home. Laroque's wife called 911 again when he returned and refused to leave, police said.
Laroque was about 30 feet away from police when "he pulled what appeared to be a pistol from his pants and aimed it in a two-handed stance at Sgt. Smith," according to the release.
Police drew their guns but realized Laroque's wife was behind him and in the line of fire. Laroque continued aiming the gun at Smith but dropped it several seconds after the sergeants began ordered him to do so. He also tossed a knife in the driveway and got on the ground, where he was handcuffed.
The wife repeatedly told police the gun was fake and also thanked them for not shooting her husband, police said. Laroque was arrested on a domestic violence charge and is in custody at Geiger Corrections Center on $3,500 bond.
Here's a news release from Sgt. Dave Reagan:
Spokane Valley property crimes detectives are seeking the public’s help to identify a thief who stole cash, jewelry and computer components from a home in the 4800 block North Bannen on Sept. 23rd.
On that date, the 60-year-old resident arrived home for lunch and discovered the back door kicked in and items missing from the home.
Officers Jim Ebel and Ryan Smith checked the home, but found no one inside and nothing to identify the suspect.
A short time after the two officers left, the victim received a call from an employee at Mega Wash Express, 17316 E Sprague. The employee advised that he had seen a man dumping items into the business dumpster, and that he had fled in a dark Ford pickup when confronted.
The dumped items turned out to be the resident’s driver’s license, social security card and other pieces of his identification.
The employee captured a suspect and his truck on security cameras and offered still photos to police.
Officer Ebel went to Mega Wash and collected the photos which appear to feature a dark blue or black early-90’s Ford truck that pulls around behind the business about 9:40 a.m.
The truck has an extended cab, a long bed and is slightly lifted above a stock truck’s height.
The top of the bed rails are capped with chrome, as is the rear window. It appears to have chrome wheels and mirrors, and an oversize chrome rear bumper with extended trailer hitch.
The white male driver has a large tattoo of some kind on his left shoulder.
Anyone with information regarding the truck or its driver is encouraged to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.