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Woman cited for hit and run in Valley

A Spokane Valley woman told police she was distracted by her 5-year-old son when she hit a pedestrian Saturday, then fled “because she was confused and scared,” police said today.

The man who was hit was sore but not injured, police said.

Wendy E. Berg, 32, was arrested after police located her truck at 11900 E. Broadway Ave. A witness said he was stopped at Pines Road and Broadway Avenue when he saw the the truck hit the pedestrian, then drive away on Pines.

Berg told police “she slammed on the brakes, but panicked when she knocked the man down,” according to a news release. “She said she drove home in a circuitous route because she was confused and scared”

Berg was cited and released.

Possible home invasion burglary reported

Spokane Valley Police are responding to the 14500 block of East 20th on a report from a man who said he surprised a man and a woman as they were rummaging through his closet. The man reportedly had a gun. The two ran when the homeowner appeared.

8:50 a.m. update: Police are looking for what has been described as a gold Honda civic in connection with the incident.

Wallet theft leads to 100 mph car chase

Two suspected wallet snatchers led the victim on a 100 mph chase in Spokane Valley Thursday night, police said today.

Valley resident Robert A. Hunter, 25, and Jenna L. Myers, 25, of Coeur d'Alene, were arrested on theft charges after allegedly fleeing the Tesoro gas station, 13800 E. Trent Ave., with a wallet Myers picked up in the parking lot.

A 22-year Spokane Valley man dropped the wallet about 7:45 p.m. as he exited his car to buy a soda at the store, where he was a regular customer.  The store employee told police he saw Myers (pictured) get out of a car and pick up the wallet, then enter the store and whisper something to Hunter before the two fled.

The victim ran to his car and pursued the couple westbound on Trent as the Tesoro employee called police with the suspects' license plate number.

The victim gave up the pursuit, police said, but officers soon arrested Hunter and Myers at Sprague Avenue and Flora Road. The victim told police the couple ran stop signs and reached speeds of more than 100 mph on arterials, neighborhood streets and Interstate 90.

Myers stashed cash in her underwear and threw the wallet from the car as they crossed a bridge over the Spokane River, police said. Officers recovered both.

Both suspects are to appear in court today on felony counts of second-degree theft of credit cards and third-degree theft for the wallet. Hunter also was booked for third-degree driving while license suspended.

Myers, a 2009 Crime Stoppers graduate, has at least two previous convictions for theft.

Fake cop probed after crash, drugging

Detectives are looking for other potential victims of a Spokane man accused of drugging a woman and falsely portraying himself as a Coeur d'Alene police officer to another.

Terence M. Washington, 36, who is out of jail on bond, was first contacted by police after he rear ended another motorist at 16th Avenue and Progress Road on Feb. 7 and demanded to be taken to jail because he was drunk, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office said today. He provided a Florida driver's license that police say was suspended.

Police contacted the owner of the Mitsubishi Washington was driving, who told them Washington lived with her and that he had been sleeping all day “and felt very drowsy as if she had been drugged,” according to a news release by Sgt. Dave Reagan. The woman said she was missing a bottle containing 13 Ambien tablets and gave police a cup of water from which she said Washington had forced her to drink.

A tow truck driver found an empty bottle of Ambien near the crash scene. Washington's passenger told police she'd met him on the dating website PlentyofFish.com and that he'd identified himself as a Coeur d'Alene police officer “who was in the process of being hired by the U.S. Marshal’s Office,” Reagan said.

Jail staff found 10 Ambien tablets in Washington's jacket. Toxicology tests showed traces of Ambien in the cup of water the Mitsubishi owner provided to police.

The woman said Washington recommended she get an Ambien prescription to help her sleep. She said she allowed Washington to stay one night at her home after meeting him at Oz Fitness and that he'd refused to leave.

Police booked the suspect on a fourth-degree assault charge after finding evidence that he'd beaten the woman, Reagan said. Washington also faces drunken driving and driving while suspended charges for the crash, and police are recommending he also be charged with delivery of a controlled substance for drugging the woman, Reagan said.

Detectives are concerned Washington may have drugged other women after claiming to be a police officer. They urge anyone who's had contact with him to call Detective Kirk Keyser at (509) 477-3786.

Washington posted $5,000 bond Feb. 9.

An arraignment scheduled for Feb. 16 was stricken because prosecutors haven't yet filed charges.

Armed robbery at convenience store

The McDonald Food Mart at Sprague and McDonald (across from our office) was robbed at gunpoint a few minutes ago. Police are already on scene. The robber is described as a white male with blond hair wearing a checkered jacket. It is not known what direction he left in. More when I have it.

1:06 p.m. update: Police are chasing a man seen heading east on Valleyway. Sheriff's Office is telling Barker High School to lock down.

1:07 p.m. update: Police have in custody a man at Broadway and Mamer who fits the description of the robber.

1:10 p.m. update: Officers are calling for a K9 search of the area for the gun.

1:21 p.m. update: K9 search underway, brief school lockdown over. Quick work by the Spokane Valley Police Department.

Police juggernaut thwarts crafty crime

OK, maybe the headline is a bit of an exaggeration.

Two burglary suspects were arrested Monday after one invited police to search his apartment and they found a stolen TV.

Jarrod J. Howard, 29, assured Spokane Valley police Officer Chan Erdman he wouldn't find anything in his apartment at 10101 E. Main Ave. when Erdman arrived to investigate a burglary at a neighbor's apartment.

Erdman found the TV under a blanket on a bed.

A witness had called police after spotting Howard and another man stealing from the apartment. Police also found stolen knives and X-Box games.

Howard was booked into jail on a burglary charge with suspected accomplice Justin Spenser Johns, 25.

Discarded mail leads to fuel theft arrest

A suspected gas thief tipped off police by discarding her mail in the station trashcan and leaving her identification card with an employee.

Spokane Valley police tracked Lacey Nicole Trottier, 21, to her apartment in the 1800 block of North Hutchinson Road by checking the discarded mail.

She's suspected of stealing $60 in fuel from the Cenex Station, 15504 E. Fourth Ave., on Monday. When police arrived, the station employee said the same driver left her identification card behind while stealing $75 in fuel on Jan. 29.

Cpl. Darin Staley arrested Trottier on two new charges of second-degree theft, as well as driving with license suspended and possession of methamphetamine for a small quantity of meth found in her purse, according to a news release.

Trottier also was booked on a warrant for a 2009 second-degree theft case in which she's accused of stealing $400 from a cash register at TJ Maxx in the Valley mall, where she was employed.

Burglar hits Spokane Valley tattoo shop

Five tattoo guns were stolen from a Spokane Valley shop last Friday.

The owner of Feel Good Tattoo, 12 N. Skipworth Road, said he slept through a 4 a.m. call from his alarm company but awoke at 9 .am. and had an employee check the business.

The burglar entered the shop through a damaged door, according to Spokane Valley police Officer H.J. Whapeles.

Items stolen include a Kodak camera, a Ted Tattoo gun, a OnePulse tattoo gun, two Spalding tattoo guns and a Dixon tattoo gun, as well as Eternal and Starbright paints, safety glasses, disposable tubes and numerous tattoo needles.  Value of the items exceeds $1,000.

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

Tips sought to crack concrete caper

Police are asking the public’s help to identify the thief or thieves who struck a Spokane Valley business last Wednesday night or Thursday morning.

The owner of Clark’s Concrete told Officer Glen Hinckley that someone cut a hole through the south security fence, which is just north of Centennial Middle School at 1303 N. Ella.

Two padlocks were cut from semi-trailers used for storage, and an $800 Subaru generator and $500 pressure washer were stolen.  A pair of grinders also was stolen.

A small flashlight was left at the scene, as well as bolt cutters that appeared to have been broken on the heavier shank of a third padlock.

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

Unpaid bar tab leads to ID theft arrest

An unpaid bar tab led to a woman's arrest on identity theft charges in Spokane Valley late Saturday.

A man and woman left the Corner Club Bar, 2208 N. Park Road, with a $117 bar tab after their debit card was declined but said they were going to their nearby motel room to get cash.

When they didn't return, a bar employee gave the declined debit card to Spokane Valley police Officer Justin Elliot, who determined it was stolen.

Employees at the nearby Red Top Motel said the woman named on the stolen card had rented a room there, so Elliot and  Officers Dale Wells and David Lawhorn  went to the room “and contacted an intoxicated Kathryn Elizabeth Reed,” police said.

Reed, 24, first claimed to be the woman named on the card. She invited police to retrieve her medical marijuana card from her purse when police spotted pot on the nightstand.

Police didn't find the card, but they did find identification belonging to Reed, as well as financial information and mail from five other people, according to a news release. Each person lives in the area of 11800 East Maxwell Avenue, where the declined debit card was reported stolen in a car prowling Feb. 18.

Reed was booked into jail on a felony count of second-degree identity theft and misdemeanor counts of third-degree theft (for the bar tab) and possession of marijuana. 

Man shot by police acquitted of assault

A Spokane Valley man was cleared Thursday of charges that he assaulted the sheriff’s deputies who shot him in 2009, leaving him paralyzed below the chest.

David J. Glidden, 28, broke into tears as the Spokane County Superior Court jury read the verdict of “not guilty” on two counts of third-degree assault on law enforcement officers, neither of whom were injured.

“The cops overreacted. They shot me so many times. I was worried that no one would listen to me,” Glidden said after the decision.

Read the rest of Tom Clouse's story here.

Past coverage:

Nov. 9, 2009: Man shot by police: 'It will be on the news'

Nov. 4, 2009: Man shot by police had pellet gun

Chainsaws stolen in business burglary

Here's a news release from the Spokane Valley Police Department:
    
“A thief smashed a window in the front wall of Country Homes Power Equipment overnight and made off with a pair of high-end Stihl chainsaws.  The store is located at 5323 East Sprague.

The company received an alarm at 1:09 a.m. Wednesday, but a manager opted to not call police.  When employees arrived later, they discovered the 7’ by 7’ window shattered and the two saws taken from a display shelf.

Value of the stolen saws was set at more than $1,800.  Anyone with information about this smash-and-grab burglary is encouraged to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.”

Coming Thursday

It's been busy in Spokane Valley. Last night a Spokane Valley man allegedly stabbed his brother after the two fought. Now one brother is in jail on an attempted murder charge and the other is in serious condition in the hospital. And this morning the Spokane Valley Fire Department was called out to what is being called a suspicious fire in a vacant building at 13412 E. Nora.

Since it is Wednesday, we also have to take a look at what is coming in the Valley Voice tomorrow. Freeman School District Superintendent Sergio Hernandez recently announced that he will retire in June and reporter Lisa Leinberger talked to him about what he is planning next after his 41 year career in education. I'll have a report on Tuesday's Spokane Valley City Council meeting, where a reduced field of five council members efficiently dealt with the business before them.

One item of note to come out of the council meeting is a change in the schedule to appoint a replacement for Rose Dempsey. Things have been bumped back a bit. The council will narrow the field to several finalists on March 22, conduct interviews on March 29 and vote on who to appoint to the vacant seat on April 5. Applications still must be turned in to the city by 4 p.m. on March 4.  

2 searches reveal meth in rectum, bra

Two law enforcement searches Sunday and Monday revealed methamphetamine in a man's rectum and in a woman's bra.

A jailer found 14 grams of meth in Richard D. Hall's shoe and “a bodily orifice” after the 27-year-old was arrested with a drug pipe, cash and scale during a traffic stop Sunday morning.

Deputies Chuck Sciortino and Jeff Thurman had stopped the Chevrolet Cavalier in which Hall was a passenger after they spotted it tailgating another westbound vehicle on Interstate 90 at the Sunset off-ramp, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.

The deputy “obtained permission to search the car” after smelling marijuana, according to a news release, and found a meth pipe and marijuana in a purse belonging to driver Jenelle L. Cuculich, 24. 

Then on Monday, a jailer found meth, marijuana, and mushrooms in the bra of a woman arrested on a Department of Corrections escape warrant during a traffic stop.

Trisha L. Boulton, 25, (pictured) was a passenger in a 1993 Cadillac driven by her husband when Officer Justin Elliot stopped it for equipment and license violations about 1:30 a.m.

Boulton's husband wasn't cited.

In a news release, Sgt. Dave Reagan said Boulton  “probably wishes the contents of her bra had remained (Victoria’s?) secret.”

Phony name helps bust sleepy fugitive

A fugitive wanted by Crime Stoppers since November was arrested Saturday after reportedly trying to use a phony name during a traffic stop.

Shanell L. Haddon, 27, was a passenger in a 1996 Cadillac when Spokane Valley police Officer Juan Rodriguez stopped the car at Mansfield Avenue and Wilbur Road just before midnight because it was registered to someone with a suspended license and its windows were so tinted the driver couldn't be seen.

The driver , David J. Embree, 35, was not the owner but was cited for having no driver's license on him and for not providing proof of insurance, police said. Embree's sleeping passenger, gave a false name to Rodriguez's backup, Officer Dale Wells, but Rodriguez “immediately recognized her as Haddon,” according to a news release.

Haddon was arrested on a Department of Corrections escape warrant. Police say she had 16 car keys, some of which had been altered.

Embree was released at the scene; Haddon was booked into jail on the warrant and two new charges of possession of motor vehicle theft tools and making a false statement.

Watchful woman helps bust theft suspect

A suspected car prowler was arrested early today after a woman spotted him stash stolen property before he pilfered a neighbor's garage.

Loren Camron Kintner, 31, was arrested near Trent Avenue and Ella Street following the report of suspicious activity in the 8100 block of East Carlislie, according to the Spokane Valley Police Department.
 
The caller said she watched Kintner stash a red box behind a vacant house, then remove a white box from a neighbor's open garage. As police were speaking with Kintner, a waitress from a nearby restraint told officers a distinctive sweatshirt had been stolen from her car.
 
Police found Kintner with the sweatshirt, along with a stolen cordless drill and a calculator stolen from a car in the 8700 block of East Courtland. He also had 38 vehicle keys, police say. The red box allegedly stashed by Kintner contained a $4,000 fan stolen from a truck in the 8300 block of East Jackson, and the white box contained an ornamental Christmas doll.
 
Kintner, a transient, was booked into jail on charges of second-degree burglary, second-degree theft, possession of motor vehicle theft tools and three counts each of second-degree vehicle prowling and third-degree theft.
 
The stolen property was returned to the victims after it was photographed for evidence.

Suspect: Gunfire, robbery targeted meth

A suspect in a home-invasion robbery in which a woman was shot told police he intended to steal two ounces of methamphetamine, according to court documents filed Monday.

 Bradley Bain Cooper, 36, is jailed on $250,000 bond after appearing in Superior Court Monday on a first-degree burglary charge.

He was arrested with a BB gun after an officer spotted him running from 11309 E. 40th Ave., just after the robbery was reported about 12:34 a.m. on Sunday.

The victim, Tammi L. Putnam, was shot in each leg and lost a tooth during the altercation in the kitchen. The men fled empty handed.

Putnam was treated at a hospital for a pellet wound to each thigh as well as her mouth injury.

“She told officers she had no idea what the suspects were looking for, but that she did occasionally provide housing to people who use controlled substances,” according to a news release by Sgt. Dave Reagan.

Cooper, a repeat offender with several felony convictions, told police his friend, whose name has not been released, shot the woman.

Woman shot, loses tooth in break-in

A Spokane Valley woman who admitted to housing drug users suffered a gunshot wound to her thigh and lost a tooth during an attempted home-invasion robbery early Sunday.

One man remains at large, but, Spokane Valley police arrested suspect Bradley Bain Cooper, 36, a longtime felon who they say was carrying a high-powered BB or airsoft gun shortly after the incident.

Police believe Cooper and the other man broke into the woman's home in the 11300 block of East 40th Avenue wearing gloves and ski masks. The woman fought the first man until a second man appeared with a handgun and threatened to shoot her, police said.

The woman realized she'd been shot in the thigh and soon lost a tooth during the altercation in the kitchen. The men fled empty handed. The woman was treated at a hospital for a pellet wound to each thigh as well as her mouth injury.

“She told officers she had no idea what the suspects were looking for, but that she did occasionally provide housing to people who use controlled substances,” according to a news release by Sgt. Dave Reagan.

Cooper is due in Spokane County Superior Court this afternoon via video from the jail, where he was booked on one count of first-degree burglary.

He's a repeat offender whose previous convictions include first-degree possession of stolen property, first-degree theft, second-degree burglary, hit and run, and domestic violence harassment and at least seven probation violations, according to a 2008 Crime Stoppers news release.

Anyone with information about Sunday's incident is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Reward offered for tips on Avista theft

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that solve a burglary in which two Spokane-area companies lost more than $5000 in copper wire and power tools.

The crime is believed to have occurred between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. Wednesday at an Avista Utilities storage site at 2400 N. Dollar Road in Spokane Valley.

Employees believe the thief or thieves cut a padlock from a gate and backed a vehicle into the lot, then removed more than $3,000 in items from five Avista work trucks using a wheelbarrow.

Bouten Construction, which also stored items at the site, lost several power tools valued at about $2,000, including two Skil circular saws, two roto hammers and two cordless battery charges.

Anyone with information on is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.

Cop’s car probe leads to teen’s pot arrest

A Spokane Valley police officer concerned about a month-old expired license and non-transferred car title ended up arresting a teenager on marijuana charges Thursday night, the police department announced today.

Officer Nathan Bohanek identified Justin R. Bavuso, 18, as the owner of a Ford Crown Victoria, which had been reported sold in October but did not have a transferred title and had plates that expired in December, police said.

Bohanek learned Bavuso had an expired driver's license, and “the stage was set,” according to a news release by Sgt. Dave Reagan. He stopped the car a short while later at Third Avenue and Pines Road and arrested Bavuso, then saw marijuana in the car “in plain view,” Reagan said.

Bavuso had a drug scale in the car and $200 in cash, police say. Reagan emphasized in his news release that the cash was in “mostly twenty, ten and five-dollar bills.”

Bavuso was booked into jail on a felony marijuana charge and misdemeanor charges of driving while suspended and failure to transfer title.

Pizza shop burglar escapes with dough

A burglar stole a credit card reader and a small amount of cash from a Spokane Valley pizza shop overnight Tuesday.

The owner of Buck's Pizza, 13221 E. 32nd Ave., told police the thief pried open a back door and an interior door to access the office.

A sounding alarm likely prevented the thieves from gathering “additional booty,” Sgt. Dave Reagan said in a news release.

Tracks in snow and pry marks on a door at a neighboring business, R. Salon, indict the thief also tried to break in there, police said.

Police found the card reader and a pry bar inside a stolen truck processed on Tuesday, but no arrests have been made, Regan said.

$5k in tools, copper wire stolen at Avista

Someone stole more than $5,000 worth of tools and copper wire from an Avista Utilities storage site in Spokane Valley early Wednesday.

Employees at 2400 N. Dollar Road believe the thief or thieves cut a padlock from a gate and backed a vehicle into the lot, then removed more than $3,000 in items from five Avista work trucks using a wheelbarrow.

Bouten Construction, which also stored items at the site, lost several power tools valued at about $2,000, including two Skil circular saws,  two roto hammers and two cordless battery charges.

Based on the amount of snow accumulated in footprints, police believe the break-in likely occurred sometime between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Spokane Valley Police Department.

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

Chocolate milk buy leads to meth arrest

An apparent trip to buy chocolate milk led to a felony drug arrest Tuesday night in Spokane Valley.

Officers Ryan Walter and Jason Karnitz followed a 1992 Eagle Talon after it pulled out of a convenience store parking lot at Park and Broadway about 9 p.m.

The driver made three quick turns, the pulled behind a closed business and turned off his headlights,  police said. Curious, Walter and Karnitz pulled behind the Talon as the driver, Christopher Neal Kinyon, 39, exited the car.

The officers say Kinyon didn't follow their commands and reached inside the car as if he were reaching for a weapon. They ordered him away from the car, then spotted a small bag of methamphetamine in the center console where Kinyon had reached.

Beside the meth was recently purchased chocolate milk, police said. Kinyon had a suspended driver's license and was booked into jail for that and the drug charge. Officers impounded the Talon after being unable to determine who owned it, according to the Spokane Valley Police Department.

Kinyon was convicted in 2006 of three counts of delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Mayhem roundup

Police and Sheriff's Deputies in Spokane Valley and points south have been busy in the last few days. Reporter Meghann Cuniff has written up several items of interest to check out. A Spokane Valley man was arrested Saturday when police investigating a domestic violence report found the wanted felon in possession of a semi-automatic in his jacket and several loaded magazines in his pocket.

A traffic stop in Rockford on Monday resulted in two arrests. One woman was arrested for driving with a suspended license and her passenger was arrested for possession of a controlled substance after the deputy found Oxycodone and another drug in the car.

An incoherent woman could not tell a deputy why the car she was in was in a snowbank near Highway 27 and Elder just after 3 a.m. this morning. It turned out the car was stolen. The car's owner, a Spokane Valley resident, said the woman didn't have permission to have the car. She was arrested for being in possession of a stolen vehicle.

Valley felon arrested with firearm

A Spokane Valley man was arrested Saturday after police investigating domestic violence allegations found him with a handgun. Rashad K. Harper, 29, was arrested for felon in possession of a firearm after police detained him near a convenience store.

His girlfriend had called 911 about 4:40 p.m. and said he'd damaged the windshield of her car during an argument at their apartment in 10800 block of East Third, according to the Spokane Valley Police Department.

The woman said Harper had access to a gun, and officers learned he had a Washington Department of Corrections warrant out for his arrest.

Police found a Tech 9 semi-automatic gun in his jacket sleeve and two loaded 10-round pistol magazines in his inside jacket pocket. Harper, who has previous domestic violence convictions, also had a loaded 30-round ammo magazine in his pants pocket.

Roadside chat leads to burglary bust

 

Two Spokane Valley police officers stopped for a roadside chat caught a burglary suspect after watching him pilfer a storage building early today, officials say.
 
Jeffery Allan Heatwole, 44, told police his seat belt was broken and refused to get out of his 1984 Datsun when they stopped him a few minutes after 1 a.m., so Officer Justin Elliot cut the belt strap and removed him from the car, according to the Spokane Valley Police Department.
 
Elliott and Officer Ryan Walter were parked on Spear Road east of Park Road when they spotted the Datsun pull into a secluded part of the Triple R Auction.
 
The driver walked out of sight and returned about six minutes later carrying items and looking around suspiciously, police said. He made a second trip, then pulled out of the lot on North Park Road.
 
The officers stopped the Datsun and arrested Heatwole. Inside the Datsun were items stolen from Triple R, including a chainsaw, a dome tent, a pair of fluorescent light fixtures and a green bag containing racquetball equipment, a Sony VCR, air hose and a small shop light.
 
Police say Heatwole disassembled metal door brackets to enter the building. His footprints were found at the scene, officers say.

Spokane theft suspect aids in own arrest

Police say a Spokane Valley man suspected of robbery made it easy for them on Sunday: He let employees copy his driver’s license number before leaving the store.

But Delano Edward Jennings, 47, was ordered released from jail Monday because prosecutors didn’t have the necessary documents from police.

Jennings was arrested after he left Home Depot, 5617 E. Sprague Ave., with a stolen electric fan and carpet shampoo, then punched a security guard in the face when confronted in the parking lot, according to police.

The guard had watched Jennings hand his driver’s license to another employee while exchanging items prior to the theft, police said.

Jennings fled eastbound with the stolen items, but the store still had a copy of his driver’s license number.

Spokane Valley police Officer Mike McNees remembered a domestic violence incident that was investigated at Jennings’ apartment a day earlier and alerted other officers, who located him at the home about 9 p.m.

Jennings was arrested on the robbery charge but left jail because prosecutors didn’t have a probable cause affidavit from police. Superior Court Judge Michael Price warned him that charges likely will eventually be filed.

Jennings is a felon with previous convictions for bail jumping, theft and delivery of cocaine.

Left-behind license plate leads to arrest

A Spokane Valley driver is accused of hitting a teenage pedestrian then leaving the scene with his 10-year-old son in the truck.

Steven A. Black, 42, left behind the license plate to his 1996 Dodge pickup after he struck Cody Washburn, 18, about 3:15 a.m. Saturday on Fourth Avenue between Adams and Progress roads, according to the Spokane Valley Police Department.

Investigators used it to track Black to his home in the 10800 block of East Trent Avenue about 25 minutes after the crash, where they said he showed signs of being intoxicated. A blood sample was sent to the state toxicological lab and is expected back in about a month, police said.

Washburn fractured his back and suffered internal bleeding. He is in satisfactory condition at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center.

Reward for tips on armed bank robber

Detectives are hoping for fresh clues in an armed bank robbery Dec. 2 in Spokane Valley.

A gunman demanded cash from two tellers at Sterling Savings Bank, 11205 E. Sprague Ave., about 2:25 p,.m. after walking into the bank with his gun already displayed, according to the Spokane Valley Police Department.

“The robber was so low-key and calm, several customers inside the bank at the time were not aware it was being robbed,” according to a news release.

Tellers stuffed cash into blue cloths bags with a clinch drawstring at the top, and the robber placed the blue bags into a similar green bag and walked out the east doors of the bank. He was last seen walking eastbound.

  He is described as a white man, 25 to 30 years old, 5-foot-6 and 130 pounds.

He wore a dark jacket, blue jeans, a knit cap, a scarf covering his lower face and dark glasses over his eye.

Police found the glasses, scarf and cap but have not identified a suspect. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead to an arrest.

Stolen tarp leads to trio of arrests

Spokane Valley police arrested a trio of commercial burglars early today after officers caught them stealing items from a construction shed.

  A neighbor called police shortly after midnight and reported a suspicious pickup truck parked in the 4900 block of East Sixth.   

Officers found three suspects on the nearby Alpine Construction property. Edward D. Counts, 21, was carrying a stolen tarp, police said.

Counts was arrested for second-degeree burglary, along with Jacob Allen McReynolds, 28, and Danielle U. Jeffries after officers found where they'd hidden a stolen nail gun and tent, accoridng to a news release.