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Sirens & Gavels

Police seek developer’s associate in car theft

A man arrested outside a once-prominent Spokane developer's home during a lengthy drug investigation is wanted by police.

Shad A. Johnson, 37, didn't show up for a pre-trial conference March 5 on charges of first-degree taking a motor vehicle without permission and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. Now Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information that leads to his arrest.

Johnson was arrested with a stolen Jeep and a handgun on Jan. 7, 2009, as detectives staked out Pinnacle Realty founder Joseph G. Ward's home on Long Lake. Ward was arrested that day, too, in a massive Washington State Patrol investigation into a methamphetamine- and sex-fueled criminal enterprise allegedly operated out of his home.

Detectives completed the investigation last fall, but Ward hasn't been charged. Deputy Prosecutor Shane Smith recently said that his office still is reviewing the case.

At the time of his arrest, Johnson told detectives the stolen Jeep he was driving had been loaned to him by Ward, according to court documents. Johnson is not related to Scott A. Johnson, a longtime felon serving three years in prison for his role in the case.

Shad Johnson last gave his address as 8940 N. Handler Drive in Hayden Lake, Idaho, according to Crime Stoppers. His criminal convictions in Idaho include aggravated assault and possession of methamphetamine.

Anyone with information on Shad Johnson's location is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (509) 327-5111 or (800) 222-TIPS, or submit tips online.

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