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Sirens & Gavels kidnapping archive

THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 2013

Kidnapping charges added to murder suspect's case 

Murder suspect Jonathan Ritchey appeared in court again on Thursday afternoon with an additional charge of kidnapping. Both the state and prosecutor reserved on changing Ritchey's release terms, so his bond remained the same at $100,000, Judge James Triplet said. His charges now match his...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 2, 2012

Home-invasion robber gets 10 years 

A robber who fled a north Spokane home after being struck with a sword has been sentenced to nearly 11 years in prison. Nathan T. McDaniels, 28, alias Gardner, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary and two counts of first-degree robbery and was...

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MONDAY, JULY 23, 2012

Suspect arrested in May home robbery

A fourth suspect has been arrested in a home-invasion robbery in the Indian Trail area that ended with a resident confronting his attackers with a sword. Erik J. Zacher, 26, is accused of robbing residents in the 9600 block of North Alpine Court in May....

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THURSDAY, JULY 19, 2012

Plea hinges on murder trial testimony

A 20-year-old woman originally charged with a death penalty eligible crime for the brutal murder of a Spokane man faces 6 1/2 to 8 1/2 years in prison if she follows a plea agreement approved today. Breeanna C. Sims (pictured left) is to testify at...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2012

Final kidnapping suspect sentenced

The final of five suspects pleaded guilty Thursday to kidnapping in connection with a case where a woman was tied up in a Spokane hotel and had her head shaved before being dumped in a rock pit by her assailants. Desiree N. Walling, 31, pleaded...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2012

Police: We saved repeat offender's life

Spokane police say they saved the life of a career criminal and sex offender when he went into cardiac arrest after he was taken into custody Sunday. Officer Nick Geren administered first aid on Joshua Clint Epperson, 32, while he was being transported to the...

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TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2012

Kidnapped man escapes from car trunk

A kidnapped man forced into the trunk of a car in Montana freed himself on a Pend Oreille County highway early Sunday, leading to two arrests. A motorist said he was driving on Highway 2 near Pend Oreille Park about 7:10 a.m. when the trunk...

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SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2012

Sex offender arrested in home invasion

A sex offender suspected in a violent gunpoint home-invasion robbery was arrested today. Joshua Clint Epperson, 32, was booked into jail on felony charges related to an early-morning attack last Tuesday in the 9600 block of North Alpine Court in the Indian Trail area. The...

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THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2012

MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012

Uncle in kidnapping jailed on high bond

A longtime Spokane felon accused of kidnapping his 14-year-old niece will remain jailed on $350,000 bond, a judge ruled Friday. Steven Norton Tofte, 53, told police he was trying to keep the girl from her abusive family members, but police continue to investigate the circumstances...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012

This Dec. 18, 1984 file photo shows Don Nichols, right, standing with his son, Dan Nichols, left, as they pled not guilty in court in Virginia City, Mont. Standing with them is attorney, Steve Ungar. The U.S. attorney’s office in Montana has filed federal drug and weapons charges against Dan Nichols, part of the father and-son duo convicted in kidnapping a world class athlete in 1984, killing a would-be rescuer and eluding authorities for months, April 19, 2012. ((AP Photo/File))

Warrant issued for '80s 'mountain man'

This Dec. 18, 1984 file photo shows Don Nichols, right, standing with his son, Dan Nichols, left, as they pled not guilty in court in Virginia City, Mont. Standing with them is attorney, Steve Ungar. (AP Photo/File) By MATT GOURAS,Associated Press HELENA, Mont. (AP) —...

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MONDAY, APRIL 2, 2012

Bounty hunter in Edwards case jailed 

An unlicensed bounty hunter facing criminal charges for his work with Spokane-area law enforcement is to remain jailed on $250,000 bond, a judge ruled today. Dennis J. Kariores, 42, returned to Spokane this weekend after he was arrested Feb. 9 in Pensacola, Fla., on a...

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Woman sought in meth-fueled robbery

A new suspect has emerged in a meth-fueled robbery that led to a police SWAT team standoff at a north Spokane apartment last December. Allison Elaine Hubbard, 30, (right) is wanted on first-degree robbery and first-degree kidnapping charges for the Dec. 1 assault of a...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2012

MONDAY, FEB. 13, 2012

Rapist registers as transient in Spokane

A convicted rapist considered likely to reoffend has registered as a transient in Spokane County. Douglas James Dennis, 44, served 10 years in prison after being convicted in March 1985 of kidnapping and raping a 17-year-old girl. Dennis is required to check in with authorities...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2012

Fugitive bounty hunter arrested in Fla. 

Federal agents have arrested an unlicensed bounty hunter whose alleged apprehension techniques led to felony charges and a criminal investigation against a Spokane police officer. Dennis Kariores, 42, was taken into custody today in Pensacola, Fla., on a $150,000 warrant for first-degree burglary, unlawful imprisonment...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1, 2012

Rape alleged in prostitute's brutal murder

Spokane police are recommending murder, rape, robbery and kidnapping charges against a sex offender suspected of killing a Spokane woman who was working as a prostitute last August. Major crimes detectives have submitted the charging request for Derrick Ross Vargas, 24, (right) to the Spokane...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 19, 2012

$50k bond for elderly home armed robbery

A former assisted living center employee accused of robbing the place at gunpoint early Wednesday was ordered jailed on $50,000 bond after appearing in Spokane County Superior Court. Timothy J. Martinez, 28, locked a 20-year-old female employee and a 77-year-old male resident in a room...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 2, 2011

Man sues hostages for breaking promise

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Can there be no trust between a kidnapper and his hostages? A man who held a Kansas couple hostage in their home while fleeing from authorities is suing them, claiming they broke an oral contract made when he promised them money...

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MONDAY, NOV. 28, 2011

2nd man arrested in porn shop robbery

A fingerprint found on merchandise at a Spokane porn store helped police identify a second suspect in a gunpoint robbery earlier this month. Clinton James Smith, 50, (right) was arrested Wednesday on first-degree robbery and first-degree kidnapping charges. He's accused with James A. Turnipseed, 32,...

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MONDAY, NOV. 7, 2011

Court OK'd release of now-wanted man

A robbery and kidnapping suspect released from jail on his own recognizance under the recommendation of prosecutors has a reward for tips on his capture after missing a court hearing. Kenneth J. Kheel, 21, is wanted on a no-bail warrant after he didn't show up...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 7, 2011

New charges in Forker Road homicide

The girlfriend of jailed Hells Angel sergeant-at-arms Ricky Warren Jenks has been charged with three felonies for her alleged role in the murder of a 22-year-old man whose body was found in the back of his burning car in April. Britney Bjork, 30, is accused...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 11, 2011

Duo in rape revenge charged w/ assault 

A couple arrested for attempted murder in Airway Heights last week will instead be charged with assault. Elijah J. Boxley, 33, appeared in Spokane County Superior Court Wednesday on a first-degree assault charge while his girlfriend, Molly E. Foote, 38, alias McBride, appeared on a...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 5, 2011

Attempted-murder suspect 'was on fire'

A man arrested for attempted murder in Airway Heights told police he was “on fire and ready to go” after his girlfriend said she’d been raped by the alleged victim. “It pretty much put me in a temporary insanity state when your best friend rapes...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011

Robbery, kidnapping suspect arrested

A fugitive targeted with tear gas in an unsuccessful SWAT team search on Monday was arrested early today in downtown Spokane. Kenneth J. Kheel, 21, (left) was arrested during a traffic stop by Spokane Sgt. Kurt Vigesaa near Riverside Avenue and Monroe Street just after...

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