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Sirens & Gavels prostitution archive

TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2013

Spokane police officer suspended for ties to woman

A Spokane police officer has been suspended for two months without pay after the department determined he had been associating with a woman engaging in prostitution, drugs and burglary. Police Chief Frank Straub issued a “last-chance agreement” to Officer Darrell Quarles, according to a news...

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FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2012

7th suspected brothel owner arrested

The owner of two Spokane businesses suspected of being prostitution fronts was released from jail Thursday after being arrested Wednesday. William R. Westover, 41, faces money laundering and promoting prostitution charges after a 14-month investigation culminated in raids at eight suspected brothels. Westover owns the...

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THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2012

Suspected brothel owners released

Five women and one man arrested in a sweeping anti-prostitution investigation at Spokane-area spas and massage parlors have been released from jail. The suspects, who own four of eight suspected brothels raided Tuesday, have no criminal records and were allowed to leave without posting bond....

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 11, 2012

Eight suspected brothels, including the Oriental Spa South at 515 S. Maple Ave., were raided across the Spokane area July 10, 2012, by a multi-agency law enforcement task force. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Suspected area sex houses raided

Eight suspected brothels, including the Oriental Spa South at 515 S. Maple Ave., were raided across the Spokane area Tuesday by a multi-agency law enforcement task force. (SRphoto/Colin Mulvany) A yearlong investigation into widespread prostitution in Spokane County culminated Tuesday with raids at eight suspected...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2012

Alleged sex slave traders released

Four people arrested in what investigators believe is Spokane County’s first human trafficking case were released this weekend because no charges have been filed. Spokane County sheriff’s investigators still are working on the case against Lawrence Dean Johnson, 43, his wife, Dina K. Tellez, 43;...

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FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2012

Sex slave claims lead to four arrests

A frightened young woman’s descriptions of being held captive and sold for sex at drug houses and motels over the past year has led to several arrests in what’s believed to be Spokane County’s first human trafficking case. Lawrence Dean Johnson, 43, his wife, Dina...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2012

Prostitutes cite ugly local competition

A group of traveling prostitutes suspected of settling in Spokane told police they were making good money here because the local competition is so ugly. One woman is in custody and other arrests are possible as part of an ongoing investigation into a 36-year-old California...

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TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2011

Man stole $24k from 2 Spokane charities

A former treasurer for two Spokane charities who became involved with a cash-strapped woman he met at a spa has been ordered to repay $24,000 after pleading guilty to felony theft. Curtis G. Wasson, 59, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree theft last week...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2011

Man robbed while looking for prostitute 

A man looking for sex with a prostitute was robbed of his cash after soliciting women on East Sprague Avenue in Spokane last weekend, according to court documents filed Tuesday. Jessica N. Shelton, 22, and Joel M. Arevalo, 19, were arrested on first-degree robbery charges...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2011

Prostitute attacked in torture chamber

SEATTLE (AP) — A text message helped save a prostitute who was chained and tortured for hours — including by electrical shock — in a room with 8-inch-thick walls, chains, ropes and paddles, police said. Authorities allege that in addition to repeatedly shocking the 24-year-old...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2011

Pimp, robbery suspect jailed in Spokane

A convicted pimp suspected of robbing nine banks in Oregon and Western Washington is in the Spokane jail. Kevin Antoine Jones, 23, was arrested in Pullman Wednesday and appeared in U.S. District Court on Thursday. He's awaiting transport back to Seattle. Jones is charged with...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2011

Spokane prostitute charged with perjury

A Spokane prostitute is accused of lying about her identity and fabricating testimony during a bench trial last fall. Jodi R. Macabitas, 42, alias Jodi R. Rima, appeared in court Tuesday on charges on felony charges of first-degree perjury and false swearing. Investigators say Macabitas...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 3, 2011

In this photo made Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, anti-sex trade advocate Jackie Edmonds holds anti-trafficking awareness coasters that her group will ask restaurants to use near the Super Bowl site in Arlington, Texas. Cities that host the big game often attract a bustling sex trade, and this year Texas authorities and advocacy groups are stepping up their anti-prostitution efforts, especially where young girls are concerned. (Lm Otero /  (AP Photo/LM Otero))

Child prostitution concerns at Super Bowl 

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — As thousands of football fans descend on Texas for Sunday's Super Bowl, law enforcement agencies are keeping watch for a different kind of out-of-town visitor: pimps selling children for sex. Cities that host the big game often attract a bustling sex...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 14, 2011

Would-be john alleges theft by prostitute

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — A Mankato man landed in jail after calling 911 and telling police a prostitute failed to deliver on his $200 payment. Authorities say the 26-year-old man called police from the Super 8 motel in Mankato Wednesday and told officers he agreed...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 5, 2011

Sex offender suspected in new assault 

A Spokane man on probation for sexually assaulting a woman in a church basement last year is back in jail on a new assault charge. Michael J. Bosch, 48, (pictured) appeared in Superior Court this week, accused of trying to sexually assault a man at...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 18, 2009

Craigslist prostitution hits Wenatchee

In a nice underscore to my story last month that explored Craigslist prostitution stings in North Idaho, the Wenatchee World reports two Seattle-area women were arrested last week for working as prostitututes out of the Cedars Inn in East Wenatchee.The AP's pickup of the World...

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THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2009

Sting targets Craigslist prostiution

Kootenai County authorities were monitoring local Craigslist postings even before Philip Markoff was charged with murder and with assaulting and robbing women he’d met through the Web site, which offers free classified ads. Their effort highlights a sex market that thrives online and exists all...

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