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Region in brief: Ex-church worker jailed on rape counts

A 20-year-old former Post Falls church volunteer accused of raping teen girls is back in jail on new charges.

Jordan C. Vernon was arrested Tuesday on three counts of felony rape of a minor. He’s in Kootenai County Jail on $100,000 bail.

Vernon faces five additional rape charges stemming from his first arrest on Dec. 28, said Dave Beck, a detective/ sergeant with the Post Falls Police Department.

Police had said Jan. 6 that the new charges would be filed because a 16-year-old came forward after learning of Vernon’s arrest.

A 14-year-old and 17-year-old girl had already accused Vernon of inappropriate contact between 2007 and 2009, which launched a police investigation in September, Beck said.

Police think Vernon used his position as youth leader in training at Real Life Ministries to take advantage of the girls, Beck said.

Meghann M. Cuniff

Man whacks burglar during struggle

A man returning home in the Northwest neighborhood about noon Thursday found a car parked in his driveway that turned out to be stolen. When he entered the home, he confronted a skinny, toothless man rifling through belongings.

A struggle ensued with the burglar threatening the man with a Taser before running out of the house in the 2300 block of North Nettleton Street, but not before the homeowner whacked him with a stick.

Spokane police said the burglar lost a shoe.

Jewelry was taken, but found by a patrol officer searching for the burglar, who wore his shaggy, long brown hair pulled into a ponytail. He was wearing a dark jacket.

A county sheriff’s K-9 was unable to track the suspect.

Anyone with information about the burglar is asked to call Crime Check at 456-2233.

Mike Prager

Editor’s note: The neighborhood in which this incident occurred has been corrected from its original publication.

Jail deputy held for violating court order

A Spokane County Jail deputy accused of attacking his wife last month was arrested again after police say he contacted the woman in violation of a court order.

Jeffrey S. Leavey, 40, was arrested at his lawyer’s office Wednesday after his wife told police he’d been sending her text messages, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Leavey reportedly sent the woman more than a dozen text messages just on Wednesday, despite a Spokane County Superior Court order prohibiting contact. Leavey was first arrested Dec. 19 at his home in Colbert on suspicion of domestic violence. He’s on paid administrative leave with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, where he’s worked for two years.

Leavey is charged with unlawful imprisonment, two counts of fourth-degree assault and third-degree malicious mischief.

He’s in jail without bail for violating a court order, according to jail records.

Meghann M. Cuniff

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