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More people identified in explicit photos, videos kept by Aguirre

Investigators continue to identify people featured in the thousands of photos and videos depicting sex acts kept by murder suspect Richard Aguirre, and several women told police that Aguirre choked them during sex, according to court documents. Some women said the choking was light, while others reported it was violent and they were in fear for their lives, according to court documents filed this week. In some cases, Aguirre allegedly used a ligature.

Cops leaked information to murder suspect, prosecutors say

Spokane County prosecutors suspect members of law enforcement in the Tri-Cities have leaked information to their former co-worker accused of killing a woman in Spokane in 1986. Murder suspect and former Pasco police officer Richard Aguirre had posted a $500,000 bond on his murder charge in the cold case and was on his way out the door of the Spokane County Jail on Thursday night when Spokane police investigators hurriedly filed a new voyeurism charge against him.

Sex tapes seized from suspect in 1986 Spokane killing of prostitute

Spokane homicide investigators have seized a cache of sex tapes belonging to an ex-police officer accused in a 29-year-old cold-case killing near the now-demolished Playfair horse track. The suspect, Richard J. Aguirre, 51, appeared Wednesday in Spokane County District Court where a judge set bail at $500,000 on a single count of first-degree murder.

Ex-Pasco police officer is suspect in 1986 killing

A transient found Ruby Doss’ body on a January morning in 1986. The 27-year-old woman from Detroit had been struck in the head and strangled near East Sprague Avenue. Her death was the first of at least five strangulations of Spokane-area women, most of whom worked as prostitutes, in a 20-month period from 1986 to 1987.

Sandpoint man held in 1981 killing of California boy

A Sandpoint man once committed to the Atascadero State Hospital in California as a sexually violent predator was arrested Friday after he was accused of sexually assaulting and killing a 6-year-old boy in 1981. The partially clothed body of Jeffrey David Vargo was found at a construction site in Pomona, California, on July 3, 1981, the day after he went missing in Anaheim. The boy was last seen riding his bike to a neighborhood fireworks stand about 5:30 p.m. His parents found his abandoned bike in an alley near the stand at 7:20 p.m. The boy was strangled.

With persistence of aunt and uncle, ‘Jane Doe 19’ becomes Deanna Criswell

Ellen Criswell never met the girl in the mid-1980s photo who had a big smile, thick glasses and feathered, brown hair. She and her husband, Donald Criswell, saw their niece in person only as a baby. Last year, Criswell discovered that her niece Deanna Criswell, of Spokane, had not been heard from for decades and had never even been reported as missing.

Charges recommended in 1990 Spokane prostitute killings

It’s been 23 years since the bodies of three Spokane prostitutes were found shot to death near the Spokane River. But on Thursday, the Spokane Police Department and the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office called the cold cases solved. Detectives recommended three charges of first-degree murder against 61-year-old Donna Perry to the Spokane County prosecuting attorney’s office Thursday, according to a news release.

Detectives retrieve Weflen’s locker items

Despite the passing of nearly 25 years, the disappearance of Bonneville Power Administration employee Julie Weflen has apparently never been far from people’s minds. The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office still fields one or two tips per year, Sgt. Bill Beeman said Tuesday. “They are followed up on, and they lead nowhere,” Beeman said.

Cold Case: New clues sought about missing Belgian-born woman

Michaelle Champagne never went long without checking in with her family in Belgium. But after Champagne, a Spokane resident, called her parents during a visit to Washington, D.C., on March 9, 1993, they never heard from her again.