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Stevens County sheriff’s race features allegations of DUI cover-up

As two candidates square off to lead the Stevens County Sheriff’s Office, some have accused the department of covering up a 2016 incident in which a top official may have driven while intoxicated. The incident involved Capt. Andy Harbolt, who was later promoted to his current position: Stevens County undersheriff, second in command to Sheriff Kendle Allen.

Deputies find family’s stolen cabin 10 miles away; suspect sought

The small cabin hoisted off its foundation and stolen from a remote parcel near Springdale has been found. Stevens County sheriff’s deputies located the cabin Thursday morning after receiving a phone tip following a social media blitz that included emotional appeals for help from the family that owned it.

Accused child rapist in Spokane jail, likely to face federal charges

COLVILLE – Investigators say they have video evidence that a Nine Mile Falls physician accused of drugging and raping a 13-year old boy last weekend has victimized other minors. Dr. Craig Morgenstern, an emergency room doctor at the Spokane Veterans Affairs Medical Center, was arrested Wednesday for the second time this week. The new child pornography case stems from a video found in a desktop computer recovered from Morgenstern’s home by detectives. The video shows Morgenstern performing sex acts on the same victim in the alleged child rape that brought deputies to Morgenstern’s home on Saturday, authorities said. The video was created in Hayden, Idaho, at Triple Play Family Fun Park, said deputy prosecuting attorney Lech Radzimski.

Misconduct investigation of Colville officer ends

The Stevens County Sheriff’s Office has completed its sexual misconduct investigation of Colville police Officer Rex Newport and has turned the case over to prosecutors. Stevens County Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen said he has formally requested that the state Office of Attorney General handle charging decisions and any potential prosecution of the longtime officer.

State offers training on wolf kills

Washington state wildlife officials said they’re willing to train Stevens County sheriff’s deputies on how to identify livestock that has been killed by wolves. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officers will be the lead investigators but additional trained eyes at the scene can only help, said Bruce Bjork, the agency’s chief of enforcement.

Gun leads to suspect in Stevens County fatal shooting

When a gunman shot and killed a 63-year-old retiree in a quiet Colville-area neighborhood, detectives say he left behind a crucial piece of evidence: The suspected murder weapon. A handgun located near Gordon R. Feist, who was found in the wreckage of his utility terrain vehicle Sunday with two bullet holes in his head, helped police identify Eric Lee Booth, 26, as a suspect in Feist’s murder, Stevens County Sheriff Kendle Allen said Thursday.

Man shot by deputy denies being armed

A suspected thief shot multiple times by a Stevens County sheriff’s deputy disputed law enforcement reports Sunday that he was armed with a pistol even though authorities say they recovered a gun and several other stolen items at his home. “I woke up with my body hit like a freakin’ target,” said Trinidy C. Lopez, 23, who explained during a brief telephone interview from his hospital bed that he had been asleep in his bedroom after a night of partying when deputies arrived at his Loon Lake home early Saturday and one of them began shooting. “I woke up in excruciating pain.”

Former Stevens County sheriff will be region’s marshal

Former Stevens County Sheriff Craig Thayer will begin his new job next week in Spokane as the U.S. marshal for Eastern Washington. Thayer stepped down as sheriff Tuesday and traveled to Washington, D.C., to be sworn in as marshal. The Senate confirmed President Barack Obama’s nomination of Thayer, a fellow Democrat, last month.