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The man who returned 27 stolen guns to the Kettle Falls police chief earlier this month appears to be the same man who met with the chief’s girlfriend last spring, while the chief was trying to investigate the matter himself.
A man previously unknown to law enforcement has returned 27 guns that were stolen last spring from the home of the Kettle Falls police chief. The man called Chief Chris Courchene’s office on Monday, a day after The Spokesman-Review broke news of the burglary and the complicated, nine-month investigation that followed.
Chris Courchene, the Kettle Falls police chief, told Stevens County sheriff’s detectives he had twice sent his girlfriend to meet a mysterious suspect and paid $1,250 in hopes of retrieving the weapons. This week, his ex-girlfriend reached a deal with prosecutors that ensures she won’t be charged in connection with the stolen guns.
A man whose pickup was struck by a Kettle Falls police SUV last month as the officer tried to pass him has died, the Washington State Patrol reported Tuesday evening.
A man driving a pickup was seriously injured Thursday afternoon in a collision in Stevens County with a Kettle Falls police SUV. Kettle Falls police Officer Timothy D. Dollar, 56, was headed north with his emergency lights flashing as he passed cars by driving in the southbound lane about 4 miles north of Chewelah, the Washington State Patrol reported in a news release. Dollar was attempting to pull over a slow driver who was holding back a line of traffic, the WSP said.
A Kettle Falls police officer was injured in a collision on state Highway 395 north of Chewelah Thursday afternoon.