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SPD Arrest Prolific Thief

SPD arrests prolific thief who purchased thousands of dollars’ worth of goods on credit cards stolen from vehicles

On April 6th, 2022, SPD’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) and Stolen Property Enforcement and Recovery (SPEAR) Unit located and arrested Jerrame A. Kimble – age 50 – in Northeast Spokane. The arrest followed a vehicle prowling incident from February 26, 2022 involving a vehicle parked at the Dishman Hills Conservation Area. Police developed probable cause to arrest Kimble for 1st Degree Identity Theft, 5 counts of Money Laundering, and 2 counts of 2nd Degree Possession of Stolen Property. Kimble was not located at that time.  Yesterday’s arrest on those charges was a result of an ongoing investigation into multiple car prowling and theft cases in which Kimble and various accomplices are suspects.

This was not Kimble’s first arrest for similar crimes. On March 3rd, 2022, a female victim parked her car at a Daycare facility and attempted to hide her purse under some items but her window was broken out and the purse stolen. The victim had parked next to a vehicle occupied by Kimble and a female. The pair used the stolen credit cards to make purchases at Lowes, Walmart, gas stations and other outlets. In that case Kimble was booked into jail for 8 counts of 2nd Degree Theft, 2 counts of Money Laundering, and 1 count of 2nd Degree Identity Theft.

Kimble has an extensive history of vehicle prowling and theft of motor vehicles. Airway Heights Police currently have probable cause to arrest Kimble on 8 charges including identity theft and money laundering from a March 20, 2022 incident where again a vehicle was prowled and credit cards stolen. Kimble has 13 felony convictions.

SPD would like to remind people never to leave valuables including guns, wallets and purses in your car. Even if you think your items are well hidden, thieves know what to look for. Thieves target areas where they know people don’t take their valuables with them – gyms, trail heads, hospitals, etc. And if you are hiding valuables in your trunk, never do so at your destination as someone may be watching and know you’ve left something in your car. If something is stolen from your vehicle you are encouraged to report the incident to Crime Check. That way law enforcement can track hard hit areas and suspect information in order to identify and arrest those responsible for the thefts.

Julie Humphreys

Public Safety Communication Manager|Spokane Police & Fire

North Lidgerwood and East Empire Hit and Run

Hit and run puts two people in the hospital

On April 7, 2022 at 1130 am, a Spokane Police officer observed a vehicle driving recklessly around several motorists and attempted to initiate a traffic stop in the area of N. Lidgerwood and E. Wellesley Ave.  The vehicle failed to yield to the officer and fled going south bound on N. Lidgerwood St. at a high rate of speed.  The officer immediately discontinued the traffic stop.  The driver drove through two stops signs prior to colliding with a vehicle at the intersection of N. Lidgerwood St. and E. Empire Ave, broke a power pole in half, and ended up crashing into a neighbor’s yard.  The driver got out of the vehicle leaving two passengers behind and fled the scene.  The passengers were transported to the hospital with serious non-life threatening injuries.  The driver who was struck by the suspect vehicle, sustained minor injuries.

Major crimes arrived on scene and is investigating the collision. The E. Empire Ave and N. Lidgerwood St. intersection was closed until the scene was processed.

At this time the suspect is outstanding and Spokane Police are actively searching for the driver.  Anyone who witnessed the collision and has not spoken with investigators, is asked to call crime check at 509-456-2233 reference incident 2022-20057845.

Ofc. J. Valencia 1414
Swing shift PIO
Spokane Police Department

Jury Finds Edward M. Leavens Guilty of Violent Assault

Jury Finds Edward M. Leavens Guilty of Violent Assault

This afternoon in a Spokane County Superior Court hearing, with Superior Court Judge Harold Clarke III presiding, a jury found Edward M. Leavens guilty of Assault 1st Degree in just a little over an hour of deliberation. 

The guilty verdict stemmed from a violent assault committed on September 10, 2021, by Edward M. Leavens on his mother, the victim. 

Edward M. Leavens was arrested on September 17, 2021, on a warrant for Assault 1st Degree (DV) and has remained in the Spokane County Jail.

This case was prosecuted by Spokane County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Jonathan Degen. 

This incident was investigated by the Spokane Valley Major Crimes Unit, with Detective Dean Meyer as the investigative lead. 

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Information from September 17, 2021:

 UPDATE: Detectives Arrest Assault Suspect, Edward M. Leavens

This afternoon, Spokane Valley Major Crimes Detectives, with the assistance of the Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force, developed information on a possible location for Edward Leavens. Leavens was located and arrested without incident near Sprague and Pines.

Leavens was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Assault 1st Degree (DV) and an unrelated misdemeanor warrant. His bond is currently set at $100,000.

The victim remains hospitalized, in serious but stable condition.

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Information from September 10, 2021:

Major Crimes Detectives Investigating Vicious Domestic Violence Assault

Spokane Valley Major Crimes Detectives are investigating the violent assault of a female victim in her late seventies. The victim was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The suspect, 56-year-old Edward M. Leavens, has not been located.

On September 10, 2021, at approximately 3:35 a.m., Spokane Valley Deputies responded to a residence in the 9300 block of E. Cataldo for the report of a woman who was possibly assaulted. The caller said he found his mother bloodied, and it appeared she had been beaten.

Multiple Deputies arrived and secured the home, allowing Spokane Valley Fire and AMR personnel to safely enter and provide medical attention to the severely injured victim.

Due to the violent nature of the assault and the life-threatening injuries suffered by the victim, Major Crimes Detectives and Forensic Unit Technicians were called to the scene to continue the investigation and collect evidence.

The victim’s son, who discovered her and called 911, stayed at the residence and spoke with Investigators.

From initial information, Detectives have identified 56-year-old Edward M. Leavens as a suspect in this investigation. Edward, a younger son of the victim, is believed to have left the residence prior to her other son discovering her and calling 911.

A search for Edward by a K9 Unit and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) was unsuccessful.

The suspect Edward M. Leavens is believed to be on foot, and Investigators are concerned for his safety due to his alcohol abuse and mental health history.


Edward M. Leavens is described as a white male, approximately 6’00”, 200-250 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen without a shirt and wearing gray shorts. Edward is known to frequent the businesses and parking lots in the area of Sprague and Farr.

If you have any information regarding this incident or know of Edward M. Leavens’ location, please call Crime Check at 509-456-2233, reference #10120867.

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Corporal Mark Gregory

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office

Spokane Valley Police Department
Public Information Officer

Park Tower High Rise Fire, 1 Civilian Rescued 

Park Tower High Rise Fire, 1 Civilian Rescued 
This afternoon at 12:55 PM, a first alarm was dispatched to a high-rise fire at 217 West Spokane Falls Boulevard in downtown Spokane. 

Multiple 911 calls were received in rapid succession prompting a quick dispatch of firefighters to the 20-story, 185 unit, Park Place Tower Apartment Building. Smoke could be seen two blocks away at SFD Headquarters. As companies were en route, radio reports from FireComm conveyed a working fire on an upper floor with civilians calling for help.

As companies approached, they found heavy smoke showing from an exterior window of a unit located on the 9th floor. Several residents were at their windows and decks calling for help as firefighters positioned ladder companies to access those immediately needing assistance. Firefighters carried hundreds of feet of hose, tools, air bottles, and necessary firefighting equipment up the nine flights of stairs to extinguish the fire. Eventually, firefighters climbed all 20 floors to confine the fire, search for residents in need, and control the building’s utilities. 
The resident from the unit predominately consumed by fire was rescued by firefighters and removed via Tower 1 from the building’s exterior. Three other residents were treated and transported to definitive care. Throughout the incident, countless occupants were assisted by firefighters, many needing assistance exiting through evacuation stairwells or simply ambulating to a safe refuge.  

Flames destroyed one unit and caused slight damage to the floor of origin due to the smoke. Over 70 firefighters extinguished the blaze in just 30 minutes. The 185-unit apartment complex was equipped with hard-wired smoke alarms and fire doors but not automatic sprinklers. 

Firefighters remained on the scene for two hours, protecting the homeowners’ belongings from additional damage during the salvage and overhaul operations. The fire’s cause and origin are under investigation by SFD.

Railroad Alley, 3rd Alarm Commercial Fire 

Railroad Alley, 3rd Alarm Commercial Fire 
This morning at 4:22 AM, the Spokane Fire Department was dispatched to a smoke investigation near 2nd and Monroe. A single company was dispatched initially to handle the investigation. However, the origin of the smoke was discovered to be the commercial building located at 921 West Railroad Alley Avenue. The first company arrived quickly and found heavy smoke and fire showing from the building. 

The incident was upgraded eventually to three alarms, summoning firefighters from most of SFD’s Stations to assist in controlling the blaze. At one point, 70 firefighters were on-scene engaged in the challenging work of preventing the large fire from spreading to nearby downtown buildings. The SFD successfully limited damage from the fire to the structure of origin with aggressive tactics inside the structure and deployment of large hose streams from ladder companies to areas uninhabited by firefighters. In addition, leaders’ early decisions and tactics prevented the potential catastrophe of the fire spreading to the adjacent high-rise building and commercial storage building. 

The incident was declared under control at 7:15 AM. SFD resources will remain on the scene this afternoon until the risk to the public has been eliminated. There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters due to the fire. The cause and origin of the fire are under investigation.

Valentine’s Day 2022 Promotion

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The 2022 Spokane News Valentine’s Day Promotion Sponsored by Mail Box Center, Avista Utilities and Hampton Inn & Suites Spokane Downtown South

2022 is starting off with sweetness and our Valentine’s Day Promotion has several chances to enter with a total of 6 Winners winning prizes. It’s easy to enter to win, just Like or Follow the Sponsor pages, comment on the entry post and share the promotional post found on our Facebook Page. Find 4 more chances posted to enter between now and February 10th when the winners are announced.

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Inside your suite you will find goodies and gifts from our Sponsors Mail Box Center and Avista Utilities! Flowers, Chocolates, pamper time with spa gift cards and 1 hour massages for 2! Grand Prize also includes Valentine’s Day Dinner and surprise gifts including $100 spending cash.

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Check in to your two night room at Hampton Inn & Suites Spokane Downtown South on Sunday February 13th. Inside your room you will also find goodies and gifts from our Sponsors Mail Box Center and Avista Utilities. 2nd Place Winner wins Valentine’s Day Dinner, Date Night Fun gift cards and $75 spending cash

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Check in to your two night room at Hampton Inn & Suites Spokane Downtown South on Sunday February 13th. Inside your room you will also find goodies and gifts from our Sponsors Mail Box Center and Avista Utilities. 3rd Place Winner wins Valentine’s Day Dinner and $50 spending cash.

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We have (3) 4th place winners and this is great to spoil yourself! Think of 4th place as the winning spot for Singles. Each winner wins a 1 Hour Massage gift card and $25 spending cash.

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To enter this promotion Like or Follow the following Sponsor Pages. as Without them, we wouldn’t have such awesome prizes. Spokane News is the Host of this Promotion.

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Winners must have ID to claim their prizes and only the drawn winner can claim the prize. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries. Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at Spokane News and thanks again to the Sponsors that made this possible.

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Felony DV Suspect Arrested After Trying to Hide from Deputies and K9

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Felony DV Suspect Arrested After Trying to Hide from Deputies and K9

Spokane Valley Deputies, with the assistance of K9 Med, located an uncooperative male who tried to avoid arrest for over two hours while Deputies gave announcements for his surrender and obtained a search warrant.  With the assistance of K9 Med, the suspect was located inside his residence and taken into custody. 

On January 17, 2022, at approximately 11:35 am., Spokane Valley Deputies responded to the area of 1st Avenue and S. Custer Road for the report of a Domestic Violence Assault. 

Arriving Deputies learned the adult female victim had been assaulted by her boyfriend, identified as 31-year-old Cameron S. Wilson.  The assault occurred throughout the prior evening and into the morning.  Deputies also contacted the victim, who was at a different location, and confirmed Wilson assaulted her, causing substantial injuries, and at one point threatened to kill her.

Believing Wilson was inside the residence, additional Deputies established a perimeter, attempted to contact Wilson, and continually gave announcements for him to exit the home.  All of their attempts to contact and get Wilson to surrender peacefully were unsuccessful.   

At the same time, a search warrant to enter the residence was sought and later granted at approximately 2:45 pm.  Deputy Rassier and his K9 partner Med were called to the scene to assist.

With a valid search warrant and probable cause to arrest Wilson for Assault 2nd DV and Harassment, Threats to Kill, both felonies, Deputies prepared to make entry as continual announcements for Wilson to surrender continued to be ignored.     

Once the door was opened, and with no response to warnings, Deputy Rassier deployed K9 Med inside.  K9 Med located Wilson and Deputies took him into custody after a short struggle.

Wilson was provided medical treatment and cleared to be transported to the Spokane County Jail, where he was booked for Assault 2nd DV and Harassment, Threats to Kill. 

Corporal Mark Gregory

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office

Spokane Valley Police Department
Public Information Officer

NCAA Spokane Arena Announcement

The University of Idaho and the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena are pleased to announce that tickets for the 2022 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship – Spokane Regional, taking place March 25-March 28, 2022 will go on sale at 7:00am (PST) on Tuesday, October 19! 

All guests who purchase tickets to the 2022 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets for the 2024 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship hosted at the Spokane Arena.

8200 North Market Fatal Motorcycle Crash

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Fatal Motorcycle Crash in North Spokane County

Investigators Work to Identify Witnesses in a Blue Sedan

Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies and Traffic Unit Investigators responded to a motorcycle/vehicle collision last night on N. Market between Lincoln Rd. and N. Freya.  The rider of the motorcycle was pronounced deceased at the scene.  The driver of the SUV tried to avoid the collision but was unsuccessful.  She showed no signs of impairment and was not charged. 

Investigators are attempting to identify the driver or any passengers of a blue sedan that witnesses stated was almost hit by the motorcycle on N. Market, near Magnesium, just prior to this fatal crash.


Occupants of the blue sedan or anyone else who has information regarding this fatal crash are asked to call Detective Jeff Welton at 509-477-3237.        

On October 11, 2021, at approximately 9:07 pm., Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a motorcycle and vehicle collision report in the 8200 block of N. Market. 

Deputies arrived to find Spokane Fire, Spokane County Fire, and AMR personnel providing medical treatment to the adult male motorcycle rider, who sustained life-threatening injuries.  Despite their best efforts, he was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

Initial information indicates the adult female driver of the SUV, a Honda Pilot, was traveling north on Market.  She had slowed and moved into the two-way center turn lane, preparing to turn left into a parking lot, and was almost stopped.

The rider of the motorcycle was traveling south on Market.  As he approached the Honda, he appeared to be unable to maintain control of his motorcycle and crossed into the center turn lane, heading straight toward the Honda.  The SUV driver tried to avoid the collision by turning back toward the northbound travel lane, but unfortunately, the motorcycle crashed into the SUV. 

Evidence at the scene indicates the motorcyclist was traveling above the posted speed limit and possibly under the influence of alcohol. 

A witness contacted at the scene identified a blue sedan occupied by teens that the motorcycle passed and almost hit on N. Market St. near Magnesium. 

Investigators would like to speak with any of the occupants of the blue sedan or anyone else who can provide information regarding the events leading up to the fatal collision.  Anyone with information is urged to call Detective Jeff Welton at 509-477-3237, reference #10135707.          

Corporal Mark Gregory

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office

Spokane Valley Police Department
Public Information Officer

Spokane Valley Homicide Suspect In Custody

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Male Arrested for Murder Following Shooting this Weekend

Spokane Valley Major Crimes Detectives are investigating a shooting that occurred in the early morning hours on Sunday.  The adult female victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.  The male suspect was located and arrested a short distance from the residence.  Later, he was booked into the Spokane County Jail for Murder 2nd Degree. 

On October 10, 2021, at approximately 2:25 a.m., Spokane Valley Deputies responded to the report of a shooting at a residence located in the 900 block of N. Wilbur Road in Spokane Valley. 

They arrived to find a male in front of the residence pointing toward Wilbur and Broadway, indicating the suspect had fled in that direction.  

Deputies entered the residence to find an adult female suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.  They attempted life-saving aid until relieved by Spokane Valley Fire personnel.

Assisting Deputies began searching for the suspect, identified as 42-year-old Jason E. Woodlief.  

A short time later, Deputy Daryl Hansmann observed a male matching Woodlief’s description sitting in the side yard of a home located in the 11600 block of E. Broadway and requested additional units to respond.  Deputy Phil Pfeifer arrived, and as Deputy Hansmann gave commands which Woodlief followed.  He was taken into custody without further incident and immediately requested a lawyer. 

Initial information gained from witnesses indicates Woodlief attended a gathering at a friend’s home with his roommate, his girlfriend/victim, and her two children.  Woodlief was drinking and began arguing with others at the house.  Woodlief’s roommate, the victim, and her children left and went back to their home on Wilbur, where they lived upstairs, and Woodlief stayed in a bedroom in the basement. 

Soon after, two friends arrived and said Woodlief was drunk and just smashed up one of their cars.  While they were explaining this, Woodlief arrived at the home, and an argument ensued.  The two friends left the house, and Woodlief went downstairs to his room, leaving his roommate, the victim, and her children upstairs.

Woodlief came back upstairs, had an altercation with the victim, then shot her before fleeing the residence.  The victim’s boyfriend and the victim’s children were not injured during this violent incident. 

Woodlief was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Murder 2nd Degree, where he remains with a bond set by the courts at one million dollars. 

The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office will release the identity of the victim at a later time, when appropriate. 

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233, reference #10134975.

Corporal Mark Gregory

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office

Spokane Valley Police Department
Public Information Officer