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Border Patrol Agents Seize Cocaine and Meth

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Border Patrol Agents Seize Cocaine and Meth

BONNERS FERRY, Idaho – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Bonners Ferry Station seized five duffle bags of narcotics valued at approximately $2.16 million just south of the United States/Canada border on Friday.

Border Patrol agents were alerted to suspicious activity on a remote forest service road near the Canadian border.  An agent responded to the area and located two individuals who were concealing themselves.  As the agent approached the individuals, they fled into Canada.  The agent located the duffle bags near the location where the individuals were hiding.  The duffel bags were found to contain 84 pounds of cocaine, valued at approximately $1.2 million and 198 pounds of methamphetamine, valued at approximately $960,000.

Border Patrol provided the Idaho State Police with a description of the vehicle, a dark colored Range Rover, which was observed leaving the area of the smuggling event.  Idaho State Police quickly located the suspect vehicle along Highway 95.  The driver was taken into custody in connection with the narcotics smuggling and the vehicle was seized by Border Patrol.

The two individuals who fled into Canada were apprehended by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and are being held pending further investigation.  The U.S. Border Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Administration are collaborating on this investigation and pending criminal charges on the subject arrested in the United States.  The U.S. Border Patrol is also working with RCMP regarding the two subjects arrested in Canada.

“Cocaine and Methamphetamine are ravaging our communities,” stated Acting Chief Patrol Agent David BeMiller.  “Border Patrol agents are committed to preventing dangerous drugs and associated crime from destroying families and communities on both sides of the border.”

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Bill Kingsford

Special Operations Supervisor

U S Border Patrol | Spokane Sector

Public Affairs Office

Burglar Caught Inside Gas Station

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Burglar Caught Inside Store

Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an alarm call at the Mobile Gas Station and found the window broken.  A male suspect was also observed inside and was safely taken into custody.  The suspect caused an estimated $8,000 worth of damage while trying to steal over $600 worth of merchandise.     

On October 12, 2020, at approximately 12:40 am, Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Mobile Gas Station located at 8915 E. Trent for an alarm.  The monitoring company reported a “glass break” at the location.

Deputy Alex Bullion arrived within minutes and observed the window by the cash register area was smashed out.  He notified additional responding Deputies of the broken window and then noticed a male wearing a gray sweatshirt inside the store. 

He immediately recognized the male as 20-year-old Chase A. Wilson, from a previous contact in the evening where Wilson was trespassed from a store (Zip-Trip) in the same general location.  At that time, the store employee said Wilson stole alcohol earlier.  Wilson returned and was now refusing to leave the store.  The employee did not want to pursue charges against Wilson.  However, he wanted him to leave and trespassed from the location.   

While at Zip-Trip, Deputy Bullion tried to connect Wilson, who is transient, with a shelter or a friend, but the shelters were full, and the friend could not be contacted.  Wilson was advised he was trespassed and released.   

Wilson followed commands, exited the Mobile Gas Station, and was taken into custody without incident. 

The store was searched, and no one else was located inside. 

Through the investigation, it was determined Wilson damaged the cash register with a large rock, broke the glass door in addition to a large glass window.  A store employee estimated the cost of repairs to be approximately $8,000.

Wilson attempted to steal items including cigars/cigarettes/tobacco, lighters, rolling papers, Four Loko, and Puff Bars, totaling approximately $613.50. 

After being advised of his rights, Wilson refused to answer questions. 

Wilson was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Burglary 2nd Degree, Malicious Mischief 1st Degree, and Theft 3rd Degree.  

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Corporal Mark Gregory

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office

Spokane Valley Police Department
Public Information Officer

Hit and Run Vehicle vs Male on Lime Scooter

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Spokane Police Department (SPD) Major Crimes Unit (MCU) Traffic Investigators processed the scene of an injury hit and run collision involving a Lime scooter and an automobile. The scooter rider received a significant injury.

On October 7, 2020, around 4:51 a.m., SPD responded to an injury collision at Nevada Street and Wabash Avenue. The caller reported a vehicle northbound on Nevada Street struck a male riding a Lime scooter who was westbound on Wabash Avenue. The collision occurred in the intersection. Rather than stopping, as required by law, the driver fled the scene.

The Spokane Fire Department was on scene treating the victim when officers arrived. The victim was transported to an area hospital for a life threatening injury.

Officers secured the scene to preserve evidence.

The SPD Traffic Investigator responded and took over the scene. He is asking for the community’s help to locate the suspect vehicle that is described as a white, 2008-2011 Subaru Impreza sedan.

If you have information or surveillance video from the area, and have not already spoken to law enforcement, please call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233 and reference incident #2020-20176511.

Major Crimes Detectives investigated a homicide in Browne’s Addition

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Major Crimes Detectives investigated a homicide in Browne’s Addition. The investigation concluded with the arrest of a male for Murder 2nd degree. #Update 1st Degree Murder Charge added on Monday

On August 8, 2020, around 4:38 p.m. a call for medics was received about a person slumped over inside a vehicle near Elm Street and Second Avenue. An officer responded to the call and found a deceased female inside. Medics arrived and also confirmed the death.

Officers secured the area then began to locate and interview witnesses. Major Crimes Detectives responded to take over the investigation. While this was going on, a person of interest was detained, without incident, from a residence in the immediate area.

Search warrants were obtained to seize the victim’s vehicle and search a residence in the 1900 block of west Second Avenue.

As the investigation progressed, probable cause was established to arrest 36-year-old Nathan A. Beale, who was the person of interest initially detained at the scene. After the interview with Beale concluded, he was booked into the Spokane County Jail for Murder 2nd degree.

If you witnessed anything suspicious around this location about the time of this incident, or have surveillance video, and have not already spoken to law enforcement, we ask you to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233 and reference #2020-20136923.

August 19th COVID-19 Update

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August 10, 2020 

COVID-19 Update 

Spokane, Wash. – Today, Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) has confirmed new positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Spokane County. The total number of cases is now 4,557 with 85 COVID-19-related deaths. Currently, 73 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized, 49 of which are Spokane County residents. Full details and additional demographics for Spokane County’s COVID-19 case results can be found at srhd.org, and are updated Mon.-Fri. 

SRHD emphasizes the importance of taking the recommended measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 including physical distancing and wearing masks while indoors at public places.  

Individuals who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, regardless of age or health status, should be assessed for COVID-19 testing.  

Generally, people with the following new symptoms consistent with COVID-19 are eligible for testing. 

  • Fever or chills 
  • Cough 
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
  • Fatigue 
  • Muscle or body aches 
  • Headache 
  • New loss of taste or smell 
  • Sore throat 
  • Congestion or runny nose 
  • Nausea or vomiting 
  • Diarrhea 

Individuals who have been informed that they were in close contact with a confirmed positive case of COVID-19, or who work in a high-risk environment (such as a long-term care facility), are also encouraged to be assessed for testing.  

If you think you are at risk of exposure to COVID-19 or have symptoms similar to those of COVID-19, call ahead before you go to your healthcare provider, urgent care, or the emergency department. You can also call your health insurance’s nurse hotline or triage; the number can be found on their website or on the back of your insurance card.  

Information and locations for community screening and testing for COVID-19 can be found online: https://srhd.org/covid-19-drive-through-screening-clinic   

The Washington State Department of Health has provided the following guidance to help people who have symptoms of COVID-19, are concerned that they were in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, or who have tested positive themselves: 

  1. What to do if you have confirmed or suspected coronavirus disease (COVID-19) 
  2. What to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) 
  3. What to do if you have symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and have not been around anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 

SRHD continues to encourage people to take the following steps to stay healthy:  

  • Wear a mask or face covering when indoors at public places where it is difficult to maintain physical distancing of at least six feet. This helps protect others from you unknowingly infecting them with COVID-19. 
  • Stay home when you are sick. Staying home when ill prevents the spread of infections to others. Experiencing. 
  • Use good respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene in all community settings, including homes, childcare facilities, schools, workplaces and other places where people gather. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and put the used tissue in a waste basket. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands. 
  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60-95% alcohol) if you can’t wash. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth: Germs often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth. 
  • Practice other good health habits: Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food. 
  • Support each other, regardless of race, ethnicity or nationality, and including individuals who have become ill. Show compassion and support for individuals and communities most closely impacted and anyone who might be sick. 
  • Follow the guidance required by the governor’s Safe Start plan to reopen Washington.  

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Example of Things You Shouldn’t Do at Midnight if You have Warrants, Drugs, and an Illegal Knife

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Example of Things You Shouldn’t Do at Midnight if You have Warrants, Drugs, and an Illegal Knife

Spokane Valley Patrol Deputies, responding to an alarm call at a closed business, observed a male leaving the area in an apparent hurry.  Upon contact, the male initially lied about his identity.  After learning the truth, Deputies discovered he had three felony warrants for his arrest.  He was also found to be in possession of Methamphetamine and an illegal “switchblade” knife.

On July 29, 2020, at approximately 12:10 a.m., Spokane Valley Deputy Stefan Moore and Deputy Natalie Woolard responded as a two-person patrol unit to an alarm call at the Cenex gas station located at 1421 N. Pines. 

The alarm company reported the east side doors were tripped, activating an audible alarm.

As they approached from the north, they observed a male hurriedly leaving from the direction of Cenex.  They contacted the male in the parking lot just to the north of the gas station. 

Initially, the male said he hadn’t been at the Cenex, but quickly changed his story, explaining he thought the station was open and pulled on the door when he tried to enter.  He also stated he did not hear an audible alarm.  

When asked, he verbally provided the Deputies with a name and date of birth.  Finding no record for the information, Deputy Moore confirmed the information and again, found no record. 

Believing he was lying to avoid arrest, Deputy Woolard confronted him with her suspicion.  He admitted he lied and stated his name was William.  He was detained for providing false information and eventually identified by a Washington State ID card as 58-year-old William L. Cafolla.  A check of his name revealed three felony warrants for his arrest (original charges of Violation of an Order and two Residential Burglary charges).  

During a search after his arrest, Deputy Woolard located a plastic baggie containing a white crystalline substance, and an illegal “switchblade” spring-loaded knife in a sheathe on his hip.   

The substance was field tested and showed a presumptive positive result for Methamphetamine.

A check of the gas station showed the business was closed and all the doors were secured. 

Cafolla was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for his warrant and new charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine and Possession of a Dangerous Weapon-Spring Blade Knife.   

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Corporal Mark Gregory

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office

Spokane Valley Police Department
Public Information Officer

1700 E. Desmet, Suspect Arrested After Hours Long Standoff

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A Spokane Police Officer who responded to a residence on the report of Domestic Violence and was assaulted as he attempted to detain the suspect. The suspect, later id’d as Michael Withey (39) barricaded himself in a residence in the 1700 block of east Desmet. Desmet was closed between Napa and Madelia for several hours while officers attempted to peacefully resolve the situation.

On July 29th, 2020 just after 3:00pm, Officers were dispatched to a residence in the area of E Desmet Ave. and Pittsburgh St.  Witnesses reported a male and female could be heard yelling at each other and the male was seen kicking a parked vehicle.  They believed the male had assaulted the female and observed the couple go into a residence.  The first officer on scene located the male suspect walking away from the residence.  As the officer attempted to question the suspect, he ran from the officer resulting in a short foot pursuit. 

The male, Withey, made it back inside the residence with the female as the officer followed closely behind. As Withey made it inside, he pushed the officer causing him to fall back outside of the home.  The door was then locked preventing the officer from entering.  Withey and female remained inside despite numerous attempts to contact them. 

Out of concern for the safety of the female inside the home, the likelihood the female was a victim of a domestic violence assault, and because of the felony assault on the officer who initially arrived on scene, a number of resources responded in an attempt to ensure the safety of everyone involved.  Those resources included, but are not limited to, the Hostage Negotiation Team (HNT), SWAT, the Explosives Disposal Unit (EDU), the Air Support Unit, K9 Officers, Spokane Fire, and AMR.

For over three hours officers attempted to gain verbal compliance to get Withey and the female to exit the home, to no avail. After receiving a search warrant, at approx. 7:00pm, force was used to gain entry. At that time, the female victim was able to exit without further incident, however, Withey still refused to comply with commands to exit the home. The female did not seek any medical attention.

Officers used additional tactics in attempt to get Withey to exit the residence, but after almost two additional hours of non-compliance, officers made entry to take him into custody. He was taken into custody without further incident. Out of an abundance of caution, he was taken to the hospital to be cleared by medical staff before being booked into jail.

Withey will be booked into Spokane County Jail for 3rd Degree Assault on Law Enforcement and Resisting Arrest. Additional charges could be added at a later time. Despite the initial assault by Withey, our officer escaped injury.

The Spokane Police Department is thankful for the concerned witnesses who originally reported the violence they saw. If you or someone you know is the victim of domestic violence, there is help. In an emergency, call 911, but additional resources can be found through Spokane County YWCA 24 hour DV helpline: Call: 509-326-2255, Email: help@ywcaspokane.org , or Text: 509-220-3725. We’re also very appreciative of the neighbors nearby who remained in their homes while we dealt with this potentially volatile situation. 

Ofc. Bjur

Swing Shift PIO

Spokane Police Dept.

Sgt. Teresa Fuller| Power Shift Patrol Team 11| Patrol PIO|Spokane Police Department

Public Asked to Check Trees for Invasive Species

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Close up of giant hornet Vespa mandarinia japonica

Public Asked to Check Trees for Invasive Species in August

Olympia—Throughout August, the Washington Invasive Species Council and the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are asking the public to take
10 minutes to check trees in their communities for invasive insects.

August is the peak time of year that wood-boring insects are most often spotted outside of trees.

“State and federal agencies do a fantastic job at preventing the introduction of invasive species to the United States, but occasionally some slip through,” said Justin Bush, executive coordinator of the Washington Invasive Species Council. “When a new invasive species is introduced, we need to know as quickly as possible so we can stop its spread.”

What’s at Risk?

Invasive species are non-native organisms that include plants, animals and diseases. When introduced to a new environment, they do not have natural predators or diseases to keep their growth in check. Once established, they may damage the economy, environment, recreation and sometimes human health.

“Invasive insects impact our healthy forests and, in turn, destroy timber we manage that provides funding for schools, local services and our counties. The damage also increases fire risk and restricts recreation opportunities,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz. “Trees play an important role in our state economy and provide significant environmental benefits from clean air to habitat for wildlife and healthy waterways that support salmon and other fish. Tree loss from invasive species is something that we can avoid by stopping the spread of invasive insects. The public plays a key role in this effort as our eyes on the ground.”

What to Look For

State officials urge the public to be especially aware of four invasive insects during their tree checks.

Invasive Longhorned Beetle: The larvae of thislarge beetle feeds on and in the wood of a tree. When the beetle becomes adult, it emerges through holes that weaken the tree further. The beetle is extremely destructive to hardwood trees. While it is not known to be established in Washington today, it has been found multiple times in the past. A swift response stopped the spread and potentially millions of dollars in damages.

Emerald Ash Borer: This small, wood-boring beetle attacks and kills ash trees. The larvae burrow under the tree’s bark and eat the sapwood. Once damaged, the sapwood can’t transport water and nutrients, causing the leaves and tree to die gradually. While not yet known to be in Washington, it is spreading westward from the eastern United States.

Spotted LanternflyThis piercing, sucking insect feeds on sap from a variety of trees including apples, cherries, grapes, plums and walnut, and also on hops. While not yet found in Washington, the lanternfly has been intercepted in California as a hitchhiker on goods coming from the eastern United States where it is established.

Asian Giant Hornet: Not all insects that you could find in a tree are tree-killers, but they cause other problems. This hornet has been found in Whatcom County and kills honey bees. Though not typically aggressive to humans, it will attack anything that threatens its colony, which usually nest in the ground. It can sting multiple times and has powerful venom that can inflict serious injury, or in some cases, death.

How You Can Participate

Search Your Trees and Report Sightings

“We’re asking people to take 10 minutes to search the trees in their yards and neighborhoods,” Bush said. “If you find a suspected invasive insect, take a picture and send us information on the Washington Invasives mobile app or on our Web site. It’s quick and easy and we’ll connect you with organizations that can help.”

The photographs of the insect should show enough detail that an expert can verify it. Include an object, such as a coin or pencil, next to the insect to indicate the insect’s size.

There are species, which aren’t a problem, that look like invasive insects so report but don’t kill the suspected invader, Bush said.

Take Simple Actions to Prevent Spread

There are simple actions that anyone can take to avoid introducing and spreading invasive insects.

·       Buy firewood where you’ll burn it or gather it on site when permitted. When moving firewood you might also be moving invasive insects hiding there.

·       When traveling locally or moving to a new area, check your bags and boxes to make sure they are insect free. Invasive insects, which can be in any life stage from larvae to adult, can tag along easily in bags and boxes and on items that have been stored outside or in your garage. Don’t move a pest.

Become a “Pest Ready” Community

Ensure your community is ready for new invasive species detection. Officials have published a playbook to help local governments and state and federal responders prepare for pest outbreaks through self-assessments and recommended actions.

“To successfully prevent and stop invasive species requires a whole community approach,” Commissioner Franz said. “Taking just a few minutes to check the trees in your yard can go a long way to ensuring that the forests we all love today are still here tomorrow.”

Additional Resources

·       Washington Invasive Species Council Web Site

·       Washington Department of Natural Resources Web Site

·       Washington Invasive App and Reporting Web Page

·       Washington’s Urban Forest Pest Readiness Plan

·       Invasive Long-horned Beetle Information

·       Emerald Ash Borer Information

·       Spotted Lanternfly Information

·       Asian Giant Hornet Information

Bombing suspect arrested within 2 minutes

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Spokane Police quickly locate and arrest the suspect that set off a bomb in the middle of a residential street in a Northeast Spokane Neighborhood, due to the keen eye of several residents who called 911.

At about 4 pm on Sunday afternoon, Spokane Police received several calls reporting a loud explosion in the 1700 block of east Rockwell. Prior to the explosion, a male wearing a mask and carrying a shop-vac was seen walking down the street. A few seconds later the same male was seen running towards the direction he came and then a loud explosion was heard. Parts of the shop-vac went in all directions and damaged at least 3 cars parked along the street. Evidence of the explosion was found up to about 75’ away.

Officer’s happened to be very close by when the call came out and the witnesses gave great descriptions of the suspect and where he was last seen jumping a fence. The first officer on scene had him in custody within about 2 minutes of being dispatched.

18 year-old Titan A. Bennett was arrested and booked into jail for the felony crime of Malicious Explosion of a Substance – 2nd degree.

The crime scene was processed by SPD members of the Explosive Disposal Unit.

It’s unknown at this time if fireworks were involved in the making of this bomb but this is a great reminder that with the upcoming 4th of July holiday, fireworks are illegal in the City of Spokane. Luckily nobody was injured but this very easily could have caused major injuries or killed somebody. Please be safe so nobody loses any body parts by surprise!

Ofc. Craig Hamilton 713
Spokane Police Department

Eighteen year old, 6’3”, 250 lb. suspect threatens wheelchair-bound senior with knife while stealing his phone.

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Eighteen year old, 6’3”, 250 lb. suspect threatens wheelchair-bound senior with knife while stealing his phone.

On May 12, 2020, at approximately 1:30PM, SPD responded to a 911 call from the 200 block of S Wall St. regarding an armed robbery.  The victim stated the suspect asked to borrow his phone to call his mom, so he let him use his phone.  The suspect was on the phone for a long time and would not return the phone when asked.  When asked a final time to return the phone, the victim said the suspect threatened him with a knife and said he would cut him if he touched him.  The victim said he is elderly and paraplegic, and he is confined to a wheel chair so he was unable to defend himself.  The suspect then ran off with the phone.

The suspect was described as a white male in his late teens or early 20’s wearing all black and wearing a backpack.  The knife was described as a serrated edged blade with a knuckle guard.  The victim didn’t know the suspect’s real name, but knew he went by the street name “Twinkie.”

Officers knew “Twinkie” was the street name for Blue Darling (18) and quickly located him near Sprague Ave and Howard St walking with another male.  SPD recovered Darling’s backpack and inside it they found a large serrated edged knife.  The male walking with Darling told SPD the knife belonged to Darling. The knife matched the description the victim gave of the weapon he was threatened with, which had a serrated edge with holes in it and a knuckle guard.

Darling was arrested for 1st Degree Robbery and booked into jail.

Darling was arrested as recently as last month for Robbery 2nd

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