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Spokane woman accused of defrauding $100k in disability from the state

Spokane woman accused of defrauding $100k in disability from the state

A Spokane woman is charged first-degree felony theft, accused of defrauding the state of $101,000 in disability benefits while working with her husband to operate his motel and their nightclub and apartment building.

In September 2010, 52-year-old Mistie Crosby submitted a claim to Labor and Industries (L&I) saying she hurt her back, neck and shoulder while working at Sunset Junction, a nightclub in Spokane that has since closed. Physicians confirmed she was injured and L&I opened her claim.

When Crosby submitted the claim, she did not indicate whether she was an owner, partner or corporate officers in the business where she was injured. Business owners must provide employees with workers' compensation insurance, but the coverage is optional for the owners themselves and Crosby never enrolled.

Spokane Police searching for suspect in Sunset Grocery robbery

Spokane Police Major Crimes detectives are asking for the public's help identifying a suspect who robbed Sunset Grocery on July 10.

Just before 10:30 pm Police received a report of a robbery at Sunset Grocery in the 1900 block of W. Sunset Boulevard.

The caller reported that a man had entered the store, indicated he had a weapon and demanded cash. He fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money.

Police arrived on the scene less than a minute after the call and quickly set up a perimeter but were unable to locate the suspect.

He's described as:

  • A white male
  • 5 feet, 4 inches tall
  • Black baseball cap, white and black bandana on his face
  • Red tennis shoes with white soles

Anyone with information related to the robbery is asked to call Crime Check at 456-2233.

Dog killed during home invasion, suspects remain at large

Dog killed during home invasion, suspects remain at large

Spokane police are searching for two suspects after a home invasion near the Northtown Mall late Tuesday night.

Just after 11 pm, police say two men entered a home in the 100 block of E. Hoffman at gunpoint.

There was a confrontation with the homeowners, and at least one shot was fired, fatally killing a dog inside the home. No human injuries were reported.

The men took several unknown items before leaving the home on foot. A search of the immediate area was not successful and the suspects are still on the loose.

Police say they are described as two males, wearing white shirts with hats and bandannas over their faces. They do not believe this was a random attack.

Anyone with information should call crime check at 456-2233.

New report lists Spokane number one in state for car thefts

New report lists Spokane number one in state for car thefts

A new report from the Northwest Insurance Council puts Spokane at number one in the state for car theft, and number seven nationwide.

In 2013, 31,960 vehicles were reported stolen in Washington. That's an average of 88 stolen vehicles per day and nearly four vehicles each hour. In Spokane, 3,205 vehicles were stolen – an average of 600 per every 100,000 residents.

The Northwest Insurance Council recommends drivers follow four layers of protection to guard against vehicle theft.

 

1. Common Sense

  • Remove your keys from the ignition.
  • Lock your doors/close your windows.
  • Park in a well-lit area.
  • Keep valuable items such as bags, purses, cell phones and briefcases out of sight.

 

2. Warning Device

Spokane police arrest second suspect in homicide investigation

Spokane police arrest second suspect in homicide investigation

Spokane police have arrested Alicia Sweet on her warrant for rendering criminal assistance related to the 2012 homicide of David Deponte.

Sweet was arrested Monday night in the 14000 block of North Lincoln.

The warrant for Sweet's arrest was issued Monday evening after Spokane major crimes detectives referred the charge of first degree rendering criminal assistance to the Spokane County Prosecutor.

According to police, hours after the warrant was issued, Sweet was taken into custody by Spokane Police Patrol Anti-Crime Team officers.

She will appear in court Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

Detectives solve 2012 cold case murder

Detectives solve 2012 cold case murder

Spokane Police say they've solved the murder of David Deponte, who was found dead in a West Central alley in December 2012.

Major Crimes detectives have been working for a year and a half to identify the suspect in this case and anticipate a warrant for first degree murder will be issued against 31-year-old Bud Brown Monday evening.

Brown, who is from the Spokane area, is currently being held in federal prison in Florida on a federal firearms charge.

Police say there were no witnesses to the shooting making this a difficult case to solve. They tracked down who was with the victim before he was killed and Brown's name came up several months ago.

Police say the shooting was not directly gang-related.

"The people involved have gang ties but I believe this is more of a dispute between two people referencing a female and not gang motivated directly, " Spokane Police Lieutenant Mark Griffiths said.

Police warn Browne's Addition residents to be vigilant against car thieves

Police warn Browne's Addition residents to be vigilant against car thieves

Don't give thieves the opportunity; that's the message from Spokane Police, who are asking residents to be on the lookout for people breaking into cars in Browne's Addition.

Since January 1 there have been 20 car break-ins in Browne's Addition including one this week.

"I think I've noticed it more this year than in years past, you can always tell because you see the broken glass on the sidewalks or the street," former Spokane City Councilman Steve Eugster said.

Eugster has been living in Browne's Addition the last several years and says its a great neighborhood but car break-ins are a concern.

"I don't park on the street and I never park with anything in the car of that could be stolen," Eugster said.

Spokane Police agree with Eugster and add to try and park in a well-lit area. Police say even if you think a break-in isn't worth reporting do it anyway.

"Our crime analysts go through all of that data and tell us where we are seeing a flare up of vehicle prowling so we can appropriate resources to that and to deal with the problem," Spokane Police Officer Teresa Fuller said.