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IRS phone scams continue to be a serious threat

Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain near the top of the annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams for the 2015 filing season, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

The IRS has seen a surge of these phone scams in recent months as scam artists threaten police arrest, deportation, license revocation and other things. The IRS reminds taxpayers to guard against all sorts of con games that arise during any filing season.

"If someone calls unexpectedly claiming to be from the IRS with aggressive threats if you don't pay immediately, it's a scam artist calling,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. "The first IRS contact with taxpayers is usually through the mail. Taxpayers have rights, and this is not how we do business."

Suspects crash car after snatching woman's purse

Suspects crash car after snatching woman's purse

Spokane Police Officers responded to a purse snatching in north Spokane last night. The suspects crashed the getaway car after fleeing the scene with the elderly victims purse. A K-9 track was attempted but the suspects have not yet been located.

On Thursday, January 8, 2015, just before 6:30 p.m., officers responded to the report of a purse snatching robbery at the Rosauer’s in the 9400 block of N. Division. The victim, in her mid-70’s, was walking towards the store from the parking lot when the suspect ran up and grabbed her purse.  There was a brief struggle over the purse, but the strap broke so the suspect was able to run away with it. The victim was not injured.


One witness to the robbery chased the suspect to a vehicle, but he threatened to shoot her so she stopped following. Another witness was able to follow the suspects in the getaway car, but they crashed it at Division/Holland. A Spokane County Sheriff’s K-9 deputy assisted SPD in trying to track the suspects.  Their car was located, however the suspects have not been located at this time.  


SPD investigating overnight shooting in North Spokane

SPD investigating overnight shooting in North Spokane

The Spokane Police Major Crimes Unit is currently investigating a shooting that occurred in the Bridgeport/Napa area just before 1:00 a.m. on Friday.

A neighbor in the 1800 block of E. Liberty discovered a bullet hole in her front window. Within a couple of minutes of the first call, 911 received an additional call of a shooting victim on the porch of a house in the 1900 block of E. Bridgeport.


Responding officers found the victim with gunshot wounds to his chest. According to the Spokane Police Department, the victim is currently in critical condition but is expected to survive his injuries.

Officers said they were able to get some limited information from the victim, but individuals believed to be witnesses at the scene have not been forthcoming with information surrounding the incident.

Detectives do not believe this was a random crime and the victim and suspect are believed to be acquaintances.


Spokane Police need help identifying carjacking suspect

Spokane Police need help identifying carjacking suspect

Spokane Police Major Crimes detectives are looking to the public for help with identifying a carjacking suspect.

On December 11th, 2014, just before 9:30 p.m., Spokane Police officers responded to a report of a robbery in the 1000 block of E. Sharpsburg.  The victims reported that the suspect asked for a ride while they were getting gas at a station at Empire/Nevada. They gave the suspect a ride to the area of Nevada/St. Thomas More Way. When they pulled over to let her out, she displayed a handgun and told them to get out of the car. The vehicle was recovered a few hours later but was unoccupied.

The suspect was described as a white female, around 30 years of age, approximately 5’4” with a medium build. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

SPD looks to prevent car theft with unattended motor vehicle citations

SPD looks to prevent car theft with unattended motor vehicle citations

As the weather gets colder in Spokane, many people have taken to warming up their vehicles in the morning. However, in just the last week the Spokane Police Department says three vehicles have been stolen while were left running and unattended.

To help prevent these sort of thefts, officers have been contacting owners of unoccupied vehicles while they are on patrol. The Spokane Police department would like to remind citizens the city has an Unattended Motor Vehicle Citation that is $124 per offense. 

The SPD says most vehicle thefts are crimes of opportunity, so this citation is designed to discourage citizens from give thieves the opportunity to steal their cars. 

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward for information on Nov. 7 homicide

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward for information on Nov. 7 homicide

Spokane Police Major Crimes Detectives are seeking information from the public regarding the homicide that occurred just after midnight on November 7, 2014. The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as 26-year-old Zachery D. Lamb.

Detectives are specifically looking for anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious on November 7, between 11:45 p.m. and midnight, in the area of Elm St. from 2nd to 10th Avenue. Witnesses indicated that the suspect vehicle was a dark colored SUV with a roof rack hanging approximately 1 foot over the windshield. The suspect is described as a white male in his 40’s with a gravelly voice.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward to anyone providing information leading to an arrest in this incident.  Anyone with information should call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-222-TIPS, or should submit the tip via their website www.crimestoppersinlandnorthwest.org. Tipsters do not have to give their name to collect the cash reward.

Attempted lurings reported in Spokane Valley

Attempted lurings reported in Spokane Valley

The Spokane Valley Police Department and Spokane County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to be on alert for suspicious activity. There have been multiple attempted lurings over the past five weeks in the same area of the Spokane Valley.

Officers say there are three reports where a male as offered a ride to females, a younger looking adult and two juveniles. All incidents occurred between 7:15 and 6:30 am in the 13300 block of East Mission and the 13300 block of East Broadway.

The man is described in his 40's or 50's, between 5'8” and 6' tall and 150 to 200 pounds. He is balding with white or gray hair on the sides and may wear glasses. His car is described as a red SUV-type, possibly a Ford, and he speaks with a heavy accent.

Both Spokane Valley and Spokane County deputies have increase patrols in the area and have notified Central Valley School District officials.

Anyone who may have information about the incidents or who observe suspicious activity is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.