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Police investigating string of armed robberies

Police investigating string of armed robberies

Spokane police have taken two people into custody as part of their investigation into a string of armed robberies at the Rosewood Apartments in North Spokane Friday morning.

The string of robberies occurred within a 24 hour period. The Spokane Police Department has not released much information about those robberies.

The robberies were not commercial robberies; the victims appear to have been three separate males that were either robbed at their homes or possibly while walking around in the area.

Police say no weapons were displayed though the suspects may have referenced that they were armed.

Officers are waiting for major crimes detectives to arrive with a search warrant so they can move the investigation forward. A woman saw one suspect enter a home at this location.

Police believe they have who they're looking for, and say there is no immediate threat or danger in this neighborhood

Target Zero found more DUI suspects this year

Target Zero found more DUI suspects this year

The Spokane County Target Zero Campaign saw an increase in DUI suspects this year. DUI emphasis patrols were held  from June 21st through July 7th across Spokane County to discourage drivers from driving under the influence. 

Law enforcement arrested 154 DUI suspects during this year's emphasis patrol. This shows an increase from last year's 99 DUI's during the same time period. In 2012 over half of traffic deaths in Spokane County involved an impaired driver.

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office would like to remind citizens not to drive impaired so we can have a fatal free and safe summer.

For more information on the Target Zero Campaign Click Here: www.wsp.wa.gov/targetzero

Sheriff Seeks Public Assistance Identifying Big R Thief

Sheriff Seeks Public Assistance Identifying Big R Thief

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is asking for the community's help in identifying a man who stole a log splitter from Big R earlier this month.

Surveillance video shows a man in a blue sweatshirt pull up to the store, located on the Newport Hwy, around 4am on the morning of June 10th. The suspect then loaded the log spliter, worth more than $1,000, into a orange 1990s Chevrolet style truck.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Spokane County Sheriff's Detective Mark Newton at (509) 477-2683.   

Operator of now-defunct Alpine Auto Wholesale pleads guilty to felony sales tax theft


The operator of a now-closed auto supply shop was sentenced to jail time Thursday for mishandling sales taxes.

Marc E. Reed, the operator of now-defunct Alpine Auto Wholesale in Spokane, pleaded guilty to felony theft of sales tax and filing false state tax returns. Reed “admitted the business collected $179,675.33 in sales tax on retail vehicle sales in 2009 and 2010 but failed to remit it to the state,” according to a news release from the Washington State Department of Revenue.

Spokane County Superior Court Judge Salvatore Cozza ruled that Reed must serve 45 days and pay $180,275.33 in restitution and court costs.

“According to the charging papers, Reed and his late mother Linda Lee Reed admitted to state investigators that they knew that they should have remitted the collected sales tax to the Department of Revenue but were 'going to get caught up later.' ”

SPD arrests repeat offender; 'shuts down drug house'


The Spokane Police Department arrested a man who has 18 felony convictions dating back to 1993.

Savaad C. Alex, 35, was arrested for an outstanding Department of Corrections warrant and for alleged unlawful possession of a firearm, when police followed up on a tip that he was at 1912 W. Grace.

Three others were arrested after police obtained a search warrant and found cash, heroin, crack cocaine and “indication of drug sales.” Police also found a handgun and ammunition in the basement.

Molly E. McBride, 38, was arrested for alleged possession of cocaine. Lonnie R. Goin, 65, allegedly was in possession of cocaine and had the intent to sell heroin. William J. Higgins, 40, was booked for alleged possession of heroin.

The search for Alex started when he fled a traffic stop late last week.  

Hamline announces wide-reaching discipline after alleged assault

Hamline announces wide-reaching discipline after alleged assault


In the wake of felony assault charges stemming from an altercation in a team hotel, Hamline University issued a statement announcing wide-reaching discipline for their men's basketball program.

Eugene Lawrence, a first-year forward from New Orleans, is accused of hitting a woman so hard it broke her jaw on New Year's Eve, when the team was in town for a tournament at Whitworth University. After the young woman returned to consciousness, Lawrence and other members of the team allegedly refused to escort her to the hospital because it was past curfew.

“Eugene Lawrence has been released to the custody of his parents in his home state,” the statement said. “Fourteen students face disciplinary procedures for student handbook violations and team suspensions of varying lengths of time for violating standards set forth in Hamline's athletic code of conduct.”

The statement also said that the team's head coach is suspended indefinitely, and they will be forfeiting the team's scheduled game on Saturday.

Police searching for murder suspect

Police searching for murder suspect

Spokane police continue their search for the suspect in what hopefully will be the last homicide of 2012.

On Sunday, patrol officers were called to a home near the intersection of Wall and Augusta on reports that a man had been shot to death there. Now major crimes detectives say they have probable cause to arrest Salvador Rivera Romero, 26, for that killing.

The shooting has all the hallmarks of a drug-related murder with both the suspect and the home where the murder happened having a history of guns and drug dealing.

About 5:30 p.m. Sunday witnesses said the gunman knocked on the door, and when the victim answered he was shot to death. Patrol officers flooded the area looking for the suspect but later determined he had driven away from the scene.

The three women inside the home at the time of the shooting were taken down to the Public Safety Building and detectives later determined Rivera Romero was a viable suspect.