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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.

GoFundMe account to equip K9 Laslo with bulletproof vest

GoFundMe account to equip K9 Laslo with bulletproof vest

A bullet proof vest is a key piece of safety equipment for any two-legged law enforcement officer, but unfortunately it can be hard to find room in the budget to outfit the four-legged ones.

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is asking for help from the public to please donate a few extra dollars and cover the cost of a bulletproof best for K9 Laslo.

Carla Blazek from K9 Support NW has set up a GoFundMe account to raise the necessary $3,500. A similar fund done earlier this year helped outfit K9 Deacon with the Sheriff's office, and Laslo is already well on his way with $635 raised in just the last two days. You can make a donation here.

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Sheriff's office wants to reunite theft victims with stolen property

Sheriff's office wants to reunite theft victims with stolen property

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office want to reunite potential theft victims with their recovered property.

Deputy Scott Streltzoff recovered the property on Thursday, September 25 in the Mead area while investigating a suspicious vehicle. After contacting the occupants, 31-year-old Brenda Arndt was taken into custody for providing false statements and for an active felony warrant for Escape Community Custody.

During their contact, Arndt not only provided false information regarding her identity, but the stories she gave about the property was very vague, leading Deputy Streltzoff to believe the items were stolen.

You can view photos of the property on the SCSO Facebook page at this link. If you recognize any of the photographs, can prove ownership and have filed a theft report, please call Deputy Streltzoff at (509) 464-8565 and provide your report number and the picture number.

New phone scam may be targeting recently widowed

New phone scam may be targeting recently widowed

Spokane Police want to warn citizens about a new scam that appears to be targeting the recently widowed, claiming to be from a life insurance company and requiring money to ensure proper compensation.

Crime Check took the first report on Friday, September 26. The potential victim's husband had died the week before and she received a call from someone claiming to be from an insurance agency where her husband had a policy.

The caller told the widow that the policy payments had not been kept up to date but, if she caught up with the payments, they would be able to ensure she received her life insurance payout from her husband's death. The caller then instructed the woman to get pre-paid cards loaded with cash.

Fortunately, the victim realized the call was a scam and reported it to police. If you receive a call similar to this one, or believe you may have been the victim of a scam, please call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Vigil today to honor victims of unsolved violent crime

Vigil today to honor victims of unsolved violent crime

The Spokane County Victim/Witness Unit is holding a vigil this afternoon in observance of the “National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims.”

The event will be held in the County Commissioners Hearing Room on the lower level of the Public Works Building (1026 W. Broadway Ave.). It begins at 5 pm with a meet-and-greet for families and friends to connect with each other, followed at 6 pm by the vigil.

Since 1951 the Victim/Witness Unit has documented 658 murders, vehicular homicides and unsolved violent crimes throughout Spokane County. While several of the cases occurred outside of the county, their families are located here.

Spokane Valley woman pleads guilty to L&I fraud

Spokane Valley woman pleads guilty to L&I fraud

A Spokane Valley woman who worked at her restaurant while collecting disability benefits must repay the state $125,000. Wanitta Racicot, 70, must also serve 60 days in confinement. Spokane County Superior Court Judge Linda Tompkins ordered the sentence at a recent hearing when Racicot pleaded guilty as charged to first-degree, felony theft.

“Workers' comp is not a victimless crime,” said Elizabeth Smith, assistant director of Fraud Prevention at the Department of Labor and Industries. “Cheating the workers' comp system is stealing from both employers who pay premiums and legitimately injured workers who depend on it.”

Racicot collected workers' compensation benefits for more than eight years. She originally filed a claim in 2001, stating she injured both of her arms while working at a restaurant. Over the years she regularly signed official documents affirming she was not employed and unable to work due to her injury. As a result, she received wage-replacement payments from L&I.

Spokane Police urging anonymous tipster to call back

Spokane Police urging anonymous tipster to call back

Spokane Police Major Crimes detectives are looking for the public to help them gain more information about a homicide at the Howard Johnson Motel on August 10.

The day after the crime, Spokane Police received two anonymous messages from the same person with information, and now detectives are asking that individual to contact them again and request to speak with Detective Barrington.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for anyone providing information that leads to an arrest in the indicident. Persons with information, including the anonymous tipster, should call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).