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New telephone scam targets Vera Water and Power costumers

New telephone scam targets Vera Water and Power costumers

Vera Water and Power said their costumers are the target for a new telephone scam regarding the payment of their bills.


The scam involves a telephone caller who claims to be a Vera Water and Power employee, and then uses a billing and collections scam to defraud costumers.


According to Vera Water and Power, a customer received a phone call on his business line, in which the caller identified himself as a Vera Water and Power employee. The scammer stated that the electric service to the customer’s business would be disconnected if he did not pay $2,000 to cover the cost of a GPS meter and his bill. The scammer then stated that the only method of payment is through a pay card which is purchased at a store.


The customer purchased pay cards, totaling $2,000, then called the scammer back, giving him the pay card digits. The scammer then told the customer his power would not be disconnected. The customer lost $2,000 to the scam.


Suspects charged for robbery of pizza delivery driver

Spokane County Major Crimes Detective, Justin Elliott, arrested 24-year-old Justin T. Lancaster for the robbery of a pizza delivery driver in Spokane Valley.  A 16-year-old male and a 14-year-old female were booked into Juvenile Detention for assisting during the robbery.

The incident began on November 10th, 2014, at approximately 1:14 a.m., when a driver for Pizza Pipeline attempted to deliver a fictitious order to an apartment in the 15700 block of East 4th Avenue in Spokane Valley.  He contacted the apartment listed, but was told no one ordered pizza.  As he walked back to his vehicle, a male ripped the delivery bag from his hand while a second male grabbed the driver from behind.  The three males involved fled the area.  The driver, who was not injured during the incident, immediately called 911 and several Spokane Valley Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area.  A perimeter was quickly established but a search by a K9 Unit was unsuccessful.  

Two arrested in connection with Spokane Valley fire

Two male suspects have been arrested in connection with a Spokane Valley fire.

On September 27, 2014, at 11:30 p.m., units from the Spokane Valley Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire at 9827 E. Sprague. On arrival fire crews located a fire in a vacant 4 suite strip mall. The fire was located in the middle two suites and attic of the entire building causing estimated $500,000.00 damage. As the fire was being investigated, it was determined to be a suspicious.

Resources from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms assisted with the investigation. After weeks of the joint investigation, we are announcing the arrest of two male suspects. Both of these individuals worked together in planning the arson fire.

Arrested late yesterday was Burk Thomas, 33, of Spokane Valley, who was the prospective new tenant of the strip mall. Arrested on November 10th was Pavel Shevchenko, 24, of Spokane. Shevchenko was doing the remodeling work in the tenant space. Shevchenko has been released on bond.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward for information on Nov. 15 robberies

Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is offering a cash reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect(s) believed to be responsible for robberies that occurred at the Walgreen’s Pharmacy in Spokane Valley and Albertson’s Pharmacy in the unincorporated area of Spokane County.

The first incident occurred at the Walgreen’s Pharmacy at 15510 E. Sprague Ave, Spokane Valley. An employee reported that on Saturday, November 15, and 4:41 p.m. a male approached the pharmacy counter stating he was armed and wanted all the prescription medication. A weapon was not seen by the employees, and after receiving the medications, the suspect ran from the store. 

The suspect was described as a 20-25 year-old white male, 6’00”, average build, wearing blue jeans, a black coat, gloves, a black knit hat and his face was partially covered.

The second incident occurred later that same day at the Albertson’s Pharmacy at 13606 E. 32nd Ave, Spokane County at 6:50 p.m.

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.

Traffic investigators ask for the public’s help regarding hit and run

Spokane Valley Traffic Unit Investigators are asking the public for information regarding a serious hit and run collision that occurred on Friday night in Spokane Valley.

Spokane County Valley Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a vehicle vs. pedestrian hit and run collision at the intersection of 16th Street and Oberlin on November 14 2014, at approximately 5:20 p.m. A citizen found the 51-year-old male victim crawling off of the roadway and immediately called 911.

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.