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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.

Thief boosts Caterpillar from construction site

Thief boosts Caterpillar from construction site

Authorities confirm they have found a unique item stolen from a Spokane Valley job site Saturday morning: A $100,000 40,000 pound Caterpillar front loader.

The front loader was found two miles away from the construction site.

The contractor working at the job site, located at 16102 East Broadway Avenue in Spokane Valley said the Caterpillar was driven right off the job site, the thief knocking over the gate while making his slow speed getaway.

It's not like stealing a wallet or breaking into someone's car; to steal a front loader you need to be skilled at operating heavy machinery, and Jack Gillingham is hoping someone just happens to spot a large piece of machinery somewhere it looks out of place.

"Hopefully it'll turn up someway somehow," Gilligham of Gillingham Construction said Wednesday morning.

Gillingham said someone stole the Caterpillar off his construction site Saturday morning. The front loader uses a universal key but he said his crew always takes the key out of the ignition.

"Anybody that would steal this would have to bring their own key, yeah somebody (that) has experience in the construction business," he said.

Car prowlings on the rise along Centennial Trail

Car prowlings on the rise along Centennial Trail

The holiday weekend is here and if you're planning on spending it on the Centennial Trail the Sheriff's Office wants you to leave your valuables at home.

Deputy Craig Chamberlin said in the past week they have seen 16 reported incidents.

"It's not specifically located, its all the way from the west planes to the Idaho state Lines," said Chamberlin.

Thieves are nabbing whatever they can get their hands on, from purses to even individual checks. People don't realize they have been victimized until later after they find a missing check, or are notified from their banks.

With the trail heads being so secluded, Spokane resident Austin Becker said it just goes to show, "You're not safe in the daylight."

Becker said that even though he tries to be cautious when out on the trails, "I always have that in the back of my head. I hope no windows are broken and everything is still in there."

According to the Sheriff's Office, that is exactly how the robberies are happening.

"They're wasting no time. Now we are seeing a lot of smash and grabs where they are breaking windows to grab things that are out in plane view," said Chamberlin.

Man arrested for murder of girlfriend's mom

Man arrested for murder of girlfriend's mom

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office confirms two people are in custody in connection with the murder of a Spokane woman.

The people arrested in connection were the killing were Juan Sifuentez on a charge of second degree murder, and Rachael Colby on a charge of rendering criminal assistance.

According to the Spokane County medical Examiner's Office, Latanya Chapin was killed by blunt and sharp head and neck injuries and neck compression.

KXLY sources say Chapin was last seen on February 24 as she was heading out of town. Relatives say Chapin loved the outdoors and would often take trips to the mountains. When relatives didn't hear from her on her daughters birthday, they began to worry. Chapin was reported missing on March 7th.

Colby is Chapin's daughter.

Sheriff's deputies were looking for a vehicle they suspected was involved in the disappearance and it was found Friday morning at 12:30 at the Richard Allen Court Apartments in Spokane. The victim's body was found in the vehicle's trunk.

Sifuentez and Colby were arrested Friday; both are in custody and should be making their first court appearances on Monday.

$23,000 worth of bee crates stolen

The Spokane Sheriff’s Office is investigating after 462 bee crates were reported stolen near Newman Lake on Monday.

The victim told Deputies that he stores the bee crates at the location and the 15 pallets containing 462 crates were missing. The crates are valued at $23,100. It’s unknown when the crates were stolen and there is no suspect.