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Spokane Valley teen arrested for making death threats

Spokane Valley teen arrested for making death threats

Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputies arrested a 16-year-old girl for threatening to kill multiple students online on Sunday.

Deputies received a report that the teen was threatening to bring a gun to Barker High School and kill one or more students on Monday. Upon further investigation, deputies discovered the girl was making similar threats directed at a second student who attends Shadle Park High School. These threats were being made through Facebook.

University High School Resource Deputy Jeff Duncan and Central Valley Resource Officer Trevor Jones interviewed two potential victims, collected the Facebook evidence, and contacted the suspect.

After an interview with the teen, Deputy Duncan placed her under arrest for two counts of Felony Harassment - Threat to Kill. She was booked in Juvenile Detention on Sunday afternoon.

Officers arrest two in Spokane Valley pharmacy robbery

Officers arrest two in Spokane Valley pharmacy robbery

Spokane Valley Police and Spokane County Sheriff's Officers worked quickly to arrest two suspects in a pharmacy robbery at the Shopko on E. Sprague Thursday night.

The robbery was reported around 9 pm. Officers say two suspects described as white males in their 20's approached the pharmacy counter and displayed a silver handgun, demanded prescription drugs and fled the scene in a late 90's model hold Honda Accord.

Fortunately officers had a detailed description of the suspects and their vehicle and within minutes they spotted them just over a mile away near Pine and Broadway.

The suspect in the drivers seat attempted to flee on foot, tossing a silver handgun and briefly scuffling with officers before being taken into custody. The driver of the vehicle was taken into custody without incident.

At this time it's unknown what charges the suspects will face and what - if anything - they stole from the pharmacy.

Suspects in five pharmacy robberies arrested

Suspects in five pharmacy robberies arrested

Two suspects connected to at least five pharmacy robberies in Spokane have been arrested and are in custody in the Spokane County Jail.

Since January 4, a total of eight pharmacies in the Spokane area have been robbed, six inside Spokane city limits and in two in Spokane County.

The last pharmacy robbery happened at the Indian Trail Albertsons. Officers were on scene within minutes and, using tips from the public and information from both the Spokane Police Department and the sheriff's office, they were able to locate the suspects' vehicle and make an arrest.

Jacy Thomson, 33, and Philip Powlus, 35, appeared in court Thursday to face charges relating to five of those pharmacy robberies. Detectives say Thomson robbed two pharmacies while her boyfriend, Powlus, robbed a third. In all the two are suspected of working together to rob at least five pharmacies in the last 18 days.

"The frequency of the robberies probably would indicate more of an addiction and a need for personal use to have that volume of use rather than resale them but certainly it's an exchangeable commodity," Spokane Police Captain Brad Arleth said.

Help needed identifying fraud suspect

Help needed identifying fraud suspect

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office needs help identifying a man suspected of fraudulently cashing a stolen check for over $1,300 last September at the Best Buy in Spokane Valley. 

Anyone who can help identify the suspect, or has information about the incident is asked to call Detective John Oliphant at (509) 477-3324 or Crime Check at (509) 456-2233. Reference report #349744.

Spokane Valley woman faces new charges in prostitution raid

Spokane Valley woman faces new charges in prostitution raid

New legal problems for a Spokane Valley woman caught up in a prostitution raid known as "Operation Red Light."

More than a dozen people were arrested back in the summer of 2012 after Airway Heights Police confirmed most of Spokane's Asian spas were actually brothels.

Brandy Birkland, 36, is suspected of selling sex out of her Trent Avenue massage parlor. After the raids and her arrest, she hired an attorney but left the area and failed to enter any type of plea negotiation with her lawyer.

So, when Airway Heights Police learned Birkland was back in town from Arizona, they got a warrant and arrested her Thursday night.

The case against Birkland got its start in April of 2012 when a female informant went to her spa looking for a job and was told she would be expected to have sex with her massage customers for $100 to $200 an hour.

She was told to do "heat checks" and that if the John didn't take all his clothes of he was probably an undercover cop.

All of the other defendants in the sting, known as Operation Red Light, have entered plea negotiations and their cases will be wrapped up shortly.

Suspects bolt after attempting to steal Valley woman's SUV

Suspects bolt after attempting to steal Valley woman's SUV

Spokane police were unable to locate two men after they attempted to steal a Spokane Valley woman's SUV in the 500 block of South Farr Road Thursday morning.

The 64-year-old woman went out to start her vehicle on her way to work when she found two men inside trying to start the SUV using a shaved key. When she confronted them, "one of them pointed a small hand-gun at her told her to get on the ground, she complied," Spokane Valley Police Sergeant Dave Martin said.

Martin says that's exactly what you should do if you find yourself in a situation like this.

"Always do what they tell you to do. You will have the best chance of not getting hurt and it's just property," he said.

After forcing the woman to the ground the two men ran away; the only thing they took was a GPS unit inside the vehicle.

Officers used a K-9 team to track the suspects, but the trail abruptly turned cold somewhere north of 4th Avenue on Farr Road.

"A lot of times you will have a K-9 that appears to be hot on the trail and then at some curbside location it just ends, and generally that's an indicator that there was a car parked nearby," Martin said.

Car prowlings skyrocket in Spokane County and Valley

News release from the Spokane County Sheriff's Office:

To date, Spokane County residents, including Spokane City and Spokane Valley, have reported over 180 vehicle prowlings since the beginning of the year.  The past two years the number of reported incidents were 107 for the entire year.

A large majority of these crimes have occurred at Centennial Trailheads.  Citizens have been victimized by either leaving their door unlocked, windows down or valuables inside their vehicle in plain sight. 

With the holiday season approaching, the Sheriff's Office would like to remind citizens to leave valuables out of plain sight inside their vehicles, to detach GPS units from their dashboard if possible and to place their garage door opener in an alternate location other than their visor.

As always, if you witness suspicious activity you are urged to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.