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Police identify man suspected of two robberies in Spokane Valley

Police identify man suspected of two robberies in Spokane Valley

Spokane County Major Crimes detectives have identified the suspect in two bank robberies this month.

Spokane Valley police say 40-year-old Scott Ruziecki is suspected of performing robberies at the Hillyard Safeway and the US Bank on Trent and Argonne.

Police believe Ruziecki has dyed his hair in the last three days to a possibly black color and has a short hair cut. He may be driving a black Honda, but is more likely riding a bicycle.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward to anyone providing information leading to Ruziecki's arrest. If you have information, call 1-800-222-TIPS. Tipsters do not have to give their name to collect the reward.

Sheriff's deputy rescues abandoned, adorable puppy

Sheriff's deputy rescues abandoned, adorable puppy

From the Spokane County Sheriff's Office:

Early Monday morning at 4:12 a.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Deputy Marc Melville was in the last couple hours of his 12 hour shift when a call was broadcast over the radio of a male who appeared to be abandoning puppies in the roadway at Thierman and Appleway. 

 

Deputy Melville, who happened to be right down the road when the call came out, began checking the area.  He did not locate the suspect vehicle but he did locate one puppy.  With the puppy safely secured in his vehicle, he continued to check the area for any other puppies, or the suspect, but was unsuccessful.

 

The puppy, being very young (as well as very cute) immediately began to try and befriend Deputy Melville.  With his shift at an end and realizing any attempt to resist the charm of his newfound furry friend would be futile, Deputy Melville brought the puppy home to give it food and water.

 

At last report, it appears this adorable puppy may have charmed his way into a very good home and is doing well. 

 

SCSO needs help identifying woman in credit card theft case

SCSO needs help identifying woman in credit card theft case

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in identifying a woman who may have information about a theft and possible credit card fraud incident.

 

A female victim in her 70s reported that her wallet with credit cards was stolen from her shopping cart while she was at a Spokane Valley Rosauers. Surveillance video from the May 27th incident shows a woman in a pink jacket and glasses standing near the victim's shopping cart.

 

The woman appears to have been with a man wearing a blue and white coat and a white baseball hat. Sheriff's Deputies think she arrived in a newer model Honda Civic. Anyone with information on this incident or the identity of the woman in the pink jacket is asked to call Deputy Jason Karnitz at (509) 477-3293 or contact the SCSO by email at sheriff@spokanecounty.org

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

ATV Driver Tries to Escape Deputies, Air 1 and K9

ATV Driver Tries to Escape Deputies, Air 1 and K9

A Spokane Valley man tried to out ride Sheriff's Deputies, an Air 1 helicopter, and a K9 unit after officers tried to pull him over for speeding on his ATV. 

Spokane Valley Police Department arrested a man that was speeding on his ATV on June 29th around 9:30 PM. Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Sergeant Dave Ellis observed an ATV travelling at a high rate of speed and trespassing on railroad property. As he started chasing the vehicle, he was assisted K9 Laslo and an Air 1 that happened to be flying by the area.

Lead Ingots Stolen From Construction Site

Lead Ingots Stolen From Construction Site

An employee from a construction company reported 49 lead ingots were stolen from a construction site in the area of the 13400 block of East Mission.

The ingots, stolen between June 24 at 5:00 PM and 2:00 PM the next day, have an estimated value of $3,000. These ingots are unique and are used to shield radiation from x-ray equipment for the business currently being constructed.

Anyone with information about this theft is asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

Vehicle Pursuit Ends With Broken Car Window

Vehicle Pursuit Ends With Broken Car Window

A short vehicle pursuit in the Spokane Valley on Monday night ended with Sheriff’s Deputies breaking a car window to arrest culprit.

While traveling eastbound on I-90, Spokane County Sheriff Deputy Jeff Thurman identified the Honda Accord in front of him as stolen. When Deputy Thurman attempted to stop the vehicle the driver, 18-year-old William Hubbard, accelerated instead.

After a brief pursuit near Boone and Argonne, Deputy Thurman performed a PIT maneuver which successful disabled the vehicle. Hubbard refused to exit the stolen vehicle, so deputies broke the driver's side window open in order to escort him out.

Hubbard is charged on felony charges of Attempting to Elude and Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle. He was also charged with Resisting Arrest and Driving While License Suspended.