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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.

 

Sheriff's K9 tracks down alleged tequila snatcher

Sheriff's K9 tracks down alleged tequila snatcher

News release from the Spokane County Sheriff'sOffice:

On Tuesday morning, November 5th, 2013, at 10:30 a.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputies responded to Safeway at 1441 N. Argonne on a robbery call.  A Loss Prevention Officer told deputies he observed a male subject, later identified as 18-year-old Jordan Thomas, place a bottle of Tequila in his pants.  When he confronted Thomas, Thomas struck the Loss Prevention Officer on the head with the bottle and ran north from the store.

Judge Joe Brown joins Spokane's call to action

Judge Joe Brown joins Spokane's call to action

It's said, it takes a village to raise a child. Spokane, it's schools and the local chapter of the NAACP are taking it to heart.

Tomorrow, Saturday, November 2nd the group is hosting a forum entitled "A Call to Action to End The School to Prison Pipeline".  The forum includes a free presentation and panel discussion at the Red Lion Inn at the Park from 1:00-3:30 pm. The panel discussion will feature celebrity Judge Joe Brown, community leaders such as Spokane Police Chief Straub, Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, Tommy Williams of Operation Healthy Family, as well as Wendy Bleecker the District's Director of Student Services. Shadle Park Assistant Principal, Phil High-Edward will also be presenting on the efforts being made by Shadle Park staff to support their students while still holding them accountable through alternative discipline methods.

Police seek man who robbed pedicure cutsomer at gun point

Police seek man who robbed pedicure cutsomer at gun point

The Spokane Valley Police Department is looking for a man that robbed a woman at gunpoint while she was getting a pedicure in December 2012.


The victim was getting a pedicure at Super Nails located on North Pines in the Spokane Valley

Burglar points gun at Spokane Valley homeowner

Burglar points gun at Spokane Valley homeowner

 

News release from the Spokane County Sheriff's Office...

On Sunday afternoon, October 20th, Deputy Tom Walker responded to the 4200 block of N. Progress Road on a burglary in progress.  Deputy Walker contacted the victim who said he and his wife were backing out of the driveway when he saw a white Ford Taurus parked in front of his house.  He thought the driver was using his cell phone and did not think much about it.  When he came back from the store his neighbor told him he thought the male and female occupants of the vehicle may have entered his home.  The victim went inside and found his wife's purse was missing.

 

The victim drove around the block and found the Taurus.  He followed the vehicle into a cul-d-sac until the male driver pointed a gun at him.  The suspect exited his car and began walking towards the victim.  The victim drove out of the cul-d-sac and saw the suspect drive away from the scene.