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FBI searching for escaped felon from Montana

FBI searching for escaped felon from Montana

The FBI is searching for a fugitive from Montana who may have traveled to Spokane within the last few weeks.

Kevin Anthony Briggs is wanted for aggravated assault, attempted sexual intercourse without consent, assault on a peace officer, and escape. On February 1, a woman called the Bozeman Police Department to report an assault and that her attacker attempted to strangle her.

Police located Briggs and, during his arrest, he allegedly attempted to resist and hit an officer in the face. After being taken to the Law and Justice Center in Bozeman Briggs escaped custody.

Later that evening, he traveled to Missoula where he bought a one-way ticket to Spokane and has not been seen or heard from since.

Information developed during the investigation suggests he could travel through Washington or to Oregon, California, and possibly Mexico.

When he was arrested on February 1, Briggs was a convicted felon and registered sex offender who was on probation for a 2004 conviction for sexual intercourse without consent, aggravated kidnapping, escape, and burglary in Lewis and Clark County, Montana.

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.