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Search warrant yields drugs/cash

Members of the Spokane Regional Drug Task Force (SRDTF) arrested 46-year-old Herbert Todd III yesterday morning at 511 S. Sullivan for Delivery of a Controlled Substance,  Oxycodone, and Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, Oxycodone.

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team assisted the SRDTF in safely securing Todd’s Spokane Valley residence at the Sullivan Court Apartment, 511 S. Sullivan #332.  The SWAT Team was used, in part, because of Todd’s lengthy criminal history, beginning in 1977, which includes arrests for Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, Burglary, and Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

Members of the SRDTF identified Todd, a resident of the Long Beach, California area, as a large scale oxycodone distributor in Spokane Valley.  A lengthy investigation revealed that Todd had been delivering oxycodone in the Spokane area for the past several years. 

Assault suspect's girlfriend arrested for intimidating a witness

Spokane Police officers responded to the Spokane County Courthouse yesterday and took 23-year-old Kaley Hilderbrand into custody for Intimidating a Witness. Hilderbrand’s boyfriend,  28-year-old Lawrence Black, is on trial for a 2013 assault where he allegedly beat two people. Witnesses at the courthouse reported that Hilderbrand followed one of the victims out of the courtroom after the victim’s testimony, cursing at and intimidating her.

After she exited the courtroom, Hilderbrand followed the victim out and began screaming at her. Hilderbrand used profane language. The victim’s family helped escort her out, but Hilderbrand continued screaming at her until they were on the elevator and the doors closed.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward for information on Nov. 15 robberies

Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is offering a cash reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect(s) believed to be responsible for robberies that occurred at the Walgreen’s Pharmacy in Spokane Valley and Albertson’s Pharmacy in the unincorporated area of Spokane County.

The first incident occurred at the Walgreen’s Pharmacy at 15510 E. Sprague Ave, Spokane Valley. An employee reported that on Saturday, November 15, and 4:41 p.m. a male approached the pharmacy counter stating he was armed and wanted all the prescription medication. A weapon was not seen by the employees, and after receiving the medications, the suspect ran from the store. 

The suspect was described as a 20-25 year-old white male, 6’00”, average build, wearing blue jeans, a black coat, gloves, a black knit hat and his face was partially covered.

The second incident occurred later that same day at the Albertson’s Pharmacy at 13606 E. 32nd Ave, Spokane County at 6:50 p.m.

Traffic investigators ask for the public’s help regarding hit and run

Spokane Valley Traffic Unit Investigators are asking the public for information regarding a serious hit and run collision that occurred on Friday night in Spokane Valley.

Spokane County Valley Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a vehicle vs. pedestrian hit and run collision at the intersection of 16th Street and Oberlin on November 14 2014, at approximately 5:20 p.m. A citizen found the 51-year-old male victim crawling off of the roadway and immediately called 911.

GoFundMe account to equip K9 Laslo with bulletproof vest

GoFundMe account to equip K9 Laslo with bulletproof vest

A bullet proof vest is a key piece of safety equipment for any two-legged law enforcement officer, but unfortunately it can be hard to find room in the budget to outfit the four-legged ones.

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is asking for help from the public to please donate a few extra dollars and cover the cost of a bulletproof best for K9 Laslo.

Carla Blazek from K9 Support NW has set up a GoFundMe account to raise the necessary $3,500. A similar fund done earlier this year helped outfit K9 Deacon with the Sheriff's office, and Laslo is already well on his way with $635 raised in just the last two days. You can make a donation here.

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Sheriff's office wants to reunite theft victims with stolen property

Sheriff's office wants to reunite theft victims with stolen property

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office want to reunite potential theft victims with their recovered property.

Deputy Scott Streltzoff recovered the property on Thursday, September 25 in the Mead area while investigating a suspicious vehicle. After contacting the occupants, 31-year-old Brenda Arndt was taken into custody for providing false statements and for an active felony warrant for Escape Community Custody.

During their contact, Arndt not only provided false information regarding her identity, but the stories she gave about the property was very vague, leading Deputy Streltzoff to believe the items were stolen.

You can view photos of the property on the SCSO Facebook page at this link. If you recognize any of the photographs, can prove ownership and have filed a theft report, please call Deputy Streltzoff at (509) 464-8565 and provide your report number and the picture number.

New phone scam may be targeting recently widowed

New phone scam may be targeting recently widowed

Spokane Police want to warn citizens about a new scam that appears to be targeting the recently widowed, claiming to be from a life insurance company and requiring money to ensure proper compensation.

Crime Check took the first report on Friday, September 26. The potential victim's husband had died the week before and she received a call from someone claiming to be from an insurance agency where her husband had a policy.

The caller told the widow that the policy payments had not been kept up to date but, if she caught up with the payments, they would be able to ensure she received her life insurance payout from her husband's death. The caller then instructed the woman to get pre-paid cards loaded with cash.

Fortunately, the victim realized the call was a scam and reported it to police. If you receive a call similar to this one, or believe you may have been the victim of a scam, please call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.