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Spokane Police warn about new jury duty scam

Spokane Police warn about new jury duty scam

From the Spokane Police Department:

The Spokane Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies are receiving reports of a scam involving jury duty. Victims report they have received a call, telling them they failed to respond to a jury duty summons and now have to pay an officer money to keep from going to jail. Law enforcement officers never call people with warrants requesting payments over the phone to take care of their legal issues. If you receive calls similar to this or believe you may have been the victim of a scam, please call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

On August 6, 2014, just after 8:00 pm, a man contacted police after receiving a suspicious phone call. The caller identified himself as a Deputy from the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect advised the potential victim that he had missed jury duty and had a bench warrant for his arrest. The suspect then went on to tell the victim he needed to get a pre-paid credit card for $1,000 and they could take care of the warrant over the phone.

National Night Out Against Crime

National Night Out Against Crime

It's National Night Out and we've put together a list of celebrations in and around your neighborhood.

National Night Out began in 1984 in an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Check out the list below to see what's going on in your neck of the woods:

 

Kootenai County, Idaho – Hayden City Park 8930 N. Government Way

  • 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Entertainment
  • Free Food and Drinks
  • Giveaways
  • Crime Prevention and Safety Information

 

Moscow, Idaho – Eastside Marketplate 1420 S. Blaine St.

Deputies arrest suspect in nearly 20 locker room burglaries

Deputies arrest suspect in nearly 20 locker room burglaries

After six months of investigations, Spokane County Sheriff's Deputies believe they have found the man responsible for a string of gym thefts.

From keys, wallets, and even firearms, whatever was in sight, officials believe the suspect didn't hesitate to steal it.

South Hill Gold's Gym employee Tyler Barranger said Ilya Glushchenko, 24, told front desk employees he needed to use the restroom.

That's when he went into the locker room and allegedly stole valuables.

Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy Craig Chamberlin said he mostly targeted the South Hill, but he also stole from gyms in North Spokane, Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake. Some locks where cut, but most items were in unsecured lockers. There were a total of 19 different victims.

"Some of the victims he would actually take their keys, walk around the parking lot with the key fob with the alarm, trying to figure out car it belonged to and getting into those vehicles," Chamberlin said.

Construction halted after equipment stolen from Deer Park work site

Construction halted after equipment stolen from Deer Park work site

Construction has been halted on a work-site in Deer Park after someone stole $20,000 worth of tools Saturday night.

"Pretty much lost yesterday and today, and probably most of tomorrow," said construction worker Tom Edwards. "Literally cut the hinges off of one of the trailers and stole tools, air tools, cordless tools."

A gray trailer belonging to Scott and Sons Heating and Air Conditioning was also taken from the site.

Edwards says it's frustrating, and now the first time something like this has happened. He says it can be hard work trying to stay one step ahead of the thieves.

"You're always taking greater steps to lock your stuff up and protect your stuff, but they always find a way, it seems like, to get by that," said Edwards.

Edwards hopes his crew can be back to work by Thursday.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward leading to an arrest of the tool thief or thieves. That number is 1-800-222-TIPS.

Car prowlings on the rise along Centennial Trail

Car prowlings on the rise along Centennial Trail

The holiday weekend is here and if you're planning on spending it on the Centennial Trail the Sheriff's Office wants you to leave your valuables at home.

Deputy Craig Chamberlin said in the past week they have seen 16 reported incidents.

"It's not specifically located, its all the way from the west planes to the Idaho state Lines," said Chamberlin.

Thieves are nabbing whatever they can get their hands on, from purses to even individual checks. People don't realize they have been victimized until later after they find a missing check, or are notified from their banks.

With the trail heads being so secluded, Spokane resident Austin Becker said it just goes to show, "You're not safe in the daylight."

Becker said that even though he tries to be cautious when out on the trails, "I always have that in the back of my head. I hope no windows are broken and everything is still in there."

According to the Sheriff's Office, that is exactly how the robberies are happening.

"They're wasting no time. Now we are seeing a lot of smash and grabs where they are breaking windows to grab things that are out in plane view," said Chamberlin.

Daniel Arteaga guilty of killing Kim Schmidt

Daniel Arteaga guilty of killing Kim Schmidt

It took a jury about two hours Wednesday to find Daniel Arteaga guilty of killing his girlfriend Kim Schmidt on New Year's Eve 2011.

Wednesday morning prosecutors started its closing arguments with Arteaga's 911 call after Schmidt's mother found her daughter's body in her north Spokane home. Deputy Prosecutor John Love contends the recording was the very first sign Arteaga was responsible for Schmidt's murder.

"Uh, report of a dead body." That is how Daniel Arteaga described the woman that he loved for six and a half years and he just spent a night having sex talking about their relationship," Love said.

Prosecutors said Arteaga's "relationship" with Schmidt was over and when he realized Schmidt wanted to spend the first day of 2012 with a new man and a new way of life he wasn't about to let that happen.

"Daniel Arteaga was being replaced. He was on the way out and he didn't like it," Love told the jury.

The quick verdict the jury handed down to Arteaga came as a relief to Toni Schmidt, Kim Schmidt's mom.

Prosecutors rest case against murder suspect Dan Arteaga

Prosecutors rest case against murder suspect Dan Arteaga

Prosecutors rested their case Tuesday in the murder trial of Daniel Arteaga, suspected of killing his girlfriend Kim Schmidt on New Year's Eve 2011, but not before playing the jury videotaped excerpts of his interrogation.

Arteaga has been sticking to his story even during that two-hour interrogation where detectives overstated the amount of evidence they had that allegedly tied Arteaga to the crime scene.

It wasn't until eight months after Schmidt was found shot to death in her bedroom that detectives confronted Arteaga about the killing. A video tape was made during Arteaga's August 12, 2012 interrogation just before he was arrested.

Arteaga was Schmidt's lover and a suspect in her death from day one, however he bent over backwards to cooperate with investigations and even agreed to an interrogation without the benefit of an attorney. An hour into the interrogation the detective then revealed evidence tied Arteaga to the murder scene after the fatal shot was fired.

Detective Mike Drapeau then gave Arteaga the impression he'd found the victim's blood on something belonging to Arteaga.