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$23,000 worth of bee crates stolen

The Spokane Sheriff’s Office is investigating after 462 bee crates were reported stolen near Newman Lake on Monday.


The victim told Deputies that he stores the bee crates at the location and the 15 pallets containing 462 crates were missing. The crates are valued at $23,100. It’s unknown when the crates were stolen and there is no suspect.

Suspected serial killer back in Spokane

Suspected serial killer back in Spokane

A woman deputies say operated as a serial killer in Spokane in the early 1990's is back in town to face the murder charges. Donna Perry was booked into the Spokane County Jail late Friday afternoon.

Perry, who was a man named Douglas Perry at the time of the murders, was released from federal prison in Texas earlier this month. She was serving time on a federal weapons charge.

Deputies say they have DNA evidence linking Perry to the murders of three women. Yolanda Sapp was found dead in the 4100 block of East Upriver Drive in 1990. Nickie Lowe's remains were found on South Riverton March 25, 1990. And, Kathleen Brisbois was found along the Spokane River near Trent and Pines on May 15, 1990. All three women were shot to death.

The cases went cold for years and the murders were once thought to be connected to Spokane serial killer Robert Yates. Detectives started working on the case again in 2005 and linked them to Perry in 2012.

Perry will face a judge in Spokane next week.







Dozens arrested in multi-state drug raids

Dozens arrested in multi-state drug raids

Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies fanned across the region Thursday and executed search warrants on locations in Washington, Idaho, Nevada and California and arrested 29 people on federal drug charges for manufacturing and selling opiates.

A task force of FBI agents, Spokane Police and Spokane County Sheriff's deputies have been investigating the alleged drug ring for more than a year.

Law enforcement agents served search warrants throughout Spokane early Thursday, searching for evidence that people with ties to Spokane, California, Idaho and Nevada were selling ecstasy, oxycodone, methamphetamine and PCP.

The execution of the warrants and subsequent arrests were part of a year-long investigation that culminated with the raids in an attempt to disrupt a large-scale criminal enterprise.

More than 100 federal, state and local law enforcement agents searched 20 locations Thursday morning, with the lion's share of the arrests in the multi-state operation made in Spokane and Spokane Valley. Authorities said the criminal enterprise, while rooted in Spokane, extended as far south as San Diego, Long Beach and Las Vegas.

Spokane kidnapping suspect arrested in Seattle

Spokane kidnapping suspect arrested in Seattle

Police have arrested another suspect in an on-going kidnapping and murder investigation.

Police took Jenny Rogers into custody in Seattle and booked her in the King County Jail. She was wanted on kidnapping charges out of Spokane.

Spokane police had previously arrested six others in connection with the kidnapping and murder.

The other individuals were arrested within days after police located a body in Stevens County.



4th person arrested in kidnapping investigation

4th person arrested in kidnapping investigation

Spokane Police detectives have arrested a 4th person in connection to a reported kidnapping in Spokane and the location of a body in Stevens County.

40-year-old Benito Baldovinos-Mendoza and booked him into the Spokane County Jail on two charges of 1st Degree Kidnapping.

Baldovinos-Mendoza was taken into custody yesterday in Pasco, WA. He was booked into the Spokane County Jail last night.

Three other people have been arrested as a result of this investigation. 23-year-old Dillon L. Casteel was arrested and booked into the Kootenai County Jail on one count of 1st Degree Kidnapping, 26-year-old Domingo Valdovinos Navarro was arrested and booked into the Spokane County Jail on two counts of 1st Degree Kidnapping and one count of 1st Degree Aggravated Murder, and 33-year-old Joseph W. Gillespie was arrested and booked into the Spokane County Jail on two counts of 1st Degree Kidnapping.

The investigation is ongoing.

The official cause of death and identity of the body located in Stevens County will be released by the Stevens County Coroner.

Two men charged with murder in Spokane River death

Two men charged with murder in Spokane River death

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office has arrested two men for the murder of a man who was found in the Spokane River.

35-year-old Jame Bonham and 41-year-old Michael Bullock are charged with 1st Degree Murder and 1st Degree Robbery in the death of 47-year-old Don Kuest.

Kuest's body was found November 22, 2013 by deputies in the Spokane River near Upriver Dam. Through their investigation, and based on autopsy results, detectives determined the murder took place on November 11th, 2013. Detectives believe Kuest was robbed and murdered near Sullivan Park and dumped in the river in that same area.

Bonham was arrested in Spokane Valley Thursday night by a Spokane Valley Deputy while he was walking down the street.

Bullock was arrested on Wednesday morning by an off-duty detective.