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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.

Starbuck requests new trial in appeal

Starbuck requests new trial in appeal

Clay Starbuck, convicted of killing his ex-wife Chanin in her Deer Park home in December 2011, is asking the Court of Appeals for a new trial.

This appeal is not so much about whether Spokane County Sheriff's detectives arrested the wrong man but rather did the judge make any mistakes that denied Starbuck's right to a fair trial.

Starbuck wasted little time challenging his conviction. Just 11 days after he was sentenced to life in prison, Starbuck filed his appeal.

Derek Reid was Starbuck's public defender during his two week trial. Reid was frustrated by the judge's decision to keep evidence about other viable suspects a secret from the jury. It was a complaint echoed by Starbuck's children.

"I feel that mistakes are being made left and right by the judge and prosecution. They aren't allowing certain evidence into the courtroom that is critical to my dad's defense," Blake Starbuck said in May 2013.

"Why do you not think your dad is the most likely reason your momma is dead," Jeff Humphrey asked Starbuck's son Austin in a May 2013 interview.

"It's just her history, she was addicted to seeing other men," Austin replied.

Thieves steal $20k in mountain bikes from North Division Bicycle Shop

Thieves steal $20k in mountain bikes from North Division Bicycle Shop

Thieves overnight broke into the North Division Bicycle Shop and stole 21 Trek mountain bikes and road bikes from the business.

The estimated loss exceeds $20,000.

A sheriff's deputy responded to the store, located at 10503 N. Division after someone called to say they saw a suspicious vehicle near the business and thought the store was being burglarized. The owner confirmed with the deputy 21 bikes were stolen.

They don't have a lot of information about who they are looking for but they do know is that person wasn't all that worried about getting caught.

Mac is a mechanic at the shop and Tuesday morning he came in to a mess at work. His service manager was the first person in and couldn't believe what had happened.

"Clipped the locks off one of our storage units and made I think it looked like three trips and they just loaded the truck up with as many cartons as they could carry and came back for more," Mac said.

When Mac says cartons he's talking about boxed up, disassembled, absolutely brand new bikes.

Mail theft rising as Christmas gets closer

Mail theft rising as Christmas gets closer

Tis the season for your mail to get stolen. The Spokane County Sheriff's Office says reports of mail theft has spiked across Spokane County in the last month.

If you drive around, you'll likely find a trusting neighbor with a package on the front porch. Everyone is getting their last-minute shipments and deliveries ahead of Christmas.

Amy Chase is one of those trusting people. She put four presents ready to be delivered on the porch of her South Hill home. She was on the phone with a friend Monday night in a front room and saw an unmarked car pull up to her home. She thought maybe the United States Postal Service does that this time of year. After all, it is busy. But she wasn't correct.

"One [man] ran up to the front porch, grabbed all four of the packages that I had ready to go out, we were shipping to friends and family all over the country and they took my packages and threw them in the back of the car and sped off," Chase said.

It happened so fast she didn't have time to react.

"I thought maybe I should go after them but I'm eight and a half months pregnant and that would be a bad idea," Chase laughed.

Mail thieves target south Spokane

Mail thieves target south Spokane

From the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office:


Over the past couple weeks, numerous residents of south Spokane County have had their mail stolen out of their mailboxes.  The majority of these incidents involve the suspects opening mail near the victim's residence and discarding items with no value.  

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.


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.