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Sheriff's Deputies searching for additional domestic violence victims of man behind bars

A Spokane man is behind bars, accused of four different charges against three different victims.

Twenty-four-year-old Michael McNearney Jr was out on bail for charges of second-degree assault by strangulation when he was arrested again Friday for counts of indecent liberties, theft, unlawful imprisonment and fourth degree assault.

McNearney was arrested today after a long-term investigation by Spokane County Sheriff's Office Domestic Violence Detectives. They were looking into possible charges of identity theft, assault, threats and other crimes that may involve over a dozen women in Spokane and Kootenai Counties, dating back to 2010.

McNearney reportedly met most of the women involved at local night clubs and bars, as well as social media and online dating sites. He often claimed he was an active duty Marine, but the US Armed Services confirmed has never been in the military.

Gun found by Deer Park boy was used in killing

Gun found by Deer Park boy was used in killing

Tests have confirmed that a gun found by a Deer Park boy on his way to elementary school was the weapon used in a fatal shooting.

The Spokane County sheriff's office says the boy found the loaded gun Jan. 23 alongside a road and tossed it to the ground at a bus stop where it was seen by an adult.

Tests at a Washington State Crime Lab confirmed that the gun was used Jan. 4 to kill 53-year-old Harry Giesbrecht. A 62-year-old suspect, Richard Klepacki, is jailed for investigation of first-degree murder.

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.

SCRAPS forwards deceased pit bull case to prosecutor

SCRAPS forwards deceased pit bull case to prosecutor

The Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service has wrapped up its investigation into the death of a pit bull and turned over its case files to the Spokane County Prosecutor's Office for possible charges.

The dog, according to veterinarians, was suffering from hypothermia, emaciation and starvation when he died.

SCRAPS officials interviewed the dog's owner, several witnesses and reviewed the veterinary records on the dog before the case was turned over to the prosecutor's office.

The owner, if charged, could be facing 1st Degree Animal Cruelty, a felony which, if convicted, carries a sentence of five years in prison and / or a $10,000 fine.

SCRAPS has shared photos of the pit bull that were taken after the dog's death. The images are graphic in nature and may not be suitable for everyone to view.

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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.