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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.

Defense skips opening statement in Arteaga murder trial

Defense skips opening statement in Arteaga murder trial

Was he a jealous killer or have Spokane County Sheriff's detectives arrested the wrong man? That's the question a jury will have to decide as Dan Arteaga's murder trial got underway Wednesday.

Arteaga stands accused of killing his girlfriend Kim Schmidt on New Year's Eve 2011.

The prosecutors theorize Arteaga was able to sneak up on Schmidt and shoot her at point blank range because he had taken his small caliber pistol and hid it in a woman's sock as he approached the victim.

Detectives collected that sock as evidence and now say it has Arteaga's DNA inside of it, and that was the lead off statement prosecutors told the jury as the trial got underway Wednesday morning.

"He forgot to take the sock," Deputy Prosecutor John Love said.

Tests later confirmed the gun was inside the sock as well as Arteaga's DNA.

Prosecutors say Arteaga shot and killed Schmidt because his long-time lover was rekindling her relationship with the father of her 12-year-old daughter.

"Kim Schmidt said Mr. Arteaga was her friend and he was her friend but not the way he wanted it to be. She was ready to move on. He was not," Love said.

Arteaga murder trial begins Wednesday

Arteaga murder trial begins Wednesday

A Spokane jury will hear opening arguments Wednesday morning in Daniel Arteaga's murder trial.

Arteaga is suspected of killing his girlfriend Kim Schmidt inside her north Spokane home on New Year's Eve 2011.

Detectives say Arteaga first drugged Schmidt and then a shot her in the head hoping investigators would think the victim committed suicide.

Spokane County Sheriff's deputies think Arteaga was jealous that Schmidt was rekindling her relationship with her ex-husband.

Arteaga admits being with Schmidt the night she was killed but says he left her very much alive inside her locked north side home.

$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.