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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.

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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