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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.

Kidnapping victim leads police to body in Stevens County

Kidnapping victim leads police to body in Stevens County

Spokane Police Department detectives have located a body in a rural area near Long Lake. The body was located early Friday morning after detectives received information that there may be a body in the Corkscrew Canyon area connected to an ongoing kidnapping investigation.

A search warrant was executed with the assistance of SWAT Thursday at a residence near Maple and Knox. This is the location where two kidnappings were believed to have taken place sometime this week.

After the release of one of the kidnapping victims, she then went on to tell police officers that the other victim's body would be found in Stevens County.

Police found the body this morning after searching all night. They believe they know the identity of the body, but want to do an autopsy before releasing that information.

Police believe that the kidnappings were drug-related.

Spokane Sheriff's Deputies investigate marijuana dispensary break-in

Spokane Sheriff's Deputies investigate marijuana dispensary break-in

Spokane County Sheriff's Deputies are investigating a marijuana dispensary break-in that may have led to a student going to the hospital.

The dispensary, called JD's Collective Garden, was broken into on Sunday night or early Monday morning. 22 ounces of marijuana was taken, along with multiple pipes, and 38 THC-infused chocolate bars.

On Monday, a student at Riverside High School gave another student a THC-infused chocolate bar. After the student ate the bar, he was told that it was infused with marijuana. The victim got sick from the chocolate bar and was taken to the hospital. He tested positive for THC.

The student who gave the victim the chocolate bar was expelled from Riverside High School. Deputies are looking into possible charges for the student.

The investigation into the burglary is ongoing. Arrests are expected in near future.

Soggy Washington weather forecast into next week

Soggy Washington weather forecast into next week

Washington residents can expect the rainy weather to continue into next week, after a possible sunbreak Friday.

Forecasters say more Pacific storm fronts are headed to the Northwest to add to recent rainfall.

The Weather Service says this has been the wettest start to March on record in Seattle. On Wednesday, 1.84 inches fell at Sea-Tac Airport, making it the seventh-wettest March day on record. March precipitation at Sea-Tac as of 4 a.m. Thursday is 3.73 inches. Normal for the entire month 3.72 inches.

By Friday morning another .25-to-1 inch of rain is forecast in the Western Washington lowlands and 1-to-3 inches in the mountains.

Showers and snow-melting mild temperatures are forecast across the state through the weekend.

Forecasters say drier weather is possible by the middle of next week.

Rockslide partially blocking SR 195 near Rosalia

A rock slide is blocking all of the southbound lane and part of the northbound lane of SR 195 between Rosalia and Plaza.

At least one vehicle has hit the rocks and is not drivable. There may be additional vehicles that hit the rocks.

The road is partially blocked and there is no estimate on when the road will be cleared.

Spokane native to get first marijuana grower license

Spokane native to get first marijuana grower license

Washington State's first marijuana grower is a Spokane native who has been running medical marijuana dispensaries for the last three years, KXLY confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

Sean Green was born and raised in Spokane, and was a real estate appraiser for ten years. For the past three years he's been running two medical marijuana dispensaries in Shoreline and Spokane

Green confirmed to KXLY his company, called Kouchlock Productions, will get the first license to grow marijuana in the state. He'll be allowed to grow cannabis in a 21,000 square foot facility.

He believes his always playing by the state's rules and paying taxes when others don't helped him in the process. He's spoken to KXLY about the legalization of marijuana several times, including a January 8 report about the lack of marijuana in Colorado and what he planned to do if he received a license to grow here in Washington.