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November 1, 2013 at 9:44 AM
The Associated Press
SPOKANE — Police say DNA technology has identified a suspect in the 1990 shooting deaths of three prostitutes in Spokane.
Cold case detectives are recommending that prosecutors fire murder charges against 61-year-old Donna Perry who is in a federal prison in Texas in a firearms case.
The Spokesman-Review reports Perry was previously known as Douglas Perry and underwent gender reassignment surgery in 2000.
October 17, 2013 at 12:10 PM
The Associated Press
SPOKANE — Prosecutors are seeking just one trial for two Spokane teenagers accused of beating a World War II veteran to death.
Demetruis Glenn and Kenan Adams-Kinard, both 16, face charges of first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery. They could face life in prison if convicted.
Prosecutors this week said the two should be tried together for the crime.
Both teens are charged in the beating death of 88-year-old Delbert Belton in his car outside the Eagles Ice Arena in Spokane on Aug. 21.
The defendants contend Belton shorted them on a deal for crack cocaine.
Trial is set to begin on Nov. 4.
October 15, 2013 at 1:55 PM
The Spokesman-Review (MCT)
A suspected garage burglar who was confronted by a Spokane homeowner stabbed the man in the forehead with a deer antler, police said.
The suspected burglar, Matthew Marcotte, 53, stabbed the man during an altercation in an alley in the West Central neighborhood Thursday night, according to witnesses. The homeowner told police he’d caught several prowlers in his backyard recently and saw Marcotte with a flashlight rummaging through an unattached garage nearby. When Marcotte emerged from the garage holding several apparent stolen items, the homeowner asked what he was doing.
Marcotte then dropped the property, according to the homeowner’s son, who was also present.
A scuffle ensued, during which Marcotte allegedly plunged the antler into the man’s forehead. Police arrived and took Marcotte into custody.
The homeowner was alert and answering questions from the police after the attack.
Investigators did not say whether the antler was among the items stolen from the garage. One officer wrote in his report the alley was littered with property, including a barbecue, after the confrontation.
Marcotte faces charges of first-degree armed burglary and is being held in lieu of $10,000 bond. According to court records, he’d been released from jail earlier this month after an arrest in September on an assault charge.
October 4, 2013 at 11:16 AM
The Associated Press
SPOKANE — A Spokane man’s right leg was surgically removed to free him from a stainless-steel auger at a grain mill.
The 29-year-old man was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center by helicopter shortly after his leg was removed Friday morning.
Spokane Assistant Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer said amputating his leg was the last resort, but rescuers had little choice because the incident occurred six stories above the ground.
The Spokesman-Review reported that rescuers were called to the Purina Mill shortly before 7 a.m. and found the man stuck above a grain mill on an external catwalk.
A gondola attached to a crane ultimately was used to lift rescue personnel and surgeons to the scene.
October 2, 2013 at 8:30 AM
SPOKANE (AP) — The Washington state Department of Health is notifying 415 patients of a plastic-surgery clinic that they could have been infected when syringes and drug vials were used multiple times instead of being thrown away after one use.
Patients of the Aesthetic Plastic Surgical Center should consider blood tests for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV, the department said Tuesday. The risk of infection is low, but the blood tests were recommended as a precaution for surgical patients of the Spokane clinic from 2006 to last April.
The clinic stopped the practices after an April inspection, the Health Department said.
The center disputed the department’s information in a statement Tuesday from Dr. Jeffrey Karp, who denied that he and his staff improperly used syringes or drug vials.
“Every syringe is discarded after each patient’s individual use,” he said. “Additionally, the clinic has never improperly used single or multi-dose drug vials. The vials are only either used on the same patient multiple times and then discarded or they are used on up to three patients, but each time the vial is entered only with a new, sterile syringe.”
A misunderstanding developed during an interview with a technician, Karp said.
“I take my responsibility to my patients very seriously and their safety and care is my absolute priority,” he said. “I can say emphatically, no patient has ever been exposed to a needle or syringe used on another patient.”
The Health Department acted in consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said spokesman Tim Church in Olympia. The CDC’s “One and Only” campaign emphasizes that needles and syringes should only be used once and that a vial should never be entered with a used needle or syringe.
Health officials said the Spokane clinic used vials on up to three patients.
“We found a vial that had been used being stored and they said they were going to use the rest of it on another patient,” Church said. “There should not have been a partially used vial of medication. It should have been used and thrown out.”
The violation of infection-control standards puts patients at risk, he said.
The inspector also was told syringes were being used multiple times, apparently on the same patient, Church said. That’s unacceptable because blood could enter the syringe during an injection and then be introduced in a vial if it is reused, he said.
September 27, 2013 at 6:58 AM
“I am God’s Wrath.” Those are words from a manifesto federal agents say they found in the barricaded house of a Spokane man who also had a cache of weapons. The man, who was taken into custody yesterday, reportedly is being investigated for stalking a tribal police officer. The author of the manifesto declares himself the embodiment of God’s wrath. Oh, and he also wrote about having a “kill room,” sort of like you might see on TV’s serial-killer show “Dexter” …
How tragic and frightening this is: Stricken captain of Seattle-bound flight dies after emergency landing
Grocery workers say OK to a strike: Nearly 100 percent of the members of the union representing the workers in our area have authorized a strike should an agreement not be reached on a new contract soon. That doesn’t mean they will strike, but who knows. Would you support the workers if they do walk off the job? Vote in our poll. (If you did support the workers, where would you buy your food?) The union represents 30,000 workers at Safeway, Fred Meyer, QFC and Albertson’s.
A warning to UW students: A couple of robberies around the university have generated warnings that all should be aware that they could be victims of a stickup. How would you like to be a freshman, living away from home for the first time, walking along the street at night when someone with a gun strips you of your money and your iPhone? Sheesh.
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September 25, 2013 at 6:47 AM
PORTLAND (AP) — Lightning struck a Spokane-bound Alaska Airlines flight Tuesday evening, soon after leaving Portland International Airport.
Spokeswoman Nancy Trott told The Oregonian the turboprop continued to function normally but returned to Portland as a precaution.
The plane’s 66 passengers and four crew members got on another plane and left for Spokane about an hour later.
September 24, 2013 at 7:51 AM
SPOKANE (AP) — A Spokane judge has decided that a man with an IQ of about 60 is competent to stand trial in a fatal stabbing.
Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno ruled Tuesday that 18-year-old Avondre Graham is capable of understanding court proceedings and helping his lawyers.
The Spokesman-Review reports that on Monday prosecutors urged Moreno to go ahead with the criminal case, while defense attorneys wanted her to set it aside.
Graham is charged with second-degree murder in the September 2012 stabbing of 55-year-old Sharlotte McGill as she walked her dog along a trail. Graham lived at the same apartment complex as McGill.
August 27, 2013 at 6:54 AM
Bremerton couple arrested in alleged torture of 13-year-old: All we can say is that this is a very sad story and not one for the squeamish.
And now some good news: Three hikers and their dog were found safe after getting lost when they went off trail in Snohomish County.
On the beating death of the 88-year-old World War II veteran: The second 16-year-old arrested in connection with the death is scheduled to make a court appearance today. The other 16-year-old is being held on $2 million bail.
Seattle teachers not happy: They have rejected the district’s latest contract proposal. We imagine the district isn’t pleased either. Let’s hope this dance is a short one.
WSU play-by-play football broadcaster relinquishes his duties after 46 years of calling for the Cougs. Bob Robertson is handing the job over to Bud Nameck, WSU’s basketball announcer and a part of the football broadcasts. That’s nearly a half century. Whoa.
What’s up with the weather? Chance of showers today, partly cloudy tomorrow, 60 percent of showers on Thursday. Labor Day approaches, and fall can’t be far behind …
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August 26, 2013 at 6:17 AM
NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
UPDATED: 2:58 p.m. | A 16-year-old Spokane boy was ordered held on $2 million bail and will be tried as an adult in connection with last week’s beating death of an 88-year-old veteran of World War II.
Demetrius L. Glenn is charged with first degree murder and first degree robbery in Spokane County District Court.
He made an initial court appearance Monday afternoon.
The teen turned himself in last Thursday night, the same day that Army veteran Delbert Belton died of his injuries.
The AP does not generally identify minors accused of a crime, but is naming the youth because of the severity of the charges.
A second 16-year-old boy arrested in the case has a court appearance scheduled for Tuesday, and will also be tried as an adult.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.
UPDATED: 2 p.m. | SPOKANE — Spokane Police on Monday arrested a second teen suspect in last week’s beating death of an 88-year-old World War II veteran who authorities say likely fought back against his attackers.
The second suspect was arrested without incident early Monday morning at a friend’s house in Spokane, police said. The first suspect turned himself in last week.
Both suspects are 16-years-old and face charges of murder and robbery in the death of Delbert Belton last Wednesday.
“The two individuals we believe are responsible for the robbery and murder of Mr. Belton are in custody,” Police Chief Frank Straub said at a news conference on Monday morning.
Belton, who was wounded in the battle for Okinawa, was beaten to death in his vehicle as he waited for a friend in the parking lot of an Eagles Lodge in north Spokane.
Straub said it appeared that Belton fought back against his attackers, and that may have contributed to the severity of the beating he received.
Nevertheless, “I encourage people to fight back” when attacked, Straub said.
A 16-year-old boy surrendered to authorities last Thursday night, and is in the Spokane County Jail. News media in Spokane have identified him as Demetrius Glenn, 16.
The second suspect, also a 16-year-old boy, was arrested in a basement apartment in Spokane just after 3 a.m. Monday. He has been identified as Kenan Adam-Kinard.
Three other juveniles with him were arrested for investigation of rendering criminal assistance, a felony, Straub said. Straub said police received a tip early Monday about the location of the second suspect.
“The motive for this attack was robbery,” Straub said. “There is no gang activity associated with this incident.”
Belton’s wallet was taken, Straub said.
Both suspects have criminal records for assault, Straub said.
Investigators believe the boys targeted Belton randomly as he sat in his car and waited for a friend.
Straub said the case involved twin tragedies.
“It bothers me that a distinguished World War II veteran lost his life,” Straub said. But the lives of the young suspects are also likely ruined, he said.
Officers found Belton with serious head injuries on Wednesday night, and he died in the hospital Thursday.
Belton was born and raised in Spokane. He survived being shot in the leg in 1945 at Okinawa, one of the fiercest battles of the war, and went on to spend 33 years working for Kaiser Aluminum before retiring in 1982.
Belton was called Shorty by his friends because he was little more than 5 feet tall, his niece Pam Hansen said.
She believes he was targeted because of his age and size.
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