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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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Grassroots campaign aims to make Downtown Spokane safer

Grassroots campaign aims to make Downtown Spokane safer

A recent attack in Downtown Spokane is prompting one man to take action, in hopes of making Spokane streets safer.

It's been less than two weeks since a couple's night out on the town became a violent encounter.

"I really thought they were killing him, they were punching his face, they were punching the back of his head," Billie Palmer said.

One night in late January, Bruce and Billie Palmer were attacked as they tried to drive home from dinner at the Steam Plant Grill. Bruce sustained several injuries including a broken nose.

"My heart was broken honestly," Nathan McKenzie-O'Neill said.

McKenzie-O'Neill doesn't know the Palmer's but he wants to make sure something like this doesn't happen again.

"Instead of just saying, 'Oh I feel bad for you. We are saying: Oh how can we help?' We are just getting this started," McKenzie-O'Neill said.

After hearing the terrifying story, McKenzie-O'Neill felt compelled to do something. He just launched a Facebook page, called Safety of Spokane.

Sport Town robbed in back-to-back burglaries

Sport Town robbed in back-to-back burglaries

A downtown businessman says a series of burglaries at his shoe and sports apparel store are threatening to put him out of business.

Last fall, street kids used a metal pipe to smash out a very large window and steal expensive sunglasses from Sport Town, Steve Warwick's store. A surveillance camera caught the group dividing up the loot in a nearby stairwell. Then, over the weekend, the store was broken into again.

"We know because we've seen part of the merchandise that was confiscated," Warwick said. "There were four or five Seahawk items but there were other items besides just Seahawks items."

Warwick spent $1,000 repairing the front door only to get hit the following night.

"I was hoping it wasn't going to happen again the next night, so I go home and go to bed," he said. "In the morning, I think it was, I get a phone call and I'm back on my way up here."

Warwick might have never know who had stolen his stuff, but a friend of Parish Tate spotted Tate with two trash bags of Sport Town loot and called police.

"That person was trying to do the right thing and was trying to [make] the world a better place by doing the right thing," said.

Couple recalls downtown assault as the "fight of their lives"

Couple recalls downtown assault as the "fight of their lives"

Bruce and Billie Palmer, the couple attacked by a group of teens in downtown Spokane Monday, is speaking out about the assault which they call the "fight of their lives."

The Palmers were attacked as they tried to drive home from dinner at the Steam Plant Grill Monday around 8 p.m. They were driving down an alleyway and as Billie was putting on her seatbelt a group of teens surrounded their car.

"A grandpa and grandma, 18 grandkids, jumped by a punch of teenage thugs," the Palmers said Thursday morning.

"One of them slammed really hard into the back of the minivan and I jumped," Billie said. When she rolled down her window, one of the teens, "stuck his head into my window and yelled, 'B-word, you f-ing, B' you hit me."

No one was hit, but they were concerned so they got out of the van and that's when things quickly escalated.

"Immediately began pressing into us, just daring us to defend ourselves, they had no respect for the fear for the law or consequences, they were just out for blood," Billie said.

Police arrest teen for downtown assault

Police arrest teen for downtown assault

A couple's evening out was turned upside down when teenagers surrounded their van and blocked a road in Downtown Spokane.

Around 8 p.m. on Monday night, the couple was leaving Steam Plant Grill when a group of teens stood in front of their van, blocking them in.

Police say the teens started pounding on the van and yelling that someone had been hit. The male driver then got out to see what was going on and an altercation soon started between the driver and a 17-year-old. Police say it escalated and soon became physical.

"This is a situation, I believe, of young people trying to claim a little property in an alleyway," Captain Judi Carl with Spokane Police said.

Melissa Kellogg, owner of Red Rolling Pin in Steam Plant Square, was at her store when it happened.

"I heard some shouting so I went around the corner and there were just some kids in the area by alley - fighting and shouting," Kellogg said.

Even after witnessing the incident, Kellogg says she's not scared. She's been here for five years and never felt unsafe.

"It wasn't scary. It wasn't something that made me nervous about this area or even being out," she said.