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Police see rise in phone scams

Police see rise in phone scams

From the Spokane Police Department:

Over the past weeks, Spokane Police have received several reports of scams involving power companies. Victims have reported receiving a call about an overdue payment from the caller stating they are an employee of the power company, demanding immediate payment. Victims have sent money orders in as payments before realizing the calls was fraudulent.


Cracking robberies top priority for Spokane Police

Cracking robberies top priority for Spokane Police

With eight robberies in the last month, cracking those cases and finding the suspects behind them are a top priority for the Spokane Police Department.

The robberies include multiple Subway restaurants, the Yoke's off Indian Trail, Mug Shots coffee stand on Garland and three robberies of Jitterz Hava, which has prompted their employees to start carrying guns.

"We have been working on this all week. It's a top priority for our department right now," Spokane Police Captain Brad Arleth said. "We are looking at the probability that many of these robberies are related."

Police say there are multiple reasons for that theory, including similar suspect descriptions, similar targets and similar methods of operation when the robbery subject comes in and confronts people.

The robbers have been described as tall men in their mid-20s and at almost every robbery displayed a handgun. Detectives say there are things businesses can be doing to better prepare themselves if they are targeted next.

Perry makes first appearance on cold case murders

Perry makes first appearance on cold case murders

Tuesday afternoon, after 24 long years, Donna Perry, suspected of killing three women in 1990, finally made an appearance in court.

Perry, suspected of killing Yolanda Sapp, Kathleen Brisbois and Nickie Lowe, was known as Douglas Perry until undergoing a sex change in Thailand in 2000. Detectives say they have DNA and fingerprints linking Perry to the murders.

Tuesday was an emotional day for Brisbois' family. They have been waiting for 24 years for a day like Tuesday, where a suspect would finally face a judge. They know it will be a long road ahead in court since the case is just in its early stages, but finally the Brisbois family feels some closure.

It almost was a question as to whether or not Perry would make her first court appearance, after apparently refusing to attend her court hearing scheduled for Monday. On Tuesday she agreed to come to court for the first appearance in the murders of Brisbois, Lowe and Sapp. The cases went cold for decades until detectives found a DNA match in 2012 after Perry had a DNA sample taken from her following her arrest on an unrelated federal firearms charge.

Charges requested in 2013 shooting outside Knitting Factory

Charges requested in 2013 shooting outside Knitting Factory

Spokane Police detectives are requesting charges against two people in connection with last year's shooting downtown near the Knitting Factory.

Spokane Police Major Crimes detectives have requested charges of Attempted First Degree Murder (2 counts) for 29-year-old Stafone N. Fuentes. Detectives have also requested a charge of Conspiracy to Commit Attempted First Degree Murder for 19-year-old Cierra C. White. The request for these charges stems from a shooting occurring at the Knitting Factory Concert House on February 18, 2013.

SPD detectives thoroughly investigated the incident and have requested the charges from the Spokane County Prosecutor.

Fuentes is currently in custody on unrelated charges stemming from a drug trafficking bust on Thursday. He is being held on a $250,000 bond. His arraignment is scheduled for March 25.

Suspected serial killer back in Spokane

Suspected serial killer back in Spokane

A woman deputies say operated as a serial killer in Spokane in the early 1990's is back in town to face the murder charges. Donna Perry was booked into the Spokane County Jail late Friday afternoon.

Perry, who was a man named Douglas Perry at the time of the murders, was released from federal prison in Texas earlier this month. She was serving time on a federal weapons charge.

Deputies say they have DNA evidence linking Perry to the murders of three women. Yolanda Sapp was found dead in the 4100 block of East Upriver Drive in 1990. Nickie Lowe's remains were found on South Riverton March 25, 1990. And, Kathleen Brisbois was found along the Spokane River near Trent and Pines on May 15, 1990. All three women were shot to death.

The cases went cold for years and the murders were once thought to be connected to Spokane serial killer Robert Yates. Detectives started working on the case again in 2005 and linked them to Perry in 2012.

Perry will face a judge in Spokane next week.

2 men demand money at Hotel Lusso, told 'no' and leave

2 men demand money at Hotel Lusso, told 'no' and leave

Two masked men attempted to rob the Hotel Lusso in Spokane Friday morning.

According to Spokane police, the two men walked into the hotel located on W. Sprague just after 1 a.m. and demanded money from the clerk. One man indicated he had a gun and the clerk activated the alarm.

Police say one of the men saw this and walked out.

The second man demanded money again and the clerk said "no." The clerk asked to see the man's gun and he left the hotel without any money.

The suspects have not yet been caught.

SWAT raids Coeur d'Alene apartment in Spokane kidnapping investigation

A kidnapping investigation in Spokane came to a head in Coeur d'Alene's Fernan neighborhood Thursday afternoon.

The investigation began at a house near the intersection of Maple and Knox in Spokane.

The SWAT team drove their vehicles right up into the driveway and used loud speakers to notify the people inside and ask them to come out.

Neighbor Travis Corneil says he heard the whole thing.

"'This is the Spokane SWAT team, we know you're in there, please come out with your hands up,' and they repeated it a few times," Corneil explained.

Afterwards police said they took several people into custody.

"Our Major Crimes investigators as well as our tactical operations detectives are doing some follow up on an alleged kidnapping," said Spokane Police Captain Brad Arleth. "That's the reason for the search warrant and, due to the nature of the allegations, that's why we used the SWAT team to make the entry on the warrant."

Right now police aren't saying when or why the kidnapping happened, or whether any weapons were involved.