(By Jamie Henneman/Chewelah Independent)
Daniell Robert Jones, an Evans man who was charged with murdering 28-year-old Shane Rapp has had the murder charges against him dismissed. Jones, who was arrested and charged with the murder in late April had the charges against him dropped on May 2. Jones’ lawyer, Steve Graham, said the charges were dropped pending further investigation. Jones is suspected of killing Rapp last fall and disposing of the body on property near his home. Rapp’s blood and personal belongings were found at Jones’ home and he told police he had killed Rapp because he caught him trying to rape his wife. The charges were dismissed without prejudice and may be re-issued against Jones in the future. The Stevens County Prosecutor’s Office did not respond to a request for comment regarding the case.
Jury finds Chewelah Casino drug buyer guilty
Leigh McLean, 48, of Chewelah was found guilty by a Stevens County Superior Court jury of drug possession and obstructing a law enforcement officer in a trial that ended on May 11. McLean purchased one pill of Suboxone from Autumn Petty at the Chewelah Casino on October 10, 2016. The casino has become a “hub for illegal activity and illegal narcotic use and sales,” according to the Stevens County Sheriff’s Dept. report. McLean paid Petty $10 for the pill and the transaction was captured on video and observed by Stevens County Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Coon and Chewelah Police Officer Matt Miller. McLean was sentenced to 45 days in jail for the drug possession charge and 46 days of detainment via electronic monitoring for obstructing a law enforcement officer.
Statesman editor charged with shoplifting
The editor of the Statesman-Examiner newspaper was recently charged with four counts of shoplifting after not paying for items at the Super One grocery store in Colville. Kevin T. Hulten, 38, left the store on three different occasions with items from the store he had not paid for, according to reports from the Spokesman–Review. Hulten was hired as sports editor for the Statesman in April, replacing long-time editor Chris Cowbrough.