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By Lee Hughes
Staff reporter 

Footprints in snow lead to Medical Lake prowler arrest


Last updated 1/23/2020 at 2:58pm

MEDICAL LAKE — A Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy arrested an alleged vehicle prowler after backtracking the man’s footprints in the snow early Monday morning, Jan. 13.

Deputy Garrett Spencer was on patrol when he stopped a man walking in the road just after 4 a.m. near South Broad and East Grace streets in a heavy snowstorm.

The man, Joseph Blaine Thornton, was wearing clothing “not appropriate for the snow and 24-degree weather,” according to the police report.

When questioned, Thornton said he had been locked out of a friend’s house.

Calling dispatch, Spencer learned that Tho...

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