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Briefs April 15, 2010

| April 15, 2010 9:00 PM

Spokane day care owner arrested; Commerce fair today in Post Falls; Authorities seek Beniah Van Welke;

Spokane day care owner arrested

POST FALLS - A 36-year-old Spokane man who owns a day care in Spokane and was arrested in Post Falls for lewd conduct with a minor has posted bond to be released from the local jail.

Adam Cary Ross, 36, was arrested on April 7, then posted a $50,000 bond on Sunday.

The alleged victim is a 16-year-old Post Falls girl who was 15 during the alleged incidents in Post Falls. The victim's father has played in the same rock band, Blynd Spot, as Ross for the past seven years, Post Falls Police Sgt. Dave Beck said.

Ross allegedly fondled the victim multiple times while she pretended she was asleep before having sex with her, Beck said.

His business, Your a Good Kid day care on Spokane's South Hill, was closed this week by Washington state officials after the arrest wasn't reported. The business had been on probation for several safety issues.

Commerce fair today in Post Falls

POST FALLS - The Post Falls chamber's Commerce and Community Faire featuring more than 75 businesses and services groups will be held today from 4-7 p.m. at the Greyhound Park and Event Center.

Admission, parking and mini workshops are free. Prizes will be given away.

There will be a bounce castle for kids and Garfield will appear from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Authorities seek Beniah Van Welke

The North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force is seeking information leading to the apprehension of Beniah Van Welke.

Welke, 30, is being sought based on multiple Kootenai County warrants charging him with felony domestic battery, attempted strangulation and probation violation. This is a U.S. extradition warrant with no bond.

Welke is a white male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 190 pounds with blue eyes and blond hair. Welke was last known to be living in the Coeur d'Alene area.

Call the NIVCTF at (208) 665-1471. The identity of callers will remain confidential and reward money is available.

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