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Wed., Aug. 19, 2009, 6:25 p.m.

Bad day for STA

If the allegations are to believed, Spokane Transit Authority had a bad day yesterday.

Two men appeared in Spokane County Superior Court today on felony charges related to two altercations involving STA buses that occurred two hours apart Tuesday evening.

Michael W. Maltos, 47, is charged with third-degree assault after a bus driver said he spit on him after the driver asked Maltos to leave. 

Maltos was arrested in the area of Indiana and cedar and said "maybe some spit came out of my mouth when I was yelling," according to a probable cause affidavit. 

Maltos, who has 10 felony and 15 misdemeanor convictions, is being held on $3,000 bond.

Garion D. Herrold, 18, is charged with second-degree malicious mischief for an alleged incident about 5:30 p.m. near North Mayfair Road and West Hasting Road.

Herrold broke two windows on the bus after the driver refused to wait, according to a probable cause affidavit. 

Herrold was released on his own recognizance.

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