Sirens & Gavels

Ax enters neighbor dispute over music

A dispute between neighbors over loud music led to one being jailed for an alleged ax attack Saturday in northwest Spokane.

Brian M. Drake, 40, is accused of hitting Christopher A. Malcom with an ax handle after Maclom told him to turn him music down at their apartment complex at 421 W. Montgomery Ave. and said he would be calling the police.

Malcom told officers that Drake called him names and said "Payback's a b**ch" before swinging the ax at him, handle first, according to court documents.

Malcom reported injuries to his right arm and leg. Police said Drake was "highly intoxicated."

Drake, who does not appear to have a criminal record in Washington state, was booked into jail for second-degree assault.

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