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TUESDAY, AUG. 14, 2012

Man brought gun to fistfight, police say

A Spokane man was arrested this weekend for allegedly bringing a gun to a fistfight outside a bar in the West Garland District. Kellen P. Ward, 30, is accused of pointing a semi-automatic pistol at a group in the parking lot of the Revolver North...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 8, 2012

TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2012

Rifle halts girlfriend's unexpected move

Two movers had a rifle pointed at them when they showed up at their customer's boyfriend home to move her stuff out without his knowledge. Homeowner Jaime R. Stout, 30, was jailed for first-degree assault after said he'd pointed a rifle at them as they...

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SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 2012

A 21-year-old Spokane man was arrested for vehicular assault after crashing his truck head-on into a semi truck on Thursday and injuring his passenger.
Joseph A. Hussey's blood-alcohol level registered at .224 before he was jailed on a vehicular assault charge for the crash in the 3900 block of East Broadway Avenue, according to the Spokane Police Department.
The legal limit for driving is .08.
Police say he smelled of intoxicants and told them he was going home to the Valley from the Satellite bar downtown.
Hussey also slurred his speech and failed field sobriety tests, police say. 
He was booked into he Spokane County Jail on the felony charge. (Spokane Police Department)

Man blows .224 after head-on crash

The Spokane Police Department provided this photo of the crash on the SPD Facebook page. A 21-year-old Spokane man was arrested for vehicular assault after crashing his truck head-on into a semi truck on Thursday and injuring his passenger. Joseph A. Hussey's blood-alcohol level registered...

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MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2012

Feds: Pilot lands in Spokane while drunk

A commercial pilot was drunk when he landed a plane at the Spokane International Airport in April, federal prosecutors allege. Paul Robbin Roessler, of Federal Way, is to appear in U.S. District Court in Spokane June 29 for a charge operating a common carrier under...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2012

Disgruntled bar customer returns w/ gun

A man who scuffled with employees at a Spokane Valley bar fired a gun in the bar's parking lot late Wednesday, police said today. Bret A. Nemitz, 29, finished a drink at Boomers Classic Rock Bar, 18209 E. Appleway Ave., just as the bar was...

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FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2012

Roving cows drink Mass. backyard brew

BOXFORD, Mass. (AP) — Police say a roving group of cows crashed a small gathering in a Massachusetts town and bullied the guests for their beer. Boxford police Lt. James Riter says he was responding to a call for loose cows on Sunday and spotted...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2012

Booze bottles lead to burglary arrests

Empty liquor bottles in the yard of a home that's typically immaculate led to the arrest of two Spokane residents on burglary charges last week, officials said today. Ashley C. Spencer, 24, and her boyfriend, Zachary T. Harris, 23, had been staying in one of...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2012

Chronic drunken driver gets 17 months

A retired Spokane firefighter with a history of impaired driving and a conviction for vehicular homicide has been sentenced to 17 months in prison for drunken driving. A jury convicted David W. Batty, 56, of drunken driving after a short trial in Spokane County Superior...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2012

TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 2012

Drunken crash into house leads to arrest

A woman suspected of drunkenly crashing her car into a house will remain jailed on $7,500 bond, despite her lawyer's claim that she is not a danger to the community. "Crashing into someone's house doesn't count as a danger to the community?" Judge Annette Plese...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2012

Lewis to remain in jail on $500k bond

An 18-year-old man accused of killing a retired principal who was trying to break up an underage party will remain jailed on $500,000 bond. If Treven Lewis does post bond, he is required to check in with his attorney regularly, refrain from using alcohol and...

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MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2012

Sheriff's 'copter helps bust drunken party 

A sheriff's helicopter helped police track drunken partygoers in Spokane Valley early Sunday. Officers called in back up from other law enforcement agencies to help them control people at the part in the 16100 block of East Broadway Avenue, which they responded to about 1...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2012

Man arrested for hate crime at Irv's bar

A man was arrested for a hate crime Monday for allegedly throwing a glass at a downtown Spokane bartender and yelling slurs against homosexuals. Two customers at Irv’s bar held Sean D. Slechta, 38, on the ground until officers arrived to arrest him, Spokane police...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 13, 2012

Suspect threatens to eat police, dogs

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Police say a man in Indiana accused of stealing a car threatened to hunt down and eat his arresting officers, their families and police dogs. The Journal & Courier reports that 39-year-old Paul M. Brock of Frankfort was charged Wednesday with...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2012

Tips sought on Chevron beer robbers

Spokane police are asking for helping identifying two men who assaulted a store clerk and stole a 20-pack of beer early Monday. The men assaulted the clerk at Chevron Food Mart, 1703 E. Francis Ave., after he confronted them for stealing the beer about 12:25...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 30, 2011

Fla. man takes beer break to rob bank

PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Tampa Bay area man ordered a beer at a bar, left to rob a nearby bank then came back to finish his beer. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office says 52-year-old John Robin Whittle was arrested at the...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 22, 2011

New details in Riverfront murder case

A Spokane man accused of killing his friend in Riverfront Park after a night of drinking told police he was so intoxicated that he didn’t realize who he was assaulting until he saw his shoes, according to court documents filed Wednesday. Yukio M. Rideb, 21,...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 1, 2011

Trooper passed wrong-way I-90 driver 

A wrong-way driver accused of injuring two people in a freeway crash early Sunday passed a state trooper just before the 3:34 a.m. crash Eric Edward McElmurry, 28, was allowed to leave jail on his own recognizance Monday after appearing before Spokane County Superior Court...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 11, 2011

Troubled U-Hi school teacher to be jailed

University High School teacher Michael Cronin was placed on paid administrative leave in August and has been sentenced to serve nearly a year in jail after being found guilty of two criminal charges in September. Additional charges from a separate incident in Pend Oreille County...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 30, 2011

Hate crime alleged at Spokane 7-Eleven

A Spokane man was arrested on a hate-crime charge late Thursday for allegedly threatening two 7-Eleven clerks with a weapon while yelling racial slurs. Anthony C. Brockie, 37, had a 12-inch strait razor blade in his pants pocket when a police officer approached him at...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 25, 2011

CdA lawyer ordered back to prison

A Coeur d'Alene defense lawyer and former deputy prosecutor is going back to prison after a judge ruled he'd violated his probation on OxyContin charges. Shawn C. Nunley, 40, was ordered to prison late last week after his probation officer said he smelled faintly of...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 24, 2011

Alcoholic in fatal crash pleads not guilty

A Whitworth University student and convicted felon pleaded not guilty Wednesday to vehicular homicide in connection with a crash in East Spokane on Aug. 9 that killed the passenger. Michael S. Lindsly, 46, appeared before Superior Court Judge Michael Price and was given a trial...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 16, 2011

Fatal DUI crash suspect was in recovery

A Spokane man accused of causing a drunken crash that killed his passenger is a leader in the addiction recovery community and is studying to get his master's degree at Whitworth University, his girlfriend said today. Michael Shane Lindsly, 46, appeared in Superior Court today...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 9, 2011

Witnesses sought in fatal Cheney crash

A man killed in a single-car rollover crash Saturday southeast of Cheney has been identified as Eric Henager, 24. Detectives have not determined who was driving the 2005 Subaru Outback in which Henager was found dead at 2:22 a.m. on Cheney-Spangle Road, just south of...

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