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Armed career criminal tries to check bag with gun at Northern Quest

A 54-year-old convicted felon tried to leave a bag containing drugs and a revolver at the Northern Quest Resort & Casino last week, prompting criminal charges and a federal investigation.

John B. Suttle was booked into Spokane County Jail on Friday after a coat check attendant reported he tried to check a bag containing a hypodermic needle. A later search of the bag revealed a .22 revolver and a substance that tested positive for methamphetamine and another that looked like heroin, according to court documents.

When asked about the gun, Suttle said he found it outside the casino and picked it up to sell because he needed money, according to court documents. Because of his prior convictions, an investigative agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms arrived to interview Suttle, who said he knew he shouldn't be handling a gun as a convicted felon, according to court documents.

Suttle faces charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and possessing drugs with intent to deliver.

Smoking hazardous to wanted man’s health, presumed innocence

A man with an outstanding warrant revealed a needle in his waistband while reaching for one last smoke before going to jail Sunday night at Northern Quest Casino, according to court records.

An officer initially approached Preston Livingston, 28, because he was slumped over in the driver's seat of a pickup truck at the Airway Heights casino, according to court records. Livingston told the officer, who said it appeared as though Livingston were drunk, that he was waiting for a friend who was inside, according to court records.

A check of Livingston's records revealed a warrant for his arrest. When the officer told Livingston he would be taken into custody, Livingston asked for one last cigarette before going to jail. While reaching for the smoke, the officer noticed the needle in Livingston's waistband.

After handcuffing Livingston, the officer again checked the truck. Near the console, he spied another needle, a tourniquet, a scale and a black pouch, according to court records. When asked about the items, Livingston told the officer his friend was using them to get high and that he used methamphetamine, but hadn't in the past 10 hours.

Livingston was released from jail without bail, according to jail records. No charges have yet been filed against him for the drug paraphernalia, according to court records.

Dry ice bomb in Walmart parking lot lands man in court

Curiosity led to criminal charges for 27-year-old Damian Eiffert on Thursday.

Just before 10 p.m. Wednesday, police were called to the Walmart at 1221 S. Hayford Road in Airway Heights. An officer arrived just as Eiffert bolted in a black Ford Mustang, according to a police report. He left behind a water bottle in the parking lot filled with dry ice and lemonade.

The cocktail exploded, but no injuries were reported. While the cap of the bottle shot into the air and wasn't recovered, the aluminum bottle did not shatter.

Eiffert was later discovered at Northern Quest Casino, about a mile north of the Walmart. An officer found an open bag of dry ice on the floor of the 2000 Mustang Eiffert was driving.

When questioned, Eiffert said he made the dry ice bomb because he “wanted to see what would happen,” according to the report. He provided no explanation for why he left before the device exploded.

Eiffert appeared in court Thursday, charged with malicious placement of an explosive in the second degree.

Also on Thursday, a 22-year-old park worker at Disneyland was arrested in connection with a dry ice bomb left in a trash can at the Anaheim, Calif., amusement park. That device caused an evacuation of Mickey's Toontown briefly Tuesday afternoon, but no one was injured.

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