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Man to Pa. cops: ‘Alcohol, Crown Royal’

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities in southwestern Pennsylvania say they charged two men with public drunkenness after they knocked on a police station door.

A Uniontown police report says 30-year-old Alan Scritchfield, of Uniontown, and 30-year-old Peter Dominick, of McClellandtown, came to the police station about 9 p.m. Sunday.

A police sergeant says Dominick was slurring his words while Scritchfield was drinking out of a plastic cup. Asked what was in it, Scritchfield allegedly told police, “alcohol, Crown Royal” before saying he was drunk.

Scritchfield’s home phone is disconnected. The Associated Press could not immediately locate a listed number for Dominick.

Police say they subdued Dominick with a stun gun when he realized he was being arrested and tried to run away.

Man accused of stabbing drinking buddy

An argument between two men drinking at a North Side apartment early Tuesday ended with one stabbing the other, Spokane police said.

Matthew J. Blizzard, 32, is accused of stabbing Paul J. Erickson, 39, with a pocket knife inside Erickson’s apartment at 6616 N. Addison about 4:10 a.m.

The men had met earlier that day and were drinking with a woman at Erickson’s apartment when Blizzard “became belligerent,” according to court documents.

Blizzard plans to argue self defense and is hoping to get treatment for his alcoholism, Spokane County Public Defender Victoria Johnston said at his first Superior Court appearance Tuesday.

Judge Maryann Moreno set Blizzard’s bond at $2,500. Erickson was taken to a local hospital and was reported as stable with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Blizzard was convicted of battery in Kootenai County in July 2009. (His picture is from the Kootenai County Jail.)

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