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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 the store at 323 W. Indiana Ave. about 11:22 p.m. after hearing reports of an assault, according to a probable cause affidavit supporting second-degree assault and malicious harassment charges against Brockie.

A store clerk told police she refused to sell a 40-ounce bottle of Olde English to Brockie because he was intoxicated but Brockie loitered in the parking lot and became combative with two clerks.

Another clerk told police that Brockie pulled the blade out, cursed and referenced his Middle Eastern heritage. Another third clerk said Brockie referenced his race and asked if he wanted to die while waving the blade.

Spokane police say they heard Brockie say “those bastard Arabians beat me up,” according to the affidavit.

Brockie was booked into the Spokane County Jail.

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 alcohol when he reported to his office May 9, and that his blood alcohol level registered at .017.

Nunley admitted to consuming alcohol that day and the day before and said “he didn't think it was a big deal,” according to court documents. He also refused to provide a urine sample as requested. His probation officer said Nunley agreed not to travel to Orange County as previously allowed but that he left the probation office without asking and boarded a plane at the Spokane airport the next day, court documents say.

Nunley was placed on supervised probation in February after 1st District Judge Ben Simpson retained jurisdiction over his drug case and sent him to get treatment with the Idaho Department of Correction in October 2010. Simpson ruled last week that his probation violations warranted his prison sentence reinstated, so he's to serve two years in prison and four years probation.

Nunley was arrested July 29. A Kootenai County Jail official said he listed his occupation to be an attorney, but Idaho state bar records saw his license is suspended.

Nunley was first arrested in December 2008 after police said he recruited a client to help feed his OxyContin addiction. The man later went to police and acted as a confidential informant while detectives monitored a transaction between the two.

Federal drug charges were dismissed in June 2009, but Kootenai County prosecutors charged Nunley in March 2010.

Nunley graduated near the top of his class at the University of Idaho and spent time at a large Boise law firm before moving to North Idaho and joining the Kootenai County Prosecutor’s Office. The prosecutor at the time, Bill Douglas, said Nunley “did a very good job.” He worked there for three years before opening his own firm in Coeur d'Alene.

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 date of Oct. 17. Deputy Spokane County Prosecutor Stefanie Collins said Lindsly was driving an estimated “70 to 100 mph” in a 35 mph zone when he crashed his 2002 Mercury Sable near the intersection of Alki Way and Broadway Avenue, killing 31-year-old passenger Blair C. Riding.

Lindsly, a 10-time felon who carries a 3.8 grade point average at Whitworth, poses a risk to the community, Collins said.

Price agreed to lower the bond from $100,000 to $75,000, but he ordered Lindsly not to drive while the charge remains pending.

Lindsly is described as a leader in the substance-abuse recovery community.

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 via video from the jail, where he was booked after being treated at a hospital for injuries sustained in the Aug. 9 crash.

A vehicular homicide charge was filed against Lindsly on Thursday.

His bail was set at $100,000 today after Judge Michael Price heard from his girlfriend, Lacey Jones. Defense lawyers did not ask for a lower bond.

Lindsly is accused of crashing a 2002 Mercury Sable  and killing Blair C. Riding, 31, while speeding on Broadway Avenue at Alki Way.

Witnesses said the car appeared to be going at least 70 mph. Police say they smelled alcohol in the car and on Lindsly’s breath.

Riding, who was wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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 Curtis Road, Spokane County sheriff's Cpl. Dave Thornburg said late Monday.

Officials say alcohol is believed to be a factor.

Mark Russo, 24, of Cameron Park, Calif., was injured in the crash, but officials don't know who was driving, Thornburg said.

Detectives hope two women who were given a ride home from the men just before the crash will come forward, as well as anyone else who may have been the vehicle that night.

Thornburg believes the men were coming from either Wild Bill's Longbar or Goofy's Tavern in Cheney before dropping the women off, Thornburg said. Anyone with information is asked to call Thornburg at (509) 477-2710.

Man jailed after odd encounter with infant

A man prohibited from possessing firearms was arrested with a gun in a Spokane cemetery last weekend after confessing his love to a baby and asking if he could be her “Uncle Bob,” police say.

The child's mother was at the Fairmount Cemetery, 5200 W. Wellesley Ave., with her infant daughter and a friend when a man with two dogs approached, rubbed her shoulder and picked up the baby from her stroller without permission, according to court documents.

The suspect, later identified as Robert F. Asterino, Jr., 46, held the child for several minutes before becoming distracted by a couple approaching with their own dogs, according to police. When he bent over to place the baby back in her stroller, the woman observed the handle of a handgun in his waistband. He also had a beer bottle in his front pocket, she told police.

The woman's friend said she was frightened “and did not feel she could tell him to put the baby down due to his large size, his strange demeanor and the fact that he had been drinking,” according to court documents.

Spokane police used a search warrant to recover from Asterino's 1968 Chevy pickup a 9mm glock with 16 rounds in the magazine, as well as an extra bullet. He was jailed on a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm, which was later dismissed. 

This story has been updated from its published version. A reference to an earlier felony conviction in New Mexico was deleted after Asterino provided evidence that the charge had been reduced to a petty misdemeanor. Also, information of the dismissal of the firearm charge was added. 

Drunk posing as bull arrested in CdA

Dave Oliveria over at the Huckleberries blog regularly posts reports detailing the drunken antics of the downtown Coeur d'Alene bar scene.

Here's a gem from today that was reported June 16 at 10:40 p.m. at North Fourth Street and East Sherman Avenue:

“Officers arrested a 26 year old California male for being intoxicated in the roadway after observing him standing in the middle of Sherman, blocking traffic and pretending to be a bull (hunched forward and holding his hands up to simulate a bull’s horns).”

Read the rest of the report here.

Idaho senator arrested for DUI, theft

By KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Senate Republican Caucus Chairman John McGee was arrested early Sunday after police say he took a Ford Excursion and cargo trailer from the Boise home of a “complete stranger” and a blood-alcohol test showed the four-term lawmaker had been drinking.  

The lawyer for the 38-year-old senator, who represents Caldwell and is the head of the Canyon County GOP, says McGee is embarrassed by the situation and intends to handle his legal case responsibly.

McGee was being held in the Ada County Jail pending an arraignment in 4th District Court on Monday afternoon. Authorities say he was taken into custody on suspicion of felony grand theft and misdemeanor driving under the influence after a breath test found he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.15 percent, nearly twice the legal limit in Idaho.

“He is embarrassed by this matter. He has never been in this situation before, but he has great confidence in the criminal justice system,” said attorney Scott McKay, who met with McGee on Sunday. “With the love and support of his family, he will handle this matter responsibly,” McKay said in a statement.

So far, police have released only a few details of events preceding McGee's arrest. But Lt. Kody Aldrich told The Associated Press that McGee did not know the owner of the SUV and trailer that he was driving and later was found by police sleeping inside. The vehicle and trailer became stuck as McGee tried backing into the yard of a home on southwest Boise. It was also unclear why McGee was in the Boise area in Ada County.

“Nobody knows why he was there,” Aldrich said. “It doesn't sound like he did either.”

Aldrich said McGee told officers he was on his way to Jackpot, Nev. Police were alerted of McGee's actions by people who lived inside the home.

Aldrich said the vehicle's owner typically left the keys in the steering column and the doors unlocked.

Because McGee faces a potential felony charge, he will be held in jail until he goes before a judge, Aldrich said.

Messages left by the AP at McGee's home and cell phone were not returned Sunday.

Idaho Senate Pro Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, expressed support and said the immediate concern is for his colleague and his family.

“We feel really bad about the situation and how it may affect his wife and family,” Hill, the GOP leader of the Senate, told the AP. “Our concerns right now are to help him and his family out any way we can. We just want to make sure things work out for John and his family.”

Aldrich said McGee jackknifed the SUV and trailer attempting to back up, entering a yard and becoming stuck. Aldrich said the trailer and vehicle sustained minor damage, and that McGee was not injured.

McGee, who is married and has a daughter, in 2006 was named the Idaho Young Republican of the Year and Republican Legislator of the Year. He is pictured left in April 2009.

The senator from District 10 is the marketing director for West Valley Medical Center. He serves on the three Legislative committees: local government and taxation, state affairs, and transportation.

In the last Legislative session, McGee supported Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter's “Hire one Act” that offers employers tax credits as a way to encourage them to add more workers. McGee also supported a bonds-for-highways plan called “Connecting Idaho” intended to maintain Idaho's roads and bridges.

Also last session he introduced a bill requiring underage drivers to take safety training as part of a compromise to fend off road closures and maintain public access following a U.S. Forest Service plan to close some roads to all-terrain vehicles amid safety concerns over underage drivers.

McGee also supported a measure giving immunity from lawsuits to doctors who recommend that a patient's driver's license be revoked, arguing doctors must be allowed to recommend drastic action without fear of legal repercussions. McGee also supported legislation to ban texting while driving.

Man arraigned in Top Hat bar stabbing

A Spokane man pleaded not guilty Thursday to a first-degree assault charge for a stabbing outside the Top Hat Tavern.

Bobby S. Galloway, 23, is accused of stabbing Mickey Davis during a fight May 5 about 1:30 .m. Davis suffered a serious but non-life threatening stab wound to his stomach.

Police arrived at the bar, 6412 N. Division St., and found Davis lying on his back near a booth inside the bar.

Galloway was found walking near West Princeton Avenue and North Wall Street. Witnesses identifed him from photo lineups, polcie said.

He remains in Spokane County Jail on $75,000 and a Department of Corrections probation hold.

Woman wanted for vehicular assault

A woman is wanted for vehicular assault after Spokane police said she crashed her car, injuring her passenger, then asked an officer, “Can I leave my car like that?”

Michelle R. Purkey, 47, smelled of alcohol when police responded to a crash at North Crestline Street and East Illinois Avenue about 1:30 a.m. on Feb. 5.

Purkey's Ford Escort crashed into a power pole, and her passenger, Louis Austin, suffered a broken nose, broken teeth, broken arm, two broken ankles and a fractured pelvis, according to court documents.

Police said Purkey admitted to drinking but was argumentative and said she was leaving before her arrest.

Purkey was to report to jail for booking after her arrangement, but she never did, leading to an arrest warrant that calls for her to be held without bail. Purkey last gave an address in the 700 block of West Maxwell Avenue in Spokane.

Anyone with information on her current location is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.

Federal public defender’s job opens

The future of the top federal public defender in Eastern Washington and North Idaho could be in doubt, with the board that oversees the attorney’s office advertising for his replacement even as the attorney, Roger Peven, prepares to represent domestic terrorism suspect Kevin W. Harpham. 

The federal public defender’s office is facing a civil lawsuit by three former employees, who essentially claim that they were fired in retaliation after they raised concerns about a lack of leadership on the part of Peven.

The lawsuit also claims the three employees forced an intervention that resulted in Peven seeking inpatient treatment for alcohol abuse.

Read the rest of Tom Clouse's story here.

Chronic drunken driver arrested for DUI

A chronic drunken driver convicted of vehicular homicide in 1990 was arrested early Thursday on suspension of drunken driving.

Lance Dean Falcon, 44, of Plummer, Idaho, had a blood-alcohol level of .167 and .162 in two breathe samples submitted at the Spokane Public Safety Building after a Washington State Patrol trooper stopped him for speeding about 6 a.m. near Madison Road and Dishman Mica Road.

Falcon had an unopened can of Keystone Ice beer in his car, and police say they found an empty can of the same beer tossed in the street near where Falcon’s pickup stopped. They also say he smelled of alcohol and had glassy, bloodshot eyes and slurred speech.

Falcon said he was headed to a laundry mat than a golf tournament at Circling Raven that day at 11 a.m. He told police he’d had a “few” drinks and four to five hours of sleep, according to a police report. He gave an initial breath test of .169 before he was arrested for drunken driving and taken to the police station.

“Falcon said several times that he was done because this was his third strike,” according to the report.

Falcon faces a felony DUI charge because of his previous conviction for vehicular homicide. He also was arrested for drunken driving in 1996, 1998 and 2008, according to Idaho court records.

The 1998 arrest resulted from a serious car crash in North Idaho that injured a pregnant woman and her 3-year-old son.

Judges uphold Russell’s convictions

Appellate judges on Tuesday upheld the vehicular homicide convictions against Frederick Russell, who was convicted in 2007 of killing three Washington State University students and seriously injuring three others in a drunken crash a decade ago on the highway that connects Moscow and Pullman.

 However, the Division III Court of Appeals will return the case to Superior Court Judge David Frazier so that Russell can be given credit for the time he served incarcerated in Ireland as attorneys fought for his extradition back to the U.S. to stand trial.

Russell had fled the country through Canada to avoid prosecution of the case.

Read the rest of Tom Clouse's story here.

Federal prosecutor’s son jailed in Idaho

The son of a North Idaho federal prosecutor is in the Bonner County Jail for a drunken vehicle prowling spree last December.

Christopher Alan Cook, 22, was ordered this week to serve 30 days in jail for misdemeanor theft after a felony burglary charge was dismissed. He'll be credited for 10 days already served.

Cook was arrested March 20 for a series of car break-ins in Sandpoint between Dec. 17 and Dec. 20.

He pleaded guilty on Wednesday and was sentenced to 365 days in jail with 335 suspended. He also was fined $1,000 with $700 suspended and will be on unsupervised probation for two years.

Alcohol was a factor in the crime, said Bonner County Deputy Prosecutor Shane Greenbank.

Cook, of Dalton Gardens, is the son of Assistant U.S. Attorney Nancy Cook. He is being housed away from federal inmates at the Bonner County Jail, according to the court documents. Jailers told him he can be placed in a single cell if problems arise, but only as a last resort.

Drunk man’s home mix-up leads to arrest

 

A suspected drunken driver was arrested this morning after repeatedly using his house keys to try to open a home that wasn't his.
 
John Stephen Cullen, 56, twice tried to open a front door in the 18600 block of East Courtland Avenue before police detained him on a misdemeanor drunken driving charge.
 
A woman called 911 about 9:25 a.m. and said a suspicious man had parked his car in the driveway and tried his keys in her door. She watched as Cullen drove way westbound, then again parked in her driveway and tried his keys in the door.
 
Officer Glen Hinckley detained Cullen until Traffic Officer Jack Rosenthal arrived to process the suspect as a potential DUI driver.  Rosenthal booked Cullen into jail on the misdemeanor.   
 
“Cullen’s home address is in the 18700 block of East Boone Avenue,” according to a news release by Sgt. Dave Reagan. “The two addresses are on opposite sides of the Spokane River and about a mile apart.” 

Driver soon regrets drunken pick-up

An Athol man quickly regretted picking up a drunk man who was laying in the middle of a downtown Coeur d'Alene street last weekend.

According to police, Micah A. Wulff, 25, allowed the man into his truck just before 3 a.m. on Saturday but kicked the man out while northbound on Ramsey Road.

The angry man struck Wulff's truck, then swung at Wulff with a metal baton when confronted, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department.

The man then “racked” the slide of a pistol and pointed it at Wulff. Wulff drove away and called police.

An Idaho State Police trooper arrested suspect Mason D. Brown, 22, in the 2400 block of West Dakota Avenue.

Brown had a handgun and said he was from Spokane Valley, according to a news release. He was booked into jail on charges of attempted aggravated battery, aggravated assault and intoxicated person with a firearm.

Unpaid bar tab leads to ID theft arrest

An unpaid bar tab led to a woman's arrest on identity theft charges in Spokane Valley late Saturday.

A man and woman left the Corner Club Bar, 2208 N. Park Road, with a $117 bar tab after their debit card was declined but said they were going to their nearby motel room to get cash.

When they didn't return, a bar employee gave the declined debit card to Spokane Valley police Officer Justin Elliot, who determined it was stolen.

Employees at the nearby Red Top Motel said the woman named on the stolen card had rented a room there, so Elliot and  Officers Dale Wells and David Lawhorn  went to the room “and contacted an intoxicated Kathryn Elizabeth Reed,” police said.

Reed, 24, first claimed to be the woman named on the card. She invited police to retrieve her medical marijuana card from her purse when police spotted pot on the nightstand.

Police didn't find the card, but they did find identification belonging to Reed, as well as financial information and mail from five other people, according to a news release. Each person lives in the area of 11800 East Maxwell Avenue, where the declined debit card was reported stolen in a car prowling Feb. 18.

Reed was booked into jail on a felony count of second-degree identity theft and misdemeanor counts of third-degree theft (for the bar tab) and possession of marijuana. 

Police: grandma, grandson party hearty

PARIS, Tenn. (AP) — When a Henry County deputy finally stopped a speeding car on the wrong side of a highway, he found it had been driven by a 77-year-old grandmother.

Not that the stop was easy, reports The Paris Post-Intelligencer.

Barely an hour into the new year, Lt. Stan Pinson saw the car headed the wrong way in the northeast-bound lanes of divided Highway 79 northeast of Paris.

Pinson says driver Syble Dickens ignored the blue lights and siren, dodged spike strips and finally pulled over, saying she was still having “a good time.”

She's charged with DUI, speeding, reckless endangerment and failure to yield. Her 29-year-old grandson is charged with public intoxication. He slept through the chase.

Both are to appear in court Thursday.

Officials: Knife-wielding man a public drunk

A transient suspected of threatening three people with a hunting knife in downtown Spokane late Thursday has been cited for consuming alcohol in public twice in the last eight days.

Now Wilfred Dale Corse, 48, is in jail on new misdemeanor charges after police say he took a fighting stance when confronted at 11:37 p.m. near South Maple Street and West Fourth Avenue.

Corse dropped the knife when the two officers pulled their guns, Officer Dave Daddato said in a news release.

Police had arrived to find Corse confronting a woman and two men with the knife, but Corse does not face assault charges because the victims fled before they were interviewed, Daddato said.

Corse said he confronted the three because he believed they stole his guitar or knew its location, police said.

Corse has been cited for consuming alcohol in public seven times since August 2006, including citations on May 26, June 17 and June 24, according to Spokane Municipal Court records. His drinks of choice include High Gravity, Busch and Natural Ice, records show.

Corse was booked into Spokane County Jail just after midnight today on $750 bond for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and a misdemeanor weapons charge.

2 bars cited for over-serving in triple fatal

Two downtown bars were cited by the state Liquor Control Board for over-serving a man who, while drunken driving, allegedly caused a fatal accident on Interstate 90 in December.

The driver, Sterling N. Kruger, 22, of Davenport, Wash., died after entering the eastbound highway going the wrong way, and collided with an eastbound vehicle killing both the driver James Roscoe Bolton, 61, of Spokane Valley; and his passenger, Trina Louise Erickson, 47, of Spokane Valley.

After an investigation, the liquor board discovered that Kruger had visited three downtown nightclubs that night, two of which were cited for allowing an intoxicated person to consume/possess alcohol.

The Lion’s Lair, 205 W. Riverside Ave., faces a five-day liquor license suspension or a $500 fine, while the BLVD House of Music faces a 30-day license suspicion. This is the third violation for the BLVD within two years, officials said.

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