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Victim says sexuality prompted attack

A knife assault that nearly killed a man early Saturday began after the victim described himself as gay, according to Spokane police.

The 28-year-old victim was drinking with a friend at a home in the 400 block of South Fiske Street when a man approached them on the porch and began talking. The victim said he was gay, “and an argument ensued about him being gay,” accordeing to court documents.

The victim said the man, identified by police as Jesse D. Bell, 21, calmed down, and they talked for about 45 minutes, but Bell again got angry and a fight ensued.

Bell walked away, and the man realized he’d been stabbed and his friend was cut on her hand. Another man also sustained a small stab wound.

Police contacted Bell, and he told them he’d told the man he would stab him if he did not get off of him as they were fighting. He said he thought he stabbed the man once but was unaware he’d stabbed anyone else.

Bell was arrested for first-degree assault. He remains in jail on $100,000 bond after appearing in Spokane County Superior Court on Monday.

The victim was treated for stab wounds to his torso, back and arm, including one that punctured his right lung. His heart stopped beating at the hospital but emergency room staff revived him.

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 say.

Slechta remains jailed on $1,000 bond after appearing in Superior Court on a malicious harassment charge.  Irv's bartender told police Slechta stumbled into the bar about 7 p.m. and tired to take customers’ drinks, so he asked him to leave.

The bartender told police Slechta yelled profanities and homophobic slurs at him and customers, then picked up an empty pint glass and threw it at him. The bartender was not injured.

Police said Slechta continued to yell homophobic slurs as he was led from the bar in handcuffs.

The hate crime charge alleges Slechta attacked the bartender and the patrons because of their sexual orientation.

Online posts lead to officer’s resignation

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) — A sheriff's lieutenant in Douglas County, Colo., being investigated for posting controversial comments from his county computer while on duty has resigned.

Denver's KMGH-TV reports that Lt Jeff Egnor, with the sheriff's department for 13 years, resigned Tuesday in the middle of an investigation by his supervisors.

The investigation was looking into reports that while using a screen name, Egnor posted hundreds of comments on Denver TV websites. The posts ranged from bashing Gov. John Hickenlooper to attacking illegal immigrants and gays in the military.

KMGH filed an open-records request to find out who was posting the comments after readers complained about them. Sheriff's officials started investigating

County officials say Egnor's conduct was a clear violation of their policy on Internet use. KMGH says it couldn't reach him for comment.

Westboro protest costs police $10,000

Spokane police estimate they’ll spend between $9,000 and $10,000 on overtime costs to pay for the police presence at Westboro Baptist Church protests and counter protests Thursday.

That doesn’t include money for Spokane County Sheriff’s Office employees and the jail’s critical response team. 

Police said no one was arrested and no citations were issued during the protests, took place at Whitworth University, Ferris High School and Eastern Washington University. The group is picketing today at Lake City and Coeur d’Alene high schools and at NIC.

“The officers and CRT members on site showed amazing professionalism and restraint over the course of a long day,” said Officer Jennifer DeRuwe, spokeswoman for the Spokane Police Department.

Read Kevin Graman’s full story on the protests here.

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