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Shot bank robbery suspect remains free

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — A 69-year-old Clarkston, Wash., man is out of jail but barred from casinos after being arraigned on charges related to a bank robbery.

David Payton was shot by officers after robbing a U.S. Bank in Lewiston at gunpoint Feb. 3, Lewiston police said. He was hospitalized for two months.

Nez Perce County prosecutors asked Magistrate Judge Jay Gaskill to arrest Payton Wednesday because of the seriousness of the charges and because Payton has been seen casinos. Police suspect gambling debts may have been the motive for the robbery.

Gaskill allowed Payton to remain free, but ordered him not to enter casinos. Payton is charged with robbery and four counts of aggravated assault. His preliminary hearing is set for June 8.

Bank robbery suspect, 69, shot by police

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Police in Lewiston have released the name of a 69-year-old man who was shot by law enforcement officers after a bank robbery.

David L. Payton of Clarkston, Wash., is hospitalized in critical condition in Seattle.

Officers investigating the robbery of a US Bank branch Thursday morning found Payton walking nearby about 15 minutes after the robbery.

Capt. Tom Greene says when officers approached, the suspect pointed a gun at them and he was shot multiple times. He underwent surgery at a Lewiston hospital and was flown to Harborview Medical Center Thursday night.

Greene says the suspect pointed the gun at the teller and made off with a “fair amount” of cash. Payton has no significant prior criminal record.

The officers involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave

Weather prompts teen revelers’ surrender

Two teenage revelers nearly escaped arrest in Lewiston early New Year's Day but surrendered “within a couple of minutes due to being cold and wet,” police said.

The boy and girl were drunk in a hot tub in the 3600 block of Country Club Court while the owners were away on vacation when police arrived about 3:15 a.m. on Jan. 1.

Police arrested a man who was passed out in a vehicle in front of the home, then saw the teens run from the home in their swimsuits but soon return. They told police only three were in the hot tub and were released to their parents, but officers learned about 9:15 a.m. that another juvenile had fled the scene and not been heard from since, according to a news release.

Police and the boy's parents were assisted by the Nez Perce County Sheriff's Office and a tracking dog “due to the extreme cold weather and the fact that the juvenile was believed to be clothed only in a swimsuit and possibly a t-shirt,” according to a news release.

A resident found the boy passed out in a bedroom at his home a block from the crime scene about 12:30 p.m., police said. All four face underage consumption of alcohol charges. The fourth suspect also is charged with unlawful entry.

Burglary suspect found at ‘The Alibi’ bar

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Police say it didn’t take them long  to locate an Idaho man suspected in the robbery of a Cedars Inn — he was found next-door at The Alibi bar.

Lewiston police say 40-year-old Donald Mosley Jr. was arrested less than 15 minutes after he walked into the hotel and demanded cash from the desk clerk late Wednesday.

Police found Mosley at The Alibi, a bar located next to the hotel. Mosley was booked into the Nez Perce County Jail early Thursday and faces possible felony robbery charges.

The Lewiston Tribune reports this is the second time Mosley has been arrested in recent weeks.

In late October, police say he called in a fake fire report from a pay phone after he was declined a cup of coffee at a Lewiston fire station. It was unclear if Mosley had hired an attorney Thursday, when various state and county offices were closed in observance of Veterans Day.

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