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Extreme neighbor dispute ends in arrest

A 47-year-old Cheney man is accused of burglary after his 25-year-old female neighbor said he’d repeatedly threatened to “chop her head off” before bursting into her apartment and trying to pull her shirt off.

The extreme case of a bad neighbor occurred Sunday in a motel on B Street in Cheney, where the alleged victim said a man in a nearby rental unit was harassing her via telephone and had also contacted her in person, according to court documents.

Police arrived to find the woman being consoled by two friends in the room. The woman said she believed the man, identified as Paul A. Columbus, was capable of carrying out the threats. She said he'd burst into her room after she called 911 but she was able to push him outside and lock the door.

The woman said she was never in a relationship with Columbus and that he has never been allowed inside her room. Her two friends told police they witnessed Columbus threatened to cut the woman's head off and kill her dog.

Columbus remains jailed on $7,500 bond after appearing in Spokane County Superior Court on a first-degree burglary charge.

Revenge-seeking assault suspect jailed

A Spokane Valley man accused of assaulting his neighbor during a revenge-seeking break-in last week remains in jail on $50,000 bond.

Roger D. Holmes, Jr., 39, appeared in Superior Court Monday on first-degree burglary and first-degree assault charges

Holmes was hospitalized Wednesday night along with his neighbor at 12412 E. Eighth Ave., Kevin McLean, who underwent surgery for several stab wounds police believe were inflicted by Holmes.

Holmes was stabbed in the head with a pair of scissors by McLean, 47, after he broke into McLean’s home and attacked him, police said.

Holmes told police McLean had broken into his apartment a week ago and assaulted him, so he went to McLean’s apartment “to scare the (guy),” according to court documents.

“(McLean) broke into my house last weekend and nobody did a goddamn thing,” Holmes said. “I break into his house and all the cops in the world show up…He struck me first.”

Police found several sharp objected in the apartment, including a large pair of shearing scissors and a large military-style knife. Holmes was ordered to stay in jail Monday on $50,000 bond.

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