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Sheriff’s ‘copter helps bust drunken party

A sheriff's helicopter helped police track drunken partygoers in Spokane Valley early Sunday.

Officers called in back up from other law enforcement agencies to help them control people at the part in the 16100 block of East Broadway Avenue, which they responded to about 1 a.m. after reports of a party and disturbance.

Sheriff's helicopter Air 1 was patrolling and alerted police to several people in the road and surrounding yards.

Police said several drunken people refused to obey their commands. The majority eventually went back inside as requested, but Rion Holmes, 24, was arrested after refusing commands to stop walking in he middle of Broadway and disrupting traffic, police say.

Police say Holmes also continued to yell at others around the home and encouraged them not to cooperate with police. He was arrested for riot, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and possession of marijuana.

Nicholas Loverro, 22, also allegedly refused commands and was arrested for riot, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Homeowner Justin Doggett, 25, was booked into jail on suspicion of providing alcohol to minors. An underage female was cited and released for possession of alcohol. Officers arrested a total of nine people, police said.

Guilty plea halts ‘life is a bitch’ jury trial

A last-minute plea deal has halted a trial for a Spokane man accused of intimidating a public servant for a courthouse outburst at a deputy prosecutor.

Roland W. Finney, 36, (pictured) pleaded guilty to riot today in Spokane County Superior Court and was sentenced to six months in jail. He'll be credited for 59 days already served.

Sixty prospective jurors and a visiting judge were at the courthouse today for what was to be the start of Finney's trial.

Finney was accused of intimidating Deputy Prosecutor Mark Cipolla on Aug. 30, 2010, after Cipolla refiled drug-related charges against him that had earlier been dismissed.

Cipolla said Finney 'threatened to take me outside and ‘kick my ass,’ ” according to court documents. “The threats continued to escalate including killing my wife, ‘Life is a bitch, you marry one and then she dies’ and that I had better watch out,” Cipolla wrote.

In response, Finney's lawyer, Kari Reardon, wrote: “The truth of the matter is that for some, life is a bitch. Further, everybody dies.” She said her client's statements didn't constitute threats against Cipolla.

Retired Ferry County Judge Rebecca Baker and Lincoln County Prosecutor Jeff Barkdull were called in to handle the case.

Finney pleaded guilty today before jury selection proceedings began, thus ending any possibility of Reardon cross examining Cipolla.

Hoopfest suspect pleads to riot, gun charges

One of four men arrested after shots were fired at Hoopfest is expected to leave jail this week. 

Rashjel G. “Reggie” Cage, 24, pleaded guilty to felony riot and unlawful possession of a firearm today in a plea deal that dismissed about a dozen attempted murder charges.

Prosecutors have decided also to drop the attempted murder charges against the three remaining defendants and will instead seek five counts of first-degree assault, one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree assault along with riot and firearms charges.

Cage was accused of passing a gun to Miguel C. Garcia at Hoopfest on June 26.

Garcia, 19, fired several shots into the crowd after approaching rival gang members, police say. The bullets hit three bystanders.

Prosecutors say the men conspired to commit the assaults as part of long-standing rivalry between two gangs. Garcia remains in jail, along with Adam Doe, 19, and Marquis D. Johnson, 22, who prosecutors say were with the men at the time of the shooting.

Cage faces 26 to 34 months in prison when he’s sentenced Dec. 14, but Deputy Prosecutor Steve Garvin said he’ll ask for an exceptionally low sentence if Cage cooperates.

Garvin also recommended Cage be released from jail before his sentencing. Cage’s family said they expect him to be home within a couple of days.

Past coverage:

June 29: Hoopfest shots not ‘surprising’

June 27: Shooting hurts 3, leads to 5 arrests

2 men sentenced for home-invasion robbery

A Spokane man arrested in Las Vegas after a home-invasion robbery last spring was credited for time served in the jail after pleading guilty to riot this week. 

Taveus M. Brown, 30, took a plea deal that greatly reduced his charges and saved him from the prison sentence imposed on his co-conspirator, Wesley I. Veazie.

Veazie, 22, (right) was sentenced to 43 months in prison with credit for 101 days served last month after pleading guilty to second-degree robbery. He’s now at the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton.

The men originally faced charges of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary and attempted first-degree robbery arrested after a man said they’d burst into his apartment at 2500 E. South Riverton on March 2 and held him at gunpoint.

A SWAT team searched a home at 1921 E. 4th Ave. the next day but didn’t find the men.

A Spokane police dog, Bennie, later captured Veazie after he ran from traffic stop on the North Side.  Brown was captured in Vegas.

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