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Woman fakes heart attack in court

A Spokane woman faked a heart attack during her son's first court appearance on a drug charge Monday, court officials said.

An ambulance rushed to the Spokane County Courthouse but did not transport the woman, who had fallen to the floor after Judge Michael Price imposed $1,000 bond for her 29-year-old son on a drug possession charge.

“She fell into the aisle and was yelling 'I'm having a heart attack,'” Price said.

Though suspicious, court officials immediately called 911, and a transport deputy tended to the woman outside the courtroom.

The woman's son told court officials there was a 10 percent chance his mother wasn't faking.

  

Armed courthouse-goer: It was an accident

The woman accused of trying to bring a loaded gun into the Spokane County Courthouse said she never meant to harm anyone and simply forgot she had the weapon with her.

“I would never purposely take a weapon into a courthouse,” said Stacey L. Atkins, 22. “That would just be dumb.”

Atkins was cited for two misdemeanors Thursday and released after security found the Bersa .380-caliber semi-automatic pistol in her purse as it passed through the X-ray machine on the north side of the courthouse.

“The lady up there was like ‘what is that?’” Atkins said. “As soon as she said that, I knew I left my gun in there..I wasn’t planning on doing harm.”

Atkins said she was at the courthouse to get a restraining order. The gun’s magazine was loaded, but there was no bullet in the chamber, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

Weapons are prohibited inside the courthouse.

Loaded gun seized by courthouse security

A Spokane woman was arrested today after she tried to bring a loaded gun to a court hearing on a domestic violence charge.

Stacey L. Atkins, 22, was cited for two misdemeanor and released after security at the Spokane County Courthouse founded the Bersa .380-caliber semi-automatic pistol in her purse as it passed through the x-ray machine on the north side of the courthouse.

The gun’s magazine was loaded, but there was no bullet in the chamber, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

Weapons are prohibited inside the courthouse.

Atkins was cited for possession of a concealed dangerous weapon and carrying a weapon in a prohibited place. She was released after she promised to appear in court, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Courthouse watch: 5.21.09

A man charged with threatening to kill city of Spokane and Cowles Co. officials and a man charged with impersonating a federal agent were among cases with hearings today in Spokane County.

Steven E. Escallier, 40, (left) is charged with criminal impersonation, first-degree attempted robbery and malicious mischief after police say he tried robbing two men who were completing a cell phone sale arranged through Craigslist in early March.

Escallier told officer he thought the men were drug dealers when he identified himself as a DEA agent and ordered one to “hand over his drugs,” according to police. He was arrested a few blocks away from the crime scene at Crestline and Empire.

David H. Elton, 43, was another defendant in court today who’s made the news.

Charged with three counts of felony harassment - threats to kill, Elton was arrested in February after several people told police of emails he’d sent threatening to kill Spokane City Council President Joe Shogan and Betsy and Stacey Cowles, who own The Spokesman-Review. Elton has said he suffers from bipolar disorder.

“Elton states that the people he has targeted are largely semi-innocent, but his hate for them is based on their greed and ignorance,” according to court papers. “He states that the only exception is his ex-wife. He writes that he dreams of killing her and burning her remains and he listens to Chopin and Van Halen.”

Judge Ellen Kalama Clark granted trial extensions for Escallier and Elton Thursday. She also allowed a special judge to be assigned to Elton’s case.

Escallier remains in Spokane County Jail; Elton, who is out on bond, is represented by private criminal defense lawyer Mark Vovos. Vovos described the case as “complex.”

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