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Man Charged With Threatening His Wife

A Valley man was arrested after his wife told deputies he threatened to kill her early Sunday.

Patrick M. Fitzsimmons, 28, E26512 Rowan, faces charges of domestic violence harassment and death threats.

Deputies went to the home on East Rowan about midnight, said sheriff’s Lt. Clyde Ries. Connie Fitzsimmons told deputies she and her husband had been arguing since 8:30 p.m.

Connie Fitzsimmons said she’d asked her husband to look after their 2-year-old baby, and he yelled obscenities at her, then threatened to kill her, the police report said.

His wife handed Patrick Fitzsimmons a loaded revolver and told him to go ahead and kill her, but he said he’d do it with his bare hands, she told deputies.

His wife said Patrick Fitzsimmons fired a round into the ceiling. Deputies found a bullet hole in the ceiling and a box of ammunition on the table, Ries said.

Credit card theft alleged

A man pulled over on a traffic stop was arrested on charges of possessing stolen property and drugs.

Robert J. Lynn, 19, W1523 Jackson, was pulled over by deputies near Sinto and Lewis between 5 and 6 a.m. on Sunday. A check of his name revealed three warrants for his arrest, Ries said.

A credit card in Lynn’s pocket belonged to someone else. Lynn said he works at the YMCA and had found a lost card.

A call to the credit card’s owner, a handicapped man who lives in north Spokane County, revealed that the card had been stolen from the man at the YMCA, Ries said.

When deputies searched Lynn, they found a small amount of marijuana in his pocket.

Railway crossing damaged

A Valley man was arrested last Saturday afternoon after the gate was broken off a railway crossing.

Royal L. Houghton, 30, E4405 Fifth, No. 31, was charged with malicious injury to railway property.

Scott Bates, a railroad yardmaster for Burlington Northern, told authorities that a man in a green pickup drove into a railway gate at Wisconsin and Havana about 3:15 p.m. The pickup continued around the the railway post, pushing the gate until it snapped off, Ries said.

Bates got the license number and reported it to authorities.

Deputies, working with Burlington Northern special agent Alan Dyer, went to Houghton’s home and arrested him.