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Pair Arrested On Assault Charges

Thu., Oct. 2, 1997

A scuffle ended in two arrests downtown early Friday morning.

A Spokane police officer reported seeing a woman chasing a man down Sprague Avenue near the Mars Hotel just before 1 a.m. Friday, said police spokesman Dick Cottam.

The officer called for backup before stepping between the two. The woman, who the officer said was striking the man, allegedly told the officer she had a right to hit him because they were married, Cottam said.

The officer handcuffed Tommy S. Marks, 21, 2607 E. First, so he could continue his investigation, Cottam said. The officer accused Marks of kicking him in the chest as he put Marks in a patrol car.

Marks was arrested and charged with felony assault of an officer, Cottam said.

The woman, Sandy Steve, 23, who gave the same address as Marks, was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic-violence assault.

A third man at the scene, who was accused of pushing the officer while he was questioning Marks, was cited for obstructing an officer, Cottam said.

Teens steal candy

A 15-year-old Lewis and Clark student said several teens took a box of candy and some cash from him Monday afternoon.

The victim said he had left a bus at 29th and Grand Boulevard about 3:30 p.m. Monday and walked to the Manito Shopping Center, said police spokesman Dick Cottam.

As the student entered the parking lot, a car with several teens blocked his way, he said. While one teen asked to buy some candy, another knocked the box to the ground, Cottam said.

The victim ran, and the teens picked up the candy and the cash and then left. Police are still talking to witnesses, who Cottam said have identified some of the suspects.

Reserve accepting applications

The Spokane Police Department is looking for a few good men and women.

An orientation meeting to outline the department’s reserve officer program is at 7 tonight in the City Council chambers at City Hall.

The program trains those interested in working in law enforcement but who don’t have the one year of college required for entry-level police training.

Reserve officers will receive 256 hours of academy training between February and May 1998. The training involves a wide range of subjects related to law enforcement.

Reserve officers earn 15 college credits for their work and go on patrol with full-time officers. Training and equipment are free, but officers are asked to commit two years to the program.

Applicants must be at least 21 years old by Dec. 17 of this year and in good physical condition, with a high school diploma or equivalent and a grade-point average of at least 2.5. They must also be a U.S. citizen and possess a valid driver’s license.

For more information, call 625-4083.

, DataTimes

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