February 3, 2008 in City

Region in brief: Three stabbed at North Side bar

The Spokesman-Review

The Spokane Gang Enforcement Team is investigating a triple stabbing early Saturday outside the Double Dribble Sports Bar on North Division, Spokane police said.

A woman and two men, whose names were withheld, were taken to hospitals in serious condition, Spokane police Cpl. Jon Strickland said. Two were rushed into surgery, but none of the injuries was life-threatening, he said.

Police had not apprehended or identified a suspect as of Saturday evening.

Witnesses said the victims were in the bar when they got into an argument with the a man. After the victims and the man were asked to leave, a new argument involving them and others broke out in the parking lot.

The man allegedly pulled out a 4-inch, dagger-like knife and began attacking people, Strickland said. The male victims were stabbed in the torso and one also was stabbed in the leg. The woman was stabbed in the back, leg and face.

The Gang Enforcement Team joined the investigation because of comments witnesses heard the stabber make that suggested he was in a gang.

Anyone with information about the assault is asked to call (509) 242-TIPS.

Judge’s son arrested on drug charges

The son of Spokane County Superior Court Judge Debra Hayes was arrested last week on drug charges.

Joseph R. Apperson, 29, was booked into jail Wednesday for possession of heroin after sheriff’s detectives made several undercover purchases, said Spokane County sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Reagan. Five grams of heroin and several loaded syringes were found in Apperson’s Spokane apartment when investigators searched it.

“As with any family to have experienced the tragedy of America’s drug epidemic, I am very concerned for my adult son’s welfare,” Hayes said. “I am confident that this will proceed through the system like any other case. I want to thank my family and friends for their support.”

Apperson was booked into Spokane County Jail on Wednesday, Reagan said. According to jail records, Apperson was released Thursday afternoon. No bail amount was indicated.

Hayes said she expects that a judge from outside the county will handle her son’s case, which is typical in situations when judges may have a conflict of interest.

Gunman breaks into apartment

A Spokane woman called police about 6 a.m. Saturday after a masked and armed man broke through the front door of her apartment shouting “Spokane police!”

The home invasion took place at an apartment complex on East Upriver Drive, police said.

The woman said the intruder pulled out a semi-automatic pistol and pushed her face-down on a bed, according to a Spokane police news release.

A female friend of the victim was in the home at the time and got into a struggle with the intruder, the release said. The first woman to her neighbors’ home for help.

The friend soon followed her, and two men were seen running toward a white car.

Neither woman was harmed.

The intruder was wearing a dark ski mask, a dark zip-up sweatshirt and dark blue jeans. He was described as about 25 with blond hair.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call (509) 242-TIPS.

Crime Stoppers seeks information

Crime Stoppers is offering cash rewards for information that leads to the arrests of five people.

Barry Leon Canton Jr., 32, is wanted on felony warrants for two counts of possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a firearm and bail jumping, said Sgt. Dave Reagan, a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Mary Gardipee, 22, is being sought for second-degree theft, Reagan said.

Tierra P. Madore, 30, is wanted on warrants for forgery, first-degree theft, first- and second-degree possession of stolen property and attempting to elude a police vehicle, Reagan said.

Justin L. Hearn, 28, is wanted by the Washington Department of Corrections on suspicion of escape from community custody. Hearn most recently gave his address as 2126 W. Dean Ave. in Spokane.

Naomi L. Stearns, 23, also is wanted by the corrections department for escape from community custody. She last gave her address as 2016 N. Elm St. in Spokane.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of any of these people should call the (800) 222-8477. Tipsters do not have to give their names to collect a reward, but they should give code names or numbers.

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