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In brief: Second man arrested in women’s shootings

The second man accused of attempted murder in a July shooting was arrested Sunday.

Michael “Mikey Mike” R. Gardner, 23, is being held on $500,000 bail after appearing in Spokane County Superior Court via video Monday on two counts of first-degree attempted murder and one count of second-degree assault in a shooting in south Spokane that police say began with a fight at a bar.

Timothy “Stoney Boy” Lucious, 38, has been in Spokane County Jail on the same charges since Oct.18.

Two women were shot, one in the arm and one the chest during the July 24 incident, according to court documents.

Gardner is also being held on a civil warrant for failing to appear at a child support hearing last summer. He owes $6,000 in past payments, a deputy prosecutor said in court.

Meghann M. Cuniff

Insufficient evidence for threat charges

Charges have been dropped against a man arrested on suspicion of trying to help hide a double-murder suspect.

Mark H. Toner, 33, remains in jail on a charge of possession of methamphetamine that police say was in his car when he was arrested Sept. 26. At the time, investigators accused him of threatening a woman who refused to hide Merle W. Harvey.

Harvey is accused of pulling the trigger in the shooting deaths of Jack T. Lamere and Jacob J. Potter over a car dispute earlier that day.

A woman told police she’d been threatened by Toner after refusing to hide Harvey, but Spokane police Detective Chet Gilmore said Toner was not involved in the double homicide and does not appear to know Harvey.

Charges of felony first-degree rendering criminal assistance and first-degree witness intimidation charges were dismissed against Toner on Oct. 14 because of a lack of evidence.

Toner stayed in jail on a District Court warrant and appeared in court Friday in connection with the meth charge.

Meghann M. Cuniff

Applications sought for grant programs

The Inland Northwest Community Foundation is seeking applicants for two grant programs, one for nonprofit agencies providing social services in Stevens, Ferry and Pend Oreille counties and another in Spokane County.

The programs, made possible through a $150,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, are intended to increase assistance to families struggling because of the economic downturn.

Nonprofit agencies can apply by calling (509) 624-2606 or (888) 267-5606. Guidelines for eligibility are available at

Staff reports