March 4, 2010 in City

In brief: Gun-carrying woman arrested at courthouse

 

A Spokane woman was arrested Wednesday 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 misdemeanors and released after security at the Spokane County Courthouse 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 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.

Meghann M. Cuniff

Stolen vehicle spotted by off-duty officer

An off-duty Spokane police officer is credited with finding a stolen vehicle Tuesday, making it the ninth stolen car he recovered in the past five days.

Officer Glenn Bartlett was on his way home when he spotted a black Nissan Pathfinder reported stolen earlier in the day.

The officer followed the car to the Shadle Walmart parking lot, with the assistance of Sgt. Dan Torok, who was also off duty.

On-duty officers responded and arrested Christal N. Helsley, 36. The Pathfinder was one of several cars reported stolen near East 12th Avenue and Ivory Street since Feb. 25.

Bartlett is one of several officers who have automatic license plate readers in their patrol cars to help locate stolen vehicles.

Sara Leaming

Bar owner held in fatality posts bail

A Spokane Valley bar owner accused of a drunken hit-and-run crash that killed a bicyclist is out of jail on bond.

Scott C. Reckord, 49, posted $50,000 bond Tuesday after appearing in Spokane County Superior Court on charges of vehicular homicide and felony hit and run.

Reckord was arrested Monday night, accused of hitting bicyclist David L. Squires, 56, at Division Street and Sprague Avenue about 6:40 p.m.

Police said Reckord was driving a silver Dodge pickup north on one-way Division when he turned left to go west on Sprague and collided with Squires in a crosswalk.

Squires was knocked from his bicycle, then run over by the truck, witnesses told police.

Witnesses told police the light was green for the northbound Division Street traffic, according to court documents. Reckord was arrested after failing sobriety tests, police said.

Meghann M. Cuniff

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