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In brief: Bullet misses girl, suspect arrested

Wed., Jan. 18, 2012

A young girl narrowly avoided gunfire late Saturday after an 18-year-old man fired a gun into her apartment, police say.

The girl’s mother, Elizabeth Harper, told police she and her friend, Bryan Chavez, were at the home on East Pine Ridge Court in north Spokane when she heard a gunshot about 9:29 p.m. and a stranger opened her unlocked door and stepped inside, according to the Spokane Police Department.

She repeatedly yelled for the man, identified by police as Alexander B. Pardue, to leave, but he demanded to be let in “with a panicked look on his face,” police said in court documents.

Pardue left when Chavez emerged from a back room, police say. Harper told officers she heard one of her daughters crying and found a bullet hole just above her bed from a gunshot that traveled through the apartment.

Pardue’s girlfriend, Stephanie Diluzio, told police an unknown man with a knife hit Pardue in the face with a baseball bat, and Pardue chased him and fired a shot. Pardue was ordered to stay in jail on $10,000 bond after appearing in Superior Court Tuesday on a first-degree burglary charge.

Florida homicide suspect arrested

A man wanted for murder in Florida was arrested in Spokane Tuesday.

Federal agents found Demarcus R. Ledent, 31, in the 8000 block of North Hill N Dale Street, just north of East Magnesium Road off North Division Street.

A warrant for Ledent’s arrest was issued Jan. 4 in Pensacola, Fla., for the July 2007 homicide of Barry Shipp, 48.

The Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force learned Ledent had fled Florida and was living in Spokane, according to a news release.

According to a 2007 video from WKRG TV in Pensacola, Shipp, who was married with children, was shot to death at a family-owned barber shop.

Jan. 1 crash victim dies of injuries

A fourth person has died from injuries sustained in a New Year’s Day accident outside Reardan.

Kenneth C. McIntyre, 52, died on Friday at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. The man was a passenger in a 2006 Toyota Scion driven by Kacey EJ McIntyre, 19. According to the Washington State Patrol, the Scion was eastbound on U.S. Highway 2 and crossed the centerline, colliding with a 2007 Subaru Impreza driven by Benito M. Flores, 66. Kacey McIntyre, Flores and McIntyre’s passenger Faith Proctor all died at the scene of the accident.

Medical pot bill offered in Idaho

BOISE – Medical marijuana legislation was introduced in the Idaho House on Tuesday at the behest of Rep. Tom Trail, R-Moscow.

Trail proposed similar legislation last year; it got an informational hearing from the House Health and Welfare Committee, but got no further. The measure would permit patients with debilitating medical conditions to be dispensed up to 2 ounces of marijuana every 28 days; they’d have to get it from state-authorized “alternative treatment centers.”

An Idaho group currently is gathering signatures for an initiative to legalize medical marijuana. Trail maintains that other states’ experience has shown that legislation with strict controls is preferable to a voter initiative.

Man jailed over county check

A former inmate due $15 for money not used at the Spokane County Jail earned himself another stay behind bars by forging the check for more than 200 times the amount, sheriff’s officials say.

John P. Oak, 44, was arrested Thursday for forgery and second-degree theft after he tried to withdraw money from Banner Bank in Rockford, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.

Jail staff on Jan. 11 noticed Oak had cashed a check from the jail for $3,042.21, though jail records showed the check was originally written for $15.

Oak received $1,000 in cash and deposited the rest in his account, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Bank employees notified police Thursday that Oak had tried to withdraw more funds but was denied. Oak has been released from jail and is to be arraigned on Tuesday, according to online court records.


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