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In brief: Kootenai County inmate hanged himself, police say

A Kootenai County inmate who died last weekend had hanged himself in his cell.

Chad Vincent Gardner, 19, suffocated due to hanging, the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office said Thursday. Foul play is not suspected.

Gardner, of Coeur d’Alene, was being housed in a cell at the Nez Perce County Jail in Lewiston due to crowded conditions at the Kootenai County Jail. He was found unconscious in his cell about midnight Saturday, the Idaho State Police said.

Gardner was being held on a probation violation. Previously, he was prosecuted for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl in 2008 and convicted of felony injury of a child.

Scott Maben

Teen driver dies after car rolls; passenger was not injured

A 19-year-old driver was killed Thursday morning when his car rolled over on a curve in Nordman, Idaho.

Jeremy P. Schultz, of Coeur d’Alene, was driving a Ford Ranger eastbound on Reeder Creek Road when he lost control on a curve, a news release from the Idaho State Police said. Schultz’s passenger, Tiffany S. Mullaley, 19, of Oldtown, Idaho, was not injured.

Schultz was not wearing a seat belt, the ISP said.

Lynn Swanbom

Man stabbed downtown; assailant still at large

A man was hospitalized after being stabbed in downtown Spokane on Thursday.

The unidentified victim, who was stabbed around 5:30 p.m. near Bernard Street and Pacific Avenue, was transported to Providence Holy Family Hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Authorities had not apprehended the assailant Thursday night. He was described as a white male in his late 30s wearing a dark coat.

It was unclear what precipitated the stabbing.

No witnesses to the attack have been found, but a passer-by who found the victim called police.

“Without any witnesses, it’s been a little difficult,” said police Officer Benjamin Green. “It’s still an open investigation, but we don’t have a lot to go on at this point.”

Police hope the victim can provide more information when his condition improves.

Chelsea Bannach

Police searching for man who allegedly stole six guns

Authorities searched Thursday for a man believed to be involved in the theft of six guns from a Spokane Valley home.

The guns were taken in a burglary in the 2600 block of North Park Road, said Spokane County sheriff’s spokesman Craig Chamberlin. The homeowner said jewelry also was taken.

An investigation into the incident brought deputies into Spokane, where a suspect police identified as 28-year-old Grant D. Brough was thought to be.

Detectives saw the suspect leave a home near Hemlock Street and Fairview Avenue in a car with a female passenger. Detectives tried to make a traffic stop, but the suspect fled and a pursuit ensued.

Chamberlin said Brough eventually fled his vehicle on foot, leaving the woman behind. Spokane police assisted in the search, but authorities were unable to locate Brough.

A SWAT team surrounded the home and executed a search warrant Thursday night.

Two of the stolen guns have been recovered, Chamberlin said.

Staff reports