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In brief: Cab driver meets force with force

A man reportedly pulled a gun on the wrong cab driver late Friday.

Four men and a woman were riding in the car when 18-year-old Jahvoryn Kinard began arguing with the woman, a news release from the Spokane Police Department said. The cab driver pulled over, but “Kinard escalated his behavior into a potential assault on the female,” according to police Sgt. Kevin King.

The cab driver pulled out a stun gun to deter Kinard from assaulting the woman. Kinard pulled out a handgun, pointed it at the cab driver and threatened to shoot him, King said.

The cab driver, who has a concealed pistol license, pulled out his own handgun, and Kinard ran away.

Police responded to the incident, which took place near the Safeway at 10100 N. Newport Highway about 11:57 p.m. Because of the nature of the crime, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol and SPD responded, according to King.

SPD K-9 Officer Dan Lesser and WSP Trooper Greg Riddell tracked down Kinard, who they say refused to obey commands and kept reaching toward his pants pockets and waistband.

Officer Sam Chimienti arrested Kinard on a charge of first-degree assault and booked him into Spokane County Jail.

Helicopter tips over at Newman Lake

Federal aviation authorities are investigating a helicopter accident that occurred Friday at Newman Lake.

A Robinson R22 Beta helicopter lost control during a hover and tipped over, according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer. The aircraft sustained substantial damage.

The National Transportation Safety Board is the lead investigative agency, but both the FAA and NTSB were investigating.

The NTSB investigator usually posts a preliminary report within a week or two of an accident, but it typically takes months to determine probable cause.

The helicopter is registered to Emerald City Aircraft Leasing Inc. in Port Orchard, Wash.

Spokane County sheriff’s Deputy Craig Chamberlin confirmed a helicopter tipped over Friday while an instructor and pilot were aboard but said the Sheriff’s Office didn’t respond. He said no injuries were reported but had no further information.

Red-flag warning posted for area

A forecast of overnight thunderstorms with little rain prompted a red-flag warning for the Spokane area Saturday evening.

The National Weather service said the high-fire-risk warning was because of lightning with relatively low humidity. Another red-flag warning was issued for 11 a.m. today until 11 p.m. Monday because of winds and low humidity.

The weather service discouraged outdoor burning because of “explosive fire growth potential.”

Outdoor burning in unauthorized devices is prohibited in Spokane, Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake, Millwood and unincorporated Spokane County under a burn ban issued Aug. 17.