April 17, 2014 in City

In brief: Man on bike carrying shotgun arrested, Spokane police say

 

A man was arrested on Tuesday afternoon in Spokane when police officers found him riding a small bike with a full-size shotgun sticking out of his backpack.

Police responded to the area of Third Avenue and Adams Street around 2:15 p.m. on a report of a man in the area with a shotgun. They found Casey L. Brown, 24, who police said likely stole the shotgun during a downtown vehicle prowling. In addition, Brown is a convicted felon and it is illegal for felons to possess firearms, a news release from the police department said.

Police said they also found methamphetamine on Brown.

Brown was booked into jail and faces charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of stolen property, possession of a controlled substance, vehicle prowling and possession of burglary tools.

He was ordered held on $15,000 bond during a brief court appearance Wednesday.

Kip Hill

Bomb threat leads to hotel evacuation, arrest

A bomb threat forced the evacuation of a hotel near Spokane International Airport on Tuesday morning. A 44-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident.

David James Maslo was booked into Spokane County Jail just before 5 p.m. Tuesday on a felony charge of threatening to detonate an explosive device. Maslo had been asked to leave the Hilton Garden Inn by employees, who said he was being disruptive.

He left paperwork on a backpack on a table as he left the building, according to court documents. “Go ahead and keep the backpack, it’s got a (expletive) bomb in it,” witnesses said he told hotel staff.

The alleged threat, which came one year to the day after the bombing at the Boston Marathon, prompted an evacuation of the building. The Spokane police bomb squad arrived, but no explosives were found.

Maslo has multiple convictions for violent crimes in other jurisdictions, including a conviction for making a terrorist threat, according to prosecutors.

Kip Hill

Former District Court judge Maggs dies at 80

Daniel T. Maggs, a former Spokane County District Court judge, died March 30 in Austin, Texas. He was 80.

Maggs had worked for the Internal Revenue Service, taught at Gonzaga University and then worked as a judge in the district court from 1974 until 1999.

He continued to practice law for years until his retirement.

He lived in Cheney, where he was active in community organizations.


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