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Father pleads not guilty to child abuse

A Spokane man accused of assaulting his infant daughter pleaded not guilty to the charge Tuesday.

Daniel S. O’Brien, 23, was arrested Feb. 10 after he and his girlfriend, Jordan Calvert, brought their 2-month-old daughter, Tristan, to a Spokane hospital with bruises and fractured bones, including a broken rib and fractured skull.

O’Brien reportedly admitted to causing the girl’s injuries and said he had mental problems that caused him to blackout when angry. He told police he’d sought mental health services but couldn’t pay because he didn’t have insurance, according to court documents.

O’Brien is in Spokane County Jail on $50,000 bail for one count first-degree assault of a child. His next court date is in April.

Police: Hit-and-run driver targeted victim

A pedestrian struck on by a car on the lower South Hill this week was targeted, Spokane police said Thursday.

The 32-year-old pedestrian, whose identity has not been released by police, was struck at 12:22 p.m. on Monday at South Oak Street and West 10th Avenue.

Detectives have contacted a person of interest, but no arrests have been made.

The suspect vehicle - originally described as a light brown or blue sedan with a loud muffler -  has been seized for evidence, police said.

The victim remains at Sacred Heart Medical Center in critical but stable condition

Groom arrested twice on wedding night

 LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — A marriage got off to a rocky start after the 21-year-old groom from northern Idaho was arrested twice on his wedding night and charged with assaulting his new wife in nearby Eastern Washington.

  Court records show Nathan Lewis of Lewiston, Idaho, was charged Tuesday in Asotin County Superior Court with second-degree assault and interfering with a report of domestic violence.

The Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office in Idaho says Lewis was married Sunday and later arrested for drunken and disorderly conduct in Lewiston.

Police say that after Lewis was released on bail, he assaulted his new wife at a home in nearby Clarkston, Wash. The bride told authorities she was slapped and choked during the altercation, the Lewiston Tribune reports.

Lewis is scheduled to be arraigned March 1.

More charges in Friday’s shooting

Two men arrested in a shooting Friday are due back in court today on more charges related to the alleged robbery attempt that began as an apparent carjacking attempt.

Joseph P. Ellery, 30, is charged with attempted first-degree robbery and drive-by shooting, as well as first-degree assault, for an incident police say left Donald Young hospitalized in critical condition with a gunshot to his upper body.

Ellery is accused of pulling a gun as he jumped in the Mitsubishi 3GT coupe that Young was driving before Young, who family members said is in his 50s, grabbed the gun and it “just went off,” Ellery reportedly told police.

Arrested with Ellery was Richard P. Hoffman, 34, who police say was driving a 2001 Chevy pickup with Ellery when Ellery got out and approached Young, according to court documents. Previously charged with drug possession, Hoffman is due in court again this afternoon on charges of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and possession of motor vehicle theft tools.

Also on today’s first appearance docket is the Mead man accused of killing his wife in front of their 11-year-old son. He’s in jail on $1.5 million bond, according to jail records - a reduction from the $2.5 million imposed at his District Court appearance on a first-degree murder charge Dec. 7.

The difference in charges means prosecutors won’t be trying to prove that Canino premeditated the murder of Michelle Canino but that he had intent to kill when he stabbed her.

Also scheduled to appear today is a teen girl charged with robbery for an alleged incident near Upriver Driver and the Centennial Trail in August.

A warrant was issued for Mariah J. Bigelow’s arrested Dec. 2. She was arrested yesterday, according to jail records.

Bigelow, 17, is accused with two men of robbing a man and using the money for a shopping spree at a Spokane mall.