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Man shot by officers assaulted police in ‘01

A gunman shot and killed by Spokane police on Friday had assaulted law enforcement in Vancouver, Wash., eight years ago.

Todd E. White, 46, pleaded guilty to two counts of felony third-degree assault in January 2002 — two months after he attacked two sheriff’s deputies in a Clark County courtroom.

White had a warrant for his arrest stemming from those earlier convictions when police say he fired shots at an officer responding to a report that White was outside his sister’s home with a gun on Friday.

The officer, who has not been identified, fired several shots, and White was later pronounced dead at a hospital. The officer or officers involved in the shooting, who are expected to be publicly identified this week, have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard protocol for police-involved shootings.

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the case with the Spokane Police Department.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Reagan said on Monday that he had no new information. He said he could not say if officers knew of White’s criminal history when they responded to a call for help from White’s brother-in-law, Gary Paul, about 6 a.m. on Friday.

Felons are prohibited from possessing firearms. A suspect’s criminal history can mean increased police response to an initial call but doesn’t change protocol for lethal force.

The incident began when a neighbor called the Pauls on Friday morning to tell them that White was outside the home with a gun, according to the Sheriff’s Office. White and Heidi Paul’s father recently died, and “there was a dispute over some guns that had been inherited,” Reagan said.

Police haven’t said how many shots White fired before he was shot. He collapsed in the Paul’s yard and was pronounced dead about 8 a.m.

Clark County issued a warrant for White in 2005 for not paying fines related to his third-degree assault convictions, according to court records.

When the assaults occurred, White was already in jail for failing to comply with terms of previous felony convictions for trafficking in stolen property and forgery in 1993 and 1995.

White was in an inmate-attorney interview room when an official told deputies he was “not being cooperative, was refusing to sit down and was slamming the door,” according to court documents.

White refused a deputy’s orders and shoved him when the deputy tried to grab his upper arm. The two began punching each other, and another deputy “joined the fight” before White was handcuffed, according to court documents.

White was sentenced to eight months in jail for the assaults.

Police say White, a father of four, lived in Spokane.

Past coverage: Gunman killed in police shootout identified

Shooting suspect arrested after fiery crash

A man accused of a shooting in which a bullet landed near a sleeping toddler was arrested after a fiery car crash Friday night.

Joseph L. Bledsaw, 25, rolled his 1997 Pontiac on Sprague Avenue beneath Interstate 90 after police Officer Chuck Sciortino and Reserve Deputy Bill Duffy tried stopping him on suspicion of speeding near Sprague and Havana about 9:10 p.m., according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

The Pontiac struck a median at Sprague and Havana, and it rolled several times, ejecting Bledsaw. His passenger, Tanya M. Roybal, 26, also was injured.

Roybal was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant. Bledsaw faces charges of first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and unlawful possession of a firearm in connection with a Feb. 27 shooting at the King’s Square Apartment, 15917 E. Sprague.

Police say Bledsaw fired shots into an apartment after a couple complained to police about noise. One of the bullets struck a metal bed post and landed on the blankets covering a 3-year-old girl, police said.

Bledsaw and Roybal were taken to a hospital before being booked into jail.

Bledsaw has a previous conviction for first-degree malicious mischief, as well as a drug conviction in Kootenai County.

Read more: Suspect ID’d in shooting that nearly hit child

Man killed in police shootout had warrant

A shootout with police early Friday killed a Spokane man who investigators say threatened family in a dispute over firearms.

Todd Ely White, 46, died after Spokane police officers returned gunfire in front of the southeast Spokane home of White’s brother-in-law, Gary Paul, and his wife, Heidi Paul.

Police were responding to a report that White was stalking the Pauls at 4127 E. 36th Ave. when White fired shots at an officer who retreated, then returned fire, said Sgt. Dave Reagan of the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

No officers were injured.

White had a warrant for his arrest out of Clark County for violating the terms of felony convictions from 2001, 1995 and 1993. Details of those convictions were not available late Friday, but felons are prohibited from possessing firearms.

Read the rest of my story here.

Police chief honors boy who saved mother

Spokane police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick awarded her highest honor today to a young boy who saved his mother’s life.

Jason Graham saved his mother, Beverley Graham, as she took him in for a hair cut on Jan. 22. Graham is the boy’s biological grandmother who adopted him at birth.

The 8-year-old boy was honored Thursday by Kirkpatrick and several special guests in front of his Roosevelt Elementary schoolmates.

Read Jody Lawrence-Turner’s story here.

Read Kirkpatrick’s speech to Jason by clicking the link below.

Man targeted by gunfire twice in 5 weeks

A drive-by shooting late Saturday led Spokane police to search a Mercedes Benz and its owner’s apartment on Tuesday.

No one was injured when at least eight shots were fired outside 857 E. Lyons Ave. - the same location of a drive-by shooting last month.

A search warrant filed today identifies the intended victim in both cases as 26-year-old William Alexander-Durr.

On Saturday, Alexander-Durr told police he was standing outside his girlfriend’s apartment when a passenger in a silver 1999 Mercedes Benz fired eight shots.

Police think Alexander-Durr was targeted in another shooting that occurred about 1:45 a.m. on Feb. 14. A car belonging to Alexander-Durr’s girlfriend was damaged in that shooting. At the time, police said it might be related to a shooting near North Nevada and East Joseph later that morning. (Read more here.)

In the most recent case, police learned the suspect vehicle was registered to Adrian A. Washington, 30. Investigators searched his apartment and the Benz on Tuesday. No arrests have been made.

Alexander-Durr was one of several men arrested last fall in connection with a stabbing in front of a downtown Spokane night club. He pleaded guilty Jan. 28 to riot and received credit for two days served in Spokane County Jail. Another defendant, Parrish J. Johnson, 24, received six months in jail after pleading guilty to riot last month.

The men are the only defendants to resolve their charges from the Oct. 28 stabbing near Club Uno, 515 W. Sprague. Trials for Rakee D. Cage, 23; John D. Proctor, 24; Rashjel G. Cage, 24; and Adam Doe, 18, are set for June.

Club bouncers helped apprehend the men after Kenneth R. Budik and Charles L. Lucious were stabbed, according to court documents. Witnesses said one of defendants said, “There’s Kenny! Murder One Crips!” before the attack, according to court documents.

Budik was a victim in a shooting in 2007 that killed a reputed gang member. Although a victim, Budik ended up spending more time behind bars then the man convicted of the slaying because he didn’t cooperate with police. Read about that case here.

Police: Fight over $40 debt leads to shooting

A shooting in a Spokane apartment last weekend where two young children live landed a 44-year-old man in jail on an assault charge.

Robert T. Finkbeiner is accused of shooting Rachel A. Mitchell in her left leg during a fight over a $40 debt at 813 E. Sinto on Sunday.

Mitchell was visiting a friend when Finkbeiner confronted her about money he said her boyfriend, a Spokane County Jail inmate, owed him, according to court documents filed Wednesday. Mitchell told police Finkbeiner shot her in the left leg. Her friend’s 3-year-old and 9-month-old children were in the room when he pulled the gun, police said.

Police learned of the case when Mitchell went to a hospital with a gunshot wound. She initially lied to investigators about what happened, according to court documents.

Finkbeiner was booked into jail Tuesday after police searched his apartment at 1924 W. Gardner. He appeared in Superior Court Wednesday on one count of first-degree assault.

GU joins forces with police to fight fraud

Spokane’s three city fraud detectives now have help from a dozen Gonzaga University accounting students.

In a new program called the Justice for Fraud Victims Project, three supervised student teams gather the paperwork needed so a business owner can recover money, plus help law enforcement prosecute the criminals.

Read Tom Sowa’s story here.

Escaped Idaho killer captured in Spokane

An escaped killer from Idaho was arrested in north Spokane today. 

Kelly Renee Norton, 44, walked away from the Pocatello Women’s Correctional Center Sunday night, according to the Idaho Department of Correction.

She was arrested at Francis Avenue and Division Street about 10 a.m. this morning after detectives got a tip from Pocatello police.

Norton was sentenced in 1994 to a 10- to 20-year sentence for second-degree murder in Washington County. She also was convicted of drug possession.

Norton has been at the prison’s community custody unit since Oct. 9.

The unit is outside the main prison fence and houses minimum security inmates “who regularly work in the community,” according to the Idaho Department of Correction.

Authorities think Norton walked from the facility to a waiting vehicle.

DNA could identify New Year’s Day rapist

Police have identified a person of interest in the New Year's Day rape of a teen girl near the Northtown Mall.

Detectives obtained a DNA swab from the 21-year-old Spokane man Monday, according to a search warrant filed in Spokane County District Court.

The man matches a description of the assailant and works near the crime scene, according to the search warrant.

The attack occurred about 4 p.m. in a park at North Mayfair Street and East Walton Avenue on Jan. 1. The 16-year-old victim said she and her attacker talked for about 20 minutes before the assault, and the man told her he'd never assaulted anyone before, according to the search warrant.

Tipsters named several people after seeing a police sketch of the suspect. DNA eliminated several people, but the 21-year-old man didn't have DNA on file.

The man's lawyer was present when police obtained the DNA swab Monday about 11:30 a.m.

Homicide case ‘not a simple investigation’

Witnesses to Spokane’s only homicide this year share a common theme, police say: All were there, but all say they know nothing about the early morning shooting that left a man dead in an alley.

Six weeks after John S. “Q” Williams, 38, was killed outside a birthday celebration attended by Atlantic Drive Crips gang members, four men have been charged with drug or gun crimes connected to the shooting, but police haven’t identified the killer.

“This is not a simple investigation,” said Jennifer DeRuwe, spokeswoman for the Spokane Police Department.

Those arrested include Eric Burton Jr., (right) and Antonio E. Cook, Jr. (left).

A similar gang-related homicide in 2007 ended in an unusual plea deal that gave the alleged shooter credit for about a year served in the county jail and a conviction for manslaughter after a jury couldn’t reach a verdict. (Read about here.)

Details in newly filed court documents reveal similar problems for investigators trying to solve the city’s latest gang-related homicide: uncooperative witnesses who have criminal backgrounds, gang loyalties, a disdain for police and a fear of retaliation.

Read the rest of my story here.

Past coverage: Police find gun used in slaying

Police: Man robbed 2 banks in 2 months

Detectives think the gunman who robbed a Northwest Boulevard bank last month also robbed a bank in December, the Spokane Police Department announced today.

Photos released today show a masked man in a red hooded coat with black trim robbing the Sterling Savings Bank, 3000 S. Grand Ave., at gunpoint Dec. 22 (top).

The photo to the left is from the Feb. 13 robbery at Chase Bank, 2215 Northwest Boulevard. Police think it’s the same guy but in a different coat.

The robber is described as white with a medium build, 5-foot-10 to 6-feet tall. Anyone with information on a possible suspect is asked to call Detective Chet Gilmore at (509) 622-5874.

Officer finds 9 stolen vehicles in 5 days

An off-duty Spokane police officer is to credit for finding a stolen vehicle Tuesday - the ninth stolen car he’s recovered in the past five days.

Officer Glenn Bartlett was on his way home when he spotted a black Nissan Pathfinder reported stolen earlier in the day. The officer followed the car to the Shadle Wal-Mart parking lot, with the assistance of Sgt. Dan Torok, who was also off duty.

On-duty officers responded and arrested Christal N. Helsley, 36. The Pathfinder was one of several cars reported stolen near East 12th Avenue and Ivory St. since Feb. 25.

Helsley appeared in Superior Court today on one count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle. She remains in jail.

Bartlett (pictured above in November) is one of several officers who have automatic license plate readers in their patrol cars to help locate stolen vehicles.

Read more about the device in this story: Vehicle thefts rise sharply.

2 men sought in gunpoint home invasion

Two men held another man at gunpoint in his Spokane apartment last night while demanding drugs, according to the Spokane Police Department.

Now the SWAT team is looking for the suspects, Taveus M. Brown (left), 30; and Wesley I. Veazie (right), 22.  The SWAT team searched a home at 1921 E. 4th Ave. about 4 p.m. today but didn’t find them. Police say Brown lives there with a woman, who was arrested today. Officers then shot at least three rounds of tear gas into the home before discovering the home empty.

Brown and Veazie are accused of bursting into the victim’s apartment at 2500 E. South Riverton about 8:15 p.m. Tuesday.

The men face charges of first-degree kidnapping and first-degree burglary.

Brown’s extensive criminal history includes convictions for conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, theft, riot and second degree unlawful possession of a firearm. 

Veazie has convictions for making a false statement, fourth-degree assault, obstructing an officer, conspiracy to possession of a controlled substance, theft, riot and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm

Wedding crasher now has jail date

She showed up at weddings uninvited, mingled with guests and never left empty-handed.

But a Spokane woman’s wedding-crashing scheme unraveled last summer when an old high school classmate – and off-duty police officer – recognized her at a wedding where she wasn’t an invited guest. When the hosts discovered missing gifts, they realized they’d been looted.

Now Pamula W. McBride, 46, will serve 45 days in jail for stealing gift cards and personal checks from a wedding in Nez Perce County, Idaho, last June.

Police also suspect McBride stole similar items from the gift table at Scott DeGon’s wedding reception at Cataldo Hall on the Gonzaga University campus July 18, nearly one month after she stole from a wedding at the Lewiston Elks Lodge.

Read the rest of my story here

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

‘Person of interest’ named in ‘84 murder

An elderly woman beaten to death her in home. Her apartment ransacked and several silver coins missing, but few clues left behind to identify her killer.

The 1984 murder of 87-year-old Ruby M. Miller stumped Spokane police detectives and frightened neighbors near her East Riverside home, where she known as “The Cat Lady” - a woman who had little but felt safe.

Now, more than 25 years later, detectives have identified a 74-year-old woman they consider a “person of interest” in Miller’s murder.

Spokane retiree Neomi Jensen has been questioned but not charged, said police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer DeRuwe.

“We want to make sure the case is rock solid, but at this point our biggest lead in the case in Jensen,” DeRuwe said. But, she said, “we don’t feel she’s a threat to the community.”

Read the rest of my story here, with links to past coverage.

3 charged with early ‘09 ATM thefts

A rash of burglaries last fall in which stolen vehicles were used to smash through storefronts to take ATMs came about at the same time Spokane saw a rise in car thefts. 

The crime spree was carried out in a manner similar to a string of ATM thefts in early 2009. Three men have been charged in connection with eight of the early 2009 burglaries, but the later burglaries remain mostly unsolved except for two incidents in December connected to a 33-year-old Spokane man.

Tips, fingerprints, surveillance photos and detective work led investigators to identify longtime felon Keith G. Simpson, 44, (left) and Christopher S. Carden, 36, as suspects in the earlier spree.

The men are charged with 20 counts of theft, burglary and malicious mischief for eight hits on businesses between Jan. 4 and Jan. 20, 2009.

Read the rest of my story here.

Spokane father accused of abusing infant

A Spokane man is accused of abusing his 2-month-old daughter.

Daniel S. O’Brien, 23, was arrested Friday after doctors said the girl’s injuries, which include a broken leg, were consistent with abuse, according to the Spokane Police Department.

O’Brien appeared in Spokane County Superior Court today on one count of first-degree assault of a child and is in custody on $50,000 bond.

“The injuries didn’t match up with any plausible explanation,” said Officer Jennifer DeRuweÖ. “It’s not often you find a 2-month-old with fractured bones.”

The girl is expected to survive, DeRuwe said.

Hit-and-run seriously injures pedestrian

A hit-and-run driver seriously injured a Spokane pedestrian today on the lower South Hill.

Police are looking for any information on the incident, which occurred at 12:22 p.m. at South Oak Street and West 10th Avenue.

The victim, whose name has not been released, was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, according to the Spokane Police Department.

The suspect vehicle is described as a light brown or blue sedan with a loud muffler.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233, or call Cpl. Dave Adams at (509) 835-4567.

Craigslist fraud leads Spokane police to CdA

A Craigslist scheme that stretched from Spokane to Miami led police to a Coeur d’Alene hotel this week, where they arrested a suspect accused of duping unsuspecting buyers through fraudulent advertisements.

Joshua J. Mulvey, 25, was arrested on a second-degree theft charge Tuesday at Motel 6 in Coeur d’Alene after Spokane police searched his Spokane apartment last week.

Mulvey escaped during that search, police say, climbing into the attic of a neighboring apartment and fleeing out of a window. Detectives used a ping from Mulvey’s cell phone to trace him to Coeur d’Alene, according to police. Mulvey is in the Kootenai County Jail.

Spokane police Detective Corey Turman has been investigating Mulvey since early December and believes he has more victims. Anyone who feels victimized should fill out a police report, Turman said.

Mulvey is the son of longtime Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy Ronald Mulvey. He was arrested in 2004 in a crime spree tied to street racing.

Past story: Suspects have family ties to legal system

Police: Father, son sold pot to students

Police arrested a 20-year-old Spokane man and his father today on suspicion of selling marijuana to high school students in northwest Spokane.

Kruz Hawkins (right) was arrested after he rode his bike to the parking lot of Pizza Pipeline on Wellesley Avenue, where police believe he sells $3 marijuana-laced baked goods to Shadle Park High School students during their lunch break, said Officer Jennifer DeRuwe.

Detectives were searching a home at 2307 W. Crown about noon today, where Hawkins lives with his father, Ricky Hawkins. Police found a small marijuana growing operation inside.

The elder Hawkins was arrested for unlawful use of building - knowingly allowing drug sales to occur. Kruz Hawkins faces one count of delivery of a controlled substance.

Detectives had been investigating the two using undercover operations and surveillance, DeRuwe said.

2 shootings reported last weekend

Two gang-related shootings were reported in Spokane on Valentine’s Day.

No one was injured in either shooting. In the first incident, officers responded to the 800 block of East Lyons about 1:45 a.m. for the report of multiple shots fired, and arrived to find a car had been damaged by multiple gunshots.

Later that morning, a similar shooting occurred near North Nevada and East Joseph, police said.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call (509) 625-GANG (4264). Anonymous tips are accepted.

The Spokane Violent Crime Gang Enforcement Team is investigating  The SVCGET is comprised of officers from Spokane, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Border Patrol, Washington State Patrol, state Department of Corrections, the FBI, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

Detectives still are investigating a Jan. 18 homicide they believe is gang related. Read more on that deadly shooting here.

Reminder: Police hockey tomorrow

Local law enforcement will take to the ice tomorrow in a hockey game to raise money for the children of the slain Lakewood police officers.

Members of Spokane Police Department and Spokane County Sheriff’s Office will play a hockey game at 5 p.m. tomorrow.

Admission is free with a ticket to the Spokane Chiefs game that night at 7 p.m. Donations will be accepted during the Chiefs game.

The Chiefs will be holding a silent auction to raise money for the children, too, according to a news release.

The game was organized by Officer Brad Moon, Deputy Khris Thompson and the Spokane Chiefs Hockey Club. Members of Lakewood Police Department will be present for both games.

Police seek sex offender spotted downtown

A convicted sex offender considered likely to reoffend has disabled his GPS tracking device and was last seen in downtown Spokane last night.

  James Broady Artis III, 43, is wanted on a warrant for escape from community custody, according to the Spokane Police Department.

Artis, a level 3 sex offender, is a drug user who may be armed, police said. He was last seen in the 300 block of West Sprague last night. Artis was released from prison in August 2005 after serving three years for burglary.

He also has been convicted of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon and taking indecent liberties with a woman, whom he threatened to kill with a knife during the sexual assault, according to previously published reports.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 911.

Man arrested on robbery, gun, drug charges

The Spokane police gang unit arrested a man wanted on a robbery charge and other felony warrants today.

Antonio E. “J-Rock” Cook, Jr., 29, is accused of punching a woman on Sept. 6 after she fought with him and a friend over sexually suggestive text message the friend had sent her, according to court documents.

The woman’s boyfriend saw the messages, documents say.

Cook allegedly stole a knife from the woman after punching her, leading to a first-degree robbery charge.

He posted $10,000 bail in November, but a warrant was issued this week and police were looking for tips on his location. Cook also had warrants for unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance and bail jumping.

To be filed in the “small world” category, the victim told police she knew Cook because his girlfriend had been a victim with her in shooting earlier in the year.

That’s the shooting from back in June that started across town. One man arrested in the case pleaded guilty to a third-degree assault charge but is back in jail, accused of a stabbing last month. The accused shooter, Timothy Lucious, is in jail awaiting trial. (Read more here.)

DNA on fake beard nabs robbery suspect

A seven-month-old robbery may be solved thanks to DNA from a fake beard worn by the culprit.

Donald R. Wright, 35, was arrested today in connection with the June 23 robbery at the Grocery Outlet at 7810 N. Division after the state crime lab matched his DNA to DNA found on the beard.

Wright is accused of robbing the store while wearing the wig and beard. He ran from the store and through a nearby backyard before telling the homeowner that he needed a ride because he was being chased, according to a search warrant filed today in Spokane County District Court.

When the homeowner returned to the area, he learned of the robbery and told police he may have inadvertently driven the culprit from the scene, according to the search warrant.

Police found the wig and beard in the man’s backyard. The Washington State Crime Lab reported a match with Wright on Jan. 29. His DNA was on file because of a previous felony conviction. The robber’s getaway driver picked out Wright’s mug shot in a line up, according to the search warrant.

Detectives used the search warrant to obtain a new DNA sample from Wright today. He’s in Spokane County Jail and is excepted to appear in court tomorrow on a second-degree robbery charge.

Police have said the Grocery Outlet robbery may be connected to a robbery at the Cash Store at 5920 N. Division, but Wright is accused of only the Grocery Outlet incident right now.

Hockey game pits police v. sheriff’s office

Local law enforcement will take to the ice next week in a hockey game to raise money for the children of the slain Lakewood police officers.

Members of Spokane Police Department and Spokane County Sheriff’s Office will play a hockey game at 5 p.m. Feb. 13.

Admission is free with a ticket to the Spokane Chiefs game that night at 7 p.m.

Donations will be accepted during the Chiefs game.

The Chiefs will be holding a silent auction to raise money for the children, too, according to a news release.

The game was organized by Officer Brad Moon, Deputy Khris Thompson and the Spokane Chiefs Hockey Club. Members of Lakewood Police Department will be present for both games. 

Ignition device law a test for agencies

Changes to a state law put a fired Spokane police sergeant in a new class of drunken drivers: first-time offenders required to drive with an ignition interlock device.

That new requirement led to Brad Thoma’s dismissal from the Spokane Police Department after the department said public safety would be compromised by having an officer who had to pass a breathalyzer test any time he needed to start his patrol car. It appears to be the first time a law enforcement agency statewide has had to consider the issue.

Now officials with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office are wondering what the requirement could mean for a lieutenant suspected of a drunken car crash in Liberty Lake.

While the Spokane Police Department and Washington State Patrol handle similar situations on a case-by-case basis, Sheriff’s Office policy calls for employees to be fired after their second drunken driving offense.

“It’s still kind of unclear as to what that means for somebody who is working,” said Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich.

Read the rest of my story here.

Suspect arrested in weekend stabbing

A man who told a judge two weeks ago that he planned to “make better decisions” and “be a parent” is back in Spokane County Jail after police say he stabbed two men early Saturday.

Michael R. “Mikey Mike” Gardner was booked into jail Tuesday, three days after an early morning fight at 616 S. Helena that sent Larry L. Lucious, 49, and Michael T. Lomax, 26, to the hospital with stab wounds to their stomachs.

Police think Gardner, 23, was one of three men involved in the stabbed, which occurred about 3 a.m. at the apartment of Tamika L. Hill, 26.

Hill told police she was watching Michelle Gardner’s three children but one wasn’t feeling well, so she left them at Gardner’s apartment with “an unknown white female,” according to a search warrant filed Tuesday.

The women argued about that later, then Hill heard a fight in the living room and saw Michael Gardner and two others fighting with Lucious and Lomax.

Neither victim cooperated with police, according to court documents, and detectives believe the case is gang-related.

Detectives found crack cocaine on a dinner plate underneath the bathroom sink, along with a plastic bag of crack in a bedroom dresser drawer, according to a search warrant.

Gardner was released from jail just weeks ago after pleading guilty to an assault charge for a July 24 shooting.

Gardner had been charged with two counts of attempted murder, but those charged were dropped in a plea deal that gave him a year of probation and credit for about four months served in jail on a third-degree assault charge. Lawyers say he punched a woman after intervening in a fight.

The suspected shooter, Timothy L. “Stoney Boy” Lucious, 38, (right) remains in Spokane County Jail on attempted murder and assault charges. His trial is set to begin Fe. 22.

It’s unclear if Timothy Lucious and Larry Lucious are related.

At his sentencing Jan. 19, Gardner, a father of two, told Judge Michael Price that he planned to make “better decisions” and “move forward with my life, get school taken care of and be a parent.”

Gardner is due back in Spokane County Superior Court today on new charges of first-degree robbery and two counts of first-degree assault, according to jail records.

Past coverage:

Attempted murder charges dropped

Two women shot in crosstown melee

Man accused of stabbing drinking buddy

An argument between two men drinking at a North Side apartment early Tuesday ended with one stabbing the other, Spokane police said.

Matthew J. Blizzard, 32, is accused of stabbing Paul J. Erickson, 39, with a pocket knife inside Erickson’s apartment at 6616 N. Addison about 4:10 a.m.

The men had met earlier that day and were drinking with a woman at Erickson’s apartment when Blizzard “became belligerent,” according to court documents.

Blizzard plans to argue self defense and is hoping to get treatment for his alcoholism, Spokane County Public Defender Victoria Johnston said at his first Superior Court appearance Tuesday.

Judge Maryann Moreno set Blizzard’s bond at $2,500. Erickson was taken to a local hospital and was reported as stable with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Blizzard was convicted of battery in Kootenai County in July 2009. (His picture is from the Kootenai County Jail.)