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‘It will be on the news’

A man described by friends as suicidal told his girlfriend the morning he was shot by police that something was going to happen “and it will be on the news,” according to court documents filed today.

David J. Glidden, 27, remains in stable condition at a local hospital after being shot twice in the upper body Oct. 30.

Spokane Valley police Officer Aaron Childress fired a handgun and Officer Griffin Criswell fired a 12-gauge shotgun at Glidden after he emerged from a Spokane Valley home armed with an Airsoft pellet pistol that resembles a Colt .45 semi-automatic pistol, according to court documents. Some of those rounds went through the wall of a neighbor’s home.

Glidden had been living at the home at 4727 E. Third Ave., for a few days after breaking up with his girlfriend, a friend told detectives.

That woman told police she’d been dating Glidden since September but recently left him and started receiving drunken, angry phone calls from him.

When the woman was packing to leave the day of the shooting, Glidden predicted something would happen that would make the news, according to a search warrant filed today. The warrant seeks the call history for Glidden’s cell phone.

Glidden’s half-brother told police Glidden had been attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and stayed sober for 96 days, according to the warrant. But the day his girlfriend left, he was drinking heavily, she told police.

Glidden’s father told police he’d spoken with him the night before about a mechanical issue with his girlfriend’s car. His mother said Glidden had told her she needed to meet his new girlfriend.

Both parents said Glidden sounded fine, but the next morning, their son called friends drunk and despondent, according to the search warrant.

“Glidden was upset about the recent separation from his girlfriend and he was also upset because it was the anniversary date of the death of a family member,” a friend told police.

Read a previous story on the case here.

Man shot by police had pellet gun

A reportedly suicidal man shot by Spokane Valley police Friday was armed with a pellet gun that resembles a Colt .45 semi-automatic pistol, newly filed documents show.

David J. Glidden, 27, was shot twice in the upper body after emerging from a Spokane Valley home armed with the Airsoft pellet pistol. Officer Aaron Childress fired a handgun and Officer Griffin Criswell fired a 12-gauge shotgun at him.

Some of those rounds went through the wall of a neighbor’s home. Glidden, who is in stable but serious condition at a local hospital, had just exited a home at 4727 E. Third Ave., where he’d been living for only a few days after breaking up with his girlfriend, a friend told detectives.

Glidden was home alone at the time of the shooting; he’d called a friend he met through Alcoholics Anonymous and threatened suicide, according to a search warrant filed Tuesday in Spokane County District Court.

Read the rest of my story here.

Teens joyride with fire hydrant wrench

A carload of drunken teens led police to a stolen fire department wrench that had been used to open fire hydrants throughout Spokane Valley.

Justin L. Myles, 19, told police about the wrench while being arrested on suspicion of drunken driving about 2 a.m. Saturday near Long Road and Indiana, according to the Spokane Valley Police Department.

A passenger, Steven Ray Brown, 19, was arrested for first-degree malicious mischief, minor in possession of alcohol and possession of marijuana after he told police he’d used the wrench to open the hydrants “apparently to save the other four from being arrested,” according to a news release by Sgt. Dave Reagan.

It was a futile attempt. Along with Myles’ drunken driving charge, Mitchell Gunion, 19, and two 16-year-olds were arrested for minor in possession of alcohol.

One of the passengers told police they’d found the wrench in a fire hydrant, left behind by a firefighter.

Man caught on camera with stolen check

Police say the man pictured above tried cashing a stolen check on July 16 using a identification from a wallet stolen five days earlier. Employees at Washington Trust Bank, 407 N. Sullivan Road, didn’t cash the check but found the man’s image in their security system. Anyone with information on the man’s identity is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Do you know where your kids are?



A woman found her apartment ransacked after a weekend trip earlier this month, and police are looking for two people they say are responsible.

Nathan E. Sumner, 21, and Andrea B. Geier, 22, each face one count of first-degree possession of stolen property after police found items stolen from the apartment, located in the 1800 block of North Hutchinson, in a neighboring apartment, according to the Spokane Valley Police Department.

A search warrant executed July 17 said they live next door to the victim, but Sgt. Dave Reagan wrote in a news release that they’ve abandoned their apartment at 711 S. Elm.

Either way, police are asking for the public’s help finding the two. If you know where either is, call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Nov. 31? Are you sure?

A Rathdrum man pulled over for speeding Tuesday gave a Spokane Valley police officer good reason to be suspicious: he claimed to have been born on Nov. 31.

Knowing that “30 days hath September, April, June, and November,” (Officer Jack) Rosenthal arrested the man for giving false information and failing to cooperate,” according to a news release prepared by Sgt. Dave Reagan.

Brian Lloyd Measel, whose real birth date is March 18, 1985, was booked into Spokane County Jail after police found a scorched metal spoon and a syringe with morphine in his pocket.

Measel, who was driving without a license, faces charges of giving false information and failure to cooperate, as well as possession of a controlled substance, according to police.

He was released from jail on his own recognizance after appearing in Spokane County Superior Court today, records show.

Reagan headlined a news release about Measel’s arrest, “As A Career Choice, Rocket Science Is Out.”

Couple contacted SR about truck dispute before arrest

The wife of the man accused of leaving a truck at a car dealership emailed The Spokesman-Review about the payment dispute a day before his arrest.

Damian C. Dunigan, 40, appeared in Spokane County Superior Court today on one count of making a bomb threat to injure persons or damage property.

Police say he put a sign in the window of his 2007 Dodge Caliber stating there was a bomb inside and left it at the Dishman Dodge dealership at 7700 E. Sprague Ave. about 6:15 p.m. Thursday.

The threat was written on the back of repossession paperwork from Chrysler that police say he refused to complete at the dealership, according the Spokane Valley Police Department.

Police arrested Dunigan, who had a large knife, at his home in the 4200 block of North Vercler after a short standoff.

Dunigan’s wife, Leah Dunigan, told police he’d written the note a day earlier “because he felt Chrysler was cheating him,” police said.

Leah Dunigan emailed the newspaper Wednesday about 1:20 p.m. asking for help resolving a dispute over truck payments. Read her email by clicking the link below.