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CPD Police Arrest Stabbing Suspect

Coeur d’Alene police arrested a 21-year-old man today for allegedly stabbing another young man Wednesday afternoon on East Sherman Avenue near downtown. Jayde A. Brown, a transient, was booked into the Kootenai County Jail for attempted homicide. Brown, suspected of stabbing a 20-year-old man in the chest, was arrested at a local motel. The victim, who police have not named, was rushed into surgery Wednesday and is in stable condition. Like Brown, he also was listed as homeless. Detectives determined the two men had previous disputes over stolen property/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

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Man arrested for March stabbing outside Spokane bar

Spokane Police officers have arrested a man suspected of stabbing a man several times outside a downtown Spokane bar last month.

Tony M. Noble, 35, was identified by employees of Bowl’z, Bitez and Spirtz as a possible suspect for stabbing a male victim ten times on March 31. The victim, identified as Sean Rushing, had stab wounds all over his body and was rushed to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. He had two collapsed lungs, officers said in recently filed court documents.

Rushing told police he left the bar around 1:45 a.m. and got into a fight. He thought he was being punched, but later woke up and learned he had been stabbed in the head, left eye, back neck, left arm and chest, court documents said.

A friend drove him to the hospital after she found him bleeding in the passenger seat of her car.

The next day, Noble told his manager at a north Spokane Zip Trip that he was jumped by some men from California. He had a black eye, the manager told police.

Detectives watched surveillance footage and saw Rushing approach someone and grab their arm. The person hit Rushing in the face. Another person held a shiny object in their hand that appeared to be a knife, detectives said.

Detectives charged Noble with first-degree assault. Noble is in custody at Spokane County Jail with a $35,000 bond.

Stabbing suspect bonds out, victim in satisfactory condition

A fight outside a Chattaroy bar led to a man being stabbed multiple times and was found unconscious and bleeding on the ground by responding Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies. The victim, now identified as Orlan Knuth, is in satisfactory condition at Sacred Heart Medical Center, according to staff.

Deputies arrested two suspects who left the scene, but came back. Brian D. Reinhart, 25, faces first degree assault charges as does Dwayne W. Hackley, 42, and appeared in court Thursday afternoon.

Reinhart allegedly stabbed Knuth in the torso and thigh with a Gerber knife after an altercation in the parking lot of Prime Tyme, located at 4211 E. Westwood, according to a court affidavit. Reinhart claimed he stabbed the victim in self defense, documents said.

Knuth allegedly spun a chain in his hand and a knife in the other, according to court documents. Detectives picked up several items from the crime scene as evidence including a knife, chain, hat and cell phone.

Reinhart was transported to the hospital for a single stab wound to his arm before his interview at the Public Safety Building along with Hackley.

Judge Annette Plese placed Reinhart’s bond at $10,000, but according to staff at Spokane County Jail, he bonded out Thursday night. Hackley remains in custody with a $30,000 bond.

Weekend stabbing being investigated as self-defense

A man suspected of stabbing another man on Saturday night near the intersection of Nelson and Wabash, was never arrested because the incident is being investigated as self-defense, says Spokane Police spokeswoman officer Jennifer DeRuwe.

Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office is calling the manner of the victim’s death a homicide.

The victim, who was later identified as 25-year-old Robert H. Fletcher, died from multiple stab wounds and incised wounds, says medical examiner officials. Fletcher was pronounced dead after he was transported to a local hospital.

Witnesses told police the name of the possible suspect and he was located nearby.

Police have yet to identify him since they’re still investigating the homicide.

Attorney blasts McGill probe

Were detectives just doing their job or did they go too far?

A Spokane attorney has accused detectives of misrepresenting facts surrounding a homicide investigation in order to obtain permission to search the belongings of the victim's daughter.

Recently unsealed court documents show Spokane police detectives seeking search warrants told a judge the daughter, Billie McKinney, 25, was an uncooperative witness who hindered the investigation into the May stabbing death of her mother, Sharlotte McGill.

She has since been cleared of any involvement.

Jeffry Finer, who is representing McKinney, released a statement Wednesday stating he would seek an explanation of the alleged misstatements from authorities, but did not specify what those misstatements were.

Authorities were looking into a possible connection between McKinney and 20-year-old Steven Lewis, who matches the physical description given by McGill just before she died. Lewis was dating the mother of troubled teenager Avondre Graham, 17, who now faces charges for McGill's murder and two separate assaults.

Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer DeRuwe said detectives have a duty to look at anyone close to the investigation.

The story surrounding the recently released documents is sparking a lively discussion in the comment section.

Read more here.

Stabbing Suspect Had Long Rap Sheet

Police today arrested a convicted killer accused of trying to kill another man in a stabbing Monday night north of Coeur d’Alene. James H. Kountz, 56, was arrested about 5:40 p.m. in the same wooded area near U.S. Highway 95 and Wilbur Avenue where he stabbed another transient, James R. Hoglen, 42, on Monday. Kountz has a long criminal history that includes an involuntary manslaughter conviction in California. He was originally arrested for murder in 1989, said Sgt. Christie Wood, spokeswoman for the Coeur d’Alene Police Department. Kountz has amassed arrests from traveling all over the United States, Wood said. He’s been in the Coeur d’Alene area for about a year. Wood said police have arrested him three times for aggravated battery and contacted him several other times for trespassing/Meghann Cuniff, Sirens & Gavels. More here.

Question: Is it time to clean out the transient camp in the woods behind Target?

CPD Seeks Suspect In Knifing

Update: Sgt. Christie Wood tells Hucks Online that there's nothing new in search for suspect, other than fact that he faces attempted 2nd degree murder charges & a bail of $100,000 when caught.

Coeur d’Alene Police officers, Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department and Idaho State Police responded to the area of US Hwy 95 at Wilbur Ave at 6:00pm for the report of a stabbing. Motorist reported seeing a male stagger out of the wooded area on the east side of Hwy 95 and cross over the highway to the grassy highway divider. The male victim collapsed in the grass and bystanders provided basic first aid to his wounds. Officers arrived and also provided first aid while waiting for EMT’s to arrive. A 42 year-old male transient sustained multiple stab wounds to his upper torso and one on his face. He was transported to KMC and is currently in stable condition. He was able to provide the name of the suspect who stabbed him as James H. Kountz. Kountz is a 43 year-old transient and is known to law enforcement for prior arrests for aggravated battery. Officers immediately shut down US Hwy 95 at Canfield and Wilbur as well as surrounding streets in order to contain the suspect in the wooded area/Sgt. Christie Wood, Coeur d'Alene Police Department. (KHQ photo) More below.

Spokane Valley stabbing

A Spokane Valley woman was arrested for first degree assault Monday night after allegedly stabbing another woman several time in the back of the head, according to Spokane Valley Police. The altercation took place in the Summit School parking lot at Sixth and McDonald around 10 p.m.. Police used a K9 to track Cody Gray, 19, to her nearby home. Witnesses told police they also heard gunshots; shell casings were found in the parking lot but no gun was found, police said. Click here for more details.

Coming Thursday

It's been busy in Spokane Valley. Last night a Spokane Valley man allegedly stabbed his brother after the two fought. Now one brother is in jail on an attempted murder charge and the other is in serious condition in the hospital. And this morning the Spokane Valley Fire Department was called out to what is being called a suspicious fire in a vacant building at 13412 E. Nora.

Since it is Wednesday, we also have to take a look at what is coming in the Valley Voice tomorrow. Freeman School District Superintendent Sergio Hernandez recently announced that he will retire in June and reporter Lisa Leinberger talked to him about what he is planning next after his 41 year career in education. I'll have a report on Tuesday's Spokane Valley City Council meeting, where a reduced field of five council members efficiently dealt with the business before them.

One item of note to come out of the council meeting is a change in the schedule to appoint a replacement for Rose Dempsey. Things have been bumped back a bit. The council will narrow the field to several finalists on March 22, conduct interviews on March 29 and vote on who to appoint to the vacant seat on April 5. Applications still must be turned in to the city by 4 p.m. on March 4.  

4 stabbings in 2 weeks in Spokane Co.

Law enforcement in Spokane County are investigating the fourth stabbing in two weeks.
None appear to be connected, and suspects have been arrested in three.

The most recent stabbing occurred about midnight Thursday after three men left a party and were walking near Standard Street and Cozza Avenue when one was stabbed by an unidentified assailant.

The attacker confronted the group and said he knew one of the men, then pushed the victim to the ground and stabbed him at least once before fleeing on foot. The victim’s friends called police about 12:30 a.m. The wounds were not life-threatening.

The assailant is described as black, six feet tall and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and red bandanna. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

The stabbing comes after three stabbings occurred in two days late last month.

Two men are accused of attacking another man in his home Oct. 27. Another man is accused of stabbing his neighbor in an apparent attempt at revenge. Then on Oct. 29, 22-year-old Blain A. Gooding allegedly stabbed Rodney Barce in the stomach during a fight in the 6600 block of North Addison Street. 

All suspects in those cases are in jail.

Boy, 15, arrested in South Hill stabbing

The third suspect in a stabbing on the South Hill Tuesday night has been arrested.

The 15-year-old boy was arrested and booked into Spokane County Juvenile Detention today, Spokane police said.

The boy is thought to be involved in an apparent attempted robbery that ended with a stabbing in Thornton Murphy Park at 27th Avenue and Ray Street about 7:30 p.m.

A 21-year-old man suffered non-life threatening stab wounds when he was attacked by the 15-year-old, a 13-year-old boy, a 19-year-old Cody A. Kjos, police said.

Kjos appeared in Superior Court Wednesday on first-degree assault and first-degree robbery charges. His bail was set at $100,000.