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Witnesses: 7-Eleven run-in led to stabbing

A man accused of stabbing another man in downtown Spokane claimed self defense and said the victim made him “go crazy,” according to court documents prepared by police.

Eugene A. Young, 36, told police he had “mental health issues” after he was arrested about 7:10 p.m. Wednesday near Pacific Avenue and Division Street where he’d argued with a couple after bumping into them at 7-Eleven convenience store, officers said.

Police say Young stabbed Mark E. Norton in the chest with a small pocket knife after following Norton and his girlfriend from the store.

Norton’s girlfriend said Young had bumped into her as she exited the story and became belligerent when she said “it’s nicfe to say ‘excuse me’.” The store clerk, who was Young’s girlfriend,”defused the situation enough” so the couple could walk away, but Young followed and stabbed Norton, police said.

Young told police “the things the victim said to him ‘made me go crazy,’” according to a probable cause affidavit.

Young is a felon who was sentenced to 20 months in prison in September 2008 for third-degree assault.

He remains in Spokane County Jail on $75,000 bond after appearing in Superior Court today on a first-degree assault charge. He’s prohibited from visiting 7-Eleven stores in Spokane County.

Spokane war vet puts life in peril - again

This William Wallace did not set out to win independence for Scotland. But the 80-year-old Korean War veteran did take a knife in the heart for another cause: keeping some “punk” car prowler from getting away with stolen loot. 

“I got mortared and shot in Korea and then I came home and got knifed,” Wallace said Thursday in his northwest Spokane home, a day after the culprit was ordered to serve just over three years in prison for the attack. 

The incident began on April 14, 2008, as Wallace and others were leaving a Spokane Chiefs hockey game at the Spokane Arena. Wallace said he heard a man yelling about someone breaking into his truck.

Wallace, an ex-Marine and Purple Heart recipient from Korea, rushed over to help.

Read the rest of Thomas Clouse’s story here.

2 arrested after knife, hammer assaults

Two 21-year-old men were arrested Monday after a man was stabbed in the shoulder and a teen girl was hit in the neck with the handle of a hammer.

Police say Cousteau C. Wright started a fight with a 20-year-old man at a home in the 4700 block of North Progress Road about 4 p.m. before calling John P. Ledoux for help.

Wright stabbed the man in the upper left shoulder with a large knife; Ledoux hit a 17-year-old girl in the throat with the handle of a hammer, Spokane Valley police said.

Wright and Ledoux led in separate cars, but a school resource officer spotted them on Upriver Drive, drew his gun on them and held them until backup arrived. Wright faces a charge of first-degree assault, Ledoux was booked on a second-degree assault charge.

The men are due in Superior Court this afternoon via video feed from the jail.

Man in closed probe jailed on meth charge

Police aren't investigating an allegation he stabbed someone in Spokane Valley on Memorial Day, but a traffic stop involving Matthias Piggot led to the suspect being jailed on a drug charge two nights ago.

Piggot, 28, posted bond after appearing in Superior Court Thursday on one count of possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested with suspected methamphetamine after Spokane police saw him driving on Stevens near Francis on Wednesday and learned his driver's license was suspended.

On May 31, Spokane Valley police searched Piggot's home at 2923 N. Maple Road in Millwood and retrieved the knife believe to have been used in a stabbing. But the investigation ended when the victim refused to cooperate.

The same home was searched in a drug investigation last December. A Spokane police officer recognized Piggot from that search when he saw him in traffic Wednesday, according to an affidavit supporting the meth possession charge.

Piggot is to be arraigned June 23.

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June 8: Uncooperative victim halts stabbing probe

Uncooperative victim halts stabbing probe

A stabbing in Spokane Valley injured a man and led to a raid at a suspect’s apartment last week, but police say they aren’t pursuing the investigation because the victim isn’t cooperating.

“The truth of the matter is we have victims who want us to help them, so that’s where we tend to focus our effort,” said Sgt. Dave Reagan of the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

Police searched 2923 N. Maple Road in Millwood May 31 and retrieved the knife believe to have been used to stab Joshua Vandouris, as well as bloody clothes and gang-related drawings.

The same home was searched in December in a drug investigation targeting Matthias “Payback” Piggot, 28. Vandouris first told police Piggot stabbed him but then recanted the story, according to a search warrant.

Tara Rader told police she’d driven Vanouris to the home to collect money from Piggot and watched the two argue before Piggot wielded a knife.

“She said that Vandouris told her he didn’t want to go to the hospital but he said he was afraid he was going to die,” according to the warrant.

Another witness told police Piggot had hosed off the porch at the Maple Road home shortly after the stabbing.

Detectives have retrieved the weapon, but “as far as I know, nothing beyond that,” Reagan said. “Again, nobody wants our assistance.”

Reward offered for tips on stabbing suspect

A man accused of stabbing another man in what police believe may have been retaliation for an earlier fight is wanted by Crime Stoppers.

The organization is offering a reward for tips that help arrest Jacob M. Maravilla, 20.

Maravilla (right) is wanted on several charges, including first-degree assault, in connection with a Feb. 10 attack at 907 E. Wabash. A resident, Michael P. Dennis, suffered a non-lief threatening stab wound to his back.

Oscar Rodriguez, 24, was arrested last week and remains in jail. Another suspect, Richelle R. Swinkels, 20, was arraigned in Superior Court Wednesday and was given an August trial date. A warrant has been issued for a fourth suspect, Meghan L. Jeske, 21, after she did not show up for her arraignment yesterday.

Witnesses said Rodriguez punched one victim, and woman struck him with a hammer. Maravilla was identified was Dennis' attacker, according to the court documents.

Maravilla was arrested the next week on charges of first-degree burglary and second-degree assault, but the investigation was ongoing and charges weren't filed until May 10. A warrant was issued May 13.

Maravilla, whose moniker is Baby Joker, is considered a gang associate and repeat offender.

He has convictions for driving on a suspended license, possession of a dangerous weapon and possession of a stolen vehicle and last gave 1508 E. Hartson in Spokane as his home address.

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May 21: Suspects named in retaliatory Feb. stabbing

Suspects named in retaliatory Feb. stabbing

Four suspects were named recently in a February stabbing that police believe may have been retaliation for an earlier fight.

Oscar T. Rodriguez, 24, was arrested Tuesday on eight assault and burglary charges connected to a Feb. 10 attack that left Michael P. Dennis with a stab wound in the left side of his back.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Jacob M. Maravilla, 20. Two other suspects, Meghan L. Jeske, 21; and Richelle R. Swinkels, 20, have been summoned.

The four are accused of an early-morning break-in and assault at 907 E. Wabash Feb. 10.
Dennis' brother, Andrew Heatwole, told police he and friends were drinking and playing dice when several people pulled up in three cars and confronted him outside the home.

A man Heatwole identified as Rodriguez punched him in the face as the group entered the home, and a woman struck him with a hammer, according to court documents.

The other man said “something to the effect of, 'you messed with my homegirl Dawn!'” - reportedly in reference to an earlier assault at the home.

Dennis was sleeping when the group burst in but awoke and confronted them. He was stabbed in the back and treated at a hospital for a non-life threatening injury.

Maravilla and Swinkels were arrested the next week, but charges weren't filed until May 10.

Court documents show detectives were tipped on Feb. 24 that Rodriguez may have been involved. Swinkels then came forward and provided the knife police say was used in the stabbing. Dennis later picked Rodriguez and Maravilla out of a phone lineup.

A suspect arrested the day of the attack, 39-year-old Preston R. Tensley, has not been charged. Witnesses first identified Tensley as one of the attackers but then identified Rodriguez in his place.

2 gang-related assaults reported in Spokane

Spokane police are investigating two assaults in the last four days that may be gang related.

The first occurred April 3 near North Cincinnati Street and East Mission Avenue about 12:30 a.m. An 18-year-old said he was attacked by three people, one who “possibly fired a gun at him,” according to police. His injuries are not life threatening.

The second occurred early Tuesday in north Spokane. Staff at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center called police after a 33-year-old stabbing victim was brought to the emergency room “by associates,” police said.

One person reportedly admitted the incident was gang related and occurred about midnight, police said. The victim was stabbed several times but his injuries were not life threatening.

Anyone with information on either assault is asked to call 509-625-GANG (4264). Callers can remain anonymous.

Suspect arrested in burglary-turned-stabbing

A burglary suspect accused of stabbing a homeowner was arrested this weekend after nearly three months as a fugitive. 

Ronald D. Piercy II, 46, is in Spokane County Jail on $75,000 bail after appearing in court today on charges of first-degree burglary and second-degree assault.

Crime Stoppers had been offering a reward for tips leading to his capture since Dec. 30, one day after a man living in the 200 block of East Empire Ave. returned home with his wife and 14-year-old daughter to find Piercy standing in his garage, according to court documents.

Piercy is accused of stabbing the man in the left forearm “with an unknown object” before fleeing, police said.

Police found a 1997 Buick Skylark with its keys in the ignition parked across the street from the home. The Buick was registered to Ronald Piercy, Sr., of Endicott, and Piercy reportedly told police it belonged to his son, who was in Spokane visiting his girlfriend.

The younger Piercy, who has convictions in Idaho, Washington and California, was booked into jail Friday evening. His arraignment is set for April 6.

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.)

Family seeks Spokane man’s killer

Everywhere she goes, Heather Tipke looks for him. The man with glasses and short, “military-style hair,” as the few people who saw her brother’s killer have described him.

It’s been nearly five months since William O. “Billy” Floyd, 22, was stabbed to death in a central Spokane parking lot.

His assailant hasn’t been found, but his family remains hopeful. “We’re never going to give up,” said Tipke, 25. “As long as my heart keeps beating, I’ll keep looking.”

Floyd (right) died Aug. 15 in the parking lot of the Spokane Dance Company at 902 W. Indiana Ave. He’d been stabbed in the heart.

He and a friend were walking to an apartment to get something to eat after a night of playing video games and drinking alcohol when they encountered a man at Shannon Avenue and Lincoln Street.

Ge’d been walking east from Monroe and handed Floyd a cigarette when they asked, police said. But the 2 a.m. encounter quickly turned contentious, and Floyd soon stumbled to the ground with a knife wound to the heart. He died shortly after medics found him almost unconscious and barely breathing.

The assailant ran northeast toward Shannon Avenue and has never been identified.

Floyd’s relatives are convinced he’s still in Spokane. They say someone has been ripping down police sketches of the man posted throughout the city. (The sketch is shown at left.)

They wonder: Could it be the killer? Or someone covering for him?

Police haven’t ruled it out. “I’m convinced someone knows who it is and they’re protecting him,” said Spokane police Detective Terry Ferguson.

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