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Sirens & Gavels

Courthouse watch: 6.8.09

A man urinating in a bush triggered a drunken altercation involving a handgun this weekend, according to court documents.

Phillip J. Koller, 61, pointed a silver handgun at a man and four children and threatened to "blow your brains out" after one yelled at him for peeing in a bush at 4622 N. Assembly St. about 10 p.m. Saturday, according to a probable cause affidavit prepared by Officer Jason Arredondo.

The children told police they'd been playing hide and go seek.

Koller was on today's Spokane County Superior Court docket but his first appearance was delayed until Tuesday, according to jail records.

He remains in Spokane County Jail on five counts of first-degree assault. Appearing in court via video today was a Spokane man accused of stabbing another man in the neck during a fight at a downtown motel.

Coleby A. Richards, 24, appeared on one count of first-degree assault about 10 hours after his arrest at The Downtowner, 165 S. Washington Street.

Read a story about his arrest here.

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