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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 2012

Stoned-while driving case hangs, again

A second jury in nine months failed to agree Tuesday whether a Deer Park man’s marijuana use caused a fatal crash, highlighting the lack of accepted standards to determine when motorists should be considered too stoned to drive. A Spokane County jury deliberated only about...

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MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2012

Feds: Pilot lands in Spokane while drunk

A commercial pilot was drunk when he landed a plane at the Spokane International Airport in April, federal prosecutors allege. Paul Robbin Roessler, of Federal Way, is to appear in U.S. District Court in Spokane June 29 for a charge operating a common carrier under...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2012

2nd trial begins in fatal scooter crash

Testimony began Tuesday in the second vehicular homicide trial against a Spokane man who killed a woman riding a scooter north of Spokane in 2010. Jonathan P. Bales, 22, is facing a second trial after a jury deadlocked and could not come to a unanimous...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2012

Burglar requests just a bottle of wine

Police say a bottle of wine was the only thing missing from a burglarized home Friday night - and the burglar asked permission to take it. Suspect Gary A. Patterson, 34, told police he entered the home at 828 E. Joseph Ave., because the front...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 13, 2012

Suspect threatens to eat police, dogs

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Police say a man in Indiana accused of stealing a car threatened to hunt down and eat his arresting officers, their families and police dogs. The Journal & Courier reports that 39-year-old Paul M. Brock of Frankfort was charged Wednesday with...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2012

Tips sought on Chevron beer robbers

Spokane police are asking for helping identifying two men who assaulted a store clerk and stole a 20-pack of beer early Monday. The men assaulted the clerk at Chevron Food Mart, 1703 E. Francis Ave., after he confronted them for stealing the beer about 12:25...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 22, 2011

New details in Riverfront murder case

A Spokane man accused of killing his friend in Riverfront Park after a night of drinking told police he was so intoxicated that he didn’t realize who he was assaulting until he saw his shoes, according to court documents filed Wednesday. Yukio M. Rideb, 21,...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 1, 2011

Trooper passed wrong-way I-90 driver 

A wrong-way driver accused of injuring two people in a freeway crash early Sunday passed a state trooper just before the 3:34 a.m. crash Eric Edward McElmurry, 28, was allowed to leave jail on his own recognizance Monday after appearing before Spokane County Superior Court...

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MONDAY, MAY 23, 2011

Woman wanted for vehicular assault 

A woman is wanted for vehicular assault after Spokane police said she crashed her car, injuring her passenger, then asked an officer, "Can I leave my car like that?" Michelle R. Purkey, 47, smelled of alcohol when police responded to a crash at North Crestline...

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TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2011

Federal public defender's job opens

The future of the top federal public defender in Eastern Washington and North Idaho could be in doubt, with the board that oversees the attorney’s office advertising for his replacement even as the attorney, Roger Peven, prepares to represent domestic terrorism suspect Kevin W. Harpham....

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MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2011

Chronic drunken driver arrested for DUI

A chronic drunken driver convicted of vehicular homicide in 1990 was arrested early Thursday on suspension of drunken driving. Lance Dean Falcon, 44, of Plummer, Idaho, had a blood-alcohol level of .167 and .162 in two breathe samples submitted at the Spokane Public Safety Building...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2011

Transient faces 10-12 years for slaying

A Spokane transient faces 10 to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaguther for the beating death of a man last April. Roland E. Benton II pleaded guilty Friday to first-degree manslaughter with a deadly weapon in the slaying of Douglas J. Klages,...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2011

Drunk man's home mix-up leads to arrest

A suspected drunken driver was arrested this morning after repeatedly using his house keys to try to open a home that wasn't his. John Stephen Cullen, 56, twice tried to open a front door in the 18600 block of East Courtland Avenue before police detained...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2011

Driver soon regrets drunken pick-up

An Athol man quickly regretted picking up a drunk man who was laying in the middle of a downtown Coeur d'Alene street last weekend. According to police, Micah A. Wulff, 25, allowed the man into his truck just before 3 a.m. on Saturday but kicked...

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MONDAY, FEB. 21, 2011

FRIDAY, JAN. 21, 2011

Jury convicts veteran of hospital assault 

A federal jury today convicted a man of assaulting two nurses at the Spokane Veteran Affairs Medical Center. James D. Scott, 42, was drunk when he attacked a nurse after his girlfriend brought him to the emergency room on Aug. 19, 2009. Scott had a...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 7, 2011

Chronic DUI suspect Batty arrested again

A retired Spokane firefighter with a history of impaired driving and a conviction for vehicular homicide was arrested again Thursday after a state trooper smelled alcohol on his breath. David W. Batty, 55, of Elk, had a blood alcohol level of twice the legal limit...

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Police: grandma, grandson party hearty

PARIS, Tenn. (AP) — When a Henry County deputy finally stopped a speeding car on the wrong side of a highway, he found it had been driven by a 77-year-old grandmother. Not that the stop was easy, reports The Paris Post-Intelligencer. Barely an hour into...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 4, 2011

Weather prompts teen revelers' surrender

Two teenage revelers nearly escaped arrest in Lewiston early New Year's Day but surrendered "within a couple of minutes due to being cold and wet," police said. The boy and girl were drunk in a hot tub in the 3600 block of Country Club Court...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 27, 2010

Elton gets credit for time served in jail

A man convicted of harassing the Spokane city council president and the chairwoman of the company that owns The Spokesman-Review was sentenced today to credit for time already served in jail. David H. Elton, 44, will be on unsupervised probation for two years. He was...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 15, 2010

Man to Pa. cops: 'Alcohol, Crown Royal' 

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities in southwestern Pennsylvania say they charged two men with public drunkenness after they knocked on a police station door.A Uniontown police report says 30-year-old Alan Scritchfield, of Uniontown, and 30-year-old Peter Dominick, of McClellandtown, came to the police station about...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 2, 2010

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...

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