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Girl, 15, surrenders in stabbing incident

A 15-year-old girl suspected of stabbing a man in north Spokane during a Friday night fight has turned herself in to police.

She was arrested for first-degree assault and booked into the Spokane County Juvenile Detention Center. The stabbing victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

About 9:30 p.m. Friday, Spokane police received reports of a street fight in the 1100 block of East Hoffman Avenue. Callers said at least four people were involved, including a man in his early 20s who received a stab wound to the upper body. The others fled when police arrived.

The Spokane Police Department, police dogs and Spokane County sheriff’s air unit conducted an extensive search of the area. They were able to learn the suspect’s name. About two hours later, the 15-year-old contacted police and surrendered.


WSU grad gets marriage proposal

Erica Mettler got her diploma Saturday, and a marriage proposal, too.

Shortly after Mettler walked across the stage of Washington State University’s Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum, her boyfriend met her in the center aisle and knelt on one knee.

Many in the audience took note of the unfolding drama.

“Look! He’s proposing!” someone yelled. A moment later a speechless Mettler nodded her acceptance and Devon Schefano slipped the ring on her finger. As the two embraced, more cheers erupted across the coliseum.

Schefano, who joined the Marines in September 2003, has been to Iraq several times. He returned home in March, but waited to propose until he could first ask Mettler’s father for his blessing.

Hence the decision to pop the question on graduation day. “All of her family would be here,” he said. “I knew it would be the perfect time.”


One hurt in crash on Highway 395

A Spokane man was hospitalized after a two-vehicle accident about 3:30 p.m. Saturday on U.S. Highway 395 south of Chewelah.

Joseph A. Thompson, 68, was driving his 1993 Buick Regal south on 395 when it collided with a Chevy S10 pickup driven by Louis Adolph Tomsha, 90, of Valley, Wash., according to the Washington State Patrol. Tomsha had stopped at the stop sign at the junction of Highways 231 and 395. He then proceeded onto 395, where his truck was hit by Thompson’s car. The highway was blocked for about an hour.

Tomsha was treated at the scene and released, police said. Thompson was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chewelah, and later airlifted to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. He was in satisfactory condition Saturday, a nursing supervisor said.


Man drops gun, shoots self in leg

Authorities said an 86-year-old Salem man was shot in the leg after he dropped a gun he was given to protect himself.

Lt. Sheila Lorance, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, said Loren Thackery received a .22-caliber revolver from his son after his home was burglarized Wednesday.

She said the suspects had taken Thackery’s house and car keys and other items, and Thackery was concerned the suspects would return.

After deputies were called to the house a second time, the Statesman Journal reported Friday, they learned Thackery had dropped the gun his son lent him and it had fired.

Lorance said the bullet went through Thackery’s right calf and he was taken to Salem Hospital. She said the injury was not life-threatening.

From staff and wire reports

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